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Men’s Sweater Knitting Pattern {Roger’s Sweater}

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In this post, you will see a men’s sweater knitting pattern.

This sweater is a great project for fall and was inspired by the brown sweater Roger wears in Outlander season 4.

mens knitted jumper with turtleneck

A Cozy Men’s Turtleneck Sweater

This turtleneck sweater is a timeless design that can be worn again and again during the autumn.

Wear it with jeans, your favorite pair of boots, and a beanie or cap while going for a brisk walk with your dog.

Oversized and comfy, this sweater will feel extra cozy when there is a chill in the air.

ROGER'S SWEATER FREE

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Men's turtleneck sweater

The yarn I used

I made the sweater using Cascade 220 knit with two strands together in the color Vinci.

This yarn is very warm to wear as it is 100% wool.

The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.

Roger's sweater cascade 220 yarn

Inspired by Roger’s Sweater From Outlander

This sweater design was inspired by a brown turtleneck sweater that Roger is seen wearing in Outlander season 4.

I chose the cascade 220 in Vinci as it was the closest color match I could find.

You can of course use different yarn that is suitable for the needle size given in the pattern.

Roger's sweater Outlander season 4
Images copyright to Starz.com

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters who are looking to move on to making their first garment.

knitted turtleneck sweater close up_

Can you knit a sweater with straight needles?

Yes! This sweater is knit flat, back and forth with straight needles.

You can of course use circular needles if you wish, but the pieces will be knit flat (back and forth) not in the round.

The pieces are then seamed together to make up the sweater.

mens long sweater

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Notes

Skill Level – Easy (advanced beginner)

This sweater is a close replica of the sweater Roger MacKenzie is seen wearing in Outlander season 4.

The raglan sweater is knit in stockinette stitch for the main body with 1×1 ribbed cuffs and a ribbed turtleneck.

If you like this pattern you may also enjoy Roger’s Ribbed Beanie From Outlander.

You can also view all of the other Outlander Men’s Knits here.

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Gauge – 12 sts x 16 rows = 4×4 inches /10×10 cm of stocking stitch – with the 7mm (US 11) needles.

mens knitted jumper

Size Information

  • Adult/Man
  • S (M, L, XL, XXL)
  • In the photographs, the model is wearing a medium size.

To Fit Chest Size

  • Small – 34 inches/86.36cm
  • Medium – 37 inches/93.98 cm
  • Large – 40 inches/101.6 cm
  • XL – 43.5 inches/110.49 cm
  • XXL – 47.5 / 120.65 cm

Length (Straight – Shoulder to hem)

  • Small – 30.5 inches/77.47cm
  • Medium – 31 inches/78.74 cm
  • Large – 31.5 inches/80.01 cm
  • XL – 32 inches/81.28 cm
  • XXL – 32.5 /82.55 cm

Sleeve Length (Underarm to cuff)

  • S – 20 inches/ 50.8 cm
  • M – 20.5 inches/52.07 cm
  • L – 21 inches/53.34 cm
  • XL – 21.5 inches/54.61 cm
  • XXL – 22 inches/55.88 cm

Cuff (Around)

  • S – 11 inches/ 27.94 cm
  • M – 12 inches/ 30.48 cm
  • L – 12 inches/ 30.48 cm
  • XL – 13 inches/ 33.02 cm
  • XXL – 13 inches/ 33.02 cm

The pattern is written for all sizes starting with the small size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places.

To follow the pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

men's sweater knitted

Pattern Notes

  • The sweater is worked in 4 pieces: Back, Front, and 2 Sleeves.
  • Each piece is worked in stockinette (stocking stitch) from the lower edge upwards, beginning with a ribbed lower band.
  • Circular needles are used to accommodate the number of stitches.
  • The sweater pieces are knit flat not in the round.
  • Work back and forth on the circular needle as if working on straight needles.
Pattern pieces for sweater

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • Any Chunky/Bulky/12 Ply yarn to match the needle size given in this pattern.
  • I used Cascade 220 (100g/200m/219yds) in the color Vinci 2440 x 9, (10, 10, 11, 11) skeins.
  • The yarn I used (because it is a worsted-weight yarn) was knit with two strands together.
  • Substitute Yarn – The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters.
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

Notions

Roger's sweater work in progress

Abbreviations

  • Alt = Alternating
  • CO = Cast on
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • Dec = Decrease
  • Foll = Following
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit the next 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • P = Purl
  • P2tog = Purl the next 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • RS = Right side
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • WS = Wrong side

Stitch Pattern Notes

1 x 1 ribbing = K1, P1 (It is obtained by alternating knit and purl stitches in one row and “knitting by pattern” in every next row. This means that we make a knit stitch when the previous row stitch looks like V and make a purl stitch when the previous looks like a bump.)

Cast On: even number of stitches.

  • Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) till the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): (k1, p1) till the end of the row.

Repeat these two rows.

men's sweater back view

Sweater Pattern

Back

With 6mm (US 10) knitting needles CO 70 (74, 82, 86, 94) sts.

  • Work in 1 x 1 ribbing until the piece measures 2 inches from the CO edge.

Change to 7mm (US 10.5) knitting needles.

  • Row 1 (RS): Knit to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl to the end of the row.

Cont to rep rows 1 and 2 working in stockinette (stocking) stitch until the piece measures 15.5 (16, 16.5, 16.5, 17) inches from the CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Raglan

Cast off 2, (2, 2, 4, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 66 (70, 78, 78, 82)sts.

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Dec 1 st (either cast-off or work K2tog or P2tog depending on the row you are on) at each end of every foll 3rd row until 36 (38, 40, 40, 42) sts remain.

