Glaese – FREE, fast and fun knit sweater pattern

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Possibly the fastest sweater to ever be knit. I’m so happy to offer this FREE, fast, and fun top! Make it cropped for the trend of the season or long and oversized to throw over your favorite leggings.

The story on this sweater:

Ages ago, my very first venture into lace knitting was this exact stitch. I desperately wanted to learn the magic of lace and yarn overs. So I took this request to my local yarn shop and this 1 Row repeat is what she taught me.

Now, I give it to you, sweater-style!

About the yarn:

Because my intent is for this sweater to be truly a beginner-friendly piece, fat yarn had to be the choice.
Check.
Affordable and accessible.
Check and check.

Lion Brand Yarns, does it again with this multi-strand, Color Made Easy, 100% acrylic, size 5 Bulky. The color choices are so very delicious for all your autumn wishes. 
Shown here is Anthurium (rust) & Kingfisher (blue).

What goes best with fat yarn?
Fat Fat needles. Size 15.

Ya’ll I told you this was fast!

Color Made Easy

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The sizes available:

The shaping on this sweater allows for you to determine the way it fits.

Choose a size close to your chest measurement for a standard fit or for an oversize fit, choose several inches or many inches (up to 10 or 12!) larger than actual chest. 

Please note the sizing is written to a 1 (2, 3, …) FINISHED MEASUREMENTS and not as a ‘standard’ XS (S, M,…). 

Choose from the 10 sizes available to achieve the fit you desire. 

Everything about this sweater is completely customizable- although I do give some recommendations for guidance if needed.

Love easy knits?

After you complete this lightning quick top, Dip into your mandala stash (I know you have one!) to whip out another fast and easy project! Yep, free pattern on the site: Shawl One {FREE pattern}

The skills you need:

Glaese is a truly an easy sweater to make. If yarn overs or a knit2together are new to you, there is a VIDEO available that teaches everything you need to know.

cast on – knit – yarn over – knit 2 together – bind off – seaming

Prefer a PDF?

Some quick info about this free Glaese knit sweater pattern post:
This page has complete directions – or – you can inexpensively purchase the pattern

HERE (Etsy) or HERE (LoveCrafts) or HERE (Payhip) or HERE (Ravelry) or HERE (Makerist) and you will receive an ad-free, linked, pdf download, which also includes:

  • Schematic of measurements
  • Stitch chart
  • Ease charts
  • Fill-in-blanks for customization numbers
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Getting started:

Yes, I say this with every pattern – because it’s important. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times- My friend, ya need to swatch. I know its no fun. I know you want to get right to the good stuff. I know it feels like a waste of yarn, and yarn ain’t cheap. 
I know. Truly, I know.
But– You want your sweater to fit. This means you need to know how your stitching sizes up to my stitching. 
We are all different. Heck, we’re different from ourselves at any given time. I know my gauge is tighter when watching a show than it is if I’m in my stitching chair listening to a book. 
Grumble and grump about it (I do), but do it. 

To make the process easier and more enjoyable, I’ve created this FREE worksheet for you to use. It helps with the steps, the math, and the organization. Blocking Worksheet 

Gauge Swatch

8 sts and 14 rows = 4” [10 cm] after blocking.

Read through each line before beginning to avoid any confusion during stitching.

Refer to Special Stitches instruction {below} as needed.

CO 20.

Row 1 K4, *yo, k2tog, k2; rep from * across to end.

Rep Row 1 until swatch measures 10” [25.5 cm]

Bind off all stitches.

Wet or steam block your swatch. Allow to fully dry.
Measuring the inside stitches, not at the edges, count out your gauge and go up or down a needle size if needed for your sweater. 

The pattern

Glaese

A free knit sweater pattern, by Rebecca Velasquez

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MATERIALS & TOOLS

YARN: Bulky weight (#5 bulky); 605 (643, 680, 719, 821, 862, 897, 937, 1037, 1079) yds [553 (588, 622, 657, 751, 788, 820, 857, 948, 987) m]

Shown: Lion Brand Yarn, Color Made Easy  (100% acrylic; 247 yd [226 m] / 7 oz [200 g]), 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins; Anthurium (rust) or Kingfisher (blue)

*Amount given is for sweater pattern as shown | written {blue sample}. Yardage will vary with any alterations of pattern.

NEEDLES: US 15- [8.00 mm] cables long enough to accommodate width of Front | Back of size being made; or size needed to obtain gauge; the needles I used for this and most projects are the super pointy ChiaoGoo Red Lace Interchangeables.

