How many times have you knit a sweater, only to be disappointed by the final product? I’m not talking about making knitting mistakes here; I’m talking about those sweaters that are perfectly knit, but just don’t drape the way we want them, or the ones that just don’t look great on our bodies.
Get a sneak peak of Amy Herzog’s new book Knit Wear Love, plus enter for a chance to win you own copy!
One lucky reader will win a FREE copy of Amy Herzog’s Knit Wear Love, courtesy of our friends at STC Craft. To enter, just head here by 11:59 p.m. MT May 10, 2015. Then, comment on this blog post telling us about your successes and disappointments with fitting your knits. We’ll select a winner at random on May 11, 2015.
Photo via STC Craft
If you’ve been hanging around Craftsy lately, you probably already know Amy Herzog thanks to her Knit to Flatter Craftsy class, based on her book of the same name. In the class, Amy spends a lot of time making sure knitters understand their bodies and what styles look best on them. She also covers measuring, shaping, and other modifications that will ensure you love the final fit of your sweater.
Knit Wear Love is no different in its goal to make sure you’re happy with your finished sweater, from choosing a pattern to adding features that make the sweater your preferred style. Amy will take you through these three easy steps to find the perfect patterns:
Wrap sweater, one of the basic knitting patterns in the book; photo via STC Craft
1. Choose your style
Amy begins with awesome mood boards in several different style categories — casual, modern, classic, romantic, sporty, bohemian, avant-garde, vintage, and casual — and gives examples of the fibers and colors most associated with these styles to help you figure out which ones you like best.
Not sure which styles you love? Amy provides a neat little exercise to help you figure out when, where, and how sweaters fit into your life.
The cowl sweater, one of the basic knitting patterns in the book; photo via STC Craft
2. Choose a pattern to flatter
Next Amy helps you take a look at different silhouettes and body shapes to determine what types of patterns look best on your body. You’ll explore necklines, shoulders, sleeves — all the elements of a sweater that are super important for fit.
Modern pullover, one of the basic knitting patterns in the book; photo via STC Craft
3. Choose your extra features
Once you’ve given some serious thought to what styles and patterns you love, you’ll browse 8 meta-patterns for basic sweaters that include pullover, cardigan, vest, cowl, tunic, wrap, tank, and bolero. Each meta-pattern is written for three different gauges and 12 sizes.
You’ll also see customization options for each. The modern pullover pictured above, for example, is shown with a geometric color motif that you can add to the edge. Want to add eyelets to your cowl sweater? Go for it! Fancy a collar? Add one! Amy gives you all the inspiration and tools you need to make sure your sweater is exactly what you want.
Even though there are only 8 patterns, there are dozens of ways you can customize them to create sweaters in different styles, gauges, colors — the possibilities are endless.
Click here to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to tell us about your sweater knitting and fitting adventures in the comments below!
**This giveaway has ended. The lucky winner is Sandy from Minnesota!