knitting the $270 lirika matoshi cloud sweater for $12 (2023)


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✰ PATTERN ✰ (includes the sweater instructions NOT the colour incorporation)
CLARIFICATION: This pattern does not include how to do the clouds or the grass. I am merely selling the pattern for the basic outline of the sweater. I do not intend on ripping Lirika Matoshi off in any way.
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Hey guys! It has been a hot minute since I last posted a YouTube video, but honestly I was just super unmotivated and lazy to be doing anything in 2020. However, knitting and crocheting gave me this creative outlet I never knew I needed. I hope you join me along the journey of making clothes instead of buying them because let's face it, with tiktok around people are buying way too much into fast fashion. This sweater is the cutest thing and I can't wait to do more.

Lirika Matoshi:
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Cloud Sweater -
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✰ YARN ✰
Bernat Premium Yarn (Sky Blue) -
Bernat Premium Yarn (Spring Green) -
Bernat Premium Yarn (White) -

4.0mm circular needles (60cm and 100cm) -
3.5mm circular needles (80cm) -

DJ Quads - Early
Kronicle - Chill Noons
Eric 9odlow - Recover


I think I'm, addicted to tick tock.

I actually have to have like one of these baby timers like to tell me that I can't go on it anymore.

I just see so many shake talkers and like influencers and everything they're just buying all these things hauls, what you name it everywhere honestly like so obsessed with it and I'm.

Okay with that.

Oh, my god, I'm, referencing, tick, tocks fair enough fair enough fair enough, oh, my god, my attention pen is actually diminished.

My question is like, where are these people going? And like? Why do they need to buy all these nice clothes to be going? Nowhere? I don't wear makeup.

I don't change.

This is the only time I've ever changed.

I swear to god and is that a depressive episode, but you know, 2021 is here.

I cleaned out my room.

Things are a little different as you can see you're here to thrive in 2021, knock on wood.

I don't think that's real.

One recently I've been seeing this sweater.

And I am obsessed with this sweater.

It is the cloud sweater that was made by lyrica matoshi.

She is a goddess.

Her sweaters are head knit, but they are so beautiful.

I love them they're.

So trendy something I can't afford because, um, they're like 270 u.s, which is around like 300 canadian.

I can't really afford to be putting all that money out there for just like a sweater I'm going to wear maybe like twice.

So I thought to myself, I can knit can I I can knit? And I have been looking for this really crazy project to be doing.

And I think this is it.

I think I'm going to try to recreate it.

I've been seeing like a lot of youtube videos.

I've been analyzing looking through, you know, doing what I can to figure out like how people are doing it.

I I don't care what you say, but I am trying to recreate it like to the t, almost and we're gonna see if I can do that just to give you guys a little background, a little background in my knitting journey, I have been obsessed with knitting crocheting all that jazz since forever.

I first got into knitting in elementary school because I'm a little crazy, little hobby girl.

And I also don't think I had a lot of friends.

So it was like I needed something to do with my spare time and me and my friends like this woman, I don't know to the life of me how she came into our lives.

And what job she had at my elementary school, but she like gathered a bunch of us girls.

And we started this knitting club, which I missed to this day.

It was so fun to knit in a group.

I don't know, maybe I just haven't been interacting with a lot of people.

So I just need some attraction.

We would meet like every thursday during lunch.

Yes, I like took ty on my day to like knit, and she like lent us all these like materials and stuff, and we were knitting, and it was so cute.

Everything just like went up from there started out with that started with scarves.

And then I went to hats and then eventually, um, I had to stop because I went back to school and there's, no time to do any hobbies or anything I loved.

And you know, just sucking, the soil of me just dying because of quarantine I've been able to pick up this hobby again and it's, absolutely amazing.

I so enjoy it.

I had no idea that there was so much you could do with it like I've been knitting like crop tops, cardigans, sweaters like little just bags anything you can name of.


I am a grandmother.

I am a mother.

Oh, my god, I'm, actually, insane, just a disclaimer letting y'all know, I am not putting this pattern out for use I'm, not going to try to recreate this and sell this to anybody.

This is just for my personal use oni as well as putting this out on youtube.

I have no intention of stealing her product in any way.

