Jelly Roll Sweater

Congrats to Isabelle Brunette for being the giveaway winner! Thanks to all who took the time to comment below. I will be replying to each of you soon if I haven’t already.


One day a few weeks back as I was aimlessly rummaging through my stash, I unearthed a couple of skeins of yarn from Republic of Wool in the colorway “Dirty Unicorn”–the white speckled yarn pictured above. Flooded with guilt, I recalled that Sophie had selected these skeins online months before when I had promised to knit her another sweater. I promptly decided that a Jelly Roll sweater (Littles version of course) was in order.


A little more rummaging, purposeful this time, turned up some leftovers of Old Rusted Chair “We Will Rock You” (purple) and Havirland Yarns “Space Cadet” (minty green) as coordinating colors for the yoke and hems. The rolls and colorwork are adorable, are they not? The hems are worked in Fisherman’s rib, a copy of two-color brioche. I was not keen on its looseness for a hem, but after a couple of rounds this colorful stitch won me over. The hems are knit on US size 3 needles, two sizes down from the body, but next time I will probably knit them on even smaller needles and/or more tightly.


Since summer is right around the corner and children grow ridiculously fast, I opted for short sleeves and knit them two-at-a-time, as I always do. Knitting sleeves two-at-a-time enables you to knit them to equal lengths while also avoiding the mind numbing repetitiousness of knitting one sleeve and then knitting the exact same sleeve all over again. The negative is that you cannot try them on easily for sizing, so you have to knit them to your measurements. I like to knit two-at-a-time until I am close to starting the cuffs, at which point I switch to one-at-a-time so that I can try them on before finishing. I find it easier to knit ribbed cuffs one-at-a-time as well.

I posted a video on Instagram a few days ago demonstrating how to knit two sleeves at once, but it was super speedy and condensed, so not easy to follow. Below is a more protracted version of that video showing how to knit two-at-a-time (TAAT) sleeves. If Southern accents offend your ears, simply scroll down to the written instructions below the video. I hope this tutorial helps those of you wanting to try this method!

Written Instructions for Knitting Two-at-a-Time Sleeves

To knit identical sleeves two-at-a-time divide the held sleeve stitches roughly in half for each sleeve at the underarm and top of the shoulder, so that your sleeve stitches can be grouped as follows: Front Right (FR), Back Right (BR), Front Left (FL) and Back Left (BL). The center of the left underarm will be the beginning of the round (BOR). If there are any underarm stitches to pick up and knit, mentally divide those in half. Starting with the left sleeve and beginning at the BOR pick up and knit the first half of the left underarm stitches and then knit half of the stitches held on waste yarn, moving from underarm to shoulder (FL), then pull your needle over to the right sleeve. Again, if the instructions say to pick up underarm stitches, pick up and knit half of the right sleeve underarm stitches and then knit half the stitches held on waste yarn for the right sleeve, moving again from underarm to shoulder (BR). Pull your needle through for magic loop and knit the remaining held stitches for the right sleeve, moving from shoulder to underarm. Finish this sleeve by picking up and knitting the last half of the right underarm stitches (FR). Move your needle to the left sleeve and knit the remaining held stitches, again moving from shoulder to underarm. Pick up and knit the final half of the underarm stitches for the left sleeve (BL). The FL and BR stitches will be on one needle and the FR and BL stitches on the other.

In order to get the needles through all stitches the sleeves will have to be folded over each other and twisted. You can then knit the pattern as stated. All identical sleeves in which the pattern begins at the underarm can be knit in this fashion.


I adore this sweater. I have adored this sweater from the moment Mara (Orange Knits) released it. Even better, Sophie adores it, too. I just might have to knit one for myself! To view my Ravelry page for this project click here.


