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Elena Sweater Knitting Pattern for Beginners

The Elena Sweater is an easy knitting pattern crafted with beginners in mind. Whether you’re new to knitting or garment making, the Elena is an easy sweater to make.

This comfy pullover sweater features a v-neck that’s simply made. Along the cuffs and hem is 2×2 ribbing.

The sweater is knit in classic stockinette stitch. This creates a sweater that drapes beautifully in worsted weight yarn.

The Elena Sweater is knit flat, in four pieces. Those pieces are then seamed together.

This free sweater pattern includes 9 sizes. The sizes are to fit bust sizes 30″ through 62″ with a generous amount of ease.

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Woman looks down while wearing knit v-neck pullover.

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Yarn

Touch of Alpaca* is a lovely blend of acrylic and alpaca, which is hypoallergenic. I’m living in my sweater.

It’s warm, wears well and washable. These are a must in sweater yarn.

Can you substitute a different yarn? Absolutely. Many #4 medium worsted weight yarns will work well for this sweater pattern.

Stitch

The Elena Sweater is knit simply with a 2 x 2 ribbing. The main sweater is knit in stockinette stitch.

The v-neck is simple to achieve with decreases. So you’ll need to know (or learn) how to knit two together.

I link up some tutorials for you in the stitches section too.

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Materials

  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn, pictured is Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca (90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca, 3.5 oz/100 g, 207 yd/190 m):
  • XS-3 skeins or approximately 621 yds/568 m 
  • SM-4 skeins or approximately 725 yds/663 m
  • MED-4 skeins or approximately 828 yds/757 m
  • LG-5 skeins or approximately 948 yds/867 m
  • XL-6 skeins or approximately 1078 yds/986 m
  • 2X-6 skeins or approximately 1208 yds/1105 m
  • 3X-7 skeins or approximately 1342 yds/1227 m
  • 4X-7 skeins or approximately 1449 yds/1325 m
  • 5X-8 skeins or approximately 1656 yds/1514 m
  • US 7/4.5mm needles or needles needed to meet gauge 
  • Yarn needle, Measuring tape, Scissors

Notes

  1. Worked flat, turn after each row.
  2. Pattern is written for multiple sizes where the first number given is the smallest size and larger sizes come next in parenthesis. For example: CO 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136) indicates to cast on 72 sts for the XS size, 80 sts for SM, 104 sts for XL size, etc. Where no size is indicated, instructions apply to all sizes.
  3. Stitch multiple is 4.
  4. Please check gauge first by knitting at least a 6” (15cm) square in stockinette in your chosen yarn + needles, block your swatch + measure. Compare it to the listed gauge and adjust your needle size if needed. St gauge is more important than row gauge for this pattern.
  5. For this pattern I bound off and seamed the shoulders. You may choose to do a 3 needle bind off if you prefer.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

BO-bind off

CO-cast on You might like this super easy short tail cast on, or the crocheter’s cast on.

Kfb-knit front and back

K-Knit

K2tog-knit two together

K2tog-L-you can use any left leaning decrease, I used this one-get the tutorial here. This is used on the v-neck so you will want it to look as finished as possible. 

P-purl

rep-repeat

RS-right side

st(s)-stitch(es)

Ws-wrong side

Gauge

4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)= 15 sts x 20 rows in stockinette, block your gauge swatch & measure gauge after. 

Level

Easy

Construction

This easy sweater is knit flat and from the bottom up. There are 4 pieces: the back panel, front panel and two sleeves. Once you knit the 4 pieces you will seam them together. 

Fit/Adjustment

Suggested positive ease: 8-10”/20-25cm. Pictured in size M on model with 36”/91cm bust.

To fit Bust: 30”/76cm, (34”/86.5cm, 38”/96.5cm, 42”/106.5cm, 46”/117cm, 50”/127cm, 54”/137cm, 58”/147cm, 62”/157.5cm)

Finished Bust: 38”/96.5cm (42.5”/108cm, 47”/119.5cm, 51”/129.5cm, 55.5”/141cm, 60”/152.5cm, 64”/162.5cm, 68”/172.5cm, 72.5”/184cm)

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Knitting Pattern

Woman wearing Elena v-neck knit sweater in beige.

Elena Sweater Knitting Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $30

The Elena Sweater is an easy knitting pattern crafted with beginners in mind. Whether you’re new to knitting or garment making, the Elena is an easy sweater to make.

Materials

  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn, pictured is Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca (90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca, 3.5 oz/100 g, 207 yd/190 m):
  • XS-3 skeins or approximately 621 yds/568 m
  • SM-4 skeins or approximately 725 yds/663 m
  • MED-4 skeins or approximately 828 yds/757 m
  • LG-5 skeins or approximately 948 yds/867 m
  • XL-6 skeins or approximately 1078 yds/986 m
  • 2X-6 skeins or approximately 1208 yds/1105 m
  • 3X-7 skeins or approximately 1342 yds/1227 m
  • 4X-7 skeins or approximately 1449 yds/1325 m
  • 5X-8 skeins or approximately 1656 yds/1514 m

Tools

  • US 7/4.5mm needles or needles needed to meet gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

Back Panel Pattern

CO 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136)

  1. Row 1. *{K2, P2} rep from * across.
  2. Rows 2-12. Rep Row 1 for 12 rows total or until ribbing is 2.5”/6.5cm long.

    Row 13. (RS) K all.
    Row 14. (WS) P all.

