Essential skills for a lifetime of happy knitting and wearing! There are few things as satisfying as being able to knit your very own sweater. But even if you’ve knit many other types of projects, knitting sweaters involves techniques and a knowledge base that might still be unfamiliar to you. The aim of this course is to provide knitters with the foundation needed to knit a successful sweater that is a pleasure to wear. We will discuss choosing a pattern that will suit you and matching it with appropriate yarn. We will learn how to read a schematic so that we understand how the finished garment will fit ourselves, rather than the model in the picture. Most importantly, we will learn how to knit and measure a gauge swatch that will ensure that the garment we knit is the size we want. We will look at some finished garments and see how these techniques were applied to get the desired result, as well as go through a sample pattern to demystify the conventions of pattern writing. A discussion of blocking and caring for sweaters will also be included. This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions about fit, construction, and technique from an experienced knitter, to gain the confidence to knit an entire sweater, and to acquire the skills that will give you a pleasing result. This class is lecture and discussion-based; we will not be knitting in class.
Technique Requirements: Knit/Purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; have knit a few accessories
Supplies for Class:
Please bring to class 1 or 2 sweater patterns you are interested in knitting. If you already have yarn you would like to use, please bring a small amount of it to class along with its care label. If you have already made a swatch for your pattern, please bring it and we will measure it in class. If the idea of making a swatch and measuring it is still confusing to you, then just come ready to learn. You will also need a notebook, pencil, and calculator.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):