NOTIONS: Locking stitch markers (4), tapestry needle

For a complete list of all the tools/supplies I use, find it HERE (affiliate link)

GAUGE

8 sts and 14 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stitch pattern after light blocking.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

BUST / HIP 39 (43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 62½, 66½, 70½, 74½)” [99 (109, 119.5, 129.5, 139.5, 150, 159, 169, 179, 189) cm] after light blocking

SHOULDER TO HEM (cropped) 15 (15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16¾, 16¾)” [38 (38, 38, 38, 40.5, 40.5, 40.5, 40.5, 42.5, 42.5) cm]

SHOULDER TO HEM (cropped) 22½ (22½, 22½, 22½, 23½, 23½, 23½, 23½, 24½, 24½)” [57 (57, 57, 57, 59.5, 59.5, 59.5, 59.5, 61.5, 61.5) cm]

ARM CIRCUMFERENCE 15¾ (15¾, 15¾, 15¾, 17¾, 17¾, 17¾, 17¾, 19½, 19½)” [40 (40, 40, 40, 45, 45, 45, 45, 49.5, 49.5) cm]

PROJECT LEVEL

Easy +

TECHNIQUES USED: cast on – knit – yarn over – knit 2 together – bind off – seaming 

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NOTES

General

  • Pattern is written in US terms with imperial and metric measurements.
  • This pattern is written in 10 sizes, with the different sizes given in parentheses: 39 (43, 47,…). If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • Read through each line before beginning to avoid any confusion during stitching.
  • Refer to SPECIAL STITCHES instruction {below} and VIDEO(S) as needed.
  • Take time to save time. Using same yarn as intended for sweater, stitch, wash, and block a gauge swatch in the same manner you will be using for your garment to ensure proper measurements. Please refer to Gauge Swatch above.

Construction

  • Sweater is worked in 4 pieces, Front and Back, Sleeves (2). Sweater is then seamed across shoulders, sleeves centered to shoulder and sewn in place. Side | underarm seam is then sewn from cuff to body then down to hem.

Understanding the pattern & sizing

  • For cropped length sweater- choose sizing from chest measurement, make size according to ease | fit desired. (Pdf pattern includes Ease Chart(s) for quick reference to sizing.)
  • For full | longer length sweater- choose sizing from largest of chest or hip measurement, make size according to ease | fit desired. (Pdf pattern includes Ease Chart(s) for quick reference to sizing.)

Customization recommmendations to change Neck width or Arm circumference, are provided within the pattern.

ABBREVIATIONS

CO – cast on

K – knit

PM – place marker

Rep – repeat

RS – right side

St(s) – stitch(es)

Tog – tog

WS – wrong side

Yo – yarn over (needle)

SPECIAL STITCHES:

K2tog (knit 2 stitches together) Place the right hand needle under the second stitch of the left needle knitwise, knit both stitches as if they were one (decreasing by one stitch).

SWEATER

Front | Back

(Make 2)

Cast on 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76).

Row 1-4 Knit. 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76) sts

Row 5 (RS) K4, *yo, k2tog, k2; rep from * across to end.

PM in any stitch of row just made to mark as Right Side.

Rep Row 5 until Front | Back panel reaches 1” [2.5 cm] shorter than desired total length, hem to shoulder {see Recommendations below}, ending with RS row.

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Recommendation- Cropped length

Recommended length hem to sleeve 7” [18 cm]; hem to shoulder 15 (15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16¾, 16¾)” [38 (38, 38, 38, 40.5, 40.5, 40.5, 40.5, 42.5, 42.5) cm]

Recommendation- Full length

Recommended length hem to sleeve 14½” [37 cm]; hem to shoulder 22½ (22½, 22½, 22½, 23½, 23½, 23½, 23½, 24¼, 24¼)” [57 (57, 57, 57, 59.5, 59.5, 59.5, 59.5, 61.5, 61.5) cm]

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Return to pattern

Next 4 rows:  Knit.

Bind off all stitches.

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SLEEVES

(Make 2)

{See Customizations below}

Cast on 32 (32, 32, 32, 36, 36, 36, 36, 40, 40).

Customization- Sleeve circumference

If a smaller or larger arm circumference is wanted, stitch size that will give the desired ease | measurement. If wanting a measurement outside of pattern range, cast on stitches in multiple of 4, refer to Gauge {above} to determine proper cast on number. (Pdf pattern includes Schematic for quick reference to sizing.)

Customization- Sleeve circumference

If sweater is to be oversized, it is recommended to sew neckline | shoulder seams and try on at this point {see Assembly below}. Measure from edge of body | shoulders to desired sleeve length. This is your custom length.

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Return to pattern

Work as Front | Back until 11” [28 cm] or 1” [2.5 cm] shorter than desired total length, ending with RS row.

Next 4 rows:  Knit.

Bind off all stitches.

Recommended Block all pieces to measurements before seaming {Refer to Blocking Guide for basic blocking instruction | methods}.

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Assembly

NECKLINE | SHOULDERS

{See Recommendations and Customizations below}

With Front | Back panel lying flat, measure across the top, from side edges toward center, PM(s) for neckline.

Recommended 7¾ (9¾, 9¾, 9¾, 9¾, 9¾, 9¾, 11¾, 11¾, 11¾)” [19.5 (25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 30, 30, 30) cm]; 16 (20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 24, 24, 24) stitches.

Having WS together, with needle and length of yarn approximately 2X length of shoulder, sew across from side edge to marker using interlocking mattress stitch creating shoulder.

Repeat for second shoulder.

SLEEVES | SIDES

With Front | Back panels lying open and flat having RS facing, center upper edge of sleeve at shoulder seam. With a length of yarn approximately 2X length of upper sleeve width, using interlocking mattress stitch, sew across Sleeve | Body join.

Fold sweater in half, with WS together, aligning all edges, with a length of yarn approximately 2X length of sleeve underarm from cuff to body and to hem, using locking mattress stitch, sew across underarm from cuff to body, then down to hem.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing

Remove marker(s), weave in ends.

Lightly steam seams and edges for best results. •

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