    Rep last two rows until entire panel is 22”/56cm (23”/58.4cm, 23”/58.4cm, 23.5”/59.7cm, 24”/61cm, 24”/61cm, 24”/61cm, 24”/61cm, 24.5”/62.2cm) long or to your desired length.

    BO. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.

Front Panel Pattern

CO 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136)

  1. Row 1. *{K2, P2} rep from * across.
  2. Rows 2-12. Rep Row 1 for 12 rows total or until ribbing is 2.5”/6.5cm long.

    Row 13. (RS) K all.
    Row 14. (WS) P all.

    Rep Rows 13-14 until entire panel is 18”/45.7cm (18.5”/47cm, 17”/43.2cm, 16.5”/42cm, 16.5”/42cm, 16”/40.6cm, 15”/38cm, 15”/38cm, 14”/35.6cm) long.

    *Here is where you will add more length, if you lengthened your Back Panel. V-neck will span the last 4.4”/11.2cm, (4.4”/11.2cm, 6.2” /15.5cm, 7”/17.8cm, 7.4”/18.8cm, 8.2”/20.8cm, 9”/23cm, 9.4”/24cm, 10.6”/27cm) of panel length. Make sure your front and back panel match up to this point if you increased length.

Divide Panels

On the next right side row you will divide your front panel in half and begin decreases one panel at a time to create the v-neck.

Left Front Panel When Wearing

  1. Row 1. On your next RS row K 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68 sts), slip remaining 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68 sts) on an extra needle or spare length of yarn for later. Continue with sts on your needle.
  2. Row 2. (WS) P all. (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68 sts)

Decrease

Row 3. (RS) K across until last 3 sts, k2tog, k last st. (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67 sts)
Row 4. (WS) P all.

Rep Rows 3-4 continuing to decrease every RS row until you have 24 (28, 29, 31, 34, 36, 38, 42, 42 sts) left and shoulder is 6.4”/16.3cm (7.5”/19.6cm, 7.7”/19.5cm, 8.3”/21cm, 9”/23cm, 9.6”/24.4cm, 10”/25.4cm, 11.2”/28.5cm, 11.2”/28.5cm) wide.

Leave a long tail for seaming and cut yarn. BO.

V-neck decreases complete.

Right Front Panel When Wearing

Slip other half of sts back onto your working needle. Rejoin join yarn at center st.

Row 1. (RS) K across. (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68 sts)
Row 2. (WS) P across.

Decrease

Row 3. (RS) K first st, K2tog-L, k across. (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67 sts)
Row 4. (WS) P across.

Rep Rows 3-4 continuing to decrease every RS row until you have 24 (28, 29, 31, 34, 36, 38, 42, 42 sts) left and shoulder measures 6.4”/16.3cm (7.5”/19.6cm, 7.7”/19.5cm, 8.3”/21cm, 9”/23cm, 9.6”/24.4cm, 10”/25.4cm, 11.2”/28.5cm, 11.2”/28.5cm) wide.

Leave a long tail for seaming and cut yarn. BO.

Front and back panels laid flat.

Block Panels

Block your panels now, before seaming. For more information on blocking you can read about it in this post.

Seam Panels

  1. Lay front and back panels together with RS touching.
  2. Sew together at the shoulders.
  3. Sew sides together from hem to last 6.5”/16.5cm (7”/17.8cm, 7.5”/19cm, 8”/20.3cm, 8.5”/21.6cm, 9”/23cm, 9.5”/24cm, 10”/25.4cm, 10.5”/26.7cm) of panel, leave this open for armhole.

Sleeves
Make 2

  1. To find the exact sleeve length for you try your sweater on now.
  2. Measure from where the sweater comes off your shoulder down to where you would like your sleeve to stop. Usually this is between the wrist and first thumb joint.
  3. Sleeve is knit from the wrist up, so you can also check width and length as you go and make adjustments, if needed.

CO 32 (32, 32, 36, 36, 36, 40, 40, 40)

Row 1. *{K2, P2} rep from * across.

Rows 2-12. Rep Row 1 for 12 rows total or until ribbing is 2.5”/6cm long.

Row 13. (RS) K all.
Row 14. (WS) P all.

Row 15. K first st, kfb, k across to last 2 sts, kfb, k last st. (34 sts)
Row 16. (WS) P all.

Repeat Rows 15-16 until you have 48 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 78 sts) and sleeve is 13“/33cm (14“/35.6cm, 15”/38cm, 16”/40.6cm, 17”/43.2cm, 18”/45.7cm, 19”/48.3cm, 20”/50.8cm, 21”/53.4cm) wide.

Once your sleeve is to width, continue to repeat Rows 13-14. Until your sleeve is 18”/45.7cm long or to desired length.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Two sleeves knit flat.

Block Sleeves

Block your sleeves now, before seaming. For more information on blocking you can read about it in this post.

Seam Sleeves

  1. Fold sleeve in half lengthwise with RS touching.
  2. Sew long edge together. Knit sleeve with seam labeled.
  3. Turn sleeve RS out.
  4. With sweater body still WS out, slide sleeve (RS out) in sweater, lining up shoulder end of sleeve to armhole opening.
  5. Seam sleeve to armhole. Rep for other sleeve.

Finishing

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

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