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Men’s Sweater Pattern (Easy Knit In Garter Stitch)

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In this post, you will see a men’s sweater pattern that is an easy knit in garter stitch.

This raglan sweater is knit in garter stitch and the simple design means this pattern is very beginner-friendly.

Scroll down to view the free pattern, or grab the inexpensive printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

GARTER STITCH SWEATER FREE

Notes

Skill Level – Easy (advanced beginners)

The sweater knits quickly, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Size Information

  • Adult Sizes/Man
  • S (M, L, XL)

To Fit Chest Size

  • Small – 34 inches/86.36 cm
  • 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)

  • S – 31.5 inches/ 80.1 cm
  • M – 32 inches/ 81.28 cm
  • L – 32.5 inches/ 82.55 cm
  • XL – 33 inches/ 83.82 cm
  • XXL – 33.5 inches / 85.09 cm

Sleeve Length (Underarm to cuff)

  • S – 19.5 inches/ 49.53 cm
  • M – 20 inches/ 50.8 cm
  • L – 20.5 inches/ 52.07 cm
  • XL – 21 inches/ 53.34 cm
  • XXL – 21.5 inches/ 54.61 cm

Cuff (Around)

  • S – 12 inches/ 30.48 cm
  • M – 12 inches/ 30.48 cm
  • L – 13 inches/ 33.2 cm
  • XL – 13 inches/ 33.2 cm
  • XXL – 14 inches/ 35.56 cm

In the photographs, the model is wearing a medium size.

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.

Gauge – 12 sts x 20 rows = 4×4 inches /10×10 cm of garter stitch – with the 8mm (US 11) needles.

Pattern Notes

  • The sweater is worked in 4 pieces: Back, Front, and 2 Raglan Sleeves.
  • Each piece is worked in garter stitch from the lower edge upwards, beginning with a ribbed lower band.
  • Circular needles are used to accommodate the number of stitches.
  • Work back and forth on the circular needle as if working on straight needles.
Pattern pieces for men's sweater

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • Any bulky weight yarn/chunky/12-ply yarn that can be used with the needle size given below.
  • We Are Knitters The Petite Wool (100g/153yds/140m) in Taupe x 7, (8, 9, 10, 11) balls.
  • Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart)

Needles

Notions

  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch holders x 3 or spare cables with end caps
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Abbreviations

  • Beg = Beginning
  • CO = Cast on
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • Dec = Decrease (Cast off)
  • Foll = Following
  • K = Knit
  • KFB = Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
  • P = Purl
  • 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 Raglan Sweater Pattern

Back

With 6 mm (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 8 mm (US 11) knitting needles.

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

Cont to knit every row (working in garter 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 the next 2 rows. 66 (70, 78, 78, 82)sts.

Dec 1st 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 6 mm (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 8 mm (US 11) knitting needles.

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

Cont to knit every row (working in garter 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 the next 2 rows. 66 (70, 78, 78, 82)sts.
  • Dec 1st 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, cast off 2 sts at neck edge of foll RS row, 1 st at neck edge of next RS row, then cast off the rem 8 sts at neck edge of foll RS row.

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:

  • Cast off 2 sts and K to the end of the row.
  • K to the end of the row.
  • Cast off 1st, K to the end of the row.
  • K to the end of the row.
  • Cast off 8 sts.
Front piece of sweater

Left Sleeve

With 6 mm (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 8 mm (US 11) knitting needles.

  • Row 1 (RS): Knit to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): Knit to the end of the row.
  • Cont to knit every row (working in garter stitch) until the piece measures 4.5 inches from the CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeves

Row 1 (RS): (still working in garter stitch) 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 (19.5, 20, 20.5, 21) 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

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

Shape Raglan

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

Making Up

View the step-by-step photo tutorial to help you make up this sweater below…

How To Make Up A Raglan Sweater

  1. Seam The Back Right Raglan Sleeve

    Seam the back right raglan sleeve seam using the mattress stitch.
    Make sure the right sides are facing you.Sweater Step 1

  2. Join The Right Sleeve Seam

    Join the right sleeve seam to the front raglan seam using the mattress stitch.
    Make sure the right sides are facing you.Sweater Step 2

  3. Join The Left Raglan Seam To The Front Raglan Seam

    Join the left raglan sleeve seam to the front raglan seam using the mattress stitch.
    Make sure the right sides are facing you.Sweater Step 3

  4. Working The Neck Step 1

    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 14 (16, 18, 20, 24) 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 14 (16, 18, 20, 24) sts from the side front neck edge and top of the sleeve.
    Finally K across the 32 (34, 36, 36, 38) sts from spare stitch holder at the back.Sweater Step 4

  5. Working The Neck Step 2

    Work in 1 x 1 ribbing (K1, P1) for 3 inches, ending with a WS row.
    Cast off in rib.Sweater step 4.1

  6. Join The Back Raglan Seam

    Join rem back raglan seam and cont up the neck ribbing.
    (Reversing the seam for the rem half, so it looks neat when turned over).Sweater Step 5

  7. The Neck Ribbing Step 1

    Fold neck ribbing in half to WS and catch down loosely on the WS.Sweater Step 6

  8. The Neck Ribbing Step 2

    Once you have completed catching the neck down, you will see a chunky collar with a neat edge.Sweater Step 6.2

  9. Join Side And Sleeve Seams

    Join side and sleeve seams using the mattress stitch.
    Sweater Step 7

  10. Finishing Up

    After you have completed the sleeve and side seams, 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!Sweater Step 7.1

Grab The Men’s Pattern Bundle Here With 10 x Patterns

men's sweater pattern

A Cozy Knit Sweater For Fall

This taupe-colored sweater is a timeless design that can be worn repeatedly 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.

knitted raglan sweater

The yarn I used

I made the sweater using The Petite Wool (from We Are Knitters) in the color taupe.

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

The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.

The perfect yarn to make a sweater.

mens sweater wip photo

You May Also Like The Women’s Verison Of This Sweater

There is a women’s version of this sweater that you can see here – Pumpkin Sweater Knitting Pattern (Free + Easy)

This sweater looks the same but has been adjusted for women’s sizes.

There are 4 sizes to make  – S (M, L, XL).

Oversized sweater knitting pattern
knitted sweater for men

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out the knitting lessons here Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know. 

Including how to cast on, knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, short rows, a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

Also, you can learn more about the different yarn weights (worsted weight yarn, lace weight yarn, etc) here. – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here. Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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mens knitted raglan sweater

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