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Trendy Polo Sweater Knitting Patterns


Klara Nilsson | Updated on October 20, 2021

Polo sweaters come in many shapes and variations. Typically, a polo sweater simply refers to a thicker version of a tennis or golf shirt with a knitted collar, a handful of buttons, and a pocket on the chest.

Collared sweater knitting patterns in this kind of style have grown in popularity recently and are now being released in various forms by knitwear designers all the time – some with two or three buttons, some chunky, some smart, and some super casual.

To help you decide which one to go for, we’ve curated this list of 10 polo sweater knitting patterns from indie knitwear designers all over the world. You’ll find a selection of colourful, modern patterns from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, and more – but they’re all available in the US, too.

Polo neck sweaters are more complicated to knit than traditional sweaters that can simply be knit in straight blocks. The sweater’s collar usually requires some shaping, increasing, and decreasing – techniques that some beginners might find difficult.

You’ll find some beginner-friendly patterns in this list, but most of them will be much easier if you’re familiar with common intermediate knitting techniques.

The ladies polo sweater and polo tee knitting patterns we’ve collected here are mainly worked seamlessly from the top down using ribbing, twisted rib stitch, and stockinette stitch for the cuffs, collar, and waistband. You’ll be using decreases including SSK or SSP, K3tog or P3tog, and more – check out our guide to knitting abbreviations if you need any help with these.

Expert Tip: This collection of polo sweater knitting patterns includes instructions for collared polo sweaters. If you’re looking for roll neck sweater patterns with the other type of “polo neck”, we recommend reading our list of turtleneck sweater knitting patterns, which is coming soon.


10 Polo Sweater Knitting Patterns (Collared Sweaters)

In the list below, you’ll find a collection of casual, contemporary polo sweater knitting patterns from indie designers all over the world. We’ve included a range of smart and casual patterns all of which sport the classic preppy polo sweater style.

All of these patterns include the classic polo collar, but each one varies when it comes to stripes, knitting method, buttons, yarn weight, and much more. You’ll find colorful vintage and 90s-inspired patterns along with a selection of contemporary designs.

1. “Lollipop” Polo Knitting Pattern

Lollipop Polo Sweater
Price$8.58/£6.24
Techniques RequiredN/A
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Designer’s WebsiteLollipop Polo Sweater – Spektakelstrik

The lollipop polo by Spektakelstrik is an Instagram favorite. It’s knitted using circular or double pointed needles to create a polo up to 60cm in length, with knitting instructions for sizes XS to XXL. You can even find video instructions on the pattern designer’s YouTube channel. If you’re looking for bold contrasting colors and a 90s vibe, this is the pattern for you.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 9/5.5mm Circular Needles (60-80 cm)
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (60-80 cm)
Yarn Weight100g = 500m (5 Ply/12 wpi)
Yarn Quantity200-300g (Color A)
200-300g (Color B)
Suggested YarnMerino 10/2 – Hjelholts Uldspinderi
Tilia – Filcolana

2. “Einna Top” Button-Down Polo Sweater

Einna Polo Top
Price$9.44/£6.86
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch Twisted Rib Stitch Decreasing
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Designer’s WebsiteEinna Top – TousdayKnit on Etsy

The Einna Top is a thinner polo sweater pattern that’s best suited to intermediate knitters. It is knit in panels from the bottom up using DK weight yarn, with some shaping for the collar. The sleeves are then worked in the round.

The knitting pattern is designed to create a boxy, slightly oversized polo sweater. You’ll need to be comfortable with the twisted rib stitch, reading charts, and various decreasing methods, but there are some helpful videos from TousdayKnits on YouTube if you get stuck.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 4/3.5mm Circular Needles (80cm)
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (80-100cm)
Yarn WeightDK Weight/8 Ply
Yarn Quantity5-10 Skeins (Main Body)
1 Skein (Contrasting Color)
Suggested YarnJames C Brett Craft Cotton – Knitting Network

3. “Stripe Overload” Polo Sweater Pattern

Stripe Overload polo sweater pattern
Price$8.58/£6.24
Techniques RequiredN/A
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Designer’s WebsiteStripe Overload Sweater – Spektakelstrik

This striped polo sweater knitting pattern is one of our favourites. It’s worked from the top down in one piece, and includes instructions for sizes XS to XXXL. The final sweater measures between 48cm and 57cm in length and will require two sets of regular circular needles.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (60 cm)
US Size 8/5mm Circular Needles (80 cm)
Yarn Weight50g = 100m (Yarn A)
25g = 210m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity200-350g (Color A)
50-100g (Color B)
Suggested YarnPeruvian Highland Wool – Filcolana
Tilia – Filcolana

4. “Maude” Polo Tee

Maude Polo Tee
Price$7.02/£5.10
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch
Raglan Increases
Difficulty LevelAdvanced
Designer’s WebsiteMaude Tee – PetiteKnit

The Maude Polo pattern is also worked seamlessly from the top down. You’ll knit the collar in the round with the stockinette stitch, followed by the yoke with raglan increases and then the body and sleeves at the end. Though it’s called a polo “tee”, it’s sweater-like in texture and thickness.

It’s worth mentioning that this pattern can get a little complicated – you’ll be using techniques like double knitting and German Short Rows often simultaneously, so make sure to knit carefully and only tackle this pattern if you’re reasonably confident in your skill level.

