The “Sweater 101” Book

“Everyone who knits a sweater needs to buy your book. I think it’s wonderful . . . I’m so tired of making sweaters that are too big or too small . . . I have several design books and they are all so complicated, this book is so straight forward and great for the visual learner.”
— Rose, Madame Purl | Rockton, Illinois

Dear Sweater Knitter (Aspiring or Accomplished),

Your chances of making a sweater that fits someone you love (including yourself), with or without a commercial pattern, just got better.

  • Have you ever fallen for a gorgeous yarn but didn’t buy it because you couldn’t find a pattern for it?
  • Do you have a favorite store-bought sweater that you’d love to duplicate in yarn from your stash?
  • Have you ever found a pattern that you adored but couldn’t make it because it was written for yarn that has been discontinued?
  • Have you ever tried every set of knitting needles you own in the suggested size to get the gauge called for by a pattern and still not achieved it? Up a size, down a size and hand cramps later, you still couldn’t match it?
  • Worse yet, have you matched the yarn, pattern and gauge perfectly and still had to rip out hours of work because of errors in the pattern?
  • Have you sworn off sweaters forever because of too many sweater disasters?

If so, Sweater 101: How to Plan Sweaters that Fit … and Organize your Knitting Life at the Same Time can help you.

Sweater 101 is NOT a book of patterns.  It’s a reference text that you’ll consult every time you make a sweater…

With Sweater 101 you will:

  • learn make a proper gauge swatch and measure it with an accuracy worthy of NASA (pages 30-31).
  • know the three sources of measurements for sizing a sweater (pp. 35-36).
  • create a simple-to-follow “Picture Pattern” for each sweater you make.
  • easily chart a set-in sleeve cap without a single hypotenuse squared.
  • have the tools you need to organize your knitting life.
  • use two simple arithmetic skills to save time on every sweater you knit (page 22+).
  • adapt a pattern to your yarn, gauge and body size.
  • change necklines and collars on any sweater.
  • fall in love with any yarn and buy it, confident that you can make your own pattern for it.

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” Albert Einstein

Because We All Know a Picture is Worth 1000 Words…

Sweater 101 consists of

  • Only 66 pages of text in which I teach you all of the above and more.
  • Appendix A which is a mini-reference book with schematics that show the standard measurements for 30 sizes, Child’s Size 6 months to Men’s Size 50, in three basic styles.
  • Appendix B which has six reproducible forms to help you draw your own patterns, chart a perfect set-in sleeve, and create a written record with your gauge and yarn information that will make your knitting life easier and more organized. In the eBook version, these forms are interactive and printable. In the hard bound version these forms are meant to be photocopied.

Sweater 101 is published in two formats, as a Hard Bound Book and as an eBook…

Order The Hard Bound Book…

    • cuddles up in your favorite knitting chair with you.
    • is portable. Put it in your knitting bag, take it to your LYS and design a sweater right there.
    • is durable. It has a stout cover, built to last for years of use.
    • is convenient to use. It lies totally flat with an ingenious concealed Wire-O binding.
    • is a familiar friend. We’re all used to physical books, and this one was carefully designed to give you years of service.

Just $32.95 + S&H!

Yes, Please!

SHIPPING COSTS: The book with packaging weighs 2 pounds 9 ounces and these prices are close to actual postage, some even less. All prices in US $. I hate inflated shipping fees:

  • Within the US: $3.95 USPS Media Mail
  • Canada: $25 First Class Mail International
  • Europe: $34 First Class Mail International
  • Elsewhere in the world:  $34 First Class Mail International

Order The e-Book…

  • is an electronic file that is available instantly. You’ll have it in minutes.
  • saves you money. Besides being less expensive, there’s no shipping charge, even across oceans.
  • is easily navigated. You can jump to the section you need with the click of a mouse, or search for any word or phrase.
  • is easily read. You can make the print as large as you need.
  • is flexible. You can read it on your computer screen or print out a hard copy.
  • is interactive. You can fill in the Picture Patterns and Gauge Record Sheet on the computer and then print them out.
  • saves paper. Print out only what you need.

Just $29!Yes Please!


I want to design sweaters but want to machine knit them , is this book a good resource for this?

Yes. It works for machine knitting too. It does not matter which tools you use to create knitted pieces. The shaping and size of the pieces are the same.

Your book may be the answer to my sweater knitting dreams. Will I learn how to make a sweater for a big and tall man for the size 60″ and 6’5″?

Most likely. It was a very popular book years ago among a group of larger male knitters who could not otherwise find patterns for themselves. The concept that drives the book is that you can make any piece of knitting to an exact shape as long as you know how to make and measure a good gauge swatch and have a few math skills. The “standard” sizes in the book only go up to men’s size 50 (actual chest measurement 50″) However, if he has a sweater that fits him well, you can measure it, draw a schematic of the pieces with inch measurements and then fill in all the knitting information you need to make it with the help of the book. Most people, after working through at least one sweater with the book, can then make just about anything they want, but it depends on your skill level or aptitude for this.

Will I Miss Out on Anything By Ordering the eBook instead of the Hard Copy?

You won’t miss out on anything except the feel of the paper between your fingers. The eBook is the EXACT same book as the hardbound. It’s the same file as the one that went to the printer except in a pdf format. I linked each subject in the table of contents to the page it appears on, so it actually has an extra layer of usability. You click any where in the table of contents and it takes you right to the page.

