Knit an Oversized Boyfriend Sweater for Super Stylish Relaxation

Oversized sweaters are perfect for lazy weekends, when the only thing on your to-do list is catching up on that new Netflix show or snuggling up on the couch with a good book.

Our exclusive oversized boyfriend sweatshirt design is not only soft and comfy, but also stylish enough to hit the shops. The pattern isn’t too hard to follow either, so it’s a great project for intermediate knitters.

Grab your knitting needles and note our free chunky knit pattern below, to create your own oversized sweater in no time.

COMPETENCE LEVEL

Not too tricky

MEASUREMENTS

To fit bust 82-86(92-97:102-17)cm;
Finished measurements Bust 111(124:137)cm; Shoulder length 70(72:74)cm; Sleeve length 46(45:44)cm.

MATERIALS

  • 15 (17:19) 50g balls of King Cole Merino Blend Aran in Pale Blue 1539
  • Match each of 4.5mm and 5mm knitting needles
  • needle cable

    TENSION

    18 sts and 24 rows on a 10 cm square above the st using 5 mm needles.

    ABBREVIATIONS

    beg beginning; C8Ba slip the next 4 sts onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, [k1, p1] twice, k4 of cable needle; C8Bb slip the next 4 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 4 sts, then [k1, p1] cable needle; cm centimeters; after Carry on; follow Next; inc. increase; k knit; m1 make an m; by picking up and working in the back of the loop between the st just worked and the next st; p pure; tap pattern; rem remaining; representing repeat; RS right side; sk [slip 1] 2 times, insert the tip of the left needle from left to right through the front of the 2 slipped sts and knit 2 sts tog; m(s) stitches); st-st Jersey; tog together; WS bad side.

    NOTE: The jumper is intentionally oversized and the model wears the 2nd size, but since there is no armhole shape, you can make it shorter if you prefer.

    Hearst

    PANEL twisted (knitted over 10 m)

    1st row (WS)K1, [p1, k1] twice, p4, k1. 2nd row P1, k4, [k1, p1] twice, p1. 3rd row As 1st row. 4th row P1, C8Ba, p1. 5th row K1, p5, k1, p1, k2. 6th row P1, [k1, p1] twice, k4, p1. 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th rows As 5th row. 8th, 10th and 12th rows As 6th row. 14th row P1, C8Bb, p1. 15th, 17th and 19th ranks As 1st row. 16th, 18th and 20th rows As 2nd row. These 20 rows form the cable panel and repeat.

    RETURN

    Cast on 102 (114:126) sts on 5 mm needles. 1st row (RS)K2, [p2, k2] finish. 2nd row P2, [k2, p2] finish. 3rd row As 2nd row. 4th row As 1st row. These 4 rows form the double moss stitch and repeat 2 more times**. Beg with row ak, knit in sts until piece measures 70(72:74)cm from cast-on edge, ending with row 1.

    Shape of the shoulders

    Slip the first st of each group of cast offs, cast off 8 (9:10) sts at the beg of the next 6 rows, then cast off 8 (10:12) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows. Leave 38(40:42) sts remaining on a bartack.

    FRONT

    Work exactly as shown for Return to **. Begin with a row ak, knit in stitch until 10 less rows have been knitted than in the back to the beginning of the shoulder shaping, ending with a row from the wrong side.

    Shaped collar

    From RS, K 33 (38:43), K 2 tog, K 4, turn and continue on these 38 sts (43:48) only, leaving remaining sts on a spare needle. P 1 row. Next line Knit the last 6 stitches, end2tog, end4. Rep the last 2 rows 3 more times. 34(39:44) m. P 1 row.

    Shoulder and neck shape

    Next line Cast off 8 (9:10), K to the last 6 stitches, K2tog, K4. 25 (29:33) m. P 1 row. Rep the last 2 rows one more time. 16 (19:22) m. Next line Cast off 8(9:10), k to finish. P 1 row. Next line Cast off the remaining 8 (10:12) sts. From RS, slip 24(26:28) sts mid front on a bartack, rejoin yarn at rem 39(44:49) sts, K4, ssk, K at end. P 1 row. Next line K4, ssk, k to finish. Rep the last 2 rows 4 more times.

    Shoulder and neck shape

    Next line (from WS) cast off 8 (9:10) sts, p until finished measurements. Next line K4, ssk, k to finish. Next line Cast off 8(9:10) sts, p until finished measurements. K 1 row. Rep the last 2 rows one more time. K 1 row. Next line Cast off the remaining 8 (10:12) sts.

    SLEEVES

    Cast on 38 (42:46) sts on 4.5 mm needles. Knit 12 rows in double seed st as described for back piece. Inc line (RS) K15(17:19), p1, [k2, m1] twice, k2, p1, k15(17:19). 40 (44:48) m. Switch to 5mm needles. 1st row (WS) P15(17:19), knit 10 sts from 1st row of cable panel, p15(17:19). 2nd row (RS) K15 (17:19), knit 10 sts from 2nd row of cable panel, K15 (17:19). These 2 rows Position the position of the cable panel with st-st on each side. Work the correct rows of the patt panel, work 3 rows. Inc line (RS) K2, m1, patt to last 2 sts, m1, k2. Taking increases in mm, knit 5 rows. Rep the last 6 rows, 15 (14:13) more times, then increase row again. 74(76:78) m. Continue straight until the sleeve measures 46(45:44)cm from cast-on row, ending with a row from the wrong side. Cast off while decreasing 2 sts on the central cable.

    NECKLACE

    Join the right shoulder seam. Pick up and knit 18 sts along the left front neck on needle size 4.5 mm, knit the 24 (26:28) sts mid front, pick up and knit 18 sts along the neckline right front piece, then K the 38 (40:42) center sts back. 98(102:106) m. Begin with a row from the wrong side, knit 5 cm in double seed st as described for the back. Change to needle size 5 mm and continue in double moss st until the collar measures 15 cm from the picked up row. Cast off loosely but evenly in patt.

    TO COMPENSATE

    Join the left shoulder and the seam of the collar, reversing the seam on the last 11 cm of the collar to allow turning. With the center of the folded edge of the sleeve over the shoulder, sew the sleeves. Join the side and sleeve seams.

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