Chart It, Swatch It, Love It: Custom Stitch Patterns
Friday, May 13, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Type:
2-Hour Class
Skill Level:
Patty Lyons
Knitting, Tips & Techniques
Class Details:

Learn how to spice up any sweater with your own stitches. Love the shape of a garment but would like to add a cable panel to the body or sleeve, how about a lace stitch at the hem or cuff, or even a different neck treatment. With a bit of math, the knitting world is your oyster! We’ll start with an exploration of what cables and lace do to your fabric. We’ll look at what can make the cast-on edge undulate or the side of a stitch move in or out. Next we’ll learn the simple math to insert or replace a stitch panel or detail into an existing sweater pattern. Then, after looking at swatches, stitch dictionaries, and finished objects for inspiration, I’ll set you on your path to start to play with adjusting and combining to create your custom stitches. After the class you’ll be set for using both graph paper and some imaginative three-dimensional tools to start to lay out your own stitch and even start to swatch it.

Technique Requirements: A firm knowledge of the math of gauge required. Basic sweater pattern knowledge is helpful.



Supplies for Class:

For class: Several sheets of graph paper (knitters' graph paper found here:, calculator, pen, paper, and pencil.

For after class: Yarn and needles for swatching

OPTIONAL: a pattern you would like to alter, stitch dictionaries.