How To Reverse Engineer Knitwear: Easy Designer Sweaters

Sample sweater used in the Reverse Engineer Knitwear tutorial - multi color pin stripes pattern.

Reverse Engineer Knitwear – In this series of tutorials and articles, we are going to explore how to deconstruct and reverse engineer knitwear – any item of knitwear.   

A little detective work will have you listing construction details but also sewing or knitting methods used to assemble the original garment.  

Interested in reproducing a sweater? While some assembly details need to be reproduced others do not and should not.  I’m often surprised at how sloppy the finish is on high end knitwear merchandise.

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Unshrink Wool Sweaters: How To Fix Favorite Knits


Un-shrink Wool Sweaters –  Washing and deliberately shrinking wool fabric to create felted projects is one thing. 

But when the DH calls out from the laundry room with a cry for help because he shrunk one of his favorite wool sweaters… you have a completely different problem!

Ever had this happen to you? The following article by Aldo Ciarrocchi provides us with hints and tips for the care for your wool sweaters if you have already shrunk them.

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Knitting Pattern Diagrams: Easy Blueprints For Quick Personal Patterns


Knitting Pattern Diagrams – They’re literally the “blueprint” for your pattern and there is no specific trick or method to creating a diagram, adding instructions to it or reading it.  Unless of course, the patterns is drafted for someone else’s use.  We’re talking personal patterns.

At Hobbie’s House and Custom Costume Knits, we create our own diagram for each custom pattern and like to have nearly all the required information visible on the pattern diagram.  In fact, we rarely use written instructions. Every detail is written in our own version of shorthand and displayed within the diagram itself.
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Toddler Sweater Measurements: Best Knitting Details For 3T Mini Me Sweaters

toddler sweater measurements

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Toddler Sweater Measurements – A child’s size 3T toddler sweater is quickly outgrown but that does not stop avid knitters from creating Mini Me sweaters in toddler sizes.

In this post, we discuss the Toddler 3 size specifically but you can scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to all measurements for the full range of children’s sizes up to a Child’s size  14.

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Sweater Care Instructions: Quality Acrylics Become Heirloom Treasures


Sweater Care instructions – These directions for sweater care have allowed us to keep sample sweaters knit more than twenty years ago in excellent, hand-me-down condition.  Knit with premium quality acrylic fibers. these sweaters are now heirlooms.

Don’t throw that sweater, vest or scarf into the [popup_product]laundry tub[/popup_product] with the rest of the laundry!  Follow these directions for the best in sweater care and the knitwear you purchase from Hobbie’s House of Wizard Wear will look good for years to come.

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