Enjoy the Tårta Sweater by @vicky.knits! Knit this bottom-up sweater in size S-M-L-XL with chunky yarn

Hi! My name is Vicky, and I am a knitter based in London. I discovered my passion for knitwear design in my second year of college. After finishing my apprenticeship with an Italian knitwear manufacturer, I decided to share my work with the knitting community on Instagram. T. It has grown since then and here I am, sharing my second ever self-made pattern with you on katia.com. I currently run vicky.knits in my tiny room in London. Designing, knitting and photographing all my little pieces with a lot of help from my friends and my very patient boyfriend. I love to work with chunky and fluffy yarns and when I saw Katia Ingenious Big yarn, I knew I wanted to make something beautiful with it. Below you can find my Tårta Sweater, a bottom-up sweater pattern in size S-XL.

bottom-up sweater

Bottom-up sweater

The Tårta Sweater is a bottom-up knitting pattern made with Katia Ingenious Big. This jumper pattern is inspired by Scandinavian furniture and accessories. It features light and mellow colours, 80s soft twists and twirls and oversized shell jackets. The soft blend of pale and wintry colours on the fluffy fibres gives this bottom-up sweater a comfy, minimalist look with a cozy palette. This is why it is named the Tårta Sweater, just like a piece of delicious Swedish cake.

bottom-up sweater

Pattern in size S, M, L, XL

This pattern includes chain cable stitch details at the front and the back of the sweater, knit and purl stitches and playfully shaped sleeves. Size M is modelled in the pictures, but we have also provided adjustments to resize into sizes S, L or XL. Above all, it is suitable for beginner knitters with some experience. The toughest parts are the chain cable knitting pattern, but they are explained with pictures. As a result, the fit is cropped and oversized, creating a cozy look. In short, the jumper matches well with a simple pair of pants or a skirt. Of course, you can also choose different yarns to mix and get creative. Therefore, just check out katia.com for more inspiration!

bottom-up sweater

Tårta Sweater by @vicky.knits

Materials

Katia Ingenious Big colours:

  • A: a) 2, b) & c) 3, d) 4 balls col. 71 (Beige) 
  • B: a) & b) 3, c) & d) 4 balls col. 70 (Off-White)
  • C: a), b) & c) 2, d) 3 balls col. 75 (Sky Blue)
  • D: a), b) & c) 2, d) 3 balls col. 72 (Very light rose) 

Alternative color combinations

combinaciones de colores

Knitting needles 12 mm (UK)/ 17 (US)

Circular knitting needles 10 mm (UK) / 15 (US) with 50 cm long cable

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Knitters Safety Pins

Sizes and Measurements

Women  a) S, b) M, c) L, d) XL

  • Width: a) 51, b) 56, c) 61, d) 66 cm
  • Length: a) 42.5, b) 44.5, c) 46.5, d) 48.5 cm
  • Sleeve length: a) & b) 46, c) & d) 47 cm
  • Sleeve width: a), b), c) & d) 22 cm

Gauge

Using 12 mm needles in stockinette st, 10 cm* 10 cm = 8sts / 11rows

Gauge

Stitches and techniques

Knit stitch

Purl stitch

1×1 rib: *k, p1*, rep** to end

Changing yarn

Use the intarsia technique: when making the colour change twist both threads so that the previous thread is to the right and the new one to the left to continue knitting and without space between the stitches (see images).

intarsia twisted yarn

Cable Stitch

  • *R1: k, R2: p*; rep** to R6.
  • R7: C6B/C6F
  • Rep R1-R7

C6B

It is a cable leaning to the right and will be used on the right-hand side of the bottom-up sweater.

cable leaning to the right

C6F

It is left leaning so will be used on the left-hand side.

cable leaning to the left

Abbreviations

  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
  • p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
  • C6B – six-stitch right-twisting cable
  • C6F – six-stitch left-twisting cable
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side
  • rep – repeat
  • BO – bind off

Notes

  • The bottom-up sweater is made in 4 pieces worked in flat.
  • Parts 1 and 2: front and back
  • Parts 3 and 4: sleeves
  • The two parts of the body are knitted from the bottom up and the sleeves from the top down.
  • All the pieces are joined by sewing.
  • The neck is knitted in round by picking up the sts around the neck.

Front

With Ingenious Big col. A, the 12 mm needles and long-tail method, cast on a) 42, b) 46, c) 50, d) 54sts.

R1-R10: B k1,*p1, k1*, rep** to finish the row.

R11: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12; B k6; C k a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18; B k6; A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

intarsia row 11

R12: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12; B p6; C a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18; B p6, A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R13: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12; B k6; C p a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18; B k6; A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Changing yarn

intarsa row13

R14: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18, B p6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R15: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B k6, C p a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18, B k6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R16: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18, B p6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R17: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B C6B, C k a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18, B C6F, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R18: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k a) 12, b) 14, c) 16, d) 18, B p6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R19 – a) 40, b) 42, c) 44, d) 46: continue with pattern.

chunky bottom-up sweater

Neck

With right side facing:

R a) 41, b) 43, c) 45, d) 47: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B k6, C p3, BO a) 6, b) 8, c) 10, d) 12sts, C p3, B k6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R a) 42, b) 44, c) 46, d) 48: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k3.

Row a) 43, b) 45, c) 47, d) 49: C p1, C p2tog, B k6, A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R a) 44, b) 46, c) 48, d) 50: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k2.

