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Sweater or Tunic, This Lapland-Style Pullover Is Easy to Sew

Magazine article Sunset

Sweater or Tunic, This Lapland-Style Pullover Is Easy to Sew

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Sweater or tunic, this Lapland-style pullover is easy to sew Sewing a sweater may sound contradictory, but that's what you do to make these cold-weather pullovers. Inspired by traditional Laplander costume, the tunics start with broad pieces of wool or polyester fleece, which you cut and sew together, then embroider.

We've developed a pattern (page 152) which you can adjust to fit men, women, or children. To scale it up or down, simply change the size of the grid.

Selecting your materials

Refer to the chart on page 152 to find the approximate amount of material your sweater will require.

Next, select a 60-inch-wide fabric, choosing between an inexpensive polyester fleece (about $8 per yard) or the fine wool used for coats (prices start at $20 per yard). You may prefer to use the fleece for children's sweaters because it costs less and is machine-washable.

You'll also nee #3 pearl cotton embroidery thread (available at needlepoint or crafts supply stores), an embroidery needle, and tailor's tracking paper or brown paper for the patter. If you plan to use wool, you may want to buy an equal amount of muslin to test the pattern.

Preparing the pattern

Before beginning, check measurements of wearer's arms, chest, hips, and torso length. Follow the chart and pattern to find appropriate grid size. For thick-waisted people, add 1 or 2 inches to width of midsection along line DED.

The adjust for sleeve length. Have the would-be wearer extend arms outward, then measure the distance from palm to palm. …

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