No Frills Sweater




As soon as I discovered the No Frills Sweater on Instagram, I knew I had to try this pattern designed by Mette Wendeboe Okkels of PetiteKnit. It’s the perfect pattern for a first top-down experience and some easy and straightforward knitting. After spending time on complicated and elaborate patterns at the end of last year I really wanted something simple to enjoy. The pattern gives much room to experiment in colors and I have already several other color combinations in my mind.


I held a light beige brushed alpaca silk and brown alpaca yarn together and I really like the result, even though I will chose more contrasting yarns for the next versions. I love the oversized shape with the fitted ribbing, perfect! It’s freezing right now here in Berlin, so this is the perfect sweater for now.

I have been wearing this sweater for one week straight and I can’t make myself take it off! I think this is the most cozy sweater I ever made…


Project Summary:

Pattern: 5€
Yarn: 31,50€ (on sale!)



8 Kommentare zu „No Frills Sweater

  1. Does the yarn translate directly into the pattern? I assume you used Drops brushed silk and alpaca for this sweater? I am new at knitting and therefore trying to find cheaper alternatives to the rather expensive suggested yarns in the pattern by Mette.

    Regards Sus 🙂

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    1. Hey Sus! For me the alpaca and brushed silk, knitted with 3,5 needles directly fit the pattern description. For the exact link you can visit . I made another No Frills Sweater with Drops Puna and brushed silk held together, and I knitted size XS (with 3,5 needles) and arrived at the measurements for size M. I am also always looking for more affordable yarn! I hope that helps you with your project!

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  2. Hello, I love your version of the No Frills Sweater.
    I’m completely new on a Top Down Sweater in round. So it’s a double challenge and it’s in English as well 🙂

    I was wondering about the German Rows and how to make them in the Round. Do you do one side of the German Rows at a time or back and forth ? It’s a tricky pattern for me as a beginner of Top Down.

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    1. Hey Clementine! I feel you, I found short rows confusing when I first started the sweater as well (that was also my first experience with short rows!). The point about short rows is, that you „build up“ the back of the sweater, so that you get a lower neckline for the front of the sweater. that means, the part with the short rows is NOT knitted in the round as the rest of the sweater, but „back and forth“. I found it most helpful not to think too much and follow the pattern closely 😉 Anyway, I made a mistake when I first knit the pattern, I started the raglan increases after the short rows… You do both the short rows and the raglan increases at the same time.
      I think I used this tutorial:

      Good luck! Let me know if you have more questions!

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  3. Hello,
    Thank you for the really helpful feedback.

    I’m relieved to see that I’m not the only one to have made the same mistakes and had to re-start from scratch. I’ll try once again the mastering of the short rows and raglan simultaneously with the support from your tutorial.

    Thanks again for taking the time to answer.

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