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Stitch Your Perfect Sweater With Knit Wear Love + A Book Giveaway

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.

Enter here!

Knit Wear Love book cover by Amy Herzog

Photo via STC Craft

About Amy

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:

Knit Wear Love Wrap Sweater knitting pattern

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.

Cowl sweater pattern from Knit Wear Love

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 knitting pattern from Knit Wear Love

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!

38 Comments

Joy

I have a sweater that I knit that was a ‘little loose’.
I’m now wearing it as I’m six months pregnant. Oops

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Brigi

being a loose knitter, I always have to readjust the patterns…. hope to find this process more user friendly after reading Amy’s tips!

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NancyR

Hi, my daughter is the one who knits sweaters, mainly for herself. She has discovered if she knits from top down it is much easier to fit and change the pattern as she goes rather than knitting up and finding that it didn’t fit way down at the beginning!

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Tee

I have a drawer full of beautiful sweaters that don’t fit. Some are finished, some are only sewn up to the point where it was obvious that it didn’t fit and then abandoned (sleeves not sewn on, no buttons, etc.). Would love help with fitting my knits. Or knitting my fit…..either way. 🙂

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QuiltMoxie by Ariana

I love Amy’s class Knit to Flatter and refer back to it often.

Have my yarn chosen and am ready to give it a go with Knit Wear Love.

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Orchid

I’m petite and find it very hard to modify patterns, I feel so deflated when I try on something I knitted only to find it does not fit.

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Crisas

I am a beginner knitter and like Orchid I’m petite and have no clue how to modify patterns.

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Sandy

I’m not a “typical” size, so fitting anything to me is a challenge. I’ve done a sweater that’s too small and one that was too large. Someday I’ll hit the happy medium.

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Anne

I am getting ready to knot my first sweater.

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Moni Leigh

I usually find myself in between plus sizes or just an inch or two beyond the biggest size offered in more mainstream-sized patterns. It does get frustrating trying to figure out how much to add/subtract to get something that fits me. The only sweater (for myself) that I’ve not ripped out completely was a bottom-up lace tunic that I modified heavily. Problem with that? Most of the mods were at the armhole/shoulder level, and I failed to notice how they would change the length of the sweater below that point. I ended up with a dress! Until I *VERY CAREFULLY* cut out the cast on & ripped up to a better length (meaning my sweater actually doesn’t have a cast on anymore).

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Laurie

Other than changing the length of a garment, I have never attempted to modify a pattern. It just seemed too challenging, if I even had an idea of how to go about it. I would love to be able to customize with ease and confidence.

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Kate M

I get so frustrated when I think I make adjustments and they aren’t right. Like when your sleeves are still too short or it doesn’t hug your body like it does on the model in the picture! All that work…but I keep trying 🙂

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Rachelle Crosbie

I’ve got one jacket that I knit that fits really well and I live in it, but the last thing I knit although the gauge was correct it was coming out enormous, once I worked that out it got frogged and is now awaiting its next incarnation as a cardigan rather than a jersey I think. Part of my problem though is I’m bigger than I used to be and adjusting the head to fit the vision is not easy

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Tamara Morgan

Oh, do I hear that! I do see flattering sweaters on people who’s bodies I recognize as being similar to mine, but in my head, that isn’t me!

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Christine

A few years ago I refound knitting. In my younger years I never had a problem with fitting – everything just seemed to. My first new project was a lovely cardigan with a shawl collar. I knit merrily away not paying much attention to the size of my pieces. As you can guess both my husband and I could fit in it. Since then measurements and swatches are a must…

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Becky

I’ve only made 2 sweaters so far, but they both turned out looser than I wanted them to, despite checking gauge. I think my biggest problem is matching a yarn to a pattern– I have to substitute constantly, since I’m extremely sensitive to wool and therefore can’t knit with or wear it.

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Louise

I like to knit sweaters and always find plenty of options I like. I hesitate because of the sizing, unsure of the actual size to knit. I think this book would help tremendously.

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Jean Sadler

My first major knit was a complicated cable sweater in XL for my husband. All went well until I tried to sew it together. The sleeves did not fit. The wrong sleeve shape had been put into the pattern. I was not experienced enough then to make up my own sleeves so all that work went into the back of the cupboard for many years.

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Pamm

I am short, large busted and short waisted…..in other words, HARD to fit!!!!

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Debbi

I have knit sweaters that are too big and a couple that are too small! all off the same measurements. I was getting the gauge the patterns called for- but still the patterns did not fit my body- large shoulders and bust, smaller waist and hip 🙁

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Gail Korhonen

I just frogged a sweater that I thought I would wear but having tried to wear it a couple of times, I just wasn’t comfortable in it. I would love to learn how to make modifications to sweater patterns so that I knit sweaters that I want to wear.

