Vanilla sweater pattern

Vanilla sweater pattern DEFAULT

Barnaby Knits

As I wrote in my last post, I was inspired by Corinne over at The Woolly Thistle to knit what she calls a ‘vanilla sweater.’ She does regular shop updates and podcasts, all available on YouTube, and had been working on (and subsequently wearing) a lovely purple crew-neck raglan sweater that she knit out of Rauma Finullgarn. In this newest YouTube shop update, she shows another one she’s working on, this time in a charcoal grey (I’m obsessed).

According to Corinne, she got the numbers for her sweater from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Top-Down sweaters. Instead of purchasing this book, I used a pattern from Ravelry called the Cumulus Blouse, by PetiteKnits, because I wanted a couple of things:

a) a v-neck raglan vanilla sweater

b) something in a DK-sportweight gauge

c) a pattern I could work multiple times in different yarns and yarn weights

This pattern is actually written for a worsted gauge of 18 stitches over 4 inches, but that did not deter me! Corinne noted in her YouTube update (the one in which she introduced this sweater) that she got a gauge of 20 stitches over 4 inches, which I figured would be perfect for this yarn, because it’s woolly and clearly has an excellent bloom. I did the math by dividing the number of body stitches left after separating for sleeves and dividing by 5 (since 20/4 = 5) and came out with a number suggesting I should knit a medium.

So…I knit the sweater following instructions for a medium, and it came out great!

This yarn does have an excellent bloom. I find that sweaters knit with this sort of yarn generally don’t look very ‘done’ until they’re properly washed (blocked), because the fabric can look quite uneven, so washing a sweater like this is probably the most important step of all.

I soaked mine in the sink for about ten minutes in just lukewarm water, then just laid it over the radiator overnight and it was dry!

This fabric is lovely. It’s comfortable enough to wear without a shirt underneath, but the sweater is also boxy enough to layer over a collared shirt. It’s light, but it’s quite warm. And the color makes for a perfect winter-spring transitional piece!

Some technical details of the sweater:

-I used a US size 5 needle

-The body is approximately 14 inches long from armpit to hem

-I started with 72 stitches per sleeve and decreased by two every 8 rounds

-I knit 120 rounds in total for the stockinette portion of the sleeves – after rnd 112, there were 44 stitches left.

-After round 120, I decreased by FOUR stitches (from 44 to 40) and finished the cuff by knitting 8 rounds in 2×2 rib

-I finished the hem with 2×2 ribbing as well

-For the collar, I picked up all the stitches along the neckline, knit two rounds on a size 4 needle, and then knit two rounds on a size 3 needle before binding off.

My mom, for one, is really obsessed with this sweater and is planning to make one. Or steal mine! I’m home for the time being because of the virus spread and we are both doing a lot of knitting… she helps me come up with color ideas and we swap patterns and tips. I’m already making another one of these for my aunt in a double-stranded mohair-silk blend that I dyed up yesterday…stay tuned, because I’m already obsessed with it.

I hope everyone is safe and sound and has plenty of yarn!!

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Corinne at The Woolly Thistle has everyone TOTALLY obsessed with her ‘Vanilla Sweater.’ She knit two simple, seamless, top-down raglan sweaters in Rauma Finullgarn and showed them on her shop updates. EVERYONE wanted to make one. She says she got her recipe from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.

I absolutely wanted to make one. I had five balls of Rauma that I did in fact purchase from TWT as a birthday gift to myself last year, and I’d been planning to do some kind of usual colorwork yoke sweater with it, but when I saw her plain one I was inspired. I knit it into the Cumulus Blouse by PetiteKnit, which is really a mohair pattern (see below for both my Rauma and mohair versions), but worked well with this yarn – I knit it at 20 sts/4″, which was slightly tighter than the pattern’s gauge (18 sts/4″), so I made one size up, and it fits great.

I wore it nonstop as soon as it was off the needles and blocked. I knew I needed to make more simple sweaters, perhaps in different styles, so I wound up some Tukuwool Fingering in Lehto (purchased at Wild and Woolly in London!) and set off on a Ravelry adventure to find another lovely simple garment.

What I came up with: the Aldous Sweater by Isabell Kraemer. The gauge was right for Tuku (22 sts/4″), it had some cute faux seams (created with purl stitches), and it had a type of sleeve I’d never done before: a way to create the shape of a set-in sleeve but seamlessly, with strategically placed increases. The way this works is that you first increase on the body only (sometimes doing double increases at each shoulder point), and then you stop increasing on the body and increase only on the sleeves. It’s a very neat-looking alternative to raglans!

The Aldous Sweater also has Latvian braids at the cuffs and hem, but I figured I could leave those out – it’d be more simple if I went straight onto the cuff. I did have to make sure to line up the purl ‘seam’ stitches with purl stitches in my ribbed hem, though! (I omitted the purl seam stitch on the sleeves because it was under the arms anyway).

The sweater is lovely – just the right amount of positive ease, nice and warm, and good for the transition of winter to spring in Vermont. It’s chilly but sunny in April here, so I like to wear light sweaters that keep out the wind but don’t cause me to overheat. And it can even be worn inside-out! The ‘seams’ are more obvious when they’re reversed.

10/10 on this sweater. The best thing about woolly wool is the spectacular bloom, and Tukuwool does not disappoint! Would absolutely recommend both wool and pattern for a slightly different take on the ‘Vanilla.’ And you can’t go wrong with their colors…everyone loves this green!

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The Woolly Thistle Tutorial - Knitting in a Contrast Color detail to your Vanilla Sweater Neckline

This simple top down raglan sweater is available in nine sizes, 34.5-66” bust, intended to have 3.25-6” positive ease.


To fit chest approx 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46)(48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62) in 71-76 (81-86, 92-97, 102-107, 112-117) (122-127, 132-137, 142-147, 152-157) cm
To be worn with 3¼-6 in/ 8-15 cm of positive ease.

Finished chest circumference:

34¼ (38, 42, 46½, 50½)(54¼, 58¼, 62, 66) in
86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 118, 128)(138, 147.5, 157.5, 167) cm


The sweater is knitted in Rauma Finullgarn which is a fingering weight yarn and is knitted on a US 6 which results in a loose drapey, fabric. The finished sweater is a relaxed fit with 3/4 length sleeve, round neck and split hem. Required 5 (5, 6, 6, 7)(7, 8, 9, 9) balls


20 sts and 30 rounds/ rows to 4in4 worked over stocking stitch in the round and flat after blocking, using US 6 needles 20 sts and 20 rounds/ rows to 4in worked over seed stitch in the round and flat after blocking, using US 6 needles


US 4/ 3.5mm short circular needle or DPNs, for neck edging and cuffs

US 6/ 4mm long circular needle or DPNs for body and sleeves


Pattern vanilla sweater

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