Giveaway Details

I have exciting news! With this post I am opening up for comments on my blog. While Instagram and Ravelry have served as my primary means of communicating with fellow knitters, I have decided that I would like to start interacting with my blog readers as well. As a way of beating the drum for this expansion to my website, I will be giving away one prize of $50 to the knitting or yarn store/site of the winner’s choice. The giveaway is open worldwide. To enter simply leave a comment below that is relevant to this post or my blog in general. If you would like to request me to publish a tutorial on a specific knitting technique, please let me know. Comments for the prize will close at 2:00 PM CST (after the one-hour Daylight Savings Time adjustment) on Sunday, March 11th, 2018. At this time I will randomly select a winner. After contacting the winner directly I will announce the winner on Instagram and edit this post to include an announcement as well. Welcome all, and good luck!



114 Comments Add yours

  1. Absolutely lovely jellyroll sweater! It looks so pretty on your daughter. After reading your blog I plan to attempt 2 at a time sleeves. Thanks for the inspiration!💕

    1. Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions when you give TAAT sleeves a go.

  2. allisoleil says:

    Yay! I love your esthetic and the color choices you made for jelly rolls are fab!!

    1. Thanks so much! 💕

  3. Jenny says:

    How fun to discover that you have a blog! I saw your video on Instagram for sleeves two at a time and saved it. Somehow getting two at a time set up always stumps me. This is a great reference for me to come back to. You are such a good teacher!

    1. Oh jeez, thank you! I’ve learned a lot of knitting techniques from online videos, so it’s only fair that I share some tricks of my own. 😄

  4. Cassiopaya says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Until know I always knitted them separately but I think I’ll try it this way this time. I also love your color choices for the little jelly sweater.

    1. You’re welcome! Let me know if you have any questions along the way.

  5. Valerie says:

    Thank you for posting detailed instructions on knitting sleeves two at a time, I saw the Instagram video but this blog post is much easier to follow 🙂

    Sophie’s hair is awesome, I’m wondering if you could post a separate blog post on how to braid hair like that? ;p

    1. Yeah that video was a little too fast, wasn’t it? A hair tutorial, you say? Hmmm…🤔😉

  6. I have loved the Jelly Roll Sweater ever since my friend made one for her daughter. It’s so fun! Definitely in my queue.

    1. It’s such a great design!

  7. I can’t wait to try your TAAT technique for sleeves with my current sweater (and to eventually make my own jelly roll, but I’ve promised myself a raglan next!). 😊

    1. Enjoyyyy! 💕

  8. Kaleena says:

    TAAT sleeves?!?! Best thing since sliced bread, I swear! Honestly though, I think the sweater is beautiful and will definitely be knitting TAAT from now on. THANK YOU!

    1. You’re very welcome! Sleeves can be so agonizing. Why make it harder by knitting them separately? 😅

  9. This sweater keeps popping up in my feed on various online platforms. Perhaps it’s trying to worm it’s way into my queue? I’m thrilled by your decision to open up commenting on here. I love your knits because while we have similar taste in patterns, your finished objects and color choices are so very beautifully and uniquely unlike my own.

    1. The universe is trying to tell you something, haha!

  10. Allison says:

    I absolutely love the way you photograph your Knits. It’s fun to see a Little’s sweater from you (I bet it flew off the needles!) I’m happy to see you expanding your brand and I’m looking forward to following along with all your success.

    1. Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment! I enjoy photographing my knits, for sure. 😄

  11. Olga says:

    I loooove the colors you chose for this sweater! So adorable!!

    1. Thank youuuu! 💕

  12. Ann says:

    Lovely sweater! Thank you for the clear tutorial on knitting two sleeves concurrently. Also, I am curious about your comment on fisherman’s rib and two colour brioche. Are you saying that one substitutes for the other?

    1. Thank you! Yes, while they are worked differently the outcome is the same.

  13. dk_knits says:

    Totally my colors!!! You did great!💕

  14. Isabelle Brunette says:

    Discovered you last year via Rav with your awesome Sunset Highway in my faves…stalked you blog and your IG after that and followed you ever since! This jelly roll is delicious btw! Your tutorials are a great addition as is this comment section! It will be a pleasure to keep on following your achievements! Thank you for the inspo!

