The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Knit Apparel

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In The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Knit Apparel, Jessica guides beginner sewists through all of the techniques, tools, tips and tricks to sewing your own clothing from knit fabrics. The guide is full of easy to understand written instruction, picture tutorials, and video links. It also includes hundreds of links to resources, shopping guides, and external video tutorials from other seamstresses. Scroll down for more details.

In The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Knit Apparel, Jessica guides beginner sewists through all of the techniques, tools, tips and tricks to sewing your own clothing from knit fabrics. The guide is full of easy to understand written instruction, picture tutorials, and video links. It also includes hundreds of links to resources, shopping guides, and external video tutorials from other seamstresses.

Pro tips can be found throughout the guide from influencers throughout the industry to help beginner sewists achieve a professional finish to their garments quickly.

With a little guidance and the right tools, you can sew your own personalized and unique knit garments without spending the high price tag of boutique brands.


PDF files are available to view in virtual every web-enabled smart device.


File Size: 15.3 MB
Print Length: 108 pages
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Author: Jessica Hooley
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Language: English

Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved.


70 reviews for The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Knit Apparel

  1. Joni (verified owner)

    Wow, I don’t even know where to start! Jessica has totally blown it out of the park with this all encompassing guide to knits I thought it was going to be a review of different kinds of knit fabrics, but it is SO much more than that! Every topic imaginable in regards to knit fabric, sewing with knits, PDF patterns, pdf pattern companies, where to get knit fabric, how to measure yourself, etc. is covered in this amazing manual! I wish I would have had it 3-4 years ago when I ventured into sewing knit garments. I still have piles (and i mean numerous piles) of unusable fabric…. i did not know enough about knits to order the correct fabric:( If you are starting out in knits, or even if you have experience, I guarantee you will learn something new from this guide. The world of knit seamstresses thanks you jessica!

  2. Mary (verified owner)


  3. Adrianna (verified owner)

    This ebook is essential if you want to begin sewing with knits! It will hold your hand through learning about the different types of knit and how they behave all the way through using a pdf pattern for knits. It’s full of links to helpful videos and tutorials too. You won’t regret adding this to your library!

  4. Katy (verified owner)

    Jessica has included every detail one needs to know to confidently begin sewing knits! It’s a great resource that I know I’ll refer to often and the inclusion of tutorial videos was a stroke of genius. Even experienced sewists will find this to be a great resource!

  5. Brenda (verified owner)

    It’s the perfect companion for the new seamstress! Jessica guides you through the not so scary world of knits and helps you to overcome the nerves towards your sewing machines and sergers!
    She also provides you with a great selection as to where to start shopping for knits and a list of great pattern companies that provide fashionable and comfortable patterns for the whole family!
    All around this book is a MUST as you begin your journey towards sewing with knits!

  6. Althea (verified owner)

    This book is absolutely amazing. Full of easy to follow tutorials, hints, tips, and tricks!! It is perfect for beginners and a lifesaver for those more experienced!

    This is a book everyone needs to have!!!

  7. JIllian (verified owner)

    Everything you need to know!!!! This book is a must!! A plethora of helpful information and hints. A wealth of resources that are so very helpful. This is not for beginners only. Everyone can benefit from this book.

  8. Katherine (verified owner)

    Im a super analytical person and like to make sure i have everything i need before doing something, this book answered so many questions and taught me so many tips! Its a great read for beginners and a wonderful reference for seasoned pros!

  9. D Hearn (verified owner)

    Such a great resource! It really has the best informatioN in one place. So helpful to new sewers and ones wanting to work with knits.
    THank you for giving us this wonderful reference!

  10. Lisa

    Fabulous information for sewing knits. Jessica provides so much detailed information about everything you need to know to prOduce a quality finished knit Garment. A mjst Have!

  11. Kathleen

    Pretty good book. Only thing i would want in it is more instructionS for grading.

  12. Di temperton (verified owner)

    Anyone wanting to sew with knits this book is a must from beginner to a seasoned sewer. Ive been sewing over thIrty years sewn with woven and knits and still i learnt new things out of this excellent book everything you need to Know all in one book
    Thankyou so much jessica!

  13. Heather (verified owner)

    I Have Been So Hesitant To Try Knits, This Took ALL My Fears Away. Thank you!!

  14. JAckie (verified owner)


  15. Heather (verified owner)

    I actually enjoyed reading this from cover to cover — i learned so many cool tricks! Now it’s my go-to reference guide. Thank you so much!!

