Easy sweater pattern for non-knitters: Let’s call her Cami

easy sweater patternAfter many reader requests, I wanted to come up with a design for an easy sweater pattern for non-knitters.  Knitting is one of my passions but, since I started designing at So-Sew-Easy.com I have had no time for it at all.  But I do miss knitting.  Often, I think of a dress or a top and I could picture it in my mind on a knitted kaleidoscope of colors.  I love the fresh look of a soft cotton long sleeve knitted top, even in summer you can pull this look.  But winter is a special time to wrap yourself in a comfortable but elegant knitted top that won't break the bank.  If you are lacking in time like me, here is an easy sweater pattern for non-knitters.

easy sweater pattern

This is an easy sweater to make, however, you do have to pay special attention to the pattern markings and the symbols on the pattern. There are seven pattern pieces, plus two more you'll need to draft yourself depending on your size.  To save paper and time I have not done this for you.  These pieces are rectangles that will become the ribbing added to the cuffs and to the hemline.  These pattern pieces are very simple to make and would be good practice if you're just starting out in sewing and patternmaking.

Key Features of the Easy Sweater Pattern:

  • Easy to wear and make, yet elegant.
  • Casual kimono style sleeves and a draped neckline that is easily adjustable should you require a more modest cleavage.
  • Can be worn off the shoulders.
  • Perfect for a stroll in the park or tea with friends.
  • Drapes well hugging your curves but not adding any bulk.

easy sweater pattern


  • Sweater knit fabric (1 1/2 yards to 2 1/4 yards depending on size.)
  • Thread to match


Sizing Measurements

easy sweater pattern

Recommended Fabrics

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61 Responses to Easy sweater pattern for non-knitters: Let’s call her Cami

  1. Marion van Voorst says:

    Last update: made the Easy Sweater for non-knitters again wider on the hips AND made an insert in the neck, because I only wear sweaters when it’s colder. It’s so much better now!

  2. Marion van Voorst says:

    Ouf, after quite some frustrations I finished my easy sweater for non-knitters. After being warned about the low neckline I made it a bit higher, but I still think it’s too deep. The biggest problem was the size of the hips. Mine are 112 cm. which is (after several times of checking) 44″. That would mean that even US-size 14 is bigger. I choose to use 12 for the upper part and almost 16 for the hips, but it still was much too narrow. I made some extra pencil-shaped insert from under the arm till the hipline from 6 cm (ca. 2,5 inch) but it still is quite narrow in my eyes. Nevertheless: it’s wearable now. I’m sorry, I can post only one picture.

  3. Marion van Voorst says:

    Hallo Mayra (what a nice name!), I just printed out your nice pattern, but I wonderd about the collar: is the neckside double or just another part cut out in another direction?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Marion, we have almost the same name I believe both mean the same 🙂 The back piece is cut in a different direction, that was a mistake I made when cutting the pattern and I realised I did not have enough fabric to make a band that went around the whole neckline, so I cut the pattern instead to accommodate for an extra piece. Like my teacher used to say there are no mistakes in designing just change the drawing, feel free to tape the pieces together and create one band that goes around the entire neckline. Kind Regards,

  4. MDAnderson says:

    I have been wanting to try sewing sweater knits for a while, and this pattern got me motivated to try. Overall I found it much easier than I was expecting.

    I have made two sweaters from this pattern. I am generally a small in ready-to-wear and a 12 ( with modifications) in most pattern sizing. The first sweater I made in a small generally fit well, thought the neckliine was a bit low (but not immodest, my husband thought it was fine!) and the sleeve length was a bit shorter than I prefer. For the second sweater I made the front neckline (at the collar seam) 1/2″ higher and lengthened the sleeves 1″.

    I sewed both sweaters on a 4-thread serger. I recommend using a rotary cutter when cutting sweater knit fabric. It reduces fraying.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thank you for your feedback, I am happy you got to make two sweaters. It is easier to work with knits than people imagine.
      Kind regards,

  5. Just bought the fabric and printed the pattern, as a beginner I hope the cami will turn good . thanks to your instructions it will make the work a lot easier.on your fitting chart you posted the sizing from 8 and up but I need size 6 do I cut size 8 on the pattern without adding the seam allowance thanks in advance

  6. Jean Benson Thompson says:

    What a lovely sweater.. Now I just need more time to sew to make all the pretty projects you have on this site… and I just entered the sewing machine giveaway too.. it would make a wonderful Christmas Present for me…

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  8. JANET says:

    Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. Appreciate you for sharing so many great patterns.

