How to Draw a Sweater

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During the 1400s, fishermen’s wives on the English island of Jersey knitted wool garments for their husbands. Because of wool’s natural oils, the garments kept the men warm even in damp conditions.

These garments were called jerseys, and their popularity spread throughout Europe. Around 1890, the garment was adopted by American athletes, who called it a sweater. Athletes used the sweaters to ward off the cold before and after events.

By the 1920s, sweaters entered the world of high fashion. Designers such as Coco Chanel added sweaters to their clothing lines.

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Today, sweaters are worn by men, women, and children. They may be made of wool, cotton, or synthetic materials. They come in many styles, from turtlenecks to cardigans to sweater dresses, and everything in between.

Themed sweaters are popular around certain holidays. From this has evolved a modern tradition known as the “ugly sweater party.” Partygoers compete to see who can find the most outrageous sweater to wear, and prizes are often awarded.

Sweaters also play a role in popular culture. For example, Mr. Rogers of the children’s show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood famously put on a cardigan style sweater at the beginning of every episode.

The purpose of this was to establish a routine and a sense of familiarity that would be comforting to young viewers. One of his sweaters is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Would you like to draw a comfy sweater? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Sweater

How to Draw Sweater: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing an irregular rounded shape. Then, draw a curved line across the top of the shape. This forms the neck or collar of the sweater.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 2

2. Extend a long, curved line downward from the sweater’s neck. Double the line back upon itself, forming the shoulder and sleeve of the sweater.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 3

3. Extend a long, curved line from the opposite side of the sweater’s neck. Double the line back on itself, forming the sleeve. This should be a mirror image of the opposite side of the sweater.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 4

4. Draw a long curved line, beginning above the open end of the sleeve. Curl the line as if making a square with rounded corners, until it connects to and surpasses the opposite sleeve. This forms the torso of the sweater.

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How to Draw Sweater: Step 5

5. Extend a curved line from the bottom of the sweater. Allow it to form two rounded corners before connecting to the sweater on the opposite side. This forms the hem of the sweater.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 6

6. Use a curved line to enclose a rounded cuff at the bottom of the sleeve.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 7

7. Use a curved line to enclose a rounded shape at the bottom of the remaining sleeve, forming the cuff.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 8

8. Texture each of the cuffs by banding them with curved lines.

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How to Draw Sweater: Step 9

9. Band the sweater’s neck with curved lines, and use two lines to draw a stripe across the chest. Detail the sweater’s folds using curved lines of various lengths around the neck and arms.

How to Draw Sweater: Step 10

Color your sweater to match your favorite outfit.

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