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Knitting a Sweater with a Pattern

I love to knit sweaters because of the fiber. I love soft wools, cashmere, linen, cotton - any natural fiber. 

When knitting a sweater first pick the right yarn and fiber for your project. You would never want to knit a light summer sweater out of thick scratchy wool. And it is best for a rugged, every day, sweater to be made out of something durable and easy to clean.

 Most important  . . . I like my yarns to be nice to touch, smell and feel. After all, I am going to be handling it for hours and hour while I knit, and I want my knitting experience to be pleasant. 

Knitting a sweater is quite a project to undertake, and most of us want to be pretty certain that we will end up with something we like... A sweater that fits and is attractive. That is why it is good to take some time, before starting, to prepare for the project.

When working a new project,  I like to choose my fiber and yarn first, and then go looking for a knitting pattern. And that is one of the reason's I started designing my own patterns, and making them so that they would work for any size of yarn. I don't like to be stuck to a particular type or brand of yarn when I want to make a sweater!

First I am attracted by the color and sheen of a yarn, then by the touch and feel. After that I start thinking about what to make with it. 

The other reason I design knitted sweaters the way I do is because I can envision so many different ways to form knitting yarn around the human body. I want to try them all! Below are some of my designs and tips in why I created them the way I did. 

The pictures below are links to the proper place to find any particular sweater pattern in my secure shopping cart.

 

08sw Cable Yoke Sweater Knitting Pattern

Sweaters Knit 
from the Top Down

One of my favorite ways to knit a sweater is from the top down. And the easiest way to knit a sweater from the top down is to start with a simple collar and then increase to shape the shoulders with an even increase that creates a raglan sleeve. 

Once you knit this type of sweater you'll be hooked forever! At SpinCraftPatterns.com you will find many variations of the Raglan Top Down sweater with different colors, and even a very exotic Irish Cable Knit version. It's knit all in one piece and there are no seams to sew up when you are done.

 

Modified Raglan Sweater Knitting Patterns

The problem is, after awhile you get tired of Raglan Sleeves! Who the heck would want every sweater they knit and wear to be the same shape! This next sweater, which I did in a nice lace pattern with cotton yarn, is a great solution. It starts out with Raglan Sleeve increases, but ends as a nice shaped fit. 

You can really do practically anything with knitting!

 

34sw Saddle Shoulder Sweater Knitting Pattern

Saddle Shoulder Sweater Knitting Patterns

One of the coolest things around is the Saddle Shoulder Sweater. This sweater has a strip of knitting right down the shoulder to the sleeve. It really fits great! 

Starting a Saddle Shoulder at the top is real easy to do. This is a great project for the creative knitter. If you have any curiosity about how to create knitting shapes you have to try this pattern!

 

24sw Favorite Things Sweater Knitting Pattern

Sweaters Knit 
from the Bottom Up

There are a million ways to knit a sweater from the bottom up! But that doesn't mean you have to knit them in pieces. Almost all my designs are knit-to-fit all in one piece. 

One thing you should really try is the saddle shoulder versions knit from the bottom up. What that means is that the sweater isn't shaped all the way to the very top. Instead, you stop about the collar bone, knit the sleeve, and then join it all together with a lively knitted band. Very fun to do! And the shape will fit nicely too.

Our shopping cart has some very creative ways to make great fitting sweaters that start down at the bottom. 

 

25sw Short Sleeve to Sleeve Sweater Knitting Pattern

Sleeve to Sleeve Sweaters

Have you ever wondered: Gee, I wish I could just start a sweater at one sleeve, and end up down at the tip of the final sleeve? 

Well, you can! Take a look in our shopping cart! You'll love it!

14sw Patchwork Sweater Knitting Pattern

Pieced Sweaters

Every once in awhile there is a reason not to knit a sweater in one piece! So you will find that I do have a few creative patterns that are knit in pieces.

   
We also have crochet and weaving patterns.

 

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Connie Delaney is the author of:

Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert

The premier book for learning to spin your own yarn. Starting with a drop spindle is an inexpensive, and easy way to start spinning your own yarn. If you like it, you can graduate to a spinning wheel any time!

 

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