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Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Blocking

Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Blocking

My sweater is complete, and the ends are woven in. It is time to give this Teddy Bear Sweater a bath. I believe that blocking is the magic fairy dust of knitting. Last November, I wrote, “You have spent a lot of time working on a project, so why would you skip the last important step? So many good things happen: your stitches relax, some tension issues can be eased, and the yarn blooms and softens. It can also open any lacework, helps cables pop and can flatten the edges of your project. As an added bonus, blocking washes your...

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Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Sleeves

Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Sleeves

My least favorite thing to do when knitting a top-down sweater is the sleeves. I simply do not like knitting in a small circumference. I am not a big fan of double-pointed needles or magic loop. Using two circular needles is another good option, but it is still not my favorite. So, before I talk about how I chose to knit the sleeves, I will link all the options for knitting sleeves in the round so you can pick your poison. double pointed needles - Elizabeth Smith makes it look easy here! magic loop - great Cocoknits video two circular...

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Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Body

Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Body

Now that the yoke is complete, it is time to knit the body of the sweater. While this is basic, knitting around and around, I have a couple of tips to make it a bit easier. You will start by separating the sleeves from the body. I like using TKB cords (see my blog post here), but you can use your preferred stitch holder or waste yarn. Following the pattern you have, knit to the markers for the sleeve, put the sleeve stitches on a holder, cast on the prescribed number of stitches using the backward loop cast on, knit...

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Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Cast on and Yoke

Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 - Teddy Bear Sweater - Cast on and Yoke

Pattern and supplies at the ready; it is time to cast on the sweater! There are three rules I live by when knitting a sweater or, quite honestly, any project. Read the pattern carefully, think about your knitting (does this look right?), and count. Read the pattern carefully - I cannot tell you how often I have been sitting in my chair knitting away, assuming that I am such a great knitter, so I know what happens next without looking at the pattern. Wrong!  Because I didn't refer to the pattern, I discovered I had missed a step or done something...

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Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 Knit the Teddy Bear Sweater with Me

Spotlight On: Sweaters 101 Knit the Teddy Bear Sweater with Me

I thought it might be helpful to knit a sweater from start to finish and break it down into a series of blog posts. The posts will not focus on finding the perfect size or fit for you but look into the process of how I like to approach sweater knitting. I selected a simple toddler sweater as an example. A smaller-sized sweater is a great way to dip your toe into the world of sweater knitting. The process is the same, with fewer stitches to manage! I decided to knit the Teddy Bear Sweater by PetiteKnits, a top-down raglan-sleeved pullover. I am...

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