Beginning to Plan A Sweater From Scratch

1. Pick out your yarn. I recommend using a worsted weight yarn if you’re going to design your own sweater for the Seamless Set-in Sleeve KAL You will have extra prep-work and set-backs, so a heavier yarn is best if you want to meet the deadline. To figure out roughly how much yarn you’ll need, browse worsted-weight sweater projects in your size, and add on 300 yds for swatches and so you’ll be sure to have enough yarn.

2. Sketch your sweater ideas. Cardigan or pullover? Scoop-neck or v-neck? Plain or panels? Get all of your ideas on the page, and include a selection of variations.

3. Knit swatches. Work some experimental swatches to figure out the best needle size and the most attractive stitch patterns. Next, knit gauge swatches for what you decide to use as your main stitch pattern and any accent stitch patterns. You’ll also want to use swatches to work out any potential problems like increases and decreases in pattern or edgings.

This is the fun, creative part where you really get to experiment and anything is possible. Dream up your perfect sweater! Next week we’ll dive into the math, and don’t forget to join us in the Untangling Knots group on Ravelry for the Seamless Set-in Sleeve KAL.





3 responses to “Beginning to Plan A Sweater From Scratch”

  1. Carol Cooley

    Please note some readers may have difficulty in following this and I for one cannot understand, partly due to the speed and accent. So, for those too shy to mention this, can essential information be presented in text, clear, bold font for those who need glasses, please.
    Re: the sketch – please hold up so we can see, thank you. Hold it still please, so readers can focus. I for one not wishing to appear critical only want this project to succeed.
    Thank you. I know we have an ageing population but Ande is one of my favourite knitting stars.
    I wish you every success. Please excuse typos, thank you.

    OAP (retired)

    1. I’m sorry you had difficulty with the video. I included this blog post with all of the important information because I know that video doesn’t work well for everyone. All of the essential information is in those three items listed.

      You might have missed this, but closed captioning is available, and I believe YouTube allows you to adjust the font size. There’s also a close-up shot of the sketch, but if you were having trouble with the audio, it might not have been clear that it was the same sketch I had been holding up.

    2. Hi Carol, those are very good comments but if you are able to look at the youtube video, remember you can PAUSE it anywhere you want so you can see the visuals more easily. Lu

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