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A Year of Sweater Knitting Tips

Aug 26, 2011
Hawthorne Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman, as shown in the Interweave Knits 2012 Sweater Workshop Calendar

It sometimes seems that our smart phones or other e-devices have replaced paper calendars. My lonely Day Timer is sitting on a bookshelf; it used to be my constant companion, but my iPhone has taken its place.

I do still love a wall calendar, though, and my favorites are those that speak to me in a deep way, sometimes humorous (Kliban Cats of the 70s, Far Side in the 80s, and Deep Thoughts in the 90s!), and sometimes aesthetically (art deco is a favorite, as are vintage kitchen advertisements). But now I have a new wall calendar, one that encompasses my favorite pastime: knitting!

The Interweave Knits 2012 Calendar's theme is "Sweater Workshop," and it is absolutely packed with useful information.

January is all about seamed sweaters, and the info is so interesting I just have to share it with you.

This month uses the Hawthorne Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman, from the Fall 2010 issue of Knits. Quietly fine details make a classic sweater shine: asymmetrical rope cables flow out of hem and cuff ribbing, while an undyed wool gives a not to vintage fishermen's sweaters. Seams give a sweater with heavy body texture the structure it needs to hang off the body gracefully.

Basic seamed, set-in sleeve sweater plan
Seamed Sweater Advantages

  1. Shoulder seams create a stable base for a heavy garment to hang from
  2. Seamed-in sleeves have strength and stability at a frequently stretched joint
  3. Side seams give structure and stability—seamed sweaters won't grow in length
  4. True sleeve caps and armscyes allow for shaped, anatomically correct fit
  5. A finished, tailored look that mimics woven and sewn clothing

Here are a couple more tidbits from other months:

  • Raglan sweaters can be dressed up or down—raglan yokes present blank canvas for design details.
  • Top-down or bottom-up, seamless yokes show off pattern with nary a seam in sight.
  • Every lace stitch boils down to yarnovers and decreases.
  • Hem, ribs, rolls—sometimes the edging brings it all together.

Join me in the Sweater Workshop—get your 2011 Interweave Knits Calendar today!


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on Aug 27, 2011 8:40 PM

What's the best design for sweeter? Is it fit or loose?