14 big projects: Jumper, cardi & blanket patterns in your favourite yarn weights

Published on 8 December 2020 4 min read

Nothing beats curling up with a big knit and crafting a piece you'll treasure for years to come. From picking your yarn bundle to giving a little TLC to every stitch, making a jumper, cardi or blanket isn't just about the finished piece but the beautiful journey that goes into making it. We've rounded up some of our fave knitting patterns in your top yarn weights to inspire that next long haul project.

Editor's pick: DK weight projects

Whether you're a seasoned knitter exploring new techniques, looking for a simple meditative knit or perfecting your beginner stitches, DK is the perfect yarn weight to partner with for long haul knits you'll adore curling up with all year round!

Free Barbican Sweater in Rowan Alpaca Soft DK for well-practiced beginners

This relaxed jumper designed by Martin Storey, is an absolute staple for any winter wardrobe. The eyelets are made by dropping wrapped stitches in a set pattern to create an elegant finish on the cuffs and hem.

Barbican Sweater in Rowan Alpaca Soft DK - Downloadable PDF
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Barbican Sweater in Rowan Alpaca Soft DK - Downloadable PDF

By Rowan

Stepping Stones Cardi for intermediate knitters

This gorgeous longline cardi by Raging Purlwind is a light and airy design that will see you through the changing seasons. The cardigan is worked from the bottom up as one piece with no side seaming.

Stepping Stones Cardi
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Stepping Stones Cardi

By Raging Purlwind

Free Yoke woolen sweater by Novita for advanced knitters

This beautiful yoke jumper by Mari Kangas of Novita, makes the most of traditional colourways in warm wool mix yarns. Choose your favourite DK wool blend yarn, pick your perfect colourway, and snuggle into this stunning knit.

Women's Yoke Sweater in Novita 7 Veljestä and Nordic Wool - Downloadable PDF
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Women's Yoke Sweater in Novita 7 Veljestä and Nordic Wool - Downloadable PDF

By Novita

Tove Cardigan in Novita Nordic Wool

We couldn't resist another stunning DK weight wool number from Novita. A stunning longline cardi, the perfect bigger project to sink your needles.

Tove Cardigan in Novita Nordic Wool - Downloadable PDF
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Tove Cardigan in Novita Nordic Wool - Downloadable PDF

By Novita

Perfin double-breasted cardigan by Alice Caetano

This cardigan is a riot of fun to knit and wear! It features an all-over gridded eyelet stitch with cuffs and button bands in a complementary ribbed stitch, and a box pleat at the back neck.

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Perfin

By Alice Caetano

Apricite by Kiyomi Burgin

As seen in Laine magazine, the magazine for nordic knitting & lifestyle, this soft knit oozes Scandinavian cool. We love the slouchy fit, slightly cropped, and dropped shoulders. The garment is knitted using two strands of yarn held together: a DK weight wool yarn with a lace weight mohair/ silk blend, but you could easily swap out for a worsted weight wool yarn. Oh, and how cute is the buttoned neck!

Apricite
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Apricite

By Kiyomi Burgin

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Editor's pick: Aran & Worsted weight big projects


Looking for warmer knits to see you through the colder months? Aran and worsted weight projects will give you something to sink into.

Free pattern! Gentle Hug Cardigan in Novita Natura

A long cardigan with pockets? Yes please! As the name suggests, this cardi is snuggly and softly warming. Designed by Sari Nordlund, it's worked in one piece up to the armholes. The fronts and back are then worked separately and the sleeves picked up at the armholes and worked in the round.

Gentle Hug Cardigan in Novita Natura - Downloadable PDF
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Gentle Hug Cardigan in Novita Natura - Downloadable PDF

By Novita

Brancaster Jumper by Debbie Bliss for adventurous beginners!

Using knit and purl stitches to create a ribbed jumper with a rolled edge neckline, this jumper will delight beginner knitters looking to branch into a bigger project. According to one maker, it's a "dead easy pattern to follow", so what are you waiting for?

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"Brancaster Jumper" - Jumper Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran - DB262

By Debbie Bliss

What a Yoker - Free matching Mini Me set!

We love the gorgeous Fair Isle yoke and contrast cuffs and hem on this jumper! From the Mini Me collection by Paintbox, it's the perfect duo of knits to get stuck into.

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" What a Yoker " - Free Sweater Knitting Pattern For Boys and Men in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran by Paintbox Yarns

By Paintbox Yarns

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Editor's pick: 4 Ply projects

When it comes to fine knits for transitional weather, intricate lacework and baby garments, 4 Ply (or Fingering Weight) yarn is what you're after. These are bigger projects that are going to take time, so choose your colourways carefully, and make sure you knit a test square to check your tension, trust us - your knit will thank you later.

BANE pullover by Emily Greene

This is a show-stopper of a jumper. The designer Emily Greene has used German Short Rows to create the look of shapeshifting stripes. The sleeves and body are finished with a folded stockinette hem. For intermediate knitters looking for a Fingering weight project, this ticks all the boxes!

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BANE

By Emily Greene

Eyelet Pullover by Tête Bêche Designs

With the option to go three-quarter length sleeve, or full, cropped or full body, we love the verstaility of this pattern. Knit me in a 4ply wool blend for a perfect everyday winter wardrobe.

Eyelet Pullover
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Eyelet Pullover

By Tête Bêche Designs

Seraphina Blanket by Debbie Bliss

Knitted in Debbie Bliss Luna, this 100% cashmere blanket is the perfect heirloom knit that will be treasured for years to come. The design uses seed stitch to create a delicious texture and is finished with a sweet lace edging, knitted separately and sewn on. If you're looking for a substitute yarn, browse the 4 Ply Baby Yarns, so you pick something super soft for that little one.

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"Seraphina Blanket" - Blanket Knitting Pattern For Babies in Debbie Bliss Luna - DB237

By Debbie Bliss

Adiantum jumper for intermeditate knitters

We love the symbolism behind this stranded colourwork pullover. The foliate motifs take their inspiration from sprigs of thyme. For thousands of years, thyme has been an emblem of steadfastness because the word for thyme (thymus) sounded like the word for courage (thymos). In the Middle Ages, women embroidered favours with thyme sprigs for battle-bound knights. As the designer, made by kelly o, says "We all need courage these days, so consider this a token for your own fortitude."

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Adiantum

By made by kelly o

Free Beginner 4 Ply Baby Blanket

Designed by IrinaPi for her newphew, this is the perfect pattern for beginners looking to flex their knits and purls. As Irina says "knitting a 4 ply blanket is a labour of love as it takes quite a lot longer!" But it's oh so worth it when you have a knit that will see the baby through the seasons.

Keith Baby Blanket
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Keith Baby Blanket

By IrinaPi

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