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The Big Orange

The Big Orange

The name says it all really; this is a big orange sweater. Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Big Orange drop shoulder hand knit sweater by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

Moss Stitch and Super Bulky yarn are a dream combo, creating defined, all-over texture. The cropped, oversized fit makes this an ideal layering piece. Wear over jeans, dresses, whatever you fancy!

For this sweater we used the Lion Brand yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Arrowwood. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 96 stitches with US size 11 (8 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.

Begin pattern as follows:

Moss Stitch (Round Instructions)

Row 1
[p1, k1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Row 2
[p1, k1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Row 3
[k1, p1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Row 4
[k1, p1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Next Round

Rep pattern until lower body measures approximately 12 in / 30.5 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Knit in pattern for 48 stitches. Place the remaining 48 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Moss Stitch (Flat Instructions)

Row 1 (RS)
K1, [p1, k1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Row 2 (WS)
P1, [k1, p1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Row 3 (RS)
K1, [p1, k1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Row 4 (WS)
P1, [k1, p1] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Next Rows
Working back and forth on the front, continue in established pattern on the RS and WS until front piece measures 10.25 in / 26 cm from where you began working flat. Bind off with medium tension.


Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in pattern 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 15 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 36 stitches in the center.


With US size 11 (8 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 15 (10 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 54 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.

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 1 in / 2.5 cm until sleeve measures approximately 16 in / 40.5 cm and you have 22 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.


Super Bulky
weight |
20 ply

Main Color:

1090 meters / 1192 yards


9 stitches and 14 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 15 US / 10 mm needles


Circular 15 US / 10 mm

Circular 11 US / 8 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 38 in/ 97 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:

45 in / 114.4 cm

Body Length:

12 in / 30.5 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

25 in / 63.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

16 in / 40.5 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 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

MC: Main Color

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

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

Sweater icon
Drop Shoulder Sweater
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Body Cropped Regular

Neck Boat

Sleeves Full Length

Swatch icon
Full Body Moss Stitch
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Super Bulky
Measuring tape icon
38 in / 97 cm
The Big Orange by Bellish drop shoulder sweater illustration