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It’s so hard to find what to make to the special men in your life! This V neck men sweater knitting pattern isn’t just any sweater. Classic and elegant, this is the pattern for the simple everyday v neck sweater. Worn with a shirt or polo for a more formal look or over a simple T-shirt and jeans, it fits for any occasion.
With its simple construction and detailed step-by-step instructions, the Arnaud’s Classic V Neck Sweater is an easy-level knitting pattern available in sizes S to 5XL
Handmade Yet Looking Storebought!
It doesn’t get much more storebought looking than that! The Arnaud Classic V Neck Sweater pattern is a handmade version of your classic, timeless V neck men sweater.
My hubby will model any handmade items I ask him to, but when it comes to actually wearing them, he usually finds them too warm and not as comfortable. So when I decided to make him a new sweater I knew I had to level up my game if he was going to actually wear it.
I took his favorite sweaters (the same one he has in 5 different colors) and based the Arnaud Classic V Neck Sweater fit and shaping on it to ensure a good and comfortable fit and I couldn’t be happier with the final result!
Both my dad and brothers asked me to make them one when I told them it wasn’t a storebought sweater but I made it!
Downloadable PDF Arnaud’s Classic V Neck Sweater Pattern Knitting
The Arnaud’s Classic V-neck sweater is available in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, English (US/UK), and French on Hobbii Plus! Grab your copy here.
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V Neck Sweater Pattern Knitting Construction
The men’s sweater is knitted from the bottom up. Both front and back panels are worked in one piece knitting in the round until the underarm. The piece is then divided in 2 parts working the front and back panel separately. A few stitches are cast off on each side of the panels for simple square armhole shaping. The back panel is then worked straight with some shoulder shaping. The front panel is divided in 2 parts to shape the V-neck and shoulders.
Both panels are then sewed together at the shoulders.
Sleeves are worked separately, from the cuff up and sewed to the sweater body. Finally, stitches are picked up to form the V-neck shaping.
What You’ll Need for Your Men’s Sweater Knitting Pattern
- 3 mm / US 2 circular knitting needles.
- 3.5 mm / US 4 circular knitting needles.
- Hobbii Highland Wool (Light weight (3), 100% Peruvian highland wool, 175 m / 191 yd, 50 g / 1.75 oz) in Wild River (14) colorway: 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
- 2 Stitch markers
- Stitch holder. I like to use an unused cable from my interchangeable needle set but you can also use a scrap of yarn.
V Neck Knit Sweater Sizes
The sweater knitting pattern is available in the following men sizes: S to 5XL. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). The pictures illustrate the Medium size.
Final garment measurements are:
S: 99 cm / 39” bust, 68.5 cm / 27” long (from shoulder)
M: 107 cm / 42.25” bust, 70 cm / 27.5” long (from shoulder)
L: 118 cm / 46.5” bust, 71.5 cm / 28.25” long (from shoulder)
XL: 130 cm / 51” bust, 72.5 cm / 28.5” long (from shoulder)
2XL: 139 cm / 55” bust, 74.5 cm / 29.25” long (from shoulder)
3XL: 149 cm / 58.5” bust, 75.5 cm / 29.75” long (from shoulder)
4XL: 160 cm / 63” bust, 77 cm / 30.25” long (from shoulder)
5XL: 170 cm / 66.75” bust, 78.5 cm / 31” long (from shoulder)
The sweater is designed with a classic fit 5 – 10 cm / 2” – 4” ease at the bust.
Knit Sweater Gauge
The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 25 st by 30 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Abbreviations & Instructions
- st = stitch
- k = knit
- p = purl
- M1R = make one right; single right-leaning knit increase
- M1L = make one left; single left-leaning knit increase
- k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
Repeat instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.
Special Stitches and Techniques
- Stockinette stitch:
- In the round: knit continuously
- Worked flat: alternate knit rows on the right side and purl rows on the wrong side of your project.
- M1R: Insert your left needle from back to front, under the bar between the stitches (thus lifting it onto the left needle). Knit this bar through the front loop (this twists it into a nice little tight loop)
- M1L: Insert the left needle from front to back, under the bar between the stitches (thus lifting it onto the left needle). Knit this bar through the back loop (this twists it into a nice little tight loop).
If you are not familiar with this increase technique, I find this video tutorial very helpful.
- Picking up stitches: if you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.
- I recommend using the sloped bind off technique for the shoulder shaping. If you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.
- V-neck ribbing. The pattern includes complete instructions for the V-neck but if you’re new to V-neck ribbing shaping, this video tutorial will give you a more visual guide for the technique used here. (note, the number of stitches picked up is very different due to the difference in yarn and V-neck size).