If you want something that she's made like go, get it buy it? I am going to link her in the description.

Absolutely this is just for me seeing if I can kind of recreate something as beautiful as something that she has created, yeah.

So that's just me letting you guys know, I'm just doing this for fun.

You guys get to see my process and see how it turns out and I'm really excited for that.

If you guys have any knitwear or kind of like other like brand name items that you'd like to see me knit, I think that would be such a cool idea for videos.

So just let me know in the comments below and let's get on with it.

So the plan is is to knit from the bottom to the top for both the front of the back and then I'm going to sew the two pieces together and the shoulders and the sides leaving enough space for the sleeves, then I'm going to pick up stitches at the top to create a collar.

And the sleeves are knitted separately and sewn in okay.

So the yarn I used was 100 acrylic that I found at my local walmart, and they only cost me, four bucks each.

So this whole thing only cost me 12, which is insane, yes, that is bleach.

Look at me, try so hard to knit without looking because I wanted to watch ichigo kill some hollows.


So this is me just starting the stockinette stitch, which is just you knit the same thing over and over again.


This is me sped up real quick.

I just wanted to show you guys how I incorporated the blue.

So now I'm starting that kind of flame kind of detail that is shown on the sweater.


So for this actual pattern, I looked at the sweater online tried to count each stitch to see what the pattern was.

And yes, I counted every stitch.

And this is what I came up with.

So this is me making the cloud.

Now I am showing you.

I guess how I'm changing the different colors.

And yes, that is my notebook where I wrote everything, but it turns out that I was completely off, and the clouds were too small for the sweater.

So you'll see later on, I wanted to cry.

So for the actual clouds, I incorporated them at both sides.

And so you can see me struggling at trying to keep everything untangled because it was honestly impossible.

Yeah, this was my worst nightmare.

I had to untangle so much yarn.

This is the face of someone who's gone crazy from knitting for hours.

But the front is complete.

It is looking snatched.

I actually am really happy with how the clouds turned out.


So I went ahead and knitted.

The back because I was not going to film myself prying, I'm sewing the two pieces together with a fabric needle using a mattress stitch and it's super seamless.

I recommend.

This is the first time I'm knitting a sweater without a pattern and I'm super surprised.

It fit me, but honestly looking at it now I'm, I can't believe how nice it looks picking up.

Stitches is honestly super boring.

So I went ahead and did that and you'll just see me do a rib real fast like my life depended on it.

Wait okay, we're almost done.

I have to do the sleeves and the sleeves actually take so long to complete the whole sweater probably took me like a week and a half, but you will just see I'm just ready to be done.

I couldn't even get myself to film it.

I was so happy to be done one sleeve, but I just started to sew it together, because it would feel like I was actually getting closer to being done foreign.


I was honestly, super surprised with how this came out.

I think the sweater actually looks so much like the real one.

I need to start dressing better.

So I can actually go out and wear this.

Thanks for staying to the end of the video.

I had so much fun making this.

If you want to see more, please like and subscribe and comment down below what you want to see next.


How much does it take to knit a sweater? ›

The median time is about 21 hours of knitting. This sits right around the median knitting time for sweaters made out of my favorite yarn weights (DK: 24 hours, Worsted: 21 hours). However, I've also made one or two sweaters out of Fingering weight, which has an estimate of 32:20 hours.

How many stitches across for a sweater? ›

Small: 63 stitches. Medium: 70 stitches. Large: 77 stitches. Extra Large: 84 stitches.

How do you measure for a sweater pattern? ›

Measure from the top outside edge of the shoulder down to the armpit. Measure from from underarm to your desired sweater length (crop, regular, long or tunic). Measure around at height of navel. Measure from the most prominent bone at the base of the neck to the natural waistline.

How many skins does it take to make a sweater? ›

A cardigan is probably more closely related to a poncho when it comes to how much yarn you will need. Most crochet sweater patterns use about 4–11 balls or skeins of yarn. According to the chart above, you will probably need about 1000–3500 yards of yarn to make an adult size sweater.

Is it cheaper to knit or buy? ›

You ask whether it is cheaper to knit your own sweaters. The answer, with many qualifications, is yes. However, there are many factors to take into account. Generally you can make a much higher quality sweater than what you can purchase - as long as you are not including the time it takes for you to hand knit it!

