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Combineing knitting and tweed fabric

mem1 | Posted in Talk With Us on

Hello All, i was in a wool shop the other day and just loving looking at all the beautiful wools which were quite complex in the makeup with different types of yarn and colours all woven in together to make up a luscious effect . It struck me that they would look really beautiful with tweedy like fabric and i wondered if Threads could do an article on knitting sleeves and collars to go on a jacket body made of these fabrics .I am able to knit but am not sure how i would go making a knitted pattern to match up with a fabric pattern piece . I also think that a knitted shawl collar would look superb with tweed or a hand woven fabric.How about it Threads . It would be a great article for this winter coming for you guys in the northern hemisphere.


  1. kjp | | #1

    I agree!!! What a wonderful idea for a Thread's article.

  2. booklovr | | #2


    I've made three garments with knitted back, sleeves, and ribbings.  I always start with a knitting pattern.  I then use the measurements given for the knitted front as a pattern for the front of the jacket.  I suggest making a muslin first to be sure it will fit properly.  I line the front with the lining fabric I intend to use and then treat the lined front as one piece.  I sew the entire garment together on the sewing machine.  I then hand stitch the knitted seam allowances over the raw edges of the front pieces. 

    Hope this helps.  I love my jackets.  One has been photographed for "Belle Armoire" but has not been published as yet. 

    1. Jean | | #3

      Years ago I made vests that were leather fronts with knitted backs and were trimmed in knitted braid. I started with the vest pattern for the front and pretty much winged the rest. They were good looking.

    2. mem1 | | #4

      So do you use the bust measuremwnt lengthetc and draft up a pattern to suit or do you pin the knitted bits on a model and then drape on the fabric bits to match . Have you ever done a fitted tweed jacket with knitted sleeves?

      1. booklovr | | #5

        I use the measurements from the knitted pattern and make a muslin.  I know pretty well what is going to fit me but I still make a muslin of the fronts to be sure.  I've never made a fitted tweed jacket with knitted sleeves but I don't think it would be difficult especially if you were just knitting the sleeves.  You could use the jacket sleeve pattern and knit to those dimensions.

        I usually piece the fronts of my jackets.  I design jackets using folded or manipulated fabric techniques and I use some of those techniques for the jackets. 

        Hope this gives you some ideas.

        1. mem1 | | #6

          so you would use the tenion ie the stitches per inch to work oiut the number of stitchesto add and subtract to create the top of the slleve etc??

          Could you post a photo of your work on this website ? I am sure alot of us would love to see them . It sound really interesting.

          1. booklovr | | #7

            I'm not sure what you mean about the tension being used for the number of stitches for the top of the sleeve.  But what I do is knit the sleeves and the back.  Usually I knit ribbing for the bottom of the front.  Then I use the line drawing for the front of the sweater that is part of the knitting pattern to get the dimensions for the front of the jacket.  I draw the front out on paper and make a muslin to be sure it will fit the back and sleeves I've already knitted.

              Right now I'm knitting a sweater that has asymmetrical fronts.  I like the knitted fronts alot and I think it has potential as a knit/pieced front jacket.  So I've decided to pin the right and left fronts flat on paper and trace them off.  I'll add seam allowances and make a muslin if I ever decide to sew the fronts out of fabric. 

            Another thing to remember is that if the shoulder of the fronts isn't exactly the same size as the knitted back shoulder, the knitted piece is forgiving.  I haven't had that problem but you can fudge a little, not much, but a little, when you sew the fronts and backs together.

            I would be happy to post pictures on the site.  I have to have my husband do my "advanced" computer work because I'm only pre-school literate in computers.  It's actually a family joke.  So I'll get on him to do some more computer work for me.  Stay tuned, he works well but slowly!



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