2/12/23 – De-Mystifying Knitted Sweaters: Draft Your Own, Make It Fit!


7 in stock

February 12, 2023, 12:30 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Sandra VanBurkleo
Location: Artisan Knitworks
Skill Level: Beginners – Intermediate+

7 in stock

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In this long class, which features a break in the middle, we’ll eliminate the mystery and anxiety about how to make sweaters fit and how to confidently alter commercial sweater patterns, beginning with the basic drop-sleeve (or modified drop-sleeve) sweater. The class is designed mainly for advanced beginners who have not completed a sweater before. But advanced students are welcome.

We will talk mostly about seamed sweaters because they have more structure (and last longer) than seamless sweaters. Once we have developed a complete draft of a basic sweater in a classic shape (you will be following along with your own yarn at your own gauge and dimensions), we’ll talk about altering necklines, sleeve caps and lengths and styles, stitch patterns, hems, body length/style, and even how to make cardigans out of pullovers.

You will leave with a complete, drafted sweater pattern, ready to knit – and with control over sweater patterns, or ideas for sweaters, that you may encounter in the future. AK will work with you for as long as it takes to complete your sweater. Thereafter, you’ll also be able to detect faulty patterns in advance of knitting. For this class, we’ll make a classic sweater (with pattern stitches, neckline, etc., of your choice); in the future, you’ll be able to create or alter complicated designs. For now, the basics!

Materials and Homework: Buy sweater yarn in advance. Using an appropriate needle for sweater body (we will help), make 4″X4″ swatch in stockinette stitch until you like the texture (you can play with needle size). We will determine your gauge in class.

For most classes, we hope you’ll use our beautiful yarns! We offer a 10% discount on full-priced materials for class use.

*For stash-buster classes, you surely may use your own yarns mixed with ours.

All classes include detailed handouts or (as relevant) printed patterns.

We offer refunds (in the form of store credit) up to a week before the class.

Classes may require a minimum number of participants; if Artisan Knitworks or the instructor has to cancel full refunds or store credit will be offered.


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