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  1. Nancy B
    May 6, 2022 @ 5:46 am

    I’ve chosen Flax for my first sweater. I have the yarn ready! I’m still so intimidated. I love the instructions you always include on your patterns, that’s why Flax was picked. Thank you thank you for your post on “ease.” I’ve heard some pattern size measurements include, some not. Great explanation for me.

    • Emily Wessel
      May 9, 2022 @ 2:54 am

      Hi Nancy! Best luck with Flax!

      Remember – the worst that can happen (in knitting) is that you have to rip it back out! And the best way to get past the intimidation factor is to just cast on :) ~ Emily

  2. Louise
    April 25, 2022 @ 5:58 am

    Thank you for the “ ease” explanation.
    I’m about to start my fourth flax sweater and this tutorial will certainly help me figure out the correct neck size opening!
    Each of my sweaters end up with different openings😳

  3. Lesley
    April 22, 2022 @ 7:58 am

    Thank you for this tutorial. I should have read it earlier! I find the question of ease, difficult. But this does help. I am finding that I need to read the pattern carefully before starting…ofcourse! I am currently knitting my 5th sweater, with each one I seem to find something else, I should have noticed before I started! So far I have been able to adjust, it is certainly a learning experience. I do keep referring to many of your tutorials.

    • Emily Wessel
      April 25, 2022 @ 3:50 am

      Glad to hear the tutorial is useful! There’s no way to learn, but to learn, one bit at a time! My sweater knitting skills have grown over the years, but I still learn a little more with each new project! ~ Em

  4. Don Vandurme
    April 11, 2022 @ 1:44 pm

    The “Antler Sweater” is written with one inch of negative ease, other than following the gauge and “adding the correct amount of stiches”. Where would be the best/better location to place any required increaseso or, should one just go up a size or two?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      April 11, 2022 @ 11:29 pm

      Hi – Just to be clear, the Antler sweater lists finished measurements, but suggests choosing a size with an inch of negative ease. If you’re looking for a little positive ease, I would go up a size for this particular design. If you’d rather just have extra sts at the body, you can always add more body sts, join the body and sleeves for the yoke and work extra decreases in the row before the set-up for the cables. If you need more specific instructions drop us an email at for more help!

  5. hollandteach
    April 8, 2022 @ 11:17 am

    Thank you for your clear explanation of ease. Your blog posts are always interesting and helpful. Happy knitting!

  6. Rita
    April 8, 2022 @ 7:09 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I finished my very first sweater recently and should have understood this more. Thankfully my sweater turned out fitting fine.
    Looking for my next project now. Thanks again