In this class, we’ll discuss embarking on making a top-down yoked sweater to fit you—knitting without using a pattern! Knitting from the top down, with a particular focus on adding colorwork, is an adventurous way to work. There will be fun choices and tricky ones along the way (fit, colors, and short rows, to name a few) and you choose how much (or little) planning you would like to do before you pick up your needles and yarn. It’s about the thrill of a journey where you have a loose idea of your final destination. It is not for the feint-hearted, but you don’t need to be a mathematical or knitting whiz to do it.
Whichever level of wing-it suits your approach to knitting (and likely, life), it’s useful to start with knowing a few simple equations, measurements, and principles so you can think about how they relate to each other (and your dream sweater). This class is discussion-based and aims to send you off inspired, with a good grounding in garment construction to allow you to proceed with confidence (and plenty of permission to fudge).
- planning a top-down knitted sweater to fit you
- measuring for fit
- considering ease
- the benefit of short rows
- managing floats
- combining colors to build a palette
- deducing tension
Technique Requirements: Must have experience knitting a sweater involving colorwork; must be totally comfortable knitting in the round and understand the terminology
Supplies for Class:
YARN: Bring a good selection of your woolen DK or 4ply/fingering weight oddments leftover from previous projects and lonely single balls that form the beginnings of your dream palette! The weight you choose depends on which weight you would like your sweater to be, but note that examples will be given for DK. This will allow us to discuss building our palettes together from what we have. Swapping encouraged—the color you have lost the love for may be exactly someone else’s cup of tea. In colorwork, you never know what strange (and sometimes revolting) colors will make it sing, so bring them nasty ones.
GENERAL - pencils (in a couple of different colors) - tape measure - note paper/book - squared/graph/stitch related paper - calculator (if you don’t have a cell phone with one on it). If you have a favorite sweater fit-wise (bought, borrowed, handmade or not) wear it to the workshop (or simply bring it along), so you can take some measurements from it as reference. If you have a dream sweater in mind, draw it and bring your drawing along