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Lazy Lavender Sweater

Lazy Lavender Sweater

Let’s slow things down a little. Pour a cup of tea and get comfy on the couch. Maybe even pull out some knitting? Sometimes it is ok to take some time to be a little lazy. On those days, we suggest snuggling up in this soft and snuggly sweater. Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Lazy Lavender Sweater drop shoulder hand knit sweater by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

The cropped, Drop Shoulder shape in soft and drapey DK yarn make this one comfortable sweater. Meanwhile, subtle contrast sleeves and textured Thorn Stitch add just enough flair to make you feel a little bit stylish (even if you’re also wearing fluffy slippers).

For this sweater we used the Knit Picks yarn Swish in Dove Heather as the main color and Haze Heather as the contrasting color. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 288 stitches with US size 5 (3.75 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 6 (4 mm) circular needles. Begin pattern as follows:

Thorn Stitch (Round Instructions)

Round 1
With MC, [K1, (k1-yo-k1) in next st, k2] rep between brackets to end of round

Round 2
With CC1, [K1, sl3wyib, k2] rep between brackets to end of round

Round 3
With CC1, [K2tog, sl1wyib, ssk, k1] rep between brackets to end of round

Round 4
With MC, [K3, sl1wyib] rep between brackets to end of round

Round 5
With MC, [K3, (k1-yo-k1) in next st] rep between brackets to end of round

Round 6
With CC1, [K3, sl3wyib] rep between brackets to end of round

Round 7
With CC1, Remove BOR marker, sl1wyib, replace marker, [k1, k2tog, sl1wyib, ssk] rep bet brackets to end of round - BUT, when you complete the last ssk, move the BOR marker back one stitch to the right so it sits just before the final ssk of the round.

Round 8
With MC, [Sl1wyib, k3] rep between brackets to last 3 st, s1wyib, k2

Next Round
Rep pattern until lower body measures approximately 12.5 in / 32 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Knit 144 stitches. Place the remaining 144 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 11.25 in / 28.5 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 45 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 108 stitches in the center.


With US size 5 (3.75 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 118 stitches around the arm using CC1, 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.

When sleeve stitches are on the needle, place a marker at the center of the underarm and knit in the round for 1 in / 2.5 cm

Decrease Row
K1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before m, ssk, k1

Continue Sleeve
Continue the sleeve in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), working a decrease row as established above approximately every 0.75 in / 2 cm until sleeve measures approximately 14.75 in / 37.5 cm and you have 80 stitches.

Sleeve Ribbing
Transition to needle two sizes smaller and knit one round.

Begin ribbing as follows: [K2, p2] rep to end of round. Continue working ribbing as established until cuff measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Repeat for second sleeve.

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 |
8 ply

Main Color:

1167 meters / 1276 yards

Contrast Color 1:

808 meters / 883 yards


22 stitches and 28 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 6 US / 4 mm needles


Circular 6 US / 4 mm

Circular 5 US / 3.75 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 46 in/ 117 cm bust. 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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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

52 in / 132.0 cm

Body Length:

12.5 in / 32.0 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

21 in / 53.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

14.75 in / 37.5 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 cm

BET: Between

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K1-YO-K1: Knit-yarn over-knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

MC: Main Color

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SL1WYIB: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL1WYIF: Slip one with yarn in front

SL3WYIB: Slip three with yarn in back

SL3WYIF: Slip three with yarn in front

SM: Slip marker

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

ST: Stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

YO: Wrap yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch (it will leave an intentional hole)

Sweater icon
Drop Shoulder Sweater
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Body Cropped Regular

Sleeves Full Length

Neck Boat Neck

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Lower Body Thorn Stitch; Sleeves Colorblock 1
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Measuring tape icon
46 in / 117 cm
The Benjamin by Lisa Borum drop shoulder sweater illustration