Easy-Knit Sweater Jacket

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How about a knitting project you can really sink your teeth into and knit thorough the holidays? I’ve named this sweater “Three Rectangles, Two Triangles” for a reason – those are the simple shapes required. This is a drop-shoulder sweater jacket knit in bulky yarn and a dense mock rib stitch. This project is most appropriate for knitters with at least “advanced beginner” skills – comfortable with casting-on, knitting, and purling. Everything else is covered in the four-part video tutorial.

Bulky yarn and size 9/5.5mm needles means that you’ll have this sweater finished in no time.

I kid you not when I say this – I finished this sweater about the same time that the weather turned drastically cold here in Texas. I’ve worn this sweater EVERY DAY. It’s already a favorite this winter.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL [to fit actual bust measurements of 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches]
Needles: Size US 9, 5.5mm (or size needed to get the correct gauge), circular needles or straights
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Wine, 137 yards, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
XS – 7 hanks
S – 8 hanks
M – 9 hanks
L – 10 hanks
XL – 11 hanks
2X – 12 hanks
3X – 13 hanks
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for seaming and weaving in ends
Gauge: 4 stitches to the inch in mock rib pattern, 5 rows to the inch


This pattern is available in four different formats, each includes links to 4-part video tutorial:

1. PDF Pattern, traditional and printable. $8.00 US via PayPal

2. Amazon Kindle digital download (suitable for Kindle devices and devices that use the Kindle app). $7 US.

3. eReader (For non-Kindle eReaders, like Sony eReader and Barnes & Noble Nook, or any device using the Google Play Books app) $7.20 US

4. iTunes Enhanced iBook $8.99 (click through for Apple device requirements and more info), iTunes Store Link

The Anglo Saxon Pennanular Brooch is made by Ally Shaw. Her etsy store is called Feral Strumpet.

You can also visit her website.
And the brooch is here.

The shawl I’m wearing in the video is the Clapotis, knit in Noro Silk Garden.

The bulky yarn I used for demonstration and the bulky sample is Lion Brand Hometown USA. I demonstrated using size 13 US (9mm) needles.

114 comments on “Easy-Knit Sweater Jacket

  1. Hi – just purchased this pattern and excited to start. Have not knit a sweater in many years.. wondering if there is another yarn that I can find in my local knitting store that would substitute knit picks yarn mentioned. Want to purchase right away since I am traveling and want to take with me.. not much time to wait for yarn to arrive

  2. Tami – any bulky wool yarn that will give you 4 stitches to the inch will work for this sweater. I suggest visiting your local yarn shop and asking them to show you the yarns they carry that fit this bill.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  3. Hi Staci – I just tried to buy this pattern, in the PDF version, but nothing happened after clicking ‘add to cart’, and when I clicked on ‘view cart,’ no response again. Is this pattern no longer available?

    With thanks,
    ~ Patti

  4. Christmas projects are over and I’m starting this garment. I knit a swatch, washed and blocked it– and it showed I’m out of gauge. Here’s my question, can I frog and re-knit another swatch with smaller needles with the same yarn that knit up too big, or should I set it aside and use new, unwashed yarn? Thanks.

  5. Julie – good for you for being so careful with your gauge! It will really pay off in the end. If you can spare the yarn, it is best to use unwashed yarn for your next swatch, so the swatch will be unmistakably identical to the sweater you’re knitting.

    S t a c i

  6. hi. I really like this, but i’d like to make it with a simple acrylic yarn, with less bulk, like Wool Ease’s Vanna collection. I have a lot left from a previous project. I think I like it as a light-weight topper. will you help me. i’m not sure if I am adept enough to reconfigure the directions.

  7. Blue – I don’t recommend trying to alter this pattern to a lighter weight yarn. If you want to knit something similar in a lighter weight yarn, I suggest finding a similar pattern on Ravelry and following that. Garment patterns cannot be easily altered to accommodate a different gauge (stitches per inch).

    S t a c i

  8. Jill – I haven’t knit this sweater in anything except wool, and I’m concerned that a different fiber will make the sweater too heavy, since there is a lot of fabric. (I designed this sweater to be knit in wool.) That in mind, I think this might be a good substitute: http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Billow__D5420244.html

    Again, I have not test knit it in this yarn. But I think this cotton might be lightweight enough to work.

    S t a c i

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