Row a) 45, b) 47, c) 49, d) 51: C p2tog, B C6F, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R a) 46, b) 48, c) 50, d) 52: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k1.

R a) 47, b) 49, c) 51, d) 53: B k2tog, B k5, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Row a) 48, b) 50, c) 52, d) 54: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6.

Bind off.

On the other side, with wrong side facing

R a) 42, b) 44, c) 46, d) 48: C k3, B p6, A a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R a) 43, b) 45, c) 47, d) 49: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B k6, C p2tog, C p1.

Row a) 44, b) 46, c) 48, d) 50: C k2, B p6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Row a) 45, b) 47, c) 49, d) 51: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B C6B, C p2tog.

R a) 46, b) 48, c) 50, d) 52: C k1, B p6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Row a) 47, b) 49, c) 51, d) 53: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B k5, B k2tog.

R a) 48, b) 50, c) 52, d) 54: B p6, A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Bind off.

Back

With Katia Ingenious Big col. A, using the 12 mm needles and long-tail method, cast on a) 42, b) 46, c) 50, d) 54 sts.

Rep V1 – V a) 44, b) 46, c) 48, d) 50 from front.

cables stitches

Neck

With right side facing:

R a) 45, b) 47, c) 49, d) 51: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B k6, C p2, BO a) 8, b) 10, c) 12, d) 14, C p2, B k6, A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Turn piece and work on one side of bind off sts:

R a) 46, b) 48, c) 50, d) 52: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k2.

R a) 47, b) 49, c) 51, d) 53: C p2tog, B k6, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Row a) 48, b) 50, c) 52, d) 54: A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B p6, C k1.

R a) 49, b) 51, c) 53, d) 55: B k2tog, B k5, Aa) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

Bind off.

The other side of cast off

R a) 46, b) 48, c) 50, d) 52: C k2, B p6, A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R a) 47, b) 49, c) 51, d) 53: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12., B k6, C p2tog.

Row a) 48, b) 50, c) 52, d) 54: C k1, B p6, A p a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12.

R a) 49, b) 51, c) 53, d) 55: A k a) 9, b) 10, c) 11, d) 12, B k5, B k2tog.

Bind off.

how to knit chunky sleeves

Sleeves (X2)

Notes: knit from top to bottom.

With Ingenious Big col. D, using the 12 mm needles and long-tail method, cast on 38sts.

R1: D k.

R2: D p.

R3: A k2. D k to last 2 sts, A k2.

R4: A p4, D p to last 4 sts, A p4.

R5: A k6, D k to last 6 sts, A k6.

R6: A p8, D p to last 8 sts, A p8.

R7: A k10, D k to last 10 sts, A k10.

R8: A p12, D p to last 12sts, A p12.

R9: A k14, D k to last 14 sts, A k14.

R10: A p16, D p to last 16 sts, A p16.

R11: A k.

R12: A p.

Colour B

R13: B k2, A k to last 2 sts, B k2.

R14: B p4, A p to last 4 sts, B p4.

R15: B k6, A k to last 6 sts, B k6.

R16: B p8, A p to last 8 sts, B p8.

R17: B k10, A k to last 10 sts, B k10.

R18: B p12, A p to last 12 sts, B p12.

R19: B k14, A k to last 14sts, B k14.

R20: B p16, A p to last 16sts, B p16.

R21: B k.

R22: B p.

Colour D

R23: D k2, B k to last 2 sts, D k2.

R24: D p4, B p to last 4 sts, D p4.

R25: D k6, B k to last 6 sts, D k6.

R26: D p8, B p to last 8 sts, D p8.

R27: D k10, B k to last 10 sts, D k10.

R28: D p12, B p to last 12 sts, D p12.

R29: D k14, B k to last 14 sts, D k14.

R30: D p16, B p to last 16 sts, D p16.

R31: D k.

R32: D p.

Colour C

R33: C k2, D k to last 2 sts, C k2.

R34: C p4, D p to last 4 sts, C p4.

R35: C k6, D k to last 6 sts, C k6.

R36: C p8, D p to last 8 sts, C p8.

R37: C k10, D k to last 10 sts, C k10.

R38: C p12, D p to last 12 sts, C p12.

R39: C k14, D k to last 14 sts, C k14.

R40: C p16, D p to last 16 sts, C p16.

R41: C k.

R42: C p.

Only for sizes c) and d) rep R41-R42 one more time

Now, change to the 10 mm circular needles without changing colour.

Notes: keep working in flat.

R1: *k2tog, p2tog*, rep ** to the end of the row.

R2-10: *k1, p1*, rep ** to the end of the row.

Bind off.

how to knit sleeves

Finishing the bottom-up sweater

Firstly, with the tapestry needle join both shoulders with the mattress stitch.

Center the sleeves with the shoulder seams and sew in the mattress stitch from the centre of the sleeve to the right and left.

Fold the garment and sew in the mattress stitch from the rib of the body to the armpit, and then under the arm to the rib of the sleeve.

how to sew sleeves

Neck

With 10 mm circular needles and col. A, starting from back in clockwise direction, pick up and knit a) 25, b) 27, c) 29, d) 31sts in back and a) 21, b) 23, c) 25, d) 27sts in front. Join to work in round.

R1 – R7: *k1, p1*, rep ** to the end of the row.

Bind off.

Finally, weave all in ends.

seams shoulders

Share a photo!

Lastly, share photos of your Tårta Sweater with the hashtags #madewithkatia, #tartasweater. I can’t wait to see all of your lovely creations!

bottom-up sweater