Knit Sweater Patterns (and more!) for the Whole Family

Family Friendly Knits Book Courtney SpainhowerWhen I was asked to write about Courtney Spainhower’s new book, Family Friendly Knitsfor Interweave Knits Gifts 2015, I was so excited. Ever since I heard Courtney was doing a book, I’ve been thrilled. Courtney has designed some incredible pieces for Knitscene and Interweave Knits and I knew that her solo collection would be equally amazing.

Few things are as delightful as seeing your family don items that you’ve knit for them. Courtney appreciates that feeling and created a collection of knitting projects designed around the entire family. The resulting book is one that will live on your knitting bookshelf for many years to come—Courtney’s designs not only work for every member of the family but also for every level of knitter, as she provides detailed and thorough instructions but also challenges knitters with a couple of choose-your-own-adventure style socks and a brand new way to knit two socks at one time.

The Ellen Saddle Gansey pullover is one of nine knit sweater patterns in the book. It’s knit in one seamless piece from the top down and features saddle shoulders and simple garter stitch details. An innovative way of incorporating short-rows into the shoulders means that this sweater fits comfortably.

knit sweater pattern: Ellen Saddle Gansey sweater pattern

“Fingerless gloves are my go-to transitional accessories,” says Courtney, and with that in mind she designed the Must-Have Mitts for everyone in the family. Using a fine yarn means the resulting mitts are not too bulky, while a simple cable motif keeps the knitting interesting—perfect gift-knitting for anyone on your list.

knit sweater pattern: Must-Have Fingerless Mitts knitting pattern

The Halle Yoke Cardigan was inspired by a cherished cardigan Courtney’s mother passed down to her. Knit this stranded colorwork yoke in a heavy yarn to create a piece to be shared amongst generations of your own family.

Halle Yoke Cardigan seamless pattern

Courtney understands that knitters like to personalize things, and so created two choose-your-own adventure patterns for both hats and cowls. By choosing different colors and different combinations of patterns, the possibilities are endless, making these great customizable gifts to knit.

Choose Your Own Adventure Toque customizable hat knitting pattern

If you, like many knitters, suffer from the dreaded “second sock syndrome,” Courtney’s devised an answer. Incorporating a simple stitch pattern into her Cuff-to-Cuff Socks, Courtney’s created a way to knit two socks at one time, regardless of what type of needles you’re using.

Cuff to Cuff Socks knitting pattern two at a time socks


This is just a handful of the patterns collected in Family Friendly Knits! Click any of the images below to see more of the projects in this classic knitting book, and order your copy of Family Friendly Knits today!

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