In our last post we briefly touched on some sweater construction methods that are great for both beginner and experienced knitters. But today, we wanted to touch on some construction methods you may not be as familiar with or that are just not as mainstream as they once were.
One method that comes to mind is a seamed sweater. This used to be very popular a couple decades ago, but we just don’t see it as much anymore. That being said, it is still a fantastic way to make a sweater. By seaming a sweater, we are creating more structure for the garment, thus helping the fabric keep its shape through much love and wear. Another benefit to this type of construction can be the portability of the knit. Because it is knit in pieces, you can easily take it on the go with you! Some more modern examples of a seamed sweater are the Colvin by Julie Hoover and Broadleaf by Wool & Pine.
Colvin by Julie Hoover
A Worsted weight, relaxed turtleneck pullover with perfect proportions that delivers all the subtle details you would expect — a subtle curved hem, decorative center front/back stitch detail, visible back shoulder decreases.
Broadleaf by Wool & Pine
A stunning sweater featuring a highly textural brioche motif on the front and back. The pattern calls for one strand of mohair and one strand of sock yarn, creating a beautifully cozy fabric that drapes elegantly. Plus, with the option to include a stockinette back, you can customize your Broadleaf to your desired level of texture.
The Ziggurat Method
Ziggurat is a construction method designed by Asa Tricosa. This method integrates beautiful shaping for the neckline and back, along with a set-in-sleeve look without any seaming. Included in her designs are button band and pocket integration. Her Ziggaurats book walks you through knitting sweaters, cardigans, but also features many tutorials. This is definitely a bucket list knit!
Dusala by Åsa Tricosa
The simple, chic silhouette of this classic cardigan provides a perfect palette for all kinds of colour play.
The Cocoknits Method
Julie Weisenberger is a renowned knitwear designer known for her Cocoknits seamless garment method. She is also a fabulous teacher and known for making tools for knitters that make our precious time with our projects easy and enjoyable. She has published a Sweater Workshop for her Cocoknits Method that takes you through her designs with a color-coded chart and corresponding stitch markers to create a seamless garment that is tailored to your specific body. Julie sums up her method perfectly by saying, "The Cocoknits Method brings together a distinct system for knitting top-down, seamless sweaters with streamlined designs that women will actually wear – and have the time to knit."
What's your favorite sweater construction?
We hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about some of the various ways to construct sweaters from the last couple blog posts. Next time we will be showing you one of our favorite tools that we use to keep our sweaters looking great!
For those of you who haven’t joined our Fall KAL yet, we hope the last two blog posts have created some inspiration for you. We would love to see you over in the Ravelry group! This year our KAL/CAL includes a thread for any knit and/or crocheted gifts you are planning to make your loved ones this holiday season. Details can be found over in the group.
Happy knitting and crocheting, friends!
The Plucky Crew
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