I have loved this Sag Harbor brand summer cardigan and decided I wanted another one in another color. So I will make it on the Knit Leader for my Brother knitting machine. First I gathered my supplies – the sweater, a soft backing board that a pin would push into, tissue paper, a ruler, paper scissors, marker, tape and pins.
You first need to make sure your garment pattern piece (like the back) will fit on your knit leader. (If it does not, you may have to knit the garment sideways or make the back in 2 pieces) I began by taping a couple of tissue papers together (more than 2 if needed) so it was large enough to draw the sweater back on it.
I then laid the sweater back out on the paper without stretching it and began pushing pins into the sweater, just outside the seam line to allow a stitch for joining the knitted pieces. This sweater back looks as if it is stretched out, but in reality the back is very relaxed – it is a very open weave sweater, which makes it lovely for a summer cardi (and why I want another one in another color).
I then pull out the pins, remove the garment and look carefully for the pin holes I have made. I take a ruler and “connect the dots” or pin holes. I draw the curves free handed. Take it slow and it is easy to do – especially if you have your pin holes close enough together. I generally fold my paper in half so each side is identical. And cut on the drawn lines. Woohoo… a pattern piece. 🙂
I do the same for the front of the sweater. You can just either reverse the increases/decreases for the right and left side when knitting ,or if you prefer to draw each side out, just reverse the pattern piece on the Mylar sheet.
I lay the sleeve out and pin all around. Then I double the tissue paper so I make a full size pattern. This cardi has a scalloped front/neck edge and sleeve edge I will knit separately so I did not include it in my pin holes.
It is an easy process and I encourage you to give it a try! 🙂