Sweater 101 is Tried and True…

After over 25 years in print much has been said about the book. Here are quotes from just a portion of the feedback I’ve received about it…

~I hope others will take advantage of [Sweater 101] coming back into print . . . Your book, along with Barb Walker and EZ have freed me from the constraints of others!
Sarah Rawlings Rockville, VA

~Everyone who knits a sweater needs to buy your book. I think it’s wonderful . . . I’m so tired of making sweaters that are too big or too small . . . I have several design books and they are all so complicated, this book is so straight forward and great for the visual learner.
Rose, Madame Purl Rockton, Illinois

~What a wonderful book!!! I still have your original 101 booklet and I use it all the time.Now I can update. You really started me keeping a record of my knitting for others. . . Thank you for putting my life on track. The sweater schematics give me a starting place. Especially when the person I am knitting for is out of my area. . . The binding on your latest book is great, I can “flatten out” the pages. Thank you for all your time and talent you give to others.
Beverly Kaufman, Sedro-Woolley WA

Meg Swansen and Cheryl Brunette

Wow! Cheryl! What a fantastic resource!! It is just great! The Appendix B pages are so great…little interactive forms . . . I will definitely be recommending your ebook to friends and students of mine.
Marlene Reilly, Basking Ridge NJ

~I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I love and have used Sweater 101 over the years. And just last night I watched your Finishing 101 Video. . . There is a brand new baby in the family so both Sweater 101 and Finishing 101 video will be getting a brand new workout! Thank you for both of them! They are just wonderful.
Lynne Cunningham, Greenville NY

~Hi Cheryl….Yes indeed, this is just what I’ve needed all along! I read through the whole thing instead of paying attention to the Super Bowl game, and I am really impressed with your knowledge and the way you’ve presented it . . .I know I would be years ahead if I had had your book all along!
Loretta Balga, Juliette GA

~Hi Cheryl . . . I DO love Sweater 101. . . I am going to get a ton of use out of [it]. Thank you for offering such a valuable tool!
Judy Madge, Toronto, ON Canada

~I was amazed that this has not been in my library already! I was looking for such a book last year! I’ve thought about designing plenty of times and now I have so much information at my fingertips!
Mary Chan Victoria, B.C.Canada Ravelry: YarnOverHere

~Thank you for writing such a wonderful book, and for getting it back in print for people who weren’t knitting when the first version came out (or who were knitting uneven-gauged scarves with acrylic yarn :-))
Jodi Lough, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

~The design book I refer to most frequently is Cheryl Brunette’s Sweater 101. I have and use design software, but I still go back to this book. It is easy to use and gives me good results. The first thing I ever designed using this book was my best-fitting garment ever . . . It is a very basic book, good for fledgling designers or people who wish to alter commercial designs for a custom fit. I have . . . [other sweater design titles] . . . but Sweater 101 is still my recommendation.
Rebecca Aldrich Bowen

~Thanks for reprinting Sweater 101. I had a copy I bought from Patternworks years ago and lost it in a move. I thought I would never have another chance to use the book and regretted its loss. I am very, very pleased to see it again! . . .The only thing that could improve upon the experience would be to get a copy of your Finishing 101 video. It was excellent . . . Thanks again,
Anne Burton, Ocean NJ

~I purchased your Sweater 101 way back in the day when it was a folder from Patternworks and am wondering if it has been updated or includes anything new? No matter, I would love a copy [of the new addition] for my knit bag when I travel and I dare not tote my original around for fear of losing it or destroying it.
Antonette Pearson, Willows CA

~I’m so pleased with Sweater 101 . . . I’ve only just started to use it but I’m already happy with it. Your writing is so clear, and the quality of the paper, print, and binding is excellent. A really nice product — thank you!
Anne Childs, Pleasanton CA

~ Dear Cheryl, Many years ago, when I purchased my first Bond knitting machine, I had the joy of owning your videos. I can’t tell you how much I loved watching those videos! . . . I happened to see a reference to you and Sweater 101 (I think I MAY have a copy of that, I’m not sure – our house burned this past August and I’ve packed the surviving books away until the house is rebuilt!) If I can’t find it, I will definitely be ordering another copy . . . You’re such an incredible teacher. I’m sure you’ve heard that many, many times . . .
Catherine Keller

~This book is such a great boon to designers! Thank you!
Charisa Martin Cairn, past President of the Snohomish Knitters Guild,

~This book gives you the tools to make anything. It gives you the confidence to go ahead and do it! I heard about it from Meg Swansen years ago and I was thrilled when I heard it was back in print.
Cris Peterson, IA

~Sweater 101 is an excellent resource for knitters….chapters on basic sweater styles, a couple of math skills, gauge, fit, and measurements— and most importantly how to fit it all together to come up with exactly what YOU want! Wonderful! The last chapter of taking it all beyond the basics is not only freeing to the knitter but very encouraging.
Tina Kim,

~This is a clean, functional, step-by-step guide to building your own sweater patterns. You don’t get out of measuring, but you do get someone guiding you clearly along the path to sweater success time after time.
Amy R. Singer, Editor, Knitty Magazine,

Sweater 101 Reviews +Foreword Review by the Knitting Scholar.

~I bought your Sweater 101 book about 2 years ago. I studied it for weeks. Then I began to write out my own pattern. After a while, I bought some inexpensive yarn and experimented with the gauges. Last winter, I knitted all the pieces of the sweater. I added some cables because I just LOVE cables . . . Thank you for teaching me how to knit without all those complicated and expensive pattern books. I’m attaching a picture of the sweater. It isn’t perfect by any means, but I like it. Sara Ward
Order Your Copy Today…

e-Book Edition

Just $29!

Yes Please!

Hard Bound Edition

Just $32.95 + S&H!

Yes, Please!

SHIPPING COSTS: The book with packaging weighs 2 pounds 9 ounces and these prices are close to actual postage, some even less. All prices in US $. I hate inflated shipping fees:

  • Within the US: $3.95 USPS Media Mail
  • Canada: $25 First Class Mail International
  • Europe: $34 First Class Mail International
  • Elsewhere in the world:  $34 First Class Mail International