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Challenge Yourself to These 12 Advanced Sweater Patterns

No matter how many sweaters I knit, I learn something new with each project. Whether it’s an unfamiliar bind off or just an interesting new construction method, sweaters have a lot of new skills to teach even the most seasoned knitters.

These 12 sweater patterns include a mix of techniques and construction styles so you can practice skills that challenge you, from colorwork to steeking and double knitting.

Challenging Sweater Knitting

Perfect your sweater knitting skills with these patterns that will challenge you in the new year.

Challenge yourself to knit a more difficult sweater with one (or more!) of these advanced knitting patterns.

Oblique Motion Coat Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member fernknits

1. Oblique Motion

This cardigan combines colorwork and double knitting for a reversible cardigan that’s worked seamlessly. So many techniques! If you love the colorwork but want to incorporate it into another garment like a pullover, check out designer fernknits‘s other patterns. There’s a lot of gorgeous colorwork there.

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Brails Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Happy Ewe

2. Brails Cardigan

You’ll learn plenty of new skills with this cardigan, or just brush up on skills you haven’t practiced in a while! The sweater construction requires a three-needle bind-off and picking up stitches, and you’ll also get plenty of practice knitting different types of pretty cables.

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Take Flight Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Kraftling

3. Take Flight

Stranded colorwork, reading charts and provisional cast-on are just a few of the skills you’ll practice with this sweater. The sweater is designed with a bit of positive ease, so you don’t have to worry too much about getting a perfect fit.

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Flame Stitch Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Vogue Knitting’s Pattern Store

4. Flame Stitch Cardigan

This beautiful flame stitch pattern might make your eyes cross when you first look at it, but once you repeat the stitch a couple of times, you’ll be an expert. You’ll also get some cardigan construction practice while you work your way through the flame stitch.

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Blaze Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Universal Yarn

5. Blaze

Texture, Fair Isle, charts, an I-cord bind-off — this sweater will test your skills throughout the entire project. The sweater pattern comes with instructions for six sizes, so you can also practice matching your measurements to the correct size.

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Acorn Trail Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy instructor Amy Herzog

6. Acorn Trail

Most of us knitters have seamed a sweater, but it’s possible we don’t feel super confident about our seaming skills. This sweater offers an opportunity to perfect those seaming skills, plus practice combining lace with cables. If you dig Amy’s designs, be sure to check out her Craftsy classes that focus on ways to get a great custom fit.

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Janae Pullover Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Sandi Prosser Designs

7. Janae Pullover

This sweater relies on its drape to create an easy-to-wear piece, so if you decide to substitute the yarn, keep that element in mind. You’ll also get quite a challenge with the two-color yoke that switches up its fun design every few rows.

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Lalique Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Fiber Dreams

8. Lalique

If you live in a warmer climate, perhaps you aren’t game for a heavy sweater challenge. Instead, try something like this lace cardigan that can enhance your skills in lace knitting, as well as adding beads to your knitting.

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Tavie Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Meiju Knits

9. Tavie

Your skills in cables and sweater construction will be put to the test with this lovely pattern. The pattern has options for customizing, too; you can knit a short or long-sleeved version, and you can customize the length of the cardigan.

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Dair Isle Yoke Pullover Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Creationsbyeve

10. Dair Isle Yoke Pullover

Color, texture and a unique hem construction can all be found in this fun pattern. The gauge is different for the yoke and the body, so it’s also a good way to hone your swatching and gauge skills. The pattern is a great way to practice choosing color combinations, too.

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Hooded Pullover Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Vogue Knitting’s Pattern Store

11. Hooded Pullover

Hello, texture! Practice your cables, as well as your sweater construction skills, with this warm pullover. The front features a button-neck placket, so you’ll also be able to practice adding special little details.

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Grellow Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member getoffmylawndesigns.com

12. Grellow Cardigan

Many knitters would agree that one of the scariest techniques in knitting is steeking. Steeking is simply cutting your knitting, but it certainly can be intimidating. Practice steeking, along with stranded colorwork, using this pattern that comes with a tutorial for steeking with a sewing machine.

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