Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Session Type:

3-Hour Class

Skill Level:

All Levels Welcome


Leslye Solomon



Class Details:

Finishing sweaters is too often a dreaded task. Stop the clutter of unfinished projects and eliminate the sense of guilt as you begin the next. With this hands-on and empowering class, learn the secrets to sweater finishing. Learn the effects of laundering and wear on all fibers to achieve exactly what you expect from handknit garments, as you are will be able to predict change and knit exactly what you plan. Practice special ways to neatly sew shoulders; pick up stitches at the neck; begin and sew side and sleeve seams; invisibly graft ribbing; install zippers, drop shoulders, and set-in sleeves; and invisibly weave tails. What a great feeling it is when finishing a sweater is as fun and interesting as knitting it.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl


Using US 7/4.5mm needles for rib and US 9/5.5mm for stockinette st, make 2 identical samples in both size and color to practice on in class. Use light colored, Aran weight, smooth wool (yarn without bumps or fuzz). Gauge not important for samples. Using smaller needle, CO 21 sts, leaving 20"/50cm tail after cast on. Row 1 (WS): P1, (k1, p1) to end. Row 2 (RS): K1, (p1, k1) to end. Continue working k1, p1 ribbing for 15 rows, ending with a WS row (ready to do RS row—see note). Change to larger needles and stockinette st for 21 rows. (Note: The knit side is the side with the knit sts at each edge of the ribbing; the purl side, with the purl sts at edge). Cut yarn, leaving another 20"/50cmtail to be used for sewing. Change to a very contrasting color and continue stockinette st for 8 rows. Move sts to separate stitch holders, and bring the two samples.

Supplies to Bring:

Bring the two samples to be made before class. Bring one large-eye, blunt, yarn needle to class.

Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):

Extra sets of samples available for $12.00 if you sign up on-site or haven’t made the samples ahead of class.