A Year of Sweater Knitting Tips

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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