Knitting a cardigan with squares is a great way to make your own stylish, cozy, and unique garment. Whether you’re just learning how to knit or are an experienced knitter, this method of creating a cardigan is easy and rewarding. Here’s how to knit a cardigan with squares:
Gather The Supplies:
Before beginning your project, you will need to gather the necessary supplies for knitting a cardigan with squares. Depending on the size of the cardigan, you will need to acquire enough yarn and needles for the project. You may also need stitch markers, scissors and tape measure as well. Make sure that you have all of the supplies before you begin.
Measure The Cardigan:
Once you have all of your supplies gathered, you will need to measure the cardigan that you are going to be knitting. Measure it from shoulder-to-shoulder and then from neck-to-hemline. Then measure around the armholes so that you can determine how wide each square should be. Record these measurements in a notebook or write them down on a piece of paper so that they are handy while knitting.
Calculate The Number Of Squares Needed:
Once you have measured your cardigan, it is time to calculate how many squares you will need for your project. Using a calculator, multiply the measurements together to determine how many stitches are needed for each square. Divide this number by four (the number of sides on each square) and then add two for casting on and binding off at each side. This will give you an approximate amount of squares needed for your project.
Knit The Squares:
Now it’s time to actually knit! Using your needles and yarn, begin by casting on and then follow your pattern instructions as carefully as possible until it is completed. If necessary, use stitch markers or scrap yarn to help keep track of where you are in a pattern or how many rounds have been completed so far. Once all of your squares are finished, lay them out in their proper place before joining them together into one piece.
Join The Squares:
When joining your squares together, there are several methods that can be used depending on what look or texture you would like for your finished product. To join them using mattress stitch, thread a tapestry needle with yarn and then insert it through both sides of two adjacent stitches from two different squares before pulling tight enough to hold but not too tight as to distort your fabric shape. Continue this process until all squares are joined together into one large piece which is now ready for finishing touches such as weaving in ends or blocking (if necessary).
Sew On Buttons And Closures:
Once your cardigan has been knitted, you need to add the closures. You can choose to use buttons, snaps, or hooks and eyes. If you’re using buttons, make sure they match the yarn color of your cardigan and pick a size that’s appropriate for the front. Use a sharp needle and thread of the same color as your yarn to securely sew each button onto the front panel of your cardigan.
Add A Neckband Or Collar:
A neckband adds structure and style to any knitting project. To add one to your cardigan with squares, cast on enough stitches so that when sewn together it will fit around the neck opening of your garment. Then knit several rows in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until the neckband fits snugly around the neck opening. Finally, sew up the back seam using mattress stitch so it lays flat against the body of the sweater.
Add Trim Or Embellishments (Optional):
This step is completely optional but can be used to add extra detail and personality to your project. Trim can include ribbons, lace edging, crocheted flowers—whatever you think looks best! If you decide to embellish your sweater with trim or other decorative elements be sure that they are securely attached before moving on to blocking.
Block The Cardigan:
Blocking is an important step when it comes to knitting projects because it helps even out any uneven stitches or other irregularities in shape. To block your cardigan with squares lay it flat on a blocking board or foam mat covered in pins and then spray liberally with water until damp all over. Let it sit for several hours until completely dry then sew up any seams that need finishing touches like buttonholes before wearing proudly!
Wear With Pride!:
Finally—the most important step! Put on your new handmade creation and show off its intricate details! Knitting a cardigan with squares is an easy project that yields beautiful results—so don’t be afraid to wear it out and show off what you made!
FAQ & Answers:
What Kind Of Closures Should I Use For My Knit Cardigan?
You can choose from buttons, snaps, or hooks and eyes depending on what look you’re going for and what works best for the front panel of your garment.
How Do I Make Sure My Trim Elements Stay Securely Attached?
Be sure that all trims are securely attached before moving on to blocking by using either sewing stitches or fabric glue depending on what type of material you’re using for embellishments.