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.
For the trim (waistband, neckband, cuffs, etc.) I chose a lovely soft gray wool rib knit that coordinates perfectly.
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.
Here’s the finished sweater, modeled by my partner, Michael.
But there was still much more houndstooth left!
So I made a second sweater — this time, a vest.
But there was still more houndstooth left.
So I made a third sweater!
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!