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July 11, 2020

Yes! You CAN Make a Loom Knit Sweater!

INSIDE: Loom knit sweater pattern with collar variations in sizes XS/S – 4/5XL. Tutorial videos are available for this loom along.

This is it! It’s the summit for many knitters, needle or loom. The ultimate challenge.

The sweater.

Years ago, when I got my first set of Knifty Knitter looms and made a hat, I never dreamed of the places I’d go. I’m amazed at how much looms and loom knitting have developed over the years. We’ve seen new shapes, like X or S, to creatively enlarge our knitting. We’ve conquered lace shawls, full size blankets and socks.

So, what’s next?

It’s time we venture into new territory and explore a relatively uncharted area for loom knitters.

The sweater.

I featured the Easy Going Pullover from Yarnspirations in a knit along and many of you asked me to convert the pattern to the loom. With permission from Yarnspirations I did just that!

needle knit Easy Going Pullover
Needle knit Easy Going Pullover

If you’re a needle knitter and want to work the knit pattern I’ve got tips and tutorials just for you!

Easy Going Pullover Knit Along

This Easy Going Pullover Sweater for the loom is a cozy, oversized weekender made for chilly winter days at home with a good book. It features drop sleeves, a beautiful textured stitch pattern and several collar options. This pattern is sized from XS-5XL.

Loom knit in Bernat Roving yarn this sweater will become your go to winter favorite.

If you want a refresher on loom knitting basics see the blog posts below to get started:
13 Questions for Beginner Loom Knitters
How to Loom Knit Basics
How to Loom Knit Basic Stitch Patterns
How to Loom Knit in the Round


Easy Going Pullover Sweater

By Kristen Mangus

Loom Knit Sweater shown on Flexee Loom
Yes! I’m loom knitting a sweater!

The full pattern including all 6 parts will be available on both Ravelry and Etsy August 15th.

Loom Knit Sweater Part 1:
Overview & Pattern Intro

MATERIALS

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Yarn
Bernat Roving (3.5 oz/100 g; 120 yds/109 m)
Color Grass used in sample.

SizesXS/SMLXL2/3XL4/5XL
# of balls91011121416

Loom
⅝” Large Gauge (LG) loom with at least  63 (67-73-79-91-97) pegs
Knitting Board Flexee Loom Chunky used for sample.

Stitch markers – both locking stitch markers and peg stitch markers
Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg = Beginning
Cont = Continue(ity)
Dec = Decrease
Inc = Increase
K = Uwrap knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
Kfpb = Knit into the front and purl into the back of the stitch
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
P1below = Purl 1 below
Rem – Remain(ing)
Rep = Repeat
Rnd – Round
SlwyifP = Slip with yarn in front of peg
SSK = Slip, slip, knit
St(s) = Stitch(es)

GAUGE
12 sts x 16 rows in 4” in Texture Pat.
(See NOTES below.)

SKILL LEVEL Easy

SIZES 
XS/S (M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL)

SizeFits Bust MeasurementFinished Bust
XS/S28-34″ [71-86.5 cm]41″ [104 cm]
M36-38″ [91.5-96.5 cm] 44″ [112 cm] 
L40-42″ [101.5-106.5 cm] 48″ [122 cm] 
XL44-46″ [112-117 cm] 52″ [132 cm] 
2/3XL48-54″ [122-137 cm] 60″ [152.5 cm] 
4/5XL56-62″ [142-157.5 cm] 64″ [162.5 cm]

NOTES 

Gauge – Gauge is very important for this pattern.  I know how difficult it is to match gauge exactly so I put together some guidelines for you.

  • The gauge for this pattern is 3 sts/in.  
  • If your test swatch is 2.8 – 3 sts/inch make the pattern as written your sweater will come out to the correct size.
  • If your swatch gauge is less than 2.8 sts/in. I’d suggest trying a different yarn to help you tighten up your gauge OR make one size smaller.
  • If your gauge is over 3 sts/in try to loosen your stitches.  If it is more than 3.3 sts/in you could make one size larger.

Customize Length – Sweater patterns are designed to fit an average height person.  If you are not average this is an easy pattern for you to customize.  Lengthen or shorten the sweater on the BOTH the front and back between the ribbing and armholes.  The easiest way to figure out how long to knit it is to measure the length of one of your own sweaters along the side seam from the armpit to the bottom of the sweater.  Write that number on the line below for future reference.  I have a note in the pattern below telling you where to use your custom length.

Bottom of sweater to armhole Custom Length ________

Cast on – I recommend the long tail cast on for this pattern. If you prefer another cast on I also show the Double Ewrap and Chain cast ons in the tutorial video.