  16. PAMELA (verified owner)

    Very informative…well written easy to understand..great resource book

  17. Ginger (verified owner)

    i’VE been sewing for over 25 years and while i’ve never been scared of sewing knits, i found quite a few helpful bits of information in this ebook. I’d recommend it to anyone who has been wanting to get into knits sewing

  18. Natasha (verified owner)

    This ebook is must read for those sewing garments with knit fabric. I wish I had this manual when I began my sewing with knits journey several years ago. Great job, Jessica.

  19. Norma (verified owner)

    a perfect, detailed, very well explained book that will teach you All you need to know when working with knit fabric. Incredibly detailed with pictures and Links. Love it.

  20. Caralee (verified owner)

    Being new to sewing with knits, I find this book invaluable. I know you can find lots of info on the internet, but having it all collected in one place is just awesome. Links to resource and videos, detailed tips and instructions – its all here. Thanks so much for this wonderful e-book!

  21. Jennifer (verified owner)

    This book is seRiously amazing! After reading it ive had so many Questions answered (even ones ive asked on faCebook and googled) thank you for the videos too! Im definitely a visUal learner and those helped so mUch! Everyone needs this book!

  22. Christianne McCall

    What an awesome comprehensive guide to sewing knits! Even videos are included. Great for novices and experts alike.

  23. Sara (verified owner)

    I’ve been sewing for about a year and a half. I’ve pretty much exclusively worked with knits. This ebook is a lifesaver. i’ve only made very simple things so far. after reading this i feel i can perfect the things i’m already making and tackle some more difficult sewing projects. thank you so much for putting this out there!

  24. Rachael (verified owner)

    This book was a great read. It thouroughly addresses the various types of fabrics. I like that there is a section DEDICATED to sewing with a regular sewing machine. However, she does discuss the benefits of a serger. The videos are helpful to me because i am one of those visual learners. To me, She is a true teacher. It is clearly written for anyone to learn about sewing with knit fabrics. Thank you!

  25. Mel (verified owner)

    I’ve been sewing for several years now, and consider myself pretty confident and well-read on most techniques (thank you, internet!) But I still learned heaps from this well set out ebook. I’m looking forward to sitting down with a cuppa and watching all the videos! Thank you for a great resource ?

  26. Angela (verified owner)

    FanTastic factual dOcument which i read one evening in bed. By 9am the next morning i was at the sewing shop buying Ballpoint needles. Im aN Absolute jersey beginner and i learnt so much. Thank you so much fOr this.

  27. Jasmine Tanabe (verified owner)

    i AM SO grateful for stumbling across this e-book. I’ve been sewing forever but was too afraid to try knits. Jessica has given me the confidence to give it a whirl, so much information and so well explained. I am going to keep this next to my sewing machine as a handy reference. Thanks so much Jessica.

  28. Andrea (verified owner)

    I downloaded this ebook to help me Better inderatand where i have been going wrong with some of my projects. This book made me laugh as much as it taught me. It is beautif ully put together and breaks everything down without being condescending. DEfinitEly something i would reccomend to any of my sewist friends.

  29. Jeanette (verified owner)

    Great resource For knit sewists of every level! Thank you for putting thiS information togEther in one place.

  30. jessica (verified owner)

    This ebook was both pleasant to read and informative. Her section divisions were great so it made it easy to navigate as well as go back to particular areas that you want to review again later. I love her links so you can get video tutorials (for visual learners) and more info. It’s nice to have opinions and tips of other designers/seamstresses throughout the book. Very well thought out! It’s a great balance of concisely PRESENTing Information that you have to search all over the WEb for and good information. This is an ebook i will keep handy even As i move from beginner status.

  31. Carolyn (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful resource for sewing knit fabrics. The book covers pretty much any topic related to knits: needles, stitch types, sewing machine and serger, HEms, patterns for knits, fabric stretch, etc. Great for beginners and helpful information for experienced sewists as well.

  32. JENNIFER (verified owner)

    So so great to have all this information in one place, thanks!!

  33. Sue carroll (verified owner)

    I can not add anything more than has already been said. This book has changed how i sew with knits, thank you Jessica for being an inspiration!

  34. Janelle

    What a resource!! So grateful for all the super helpful information in one place!

  35. sandi (verified owner)

    Awesome book Jessica ! Tons of great information all in one place. beginners and experienced sewers alike, will find this book very useful.

  36. Jessica (verified owner)

    I wish I had this when I was beginning sewing knits, it answers a lot of the questions I had plus so much more. Great chapters with different techniques and some videos too.

