The Petite Knit Zipper Sweater is the perfect pattern to knit yourself a warm and cozy half-zip sweater for cold weather. Read more for more photos and a pattern review.
I’ve always wanted to knit a half-zip sweater. Half-zip sweaters are my favorite to wear in cooler weather as the zip allows for a bit of venting in case you get too warm! It’s especially useful if your sweater is warm so there’s a bit of temperature control. I finally made a half-zip knit sweater this year using the Petite Knit Zipper Sweater knitting pattern. When I came across this pattern, it was exactly what I was looking for to make my own zipper sweater.
Knitting My Petite Knit Zipper Sweater
Choosing My Yarn
I made my Petite Knit Zipper Sweater using the Cascade Yarns Eco+ Wool from WEBS, which is a bulky weight yarn that is super soft and warm! When choosing my yarn for this pattern, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a hold of the suggested yarn as outlined in the pattern. I used the weight of the recommended yarn and calculated grams per meter. I then used that calculation to compare to the grams per meter of yarn options. Ultimately, the Cascade Yarns Eco+ Wool provided the closest match and estimated gauge, so I moved forward with that option. I made my sweater in the shade “Oatmeal”, which has just a tint of pink to it! It was nice to switch back to a lighter color after knitting my blue Sweater No. 9.
Size and Adjustments
For sizing, I went with a size small. My measurements are 34-29-38. The sweater is meant to be a bit looser, but I didn’t want mine to be TOO loose. The small seemed like it would give me just enough ease.
I didn’t make any adjustments to this sweater and knit the pattern as outlined. I am 5’0” and I didn’t even need to make adjustments to the sleeves, which is a common adjustment I make in both knitting and sewing.
The process of knitting the Petite Knit Zipper Sweater was challenging at first due to the way that the collar is knit. Thankfully, Petite Knit has some really great video tutorials for this sweater! The first challenge was casting on the collar. It’s cast on using Judy’s Magic Cast On, which I’ve only ever used when knitting a toe-up sock pattern. I had to use two circular needles, so I would make sure you have 2 on hand for the collar. Second, some stitches are put on hold to later knit the zipper facing. You’ll want to make sure to have some DPNs on hand for this in the needle sized outlined in the pattern. Lastly, the collar is folded in half and doubled up. I had to get used to knitting two stitches together to join the collar to the body of the sweater.
Once the collar was complete, moving on to knitting the body and sleeves of the Zipper Sweater was straightforward (at least for me!). Knitting the zipper facing was also an interesting challenge. As long as you follow the instructions your zipper facing will turn out great! Make sure you trim your zipper when sewing it in, and block the sweater before sewing the zipper in.
My Final Thoughts on the Petite Knit Zipper Sweater Pattern
This sweater pattern is really great if you want to knit your own zipper sweater. There were a small amount of new skills I needed to learn in order to knit this sweater. As I mentioned before, Petite Knit has a great library of tutorials to follow if you are unsure of how to do something.
This sweater is also super comfy and warm! The length of the half-zip is perfect. I’m able to wear my sweater with the zipper all the way down without being too low! I recently wore this sweater to the Pacific Coast, which kept me warm as it was fairly cold and windy.
If you are looking for a bit of a challenge and wanting to knit your own zipper sweater, I highly recommend this pattern! With this being my first Petite Knit pattern, I found it easy to follow.
I hope you enjoyed my overview of the Petite Knit Zipper Sweater! You can also follow me on Ravelry to see additional details of this sweater.