Professional Finishing: Techniques Every Knitter Needs to Know (SPONSORED BY CASCADE YARNS)
Saturday, February 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session Type:
3-Hour Class
Skill Level:
Advanced Beginner
Dori Kershner
Knitting, Tips & Techniques
Class Details:

Due to a family emergency, Deb Newton, the original teacher of this class, will not able to be at the event. We are thrilled that an excellent teacher, Dori Kershner, has stepped in to teach it in her own way, and she describes it as the following. (Handout updated February 8)

Let’s face it: a hand-knit sweater is only as beautiful as the finishing job at the end. Since 1997, Dori has been finishing sweaters for herself and her clients. In this class, years of experience are boiled down into a handy set of tools you may draw on time and time again when seaming as well as approaching those last touches on your sweaters and garments. We’ll cover seaming, picking up stitches, simple fixes and repairs along with a whole bag of tricks to level up your sweater knitting and finishing. We will cover both pullovers and cardigans, as well as sweaters knit from the top-down, bottom-up and in pieces!


Required for this class are two swatches, knitted as described here. Use a worsted-weight yarn. SWATCHES: Make 2. Choose an allover knit/purl textured pattern (such as moss stitch or a k/p check pattern). Work your swatch as follows: With worsted-weight yarn, cast on enough stitches to make a large swatch approximately 6" wide. Use the long-tail method, if you can, and make your first row a WS row as follows: WS row: p2 (keep these edge sts in Stockinette St: p WS, k RS), work textured pattern over the center sts, place marker, p2 (keep these edge sts in Stockinette St: p WS, k RS). Work even as established until your swatch is a little longer than square: about 8" Leave sts on the needle. For the 2nd swatch, maintain the same dimensions, however work 4” in stockinette working 2 row stripes in each of 2 colors and then 2 row stripes in garter stitch for an additional 4” (one ridge per color).

Supplies for Class:

Cascade Yarns sent each student Cascade 220 ahead of time to do the homework. Please also bring the needles you used for your swatch, the yarn, as well as two more sets of needles, the next 2 sizes smaller. Bring a small and a large tapestry needle. Bring a sewing needle and sewing thread—any color is fine. Bring two buttons of different sizes—small and large.

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