Top 5: Best First Sweaters


Have you decided to delve into the world of sweater knitting? Welcome! The process of choosing your first sweater can be daunting - you don't want to get out of your depth but you also don't want to make something you won't wear. It can be a hard balance to strike, so we've compiled a list of our favorite beginner knitting patterns!

The criteria we used for this list are:

  • it should be stylish - something you will actually wear
  • it should be uncomplicated - straightforward design helps new knitters understand sweater construction
  • it should help you become a better sweater knitter - by gently incorporating sweater-specific techniques

While this list was compiled for beginners, these patterns are great for all knitters, regardless of experience level!

1. The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

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The Weekender by Andrea Mowry is a great option for a first sweater. It is knit from the bottom up, with easy drop sleeves, no neckband, and (best of all) in quick-knitting worsted weight yarn. The pattern features sophisticated details like a faux seam and tubular cast-on and bind-off, which will help expand your knitting skills!

Colorful Eclectic's Joyous Worsted is a great option for your Weekender! This sweater looks particularly fetching in speckled colorways like Foxtrot and Cunning! Click here to get pre-order Joyous Worsted for yourself!

2. Flax by TinCanKnits

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Flax by TinCanKnits is a great option for new sweater knitters because it uses simple raglan shaping for the sleeves. TinCanKnits is known for releasing patterns with plenty of guidance for new knitters.  Flax is a worsted-weight sweater but there is also a fingering-weight version called Flax Light. Both patterns come in sizes for newborns through 59" chest so you can make a Flax for everyone you know!

3. Calligraphy by Knitbot

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Calligraphy is a classic cardigan design from Knitbot. Made in DK-weight yarn, Calligraphy can be knitted with raglan shaping or in pieces. The button band is picked up and knit last, which is common for cardigan patterns so you learn essential techniques like picking up stitches and buttonholes. 

Colorful Eclectic Delight DK would make a superb Calligraphy. Honor the design's classic aesthetic by knitting it in a stately grey like Macabre or a light neutral like For the Love of Neutral would. Grab some now. 

4. Odele by Amy Christoffers

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Odele is a light, summery tee from designer Amy Christoffers. This simple, swingy tee is knit in two pieces with waist shaping and seamed at the shoulders so it's got some easy, yet essential sweater techniques. 

Colorful Eclectic Rhapsody DK would be an excellent choice for an Odele tee because the silk content would ensure beautiful drape and shine in the summer.  sun! Snag some in Garnet now

 5. Boxy by Joji Locatelli

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One of the steepest learning curves for new garment knitters is fit and sizing. So eliminate that by knitting a Boxy sweater! This pattern from designer Joji Locatelli incorporates lots of positive ease, meaning that it's meant to be oversized and flowy. It is knit in fingering weight yarn, but there is a Worsted Boxy available and even a v-neck variant if you're feeling spicy!

Colorful Eclectic's Ecstasy base would make a luxurious Boxy! The silk content lends itself to drapey tops very well. Illusive and Rust would make beautiful Boxys!

As you embark on your sweater journey, don't hesitate to ask questions here or on Instagram! And, as always, don't forget to swatch.

Have you knit your first sweater? What was it? Are you still waiting for that perfect pattern? Let us know in the comments!