How to Sew a Sweater Using Knitted Fabrics
Although I know how to knit, I don't practice it much and have never really progressed beyond the basics. When it comes to knitting, I basically admire and appreciate what others can do. However, I love the coziness and comfort of sweaters, and I fell in love recently with a sweater from the Etro Spring 2014 Collection that I saw on Style.com. This sweater is loosely knit with a basic stockinette stitch, but it would still take me awhile to knit one with a similar feel and get it to fit just right. So I decided to stick to what I do best and sew a sweater instead of knitting it.
I had a piece of wool sweater knit I used a couple of years ago to create a dress for an article called "Material Mix", which appeared in Threads #164 (January/February 2013). My inspiration sweater, however, has stripes of different colors, so I needed more than one fabric. I remembered a scarf I knitted awhile back from a wool tape yarn that hadn't turned out as planned. It was too narrow and way too long, but its variegated colors blended perfectly with the sweater knit. And the primitive knitting skills I used to create the scarf had created just the texture I was looking for. The Etro sweater has some sheer sections as well and, although I toyed with the idea of using a sheer woven fabric cut on the bias to mimic that effect, I eventually settled on just using the sweater knit fabric and the scarf.