    1. Congrats, Isabelle! You are the winner!!! 💃

  15. lisa says:

    she’s adorable and so is her jellyroll! Thanks for taking the time to make that tutorial – appreciate it!

    1. Thanks and you’re welcome! 💕

  16. Love the Jelly Roll Sweater and seeing all the color combos. Thanks for the great tutorial as well!

    1. You’re welcome! 💕

  17. Ashleyknitsalot says:

    Love the sweater! This is my most recent FO as well, for my three year old daughter. She has worn it 5 of the past 8 days, so I would say it was a hit!

    I plan to use your twisted stitch method for my next colorwork sweater. I’ll probably make sure it’s a pattern without colorwork until I get more comfortable with it, though!

    1. Ashleyknitsalot says:

      Uhhh that makes no sense, proofread, Ashley! I meant a colorwork sweater with your twisted method, and also your TAAT sleeve method but without colorwork on the sleeves.

      1. Haha, I knew what you meant. The Jelly Roll is such a perfect design for little girls!

  18. jyafirenze says:

    Beautiful colors!!! And that’s a great tutorial, I always knit two at a time socks but I’ve never done it for sleeves! I’m looking forward to trying that on my next sweater.

    1. Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions when you try it.

  19. Thanks for the clear tutorial on 2 at a time sleeves working on the sweater I’ve only ever done them separately and attached later. Looking forward to trying this.

    1. Great to hear! 💕

  20. Allie Hanson says:

    Thank you so much for the video on how you do TAAT sleeves! I prefer to knit my socks TAAT and bottom up sweaters I’ve knit the sleeves TAAT, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it for top down.

    1. So glad the TAAT tutorial has helped you!

  21. Krissy says:

    This turned out absolutely gorgeous !

    1. Thank you! 💕

  22. Becky says:

    Beautiful sweater! It looks great on her.

    1. Thanks so much!

  23. Diana Brewer says:

    What a beautiful model you have!! Love this sweater!!

    1. Thank you!!! 💕

  24. Robyn says:

    I feel like you are knitting all my dream knits right now and it’s awesome because these detailed blog posts about your experience knitting your projects have been so useful! Really love your blog…so thank you!

    1. You’re welcome! It makes me so happy to hear that my knitting journey has assisted you. 💕

  25. Kelley O’Brien says:

    Lovely blog.

    1. Thank you! 💕

  26. dgirl56 says:

    I love your blog, it’s beautiful….I just started following you.

    1. Thanks so much! 💕

  27. Vicki D says:

    Gorgeous sweater! Such happy colours!

    1. Thank you!!! 💕

  28. Jasmin says:

    You make two at a time sleeves seem less intimidating! You should do one where you have to cast on all the stitches too to tie into this one! Just a suggestion! I love your blog!

    1. Do you mean a bottom up sweater where you have to attach the sleeves prior to knitting the yoke?

  29. Carmen Isaacs says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, I will definitely be trying this on the sweater I am knitting now.

    1. Good to hear! 💕

  30. AMY says:

    Can’t wait to try it! And especially can’t wait to try the two sleeves at at time! Working on sweater sleeves now and it seems they drag on forever!

    1. To me sleeves are the absolute worst!

  31. Katrin says:

    thank you for the instructions for knitting two sleeves at the same time!

    1. You’re welcome! 💕

  32. abbibaker says:

    Such a cute sweater! I love the short sleeves too <3

    1. Thank you! 💕

  33. Helena says:

    Hi Jamie, I have enjoyed reading your blog posts and you have many times inspired me to start on various Caitlin Hunter’s patterns 😆 Thank you for your video tutorials. I used your technique of knitting the ‘x cable’ stitches without using cable needles. It was so much more fun and enjoyable. Keep up the good work of inspiring us fellow knitters 👍🏼 Cheers!

    1. So happy to hear you’ve been following my knitting projects, and I’m glad the no cable video has helped you! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. 💕

  34. Agnetha says:

    Have jelly roll socks on to-do-list, now to pin JR Sweater as well. Briljant video on sleeves, will come in handy, thanks!

