This classic “striped” blanket knit sweater is the latest pattern in my easy “Blanket Sweater Series” and it features a lighter weight fabric than my super chunky winter blanket sweaters. It’s the easiest knit version yet as you only need know how to knit and purl in order to make garter stitch and stockinette stitch sections. The stripes are fun but are totally optional if color changes are a scary thing for you.
Someone recently commented that these sweaters are much like shawls that stay on better and I have to agree! They are so easy to haul around and throw on when you need a little extra warmth. I love the look of this one in particular as I think it’s perfect to wear for a coffee date with friends or it can even be worn to the office. While I used a wool blend yarn, you can easily substitute the yarn for a cotton blend for summer time. Since it’s made with worsted weight yarn, you should have no trouble finding a yarn that you’d like for this sweater (Or maybe there will be too many choices..he he! This happens to me all the time!).
This sweater has a smaller fit and isn’t as bulky as my last sweaters since I’d like it to be a warmer weather option. You’ll find that while it’s made with worsted weight yarn, you will hold two strands together throughout the pattern. If you follow my blog, you probably have noticed that I do this with a lot of my patterns. The truth is, I like pieces to work up quickly or I get bored. Holding two strands together not only gives it a cool look, it also keeps me interested in the project long enough to finish it. 😉
As the pattern is written, it will fit as pictured on sizes XS-M, BUT you can easily adjust the pattern to fit any size. Recently, I made my “Boxy Knit Top Pattern” for multiple sizes as I have recently received requests for many sizes. While I want to make more multi-sized patterns, I didn’t do so with this pattern because this is essentially a rectangle (almost a square). All you will need to do is add stitches to your cast on edge, and knit more rows to make a larger size. You can see with my gauge how many stitches I had per inch, so check your gauge against mine, and figure how many stitches you might need to get to the size that you’d like. The sweater is modeled on a size XS/S so while the pattern will fit up to a large, the fit and drape will vary unless adjustments are made.
Are we ready to knit? 🙂
Scroll down for the free pattern, or you can find my inexpensive ad-free,printable PDF version on Etsy HERE.
This beginner friendly, classic blanket sweater is made by knitting a simple rectangle on large needles while holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together. This shrug uses basic knit and purl stitches to create a striking, striped garter stitch edge with a stockinette body. The stripes create a beautiful look making the top suitable for the office or for a day out with friends. Enjoy this easy and classic shrug pattern!
You will need:
US Size 13, 9.0mm 29” Circular Knitting Needles
6 skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn in Fisherman (85 g and 197 yards per skein) or comparable worsted weight yarn. Pattern uses approximately 343 grams of Fisherman yarn for S/M and 409 grams for size L. (Because you will hold two strands together while knitting, 6 skeins are suggested in order to hold two strands together throughout the pattern)
2 skeins Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in black or comparable worsted weight yarn (110g 170 yards per skein) Pattern uses approximately 93 grams of black yarn for size S/M and 104 grams for size L. (2 skeins suggested in order to hold two strands of yarn together throughout the pattern)
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
Lion Brand has also made this into a kit which you can purchase HERE!
Skills & Abbreviations:
(RS) -right side of work
(WS) – wrong side of work
Mattress stitch seam
Just over 2.5 stitches per inch
*Note that the stockinette will curl in at the arms. This measurement is when the stockinette is flat and uncurled.
Small / Medium
From end of arm to end of arm, measurement is approximately 34” inches
From top of shrug to bottom of shrug, measurement is approximately 33” long
From end of arm to end of arm, measurement is approximately 38” inches
From top of shrug to bottom of shrug, measurement is approximately 35” inches long
*As you knit the striped garter stitch edges, you may simply carry the color along the edge of the fabric. There is no need to cut and weave in ends for each color change.
Classic Stripe Blanket Sweater Pattern:
Garter Stitch Striped Edge:
*hold two strands of yarn together throughout the pattern
Cast On 90 stitches for small/medium size, or 100 for large with black (holding two strands of yarn together)
Row 1 Knit across
Row 2 Knit across
Row 3 Change to cream, knit across
Row 4 Knit across
Row 5 Change to black, knit across
Row 6 Knit across
Row 7 Change to cream, knit across
Row 8 Knit across
Row 9 Change to black, knit across
Row 10 Knit across
Row 11 Change to cream, knit across
Row 12 Knit across
Row 13 Change to black, knit across
Row 14 Knit across
Main Body (Stockinette Portion)
Change to cream
Row 1 Knit across row (RS)
Row 2 Purl across row
Repeat rows 1 & 2, working in stockinette stitch, for approximately 27” inches for a small/medium or 29” inches for a large, ending with a purl row (WS).
You will now work on the knit side (RS)
Final Garter Stitch Striped Edge:
Change to black
Repeat rows 1 – 14 of the first Garter Stitch Striped Edge portion of the pattern. Cast off and weave in ends.
*There should be approximately 27” inches for a small/medium or 29” inches for a large of stockinette stitch with approximately 3” inches of garter stitch on either end.
Fold in each corner as pictured below. With a length of yarn and your tapestry needle, seam 7” inches inward on both sides of the sweater. Use a simple whip stitch seam for the garter stitch portions and a mattress stitch seam for the stockinette portions. The mattress stitch seam will be nearly invisible!
Seaming where the stripes meet can be a bit tricky as you line them up. Use your white yarn and whip stitch around, working mostly on the inside of the sweater so the seam isn’t as visible. Once you reach the stockinette portion, use the mattress stitch seam. You can also get creative and add decorative buttons to the seam or simply leave it as is.
I hope that you enjoyed this beginner friendly, classic knit blanket sweater!
Don’t know how to knit? You can see my tutorial and video HERE to get started!