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Published on January 14th, 2016 | by Liza

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Plus size knitting patterns that will make you swoon

As a larger lady, it can be tough to find beautiful sweaters to knit. Many designers don’t make their patterns in large enough sizes, meaning we either have to do complicated math or we miss out on making the garments we would truly like to. This week, however, we’ve gathered up a dozen lovely plus size knitting patterns that are available in a 2X and larger.

Plus Size: Modern Tunic by VERSACIKNITS, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

It can be especially hard to find dress or tunic patterns that come in plus, but fear not, because the Modern Tunic by VERSACIKNITS offers instructions up to a 6X, or 64″ (162.5 cm) bust. It would look lovely in Plymouth Yarn Encore DK.

Plus Size: Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The stunning Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird is available up to a 58 1/4 in (148 cm) bust. This sweater is on my frog or finish list for 2016, and the detailed cables and broken rib would look nice in Cascade 200 Sport or Lang Yarns Baby Alpaca.

Plus Size: Bisbee by Stephannie Tallent , download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Bisbee by Stephannie Tallent is part sweater and part blouse, available up to a 54 in bust. The fluttering sleeves and intricate details would look lovely knit up in Lang Yarns Silkmerino or Patons Silk Bamboo.

Plus Size: Top-Down Cropped Sweater by Sue McCain, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Who says larger ladies can’t enjoy a nice cropped top, too? The Top-Down Cropped Sweater by Sue McCain, available up to a 6X, is simple and cute, with an open stitch that would look great over a contrasting-color tank top (or if you feel especially bold, bra). A light cotton or blend like Plymouth Yarn Dandelion or Berroco Weekend would make this sweater work in any weather.

Plus Size: Concord Vest by Triona Murphy, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Concord Vest by Triona Murphy is a cute, fitted top that’s available up to a 53 inch bust. It looks cute over a blouse as pictured, but would also work in warmer seasons as a tank top. We really love this in Malabrigo Arroyo, a 100% merino wool DK weight yarn in a stunning spectacle of shades.

Plus Size: Cawdor by Emily Williams, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Cawdor by Emily Williams is beautiful and bold, with an open cowl neck and cable detail. It’s available up to a 56 in (142 cm) bust, and looks great in a bight bold yarn. MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran is a wonderful choice for a sweater – the colors are gorgeous, and the yarn itself is soft and snuggly.

Plus Size: Lochan Sweater by Littletheorem, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Lochan Sweater by Littletheorem is available up to a 56 in bust. Knit up in a fluffy aran like Rowan Kid Classic, the lace pattern at the waist and neck add a nice airy quality to the piece.

Plus Size: Mallorn by Ann Kingstone, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Mallorn by Ann Klingstone is available up to a 58 in bust. With a stunning neckline featuring multicolor lace detail, this sweater would be lovely in Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace.

Plus Size: Marais Pullover by Triona Murphy, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Marais Pullover by Triona Murphy is a simple hoodie with a kangaroo pocket available up to a size 3X. Knit in sport weight, it would look lovely in a variegated yarn like Malabrigo Arroyo or something solid like Berroco Cosma.

Plus Size: Late Bloom by Kate Heppell, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Late Bloom by Kate Heppell is a lovely sweater available up to a 62 in (159 cm) bust. The opposing color lace panel in the front draws the eye to your beautiful torso, and this piece would look great in King Cole Baby Alpaca DK.

Plus Size: Acadia Top-Down Pullover by Sue McCain, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Acadia Top-Down Pullover by Sue McCain is available up to a size 6X. The cowl neck makes for a cozy garment and the simple bodice would show off a beautiful yarn, like Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage.

What plus size knitting patterns are you working on? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author

Liza is a New York-based writer and photographer who is working on a Ph.D in Information Studies. She gets her best knitting done on the subway, and likes dogs more than people. She posts about knitting and yarn on her blog, Knitblr, as well.


Last updated: January 14th, 2016.

14 Responses to Plus size knitting patterns that will make you swoon

  1. Jane Susanna Ennis says:

    Thank you for these lovely patterns. Will be making one or two of them soon!

  2. Eileen Davidson says:

    At last! something for the big boobed among us!Thanks!

  3. Susie says:

    Lovely designs. Thanks for posting and good luck with your phd.

  4. Juli Beswick-Valentine says:

    These are lovely designs, thank you.

  5. Barbara says:

    Can we have some for us crochet ers as well, love the tunic with pockets just perfect but please in crochet I’m not able to knit tks s x

  6. Patricia Smith says:

    I am currently knitting a Sirdar larger sized lacy cardigan for myself. I shall certainly be looking at these once I finish as there are not enough patterns for larger ladies.

  7. Sandi Carr says:

    Does anyone have some plus size sock patterns to share?

  8. Gillian Williams says:

    Wow what a find!! Size 18 to 20 ! This girl s a real treat!! I make jackets as jumpers just spotlight my midriff, but I will give it Hesse a go! Thank you!

  9. Carole says:

    Great – at last patterns for us larger ladies. Only problem is trying to download them. Any tips on downloading would be greatly appreciated as I’m missing out on some lovely garments to knit. Many thanks

  10. JulieJC says:

    So nice to see some 60 inch bust patterns!

  11. Bee Lancaster says:

    I’d love to knit some of these but I’m having trouble downloading the patterns as directed. After tapping the image or the hyperlink a new page is opened and its a shopping page for the pattern.

    Does anyone know what to do?

  12. Tracey Z says:

    Brilliant! Thank you for pointing out where us curvy ladies can find some pretty patterns to buy. I have bookmarked this page and soon as I’ve busted through my WIP pile I’ll be choosing something to knit.

    It’s great to know that although many mainstream pattern houses associated with some yarn brands has forgotten about this part of the market the Indie designers are flying the curvy flag- good on them!

  13. Jane Nosan says:

    Just discovered the blogs on Love Knitting… thank you for posting these for plus ladies….the long vest is a winner…. anywhere to turn to for help if we get into knitting trouble?

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