  9. NancyinSTL says:

    This sweater knit top is just too adorable. I just saw a beautiful dotted knit fabric that I think would be perfect for your pattern, but can’t figure out how much yardage I’d need, if it’s 58″ wide.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Nancy, please print the pattern and place it on the fabric you intend to use. If ordering online use the same width of fabric to work it out. It really changes from width to width and size to size. I just do not have enough time to work out everything for you. But, I will apreciate if you let me know how much it took so I can amend the post. Many Thanks in advance. Mayra

  10. Kate says:

    Really love the style of this ‘sweater’. I also love to knit, but mostly small stuff that I can travel with and doesn’t take too much time. I have some knit fabric in the stash that should work quite well for this. Thanks for so generously sharing this appealing sweater.

  11. Lynda says:

    Thanks so much (again), when I can get back to sewing I’m going to make one with some merino knit I have stashed, love this style 🙂

  12. Ginger Ratzlaff says:

    I have downloaded your pattern. I see that the download is only for pattern pieces. Is there a way to download and print the tutorial?

  13. Barbara says:

    Thank you. The pattern is nice and your instructions are wonderful. This was very generous of you. I think people are having trouble navigating because of the number of pop up advertising through out your wonderful post.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Barbara, thanks for your feedback. We actually don’t have any pop up ads in our posts. There are some ads in the post text as you’ll on any free site or any newspaper. If you’re getting any pop ups, suggest you clear your browser cache.

  14. Lucy says:

    It’s a beautiful sweater and one I’ll be making over and over again. Thank you so much!!

  15. Peg Sullivan says:

    Oh Mayra, Thank you very much. I recently bought some beautiful sweater knit from London, hoping I would have the time to search for a pattern. You saved me hours. As soon as the holidays are finished, I am sitting down and making my “Cami”
    Happy Holidays.

  16. Marcia says:

    It’s just beautiful. I have the perfect knit to repurpose for it. I am a new sewer and new to using download patterns. When you wrote that pattern didn’t have seam allowances, does that mean I need to add them when I trace the pattern on to my fabric? My other thought is that you might mean the seam allow is included but not marked on the pattern pieces. Thanks for clarifying.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, you need to add them. I suggest you print the size you require then add them on the paper rather than the fabric.

  17. Pamela McCandless says:

    Thank you for the pattern.

  18. Shirley Foley says:

    I think it looks great. However I live in Australia and print on A4 paper. Does this make any difference to the pattern piece sizes?

  19. Saraj says:

    Can’t get to page 2

  20. madeline says:

    this is absolutely fantastic …i don’t knit so this is a great way to have the look ..thank you very much….

  21. CatheeB says:

    I see the size chart, but I can’t seem to find the yardage chart for each size. This is really cute.

    • NancyinSTL says:

      I, too, was wondering where the yardage chart is. I just see a range of up to 2 1/4 yards, but no mention of how much for each size.

  22. Karen Kirk says:

    Really cute but I cannot get the download to work-goes to a page r.rfm(1×1) that is blank-I will try with a dif computer and browser and see if that works

  23. Dee R. says:

    This looks so amazing especially in camel color.Just when I think Im done with one project. Will definitely will try this out after I make the tunic you have posted for my vacation. Thank you for sharing this pattern. Will pot my results

  24. lynl says:

    Thanks for this great pattern! I have the perfect sweater knit just waiting for this. You say the cowl is easily adaptable for less cleavage. I always have the problem with coals. How do I adapt it? Where do I shorten or fold or …adapt? I am not good st visualizing so I love details. This is my Christmas present for myself-thanks again! Lynl

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Lynl, If you noticed I did not add seam allowance to the sweater because I am writing a tutorial on how to used this pattern to alter the fitting. it will come out next year and it will be only for the people who have regester for the forum. So hang in there very soon I will be sharing fitting lessons with you.

      Kind Regards,

      • Patty Massie says:

        Just printed the pattern and will be making it soon! Love your work, patterns and tutorials

      • Marion Beacham says:

        Hi Myra, Did you do a tutorial to alter the fitting for this pattern as I would like to amend the neckline? I am registered for the forum but I have not seen anything. Thanks Marion

  25. Tamara Gribling says:

    I have looked everywhere on this page for the pattern but can’t find it. HELP

  26. Christine Warner says:

    This sweater is so cute! Very similar to one that I wanted at Kohls and now I can’t find. I can’t wait to try this pattern. I will post my results. Thankyou!!!

  27. Nancy Hughes says:

    Love this sweater and I have the perfect fabric for it!! I will be cutting this out very soon. What is the purpose of the narrow inserts between the sleeve and front/back? Is this decorative or does it add to the fit somehow? I am learning so much about patterns. Thank you for all you do for us sewists!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Nancy, the bands are part of the fitting so do not take them out unless you know how to proceed without them. Originally I wanted to add a band of swarovski sequins to it, but realized I ran out of time and could not find them.

      • Nancy Hughes says:

        I think the bands are great and are just right for using an alternate fabric. I can’t wait for your fitting tute as I do have problem’s with fitting. When cutting ths pattern, do I add my own seam allowances?

  28. lacybe says:

    What a nice idea. I like the pattern. Would it be possible to include cm for inches in the chart above?

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