How do you calculate stitches per inch? ›

If your yarn lists a gauge of 20 stitches and 25 rows over a 4 x 4 square, this means that there are 5 stitches per inch. Simply divide the number of stitches over 4 inches (20) by 4 to determine the number of stitches per inch.

What is the best stitch for a sweater knitting? ›

Because the stitches of a serger are narrow, the zigzag stitch is better suited for these types of sweater knits. Once your seam is sewn, finish the raw edges. You can either use a serger at this point, or sew another row of zigzag stitches along the raw edge to secure all the threads and prevent further fraying.

What is the most common knitting needle size for sweaters? ›

32" Circular needle: Hands down the most common length for knitting shawls or pieces of a sweater. It's long enough to accommodate the majority of widths for either of these projects and the cable is long enough to allow the weight of a project to rest on your lap rather than on your wrists as you work.

What is the perfect sweater size? ›

A sweater should end somewhere between just past your belt buckle and no more than 2 inches past that. In a lot of my other fit guides, I usually differentiate the length based on your height, but for a sweater it doesn't matter. It should hit between those two points for everyone. This goes for all sweaters.

How much yardage do you need for a sweater? ›

How much yarn do I need to make a ____?
Yarn Weight 1Yarn Weight 4
Socks350-500 Yards275-375 Yards
Shawl550-850 Yards375-550 Yards
Adult Sweater3375 Yards1125-1625 Yards
Baby Blanket1500-1625 Yards1000-1125 Yards
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What yarn weight is best for sweaters? ›

Sport weight yarn is a teeny bit lighter or finer than DK weight. Use these weights for mid-weight socks, accessories, shawls, wraps, and sweaters. Sport weight yarns are typically knit on US 3-5 needles, and DK weights on US 5-7 needles.

What thickness yarn for sweaters? ›

Worsted weight yarn is often recommend to a beginner crocheter. This medium weight yarn is the most popular all around though. Bulky yarn, labeled as #5 bulky weight yarn, is a thicker yarn than #4 medium and makes great warm sweaters.

How long should a sweater be knitting? ›

As a general guideline, expect to spend at least 40 hours in total knitting an adult cardigan.

How do you calculate price? ›

Determine the total cost of all units purchased. Divide the total cost by the number of units purchased to get the cost price. Use the selling price formula to calculate the final price: Selling Price = Cost Price + Profit Margin.

How do you calculate the price of a homemade item? ›

In her Tips for Pricing your Handmade Goods blog on Craftsy, artesian entrepreneur Ashley Martineau suggests this formula:
  1. Cost of supplies + $10 per hour time spent = Price A.
  2. Cost of supplies x 3 = Price B.
  3. Price A + Price B divided by 2 (to get the average between these two prices) = Price C.
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Can you get paid for knitting? ›

Yes, a knitting business can be profitable if you do it right, and you can even make a career out of knitting. But even if you don't end up with a multi-million-pound business, at the very least, you can make a bit of money out of something you love, and would be doing anyway – so it's a win-win, right?!

What is the most difficult thing to knit? ›

Set-in sleeves are the trickiest of all. Of course, you can always knit your sleeves two-at-a-time! Most sweater patterns have some shape to them — a smaller waist, flared sleeves… You will learn how to do all of this just by following the pattern.

What is the best first thing to knit? ›

What is the first thing a beginner should knit? Some of the easiest projects for first-time knitters include scarves, baby blankets, and dishcloths. These patterns can be knitted up quickly and only require knowing one or two stitches, worked back and forth.

Is knitting an expensive hobby? ›

Knitting can be an expensive hobby when you buy luxury yarn. But, it's possible to save money and still enjoy your knitting. These money-saving tips for knitting on a budget will help knitters of all income levels find ways to save more, spend less, and be more mindful of their knitting projects and adventures.

Do bigger knitting needles make bigger stitches? ›

Using a larger needle size than suggested will give you looser, more open stitches, as well as making your finished piece larger. Using a smaller needle size will give you tighter, denser stitches, and your finished piece will end up being smaller.

How long is 100 stitches in knitting? ›

Example: To cast on 100 stitches, you'd measure the 10-stitch length of yarn 10 times. Voila!

