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Free Super Bulky Sweater Patterns for Knitting

These patterns feature simple shapes and thick yarns for projects that are quick to knit and excellent practice for beginner knitters! These patterns use yarn that is extra big for cozy sweaters that are done in a flash.

Super Bulky Sweater Patterns
Photo Credit: Sari Nordlund

1. Lempi Sweater

by Sari Nordlund

YARN: Novita Hygge Wool (Super Bulky)

SIZES: XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

“Looking for that chunky, cosy go-to sweater that stays with you until it virtually becomes part of you? Sari Nordlund’s Lempi just might be it, a perfect beginner project from chunky Hygge Wool yarn. Seamless design with raglan sleeves, sleeves above wrist height, and a high turtleneck.”

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Photo Credit: Ashley Lillis

2. Fall Bluff Pullover

by Ashley Lillis

YARN: Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick & Quick (Super Bulky)

SIZES: 37 – 59 inches

“This easy pullover sweater is a project for the beginner knitter and fun for the more advanced knitter. The chunky yarn and larger needles make this quick and fun so you can cozy up in this oversized knit sweater in no time. Feel free to change up the colors or use this as a foundational design to build something more unique. If you’ve always wanted to knit a sweater, now is the time!”

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Photo Credit: Ashleigh Kiser

3. Simple Knit Sweater

by Ashleigh Kiser

YARN: Lion Brand Thick & Quick (Super Bulky)

SIZES: XS-3XL

“This adult-sized knit sweater can be worked up over a weekend and is so easy! It only uses a few rectangles, some seaming, and squishy yarn. It is a great project for those still new to the craft – very beginner friendly. It is the perfect size and weight – not too chunky but soft, plush, and warm.”

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Photo Credit: Ksenia Naidyon

4. Cozy Cloud Cardigan

by Ksenia Naidyon

YARN: Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick & Quick or Cascade Yarns ® Lana Grande or Berroco Peruvia Quick or Knit Picks Biggo or YarnArt Alpine or Nako Spaghetti or Loops & Threads Woolzee

SIZES: S (M, L, XL)

“The cardigan is knitted from the top down using a seamless raglan construction. With this approach, you can adjust the length of the body and sleeves by trying the garment on while still in the knitting process. Wide sleeves add a touch of extra coziness. The side edging of the cardigan is knitted at the same time with the body.”

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5. Top Down Pullover

by Yarnspirations Design Studio

YARN: Bernat Velvet

SIZES: XS/S, M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL

“Stitched from the top down, this classic knit pullover will be off the needles and in your closet in very little time! Featuring easy-to-work raglan shaping, plus knit and simple decrease techniques…”

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Photo Credit: Sandnes Design

6. 1413-15 Raglan Pullover

by Sandnes Design

YARN: Sandnes Garn Easy &r Sandnes Garn Silk Mohair

SIZES: (S) M (L) XL

This raglan sleeve pullover is knit in garter stitch for a super cozy, squishy sweater!

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Photo Credit: Ashley Lillis

7. Top Down Pullover

by Ashley Lillis

YARN: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend or Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

SIZES: S, M, L, XL

“A simple, cozy, open cardigan to bring with you to the shores—to the shores of the ocean, to the lake, or just about anywhere where you might need an extra layer. This cardigan is a top-down raglan sweater, a tad oversized, with a bit more length in the body and cropped sleeves. Its simple but classic construction will soon become a wardrobe staple.”

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Tavel

8. Oxford Boyfriend Cardigan

by Alexandra Tavel

YARN: Lion Brand Fast-Track®

SIZES: S/M and L/XL

“With a collegiate look and a straight, boxy silhouette, this masculine cardigan has an instant lived-in feel to it. It’s the kind of thing you never want to take off and the simplicity of the pattern makes it a quick knit that is sure to become a wardrobe staple.”

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Photo Credit: Marie Amelie Designs

9. Pao

by Marie Amelie Designs

YARN: Garnstudio DROPS Andes

SIZES: Finished bust circumference, front bands overlapped: 35-67″

“The Pao jacket has an original sideways construction for the upper body, which is worked from center back down to the cuffs. Pao is a loose-fitting jacket with a wide shawl collar and puff sleeves. Its original construction is highlighted by 2×2 ribbing.”

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Photo Credit: The Noble Thread

10. Asheville

by The Noble Thread

YARN: Cestari Mt Vernon Collection & Melissa Dawn Wool Artist BFL Sock

SIZES: XS (S, M, L, XL)

“Asheville is a quick to knit, seamless top down cardigan. The chunky gauge is achieved by knitting with one strand of heavy worsted yarn and a strand of fingering hand-dyed yarn held together. The fade effect is created by using 2 colorways of fingering yarn, and fading one into the other over a few rows.”

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What makes these super bulky sweater patterns beginner-friendly?

The knit super bulky sweater patterns we picked today have a few things in common that make them particularly easy, beginner-friendly projects! Read on to learn about some knit-specific terms that will help you pick similar projects on your own!

Photo Credit: Sandnes Design

Raglan Sleeves

Most of these patterns feature raglan sleeves, the simplest way to make sweater sleeves!

“Raglan” sleeves are knit at the same time as the body of the sweater and use increases or decreases to form a line angling from armpit to neck. A great example is the 1413-15 Raglan Sweater pattern.

Raglan projects use fewer seams (no sewing sleeves here!) which makes them especially beginner-friendly.

Photo Credit: Ashleigh Kiser

Drop Shoulder Sleeves

Another easy shape for beginner knitters is the “drop shoulder” sleeve style.

These sweaters are made using a few basic square shapes that are sewn together easily at the end. No complicated or fiddly curves here!

You can see in the Simple Knit Sweater pattern photos that the sleeve joins to the body of the sweater lower down from the shoulder thus the “drop shoulder” name!

Related Skills

These super bulky sweater patterns use some of the basic beginner skills we’ve covered in our tutorials!

The Simple Knit Sweater, 1413-15 Raglan Pullover, and Ashevile patterns showcase the super squishy garter stitch! You can read our tutorial and see our video for how to knit garter stitch here.

Stumped by stockinette stitch? We’ve got a tutorial for that too! Once you’ve got the hang of it you can knit all of the other sweaters in this list.

Happy knitting!

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