Making a Sweater

I have “secretly” been dying to design and make my own clothes. While making garments from the patterns of other designers has been fun, I realized that I wanted to understand the intricacies of the process for myself. Because of this, I signed up for a Craftsy class to learn about garment design, a Vogue Knitting Live class on how to design my own shawl, and just this week I decided to join Andi Satterlund’s Seamless Set-in Sweater Knit-a-long (KAL).  I found Andi Satterlund’s blog, Untangling Knots,  when I was googling information on how to get better fitting sweaters.

After reading blog post after blog post on design, negative versus positive ease, body measurements and countless other topics,  I thought this KAL would be the perfect opportunity to learn the details and nitty gritty of design, and in the process design my own sweater. At the core of my desire to design my own sweater is the need for form fitting sweaters.  As I have mentioned before, I don't like loose fitting or ill-fitting clothing.  Many years of cheap garments and disproportional shirts or pants, has left me feeling like there has to be a better way to get good fitting clothing.  Of course, next to making your own, based on your own measurements, along with designing the clothing, is a great way to get garments that fit and love. 

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What I found appealing about Andi’s designs were that the designs were fitted, many were 3/4 length  sleeves, and that the designs were made it to fit a woman with a larger bust. For as petite as I am, I do have a larger bust and often need the chest area to be roomy while my waist needs to be smaller.  Once I decided what I liked about her designs I decided to scour Instagram for images of sweaters that I found to be pretty.  

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As luck would have it, instagram is a well of inspiration.  After finding many images and saving them to a collection, a few things stuck out to me. I like fitted sweaters (no surprise); I liked cables; I like  3/4 length sleeves;  and I liked a boat neck line the most. In her blog post, Andi suggests that we sketch out our sweaters and the details of the sweater. 

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After all that perusing and inspiration I think my sweater will be fitted (with negative ease), 3/4 length sleeves, a boat neck line, and cables. As you can see from these images, all of my inspirational sweaters are different colors so I am not yet sure what color I will choose. I vacillate between bright colors and neutrals. One thing is certain, all of my inspirational designs used Malabrigo Yarn which is something I will look into getting.  

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The next steps include finding a worsted weight yarn, choosing a cable design that I like, and swatching. Of course, all this will happen as soon as I am finished with all my Christmas gifts. 


You can read more about my adventure in designing a sweater through this series.