Let me start by saying I LOVE PetiteKnit patterns. Each one is well written and I find them easy to follow, even for a beginner sweater knitter. However, the Novice Sweater Junior pattern is next level for beginners. If you have been wanting to knit a sweater but are nervous about getting started and reading a pattern, get this one. I made this one for my daughter, but there’s an adult version you can make for yourself which I have made too! I love the chunky and simple design with the folded neck. It’s a cozy sweater you can wear all winter long, home or out in public.
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This sweater is knit top down in a circular yoke. There are no short rows, and all increases are really simple and explained thoroughly in the pattern.
The body and arms are split when the yoke is complete and you knit the body, then each arm. There is a tiny bit of seaming when you fold the collar down but it is quick!
The pattern calls for 3 yarns held together that I am unfamiliar with, so I tested gauge with some yarn in my stash and had success with Twill from KnitPicks. This yarn is listed as worsted but it’s very thick and dense. It matched gauge perfectly for me on the first try but you’ll want to double check for yourself.
You can find the yarn linked here. It’s 100% wool and very soft! I used the color Rose Water Heather.
I also made a second sweater and am used Muse from KnitPicks. It is another worsted yarn that is too thick to use for anything else so I’m happy to find a pattern for it! That yarn doesn’t stretch as well so you’ll want to make sure you cast on for the neck fairly loosely.
I use my Sunstruck needle set from KnitPicks. You will need two sizes, one for the cuffs and one for the body/sleeves, so I recommend using interchangeable needles for easy tip and cord length
I wet blocked the sweater and love how it turned out. It looked good enough without blocking, but the yarn relaxed and has a beautiful drape after blocking. I also wanted to stretch it a little for a baggy fit.
My best tip is to check and double check gauge since you will most likely be using a yarn different from the design. Size up or down needles if you need to!
I mentioned it earlier in the post but make sure your cast on is fairly loose and don’t sew the collar down too tight. You want plenty of stretch for going over big kid’s heads. 😉
This pattern is GREAT for beginners and also anyone else who wants a simple, chunky sweater! It’s super quick to make and really rewarding. I cannot recommend it enough.
Let me know if you decide to make a Novice Sweater and let me know what yarn you choose!