A Sweater a Season KAL

Happy New Year! Looking back on my Ravelry notes, it would seem that I am most likely to cast on a sweater in January. It must be something about starting a fresh new year, enough months of cold and enough still to go that I believe I can still knit it in time to wear it. I rarely finish more than one a year but there was a suggestion in the Playful group for a year long sweater KAL that I was convinced by! Will I complete 4 adult sized sweaters? Doubtful. I will, however, have fun!

So in case you've resolved to knit more sweaters in 2015, or wish to join us, I just spent a glorious few days collecting these fab tips and tutorials, all for free, on the internet. Don't you love bloggers who provide such excellent advice? Here's a roundup of some of my fav tips and techniques for getting started with sweater knitting aka how to know it's going to fit!

 

Flax by TinCanKnits (click on image for pattern link)

Flax by TinCanKnits (click on image for pattern link)

TinCanKnits-

I love everything about this duo from their designs to their inspirational newsletters to their tutorials. In this freebie that ties into the free Flax design, they walk you through step by step, how to knit your first sweater. If you've never knit a sweater, especailly one in the round, this would familiarise you will all the jargon and how best to set about tackling those pattern instructions. It's truly brilliant.

 

IndigoDragonFly

A great blog post all about swatching. The fact she measures repeatedly gave me definite food for thought and she has links to some master knitters she learned from too. A great entry point into why swatching is important. 

 

Amy Herzog

Queen of the well fitted, custom made sweater. If there's any class I want to do in 2015, it's Amy's custom fit class. I selected from a few goodies she has for you- sizing. I often feel daunted at the point I choose what size I should knit as I'm almost always between sizes. Amy is showing us how to do it. Fear not. 

 

Ysolda 

On bras, getting measured and getting things right underneath that sweater you've just custom fit to your shape. Ladies, are you wearing the right bra? 

 

Andi modelling Marion (click through link)

Andi modelling Marion (click through link)

Untangling Knots

I adore Andi's blog and have followed it for YEARS. It goes beyond her amazing ability to wear red lipstick without it smudging because this girl can teach you all you need to know about your knitting. The blog post I've chosen to help you get started is understanding ease and she includes information on how to use the schematic in the pattern to work out what's right for you. Brilliant. 

 

So that's how I'm getting started and I just need to cake my yarn and get measuring and swatching! What will you be casting on?