A simple, yet stylish cardigan is another basic garment pattern that's a must for your library, good to go in any season.
A cardigan is a soft alternative to a structured jacket, an ideal backdrop for accessories, such as scarves and statement jewelry .
The featured pattern, like the basic cap-sleeved top, lends itself to many different looks.
One of the four different possibilities rendered for this design is a modified military style, complete with "epaulette" tabs on the shoulders.
Also, like the basic cap-sleeved top, you are knitting the body in one piece. You can't get any easier than that.
Choosing different stitch patterns also differentiates the garment parts. Garter panels in the middle and an easy textured stitch on the sides.
If you are a crocheter, finishing all the edges with a scalloped edge gives the garment a romantic finish.
You will love this pattern because the possibilities are endless.
Read further for pattern, style renderings, finishing tips and helpful sites.
The schematics or drawing of the garment's shape gives you the dimensions you are to work to. The pattern itself is minimal as it is very simple.
The actual numbers you are working with are based on a standard knitting worsted weight, a weight ideal for a beginner and a good weight across the board for all seasons.
For those more familiar with knitting, the numbers are easy to adapt to double knitting, chunky or bulky weights.
As long as you are getting the dimensions as specified in the drawing, you will achieve the desired results.
For beginners, it is always best to make what is recommended in the pattern first, then experiment with different yarns weights and guages.
Basic patterns are great to have in your library for a number of reasons.
Styles are usually classic and can be changed easily to suit your mood or the look of the season.
Above are four possibilities for this one pattern. But you can adapt this even further by making the garment in stripes, so fashionable this spring.
A simple lace pattern will be a lovely topper for a sleeveless summer dress.
Have fun in thinking up new ways to make this garment your design.
Please Note | errata for casting off for FRONT and LEFT front neck shaping. Cast-off for both neck edges is 16(16,18)sts remaining 38(47,49)sts.
Knowing how to properly finish a garment makes all the difference between a garment looking "homemade" and not "handmade".
The effort of learning how to skillfully seam and block a garment will definitely make the end result a pleasure to wear and build confidence in your knitting skills.
Blocking is well explained and straightforward in Part1 and Part2 in the HowTo section of Interweave.
Seaming or sewing a garment together properly enhances a garment's fit, with seams that lie flat and don't pull.
Simple drawings and explanations are provided in KnitSimple Online Magazine