A Rainbow of Fall Sweater Knitting Patterns to Savor

We just had our first truly chilly weekend here in Fort Collins. It had many of us eyeing the thermostat speculatively and reaching for fall sweaters! It also reminded me that I’m already behind on my fall knitting. My well-stuffed must-knit queue for fall includes lots of knitted holiday gifts as well as one larger project: my first ever knitted garment with sleeves!

As the leaves start to change colors, many knitters are now picking up the needles after a summer hiatus (or at least starting to knit with a lot more intensity), shifting color palettes to earthy tones, and reaching for bulkier yarn. If you’re in the mood for autumn yourself, here are 15 fall sweater knitting patterns featuring the colors of a rich pile of fallen leaves.

These sweater patterns are from a variety of magazines and designers and range in difficulty from easy to intermediate to experienced. Which one is calling your name?

fall sweater knitting patterns

Free Falling Pullover from Interweave Knits, Fall 2017

Perfect for keeping the chill at bay as you’re scouting for fall leaves, the Free Falling Pullover showcases unique and wandering cables, feminine shaping, and casual appeal. You’ll love following the undulating lines of cables and seed stitch as you knit!

Designer: Linda Marveng
Difficulty: Experienced
Sizes: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5, 50.5)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Sugar Bush Yarns Crisp (100% superwash merino wool): mulberry, 13 (14, 16, 17, 19, 20) skeins

Tribeca Tunic from knit.wear, Spring/Summer 2017

The Tribeca Tunic is an elegant choice for holiday meals with the family. Flattering, intricate, and classic, you’ll love details like the funnel neck and chevron lace pattern, and the short-row shaped shoulders ensure a perfect fit.

Designer: Carol Feller
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 36.25 (39.5, 44, 48, 51.5)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport (100% wool): Grand Street Ink, 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) skeins

Paddock Cardigan from Interweave Knits, Fall 2015

Take a walk in the crisp fall air with the Paddock Cardigan! A mohair halo keeps you cozy against the chill. You’ll delight in knitting the infinite cable motifs and you’ll love the way the gentle waist shaping flatters your shape even when layered over a favorite shirt.

Designer: Carol Feller
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 36 (39, 41.75, 44.5, 47.5, 51.25)” bust circumference, buttoned
Suggested Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair (70% wool, 30% yearling mohair): #7704 elderberry, 8 (9, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins

fall sweater knitting patterns

Highway 61 Pullover from Interweave Knits, Fall 2017

The Highway 61 Pullover is a versatile “go-to” sweater that’s ready for the open road. Fall road trip, anyone? Side vents and a tapered body make for a roomy fit, so you’ll be comfy in the car, curled up in a cozy chair, or at the office.

Designer: Jennifer Owens
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool (100% American wool): #8611 poppy, 9 (10, 12, 13, 14) skeins

Bray Cardigan from Interweave Knits, Winter 2017

Infuse your fall wardrobe with a bit of classic equestrian flair with the Bray Cardigan. A perfect challenge for intermediate knitters who love, love, love cables, this cardigan is all about structure. It’s worked in pieces and seamed to prevent stretching.

Designer: Josie Mercier
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 29.5 (36.5, 40, 43, 50)” bust circumference, buttoned
Suggested Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted (100% wool): #200 Bordeaux, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) balls

Coldfield Pullover from Interweave Knits, Winter 2016

This classic top-down raglan sweater is perfect for fall. Imagine yourself picking apples in this lush, textured pullover! Check out the bands of tribal motifs on the upper ams, cuffs, and hip—that’s a signature of now-editor Meghan Babin’s personal style, and I can’t get enough.

Designer: Meghan Babin
Difficulty: Easy
Sizes: 36.25 (40, 43.75, 47.5, 51.5)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Harrisville Designs flyWHEEL (100% wool): monarch, 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) skeins

fall sweater knitting patterns

Chili Pepper Cardigan from knitscene, Fall 2017

This cardigan is already a favorite on Ravelry, and for good reason! It’s worked in one piece and features a lot of stockinette, so you can actually wear it this season. Don’t worry about getting bored though—the fun lozenge pattern on the fronts and sleeve hems will keep you engaged.

