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The Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater Pattern Part 2: Making the Sleeves

This post is Part 2 of a three part series on how to make the Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater.  In Part 2 we cover how to make the sleeves.  Stay tuned for Part 3 were we will walk through assembly!  The ad-free printable version of the complete pattern is available for $3.99 here.

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater

Today’s post is Part 2 of the Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater pattern and covers everything you need to know to make the sleeves.  To continue on with the tutorial, keep reading on below!

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater

The pattern is broken up into parts…

This post is Part 2 of a three part series on how to make the Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater!  I break the sweater down step by step through the written pattern and video tutorials so that we can knit along together!

Below is the breakdown of the series and what you can expect to learn in each part:

Part 1 – Making The Front and Back Panels

In Part 1 we covered the following to get you started on your Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater.  If you missed this post, be sure to go back and check it out!

  • Sizing and fit
  • All the materials you will need for this project
  • Written pattern for the front and back sweater panels
  • Video tutorial to use as a companion to the written pattern

Click here to view Part 1.

Part 2 – Making The Sleeves

Today’s post!  In this post we will go over the following information:

  • Video tutorial on how to make the sleeves to use in companion to the written pattern
  • Written pattern for the sleeves

Part 3 – Assembly

Part 3 of this project will cover the following information and will be released on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019Update: you can read about it here!

  • Written pattern for assembly
  • Video tutorial on how to assemble everything together

Click here to view Part 3.

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater Video Tutorial

In this video I will go over step by step how to make the sleeves for the Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater.  This tutorial is designed for advanced beginners and higher and assumes you already know how to complete the following skills:

  • Casting on
  • The knit stitch
  • The purl stitch
  • Knit in the front and back loop increase (kfb)
  • Casting off

With that said, once you’ve mastered the above skills, I am confident you can tackle this pattern!

To view the video tutorial, click on the video play button below!

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Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater – Written Pattern: Making the Sleeves

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Sizing & Finished Measurements

SIZES: XS, (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Finished Measurements (in inches)

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Sizing Notes:

  • The fit of this sweater is slouchy, relaxed and super comfy!  Shoulders are drop seams and will lay past the shoulder on the arm.  Arm is fitted around wrist and loosens up as it meets the shoulder.
  • Sleeves are long and hang past wrist to mid hand, perfect for rolling to 3/4 length if desired.
  • Size up or down depending on your preferred fit.
  • Sweater is pictured in size XL.
  • You will never want to take this sweater off!

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  • Advanced beginner and higher. Click here to see all the skills you’ll need to know before tackling this project.

Gauge (after blocking)

  • 13 stitches by 24 rows in Stockinette Stitch = 4 inches using US Size 8 needles


  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • kfb – knit into the front and back loop increase
  • p – purl
  • st – stitch

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater

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Sleeves – worked flat (make 2)

With US Size 7 circular needle CO 23 (23, 25, 25, 25, 27, 27)


Row 1: *k1, p1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 2: *p1, k1; repeat from * until last stitch, p1

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until ribbing measures 1.5 inches.

[Body of sleeve]

Continue with US Size 8 circular needle.

Row 1: k across row

Row 2: p across row

Row 3 (inc row): kfb, k across to last st, kfb; (25 (25, 27, 27, 27, 29, 29))

Row 4: p across row

Row 5: k across row

Row 6: p across row



Row 7 – 10: repeat Rows 3 – 6 one more time (27, 27)

Row 11: repeat Row 3; (29, 29)

Row 12: p across row

Row 13: k across row

Row 14: p across row

Rows 15 – 20: repeat Rows 13 and 14 three more times

Rows 21 – 60: repeat Rows 11 – 20 four more times; (37, 37)

Row 61: repeat Row 11 (39, 39)

Row 62: p across row

Row 63: k across row

Row 64: p across row

Repeat Rows 63 and 64 until piece measures (19, 20) inches from cast on edge ending after completing a Row 64 repeat.

BO. Cut yarn and secure.



Rows 7 – 18: repeat Rows 3 – 6 three more times (33)

Row 19: repeat Row 3 (35)

Row 20: p across row

Row 21: k across row

Row 22: p across row

Rows 23 – 28: repeat Rows 21 and 22 three more times

Rows 29 – 68: repeat Rows 19 – 28 four more times; (43)

Row 69: repeat Row 19 (45)

Row 70: p across row

Row 71: k across row

Row 72: p across row

Repeat Rows 71 and 72 until piece measures 20 inches from cast on edge ending after completing a Row 72 repeat.

