Side to side sweater patterns?

Does anyone have a pattern for (or have knitted) a side to side sweater or know where I can find such patterns? In the past, I've seen sweaters that are knit from wrist cuff to wrist cuff or the sleeves are knitted separately from the front and back (the front and back are knitted from side seam to side seam.) I've looked and looked for a pattern but am not having any luck finding one. I'd prefer one that knits up using bulky weight or at least worsted weight yarn.

And if you've knitted a side to side sweater, how did you like it's fit? Did it fit well or was in prone to stretching and bagging?

- TomH


MMario's picture

Tom - I found this pattern by googling for "cuff to cuff" - and there were more for sale. Didn't find any specifically men's though.

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I've made this recipe and recommend that you do, too, so that you can get an idea of construction BEFORE you go whole Hog into an adult version. $$$$$

Please go to:

There is a diagram along with all the particulars so that you can see what you're doing. I must admit that I can't say I think much of the technique nor have I heard much from anyone else as to they're being fans but, who knows what you'll think.

So, get some Wally World 100% Virgin plastic yarn and whip up this baby sweater and let us know what you think. Shouldn't take you more than a couple of days.

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~Mike in Tampa

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TomH's picture

Thanks, Mike,

I looked at the pattern. The picture is a bit scary to me - but I'll knit it up and see what I think. It'll always be useful for someone's teddy bear.

- Tom

kiwiknitter's picture

I think that Kaffe Fasset designs in this style.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

grandcarriage's picture

Kaffe Fasset did indeed knit sweaters this way: He is a great colorist, but never a great technician: I worked at a big yarn store and had to deal with a lot of "emergencies" from gals who had spent $$$ on yarn, only to have a stretched out, unwearable garment in the end... I got very good at tailoring sweaters on a sewing machine. Use his colorways, but avoid his designs....

potterdc's picture

Hi Tom,

I've made maybe 4 - 5 sweaters like this. I have two here now, if ou'd like photos, I could take a couple and send you. I didn't have a pattern (blush - I"m a bit pattern handicapped), just started with a cuff and knitted in the round up to the shoulder, then knitted back and forth creating the front and back. When I got to the neck, I worked each side seperately, then joined them again at the other side,and knitted back and forth until I got to the sleeve, then knit down. A couple of things to bare in mind (or is that bear in mind?): first, variegated yarn looks GREAT because it forms vertical stripes, second, make the sleeves a bit on the short side (not by much, just err on the side of shortness) because given the way the yarn is worked, they really have a tendency to S-T-R-E-T-C-H out width-wise.

I may not be much help, but would be willing to share whatever I can with you.

Take care,
Jonathan in DC

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TomH's picture


I'd love to see pix of your sweaters. You can either post them or email them to me. Did you knit them in garter stitch, stockinette stitch or a pattern stitch? Did you use worsted weight or bulky weight?

- Tom

grandcarriage's picture

Side to side sweaters: The problem with this fabrication is that there generally isn't enough structure through the shoulders (unless the garment is knit VERY tightly) to support the weight of the arms, and thus they stretch and grow. The solution is to knit side to side and add a shoulder seam before adding the collar to provide the garment with some framework. There are several different ways of doing this, but what I like to do is graph out the finished measurements of a traditionally knit (horizontal) garment, and then figure out the pattern going vertically: This is especially good on varigated yarns who's "color pattern" changes with decreases for arms and shoulders. By knitting vertically, you get a (more or less) symmetrical design in the color way. If you want to know the post knit shoulder seam technique, let me know and I can map it out for you.