Designer: Bonnie Sennott
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference with fronts meeting at center
Suggested Yarn: Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk): #03 chestnut, 9 (10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Trail Henley from Interweave Knits, Summer 2016

Is it just me, or does this cute Henley scream, “Pumpkin Spice Latte”? Hunker down in your favorite coffee shop and sip on that cinnamon-nutmeg goodness as you turn heads in this flattering pullover.

Designer: Cassie Castillo
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 31.25 (35.5, 39.75, 43.75, 48, 52.25)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% wool, 35% silk, 20% nylon): #145 tangelo orange, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins

Dee Pullover from Interweave Knits, Fall 2015

This pullover is all about the sleeves: saddle shoulders and set-in sleeves shaped with short rows, and a gorgeous textured waffle pattern that oozes a cozy vibe. The scoop neckline, looser silhouette, and split hem will make this a favorite for fall layering!

Designer: Carol Feller
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 32 (35.25, 37.5, 40.75, 44, 46.5)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted (100% targhee wool; 616 yd 563 m/8¾ oz 250 g): rusty, 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins

fall sweater knitting patterns

Yellow Gold Pullover from Interweave Knits, Fall 2015

I love everything about this pullover, a classic silhouette with unusual chain-link cables and welts. Knitted in a heathered wool yarn from Scotland, you’ll be toasty warm whether you’re out at the pumpkin patch or reading by a chilly window.

Designer: Linda Marveng
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 34.5 (37.5, 39.5, 43.5, 48, 52)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (100%¬pure Shetland wool): #1160 scotch broom, 10 (11, 12, 14, 15, 17) skeins

Goldsmobile Top from Interweave Knits, Fall 2017

This ultra-plushy vest can easily be layered over a turtleneck, flannel, or even a long-sleeved dress. The armholes are oversized so you can pull it over pretty much anything. Imagine tucking your chin and nose into that cozy turtleneck on a windy day . . . yes please!

Designer: Danielle Chalson
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 33.5 (38.25, 43.25, 47.5, 52.5)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Sugar Bush Yarns Chill (100% superwash merino wool): #1004 Yukon gold, 11 (13, 14, 16, 17) balls

Seeds Cardigan from knitscene, Fall 2017

Your ultimate cardigan for fall, the Seeds Cardigan features cozy ribbing on the buttonbands, collar, and cuffs to keep the chill out. You’ll love knitting with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a yarn so beautiful that stockinette shows it off best!

Designer: Erica Schlueter
Difficulty: Easy
Sizes: 36.75 (42, 46.25, 50.75, 55)” bust circumference, buttoned
Suggested Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American targhee wool): #A438 Klimt, 11 (13, 14, 16, 18) skeins

Tuscany Wrap-Cardi from Love of Knitting, Spring 2017

Light-as-air yarn and a shaped crossover front make this drapey cardigan perfect for transitional weather. Worked from provisional stitches picked up at the center back, “afterthought” sleeves make this cardigan completely seamless. Close it with a shawl stick or round brooch.

Designer: Vanessa Ewing
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 18 (20, 22, 24, 26)” back width from center of underarm to center of underarm
Suggested Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Tuscan Aire: #09 camel heather, 5 (6, 6, 7, 8) balls

Cambridge Pullover from knit.wear, Spring/Summer 2017

Luxurious cables and texture mean this gorgeous piece is not your average poncho! Somewhere between a sweater and a poncho, this garment features wide sleeves perfect for layering and a lovely, warm rolled collar at the neck.

Designer: Andrea Babb
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 49.5 (60.75, 72.25, 83.75)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: The Fibre Co. Acadia (60% wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk): moraine, 13 (16, 24, 29) skeins

Blixen Tunic from Interweave Knits, Spring 2017

With its stylish faux and real pockets, textural details, tab sleeves, and textured tweed, the Blixen Tunic is ready to meet your fall leggings and boots! Stay warm and stylish as you kick up piles of leaves on the way to the farmer’s market.

Designer: Andrea Babb
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes: 32.75 (36.5, 40.25, 44, 47.75)” bust circumference
Suggested Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Telluride: #2955 dark ocher, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) balls

For myself, I’m leaning toward starting with the Coldfield Pullover. Is one of these fall sweaters calling to you? Share in the comments!


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