by Kathleen Cubley October 15, 2018 3 min read

It's sweater weather, finally! I thought our super-hot summer would never end. Fall is my favorite season—it's knitting season, after all (not to mention football season).

If you're like me and you love knitting sweaters, here are five free knitting patterns to add to your queue immediately. It's a nice collection of projects, with a variety of construction methods and design details.

Here goes!

His & Hers Yoke Sweaters

Yoked sweaters are timeless, and you need this one in your wardrobe! This construction is so popular right now, and one of the reasons is because it's knit from the top down, so you can try it on as you go to make sure you have the perfect fit.

His & Hers Yoke Sweater free knitting patternsHis & Hers Yoke Sweaters. Knit them with Universal Uptown
Worsted Tapestry and Universal Uptown Worsted.

The Universal Design Team used a variegated yarn for the colorwork section, so the yarn does all the work, making it look like you used several colors of yarn when you only used two—the main color and the variegated. I love this technique because you get so much bang for your buck.

If you want to knit this for a little one, download the Little Yoke Sweater, it's a free knitting pattern, too.

Penelope's Cardigan

If you like oversize, cozy cardigans, this is the one for you! And if you like a closer fit, just make one size smaller—Amy Gunderson's a-line cardigan works for everyone!

Penelope's Cardigan free knitting patterns

Penelope's Cardigan by Amy Gunderson.
Knit it with Universal Deluxe Bulky Superwash.

Penelope's Cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down. First, the collar extensions are knit outward from the back neck, and then stitches are picked up along the sides of the collar extensions and raglan shaping begins.

Knit this up in Universal Deluxe Bulky Superwash. This is a great yarn that's really economical, and because it's bulky, you'll be able to knit this large project much faster than you think!

Fountain

This pretty pullover features a gorgeous lace detail worked on the sides. Fountain is casual enough to wear with jeans and chic enough to go with a skirt. You'll get a lot of wear out of this beauty!

Fountain free knitting pattern

Fountain, by the Berroco Design Team. Knit it in Berroco Vintage.

In Fountain, the front and back are worked separately and the sleeves are raglan style, which is flattering on everyone. Knit in Berroco Vintage, it's easy-care, too.

Glacier Bay Poncho

This new style of sweater is quickly becoming known as the "swancho," which is a poncho that's stitched up a few inches at the underarm so it's got sleeves of sorts. Swanchos are versatile and fun, and so easy to knit because there's little to no shaping. 

Glacer Bay Poncho free knitting patterns

The Glacier Bay Poncho by Amy Gunderson.
Knit it with Universal Deluxe Worsted or Universal Uptown Worsted.

Amy Gunderson's version is packed with textural interest so it's as exciting to knit as it is to wear.

I have a swancho on the needles now, and I'm so looking forward to wearing it. The Glacier Bay is great as outerwear in early fall or spring, too.

Reflections Cardigan

Faina Goberstein's casual cardigan is garter-stitch perfection. Started at the beginning of the sleeve, stitches are cast on for the front and back and the piece is worked to the center of front and back. Then a mirror image is knit for the other side, hence the name Reflections!

Reflections free knitting pattern
Reflections by Faina Goberstein. Knit it up in HiKoo Kenzie.

Faina cleverly placed the darkest color on the side and upper arm, creating a “shadow effect” that streamlines the body even more. The slight flare at the bottom and the over-sized collar give it a modern, yet retro feel. As you can see from the photo above, you can make short or long sleeves.

I hope you love these free knitting patterns. We think one (or more!) of them will be perfect for your fall sweater knitting project.

If you're looking for more, check out all of our free knitting patterns!

Cheers,


 

 

Kathleen Cubley
Kathleen Cubley



Also in Alpaca Direct Blog

How to Knit a Seamless I-Cord Bind-Off in the Round
How to Knit a Seamless I-Cord Bind-Off in the Round

by Meg Bateman September 24, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

The I-Cord Bind-Off adds a lovely finishing edge to your knitted projects, especially shawls! But what about projects done in the round like cowls and ponchos? In this week's Technique Tuesday, Kelley shared how to use the Kitchener Stitch to join both ends of the i-cord bind-off seamlessly! No one can tell where your i-cord bind-off starts and stops. 
Read More
How to Avoid Rolled Edges With Your Knitting Projects
How to Avoid Rolled Edges With Your Knitting Projects

by Meg Bateman September 17, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

It's a problem as old as knitting itself – curling and rolled edges on stockinette or lace!Kelley decided to experiment and see what finishing edges she could use to prevent the curling without altering the look of her knitting project. These tricks for preventing rolled edges in knits will work for almost any knit project!
Read More
Tips for Color Work Knitting the Sugarplum Hat & DIY Pom Poms
Tips for Color Work Knitting the Sugarplum Hat & DIY Pom Poms

by Meg Bateman September 03, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Kelley is continuing to whip up hats for holiday gift giving! This week she shared the Sugarplum Hat by Knitterella, a colorwork hat that's great for using up odds and ends of worsted weight yarn. To finish off her hat, Kelley made her own pom pom with Knitter's Pride Pom Pom Makers and has some tips for using those! 
Read More