Yes, you can knit a sweater!
For knitters, knitting your first sweater is a rite of passage. It’s an intimidating feat, after all. The sheer endurance and commitment it takes to complete a sweater is a commendable accomplishment, not to mention the skills and techniques you’ll need to master.
But what if I said you could knit a sweater, no matter your skill level?
Let me introduce you to the Dreaming Jumper from Wool and the Gang! It’s the easiest sweater you’ll ever knit, and a complete beginner could do it.
Seriously—this dream isn’t too good to be true.
About Wool and the Gang
Wool and the Gang is a sustainable knitting supply company. They make yarn from biodegradable natural materials, such as wool and alpaca, and from recycled textile waste using sustainable factories.
As a knitter, I’ve recently begun to care about the fibers I use, and it’s important to me to buy high quality, sustainable yarn that I can use to make long-lasting garments that won’t hurt the earth.
Wool and the Gang has an eco-friendly line of yarn made from recycled wool, which now benefits climate change organization Friends of the Earth! They also make vegan yarn produced with renewable energy and yarn from upcycled t-shirt scraps.
Making my Dream(ing Jumper) come true
(Totally not sorry for this awful pun)
I knitted this sweater using the Dreaming Jumper kit. The kit includes everything you need: yarn, needles, pattern instructions, and a yarn sewing needle for stitching the pieces together.
The sweater is constructed from four rectangles: the front, back, and two sleeves. It’s knit completely in garter stitch, the simplest stitch pattern consisting only of knit stitches.
Because the yarn is so thick and the needles are so large, this sweater knits up incredibly quickly. It took me about a month from start to finish, and it wasn’t a huge time commitment at all; I’d pick up the project for a few minutes here and there when I had the time. I also just love the process of knitting itself! (More on why making my own clothes is my favorite way to practice slow fashion)
This sweater would be the perfect first project for an enthusiastic beginner! If you think that making a sweater is too difficult or would take too long, the Dreaming Jumper is out to prove you wrong.
What I loved:
- It’s a statement piece, without a doubt. I wore this to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with my red Weekday jeans and felt like two LEGO blocks stacked on top of each other, in the best way possible. I also looked much more fashionable and artsy than I actually am! Fake it ’til you make it, right?
- It’s probably the coziest sweater in the world.
- The yarn is high-quality Peruvian wool, and incredibly soft and plush! Not scratchy at all.
- This is the most beginner-friendly sweater you could knit. If you’re hesitant to knit a sweater because you’re intimidated, you should try this project and see how easy knitting a sweater can be!
- The yarn is sourced and produced with sustainability in mind. A slow fashion dream come true!
What I didn’t love:
- It was way too big for me! I followed the instructions for my size, but because it was so oversized, I had to shorten the sleeves by a good 16 rows/8 inches. If I made this sweater again, I would also make the body pieces less wide because I felt like I was drowning in wool (not a terrible feeling, but kind of impractical). The pattern did say how large the finished sweater would be, so I probably should’ve paid more attention to that. A tip for making it fit your body the way you want it to: Measure a sweater that has the fit you want and see if it’s close to the measurements in the instructions. If it isn’t, calculate the number of stitches you’ll need to cast on based on your gauge (how many stitches = 1 inch).
If you’re not sold on knitting a sweater as your first project, I would also recommend these kits for beginners:
- Foxy Roxy scarf or the baby version, Lil’ Foxy Roxy (one rectangle instead of four!)
- Happy Daze beanie (totally doable in an afternoon; beanies knit up SO quickly)
- My Babe snood (smol yet snuggly)
These kits also make great gifts for your crafty and/or fashionable friends!
If you haven’t tried knitting or are new to knitting, what’s the most intimidating aspect of knitting for you? For my knitters, let me know what your first project was and how it went!
Sweater: Wool and the Gang Dreaming Jumper kit in Cinnamon Dust
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