DIY-ing your own boxy sweater
The last couple of weeks, we've talked about stitch multiples, and how to DIY your own pattern for any square or rectangular project. If you want to catch up, you can view past newsletters at this link. Today, let's give you more possibilities by discussing the garments made only from rectangles!
When considering your first all-rectangle garment, we highly suggest making it to fit really loosely. As you gain confidence, you can try playing with different fit.
Want to see some rectangle pattern ideas? Here's a Ravelry search with easy garments with rectangles worked flat.
Make two rectangles the same size - chain or cast on enough stitches to go from your shoulder to wrist (or however deep you want the poncho to be), then knit or crochet until it's twice as long as it is wide, plus 10 inches for your head. Sew the short end of each rectangle to the long end of the other. This blog post has good diagram explaining the sizing and sewing.
Measure a top that fits the way you want your vest to fit, then make 2 rectangles that size for a pullover vest. Sew them together partway up the sides, leaving holes for arms. Sew the top edges together, leaving room for your head in the middle. Easy peasy!
If you can do a vest, you can do a sweater! Just measure how much width you need for your arms and make 2 more rectangles with that measurement. Work until it's the length you want. The easiest way to sew this all-rectangle sweater is to first sew the shoulder seams, then sew the sleeves to the body, making sure they're centered at the shoulder. Last, sew the side seams and sleeve seams.
Make your vest or sweater into a cardigan by dividing the front into 2 pieces.
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Knitting My First Top-Down Sweater - 3 seats available
Make a perfectly fitted raglan sweater with no seams!
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Featured Yarn & Pattern
Here's a fun & easy rectangle sweater pattern for knitters: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. $7 in-store or on Ravelry, $6.50 at jojiknits.com. There's just a little bit of shaping at the neck and shoulders, but otherwise it's all rectangles! Check out the Ravelry page to see the awesome color-blocked version!
This would look great in a solid colored yarn like Caraz (superfine alpaca & peruvian highland wool), or in a multi-colored yarn like Malabrigo Rios!
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Want to knit two socks at one time, but you don't like working with 2-circs or magic loop? Just get 2 sets of DPNs of the same size!
Work them one row on each or do a couple of inches on each sock. Either way, it works great!
(ps. this is Our Wendy's favorite way to knit socks)
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