Leave these sts on a spare needle/stitch holder or cable with end caps.

Back piece of sweater

Front

With 6mm (US 10) knitting needles CO 70 (74, 82, 86, 94) sts.

  • Work in 1 x 1 ribbing until the piece measures 2 inches from the CO edge.

Change to 7mm (US 10.5) knitting needles.

  • Row 1 (RS): Knit to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl to the end of the row.
  • Cont to rep rows 1 and 2 working in stockinette (stocking) stitch until the piece measures 15.5 (16, 16.5, 16.5, 17) inches from the CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Raglan

  • Cast off 2, (2, 2, 4, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 66 (70, 78, 78, 82)sts.
  • Dec 1 st at each end of every foll 3rd row until 36 (38, 40, 40, 42) sts remain.
  • On the next RS row, K 11 sts, then place the central 14, (16, 18, 18, 20) sts for the neck onto a stitch holder, then place the remaining 11 sts onto another stitch holder.
  • There will be 11 sts on either side of the neck.
  • Each side of the neck will now be worked separately.

Shape Neck

Keeping the raglan shaping correct, K2tog twice at neck edge of foll RS row, K2tog at neck edge of next RS row, then cast off the rem 8 sts at neck edge of foll RS row.

*On all alt rows purl.

With RS of work facing you – place the 11 sts from the st holder onto the needles and rejoin the yarn for the other side of the neck.

Reverse the shaping as follows:

  • K2tog, K2tog, K to the end of the row.
  • Purl to the end of the row.
  • K2tog, K to the end of the row.
  • Purl to the end of the row.
  • Cast off 8 sts.

Break the yarn and leave a length of yarn (around 4-6 inches or more) for weaving in later.

Front piece of sweater

Left Sleeve

With 6mm (US 10) knitting needles CO 34 (34, 38, 38, 42) sts.

  • Work in 1 x 1 ribbing until the piece measures 2 inches from the CO edge.

Change to 7mm (US 10.5) knitting needles.

  • Row 1 (RS): Knit to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl to the end of the row.
  • Cont to rep rows 1 and 2 working in stockinette (stocking) stitch until the piece measures 3 inches from the CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeves

Row 1 (RS): KFB into the first and last stitch of the row. (2 sts increased)

Rep row 1 (increasing 2 sts) on every foll 10th (8th, 8th, 6th, 6th) row, 6 (8, 8, 10, 10) more times. 48 (52, 56, 60, 64) sts.

Cont to work in patt until sleeve measures 19.5 (20, 20.5, 21, 21.5) inches from the CO edge.

*At this point check that you are happy with the length of the sleeves – they should start just below the underarm. If you need to make them longer, work more rows, but if you prefer a shorter sleeve you may need to pull out (frog) a few rows.

Shape Raglan

  • Row 1(WS): Purl to the end of the row.
  • Rows 2 and 3: Cast off 2 (2, 3, 4, 6) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows.
  • Row 4: Dec row (RS): Cast off 1 st, K to last 2 sts, cast off 1 st. (2 sts decreased)
  • Row 5: Purl to the end of the row.
  • Rep rows 4 and 5 until you have 12 sts.
  • Next row (RS): Cast off 6 sts – K to the end of the row.
  • Next row(WS): Purl to the end of the row.
  • Cast off rem 6 sts.
Left Sleeve of sweater

Right Sleeve

Work as for the left sleeve until you need to shape the raglan.

Shape Raglan

  • Row 1(WS): Purl to the end of the row.
  • Rows 2 and 3: Cast off 2 (2, 3, 4, 6) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows.
  • Row 4: Dec row (RS): Cast off 1 st, K to last 2 sts, cast off 1 st. (2 sts decreased)
  • Row 5 (WS): Purl to the end of the row.
  • Rep rows 4 and 5 until you have 12 sts.
  • Next row(RS): K 6 sts, Cast off the rem 6 sts, break yarn.
  • Next row(WS): Join the yarn to the first st, purl to the end of the row.
  • Cast off rem 6 sts.
Right Sleeve of sweater

Making Up

Tutorial

You can find a mattress stitch tutorial here.

Tip

It’s best to work on a large surface (like a dining table or desk) so you can lie the pieces out flat and see where you will be seaming.

Step 1

Seam the back right raglan sleeve seam using the mattress stitch.

Make sure the right sides are facing you.

Step 2

Join the right sleeve seam to the front raglan seam using the mattress stitch.

Make sure the right sides are facing you.

Step 3

Join the left raglan sleeve seam to the front raglan seam using the mattress stitch.

Make sure the right sides are facing you.

Step 4

Leave the left-back raglan seam open for now.

With the RS of work facing you, use the 6mm (US 10) knitting needles and do the following:

  • Pick up and knit 23 (23, 24, 24, 25) sts from the side front neck edge and top of the sleeve.
  • Then K across the 14 (16, 18, 20, 24) sts from the stitch holder at center front.
  • Then pick up and K 23 (23, 24, 24, 25) sts from the side front neck edge and top of the sleeve.
  • Finally K across the 32 (34, 36, 36, 38) sts from the spare stitch holder at the back.

Work in 1 x 1 ribbing for 8 inches, ending with a WS row.

Cast off in rib.

Step 5

Join rem back raglan seam and cont up the neck ribbing, reversing the seaming for the neck, so you see a neat edge when you turn the neck over.

Step 6

Join side and sleeve seams using the mattress stitch.

Then you can weave in any leftover loose ends.

I also like to use a lint roller to clean the garment afterward in case of any fluff, pet hair, etc!

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