Oversized, warm, and soft to the touch. Those are some of my favorite words to describe my ideal sweater. Knit all in the reverse stockinette stitch, the Joey Sweater is super beginner-friendly and a winter favorite. Pair it with dark jeans for a relaxed day out, or throw a fitted blazer over it for a classier look.
What was the inspiration? Simplicity. We wanted to make a sweater that could be worn a variety of ways. We absolutely loved the cowl in Zara’s high neck sweater from last year’s collection, but preferred the look of tighter looking rows in Free People’s reverse stockinette sweater. So, we combined what we loved from both sweaters, plus shortened the ribbing for a looser fit.
Left: Zara // Right: Free People
The repetitiveness of the reverse stockinette makes for perfect TV knitting, because we all know that the best project is the one where you can put on the latest episode of Jane the Virgin and by the end of Season 2, your closet is ready to welcome a new addition. Sign. Me. Up.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED
☐ 770-840m of aran weight yarn (Suggested yarn: 11 balls Drops Nepal)
☐ 8mm knitting needles, straight or circular
☐ Optional: 8mm double pointed needles for the cowl if circulars were not used
☐ Tapestry needle
Knit with aran weight yarn on 8mm needles, the sweater is a relatively quick knit. We recommend Drops Nepal to achieve a nice drape, not to mention the stitch definition and softness of the fabric formed from working with a wool/alpaca blend.
If you loved our free Wrecked Tee pattern or the Miraduma hat, you can purchase the full pattern for the Joey Sweater on Ravelry here. NOTE: If purchased through Ravelry, the pattern will be saved in your library (Under ‘My Notebook’ once you’re logged in and on the main page) as a PDF file to be downloaded. Be sure to share your project progress with us by tagging it #hankandhook or by posting on Ravelry.
Joan & Anna