PIN & SEW MAKES: Sewing with Sweater Knits - Amanda's Yoko Sweater

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Hi there,its Amanda again back on the Pin & Sew blog with another make from Aga’s gorgeous fabrics. This time its a totally fab one as its from a free pattern.

 amanda sew a lot yoko sweater

I have had my eye on these beautiful sweater knits for a while but was a little unsure of what to make.

Whilst they would be perfect for a cardigan I had cardigan overload after the Cosy Cardi Challenge.This fabric would also be perfect for a Nina Lee Southbank but I definitely don’t need any more of those anytime soon and I would also say it would work well for the Toaster Sweater Version 2 which has a high neck and side vents.

When I saw the grey colourway I thought it would be perfect for an oversized sweater to wear with jeans and so my search for a pattern to match the image in my mind began. I think I have come pretty close to what I had envisaged which is one of the wonderful things about sewing your own clothes.

This fabric is a really nice weight and seriously soft with a really great handle. Due to its viscose content it has a really lovely drape and holds a press well which is rare for this type of fabric.

Anyway onto the pattern this is the Yoko Sweater by Jalie Patterns an oversized polo neck sweater which provides for both women’s and girl’s sizes. In case you haven’t come across them before Jalie is a Canadian pattern company who not only have digital patterns but also paper patterns and I believe they have some UK stockists. I have made the Eleonore Pull On Jeans and also the Nico Raglan using their patterns before which were both successful..
The instructions are always pretty sparse but they are easy to follow and I have also found the sizing really good. I normally go for a size R but as this sweater was oversized I went down one size to a Q which I think is just right. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern.
This fabric lends itself to this pattern so well as it is soft on the skin which makes the neck really comfortable and has a decent amount of stretch so it is really easy to get on and off.
I sewed the whole sweater on my overlocker except for the hems and didn’t have any trouble but I made sure I used my walking foot for hemming as I was concerned I would end up with a misshapen and somewhat wavy hem if I didn’t.

This fabric was really easy to cut and I just used regular pins with no trouble. It also didn’t roll at the edges. This sweater knit is really stretchy on the horizontal and therefore I would recommend using a walking foot with this fabric and also lots of pin to restrict its movement.
Whilst I know some people don’t believe you need to press knits on this one you definitely do otherwise you will end up with wavy and bulky hems which will affect the way in which your garment hangs.

If you don’t have an overlocker for this oversized sweater you could get away with using a regular straight stitch as none of the seams are under any tension. If you are concerned you could use a stretch stitch depending whether your machine has this or not. This is the stitch that looks like a lightning bolt. I have just used a regular straight stitch for my hems and increased the length slightly.

The construction is really simple as the sleeves are inserted flat so there is no easing them in. All in all this took me just over an hour including cutting out so if you’re looking for a quick and satisfying make for the colder weather you should give this one a go.

I am super pleased with my sweater and it is so warm and comfortable. Until next time!!!!

Amanda xxx

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