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The Benjamin

The Benjamin


Lisa Borum

  • Toddlers’ Drop Shoulder Sweater
  • Plain
  • Worsted (10 Ply)
  • Stripes
The Benjamin by Lisa Borum drop shoulder sweater illustration

Light up their little life with these beautiful stripes on The Benjamin sweater. It’s a very versatile sweater that can be made for a boy or girl. Cool summer sweater or a warm winter outer layer. With rolled sleeves and neckline it makes a unique style that’s sure to stand out. Lisa has documented the entire process in the sweetest video (with great music). Watch as Lisa takes us through her process of inspiration, design, yarn shopping, knitting (with moderation) & gifting.

Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

To create this sweater Lisa used a self striping yarn. Here are some of our suggestions, including different materials for you to choose from:

Designer's Note

Lisa used self-striping yarn for The Benjamin. To achieve the same striped look, you can use your favorite self-striping yarn.

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1

Cast on 152 stitches with US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.


Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles. Knit straight until lower body measures approximately 10.5 in / 26.5 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round RS

Knit 76 stitches. Place the remaining 76 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Next Rows

Working back and forth on the front, continue knitting straight until front piece measures 6.25 in / 16 cm from where you began working flat. Bind off with medium tension.


Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS) until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together 17 stitches from the top left edge of the sweater front to create the left shoulder. Repeat this on the top right edge. You should now have two seamed shoulders with a total of 84 stitches in the center.


With US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles - or 2 sizes smaller than needle used for body – pick up the live stitches around the front and back neckline.

Working on the right side, knit 4 rounds.

Bind Off

Bind off in pattern with medium/loose tension. (Edge should curl when finished.)


With US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 60 stitches around the arm, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 1.5 in / 4 cm and bind off in pattern.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.


weight |
10 ply

Main Color:

406 meters / 444 yards


20 stitches and 26 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 7 US / 4.5 mm needles


Circular 7 US / 4.5 mm

Circular 6 US / 4 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit kids 2-4 years. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own sweater.

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Bust Circumference:

26 in / 66 cm

Body Length:

7.5 in / 19.0 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

11 in / 28.0 cm

Positive Ease:

4 in / 10 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CO: Cast on

DEC: decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: marker/s

M1: make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: stitch/stitches

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

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Toddlers’ Drop Shoulder Sweater
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Body Full Length

Neck Boat

Sleeves Sleeveless

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Worsted (10 Ply)
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The Benjamin by Lisa Borum drop shoulder sweater illustration