BO. Cut yarn and secure.



Rows 7 – 30: repeat Rows 3 – 6 six more times; (39, 39)

Row 31: repeat Row 3 (41, 41)

Row 32: p across row

Row 33: k across row

Row 34: p across row

Rows 35 – 40: repeat Rows 33 and 34 three more times

Rows 41 – 90: repeat Rows 31 – 40 five more times; (51, 51)

Row 91: repeat Row 31 (53, 53)

Row 92: p across row

Row 93: k across row

Row 94: p across row

Repeat Rows 93 and 94 until piece measures 20 inches from cast on edge ending after completing a Row 94 repeat.

BO. Cut yarn and secure.



Rows 7 – 38: repeat Rows 3 – 6 eight more times; (45, 45)

Row 39: repeat Row 3 (47, 47)

Row 40: p across row

Row 41: k across row

Row 42: p across row

Rows 43 – 48: repeat Rows 41 and 42 three more times

Rows 49 – 98: repeat Rows 39 – 48 five more times; (57, 57)

Row 99: Repeat Row 39 (59, 59)

Row 100: p across row

Row 101: k across row

Row 102: p across row

Repeat Rows 101 and 102 until piece measures 21 inches from cast on edge ending after completing a Row 102 repeat.

BO. Cut yarn and secure.



Your sleeves should resemble the below image.

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater

Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Sweater

Once your finished with Part 2 of the Velvet Slouchy V-Neck Knit Sweater check back next Tuesday, August 20th when Part 3 will be released.  In Part 3 we will go over how to assemble your sweater!

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    1. Hi Marla! The velvet yarn used in this pattern is technically 4-medium weight which falls under the worsted weight category, but not all worsted weight yarns knit up the same. The only way to be sure would be to make a gauge swatch with your preferred yarn and make sure it matches up with gauge listed in the pattern. You may need to play around with needle sizes to obtain the proper gauge. If your gauge is off, the sweater won’t have the same fit described in the pattern.

      Also note, the velvet yarn I used in this pattern is 100% polyester. Unless you use another velvet type yarn, there really isn’t another like it. You could totally use an acrylic such as Red Heart or wool blend such as Lionbrand Wool-ese (just make sure you check gauge!), though the drape and look of the sweater will be very different than the original. Let me know what you end up deciding on, happy knitting! 🙂

  1. Hi, Have you washed this yet?? I heard that this yarn falls apart when washed. Do you suggest washing by hand.
    thank you.

    1. Hi Pat! I have not washed it since my initial blocking in which I let the sweater soak in cool water and a little mild detergent for about ten minutes. Then pressed out the excess water and laid it out to dry.

      I have worn it out and about, and did not experience any shedding after that initial block. The yarn label says machine wash, but I would probably suggest hand washing to be safe. Though the sweater does feel durable enough to run through the wash. I typically tend to hand wash any handmade knitted / crocheted items though.

    1. Hi Isabella! The yarn amounts listed are for the entire sweater. So for example, if you are size XS, you would need 3 balls to complete the entire sweater. Thanks!

  2. Hi!

    Thank you for this easy-to-understand instruction. I used a different yarn, as we do not have the suggested one in our country – it’s way more oversized, but it’s fine!

    I was just wondering when binding off the sleeve, how tight do you do it? Mine seems very tight and therefore when trying to assemble the sleeve with the body it ends up being a puffy sleeve. Do you have any tips here?


  3. Even though I checked my gauge, and used the Lionbrand Vel-luxe, my sweater turned out was smaller than what the pattern said it would. Very disappointing.

    1. Hi Kim! Knitting and gauge can be a little tricky. Even with making a swatch to check gauge before starting, your tension can change once you begin knitting your actual piece. If your tension got tighter as you were knitting the sweater, this would result in a smaller than expected finished piece. You might want to go back and check your gauge in multiple places on your front/back panels and sleeves to see what your finished gauge actually was. Also, the velvet yarn is a little tricky to work with and can be a bit difficult to keep your tension consistent.

      Gauge for knitting is essentially a math problem. For example, let’s say a listed gauge is 13 stitches is equal to 4 inches. If I’m making something that is eight inches wide, mathematically I would need to cast on 26 stitches in order for the piece to measure 8 inches. And if my gauge is off in any way, my end result will be skewed. All of the cast on and stitch counts in the pattern are carefully calculated to make sure that if gauge is met consistently throughout the pattern, the sizing should come out to the expected measurements. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

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