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Nancy

Getting a good fit is always the frustration which makes me stay away from knitting anything that requires a good fit.

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Jennifer Wollesen

By the time I find a size for the ‘girls’, My sweaters are always to big.

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liz n.

Add me to the list of petite knitters who cannot seem to adjust the entire pattern to fit. I’ve had some success with adjusting girls’ sizes up, but then you have to add in for a bust, and that can be a mess, too.

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CynthiaC

I’ve almost finished a sweater (my first) that I’m pretty sure will be too big. I swatched. I really did, and it was a large one. But it seems to have lied. Add in the fact that it is a relaxed fit sweater, and this one may be heading to the frog pond. 🙁 But I’m already swatching for a second sweater, and I’m planning to use Amy’s CustomFit website to write the pattern that fits ME.

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Tamara Morgan

I am tall and short-waisted (like a large petite….). I have large hips, narrow waist, but with that horrible roll that comes with late middle age. I’ve just tried adjusting a pattern to fit, using ratios to determine the stitch counts throughout. However, I’ve never tried waist or bust shaping to suit my body, and have a very hard time determining whether I’m an ‘hour glass’ or a ‘pear’–you know?

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Vivella

I’m still not brave enough to knit a sweater . I seriously need to put on my big girl pants.

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Doris

I have found that I am so afraid to make a sweater that is too small,I always make them too big. I need to listen to my actual measurements better.

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Angela Legge

I’m a fairly new knitter and knit fairly loose as well. I have started to experiment with needle sizes and adding/reducing stitches on a pattern. I’ll get the hang of it!!

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Diana Salmon

I knit a cabled fisherman’s wool sweater in college. It was on large needles and when I got done, it was huge and bulky and really unwearable for me. I kept it on a shelf in my closet for decades and finally donated it. I wish I had salvaged the yarn now.

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Pamela Bugbee

I’ve been knitting for about a year and a half and getting ready to start first sweater. This information is extremely helpful.

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Wilhelmina

Being petite but not overly slim (size 13-14) has given me much heartache about the hours spent on knitting cardigans and tops for myself that just did not look good. For a few years, I became so despondent that I just knitted for my sons and husband and not for myself at all. My first recent success for myself was the vest/cardigan in Amy Herzog’s previous book. It fits like a dream. I’ve also discovered that it is wise not to be too quick to unravel an entire knitted cardigan if it doesn’t look right on me. Over the years, changes in body shape have made some of my old “failures” wearable after all. I am very pleased with the insights I gained from Amy Herzog and hope to learn more from the new book!

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Pomme

Sweater made based on bust size ended up with a big pocket of fabric on the back, and frankly, too big pretty much everywhere! Made it again a size or two down, moving the back increases to the sides. Worked much better (I actually wear the second one!)

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Robina Harper

I am new to knitting and I’m loving it. I never ever thought I’d be able to cable but I have just finished a sweater for hubby. Shame that it is miles too small. I think I knit too tight meh

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JennG

The first sweater I knit (topdown) , my gauge was off and it ended up 8inches too wide as I split for the sleeves. I didn’t have the heart to rip back, so I just decreased a bunch and proceeded. Sigh.

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Bettina

Hmmm… sweaters…were so easy in the early 80’s when they were oversized sacks! Now, I am about 20lbs overweight, but still outrageously hourglass shaped. According to todays sizing, at least 2 sizes smaller in the waist than around bust and hips. And I have very heavy upper arms, and most sweaters who cater for the right arm size I would have to use an even larger size pattern than that for bust and hips. Apart from the fact that most patterns won’t even tell you those measurements until you have bought it. So, it means massive calculations to make arms fit, etc. And most of the time it doesn’t work out. The last sweater I knit was not really a sweater, just a vest, with a very elastic pattern, so that worked out fine. Worn over a blouse with collar it is great. I also knit a top down sweater recently that was ok, but all that constant trying on by myself and hoping I would get it right was a nightmare. It did turn out ok, with a nice waist shaping and I did get the arms right because I added a few more stitches under the arms and fudged the closing there. But prior to that, none of the sweaters I knit fit. And there are so many I would love to make. I even have 3 different sweaters on the needles, but am reluctant to even continue for fear of just unravelling them again. So this book would be a godsend.

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Sarah

I made a beautiful cabled sweater… that ended up fitting a dear friend whose bust is 8-10 inches bigger than mine!

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Maria

I love knitting but I knit only ban blankets because I fear that I wouldn’t be able to knit the correct fit! Twos book would ne very useful!!

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