The Funfetti knit sweater pattern is a simple raglan sweater knitting pattern.
If you’re not familiar with the term raglan, it’s a sweater knit either top-down (like this one) or bottom-up where the shoulders are shaped through increases or decreases. This construction makes it completely seamless!
Knit with chunky yarn and fun bright colors it’s perfect for end of winter days.
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Choose to make yours with 3/4 sleeves or classic long sleeves, both options are given in the pattern.
The eyelet details at the shoulders add a bit of fun to this simple design. Don’t worry, they are much easier to knit than they look!
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The Funfetti Chunky Knit Sweater Pattern is now available on Ravelry.
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Before you Start
The Funfetti sweater is available in the following sizes: XS to 5XL. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). The pictures illustrate the M (medium) size.
Tip: Don’t want to get confused by all these numbers. Get the ad free PDF version and start by highlighting your size throughout the pattern.
Final bust measurements are: 75 (85, 95, 105, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155) cm or
29.5 (33.5, 37.5, 41.25, 45.25, 49.25, 53.5, 57, 61)”
Sweater lengths are: 63 (64, 65, 66, 67, 68.5, 68.5, 69, 69) cm or 24.75 (25, 25.5, 26, 26.5, 27, 27, 27.25, 27, 25)”
The sweater is designed with a close fit, zero ease around the bust.
- 5.5 mm/ US 9 circular knitting needles.
- 6.5 mm / US 10.5 circular knitting needles
- Chunky (size 5) Tiny Teal Handcrafted yarn (100% Superwash Merino, 100m / 109 yards, 100g):
- Color Funfetti 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins
- Color Deep Turquoise 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins
- 4 stitch markers (make sure you have 1 marker distinctly different from 3 others)
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch on 6.5 mm / US 10.5 needles, is 12.5 st by 17 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Abbreviations & Instructions
- st = stitch
- k = knit
- k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
- p = purl
- yo = yarn over
Work instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row between < >.
The Actual Knit Sweater Pattern
With 5.5mm / US 9 circular knitting needles cast on 82 (90, 100, 106, 108, 110, 114, 116, 120) st with the deep turquoise color yarn. Join in the round.
[k1, p1] around for 6 rounds.
Switch to 6.5 mm / US 10.5 circular needles and funfetti color yarn. From now on knit in stockinette stitch (knit continuously in the round)
Next 2 Rounds: Knit around.
Next Round: Using a distinctly different stitch marker for the first marker, place one marker at the beginning of round. Then follow the stitches according to your size and place another stitch marker at each location of the commas. At the end of this round you will have 4 markers that will help you know when to increase without needing to count. Each stitch marker divides the stitches between the front / back panels and the sleeves.
XS: k25, k16, k25, k16
S: k29, k16, k29, k16
M: k33, k17, k33, k17
L: k36, k17, k36, k17
XL: k38, k16, k38, k16
2XL: k40, k15, k40, k15
3XL: k42, k15, k42, k15
4XL: k45, k13, k45, k13
5XL: k47, k13, k47, k13
Increase Round: [knit each st to 1 st before next marker (yo, k1, slip stitch marker, k1, yo) at marker] around (8 increases total).
Next Round: Knit one round.
Repeat previous 2 rows [increase round + 1 knit round] 10 (11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 10, 9, 7) times.
Work an additional 0 (0, 0, 2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 17) increase rounds
You now have 170 (186, 204, 226, 244, 262, 282, 300, 320) stitches.
From now on the sleeves will be knit separately from the body of the cardigan.
Separate the Sleeves
To do so, on the next k to first marker, skip and place on holder sts from this marker to next marker, k to next marker, skip and place on holder sts from this marker to end.
I’m using scraps of yarn to put stitches on hold but you can use one of the following:
- Needle cables from an interchangeable needle set
- Another circular needle (be careful not to lose stitches while you work on the body if you don’t secure them)
- A piece of string
Basically, anything, where you can slip those stitches on and secure them, will work.
These secured stitches will form the sleeves of the cardigan while the rest are the front and back panels.
The Body of the Sweater
For the body section, ignore the stitches you have placed on the holders. Keep working in stockinette stitch with the remaining stitches (front and back panels together).
Knit 4 rounds. <94 (106, 118, 132, 144, 156, 168, 182, 194) st>
Keep knitting in the round until you reach 33 cm from the armpits.
You can also try the cardigan on and see how you want to adjust the length (take into account about 8.5cm / 3.25” for the edge).
Switch to your 5.5mm / US 9 knitting needles and deep turquoise color yarn.
Divide the stitches in 2 equal parts and knit them separately in rows back and forth: [k1, p1] across for 18 rows.
Stitch counts will vary for each size. If you end with a K stitch, then start the return row with P stitch and vice versa.
Repeat for the other section.
Cast off and weave in the ends.
Both sleeves are identical.
Go back to the stitches you left on your stitch holder and start working with these.
With your 6.5 mm / US 10.5 needles and your funfetti color yarn, pick up 5 additional st in the armpit. Place a st marker at the beginning of the round.
Knit in the round for 10 cm. <43 (45, 48, 52, 55, 58, 62, 64, 68) st>
Note: On decrease rounds not all sizes finish on a decrease.
Decrease: [k10, k2tog] around, k to end. <40 (42, 44, 48, 51, 54, 57, 59, 63) st>
Knit for 5 cm.
Decrease: [k9, k2tog] around, k to end. <37 (39, 40, 44, 47, 50, 52, 54, 58) st>
Knit for 5 cm.
Decrease: [k8, k2tog] around, k to end. <34 (36, 36, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49, 53) st>
Knit for 5 cm.
Decrease: [k7, k2tog] around, k to end. <31 (32, 32, 36, 39, 40, 42, 44, 48) st>
You can also try the cardigan on and adjust the sleeve length to your desired length (take into account about 7 cm / 2.75” for the edge).
If you want to adapt the cardigan for long sleeves, continue knitting until the following dimensions (measured from the armpit):
35 (36, 36, 37, 37.5, 37.5, 37.5, 40, 40) cm / 13.75 (14.25, 14.25, 14.5, 14.75, 14.75, 14.75, 15.75, 15.75)”.
Switch to your 5.5 mm / US 9 circular needles and your deep turquoise color yarn.
[k1, p1] around for 12 rounds.
Blocking your Funfetti Knit Sweater
Carefully wet block your cardigan.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.
If you enjoyed this pattern, share it with your yarn loving friends!
P.J. ColdrenFebruary 27, 2020 at 10:17 pm
Thank you! I have some wonderful chunky yarn and I’ve been looking all over the giant interweb and in my more-than-SABLE pattern stash for JUST this kind of a sweater pattern. No joy until today. I suspect I will be casting this on later tonight. Thank you SO much!
Betty CutlerFebruary 27, 2020 at 10:26 pm
Love that it is top/down knitted and the ease of pattern but wonder if you have thought of doing a cardigan in the same way. I used to knit top/down sweaters for the children. I wonder if the weight of an adult-sized sweater needs seams to help control stretch? Betty
EllisenFebruary 28, 2020 at 1:25 am
Thank you. Have chunky yarn, will knit!!!
LindaMarch 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm
Do you have this pattern for children sizes
Hortense MaskensJune 24, 2020 at 9:21 am
Hi Linda, no unfortunately it’s only in adult sizes