Continue in Pattern – This instruction, abbreviated “Cont in pat”, means to keep your textured stitch pattern consistent as you increase or decrease.  You want all the columns of your stitch pattern to line up.  Place a stitch marker on the peg for the SlwyifP in Row 1 near the edge of your row as a visual cue.

Loom Knit Sweater with Cowl Collar
Flat Knit Cowl Collar Option

Collar Options –  

  • Flat Knit Collar – This collar follows the original pattern and is a flat knit panel. 
    • Cowl Collar – This is the wide cowl shown in the picture above.  It is knit as a flat panel and seamed.
    • Open Collar – Knit the flat panel to your desired length, but do not seam the ends.  Fold open the edges for a splayed collar.
    • Collar with Closures – Knit the flat panel and omit seaming.  Sew toggle closures to the collar to allow you to wear the collar open or closed.
  • Cowl Collar Knit in the Round – This option allows you to knit the entire cowl in the round to your desired length.  It will look the same as the flat knit cowl but without a seam.

SCHEMATIC

Loom Knit Sweater Schematic Drawing with Size Measurements
Measurements listed in inches.

Make the matching hat to wear with your Easy Going Pullover Sweater:

Loom Knit Easy Going Hat


PIN IT!

Loom Knit Sweater PIN Image

Part 1 Tutorial Video

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Part 1 Timestamps
00:00:11 Welcome & Overview
00:01:26 Basic Design
00:01:47 Sizing and Finished Measurements
00:02:45 Collar Customization
00:03:27 Supplies – Loom options
00:04:32 Supplies – Yarn
00:05:17 Sizing & How much yarn
00:08:59 Swatch: Begin swatch with 3 cast ons shown
00:12:47 Stitch: Ribbing
00:14:53 Stitch: Textured Pattern
00:18:43 Swatch: Provisional bind off
00:19:15 Swatch: Block & measure
00:20:44.03 Calculate gauge
00:21:31 TIP: Tension and adjusting gauge
00:22:20 Loom along series schedule

Right handed:



Left handed


Loom Knit Sweater Part 2: Back

Part 2 gets you started loom knitting the back of the sweater. I review the pattern and stitches needed to complete this portion plus I have lots of handy tips to help you manage your project.

INSTRUCTIONS – Back

Part 2: BACK

**Cast on  63 (67-73-79-91-97)  sts.

Row 1: * UK, P. Rep from * to last st. UK.

Rep Row 1 of Ribbing until piece measures 2” (5 cm).

Proceed in Texture Pat as follows:

Row 1 (Setup): *K1, SlwyifP. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Row 2: P1, *P1below. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1below, P1.
Rows 3 and 4: K all.

These 4 rows for the Texture Pat.

Cont in pat until work from beg measures 19″ [48 cm].  NOTE: If you are working the sweater to a custom length.  Use that measurement here.

Shape armholes: 
Keeping cont of pat, bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 55 (59-65-71-83-89) sts.** 

Cont even in pat until armhole measures 8 (9-9½-10-10-10½)” [20.5 (23-24.5-25.5-25.5-27.5) cm].

Shape shoulders: Keeping cont of pat, bind off 7 (8-9-10-13-15) sts beg next 2 rows, then 7 (8-9-11- 14-15) sts beg following 2 rows. Leave rem 27 (27-29-29-29-29) sts on a st holder.

Watch the tutorial video below to see each part of the pattern.

Part 2 Timestamps
00:00:28 Review Pattern: Cast on #s
00:00:58 Loom setup
00:01:35 TIP: Control tension
00:02:15 Review Pattern: Stitches & Customizing length
00:03:52 Review Pattern: Row instructions for Back
00:05:39 TIP: Measuring length & Calculating # of rows needed
00:08:51 TIP: Add a new ball of yarn
00:09:42 Review Pattern: Armhole shaping
00:10:37 Armhole: Bind off 1st 4 sts
00:13:10 Armhole: Bind off next 4 sts (SlwyifP notes)
00:14:43 Cont in pat: Row 1
00:15:15 TIP: Removing links
00:15:44 Cont in pat: Row 2
00:16:10 TIP: Calculate armhole length
00:16:59 Review Pattern: Shape shoulders
00:18:54 TIP: Keep your stitch pattern lined up when working bind off sts.
00:20:41 Review stitch count after armhole bind off & remove links
00:21:32 Provisional bind off
00:22:51 Finished Back panel shown

Part 2 – Tutorial Video

Right handed



Left handed


Loom Knit Sweater Part 3: Front

In Part 3 we’re going to loom knit the entire Front panel including shaping the shoulders and neckline. By using strategically placed stitch markers as visual cues you’ll have your shoulders done in no time without having to count and recount your stitches.

Let’s get started!

