Wool Double Knit Sweater for My Dad

O, Autumn!, fairest of seasons, when the air is crisp and clear, lattes are pumpkin-spiced, and a sewist’s heart leaps at the thought of wrapping herself in wool from head to toe! I hit the wool section at Mood Fabrics NYC determined to find the perfect cocoon to shelter myself from autumn’s advances and boy, it did not disappoint! The only thing is, when I found this luxurious wool double knit, I knew immediately I had to make a sweater for my dad. He’s always cold, but lives in a cool climate, so he layers up nearly year-round! (Special thanks […]

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Snuggly Sweater Dress

Mimosas and Mood Fabrics on Saturday, Sazerac and Steelers on Sunday, and Sweater Knit to fondle all weekend.  Monday was a cruel mistress. Need inspiration?  Stuck in a rut?  If you can, hightail it to the second floor on Mood Fabrics NYC.  It’ll cure ya.  I never know what I’m going to find up there, but I always walk away hugging something fiercely.  Like I’ve just won a prize that must be guarded with my life.  This poly sweater knit is sooooo soft, which only added to the hugging factor.  I believe the tag said it was from Italy. Is […]

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Men’s Knit Sweaters for Fall, or Hooray for Houndstooth!

Since I started sewing, I have been curious about sweater knits and how to use them.  Can you really sew a credible men’s sweater?  This month I found out the answer is YES! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, there’s an entire aisle devoted to sweater knits—so many gorgeous choices.  On my most recent visit, I spotted (and quickly fell in love with) a bolt of gray and maroon Italian wool knit houndstooth.  I purchased a yard and a half, figuring I could make a men’s sweater out of it.  Little did I realize there would be enough to make three […]

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Patterned Knit Cardigan

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t usually care much for sewn cardigans. And, when people were getting on board the waterfall cardigan train three years ago, I happily passed. They don’t have the fitted look I seem to like in hand knit sweaters. But, I liked the look of this Burda waterfall cardigan (they call it a waist coat) when it appeared in the 11/2012 edition (#137 available on the BurdaStyle website for download for $5.40). They recommended using a lightweight mohair, but I wanted to use this thick and cozy geometric sweater knit from Mood fabrics. This is […]

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Baby Blue Sweater Knit Pullover

This pullover from the November 2012 Burda features a low and wide neckline with cuff sleeves and cuffed waistband. I was drawn to the upstyle casual look of it. I really liked how the back and front were two different lengths — providing visual interest to something that could otherwise be a bit ordinary. For this project, I made my usual full bust adjustment and graded from a 38 bust to a 42 at the hips. I really wanted to make sure the pullover wouldn’t ‘cup’ under my tuchis from being too tight. For this project, I used the last […]

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Non-Knitters Unite! or Winter Wool Pullover

It’s a well documented fact that I am insanely jealous of knitters. I love love love wool sweaters. I think cotton sweaters are useless for keeping you warm. And, they fade. They fade badly. But, wool sweaters have moved out of my price range in the last ten years. For real. I can remember buying 100 percent wool sweaters at lower to mid price stores as a matter of course. But, now they are a blend and are not the same quality I used to find. So, I was super excited to find several wool sweater knits at Mood when […]

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