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How to Knit a Love Note Sweater

June 18, 2020

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to knit the Love Note sweater: a top-down pullover with a pretty lace pattern at the yoke. Ready to get started? Get your copy of the Love Note pattern here and follow along!

What you’ll learn in this tutorial

We’ve broken the Love Note tutorial into 6 parts. Start at the beginning and work your way through – or just jump to the technique you need help with!

  1. Yarn choice and sizing: How to choose a fabulous yarn combination and find the right size for you.
  2. Construction: An overview of the process and how the sweater is constructed.
  3. Yoke: How to work the provisional cast-on, lace pattern, and raglan increases.
  4. Body and sleeves: Creating the high-low hem and picking up the sleeves.
  5. Neckline: How to pick up stitches from the unzipped, provisional cast-on, plus tips for ensuring the perfect fit.
  6. Finishing: How to finish off your beautiful sweater!

New to knitting lingo? You can find definitions for any abbreviations here.

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2021 10:19 am

    Hello, I bought this pattern on Ravelry and am almost about to Bind Off my project, LOVING IT!
    I was wondering if it would be possible for me to work on a split hem, but also include one repeat of the lace pattern? If so, would the lace pattern work just the same on the back row?



    • November 1, 2021 10:32 am

      Hi Luzia – You would need to reverse the instructions on the WS rows. So knits would become purls and the slant of the decreases would be reversed.

  2. Sue Doyle permalink
    July 20, 2021 8:34 am

    Just a quick question. I have got circular needles and various cable lengths but I think the pattern is saying I need DPNs as well? It’s my first top down sweater and would be grateful for any guidance! Thank you. X

    • July 20, 2021 11:16 am

      Hi Sue – You will need DPNs for the sleeves, BUT you could also use a long circular for the magic loop method.

      • Sue Doyle permalink
        July 21, 2021 2:17 am

        Hi Alexa. Thank you that’s great! X

  3. marlui17 permalink
    May 25, 2021 8:57 am

    hola, compré el patrón hace días, pero aún no he empezado, porque no me aclaro con las tallas y por si no fuera poco, no domino mucho el inglés. Mi contorno de busto es 94cm que talla escogería. gracias por tu atención.

  4. Laurie permalink
    April 22, 2021 6:21 am

    I bought the pattern and was so excited to begin I completely missed that the cast on was a provisional cast on! I am already starting the chart lace pattern, do I need to start over? Or can I just pick up neckline stitches at the end?

    • April 23, 2021 10:22 am

      I would just pick up one stitch in each stitch cast on and then work the collar.

  5. Lara permalink
    February 15, 2021 1:56 am

    when i have to use the 4.5 mm needles?

  6. Frances Stolz permalink
    December 1, 2020 1:52 pm

    Just finished Love Notes! It was such a FUN pattern to knit. Wow! I had some trouble with the w & t ( actually with knitting/purls the loops to finish) but it came out ok. I might try to knit this again with German short rows.

    Thank you for such a great pattern!

  7. May permalink
    August 3, 2020 12:54 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial. I got stuck at the yoke — moving the marker threw me off! I’m ready to give it another try.

  8. Alicia Shaw permalink
    June 20, 2020 1:33 am

    Just about to purchase on Ravelry & it was $ not £

    • June 22, 2020 12:10 pm

      Hi Alicia – We are a 2 person business, 1/2 in Canada and 1/2 in the UK, we did have to choose one currency to charge in and the majority of our customers are in the US so we do charge in USD.

  9. Meshey permalink
    June 19, 2020 6:41 am

    I have just purchased the live note pattern in Ravelry. Where do I access the tutorial please? I am excited to begin!

    • June 22, 2020 12:09 pm

      Hi Maria – The post you’ve commented on is the start of the tutorial, just click the section links to get to the other parts.

    • Trudy Schwartz-Burrill permalink
      December 1, 2020 12:39 am

      Hi I purchased the love note pattern on Ravelry several; months ago how do I get the tutorials please?
      Trudy Schwartz-Burrill

      • December 1, 2020 2:11 pm

        Hi Trudy – The tutorial is free online, it’s part of the blog post you have commented on here.

  10. Jacki Newey permalink
    June 18, 2020 12:30 pm

    Wow, thank you for producing the tutorial. Hi have knitted one and have two more requests from family to knit one for them. The tutorial will certainly help!
    Jacki Newey

  11. Michelle M kuehlhorn permalink
    June 18, 2020 10:42 am

    Beautiful pattern One day when I find a full-time job position I was laid-off
    in April

  12. .judy penney permalink
    June 18, 2020 6:25 am

    looks like fun. would love to do on a knitting machine

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