Accessories – knitting or sewing

 Made to measure patterns

NOTE! This part of the site only contains the instructions directly connected with the accessories. General knitting instructions are available under “Introduction to knitting”.

When it comes to these made-to-measure patterns remember that you are not creating an actual physical pattern piece as you would for making a garment out of fabric. Instead you get a set of written instructions and possibly illustrations to explain how to knit the piece.

Writing these patterns requires some basic math skills. You will need to know your knitting gauge before you begin so you can translate the centimeter measurements into stitches and rows. There is an instructions on this on the page “Introduction to knitting. you may also have to use instructions available under this page explaining increasing, decreasing and other shaping information.

The instructions on how to make a physical pattern for use with fabric (to make a similar garment) are also provided for all the garments in this part of Fashionfreaks.

For each garment/accessory here we provide:

  • information on the PATTERN (which should be read first).
  • then KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS which contain tips on how to knit the garment once you have written the pattern,
  • and then FABRIC INSTRUCTIONS which contains a little more information on how to translate the information you have already collected into a sewing pattern, with basic sewing instructions.

The garments you choose to make are of course only limited by your skill and imagination. Here we provide what we hope is basic garments with the most simple and modified instructions. This is to give even the most unskilled knitter and sewer an opportunity to make their own garments. We hope this will lead you on to try more complicated ways of shaping knitwear or adapting your own patterns.

Made-to-measure patterns provided under this page:

LEGWARMERS – These leg warmers are very simple to make. They require only straight knitting, and no shaping and can be made easily to fit any size you desire. The pieces can be knitted on round needles or regular needles. With a few small alterations the pattern is also designed to be used with regular fabric if you prefer not to knit.

ARMWARMERS – These arm warmers are like simplified fingerless gloves. They require only straight knitting, and no shaping and can be made easily to fit any size you desire. With a few small alterations, the pattern is also designed to be used with regular fabric if you prefer not to knit.

SCARF – The scarf is basically a tube, and is very simple to make. The measurements you take for this are going to be a bit more estimated. It requires only straight knitting, no shaping and can be made easily to fit any size or shape you desire. This pieces can be knitted on round needles or regular needles. With a few small alterations, the pattern is also designed to be used with regular fabric if you prefer not to knit.

DETACHED SLEEVES – These detached sleeves are designed to be an outside garment, something that can be made in quite thick and warm yarn. They are detachable and easy to put on under a vest as they require less movement than putting on a jacket would. They are fairly easy to knit but require some simple shaping and making of a button hole. Information for this is available in the section “Introduction to knitting”.  You can formulate a pattern yourself by following the instructions or use one of our original downloadable sleeve patterns or one of your own. You find more information on translating flat patterns to knit patterns on the page “Translating flat patterns into knitting description”. With a few small alterations, the pattern is also designed to be used with regular fabric if you prefer not to knit.

FUNNEL NECK-REVERSIBLE SCARF – The funnel neck scarf is a large hourglass shaped piece which is designed to be worn either way up. When worn one way it functions like a shoulder poncho. When worn the other way it functions as a neck scarf and hood. The measurements you take for this are going to be a bit more estimated. The knitting for it is a little more complicated to work out but not impossible for someone who is comfortable with knit. This piece can be knitted on round needles or regular needles, knitted as a whole piece or in separate pieces. The pattern is also designed to be used with fabric if you prefer not to knit.

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