DIY // The Joey Sweater


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.

joey-inspoLeft: 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. joey2


☐ 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 here. Be sure to share your project progress with us by tagging it #hankandhook or by posting on Ravelry.


Happy crafting,


Joan & Anna

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23 thoughts on “DIY // The Joey Sweater

    • Hey Kelly!

      Thanks for purchasing our pattern. You can definitely omit the neck portion by knitting fewer rows.

      Hope that helps.


    • Hi Shivani,

      Thanks for your message and for expressing interest in making our pattern!
      The pattern is available for purchase through our store ( or on Ravelry (search ‘Joey Sweater’) for $1.49 CAD.


  1. Purchased this off ravelry and can’t wait to start, but I would like to knit it in the round and I am not sure what to do when I get to the sleeves. Do you have any instructions on knitting this in the round?? Thanks!

  2. I love this gorgeous sweater! I purchased it through Ravery, and I have a question about the Assembly: Where it says “pick up 70 sts around the neckline and knit 7″ in reverse stockinette,” does that mean 70 sts for the front and 70 sts for the back, for a total of 140 sts? I’m using circular needles here.
    Also, I’m not sure I know what “shoulder seam technique” is. Can you point me to some instructions?

    • Hi Margery, thanks for your message! We will send you an email with the answers to your questions.

      *Edit* We just saw your message on FB, we will reply there since your email isn’t showing here.



  3. In love with this 😍 Before I purchase, Can this pattern be knitted with double knit? I purchased a double knit wool that would love amazing and they don’t have the color in Aran

    If so, what changes can be made to the pattern in order to get the same result?

    • Hi Paige,

      Thanks for your comment! This sweater can definitely be knit with all different types of yarn weights. All you’ll need to do is look at the gauge information provided and make sure you’re able to achieve the same size using your chosen yarn.

  4. Hi :)

    I just bought your Joey sweater pattern. It looks perfect. If you could send me instructions for knitting in the round that’d be great. I’ve recently learned it after years of straight needles and love the idea of less seaming! Thanks so much. Oh, could you let me know the gauge. I was thinking of doing this in a thicker yarn since I bought it for a potential sweater pattern and it’d be great if I could use it. It’s bulky weight.

  5. This is such a cute sweater…cute pictures….but honestly! these directions! It seems odd that I have to email to get instructions when I have already bought the pattern. However, I am. Please send me instructions on how to finish this thing. It really is frustrating. Maybe you want to amend the instructions to be more clear?

    • Hi Karie,

      We hope you are well.
      We have replied to your email just now, please reply to it if you have any further questions. Thank you!


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