    1. Thank you!!! 💕

  35. Robyn says:

    Beautiful sweater! The colors are so pretty. Would 💕 to make one for my little me. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. Thank you so much!

  36. Sharon says:

    Look at all these comments!! Way to go! Love the sweater and your blog of course! And the two at a time sleeves tutorial is so helpful. I’ve been stuck with one sleeve to go on a sweater for a year!! Second sleeve syndrome is worse than second sock syndrome for me.

    1. Hey Sharon! Second sleeve syndrome is to me THE WORST of all the knitting syndromes. Arms are so long! 😄

  37. Nicole says:

    I showed this sweater to my daughter and now she wants one! Such beautiful colours.

    1. It’s such a great design for little girls and big girls alike. 😄

  38. Gigi says:

    Adorable sweater! I want to make one for the little girls in my life. Thank you for the great turtorial!

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome! 💕

  39. silly_runner says:

    Thank you for the tutorial on knitting two sleeves at once! I’m going to try it right now. The jellyroll sweater is beautiful. I think it’ll be next on my list!

    1. I hope TAAT worked well for you!

  40. Karina says:

    I’m going to have to try TAAT, even if only to satisfy my own curiosity. An excellent reference for bookmarking – thanks, Jamie! Also, please tell Sophie she made an excellent colour choice and she looks amazing in her new sweater!

    1. She says thank you, Karina! Let me know how TAAT goes for you when you try.

  41. lovekrissy says:

    wooooo love this tutorial! my jamie is amaaaaaazing!! we both need a jelly rolls sweater! 💓

    1. Love you, Krissy! Perhaps we could KAL together on a Jelly Roll sometime down the road?

  42. jenniferthompson95 says:

    I love this sweater and I just might have to knit one for myself. . . Also, magic loop for sleeves?? Perhaps I need to learn just for that!!

    1. I was thinking the same thing—I just might have to knit a Jelly Roll for myself…

  43. Danielle Curran says:

    Brilliant tutorial on TAAT sleeves. I tried to follow your Instagram video, even tagging it for later, but this is so much better. Thank you for taking the time to help the rest of us out! And I love the little cabling without cable needles technique you demonstrated previously—I am using it now on a project and it is so much easier than pulling messing with needles!

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome! I’m so happy the video here and the cable video have helped you. 💕

  44. Maureen says:

    Hello, just wanted to tell you that your sweater is absolutely adorable on your daughter, the colors she and you chose are so pretty, I really liked the short sleeves, and thank you so so much for the tutorials on working two sleeves at a time as well as knitting a cable without the cable needle. I use use cable needle all the time and have pretty good luck not losing it, but any process that includes one less step is always a good thing, right? Sincerely, Maureen

    1. Thank so much! And I agree—if any steps in knitting can be simplified or shortened, I’m all for it!

  45. Nalatieer says:

    I’m just finishing up my first sweater 🙂 and think I should try the two at a time method! So happy my 50 inch cable will finally be used…thanks for sharing! Learning knitting with all the wonderful resources shard by talented people like you makes the process so much easier!

    1. You’re welcome! Your first sweater is a great achievement. Enjoy!

  46. Akknits says:

    I love this tutorial so much! I always *always* knit socks TAAT and it bugged me that I couldn’t do attached sleeves in the same way. I immediately used your Instagram tutorial to put my sleeves on, and I’m just about done with the two and think I will do as you do, and move them to single to try them on. Another very genius move! 😊 Your daughter looks absolutely beautiful in these pictures and the sweater suits her perfectly!!! 💕💕

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad the TAAT tutorial has helped you.

  47. Marinka says:

    Wow, I love the sweater, absolutely beautiful. I followed you just on Instagram, but I really like your blog as well. The two sleeves at the same time knitting is really neat, I will probably help with my second sleeve syndrome, from which I occasionally suffer :P.

    1. Second sleeve syndrome is the worst! Always better to bypass it, imo.

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