how to knit a sweater

Sweaters for Babies, Children and Men

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I’ve had several requests for videos on knitting sweaters for children and men (have NONE of you heard of the Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater?) And yes, I’m planning to create those videos, but leave us face it (as my MIL used to say), I’m slow at cranking these things out. And I just answered a question on Ravelry about this very subject, so I thought I’d make it available to everyone. To keep things simpler, I freely reference my knitting videos on youtube. Here is a very abbreviated version of what I call Knitting for Everyone Else.

You may find it useful to have a chart of sizing standards that The Craft Yarn Council has published here.


Cast On for K1P1 Rib

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Berroco has come out with another excellent video, this time on casting on for a K1P1 rib.  It’s nice because the cast on edge matches the stitch pattern more closely than other cast on methods, and it maintains some stretch.  Which, if you’ve ever ruined a piece of work with a cast on edge that is too tight, is one of those small but really important details for a successful garment.


How to Knit a Child’s Sweater

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I just got a question from a knitter who said she didn’t have a circular needle (only straight, single-points), and wants to knit a sweater for her young daughter.

There are a couple of things she will do differently:

  • The sweater body is worked flat, with the front and back in two separate pieces that are seamed together in final assembly. An extra stitch must be added to each side seam as selvage stitches. They will become the seam allowance and lie inside the sweater.
  • No shoulder shaping is required–the shoulders can be knit straight across. Neck shaping is still needed, though.
  • Sleeves are drop-shoulder. That means no armhole shaping.
  • After shoulders are seamed, but BEFORE you sew the side seams, pick up stitches for the sleeves along the straight seam in the armhole area and knit the sleeve top down–no short rows.
  • Seam the side seams and sleeve seams, and you’re done except for neckline finishing.

Are you getting the picture here? Knitting a child’s sweater is like knitting two dishcloths, sewing them together and adding sleeves.


 

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