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

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

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 sweaters! Editor’s note: We still have this sweater knit available. Call 212-730-5003 and ask for the wool department. Better yet, take a look at our wool knits at MoodFabrics.com.

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

For the trim (waistband, neckband, cuffs, etc.) I chose a lovely soft gray wool rib knit that coordinates perfectly.

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

I used Simplicity 9993, a vintage men’s knit shirt and sweater pattern.  My initial idea was to make a raglan-sleeve sweater styled like a sweatshirt.

I stitched everything together on my sewing machine and then serged just past the seam allowances using my Brother 1034D serger.

The sweatshirt-styled “V” below the neckline is simply an additional layer of rib knit appliqued on top of my houndstooth knit with a satin stitch.

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

Here’s the finished sweater, modeled by my partner, Michael.

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

But there was still much more houndstooth left!

So I made a second sweater — this time, a vest.

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

Men's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

But there was still more houndstooth left.

So I made a third sweater!

Dog's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

Dog's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

I’m not going to ask who wears his sweater best; it’s tough enough to compete with Michael, let alone a cute little chihuahua like Willy.

In closing, I hope you’re inspired to give sweater knits a try.  It’s not hard to sew a sweater and it’s a whole lot faster than knitting one yourself!

Dog's houndstooth sweaters made with wool knit fabric from Mood Fabrics

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Comments


  • Amanda S.
    September 26, 2013

    These are awesome sweaters! I especially love the long sleeved version with the V below the neckline – very RTW looking.

  • CAROL
    September 26, 2013

    Love it! You’ve inspired me to tackle a project using the several knits I’ve added to my stash but were afraid to ruin. Thanks for the great post. As to who wore it best?? Hmmmmmmm. You all look great, but I am partial to our four-legged friends. Swatch should be jealous ;-)

  • ShanniLoves
    September 26, 2013

    Well your all looking mighty dapper in your sweaters. I’ve always wondered how sewing my own sweater might turn out. Thank you now I have no fear!

  • Lori
    September 26, 2013

    Love them all, Peter, great use of a beautiful sweater knit. Your sewing skills are incredible and how you interpret RTW details puts your garments over the top.

  • oonaballoona
    September 26, 2013

    i’m stunned. this knit is like the loaves and the fishes.

    beeeeeeyootiful!

  • Erica B.
    September 26, 2013

    This is so great! I love the rib knit! I really need some of that.

  • Debi
    September 26, 2013

    Ooohhh!! I love all three versions so much!! Who needs to knit when you can sew?? :-)

  • Mimi
    September 26, 2013

    Although it never occurred to me to sew a pull-over sweater when I’ve seen knits… this post… gives me ideas of my own. (squinting and humming, while tugging gently and dramatically at my imaginary beard)

  • Wendy
    September 26, 2013

    Wauw, those 1.5 yards are like the gift that keeps on giving! I love all three sweaters, and hooray for matching outfits!!!!!

  • Martin Partlan
    September 26, 2013

    You guys and Willy all look great in your sweaters!

  • Lisa Sullivan
    September 26, 2013

    I am a knitter….and you all look fantastic in your sweaters. My smile is wide…just like Willy’s. XXXOOO

  • K-Line
    September 26, 2013

    I have no idea which of these is best. They are all AWESOME.

  • Nancy K
    September 26, 2013

    These look great Peter! This works much better than the stripe did. The houndstooth doesn’t make the same pattern the stripes did. The gray ribbing is perfect with the houndstooth fabric.

  • Rachel
    September 26, 2013

    I live them all! are you going to often all three wear them out together? Or will there be a matching sweater holiday card in your future? They are truly all fabulous!

  • Roberta
    September 26, 2013

    All three are gorgeous!

  • Carolyn
    September 26, 2013

    These are all fantastic sweaters! I swear you used magic scissors that cut just so giving you enough for not one, not two, but three amazing sweaters!

    • Peter
      September 26, 2013

      Carolyn, would you believe I STILL have enough left for at least another dog coat?!

      • Susan Campbell
        September 26, 2013

        You’re going to need another dog coat for your holiday picture.

  • Becky
    September 27, 2013

    I think all three of you look like handsome devils. You must sew another sweater for your other dog. What a family portrait!

  • Ashley
    September 27, 2013

    How cute are you guys? Love them all!

  • Ginger
    September 29, 2013

    I looooooooooove these so much! I really hope you guys do a portrait in your coordinating sweaters! I’m seriously having a cute overdose over here!

  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 30, 2013

    All the sweaters are great, but I have a soft spot for Chihuahuas.

  • Rachel In Red
    September 30, 2013

    OMG, they all look so professional! Absolutely wonderful!
    But seriously, you’re not really walking the streets like this, the three of you, do you? That would be soooo over the top! LOL!

  • Kelly
    September 30, 2013

    I loved the sweater. Then I saw the pic of the vest. I loved the vest. But then WILLY sorry he takes the prize

  • Amy
    October 2, 2013

    Wow! I wouldn’t have known those sweaters were sewn if I hadn’t been following along with your sewing on your blog. You all look so great in them, and I really like all of the little details! You’ve convinced me to give sweater knits a try!

  • Sara
    October 5, 2013

    What lovely sweaters! You’ve inspired me to give sewing sweater knits a try :) Also, you and Micheal are such a cute couple :) love the matching doggie sweater as well!