My Favorite Knit Sweater Pattern

Years ago, I bought a Lane Bryant sweater that I loved and loved and loved. As a designer, many things inspire me, including clothes I love to wear. So, taking what I loved most about that sweater and tweaking it, I have a new sweater design for you. This is my favorite knit sweater pattern ever! It’s a two-color striped knit sweater. You work it flat in stockinette, so it’s super easy for beginners. But I designed it with extra-flattering A-line shaping enhanced by the offset design of the striped colors. Eeeeee. I love it. I hope you do too.

My favorite knit sweater pattern - Marly Bird

8 Reasons This Is My Favorite Knit Sweater Pattern

Of course, it’s easy to love a new design when fresh from the needles. But a favorite sweater inspired me, so I love this design for longer-lasting reasons. And there are certain things I’m really proud of that make it My Favorite Knit Sweater Pattern. Here they are:

Marly Bird offset striped sweater

1. Offset Stripes Are Slimming and Attractive

Yes, my favorite knit sweater has horizontal stripes, but I offset them. As you can see in the images, Color A is on the left, and Color B is on the right, and then in the next row, it’s the opposite. The result is super flattering for all body types. The eye doesn’t get stuck in one place but instead roams with the movement of the colors. It creates a very slimming effect, which you don’t always get with horizontal stripes.

2. There Are So Many Options for Your Two Colors

Go bold like mine for a design that really pops. I love this! However, you can use any two colors that you love together to create a style that works well for you. This is the kind of pattern that works as well in neutrals (a tan and olive, for example, or black and gray stripes) as it does in bold colors.

3. Knit Flat So It’s Beginner Friendly

You knit this sweater flat rather than in the round. And you knit it in pieces then seam together with mattress stitch. This is really perfect for those offset stripes because it allows you to make sure you’re matching the stripes up perfectly as you work. This creates a really beginner-friendly design.

Knit sweater side seam - Marly Bird

4. Stockinette Stitch With Smart Shaping

Knit My Favorite Knit Sweater Pattern in stockinette stitch. This is also beginner-friendly. Or great for relaxing, meditative stitching. And yet, I’ve incorporated smart shaping into the design. The shaping happens along the side edges. It is negative ease at the upper body and positive ease at the lower body. The result is a very flattering A-line shape that works with many different body types.

5. V-Neck Is Also Flattering

I’ve designed my Favorite Knit Sweater with a V-neck. I love how that looks on me. Plus, I think it’s really flattering for lots of people. It’s not just that it’s a V-shape but, more specifically, that it’s a really flattering depth of the V. And it works well geometrically and visually with the offset striping.

Two color knit striped sweater - Marly Bird

6. Super Versatile Yarn Options

In addition to different color options for your yarn, you can actually play with different fiber types for making this sweater. Knit the sweater in pieces and seam it together. The seaming helps hold the weight of the yarn. Therefore, you get the drape and shape you want regardless of the yarn type.

While there might be some exceptions, you can use pretty much any worsted weight yarn that holds the weight. So, if you want to make this sweater in cotton, linen, acrylic, wool, or some blend, go for it. The sweater will work!

7. Broken Ribbing For Even Better Fit

Sometimes a whole sweater is almost perfect … except that the ribbing around the hem and cuffs isn’t quite right. Sadly, you pinch in at those places and end up looking like a balloon. Not so with My Favorite Sweater Pattern. The broken ribbing around the hem and the cuffs don’t pull in, so this piece won’t make you look like a balloon!

8. Great For Gifting!

You can make it for others since this sweater is flattering for all types of people. Plus I wrote the pattern for seven sizes. It’s especially great for beginner knitters ready to start gifting handmades to people!

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Marly Bird

The One and Only, Marly

Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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