  37. Bianca (verified owner)

    So helpful! A really great guide for when you’re starting out with knits or need a refresher!

  38. Jana

    Clearly great care was taken when writing this book. It’s very detailed and every subject is covered. I feel it’s not a beginners only guide – advanced sewists would benefit from it too.

  39. Heather (verified owner)

    I have yet to attempt to sew the knit patterns that I have been anxious to make. After reading this book, I do feel more confident that I can make clothing for myself without too much confusion. This book is very well written, with many many valuable resources and LINKS. I can’t thank you enough for putting this all together!

  40. Sunshine (verified owner)

    This book has plenty of useful info for beginners. I am just learning how to sew knits and I have learned a lot and now have the confidence to keep going. It answered a lot of the questions I had but hadn’t yet tried to find the answers to by searching all over the Internet. Thank you for such a great resource!❤

  41. Savanna (verified owner)

    This book is packed full of useful tips and tricks. You can tell you poured your heart into it. Thank you for putting together such an awesome guide and resource.

  42. Maria (verified owner)

    Knits always made me mad, Like I had to be in some secret society to understand how to sew them. Thank you for demystifying knits!

  43. Lisa (verified owner)

    this book really sums up Everything u need to know to get started.
    I would STrongly RECOMMEND this book for beginners as it will save u so much time as u start out on your sewing journey. I wish i had this book when i was starting out as i have spent many many hours trying to figure things out myself. But i’ll Definitely be keeping this book by my side as it is a handy reference. JessicA is adorable and you can tell she’s very passionate about sewing. her book explains things very Clearly and also has links to her youtube videos. I watched them all & will probablY re-watch them especially since i’m still very new to knits.

  44. Alison (verified owner)

    Such an awesome sewing resource, packed full of information. I have learnt so much from this ebook and by applying my new knowledge, i have seen a great improvement in my knit sewing projects. All my questions were answered! Thank you!

  45. Melissa (verified owner)

    The book is chock Full oF useful information including links to Videos. If you’re a visual/kinetic learner Like me that’s invaluable! It’s a great resource to have for all levels, from beginner to whatever you’d call yourself if you never have to pick out stitches.

  46. Amy (verified owner)

    I wish this had been around when I Started sewing knits! It would have saved me hours of research. Love it!

  47. Crystal J (verified owner)

    Great book for beginners or intermediate sewist. Covers all you need to know about sewing with knits, especially for those that are intimidated.
    Not dry and boring like some books.
    Would definitely recommend.

  48. Katherine (verified owner)

    This book has all the info you could need to start sewing with knits. From an amazing DescripTion of different types of knits to sewing with a machine and serger. A great resource

  49. Matilda (verified owner)

    You can really tell the amount of care, expertise, and knowledge went into creating this. it is a comprehensive guide to sewing, everything you need to make your first project, from figuring out fabric and needle choice, to printing a pattern, to the actual sewing. I only wish this had been out when I was starting out

  50. Mary (verified owner)

    This is a GreAT resourCe for beginners aS well as the experienced. Covers many topics.

  51. Crystal Marie (verified owner)

    I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about Jessica, in all of her MUCHNESS!!!!! Wow is one of the first words that come to mind when describing this book to anyone! She answered every question I ever had about sewing with knits and taught me to have fun with it and motivated me to get started. Jessica is an absolute delight and has such a joyful spirit, you will enjoy this book as well as learn all you need to know to get started. This book is a fountain of knowledge as well as resources, from fabric companies to beginner’s patterns to videos she has created and also others that she has learned from. Jessica, you are amazing and your sewist fans (moi included) absolutely LOVE you!!!

  52. Nina (verified owner)

    Its great to have such a wonderful resource pulling all of this information into one place. I love knits, but I’m new to them. This has helped me improve and bring my projects to the next level.

  53. Amanda (verified owner)

    I was terrified of knits. I’ve sewn most of my life, thanks to my grandmother, but she always said knits were difficult to work with. When I started to explore the world of knit sewing, someone recommended Jessica’s book to me. Jessica did a wonderful job compiling a lot of information into one resource, and the way she explains different tools or techniques makes them so simple. I’ve made several knit garments now, and I’m so thankful to her for giving me the confidence to try. I recommend her book to anyone in my sewing groups who say they are new to knits!

  54. jackie (verified owner)

    This is a great book for beginners who want to start sewing with knits. I wish it had come out sooner. Would have saved me some struggles. Thank you!