How many rows of knitting is an inch? ›

The average knitter will usually knit approximately 6 stitches per inch, while a more accomplished knitter may knit 10 or more. In most patterns, the required gauge is usually listed beside the designer's yarn and needle suggestions.

What is a good yarn for knitting sweaters? ›

What yarn should I use to knit a sweater? The best fibers are acrylic, polyester, wool (especially superwash wool) and fiber blends. You want a yarn that is easy to care for, feels good to your skin both while working with it and while wearing it and doesn't break the bank.

Should knit sweaters be hung or folded? ›

Most storage experts agree that it's better to fold a sweater to maintain its shape, especially when the sweater is handknit or prone to stretching.

Is it better to hang or fold knitwear? ›

The Golden Rule: Fold Your Sweaters

Heavier knits are most susceptible to stretching and shoulder bumps, since gravity will pull them down when on a hanger. Spring sweaters and cardigans also experience the same stretching after a while. So, when in doubt, fold them. But that doesn't mean you can't hang your sweaters.

Is it easier to knit with big or small needles? ›

Knitting needles don't only come in different sizes, but also in different lengths. As a rule of thumb: The longer the needle, the harder it is to work with. At the same time, you don't want your knitting needles to be long enough to accommodate all your stitches.

What length knitting needles are best? ›

Medium sizes are generally the best for beginners. This means you should look for a width size of six (4mm), seven (4.5mm), or eight (5mm). For length, a 10-inch needle is usually a good starter size because they'll be small enough to handle easily.

What are the best needles for tight knitters? ›

Carbon fiber needles are extremely light and flexible and a great choice for all knitters, who have a tight tension and like to knit with thin needles.

Is it better to size up or down sweaters? ›

There is nothing wrong with getting your sweater just a little bigger than what you are usually measured for. If you take care of your sweater, and avoid exposing it to extreme conditions (especially heat), your sweater should retain its shape for the most part.

How many inches is an XL sweater? ›

SizeTo fit Chest Size
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Should a sweater fit tight? ›

A sweater should fit tight enough to complement your body, but not too tight where it looks suffocating. Your preferred fit will also vary based on the type of sweater you're wearing. This is due to the difference in material, style, and occasion.

What is the number pattern rule? ›

A pattern rule is a mathematical relationship used to find the value of each term in a sequence. To describe certain sequences, a pattern rule can be established. This is an algebraic equation that enables you to quickly find the value of a term in a sequence using its rank. The Pattern Rule of an Arithmetic Sequence.

What is the number pattern formula? ›

A linear number pattern is a list of numbers in which the difference between each number in the list is the same. The formula for the nth term of a linear number pattern, denoted an, is an = dn - c, where d is the common difference in the linear pattern and c is a constant number.

How do you size a knitting pattern? ›

The only way to know for sure what size you are is to take your measurements. Knitting patterns are usually sized by the finished chest or bust measurement, but sometimes the intended body measurement is given instead. In that case look to the schematic for the finished garment measurements.

How many inches is a medium sweater? ›

Crewneck Sweatshirts
Small21" / 53.3cm28" / 71.1cm
Medium23" / 58.4cm29" / 73.7cm
Large25" / 63.5cm30" / 76.2cm
Extra Large27" / 68.6cm31" / 78.7cm
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How many skeins of yarn do I need for a sweater? ›

Sweaters: Amount of Yarn Needed

Sweaters can be anything from a light shawl to a long cardigan. However, if we had to choose, most crochet sweater patterns use about 4–11 skeins of yarn. You will probably need anywhere between 1000 – 3,500 yards of yarn to make an adult size sweater.

Is wool or acrylic yarn better for sweater? ›

Acrylic is cheaper and easier to care for, but it doesn't breathe as well as wool and can pill. Wool is more expensive and needs to be handled with care, but it will keep you warmer and won't pill as much. If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, acrylic is the way to go.

How many oz of yarn does it take to make a sweater? ›

A sweater: 20-28 ounces for an average women's medium sweater. again, for sweaters best to err on the side of more than you may need.

