These sweaters can be knitted with any yarn that is the correct thickness. Wool, cotton, silk, acrylic, hemp or any other fiber yarns can be used. The top down sweaters look best knitted at a slightly loose gauge. If the pattern calls for 4 stitches to the inch, look for a yarn that has a … Continue reading
If your worsted weight yarn is too thin to get 4 stitches to the inch, doubling it will make it into a bulky yarn that will be very stiff knitted at 4 to the inch. Better to add a strand of fingering weight yarn.
Some people like their sweaters quite close fitting, and some like lots of room in theirs. As you know from shopping, not all size medium tops are the same size. The best way to choose which size to make for yourself is to measure a sweater that fits the way you like. The photo below … Continue reading
Two things will make your sweater fit the way you expect it to. 1- Choosing the correct size. 2- Getting the correct gauge. Choosing the right size, but guessing about gauge, will often lead to disappointment. I know that gauge was a subject that I avoided when beginning knitting. Sounded way too complicated! But then … Continue reading
This is the most asked question. Pure and Simple patterns are written differently than some, and this causes confusion. But sleeves do not need to get longer as a person gets bigger around. The mid back to wrist length stays the same. The average for a woman is 28 inches. So as the body gets … Continue reading
Here is a link to a site that shows you how to do this- http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure-html/onlineec/instructionalArticle.asp?iaid=8 Or… http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/Stitches/CO/COBegEnd.php
Below is a photo of where to measure.
This usually happens when you have bound off too tight. Using a larger needle will help. Blocking will correct this the majority of the time. You can either wash the sweater, and while damp, pat into shape, or steam the edge. To steam, hold your iron just above the fabric and let the steam go … Continue reading
No, there will be stitches unworked for a few rows. Just leave them there, turn the work, and keep following the row by row directions, and you will have a heel!
Lots of knitters pick up stitches by grabbing a strand of yarn along the edge of their knitting and putting that strand on their needle as a stitch. This is not how picking up stitches is taught by most sources and will not work when you need to pick up more than one stitch per … Continue reading
Below are some photos that might help.
Blocking makes everything you knit look nicer. Since I knit mostly in the round, I don’t have separate pieces to block, I block the whole garment when I have it completed. I wet block, which is really the same as washing the garment by hand. I soak it in warm water and a mild soap, … Continue reading