Day 3 – Starting The Sweater Back

​​Because you are creating a set in sleeve sweater, you will be knitting your sweater in either four pieces for a pullover or five pieces for a cardigan that will then be blocked and seamed together. I like to start with the back piece of the sweater because I think it is the easiest portion.

Download Sweater Back Worksheet HERE


Download and print the Sweater Back Worksheet. After answering equation #1 on the worksheet you will be ready to begin knitting. Save the worksheet as you will need it later in the sweater knitting process to complete the back of your sweater.

Today you will need both your gauge measurement and your Sweater Measurement Worksheet.

Use the following equation to determine how far to knit today.

______ Back Neck to Waist Measurement (#7 on Body Measurement Worksheet) ÷ 8 = ______” to knit today.


1. _____ Stitch gauge x _____ One Half Bust/Chest = _____Sts to Cast On

CO _______ Sts (Use answer from #1) using the Long Tail Cast On. Work even in your desired ribbing until piece measures _____” Desired Rib Length at Lower Hem (#9 on Sweater Measurements Worksheet) from CO edge, ending with a WS row.


Switch to stockinette stitch (or your desired stitch pattern) and work even until piece measures _____” Waist to Underarm (#11 on Body Measurements Worksheet).


Today and over the next 7 days (8 days total for the back of the sweater)  you will be working 1/8th of the total sweater length each day using the instructions above.  As you go along we will be detailing how to complete each new step.  Happy knitting!

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