Is DK the same as worsted? ›

Is worsted weight yarn the same as DK? No. Worsted is thicker than DK. Worsted is sometimes known as 10 ply yarn, while DK is referred to as 8 ply.

What are thick knit sweaters called? ›

Chunky Sweaters

This type of sweater is heavier and thicker than a cardigan or pullover, and is perfect for winter weather. Chunky sweaters are created by knitting the fiber on bigger needles using a chunky yarn. They can be knitted with a simple garter stitch, or a more textured stitch style.

Is thicker yarn easier to knit? ›

Best yarn for beginning knitters

There was a consensus among our experts that beginners should start with a thicker-knit yarn, anything from a medium size (known as worsted-weight) to a heavy, chunky yarn. “It's just a lot easier for beginners to see what they're doing when they're using thicker yarn,” says Heitmann.

Is thicker yarn warmer? ›

Thick fabric is warmer, but tends to add visual pounds, since you're essentially making your entire body that much thicker by putting on the garment– even if it's skin-tight.

How do I know how many stitches to cast on for a sweater? ›

The Stitches to Cast-On = (dW x S/W). Divide Stitches counted in swatch by swatch Width measured. Multiply by Desired Width. So for the example for the above you will take your 4×4 measured area.

How long does it take a professional to knit a sweater? ›

The median time is about 21 hours of knitting. This sits right around the median knitting time for sweaters made out of my favorite yarn weights (DK: 24 hours, Worsted: 21 hours). However, I've also made one or two sweaters out of Fingering weight, which has an estimate of 32:20 hours.

How many times can you wear a knit sweater? ›

The general rule of thumb is to clean a sweater after two to five wears unless it's soiled. The more durable the sweater's fiber (such as wool and synthetics), the less frequently it needs to be cleaned.

How many weeks does it take to knit a sweater? ›

As a beginner, it could take you between 3-30 weeks depending on how many hours you spend knitting. The time it takes can vary between knitters but try not to rush. Knitting your first sweater is exciting, but before you start, read the pattern from beginning to end.

How hard is it to knit your own sweater? ›

Well, it's actually quite hard. Sweaters are large and require quite a lot of rows and stitches. It takes hours upon hours to finish. There are some amazing patterns out there (like my Love Sweater) and you really should give it a try at some point.

How hard is it to knit a sweater? ›

For many beginner knitters, learning to knit a sweater is an ambition that might seem very far off. But once you've mastered some basic and intermediate knitting skills, knitting a simple sweater isn't that difficult.

Can a beginner knit a sweater? ›

Even beginner knitters can knit a simple sweater. If you can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, you're well on your way to knitting your first sweater! Here are some tips for choosing a beginner-friendly knit sweater pattern: Look for patterns that use only basic stitch patterns, like stockinette or garter stitch.

Is it faster to knit or crochet a sweater? ›

Overall, crochet is much faster than knitting. (See exactly how long it takes to crochet a sweater based on real data!) So it just makes sense that, when making a long project like a sweater, crochet would have the edge.

How fast does the average person knit? ›

An average knitting speed is around 20-30 stitches per minute. If you've been wondering how to increase your SPM (stitches per minute), there are a few tips you can try: First, focus on optimizing your movements — try to find the smallest amount you can move your hands and needles and still achieve a stitch.

What clothing is easiest to knit? ›

Some of the easiest projects for first-time knitters include scarves, baby blankets, and dishcloths. These patterns can be knitted up quickly and only require knowing one or two stitches, worked back and forth.

Is it easier to knit a sweater top down or bottom up? ›

Top-Down: This is best for beginners or first time sweater makers. Bottom-Up: This is the method for you if: You're confident in your ability to make fabric pieces that match. The idea of seaming pieces together doesn't freak you out.

Are you supposed to wear a shirt under a knit sweater? ›

Even cotton, which can be washed, should have a tee underneath, so you won't have to wash it so often. Without an undershirt, there's no barrier between your perspiration and your sweater. And in areas where you sweat most (like your underarms), that's a problem.

What do you wear under a knitted sweater? ›

Try a camisole that either matches the sweater or blends into your skin. For others, wearing a basic tank underneath means you can take the sweater off if you get too hot. I prefer to wear something that I won't mind wearing solo, just in case I want to peel off my top layer.

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