Bang Out a Sweater: How to Finish Your Main Squeeze

By Ann Shayne
February 18, 2020
Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy is full of knits that will make everyone happy, especially the knitter.

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  • Thank goodness for the video showing how to attach the sleeves. I’ve had the project stuck away for several months because my brain wouldn’t let me believe those *#@! sleeves would go on the right side of the work. Whew.

  • What great videos! I’ve finished my Main Squeeze (pullover), but loved the pattern and the yarn so much that I’m seriously considering knitting a cardigan in the not too distant future. I think the videos will be helpful for that. What a fun project this was. I’m so glad that you two suggested it and that I once again followed your lead!
    Happy Knitting!

  • I am not even up to attaching the sleeves yet:p but I’ve watched all Jen’s videos and I’m confident I’ll have no problems with any of the construction. Thx Jen for super helpful videos!

  • Is the main squeeze sweater pattern unisex.

    • I think the answer might depend on your definition of unisex, but in my estimation, yes, this is a fairly unisex pattern. You might want to make some minor tweaks depending on what you’re aiming for.

      The pattern doesn’t have any waist shaping — the body is the same circumference all the way from hem to chest — and the style details are pretty neutral. I think that the two things giving the cardigan a somewhat feminine look are the length (mid-thigh) and the sizing: if you compare the body measurements to the actual finished garment measurements, you can see that there is very little ease built in. So if you go by the body measurement sizing, the sleeves will be close-fitting and the cardigan body will tend to shape itself around the wearer’s curves.

      Since this is a raglan sweater, you can easily pick a larger size to get more ease and a boxier look (ignore the recommended body measurements and pick a size with a finished garment sleeve and chest circumference that suits the wearer). It’s a bottom up sweater, so you’ll need to do a teensy bit of math if you also want to shorten it, but nothing complicated.

  • Thanks for the video on attaching the pockets – that’s the only part that worries me! Eventually I’ll get there – lack of knitting time combined with arthritis in my thumb joints (which really doesn’t like big needles!) is making me even slower than usual….