One thing I neglected to mention yesterday was that I rejected one of the sweaters in my inventory: a super stretchy cable knit:
I felt it would give me a world of trouble if I was to incorporate it into the quilt, so I ended up using 15 sweaters total.
Q: How do you figure out the design?
A: It’s whatever you want it to be!
Factors that go into designing your sweater quilt include
- the number of sweaters you have
- the look you’re after
- how simple or complex you want the design to be
- how you want the colors distributed across the top
For my design, I knew after viewing tons of online photos that I did not want a traditional setting with standard rows and columns. I also didn’t want to be sewing a boatload of stretchy little squares together. Instead, I put together a mosaic design starting with 10″ squares and adding squares and rectangles with dimensions in multiples of five. Ten inches just seemed like a good compromise between 8″ or 9″ and 12″, like Goldilocks: not too big, not too small, juuuuust right!
The other thing I did was to keep the size on the smallish side, knowing that a mosaic of squares and rectangles could be enlarged without too much fuss.
Here is the design: