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With its beautiful lace and a comfortable oversized sweater fit, the Colienne Sweater is your next favorite project. It features wide puffed sleeves with a fitted cuff, a rounded close fit neckline, drop shoulders and a comfortable hip length.
The texture, ease, and comfort will leave you wanting to make this sweater in every color!
This sweater is designed for, inspired by and named after my mom. She was desperately looking online for the perfect fluffy chunky lace sweater, when I just blurted: “But mom, I can make you one”.
A bit more advanced than my usual makes, this was a challenge I was more than happy to take on! Seeing her wear her new sweater proudly telling everyone I made it for her makes me so happy :).
For this oversized sweater knitting pattern you will need a fluffy chunky weight yarn.
The pattern is written for Hobbii Fluffy Day XL which is a gorgeous bulky weight 5 100% acrylic fluffy yarn. The pink sample is worked in their Redwood colorway.
While the green sample is worked in a local merino blend with a golden thread.
If you choose to substitute yarns, make sure to use a light and fluffy yarn to get the same airy result (and check your gauge!).
An Introduction to Lace Knitting
Lace knitting can be insanely intricate and give you the worst headaches, trust me, I know! Often lace patterns are worked with thin yarn which makes it even harder.
However, this is NOT the case with this easy oversized sweater knitting pattern!
This knitting pattern may look a bit daunting, but do NOT let it scare you! It is so much easier than it looks. There is no shaping, except for the neckline which allows you to really focus on the stitch pattern.
And, it’s worked with chunky weight yarn so you can clearly see your stitches and it will work up much faster (in addition to making your sweater super cozy and fluffy, that’s a win-win-win in my book!).
The lace pattern is formed by a combination of yarn overs (yo), knit 2 stitches together (k2tog) and slip-slip-knit (ssk) decreases. In between lace repeats are basic cables to add even more texture and interest to the stitch pattern.
The sweater is worked in panels sewed together. The back and front panels are worked from the bottom up with a rounded neck shaping. The sleeves are worked from the cuff up. After assembling the panels, stitches are picked up for the neckline ribbing which is then folded and sewed back on the inside of the neckline.
Downloadable PDF Colienne Sweater Knitting Pattern
As part of the Hobbii Plus platform, the Colienne Sweater knitting pattern is available in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, English (US/UK), and French.
What you’ll Need to Knit the Colienne Lace Sweater Pattern
- 9 mm / US 13 knitting needles
- 6.5 mm / US 10.5 circular knitting needles (the collar is worked in the round)
- Hobbii Fluffy Day XL (Bulky weight 5, 100% acrylic, 140m/153yd, 100g/3.5oz) in colorway Redwood (16): 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
- Optional: thin elastic band
The oversized sweater knitting pattern is available in 6 hybrid sizes: XS, S/M, L, XL/2XL, 3XL, 4XL/5XL. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: XS (S/M, L, XL/2XL, 3XL, 4XL/5XL).
The pink sweater pictures illustrate the L size while the green version is size XL/2XL
The sweater is designed with a loose oversized fit, 8 – 12 cm / 3 – 5” ease at the bust.
Final garment measurements are:
- XS: 80 cm / 31.5” bust, 40 cm / 15.75” upper arm.
- S / M: 94 cm / 37” bust, 40 cm / 15.75” upper arm.
- L: 113 cm / 44.5” bust, 47 cm / 18.5” upper arm.
- XL / 2XL: 127 cm / 50” bust, 47 cm / 18.5” upper arm.
- 3XL: 145 cm / 57” bust, 54 cm / 21.25” upper arm.
- 4XL / 5XL: 160 cm / 63” bust, 54 cm / 21.25” upper arm.
The total sweater length is 71.5 cm / 28”. You can adjust this length by adding/removing a lace repeat (8.5 cm / 2.75”), follow notes given in italic.
- Picking up stitches: You will need to pick up stitches around the neckline to form the collar. If you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.
- I recommend using the sloped bind-off technique for the collar shaping. If you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.
- For videos and a detailed explanation on how to knit cables refer to this tutorial.