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Are You Ready to Knit Your First Sweater?

Are you thinking about knitting your first sweater?
Sheep Thrills is here to help you learn everything you need to know to make that first big jump to knitting a sweater, including tips and recommended knitting patterns. 

Something is empowering about finishing a
garment of your very own. Whether it’s the time put in or watching all the little details come together, the result always leaves you with an immense sense of pride. Knitting a sweater seems like a big project that will take a lot of time and skill which can make knitters feel too intimidated to take on the challenges. Sheep Thrills is here to tell you that with a good beginner sweater pattern and a few basic techniques, you will soon be able to add your hand-crafted sweater to your wardrobe! Without further ado, here is a list of essentials tips to get you started!

1. Know the Basics

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to be comfortable with a few basic skills first. If you can knit and purl, you are capable of knitting your sweater. You should also be comfortable with casting on and binding off, as well as forming the knit stitch.  There is always going to be more to learn in the craft of knitting but in terms of constructing your sweater, learning how to read a pattern is incredibly important to making your vision come to life!

Choosing a Sweater Pattern that Suits your Skill Level

The sweater pattern you pick for knitting your first-ever sweater depends on your skill set. But, even if you have been knitting for years, it is best to keep everything as basic as possible when to get a feel of the process. Sheep Thrills is more than happy to assist you with matching a pattern to your designated skill set and we have a plethora of patterns to fit every need!

3. Getting Gauge

Getting the right sweater fit is one of the most important skills involved in the sweater-making process and most of that skill lies in simply getting the same gauge as your sweater pattern. Try knitting a swatch that is a 6-inch square and make sure to block it before measuring. Remember to take your time and measure your gauge multiple times to ensure it's right before you start!

 Here at Sheep Thrills, we enjoy helping out other fellow knitters. The best advice to improve your knitting skills and perfect your first sweater is to become friends with your local yarn store! If you want extra help in improving your knitting skills, we offer classes and we are more than happy to help you with your knitting journey to crafting a sweater to call your own!

Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL

Want to learn more tips and tricks for knitting your first sweater? If you’re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our website to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.