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Drop Shoulder Sweater

  • Full length body
  • Regular fit
  • Boat neck
  • Short sleeve
  • Sport
  • Plain
  • Plain
  • Chunky stripes

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Regular fit Full length body Boat neck Short sleeve Chunky stripes Plain Plain dropshoulder sport 38

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1

Cast on 264 stitches with US size 3 (3.25 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 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles. Following the Stripes pattern below, knit straight until lower body measures approximately 15.5 in / 39 cm. You may choose to end your stripes earlier or later if the body ends midway through a stripe.

Chunky Stripes (Round Instructions)

Stripe 1

Knit 15 rounds in MC


When knitting thick stripes like these, it is best to cut your yarn when changing colors. Keeping the yarn attached will leave long floats inside your garment that can easily get caught on things during wear.

When cutting your yarn, leave a long tail so you have plenty to sew in. Sewing your ends as you go will save you a lot of trouble later on.

Stripe 2

Knit 15 rounds in CC1

Stripe 3

Knit 15 rounds in CC2

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round RS

Cut CC1 and CC2, knit in MC for 132 stitches. Place the remaining 132 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 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 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 40 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 104 stitches in the center.


With US size 3 (3.25 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 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 116 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 / 3 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 3 in / 8 cm and you have 108 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 | 
5 ply

Main Color:

825 meters / 902 yards

Contrast Color 1:

176 meters / 192 yards

Contrast Color 2:

176 meters / 192 yards


Circular 4 US / 3.5 mm

Circular 3 US / 3.25 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

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Bust Circumference:

44 in / 112 cm

Body Length:

15.5 in / 39.5 cm

Shoulder Drop:

10.25 in / 26 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

15 in / 38 cm

Wrist Circumferece:

18 in / 45.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

3 in / 7.5 cm

Positive Ease:

6 in / 15 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease

INC: Increase

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two together

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker

M1: Make one

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip marker

ST: Stitch

WS: Wrong side

MC: Main Color

CC1: Contrast Color 1

CC2: Contrast Color 2