  55. Stephanie (verified owner)

    I am ashamed to say that I have had this ebook since Jessica first released it and I just got around to looking at it this weekend! This book is AMAZING. I really wish I would have taken the time to look through it when I first downloaded it because if I had, I know I would have already started sewing with knits! Jessica’s instructions and videos are so helpful. I feel so much more confident and she actually answered quite a few questions that I have been afraid to ask! Definitely worth the purchase. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to get started with some knits.

  56. gita_c (verified owner)

    Very informative. Handy to have reference material all in one place.

  57. Donna Lister (verified owner)

    Wow – thank you so much for providing all this really helpful info for FREE! I highly recommend reading this before you start buying fabric and sewing – I never realised that there were so many different types of knit fabrics nor that they are not all suitable for all types of garments. I will come back to this guide again and again. THANK YOU SO MUCH xx

  58. anne-farley (verified owner)

    An excellent resource for knit fabric sewers. Well written and easy to understand. Answers all my questions about fabric type and tools and also issues I’ve come across in my sewing. I find a very helpful. Thank you for putting this out there a a free resource.

  59. Joyce Savage (verified owner)

    The best portion for me was defining the different knits and their stretch.

  60. lmunn52 (verified owner)

    It was great to get the types of knits clarified and defined. Straight forward and clear. Highly recommended for beginners, but experienced sewists will learn from it too.

  61. Simon Baker (verified owner)

    After browsing countless websites for countless hours, I cannot explain how wonderful it is to have so much information so well laid one in just place. Thank you for taking the time to put together this incredible resource.

  62. Marie Leighton (verified owner)

    Thank you for this very valuable resource!

  63. Maria Bouka (verified owner)

    What an amazing guide! It contains information I haven’t seen anywhere else.Thank you so much!

  64. Judy Chastain (verified owner)

    I had never sewn knit fabrics. This guide took all the fear out of the process. My first knit make was the ABB Tee. It turned out great! Thanks, DIBY!

  65. marsharbrtsn (verified owner)

    What a gem! After a ten year break from sewing, I decided to sew knits. Great! Do you know what changed the most in the last fifteen years? Knits. So I felt befuddled. Since March I’ve been trying to piece together little bits of info on knits from a zillion sources. It was NOT a quilt of lovely info, it was a mess! Then I found DIBY. And this book. I’m keeping it as a reference book. Great info. Fantastic, drool-worthy lists of fabric and pattern sources. Tricky techniques written out and shown in video. All done with empathy and humor.

  66. Abigail Carless (verified owner)

    Absolutely fantastic! First time sewing with knit fabrics and this book helped a lot. I felt very confident afterwards to tackle sewing with knits. Brilliant. Highly recommended.

  67. Bobbie Jo Warner (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this amazing ebook featuring knits ! Very thoroughly done , easy to follow. Fast enough to not be a boring book yet it’s so easy to understand and follow and that’s awesome to me because I don’t want to know where my sweater knit originates with a complete chapter, nor do I care to learn so much about putting a pattern together that I assume doing so will take as long as 2 big boring times. Lol. So thanks for making this pocket book super awesome enough to keep handy in my phone so if I need to look at something again once or 100 times. It’s on my phone where I keep the best things that will uplift me in my hobbies my passions and my confidence with sewing knit fabric. Definitely my go to book and I just would like to say that sewing has been the one thing I’ve found that has helped me in my journey with grief after losing my son to a tragic accident 6 yrs ago. Without my machine and all of the great people I’ve met in the sewing world I’m sure I would still be in bed hiding from my reality that I’ve needed to face so I can start living again. I know Shane wants to see me happy when he looks in us and it’s my greatest confidence in my beliefs that he can’t have.a happy life in heaven if he feels he caused so much unhappiness to his family. So thank you to all you who sew because it’s began my trip back up to living my life the fullest ! 5 out of 5 stars is your rating I would give 10 out of 5 if I could ?

  68. Mary Jo Cocarell (verified owner)

    This is the BEST resource I have ever seen for sewing knits. I garnered several terrific tips to make my projects look more professional.
    THANK YOU for sharing your expertise Jessica! It is truly appreciated.

  69. pwilsoni (verified owner)

    This is an awesome guide!! I have sewn for years, but have been fearful of knits. This guide gave me to courage to start using knits and being successful. Thank you!!!!

  70. bonvalvi (verified owner)

    Jessica has obviously put alot of thought into this book. It’s full of useful advice, tips and tricks for anyone who’s unsure of sewing knitted fabrics. And it’s free too!

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