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6 Different Ways to Knit a Sweater

April 11th, 2013

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Have you ever noticed just how many different ways there are to make a sweater? You could make it in one-piece from the top-down or bottom-up. You could make it piecemeal with a front, back, and sleeves. You could knit it from sleeve to sleeve. You could even make it in many modular pieces!

For those who are new to the world of garment-making, a great place to start is a baby sweater. They’re small, so they don’t take a lot of yarn or time commitment (and babies don’t mind a mistake in the knitting here or there). Here are just a few of the different sweaters that we’ve designed–and if you click through to view their schematics, you’ll get a sense of just how differently each one is made! Make one (or make them all) and get some practice so that you feel ready to take on an adult sweater of your own!

6 Baby Sweaters Featuring Different Construction Methods

Image of Sunrise Stripes Pullover Image of One-Piece Baby Pullover
Sunrise Stripes Pullover
Features a classic raglan construction, where you knit from the top-down, dividing for the bodies and sleeves.
One-Piece Baby Pullover
This sweater is created from the lower edge of the front, knit up to the top of the neck and  sleeves and back down to the bottom of the back.

Image of Strawberry Pink Sideways Cardigan And Hat Image of Round Yoke Baby Sweater
Strawberry Pink Sideways Cardigan
Knit from sleeve to sleeve, with the lower edges of the back and front picked up and worked perpendicular, this is a popular sweater construction.
Round Yoke Baby Sweater
A favorite bottom-up style, this round yoke construction starts with the sweater body and sleeves and picks up for the yoke.
Image of Triangle Cardigan Image of Log Cabin Baby Pullover
Triangle Cardigan
Ever think about constructing a sweater with a twist? This unique triangle construction is very cool.
Log Cabin Baby Pullover
This spin on the classic four-piece pullover has the added twist of log cabin blocks as the front and back panels.

For more sweater pattern ideas, browse LionBrand.com. Have a favorite beginner’s sweater pattern to share? Leave a comment below!

  • LaLunaUnita

    I’m loving the Log Cabin pullover… what an interesting construction. Also, the one review it has makes an astute observation that the sleeves could be picked up and knitted in the round, rather than knitted flat and sewn. I know a few baby boys who might end up with one of these! Heck, it has me wondering if it could be translated for an adult version – I really like the way the neckline looks for ME. :)

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      That’s a great idea! I’d recommend that you draw a schematic of what you want your final proportions to be, and then make some test swatches to determine how many stitches to knit for each section. Since this sweater’s just straight, with no shaping, it will be pretty easy to create your own pattern for your size.

  • Kabira

    The Log Cabin baby sweater does not start with log cabin front and back panels as described. It has a large diagonally knit square in the front with some garter edging. Not log Cabin.

  • minouque

    Do you have it in French?

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    I love it how baby (or toddler) sweaters don’t need shaping…which can really be a hang up for an adult woman’s sweater, especially if you’re a beginner. A small sweater is a great way to a) get your knitting fix b) a sense of quick accomplishment that doesn’t drag out for months c) calls for a skein or two at most, making it inexpensive. You can give the sweater to the toddler in your life or put it on a stuffed animal as a single knitting friend used to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hanne.reid Hanne Reid

    I am looking for a real boy sweater, in a newborn size, don’t see to many

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