This chunky knit sweater pattern will allow you to create a comfy, cosy sweater.
I wanted to share with you another free knitting pattern that has been somewhat inspired by the TV show Outlander.
This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here.
*Scroll down for the free pattern and don’t forget to pin and share!*
If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, through all of the seasons, Claire and the other characters have been seen wearing an amazing selection of knits.
From Claire and Brianna’s cowls, wraps, shawls, mittens to Roger and Brianna’s sweaters in seasons three and four.
You can see them wearing carefully curated pieces in mainly neutral tones, like brown, beige, navy, and grey.
Chunky Knit Sweater
This sweater is meant to be a thick and cosy knit, perfect for cold days, walking the dog or running errands.
With a turtleneck, it will make you feel wrapped up and protected from the cold.
There are a few sizes to make too – from small to large.
You can also make it in a size up if you want it to be more oversized.
How To Knit The Fisherman’s Rib Stitch
This stitch pattern is similar to the 1 x 1 rib stitch but has a more defined texture.
This is a simple stitch to work, as you knit a one-row repeat stitch with a setup row.
This stitch definitely gives the sweater that extra warm and cosy look!
Traditionally the stitch is worked like this knit flat:
Cast on an even number of sts
- Row 1 (set up row): P all sts
- Row 2: (P1, k1b), repeat ( ) until you have 2 sts remaining, end p2
- Repeat row 2 for the rest of the project.
For this sweater pattern, this was changed slightly:
Cast on an even number of sts.
- Row 1: (RS) Knit to the end of the row.
- Row 2: (WS) K1, *P1, K1B, rep from * to last 2 sts, P1, K1.
- Rep Rows 1 and 2 for the pattern.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should be comfortable working the purl stitch.
- You should be comfortable knitting the Fisherman’s rib stitch (and K1b – see video for help).
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
This chunky knit jumper is a fairly quick knit with easy pattern instructions to follow further down in this post.
There is also the option to buy the entire Outlander pattern collection which features 20 knitting patterns, including:
- Triangle shawls
- A large cable knit shawl
- Fingerless gloves
Visit the Outlander Knitting Patterns in my shop below:
You are welcome to sell items from this pattern, I just ask that you give pattern credit to Handy Little Me and link to www.handylittleme.com in any listings. Thank You!
Skill Level – Intermediate
To fit bust –
cm – 86, 91, 97, 102, 107, 112
in – 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44
Garment measurement –
cm – 95, 103, 108, 112, 116, 123
in – 37.5, 40.5, 42.5, 44, 48.5
Length from shoulder –
cm – 56, 58, 58, 60, 61, 61
in – 22, 23, 23, 23.5, 24, 24
Sleeve seam –
cm – 41, 42, 42, 42, 43, 43
in – 16, 16.5, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17
- Drops Eskimo Mix – 100% wool, 50g (1.8oz) / 50m (54 yards) colour brown 23.
- Amount of yarn required (balls/skeins) – 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
- Yarn weight – Bulky 05
5 sts to 5 cm (approx 2 inches) measured over pattern.
- k – knit
- p – purl
- st(s) – stitches
- st, st – stockinette stitch
- patt – pattern
- rep – repeat
- beg – beginning
- inc – increase
- dec – decrease
- K1B – knit one below worked like this – insert right-hand needle into the stitch below stitch on left-hand needle and knit it in the usual way, letting the stitch drop off the left-hand needle. (see video in this post).
- mm – millimetres
- cm – centimetres
- in – inch(es)
- RS – right side
Instructions for the larger sizes are given in () brackets, where only one figure is given this applies to all sizes.
It is a good idea to go through the pattern once you have selected your size and highlight all of the numbers given for that size.
This will make the pattern easier to follow in the size that you are making.
Using 6.5mm (US 10.5) needles cast on 47, (51, 53, 55, 57, 61) sts
Rib row 1: P1, *K1, P1 rep from * to end.
Rib row 2: K1, *P1, K1 rep from * to end.
Rep these 2 rows for 3 inches, ending with rib row 2.
Change to 8mm (US 11) needles.
Work in fisherman’s rib as follows:
Row 1: (RS) Knit
Row 2: K1, *P1, K1B, rep from * to last 2 sts, P1, K1.
These last two rows form the pattern.
Continue in the pattern until the back piece measures: 13.5″, (14″, 14″, 14″, 14″, 14″) from the co edge, ending on a WS row.
The length can be adjusted here if you want to make the sweater shorter or longer.
Shape The Armholes
Cast off in pattern, 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows: 39, (43, 45, 47, 49, 53) sts.
Work straight to 8.5″, (9″, 9″, 9.5″, 10″, 10″) from beg of armhole shaping and ending on a WS row.
Shape The Shoulders
Cast off 6, (7, 7, 8, 8, 9) sts at beg of next 2 rows and 7, (8, 8, 8, 8, 9) sts at beg of foll 2 rows.
Cut yarn and leave rem 13, (13, 15, 15, 17, 17) sts on a stitch holder.
Work as given for the back up to the completion of the armhole shaping; 39, (43, 45, 47, 49, 53) sts.
Work straight to 6.5″, (7″, 7″, 7″, 7.5″, 7.5″) from beg of armhole shaping, ending with a WS row.
Next row: Pattern 16, (18, 18, 19, 19, 21) sts, turn and leave rem sts on a stitch holder.
Work on the first set of sts as follows:
* dec 1 st at neck edge on every row until 13, (15, 15, 16, 16, 18) sts remain.
Work straight until front measures same as back up to beg of shoulder shaping, ending at armhole edge.
Cast off 6, (7, 7, 8, 8, 9) sts at beg of next row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off *.
Return to sts on the stitch holder.
With RS facing, slip first 7, (7, 9, 9, 11, 11) sts onto a holder, join yarn to next st and pattern to the end of the row.
Now work as given for the first side of the neck from * to *.
Using 6.5mm (US 10.5) needles cast on 23, (25, 25, 27, 29, 29) sts.
Work the 2 rib rows of the back for 3 inches ending with rib row 2.
Change to 8mm (US 11) needles.
Proceed in pattern as given for the back (Fishermans rib) but inc 1 st at each end of the 3rd and every foll 4th row until there are 43, (45, 45, 47, 51, 51) sts.
Work straight to 16, (16.5, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17) inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
Place a marker at each end of the last row.
Pattern a further 1.5 inches ending with a WS row.
Cast off in rib.
Join right shoulder seam.
With right side facing, join yarn to neck at left front shoulder and using 6.5 mm (US 10.5) needles, pick up and knit 8, (8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 10) sts down left side of front neck.
Knit the front neck sts from holder.
Pick up and knit 8, (8, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts up the right side of front neck, then K the back neck sts from holder (36, 36, 40, 44, 48, 48) sts.
1st, 2nd, 3rd sizes only – work 4.5″ – P1, K1 rib.
4th, 5th, 6th sizes only – work 4.5″ – K1, P1 rib.
All sizes – cast-off loosely in rib (use a larger needle size if needed / or do a stretchy bind off).
Do not press and check the yarn label for washing instructions.
Join left shoulder and neckband seam.
Set in sleeves placing the straight side edges above markers to cast off sts at armholes.
Join side and sleeve seams.
Leave neckband or you can fold over and secure by slip stitching into position if you want it to be turned over.
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