Brian Sporty Crewneck PATTERN (Printed)
Brian Sporty Crewneck PATTERN (Printed)
Brian Sporty Crewneck sweater in orange/charcoal – James Cox Knits

Brian Sporty Crewneck PATTERN (Printed)

Regular price $ 10.00

Free Unique Row Checker

Have fun making this sporty sweater and end up a winner, because my athletic-inspired sweater pattern is perfect for the athlete or sports fan in your life. This design draws from the traditional athletic look but is styled for a modern feel in line with today’s knitwear trends. When writing this pattern I chose extra fine merino wool to make it very wearable with a shirt, t-shirt, or, what the heck, no shirt at all.

The sleeves and body are knitted separately in stockinette, then sewn together to create a classic crewneck. Both the upper body and sleeves are worked flat from the top down—casting on at the neck edge and knitting to the bottom of the armhole. Then the lower body and sleeves are worked in the round from the armhole to the cuff and hem.

Pattern and Row Checker
This pattern is nicely printed on card stock in a handy pocket size. A list of all abbreviations, glossary of terms, and a crisp schematic with dimensions for proper blocking are included. It also comes with my unique Row Checker. A tool you can use to help keep track of your stitch count, row number, increases, and decreases. Throughout the pattern you’ll find indicators of when to refer to your Row Checker.

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


This sweater was designed for the following yarns. 10 color options.

Trendsetter’s Merino VI, 100% Merino Wool
This high quality merino yarn is designed to be extra smooth as well as soft. A 6-ply, high twist, washable yarn has loft and stretch, so it’s not only easy to care for, but easy to knit with as well. Machine washable.

HiKoo’s CoBaSi+, 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon
A worsted weight, wool-free option, this lush blend of fibers is soft, breathable, and machine washable, making it perfect for all seasons; and it’s wool-like stretch makes knitting it gentle on the hands. Machine washable.

Skeins needed in primary/secondary colors for S(M, L, XL) = 6/4(7/4, 7/5, 7/5)

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4"/10cm, in stockinette

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

  • US7 16"/40.5cm circular*
  • US7 24"/60cm or 32"/80cm circular*
  • US7 double-pointed*
  • Stitch Markers

* or size needed to obtain gauge


Small – Finished Chest 38.8"/99cm
Medium – Finished Chest 40.8"/103.5cm
Large – Finished Chest 43.5"/110.5cm
X-Large – Finished Chest 46.5"/118cm

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This pattern is also available as a kit. To see kit options in 7 colorways click here.

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.

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

Note: needles and handsome guy not included.



Sophisticated, elegant, stylish, chic. After seeing James’ collection, I may give up needlepoint.

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These designs take men's sweaters to a whole new level of luxury and deliciousness. Might have to get a new man once my divorce goes through, just so I can knit him a James Cox Knits sweater.

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