Porthole Pullover Knitting Pattern


A relaxed sweater with a colorful yoke


The Porthole Pullover’s colorful yoke is inspired by that of the Porthole Cardigan baby sweater and is deceptively simple to achieve. Through the use of self-striping yarn and strategically-placed slip stitches, even a beginner can knit this look.

This is a relaxed sweater. It’s a hang around the house on a chilly weekend kind of sweater. It’s meant to be roomy and comfortable, and that’s what you get if you work the pattern without any of the optional shaping. If, however, you like your knits to be more body-skimming, you’ll want to add the waist-shaping darts and work the fitted sleeve option.

Those comfortable with short rows will want to work the neck shaping, to bring the collar of the sweater up a bit in the back, and those who need a little extra room in the front will like the bust shaping option.
As you can see, the Porthole Pullover is a versatile top-down round-yoke sweater, simple enough for a beginner, but with enough options to keep a seasoned knitter happy.

There is a free tutorial for a short-sleeve variation here.

Required Skills

If you have these skills:

  • Long-tail cast-on
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Slipping stitches purlwise
  • Picking up stitches
  • Backwards loop cast-on
  • Basic bind-off
  • Short rows (optional)
  • Darts (optional)

then you can do this.


Fixed 11/10/16 in the Short Row Bust Shaping section.

The first two rows should read:
Short Row 1: k71 (82, 80, 91, 93, 103, 113, 113, 123)sts, w&t.
Short Row 2: p58 (68, 56, 66, 60, 70, 80, 70, 80)sts, w&t.

Tools and Materials

This pattern is written for sizes XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3x, 4x, 5x). You will need:

  • 32 (36, 39, 42, 48, 54, 57, 64, 67)* yards worsted weight for accent color
  • 779 (881, 1019, 1148, 1368, 1602, 1769, 2025, 2212)* yards worsted weight for main color
  • One set of 4 US #7 (4.5mm) double point needles.
  • One US #7 16” circular needle
  • One US #7 24” or larger circular needle
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • stitch markers

*yarn amounts do not take into account optional shaping. You will need more if you choose to do bust and neck shaping, and slightly less if you opt for fitted sleeves and waist shaping.


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