About 40 years ago, I purchased a pair of sweater wheels from a
Herrschner's catalog. There was a set-in sleeve
version and a raglan sleeve version. Each wheel had children's sizes on one side and adult
sizes on the other side.
After many years, my sweater wheels look as if they have been
through the wars. And in a way they have been. I always kept them covered with a
clear plastic bag to protect them.
The sweater wheels indicate that a
Bea Freeman put a copyright on these devices in 1969.
Each sweater wheel consists of
three cardboard circles: There is a larger middle circle that contains rows of numbers
radiating out from the center. The larger circle is sandwiched between the two smaller
circles. The two smaller circles contain slotted holes that allow the numbers on the
larger circle to show through in juxtaposition with sweater instructions on the surface of the
smaller circles. The three circles are held together in the center by a brad that allows
the smaller circles to be rotated over the surface of the larger circle. The outer
perimeter of the larger wheel has sweater sizes printed on it.
The effect is sort
of like "dial a sweater". By rotating the one of the smaller wheels, you select
a sweater size. Then you follow the sweater instruction, where the appropriate variables
peek through from the larger wheel to give you the right number of stitches, inches, decreases
or increases to make the sweater.
Sweater wheels are sometimes offered for sale on E-bay.com auctions.
Make selections in the three lists below. Then press the GO button
to view a basic pattern for a sweater using your selection. This sweater pattern is the
conventional construction in which the sweater is made in several separate pieces that are sewn
together after blocking.