INSTRUCTIONS – Front

Work from ** to ** as given for Back. 

Cont even in pat until armhole measures 5 (6-6½-7-7-7½)” [12.5 (15-16.5-18-18-19.5) cm].

Shape neck: 
Next row: Cont in pat across 20 (22-24-27-33-36) sts. Place marker on last peg worked; this indicates neck edge. Ignore rem sts on loom.  Turn and work back to beg of row. 

Cont in pat, *dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, then every other Row twice more. 14 (16-18-21- 27-30) sts. 

[*To dec on even row: K1, k2tog, cont in pat to end. To dec on odd row: Cont in pat to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Note: All decreases at neck edge only.]

Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Back to shoulder making sure first two sts on each row 2 are knit at neck.

TIP: Count pattern ridges on armhole back panel for exact length. 

Shape shoulder: 
Keeping cont of pat, bind off 7 (8-9-10-13-15) sts beg next row. 

Work 1 row. Bind off rem 7 (8-9-11-14-15) sts; leave tail and cut yarn. 

Skip next 15 (15-17-17-17-17) sts. Place marker for neck edge. Join new yarn at marked peg and work rem sts cont in pat to end of row. 

Cont in pat, *dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, then every other Row twice more. 14 (16-18-21- 27-30) sts.  

[*To dec on even row – Cont in pat to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. To dec on odd row – K1, ssk, cont in pat to end.]

Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Back to shoulder; making sure last two sts on each row 2 are knit at neck. Ending on an odd row at the start of the shoulder; opposite the neck.

Shape shoulder: 
Keeping cont of pat, bind off 7 (8-9-10-13-15) sts beg next row. 

Work 1 row. Bind off rem 7 (8-9-11-14-15) sts; leave tail and cut yarn. 

Leave rem 15 (15- 17-17-17-17) sts on a stitch holder or scrap piece of yarn (Provisional bind off).

Part 3 – Tutorial Video

Part 3 – Timestamps
00:00:10 Overview
00:00:44 Review Pattern: Same as Back Panel (Part 2)
00:01:39 Review Pattern: Armhole
00:02:35 Review Pattern: Shape neck
00:04:15 Begin neck shaping
00:05:47 Review Pattern: ‘*dec 1 st at neck edge…’
00:07:55 Place 2nd st marker
00:08:11 1st decrease (Texture Pat ‘Row 3’)
00:09:17 2nd decrease (Texture Pat ‘Row 4’)
00:10:51 3rd decrease (Texture Pat ‘Row 1’)
00:12:00 4th decrease (Texture Pat ‘Row 2’)
00:14:00 5th & 6th dec every other row
00:14:57 Review Pattern: ‘Cont even in pat until armhole measures…’ 00:16:06 Review Pattern: Shape shoulder (Right) and bind off
00:17:04 Review Pattern: ‘Skip next 15 (..) sts …’ & st marker placement.
00:18:32 Join yarn & cont in pat (Texture Pat ‘Row 1’)
00:20:00 1st decrease (Texture Pat ‘Row 2’)
00:21:57 2nd decrease (Texture Pat ‘Row 3’)
00:23:08 Review Pattern: 3rd-6th dec explained
00:23:34 Review Pattern: ‘Cont even in pat until armhole measures…’ & ending on odd row.
00:24:12 Shape shoulder (Left) and bind off
00:25:21 Finishing with Provisional bind off

Right Handed



Left Handed


Loom Knit Sweater Part 4: Sleeves

Consider this the top of the hill. You’ve already done the hard work to get up here and you can coast down the rest of the way.

The sleeves will seem to knit up super fast after you’ve already done the front and back panels. Like the other sections, you begin with ribbing and then move into the Texture Pattern and shaping.

On the sleeves I decided to change the Texture Pattern to only use knit stitches on the ends of the rows (See Alt Texture Pat Row 2 below for changes.) This made the increases on the edges much smoother allowing for a smoother seam. It’s a minor change, but with a noticeable result.

One sleeve DONE!

INSTRUCTIONS: Sleeves

Cast on 33 (33-33-35-37-39) sts. 

TIP: Your loom will need at least 49 (55-57-61-61-63) pegs total to accommodate sleeve increases. 

Work 2″ [5 cm] in Ribbing as given for Back.

Alt Texture Pat:
To ensure a smoother edge for seaming the sleeve, use the Alt Texture Pat below.  (NOTE: Only the first and last st of Row 2 is different.)

Row 1 (Setup): *K1, SlwyifP. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Row 2: K1, *P1below. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1below, K1.
Rows 3 and 4: K all.
These 4 rows form the Alt Texture Pat.

Proceed in Alt Texture Pat for 4 rows. 

