Whether you’ve never knit a sweater before, have knitted sweaters and been unhappy with the fit, or if you can’t find sweaters for your size, this class is for you! This is a size- and trans-inclusive workshop where you’ll learn how to interpret a pattern schematic, understand ease and fit, and customize the fit of any sweater pattern. Using Jane Richmond’s Ladies’ or Men’s Classic Raglan Pullover as a starting point, we will learn the following:
• How to take accurate body measurements
• How to read a pattern schematic and compare to our measurements
• How to pick the right size for our body
• How to grade between sizes (since many of us are a different size at the bust and hips)
• How to grade to sizes not included in the original pattern
• How to add any design element of your choice: cables, stitch patterns, stripes, colorwork!
Please keep in mind this is a theory-based class! We won't be knitting a sweater in class, but you will leave with a fully customized pattern to knit on your own.
Pre-requisites: You must be comfortable with basic knitting in the round, purling, increasing, and decreasing. You should have knit a few accessories and be comfortable reading basic patterns.
Knit a stockinette swatch in the round (here is an excellent step-by-step from Ysolda Teague) using smooth worsted-weight yarn. Please use the needles necessary to achieve a stitch gauge of 18 stitches to 4". We will measure row gauge in class.
• A copy of either Jane Richmond’s Ladies’ Classic Raglan Pullover or Men’s Classic Raglan Pullover. You can either purchase and print a copy ahead of class, or pay $8 cash to the instructor in person for a copy.
• Class handouts (available in the Event Hub the week of the event)
• Your swatch
• Tape measure
• Pen/pencil and paper
If you are taking this workshop as a purely technical experience, you do not need to bring yarn. You will leave class with a finished custom fit pattern for yourself. If you would like to start working on your sweater during the workshop, please bring the appropriate amount of worsted weight yarn and knitting needles for the proper gauge.