The Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater was released last year, and has been really popular in our shop (and in blogosphere, by the looks of it!). There are two very distinct versions of this sweater, and each pattern comes with both (bonus!). We made Version 1, which is described as follows:
Sweater #1: Is a closer fitting, semi-cropped sweatshirt/sweater. It works best when sewn in thick, stiff knits with some body to keep the neck standing upright. It features raglan sleeves, a wide waistband, a loose turtleneck, long cuffs and falls between the high and low hip. It’s great in a standard sweatshirt fleece (with stretch) however, it’s also extremely handsome in a sweater knit to dress it up a bit.
We had a fabric on hand that fit the bill perfectly: a stretchy wool blend sweater knit that is actually lined with fleece. It’s definitely thick, but that works well with the sweater’s fit and design features.
The Toaster Sweater hits me right at the hip, with a flatteringly wide waistband. It’s roomy enough to comfortably accommodate thick fabric, but slim enough to not look sloppy. Bonnie didn’t have to make any major adjustments to the pattern, though she did have to remove the fleece lining of this fabric in a few places to reduce bulk. She did this at the collar, cuffs, and waistband, where two layers of this knit was too thick. On the raglan sleeves, she serged one side of each seam allowance and graded her seams (so the unserged side was trimmed down), then top-stitched.
All of us at the shop love this sweater, and Bonnie plans to make a couple more of each version! We have other thick sweater knits that would work great for this pattern, such as our Wool Blend Sweater Knit and even the Lana Bollito wools. Some of our lighter-weight fabrics would also work well, such as our Organic Soy French Terry or this amazing Kokka Terry Knit!