Hayes Ski Sweater in white chocolate on model – James Cox Knits
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Hayes Ski Sweater

Free Backpack Project Bag • Free Unique Row Checker

Cozy up with this cozy yarn and enjoy knitting him or her what will probably become their, or perhaps your, favorite winter sweater. This is the perfect pattern for a ski sweater or for those chilly days when one feels best in just a chunky sweater—forget the coat.

The yarn is super chunky weight and knits up really fast in a simple combo of knit and purl stitches. You can knit this sweater in a matter of days, and the basket weave pattern is easy and fun to knit.

This design is worked from the top down, in one piece, and has no seams at all. And like all top-down sweaters, you can easily check the fit—shoulders, chest, sleeves, length—as you knit. Haven’t knitted a top-down sweater before? Don’t stress. Here’s a free, printable PDF of top-down knitting instructions. 

Knitting Help
For your convenience, I’ve collected knitting tips and links to videos that will make knitting your project easier and even more fun.  Knitting Help

Starting at $145

This sweater kit includes a pattern (in a handy pocket size), yarn and a row checker, which is a tool to help you keep track of your stitch count, row number, increases and decreases. Your knitting kit is delivered in a backpack-style project bag.

Yarn Options:

Schoppel’s XL, 100% Merino Wool
A bulky yarn for a quick knit, this single-ply yarn is lofty and warm. Despite its bulk, this yarn offers great stitch definition and is a great choice for a classic winter knit. Hand wash, dry flat.

Brown Sheep’s Burly Spun, 100% Wool
Chunky, woolly, and warm, this single-ply wool will stand the test of time. Spun and dyed in the USA, it’s a great choice for a warm, winter knit. Hand wash, dry flat.

The on-screen color representations for yarn may not be precise representations of actual colors due to variance in monitor calibrations.

Gauge: 10 sts and 14 rows = 4"/10cm, in basket weave pattern on larger needle

Suggested Needles and Notions: The following is recommended but not included in the kit.

  • US11 16"/40.5cm circular*
  • US11 24"/60cm circular*
  • US11 double-pointed*
  • US10.5 24"/60cm circular**
  • US10.5 double-pointed**
  • Stitch Markers

* or size needed to obtain gauge
** or one size smaller than needed to obtain gauge


Small – Finished Chest 38.5"/96.cm
Medium - Finished Chest 41.5"/105.5cm
Large – Finished Chest 44.8"/114cm
X-Large - Finished Chest 48"/122cm

Delivery is estimated at 5 to 10 business days. If you should need to return a purchase, please click on the returns page for our Returns Policy.

To order, return to top of this page, and select size, colorway and number of kits. 

Backpack-style project bag in two views: on model and showing contents - James Cox Knits

The kit for this sweater, complete with pattern and yarn, comes in a backpack-style project bag. On the front of the backpack is a zippered pouch with a porthole. You can insert the ball of yarn from which you’re knitting and run the yarn through the porthole, so if you like, you can even knit while walking down the street.

Note: needles and handsome guy not included.