How to Design a Sweater with Bellish
Rose colored knit sweater in progress on mannequin

How to Design a Sweater with Bellish


If you've ever wished you could design a sweater to look JUST the way you want, you're going to love what you can do with Bellish. This week we're sharing the step-by-step process of designing (and knitting!) a sweater with Bellish.

Does creating your own custom sweater sound a bit daunting? We’ve got you covered. In just a few minutes you can determine your size and fit, choose your yarn and needles, and customize your sweater for your perfect style. 

Here's what you need:

  1. Download the free Bellish app for iOS (Android is currently in beta testing and will be available soon - stay tuned, Android friends!)
  2. A measuring tape (to measure for your size and to measure your gauge swatch)
  3. Yarn and needles

Now you can design and customize your sweater right in the app in less than a minute using our handy tools.

Here are the features we selected for our sweater:

  • Full length (long) body
  • Turtleneck
  • Short sleeves
  • Worsted weight yarn (we knit ours with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in the color Dark Rose Heather)
  • Size 38
  • We used the handy color picker tool in the app to choose a color that matched our yarn

It really IS that easy! You can flip through different options to see how they change the look and style of your design before you generate your pattern. Not sure about short sleeves? Change the length of the sleeves (and the body) with the click of a button. Want to see how your sweater looks in a different color? Swap your color choices, change the neckline, or try a different stitch pattern. It's all about the options.

Once you've personalized your sweater, you'll want to choose the right size and fit. Need help with that? Check out our blog posts How to Choose Your Sweater Size and What is Sweater Ease? - they’ll give you the quick lowdown to help you make the right choice. (Because we’re all about sweaters that fit!)

The next most important part of the process is to knit a gauge swatch. What’s a gauge swatch? A gauge swatch (also known as a tension square) is a small piece of knitting that will help you make sure your stitches are the right size for the pattern.

If your stitches aren’t the same size as what the pattern suggests, it means your project will end up being too big or too small (which is NOT a fun surprise). Even if you're knitting with the same size yarn and needles the pattern recommends, you may still need to make adjustments to get proper gauge. Every knitter is different, and even yarns that are categorized as the same weight can end up measuring differently. (Not only that, but the kind of needles you use and the way you knit can affect your gauge, as well - you may need to adjust your needle size to get the right results.) 

Our advice is this: Never start knitting a sweater until you’ve knit a gauge swatch and measured and compared your stitches to the pattern. (We’ll be going into more detail about gauge swatches next week here on the Bellish blog.) Tip: Be sure to always knit your gauge swatch with the same yarn and needles that you want to use for your sweater. 

Once you’ve verified that your gauge is a good match for the pattern, it’s time to cast on!

We can't wait to see the sweaters you create with Bellish.

Rose colored knit sweater in progress on mannequin
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