My Very First Sweater by Ala Szyntor

My Very First Sweater

November 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
984 - 1367 yards (900 - 1250 m)
XS, S, M, L
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Are you fed up with electrifying sweaters in which you sweat in summer and freeze in winter? You know the basics of knitting and made a simple scarf, but still have no courage to take the next step?

Bite the bullet and knit you first sweater!

DIFFICULTY: 2 out of 5

This project is designed for beginners. The pattern is explained in details with text and photos. If you don’t know the techniques used in this pattern well, don’t worry! The additional videos will help you to understand the instructions.

Before knitting, read whole instructions.


Buying the pattern, you get the full chart of sizes.

Measure your bust circumference and choose the best size for you. Check the length of the sweater and compare it with your height (consider changing the total yarn amount you will need).
Note that the sweater will stretch when used and washed, so take it into account.

  • bust circumference: 76-83 (83-90) 90-98 (98-104) cm 30-33 (33-35) 35-38 (38-41) inches
  • sweater circumference: 102 (110) 116 (124) cm 40 (43) 45½ (48¾) inches
  • lenght (measured mid back without the collar): 49 (51) 53 (55) cm 19¼ (20) 20¾ (21½) inches
  • lenght (measured mid back including the collar): 60 (62) 64 (66) cm 23½ (24½) 25¼ (26) inches

In this project you can fit the sleeves’ and the body’s length.


My Very First Sweater is a type of raglan sweater in which the sleeves reach the collar with their tops.
It is worked from the top down in rounds. This project doesn’t require sewing at all. The elements to be done include: collar, yoke, body and sleeves.

First, the collar is worked in rib stitch. Next, the yoke is worked in stockinette stitch. At the same time you work the raglan increases at the indicated places. In addition, the instructions will show you how to shape the neckline with short rows. Next, you divide the stitches for the body and the sleeves. After finishing the body, you work the sleeves.


The additional videos will help you to understand the instructions.


  • Double cast on
  • Join in round
  • Rib stitch (k2, p2)
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Increases
  • German Short Rows
  • Decreases
  • Bind off (3 different techniques)

Thanks to these instructions you will learn the short rows, what they are and how to work them step by step in this project.


If you don’t like turtlenecks, you can sew the free edge of the collar to the sweater.


400 (450) 550 (600) g Drops Cotton Merino (50 g = 110 m 120 yds, 50% cotton, 50% merino wool)


  • circular needles: • 3,5 mm US 4 40 cm 16’’, • 4,5 mm US 7 or any other size to obtain the gauge: 40 cm 16’’, 60 cm 24’’, 80 cm 32’’, 100 cm 40’’ or longer
  • double-pointed needles 3,5 mm US 4 or circular needles 3,5 mm US 4 100 cm 40’’ to finish the sleeves with the magic loop technique


10 x 10 cm 4 x 4 inches = 21 sts x 26 rows in stockinette st on 4,5 mm US 7 needles, after blocking

If your swatch is too large use smaller needles or work tighter. If it is too small - use larger needles or work loosely.


This pattern of a knitting sweater is digital as a PDF file.

This pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only.
Copying, selling or distributing this pattern is prohibited.
It is forbidden to sell any items produced by following the directions from this pattern.

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