It was quite some time ago that I promised you photos of several sweaters I was making for the winter. They (mostly) came out great, I just haven’t gotten around to taking pics for you yet.
This one I managed to snap one Sunday before church. I really wasn’t grouchy, just rushing!
As you can see it’s view D from McCall’s 6796.
The fabric is a charcoal wool sweater knit from Mood Fabrics. It has bits of silver fiber throughout, which are nice and not too sparkly. The wool is cozy and warm, and not nearly as scratchy as I expected.
Here’s a close up of the collar, which I overly lightened so you can see the details.
It’s such a simple sweater but I got lots of compliments at church the day I wore it.
I also made view B, the plain turtleneck out of some purple bamboo/cotton fabric, but it came out HUGE and looks terrible, so no pics of that one.
Here’s my review of the pattern, McCalls 6796:
Pattern Description: This pattern is for variations on a basic sweater, with a choice of turtleneck or asymmetrical collar with buttons.
Pattern Sizing: I chose the size based on my measurements. When I used a bulky sweater knit for view D it was perfect. However, when I used a thinner, bamboo/cotton knit for view B, it was HUGE.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? What I saw seemed simple enough, but as this was a very easy pattern, I serged it up quickly and only checked the directions for adding the collar.
After reading them I changed how the collar went on, sewing it to the wrong side of the sweater so the seam would be hidden when the collar is folded down. I had to tack 1/2 inch of the collar sides together at one shoulder so the serged seam wouldn’t show.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the asymmetrical collar, that’s what made my buy it in the first place. The three buttons are a great touch.
Fabric Used: A charcoal wool sweater knit from Mood Fabrics. It has bits of silver Lurex fibers throughout.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t like the 3/4 sleeves, so made my sleeves plenty long.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I did sew it again, in a thinner fabric and it came out much too big, but once I get the sizing issue settled, I’m sure I’ll make it again.
Conclusion: This sweater is a great, basic winter wardrobe staple. Just be sure to check the fit with the particular fabric you are using.