Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I am going to be giving instructions here for designing your own sweater.

We will learn how to design a drop shoulder sweater, a set in sleeve sweater or a raglan sweater. Possibly a saddle shoulder too.

It is very simple to do. It will mean that you can use any yarn and any pattern that you like.

We will be working in centimetres only, inches are not accurate enough and besides it is time you that don't know how to use them learnt to! It is very easy. One inch equals 2.54 cms. You do not need to be a genius to work with the metric system.

You will need:

  1. A pen and some paper.
  2. A ruler
  3. A calculator
  4. Knitting machine or knitting needles
  5. Yarn
I will not be giving instructions on how to knit. I will assume you already know how to machine knit or hand knit. I also will not be giving instructions on how to sew up your garment.

If you learn these basics, you will really free yourself up. You will no longer have to hunt down a pattern for that yarn you found. You can make your own. You will be able to create your own yarns by using two or more yarns together. You will be free to create what is in you and will not have to rely on others to do this for you.

You will get much more satisfaction. Which is what kntting is about after all!

And, no, you are not too thick to do this. If you are prepared to learn the simple basics of working out you shape, you can do whatever you want.


Anonymous said...

HI Colin
I always wanted to know how to design my own jumpers :-)
I have loads of wool I can use so will look forward to learning how to do it.
Thanks in advance - looking forward to it.
I always read your posts on your blog but cant put replies in most of the time. Hope this one works
Pam x

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to doing this! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Colin, I really admire your sweaters and am going to follow this closely. I have designed my own but believe me they don't look like yours. I love the look of your modified drop shoulder sleeve.
Sandy in Pa.