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Updated: Nov 7, 2023

The knitting world has recently witnessed the rebirth of the polo sweater, which hadn’t been around for some time — at least in women’s closets. It’s a piece that can give a retro vibe to any outfit without looking old-fashioned.

If you're thinking of knitting your own polo sweater, take a look at some of the patterns we've curated.

woman wearing navy blue knitted sweater with polo collar
© PetiteKnit

If you’re looking for a classic polo sweater, PetiteKnit’s Elisabeth Blouse is the perfect pattern. Its simplicity makes it a timeless classic that’ll undoubtedly live in your closet for a long time. The blouse is knit from the top down in stockinette stitch. It has raglan sleeves and an interesting construction, starting from the collar. The pattern calls for sport weight cashmere yarn, but it'll work in any fiber you choose. It's available in 9 sizes for busts measuring from 31.5 to 59” (80 to 150 cm).

woman with hat wearing rust-colored knitted sweater with polo collar
© Soraya García

Soraya García’s take on the polo sweater is very 1970s inspired. It’s close-fitting with a textured broken rib stitch pattern on the front.

The pattern is knit from the top down with fingering weight yarn. The set-in sleeves are knit seamlessly from the top and shaped with German short rows, making this project a little more challenging than a regular raglan top-down sweater.

The pattern is made for fingering weight wool yarn. It's available in 10 sizes, with bust measurements ranging from 35.5 to 54.75” (93 to 139 cm).

woman wearing polo striped sweater
© Irene Lin

Irene Lin’s Carol Sweater feels the most retro of the three. The collar and the front bands are knit seamlessly with a contrasting color using the intarsia technique, matching the thin stripes and ribbing.

The sample piece was made with DK weight cashmere yarn. For those in warmer climates, pure cotton or a cashmere blend could also work well. It’s available in 8 sizes for busts measuring from 33.5 to 56.25” (85 to 143 cm).

If you're looking for more awesome sweaters to knit, check out these 3 striped sweaters that are instant classics.


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