There are tutorial videos available in Danish, though the pattern is in English. As always, knit a gauge swatch first to determine your needle size.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (40cm)
3mm Double Pointed Needles
Yarn Weight50g = 235m (Yarn A)
25g = 212m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity200g-400g (Yarn A)
100g-225g (Yarn B)
Suggested YarnSunday – Sandnes Garn

5. “Breathe” Polo Tee Knitting Pattern

Breathe Polo Tee Knitting Pattern
Price$8.58/£6.24
Techniques RequiredN/A
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Designer’s WebsiteBreathe Tee – Spektakelstrik

The Breathe Polo Tee is another thin knitted sweater pattern with a polo collar. It is worked using three separate yarns, one of which is used throughout the entire pattern. The pattern includes instructions for sizes XS to XXL, and uses the Intarsia method to produce the contrast in the middle section.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles (60 cm)
US Size 2.5/3mm Circular Needles (60 cm)
Yarn Weight100g = 380m
Yarn Quantity100g-150g (Color A)
100g-150g (Color B)
200g-300g (Color C)
Suggested YarnPickles Pure Wool – Pickles

6. “Dorotha” Polo Sweater Knitting Pattern

Dorotha Polo Sweater Pattern
Price$7.88/£5.73
Techniques RequiredN/A
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Designer’s WebsiteDorotha Polo – GregoriaFibers

The Dorotha sweater is a vintage-­inspired polo sweater with a simple, smart-casual style that’s suitable for everyday wear. It is knitted from the bottom up, with the collar and sleeves picked up from the body at the end. The pattern also suggests a mixture of yarns to crease a fluffy, airy texture that’s distinct from the other patterns in this list.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 8/5mm Circular Needles (80cm or 100cm)
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (40cm or 60cm)
Yarn Weight25g = 210m
Yarn Quantity11-14 skeins
Suggested YarnKidsilk Lace – Gregoria Fibers

7. “Marco Polo” Sweater Pattern

Marco Polo Sweater Pattern
Price$12.60/£9.16
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Designer’s WebsiteMarco Polo Sweater – KarasKnitEng on Etsy

This oversized, boxy polo sweater knitting pattern is fun and super playful. It features a loose, slightly cropped fit that’s worked up using chunky yarn, which is much easier for beginners to produce.

As long as you’re comfortable with knitting in the round, picking up stitches, and some basic decreases, you’ll be ready to get started on the Marco Polo sweater pattern!

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm Circular Needles (60cm-90cm)
US Size 19/15mm Circular Needles (60cm-90cm)
Yarn Weight200g = 80m
Yarn Quantity2-4 skeins (Yarn A)
2-4 skeins (Yarn B)
Suggested YarnN/A

8. “Polo Polo” Sweater

Polo Polo Sweater Pattern
Price$6.37/£4.63
Techniques RequiredN/A
Difficulty LevelBeginner/Intermediate
Designer’s WebsitePolo Polo Sweater – Laura Dalgaard Knit

The Polo Polo Sweater pattern is a beautiful knitted variation on the classic golf or tennis shirt. It includes the traditional collar, small buttons on the neck, and an optional pocket. You’ll find instructions for sizes XS to XXL.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles (60-80 cm)
US Size 9/5.5mm Circular Needles (60-80 cm)
Yarn Weight50g = 150m (Yarn A)
50g = 420m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity6-9 skeins (Yarn A)
2-4 skeins (Yarn B)
Suggested YarnAlice – Permin
Silk Mohair Lace – KAOS Yarn

9. Polo Sweater by Originally Lovely

Polo Sweater Knitting Pattern by Originally Lovely
Price$6.29/£4.57
Techniques RequiredTwisted Rib Stitch
Stockinette Stitch Increasing Decreasing
Double Knitting
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Designer’s WebsitePolo Sweater Knitting Pattern – OriginallyLovely on Etsy

This intermediate knitting pattern by OriginallyLovely on Etsy is also worked from the top down. The yoke and collar are both knit flat while the body and sleeves are knit in the round. The sleeves, neckline, and hem are all worked using a twisted rib stitch and the collar is double knitted, so you’ll have to be comfortable with these techniques.

The polo sweater pattern includes instructions for 9 sizes and creates a classic, preppy look with a sporty collar, a very slight crop and a traditional front pocket.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm) Circular Needles
US Size 5/3.75mm Circular Needles
US Size 4/3.5mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight100g = 219m
Yarn Quantity4-7 Skeins
Suggested YarnSuperwash Merino Yarn – Lion Brand LB Collection

10. Vintage Women’s Ribbed Polo Sweater

Vintage Womens Ribbed Polo Sweater Pattern
Price$2.48/£1.80
Techniques RequiredN/A
Difficulty LevelAdvanced
Designer’s WebsiteVintage Womens Ribbed Polo – Hobohooks on Etsy

Finally, if you’re looking for a vintage polo sweater knitting pattern then this one’s for you. This old pattern contains instructions for a classic ribbed ladies polo jumper that uses Aran/Worsted (10 Ply) yarn for a timeless silhouette. Finding the right yarn might be slightly more difficult than it is with modern patterns – as always, check the needle size recommendation and test your tension beforehand.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 11/8mm Circular Needles
US Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needle
Yarn WeightAran/Worsted Weight
Yarn Quantity12 x 50g Balls
Suggested YarnShetland Sport – Brunswick

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