How to Knit a Sweater by Christmas
We don’t mean to alarm you, but Christmas is less than 90 days away. That means the time to start on your annual Christmas sweater was yesterday. But don’t worry, you still have time! You might remember last months’ post about how to get all of your Christmas gifts done on time, but we encourage you to complete this project specifically for you. Partly because you never make anything for yourself, but mostly because last time we checked, it wasn’t acceptable to show up to a holiday party without a top on.
1. Pattern Choice
When your timeline is limited, pattern choice is everything. Our favorite right now is the Brookings sweater by Marie Green, available on Ravelry for just $9. It’s knitted top down, seamless and the pattern is super easy to memorize – heck, you might even have time to finish two! Size up for a looser fit that you can layer over a collared button up or tank top.
Knitting is a lot like construction – if you don’t want to waste time going back and fixing your mistakes, it’s best to do it right the first time. Make sure you have all the correct tools for the job! That means triple checking that you have all of necessary needles, enough yarn from the same dye lot and any notions you might not have readily available in your stash. Go over the entire pattern several times, making sure you know all of the stitches and that all of the instructions make sense to you. Check and re-check your measurements to make sure you’ve chosen the right size. The more careful you are with preparation, the more likely you are to avoid missteps along the way that will cost you precious time and materials.
Knowing which yarn to use and where to get it plays a huge part in making sure you get your sweater done on time. You don’t want to order what you think is enough, only to find out that the color was discontinued or they won’t have any in stock until spring. Call us at the store or check out our online store to see what we currently have in stock. For the pattern we mentioned above, we highly recommend Malabrigo Rios in “Ravelry Red”, Lichen and Lace Worsted in “Beet Root” or the ultra luxurious Woolfolk Far in “12”. If you can, we highly recommend coming into the store to get your hands on the yarn in advance to make sure you love how it feels.
4. Get Help
When in doubt about any of the above, get help! Call your knitting group or the store (508-888-0285) and ask them any questions you might have. If you live locally and get stuck at any point, bring your project by 3 Wild Sheep and one of us will help you out. If you need to get away from your bothersome cat, children or husband, swing by on Thursday night and knit with us while eating delicious snacks. The knitting community is here to support you through your trials and celebrate with you when you get that sucker finished!