Finished Object Friday: Design Your First Sweater
When I came to work for Interweave in 2013, I had never knitted a sweater. The only garment I’d made up to that point was a tank top. It was a nice final product, and I did wear it, but it didn’t clue me into the intensity of knitting—or designing—full sweaters. I got to Interweave and dove headfirst into sweater knitting, and now they are my favorite kind of project to make.
Thanks to the expertise around me, my skills strengthened over time, and I eventually developed an interest in designing sweaters. I got the opportunity to design my first sweater for the Fall 2016, 20th anniversary issue of Interweave Knits, my last issue as assistant editor before I transitioned to knitscene. The Harvey Pullover ended up as the cover project, and I was so proud when I started to see Ravelers posting pictures of their own versions of the sweater. Designing something that I loved and that other people wanted to make brought me a new sense of joy I hadn’t experienced before.
So naturally, I was even more thrilled to find out the Harvey Pullover was included in the book 100 Knits: Interweave’s Ultimate Pattern Collection (2018). To celebrate that my pattern is included in this gorgeous book, I decided to knit it again, in a different color and yarn. For the yarn, I chose Woolfolk Far, a worsted-weight, 100% merino wool, chainette yarn. I picked the deep turquoise colorway, simply named “14.” This yarn is a dream to knit with in the first place, but I also used my addi needles, which enhanced the experience further because they are so smooth.
My gauge with this yarn was a little bit off from the pattern (my original gauge), so I crunched a few numbers to make sure I divided the front and back properly so they’d still be the same width, given they each use a different stitch pattern. This also meant I had to do some calculations at the neck shaping, so I’d still end up with the same amount of stitches for the shoulders at the top fronts and backs. I double-checked my math and it came out just right.
Working at Interweave with some serious experts has enabled me to strengthen my knitting skills from not having knit any sweaters at all, to designing multiple garments and accessories in less than five years. I hope your experience with learning from Interweave has been just as positive, and that you’ve learned a lot with us over the years. I’m so proud of my sweater, and it makes me want to encourage everyone to pursue their knitting dreams.
Happy sweater knitting and designing,
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