The Sexy Sweater – Free Knitting Pattern

I think it is a lot of fun to move out of your comfort zone and play around with different yarn thicknesses to  create something beautiful.

The Sexy Sweater was a commission I did for a special friend. She wanted something that can be worn off shoulder, but also wanted something very light, and sheer. After playing around with a couple of ideas, the Sexy Sweater was born. To make it work you will need to use much thicker yarn for the cuffs and the ribbing. The ribbing must be worked in a more solid yarn with good stretch.

We finally decided on African Expressions Harmony, paired with Nurturing Fibres KidSilk.

The following is basically just a method to make the sweater, so play around until you find what works best for you. It is highly recommended that you try the sweater on as you go along.

Adjust for larger sizes: The neckline should fit comfortably around the shoulders for sizes up to a 36″/92/size 12. For bigger sizes increase initial stitch count in 14st increments. Work the yoke section and try on before separating the sleeves. The sweater has balloon sleeves, so it might be a good idea to stick to 44sts per sleeve, and to divide the additional stitches between the front and back stitches. However, this is a topdown garment, so it will be fairly straightforward to try it on, and use a stitch count on the sleeves that feels comfortable.

You’ll need the following:  (fits small – medium)

2x balls Harmony
4x balls KidSilk
5.50mm circular needles (for the neck ribbing)
8.00mm circular needles (for the body)
6.50mm circular needles (for the sleeve and body ribbing)
Stitch markers

Yarn Alternatives: Instead of the KidSilk, try any lace, and for a less sheer effect, substitute KidSilk with African Expressions Soul.


With the 5.50mm needles cast on 112 sts

Join in the round and work in 1×1 rib until the piece measures 8cm.

Change to KidSilk and 8.00mm needles and place a stitch marker every 14th st. Use a different stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Round 1: Knit in the round and at the same time M1L (make one left) before each stitch marker around.

Round 2: Knit (don’t increase)

Rep round 1 & 2 until you’ve worked 29 rounds. Your stitch count should now be 232 sts. TIP: To ensure a good fit, try the item on, and work more rounds for a bigger size/more comfortable fit.

Separate for sleeves:

Knit 72 sts, place the next 44 sts on a piece of scrap yarn, knit 72 sts (back) and place the next 44 sts on a piece of scrap yarn (second sleeve).

You can remove all the stitch markers and only keep one marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Knit until the body measures approx 35cm or preferred length.

Change to Harmony and 6.00mm needles. Work in 1×1 rib until the ribbing measures around 10cm (or preferred length).

Cast off.


With KidSilk and 8.00mm needles, pick up the stitches around the armhole.

Knit until the sleeves measure 40cm or preferred length.

Change to Harmony and 5.50mm needles and evenly decrease 8 sts around the cuff. Work in 1×1 rib for approx 20 rounds, or as preferred.

Carefully sew the small hole under the armholes closed, weave in all loose ends and block.

Hope you enjoy this project and remember to tag Jaarn on social media with your progress and completed photos!

Bren, xx



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