Sewing with Sweater Knits

The latest issue of Sew News is hitting newsstands and in it, is my article on sewing with one of my favorite fabrics – sweater knits! Not only do I discuss some of the more popular styles of these fabrics, but how to work with them, and show you an easy to sew project for creating a knit hat and scarf. One word of caution, there is a misprint on the webpage – it should read “Chose a heavier weight material for a stiffer scarf and fitted hat”…. not lighter weight.

I also provided some samples as well that I can’t wait to get back and wear for fall! The first is the Astoria sweater made in a Girl Charlee Hacci knit. This has to be one of my all time favorite sweater fabrics that I have ever used – it was great to handle, it feels nice, and I adore the print.

The second sample is another great Seamwork pattern, the Oslo which I made in a Nicole Miller sweater knit (from Joann’s). While this fabric looks to be sold out online, if you can get your hands on some, it’s a pretty fabric. Beware, though, while it is a sweater knit, it’s “layered” – there is a layer of sweater with a black, sweater lace overlay bonded to it which makes it a bit tricky to sew. It is also a print with a distinct pattern to it, so be sure to buy enough to pattern match!