Foundation Pullover - Knitting Pattern by Rachel Costello

Foundation Pullover

knitting pattern


A classic, subtle silhouette, easy and comfortable to wear, the Foundation Pullover is an oversized, drop-shoulder sweater with ¾ length sleeves and shirttail hems with a folded trims that will be a foundation in your wardrobe for years to come.

YARN WEIGHT: fingering

NEEDLE SIZE: 3.5mm / 4 US

GAUGE: 23 sts x 34 rnds

Loved knitting this! It was a great comfort project - thoughtful details and shaping, but also a good stretch of plain stockinette in the middle so it's an easy project to knit on the go or while watching TV. Love the finished garment and have plans to knit another!

~ Cece @unicornyarnchicken (Foundation Pullover test knitter)

A sweater knit with sock-weight yarn? That will take forever, right? Wrong! This gorgeous slouchy sweater knit up quite fast and was a joy to bring on travel as well as relaxing time at home. The pattern was easy to follow and the outcome was better than I expected having tried new skills (folded hem and German short rows). I will be making another one in no time!

~ Stella @stars_and_study (Foundation Pullover test knitter)

I really loved this pattern from start to finish. The shaping at the beginning was a new technique for me and I was instantly engaged. I could tell from the start this piece would be a staple in my wardrobe and I would create many many more versions in the future!

~ Faith (Foundation Pullover test knitter)


    The Foundations Pullover is worked top down starting with the upper back, knitted flat. Upper back panel is put on hold once armhole depth is achieved and then each shoulder is picked up from cast-on edge separately, and worked flat shaping the neckline as you work. Once both shoulders are completed, stitches are cast on at the centre front neck to join right & left shoulders. The upper chest is then worked back and forth until the same armhole depth is achieved at which point you will join the front and back panels to knit the body in the round. High / low shirttail hems are worked flat, using German Short rows and joined again in the round to complete the folded hem. Sleeves are picked up and worked in the round, finishing with a folded cuff. Finally the neckband is picked up and knitted in the round, also finishing with a folded detail.


    • Long-tail cast-on
    • Picking up stitches
    • Working knit & purl directional increases/decreases
    • Backward loop cast-on
    • Knitting in the round
    • German short rows (written instructions & tutorials provided)
    • Folded trim bind off (written instructions & tutorials provided)