Robert Dress Shirt Sweater PATTERN (Printed)
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Robert Dress Shirt Sweater PATTERN (Printed)

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This unique knitwear design results in a sweater that will get scores of compliments for the lucky recipient of your finished work, or plenty of “Wow, you knit this?” praise for yourself. This pattern is designed for yarn of exceptionally high quality paired with the tailored shaping and finishing details of a classic dress shirt, and it’s all done seamlessly. This top-down sweater has sleeves that are picked up and knit off of the body and shaped using short rows, and neither the buttoned cuffs, plackets nor collar require sewing. Clear instructions will guide you step-by-step through this smartly designed sweater, and the finished result could offer a bonus—upgrading your status as a skillful knitter.

Like all top-down sweaters that are worked in one piece without seams, you can easily check the fit—shoulders, chest, sleeves, length—as you knit. If this sweater pattern appears too challenging, don’t hesitate. Haven’t knitted a top-down sweater before? Don’t worry. Here’s a free, printable PDF of top-down knitting instructions.

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. 11 color options.

Euroflax Sport, 100% Linen
This linen yarn has exceptional softness that is achieved by fine splitting the long flax fibers and double-boiling the yarn during production. The result is a strong, easy-to-care-for yarn that grows softer each time you wash it. Machine washable.

Lana Grossa’s Cotone, 100% Cotton
A wonderfully soft hand defines this as a luxurious cotton yarn. Smooth, fine and washable, this is a classic yarn, perfect for a timeless knit. Machine washable.

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

Gauge: 25 sts and 33 rows – 4”/10cm in stockinette

Suggested Needle and Notions:

  • US4 16"/40.5cm circular*
  • US4 24"/60cm or 32"/80cm circular*
  • US4 double-pointed*
  • 11 buttons
  • Removable stitch markers

* or size needed to obtain gauge


X-Small – Finished Chest 39.5"/100cm
Small – Finished Chest 41"/104cm
Medium – Finished Chest 43"/109cm
Large – Finished Chest 46"/117cm
X-Large – Finished Chest 48"/122cm

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This pattern is also available as a kit. To see kit options in 11 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.