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12 Simple Sweaters to Cure the Holiday Knitting Blues

We know you spent most of December knitting up a storm for holiday gifts. Now you’re staring at your needles wondering… what’s next?

We suggest easing yourself back into your usual knitting routine with an easy sweater that won’t cause you stress.

You won’t find any cables, crazy stitches or complicated cables in this collection of patterns. They’re meant to keep things easy and breezy as you sit in front of the fire and bid farewell to the stress of the handmade holiday gift list you just checked off.

Easy Sweater Knitting Patterns

If you’re new to sweater knitting, now is a great time to give it a try. Check out Caddy Melville Ledbetter’s new class, Sweater Knitting: Basics & Beyond for start-to-finish instructions on how to make a beautiful oversized open-front cardigan. Once your skills are in place, then try some of the sweaters here!

Dockside Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Two of Wands

1. Dockside Sweater

A relaxed fit means you don’t have to worry too much about how this sweater fits. Knit it up in cotton in preparation for breezy summer nights, or try a wool that you can wear as soon as you finish the project.

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Knit Sweater Prudence Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Brome Fields

2. Knit Sweater (Prudence)

Super-bulky yarn, big needles, easy stitches — you’ll finish Prudence without a single tear or swear. Thanks to the chunky yarn, you might even be able to work this one up in just a weekend.

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Mystery Green Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Katrine H. Designs

3. Mystery Green Sweater

You’ll get a lot of color without a lot of effort thanks to beautifully dyed yarns like the Malabrigo Worsted shown here. The fit of the sweater is relaxed, so you don’t have to worry too much about getting the perfect fit.

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Bexley Pop-Over Sweater Knitting Kit

4. Bexley Pop-Over Sweater Kit

Sometimes finding the right yarn can be almost as stressful as actually knitting the sweater. This knitting kit takes all the stress out of choosing supplies. It comes with the pattern as well as all the yarn you’ll need to make this pretty, relaxed-fit top.

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Caora Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Littletheorem Knits

5. Caora Sweater

Two of the most basic knit stitches (stockinette stitch and garter stitch) unite for a chunky-weight sweater that you’ll be able to knit faster than you think. The shaping is a cinch when you don’t have to worry about keeping up with colorwork or other complicated stitches.

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Easy Sweater for Men Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Vintage and Modern Day Knitting Patterns

6. Easy Sweater for Men

This classic men’s sweater has just enough texture to make it interesting but not too difficult to knit. Most of the sweater is worked in stockinette stitch, so you don’t have to keep track of anything too stressful.

Ragtime Pullover Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Lady Jay Crochet

7. Ragtime Pullover

This is the perfect sweater for a beginner who wants to ease into knitting sweaters or for an experienced knitter who wants to sit back and relax while stitching. The pullover uses garter stitch and ribbing at the hem and cuffs, so you can probably even stitch it while you watch a movie.

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Funky Bulky Asymmetrical Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member CamexiaDesigns

8. Funky Bulky Asymmetrical Sweater

Take one look at this sweater and you’ll see why it’s so quick. Bulky yarn paired with a loose gauge makes for a sweater that’s simple and ideal for practically any season. Layer, layer, layer is the key here!

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Ushya Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member KnittingFever

9. Ushya Sweater

Garter stitch and minimal shaping will make this your go-to sweater for both an easy knit and a comfy garment. A contrasting color around the neckline, hem and sleeve cuffs gives this basic pattern a little something special.

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Aran Garter Stitch Sweater Knitting Pattern

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10. Aran Garter Stitch Sweater

For all you knitters who loathe finishing and seaming, you’ll love this sweater. There are only two seams to sew once you finish knitting the basic garter stitch body. The positive ease means you don’t have to worry about the perfect fit, either.

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Nele Top Down Raglan Sweater Knitting Pattern

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11. Nele Top-Down Raglan Sweater

According to the designer, this is a great choice for sweater beginners who want to try top-down knitting. If you don’t want to bother with a lot of color changes, you can also knit this one in a variegated or solid color.

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Colum Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member JaneHoworthKnit’s Pattern Store

12. Colum Sweater

Still feeling generous after the holidays? Knit this sweater for yourself or for a guy in your life who appreciates a hand knit garment. The sizing starts with teens and goes all the way up to adults, so it’s a great knit for younger guys, too.

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Love the sweaters, but the one I want to make is a kit. I don’t need a kit, just want the Pop over sweater pattern. Why can’t you offer the pattern for sale as well as a kit??


Check out Ravelry. This pattern is offered there for $7.


Thanks Margaret! Will try Raverlry.

Carol Jaffit

Can you please advise where can I get a pattern for No 6 mens sweater?

Gina Lawless

Did you ever get the pattern for #6? If so, can you direct me to the site? Thank you.


It says ‘get the free pattern’ for the dockside sweater but when you click on the link it says it is £2.66. Should it be free or is this just an error?

Kate Morris

Apologies! It is up to the designer to set their prices. I updated the page to remove the free.

Gina Lawless

Where can I find the pattern for sweater #6, Easy Men’s Sweater?

Kate Morris

We don’t have it anymore and I can’t find it on the internet. Sorry!


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