Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success (EXCLUSIVE!)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
There are so many ways your sweater can go wrong, but even more ways it can go sooo right. In this “all things sweater” overview class we will cover some of the most important things you need to know, as well as a host of fantastic hands-on knitting tips to get you to your perfect sweater. After a brief exploration of fiber and pattern choice, and choosing the right size, we will take a peek into the pattern to see what it will and won’t tell us. Next we will delve into specific knitting techniques to discover a host of “the pattern never told you that” knitting refinements, from better cast-ons, ways to improve the look of your rib, shaping, shoulders and overall fabric, and a few fantastic bind-offs. Finally we’ll address some finishing issues that plague many a knitter, when we explore the best practice for picking up stitches (including the oh so tricky buttonband on a V-neck trauma) as well as the best way to set in a sleeve. Discover the secrets and make this the year of your perfect sweater! Technique Requirements: Must know long-tail cast on, knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a whole garment; basic finishing techniques; knowledge of short rows optional. Will go over short row options in patterns, will not be teaching short rows.
Swatch #1: CO 28 sts. Row 1: *K3, P2* repeat from * to * to last three stitches K3 Row 2: *P3, K2* repeat from * to * to last three stitches P3 Work for 2" in the rib stitch as established, leave on needle. Swatch #2: CO 15 sts. Work in Stockinette for 18 rows ending with WS row. Next Row (RS): K2, k2tog, work to end of row—14 Next Row (WS): Purl back. Rep last 2 rows 9 times—5 sts. BO.
Supplies for Class:
Yarn: worsted- or chunky-weight yarn in a light color (to make your swatches) an extra ball of yarn, scissors, needles 1 size smaller than you used to make your swatch. Empty needle for casting on.