Progress of sweater skills

First jumper

This was a simple square jumper really messed up the neckline and run out of wool so reason sleeves a different color. Warm jumper but was more a practice run.


First real successful jumper neckline not so good but more the design then anything. Fake ribbing.


Real ribbing but not 1-1 and the Raglan pattern to steep in shoulders. When I decided to look for new software.


Better result, but bound of to tightly. So in for repair. Likely will reknit the bands.

The 3 year toddler sweater is my latest and a improvement on the others. What I found was I learn a new technique each time. Only now It is all coming together.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Nice sweaters. I commend you for keeping notes and using them to improve your technique...that's what I do with my sock knitting.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Yeah with each jumper I like to record what worked what didn't. I would try some new technique , which often meant mistakes. But I think I am closer to knowing what works hope now to refine my skills. Also I would like to get a sock making machine but they are fairly pricey. Cheers.

ronhuber's picture

All of your projects are great. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the raglan sweater.

I will share the next one thanks for the encouragement.

CLABBERS's picture

Beautiful sweaters. I like making raglan sweaters from the top down. The blue sweater is a really great color, but I also like the two-toned one with different sleeves. Well done.

So is there a reason you prefer to knit top down your sweaters?

CLABBERS's picture

I like knitting from the top down so the sweater can be tried on as I go. I especially like raglan sweaters because the ease with which you can add the sleeves. I also like knitting the raglan in the round so there are no seams. Similarly, I knit socks from the toe up so I can try them on as I go.

Makes sense.

For me I rely on taking body measurements (ie sloper) and feeding these into the knitting pattern software. Then checking the pattern measurements as I go. I haven't done it myself but you can print the pattern and then join to tell if the fit is good. Also the software I use can be used for hand knitters. Anyway interesting to learn why you do top down.

I always like to do a Bert and Ernie sweaters. But to do the Bert jumper you probably need to knit sidewise, luckily the software can write the instructions this way too.

CLABBERS's picture

It would be interesting to use the software to make patterns for hand knitting.