Cozy Sherpa Pullover Knitting Pattern – Mama In A Stitch

If you like Sherpas, fleece or down jackets, this is for you! This beginner friendly knitting pattern is super simple and creates the softest, warmest pullover ever. Yes…. Start. Ha!

You can see the free pattern below, or you can choose to purchase the ad-free printable pattern from Etsy HERE or the set from Lion Brand HERE (in several color options).

I ordered this sherpa yarn from Lion Brand a while ago and made sure to get enough to make a crochet and knit project with it. If you missed my Crochet Crochet Coat (with Hood) you can see (here). I love the color of this knit sweater and can imagine it’s a pretty throw blanket too. You can not

For the knit sherpa sweater, I just wanted a nice oversized sweater that can be worn with jeans or sportswear. Oftentimes in the cold fall and winter months, I rush out the door and throw in whatever is warm and easy. Whether I’m going for a walk to clear my mind, or driving my daughter to school, pullovers and jackets are my go-to. Pretty sure I’ll go for this first.

Above: The back of a knit Sherpa pullover. It is very easy to make it longer or shorter. Go ahead and make it longer to cover the booty (lol) or keep it shorter for a modern cropped look. Simply knit for more or less number of rows on the front and back panels.

As I mentioned earlier, this really is a simple pattern and, dare I say, almost a novice friend! Other than the yarn being a bit of a challenge if you haven’t worked with fuzzy yarns, it wouldn’t get much easier with this top. Knit two rectangles for the front and back, then knit two with light sleeves (also knit flat). In the end, add a simple turtleneck sweater for a warm touch.

What are the stitches used?

The entire sweater is made with a knit stitch! They are flat woven, rectangular panels, and welded to the finish. The turtleneck is knitted in a circle, but it is also knitted only with a knit stitch. If you’re new to knitting, the two skills you should try before getting started are basic drop (k2tog) and knitting in the round (for the turtleneck part).

Can I see my stitches with this mysterious thread?

Because this is knit, and your stitches are on your needles, yes you can see it! However, once you’ve sewed the fabric, it’s very difficult to see the individual stitches. In my opinion, this thread is easier to sew than crochet because you can already see the stitches on your needle and can easily work into each stitch. With crochet, you can count on the “feel” of the stitches. I’ve had a lot of practice feeling to stitch not only with this yarn, but also with faux fur yarns (here and here).

Since the stitches are hard to see in the fabric, I stuck with using only the knit stitch for this pattern. This way, you won’t get confused about which side you are on, or whether you should knit or clean. Just knit. Knit away!

Above: You can see the “edges” of the garter stitch, but you certainly can’t see the individual stitches in the fabric. However, knitting is easy because you can definitely see all the stitches on your needle! Crochet is more difficult as you have to feel the stitches.

Well, shall we go into style?

Remember, you can purchase an ad-free, printable PDF from the Etsy store here too!

Style Description: It doesn’t get more comfortable or cozy than this knit Sherpa sweater! Made with 17 US size jumbo knitting needles and jumbo threads, they work quickly and easily. This super soft pullover can double as a jacket or pullover and looks super cute with jeans or sportswear. Simple enough for adventurous beginners!

skill level: beginner +


US size 17 12 mm 29 or 36 circular knitting needles and

US size 17 12mm 16″ or 24″ circular knitting needles (for the turtleneck section)

3 (4, 5, 6, 6) skeins Lion Brand Yarn Go For Fleece Sherpa in Clay 184g/skein 89yd/skein (set available here)

The pattern is used approx 500g (633g, 781g, 944g, 1080g) total grams

tape measure

needle texture



Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL

Please follow the key throughout the pattern according to the size you are knitting:

S (M, L, XL, XXL)

Bust circumference (approximate final measurements):

(note there is a positive ease – model is 5’5″ with a 32″ bust wearing a size S)

S – 44 inch

M – 48 inches

L – 52 inch

XL – 56 inches

XXL – 58 inches

Length (approximate):

S – 18.5″

Medium – 21.5 inches

L – 24.5 inches

XL – 27.5 inches

XXL – 30.5 inches

Width of sleeve at widest point when taped (approximate):

S – 8″

M – 8.5 “

L – 9 inch

XL – 9.5 inch

XXL – 10 inches

Shortcuts and skills:

k – knit

u – stitch

sts – stitches

k2tog – connect two together (lower)


Approximately 5 stitches and 11 rows in 4″ x 4″ garter stitch

(Tip: Remember that each “edge” of the garter stitch is two rows of knitting)


You will knit a back panel, front panel, and two sleeves. Each front and back panel is knit from bottom to top and all sweater pieces are flat knit. All these are surrounded by each other to the end. If you are experienced and want to sew the sleeves in the round to avoid stitching and closures, you can do this. This is a very indulgent style and you can easily adjust the size to make it your own! Feel free to knit more or fewer rows on the front and back panels to make the jacket longer or shorter (consider your yarn needs). The small turtleneck is knit by picking up the stitches and knitting in the round at the neckline. The length of the turtleneck can also be customized and can be made as short or long as you like. Enjoy!

Cozy Sherpa Style Instructions

painting style (make 2 – one forward and one backward)

Cast on 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) The number of stitches remains the same as in the pattern of the board

grade 1 Your love every street across the row.

Repeat Row 1 until the board measures approximately 18.5 inches (21.5 inches, 24.5 inches, 27.5 inches, 30.5 inches)

Cast and weave at the ends.

how many plate style (make 2)

Cast on 21 (23, 25, 26, 28) sts

Grades 1-7 Your love every street across the row.

Row 8 K2tog, knit to the last two pieces, k2tog.

Repeat rows 1 through 8, in this order, until the sleeve plate measures about 11 inches (11 inches, 12 inches. 13 inches, 14 inches) wide.

Next, line each row, not making cuts, until sleeve board measures 16.5″, 17″, 17″, 17.5″) Long.

Cast and weave at the ends.

Assembly and closing

Place the front panel on top of the back panel.

Stitch at the shoulders with a simple whip stitch, leaving an opening for the head and neck approximately 12 inches wide (all sizes) or desired width.

Stitch the sides with a simple whip stitch, leaving holes large enough for the sleeves and arms (see chart for opening measurements).

Fold and sew the sleeves with a whip stitch.

Sleeves seam to arms with whip stitch.

Collar / Turtlink

With 16-inch or 24-inch circular knitting needles, you can pick up the stitches evenly around the neckline.

Working in the round, work each stitch around for several rounds until the neck is about 3 inches or the desired length.

forsaken (unrefined) And weave in the ends.

(Tip: If you’ve never picked up stitches and knitted, it’s super easy! You can find many tutorials by doing a simple online search.)

Enjoy your new comfy Sherpa pullover!!


Put on your new comfy sherpa jacket!

I hope you enjoyed this, my friends. It’s a great time of year for knitting and crochet!



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