Sleeve Increases:

Sleeve increases are worked every 4 or 6 rows at both the beginning and end of the row.  While following the Alt Texture Pat these increases are on either a Row 2 or Row 4 of the stitch pattern.  Work as follows:

Row 2 Inc: Kfpb, cont in pat until 1 st rem.  Move last stitch over 1 peg to create empty peg.  Kfpb.

Row 4 Inc: Kfpb, knit across until 1 st rem. Move last stitch over 1 peg to create empty peg.  Kfpb.

Cont in pat, inc 1 st each end of next and following 6th (6th-6th-4th-4th-4th) rows until there are 49 (45-45-61-61-63) sts. 

TIP: After working an inc row, place a locking stitch marker on the back (or front) of your knitting. Mark the same peg column each time to make counting easier. Use this marker to check if on a 4th or 6th row by counting rows between markers. 

TIP: Stitch markers make counting rows and repeats easy!

Sizes M and L only: Cont in pat and inc 1 st each end of following 4th rows until there are (55-57) sts.

All sizes: Cont even in pat until Sleeve from beg measures 16 (16-17-17-18-18)” [40.5 (40.5-43-43- 45.5-45.5) cm]. Place markers, on knitting, at each end of last row; this will be referenced when sewing in sleeves. 

Work 4 more rows even in pat. Bind off.

Part 4 – Tutorial Videos

Part 4 – Timestamps
00:00:10 Pattern Overview
00:00:38 Loom Setup
00:02:20 TIP: Use stitch marker on loom to mark special st in Row 2
00:03:26 Alt Texture Pattern
00:04:27 TIP: Use stitch markers to track increases
00:07:37 Alt Texture Pat: Rows 1-3
00:08:20 Row 4 Increase – Beg of row
00:10:22 Row 4 Increase – End of row
00:11:35 TIP: Mark Inc row with stitch marker
00:12:50 Pattern Notes: Increasing every 4th row vs. every 6th row
00:13:57 Row 2 Increase – Beg of row
00:15:14 Row 2 Increase – End of row 00:16:25 TIP: Mark Inc row with stitch marker
00:16:54 TIP: Counting increases every 6 rows
00:17:40 TIP: Move stitch marker on loom to help Cont in pat.
00:18:13 Pattern Review: Stitch counts after increases
00:18:55 Pattern Notes for M and L sizes
00:19:45 TIP: Calculate sleeve length after increases
00:21:52 Place marker for seaming
00:22:41 Work last 4 rows and bind off
00:22:50 Finishing notes

Right Handed

Left Handed


Loom Knit Sweater Part 5: Collar
(Coming August 8)

Loom Knit Sweater Part 6: Finishing
(Coming August 15)

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About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
15 Comments
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    Love this I do have question can u do a pattern for an adult romper for summer on the loom or for crochet

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    How do I get PART 1 of LoomKnit Pullover Sweater?
    Thank you.

    • Joann Gay

      Part 1 of the loom along is all included on the page above. Part 1 includes the pattern overview, supplies list and pattern notes.

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    Will the complete instructions from each 6 sessions including charts and things be included in the final PDF pattern and if it is going to be a free PDF or a buyable one? either would be fine.

    Also hoping you create a pattern for mens sweaters. I need and xl lol.

    marc shelton

    • Joann Gay

      Yes, on August 15th we will make a downloadable PDF available for purchase on both Etsy and Ravelry. The full pattern will also stay here on the blog for free.

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    I love this, thank you for showing on you tube. I will definitely try making this, never made anything other than scarfs on any of my looms.

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    Is this sweater unisex. Is it Universal for all sexes. Everywhere I look on the internet I see people creating sweaters form Women but not us males. I will attempt to follow your videos in making this sweater in XL for myself as a man. I love the big cowl for the next. Perfect for cold wintry days here in Connecticut.
    Please advise if you can at some point in the future make a nice men’s sweater so I can follow along.
    Marc Shelton

    • Joann Gay

      It’s sized according to women’s sizes, but you could absolutely select a size based on the chest measurements to make a man’s sweater. It’s an ideal unisex pattern since there’s no body shaping.

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    I’m so very excited to finally get to learn how to loom knit a sweater🥰

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    Is there a printed file of this pattern? I am not seeing it on the page.

    • Joann Gay

      Hi, Shelley. We don’t have the pattern PDF available yet. It will be available on both Etsy and Ravelry on August 15th.

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    Sidni McCluer Monroe July 12, 2020 at 6:59 am Reply

    Can this be adapted for a man’s sweater?

    • Joann Gay

      Absolutely! Since it’s a basic pullover sweater it could easily be worn by a man. I’d use the measurement chart to select a size.

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    Hello, can you make the easy pullover sweater on any other loom. I don’t have the new fleece looms.

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