The following tips are good for any sweater, but particularly if you'll be knitting a Custom Fit sweater! Yes, there are some "extra" steps but if you want your sweater to really turn out, then trust us, the time invested is worth it! So worth it!!

Click on the links to hear a podcast, see a tutorial or find other relevant links.


  • Gauge -- Listen to designers Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig discuss the importance of gauge and tips on how to get the most accurate count.
  • Modifying A Pattern -- Listen to Amy Herzog of Custom Fit explain about making a pattern fit and her design program!
  • Finishing-- Listen to Hannah Fettig and Alana Dakos talk about finishing and why it takes your sweater from neat to Amazing!



Sadie's TipsYarn Weight Guidelines

Since the names given to different weights of yarn can vary widely depending on the manufacturer and/or the country of origin, the Craft Yarn Council of America has put together a standard yarn weight system as a general guideline to follow. Look for a picture of a skein of yarn with a number 1-6 to figure out its weight. You will see the gauge printed as well - gauge is usually given over Stockinette stitch. The information in the chart below is taken from



Substituting Yarns

If you substitute yarn, be sure to select a yarn of the same weight as the yarn recommended for your project. Even after checking the recommended gauge on the yarn label you plan to substitute is the same as for the yarn listed in the pattern, make sure to make a gauge swatch to see. Use the yarn weight chart above as a general guideline for selecting a yarn to substitute.

A note about the fiber content: it is also a good idea to substitute a similar fiber to make sure the shape of the project comes out correctly. For example, silk drapes differently than cotton or wool, and vice-versa.

Happy knitting!