How to Cut and Sew a Sweater

Learn to make a sweater that fits

General registration for this course will open again in February 2019. Please join the email list to be among the first to know when enrollment begins.

How to Cut and Sew a Sweater

Welcome to the ultimate online source for learning how to cut and sew sweater knits! Learn to fearlessly cut and sew these challenging fabrics, while making a pullover sweater that fits beautifully. This course is for the sewing enthusiast with intermediate skills or for the motivated beginner.

If you're a sewist who's admired the beauty and texture of sweater knit fabrics but didn't quite know how to work with them, then this online video workshop is for you. In this course you'll learn the foundation techniques for working with this stretchy and sometimes challenging fabric. Garment industry methods are translated and reworked for your home sewing environment. Step by step you'll learn the ins and outs of working with true sweater knits, while you complete a pullover sweater to wear and enjoy.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to recognize the different kinds of sweater knit fabrics and how to choose the right one for your project
  • A clear system for planning, cutting, and sewing your sweater with a step-by-step plan to complete it
  • What to consider when choosing a sewing pattern for your project and tips on modifying the pattern to create a sweater you love
  • A strategy for laying out your paper pattern on sweater knit fabric
  • How to set up your sewing machine or serger specifically for sewing sweater knits
  • When, where, and how to stabilize your fabric
  • How to handle basic fit issues
  • Techniques for finishing your seam allowances with a sewing machine or a serger
  • The basic edge finishes for sweaters

In this sweater making workshop you'll improve your sewing skills and learn ones. Once you get a solid foundation and learn the system, your creativity will be your guide. Enjoy the craft of sewing sweaters for yourself and your family. Make sweaters as gifts or for a handmade business. You can make beautiful sweaters, even if you can't knit or crochet!



  • You love sweaters and want to learn to make them confidently and with ease.
  • You're an advanced beginner or intermediate sewing enthusiast, eager to expand your sewing skills.
  • You're comfortable working with woven fabrics and want to learn to work comfortably with knits also.
  • You've sewn knits before but have never cut and sewn sweater knits.
  • You've started projects with sweater knits, but your seams were not as neat as you'd like, and your sweater remains unfinished.
  • You have a good amount of sewing experience, yet you fear cutting that sweater knit fabric you've had sitting in your stash for months.
  • You’ve made sweaters before but never get the neckline looking quite right.
  • You're a machine knitter, who loves knitting but wants an easier way to shape and make "afterthought" fit adjustments.
  • You're a hand knitter with sewing skills searching for a quicker, yet fulfilling, way to make handmade sweaters. And you're ready to lose your fear of steeking!

If you fit any of these descriptions, then How to Cut and Sew a Sweater is just right for you! Keep scrolling to learn about your instructor, the course curriculum, and hear what current students are saying, or...

Your Instructor

Olgalyn Jolly
Olgalyn Jolly

Hello! I'm Olgalyn Jolly, a knit designer, living and working in New York City. I'm the person behind O! Jolly! and After fashion and textile studies at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), I gained years of experience in the fashion industry leading my own knitwear line and developing knit stitch designs for leading fashion companies and retailers. Currently, I produce a line of luxurious sweater knit fabrics, and I teach Introduction to Knitwear Design to fashion design majors at FIT. I absolutely love teaching people of all ages and skill levels the intricacies and the joy of working with sweater knits. Let's sew sweaters together!

General registration for this course will open again in February 2019. Gift certificates are available through December 23rd.