Positivity In Pain

Kim Bettasso’s Guide to Sweater Making

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Happiness truly is a warm and cozy sweater to wrap oneself up in, especially if the days are chilly and rainy. But you don’t have to spend ubiquitous amounts of money on a sweater to keep warm! With Kim Bettasso’s Guide to Sweater Making, you too can bask in warmth and coziness!

I learned how to knit when I was very young, and I was very fortunate to have some wonderful teachers show me the ropes back then. Unfortunately for me, it was only recently that I began knitting and crocheting again, and I had forgotten how difficult knitting a sweater can be without practice. It did not take me all that long to figure it out again, and in doing so I feel that I gained a perspective that might be quite helpful to beginners who want to achieve one of the loftiest of knitting achievements by knitting a sweater. With that being said, I hope that my guidance is helpful in some way.

Smart Small

When people tell you to “start small,” they are usually speaking figuratively. When it comes to knitting a sweater, however, this advice should be taken literally. The best thing that a beginner can do is to work on knitting a baby’s sweater, as even small sweaters require the same skills needed to knit a large sweater but do not require the same time commitment. This is important, as there is nothing more frustrating than when a mistake is amplified because of the size of the project and the time that has already been devoted to it.

Master All of the Necessary Skills Before Committing to Making a Sweater

If you are still relatively new to the knitting community, it is important to understand the skills necessary for knitting a sweater. You may feel very confident as it relates to the smaller projects you have already mastered, but you have to make sure that those projects have sharpened all of the skills needed for knitting a sweater. You should know how to form a knit stitch and should be able to confidently cast on and bind off. If you are knitting your sweater flat or if the stitch pattern is textured, you should feel comfortable purling as well, and a basic comprehension of increasing and decreasing is also necessary.

Try and Try Again

While making a sweater is a fairly significant undertaking for a beginner, it is also an empowering one that can instill a great deal of pride when done masterfully. If you are not pleased with the results of your first effort, do not be afraid to try again. Learn from your first attempt and work on your weaker skills if necessary, but never give up on trying until you get it right. The sense of reward you will feel is well worth the effort.

Learn More About Kim:

“My name is Kimra Bettasso and I am an entrepreneur who thoroughly enjoys the creative processes that go into crafting and DIY projects. While I have always had an interest in creating things by hand, it was only a few years ago that I began to take these projects very seriously and felt prepared to take on some new challenges. I find that this pursuit has enriched my life in a number of ways, and my friends and I are quite fond of getting together on a regular basis to create something beautiful together.

As it relates to DIY projects, my favorite aspect is the challenge of a new medium that I am not all that familiar with. I have found that there is tremendous joy in discovering new ways to express creativity through the many do-it-yourself undertakings that exist. Whether it is stationery, greeting cards, picture frames, furniture design or simple ornamentation, I have discovered a passion for creating unique projects that reflect a specific emotion I am feeling. I hope that my site allows others who share my passion for crafting and DIY to be inspired in the same way I have been.​”​

Jennifer Corter

Jennifer is a 25 year-old stay at home mom to one little boy. She is the founder of Positivity in Pain, a chronic pain support website.

Jennifer is a 25 year-old stay at home mom to one little boy. She is the founder of Positivity in Pain, a chronic pain support website.