Insane Sweater Knitting Patterns, Part II

I hope you enjoyed the first post of the series of insane sweater knitting patterns! I sure had fun rounding them up. It’s just amazing the patterns designers come up with… and even more amazing that some knitters actually attempt them! (This is probably a sign that I am far too tame a knitter.)

I hope you’re ready for more, because here comes round 2!

More Insane Sweater Knitting Patterns


Diamond Brights: The only thing that makes this sweater kind of possible is the fact that it’s a kid’s sweater. Even so, all that colorwork (especially given the totally random patch of differing colorwork on one shoulder) makes this pattern a challenge for most intrepid knitters.

Drops 82-16 Pullover: This is far less a sweater than a coverup. It’s basically a very open dropped-stitch sweater. Two big reasons it’s landed on this list: one, a few knitters say that the pattern “makes a lot of assumptions” and is better for very experienced knitters. Two, after reading the pattern myself, I noticed a lot of jumping back and forth between various sections of the pattern. That can make a project difficult to keep track of. It’s definitely one that requires intense concentration. 

Entrelac Poncho: I think the title gives itself up. Entrelac. In a sweater. (Not sure why it’s called a “poncho,” it’s definitely a sweater.) To access the pattern, click on “Free Download” under the very first photo on the page.

Four Corners in Tokyo: When just reading the pattern description makes you go a little cross-eyed, you might be reading an insane knitting pattern. I don’t know of many sweater patterns that start at the center! And the finished product looks a little crazy as well (though in a good way, it’s really a cool design). 

Guri-genser: Even if this pattern were available in English (it isn’t; it’s available only in Norwegian), this pattern would land on my list for the at-least-13 (I lost count at that point) different stranded motifs. It’s an adorable sweater, and it is for children, but I would think it requires an iron will and concentration.

Jumper with Duck Pattern: Another pattern where the photo (and the name, really) speaks for itself. 

Lace Pullover / 69-39 Pullover: Both patterns come from the Katia website, happen to be side-by-side in the pattern catalog, and made my eyes cross when I read the patterns and looked at the charts. Beautiful, yet insane. (To access each pattern, click on photo 38 for the Lace Pullover and photo 39 for the 69-39 Pullover.) 

Loa: Lace. Cables. Short rows. Casting on additional stitches mid-round. Any of these aspects is fine on its own, but throw them all together and you’ve got one terrifically complex sweater. (I think there’s a reason that no one has attempted it…)

Are we having fun yet? I hope so, because in a few weeks we’ll wrap up this series with one final collection of insane sweater knitting patterns!