Make it Your Own: Top-Down Set-In Sleeve Sweater Class with Ann Budd ~ 6-Session Class


From 9:30 am until 11:30 am

At Zoom Meeting

$150.00 + Book & Materials (for all 6 classes)

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All class dates: Sat., Jan. 23; Jan. 30; Feb. 6; Feb. 13; Feb. 27; Mar. 13

In this six-lesson, eight-week online class, you’ll learn how to use the charted instructions in “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters” to knit yourself a set-in sleeve sweater with help from Ann Budd every step of the way. You’ll choose between a pullover and cardigan, and between crew-neck and V-neck shaping. You’ll also choose the weight of yarn(from fingering to bulky) and the finished size (from 26” to 54” bust/chest circumference). Everyone will follow the same basic instructions, though it’s quite possible that no two students will use the same size, gauge, or stitch pattern.

In the first lesson, Ann will guide you through choosing the correct size, knitting a proper gauge swatch, and how to add a simple stitch pattern. In the following moderated knit-along sessions, Ann will demonstrate each of the key steps in knitting a top-down sweater (no seams!) with set-in sleeve shaping (arguably the best fit). In addition to providing tips and tricks and answering questions along the way, Ann will discuss how to make simple modifications, including adjusting sleeve length and adding subtle waist shaping.

By the end of class, you’ll be able to follow (and adapt)any of the 300 charted patterns for four armhole styles (circular yoke, raglan,set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder) in “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.”

In preparation for class

·      Obtain a copy of “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.”  We will have these for sale at the shop (we will be following pages 114–171);

·      Choose a yarn from fingering to bulky weight (3to 7 stitches/inch); a yarn that’s at least 75% wool will be easiest to work with;

·      Have a sweater on hand that fits the way you like (preferable one knitted with close to the same weight yarn as you plan to use).

(Class 1): Sweater Size and Gauge - Jan. 23

·      Choose a finished bust/chest circumference;

·      Choose a simple stitch pattern (preferably no more than 4 stitches and 8 rows per repeat);

·      Work a gauge swatch in the round;

·      Measure your gauge.

(Class 2): Upper Back - Jan. 30

·      Locate your size and gauge on page 116 (child sizes) or 128 (adult sizes) of “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters”;

·      Choose between a pullover and cardigan, and between V-neck and round (crew) neck shaping;

·      Cast on;

·      Center stitch pattern;

·      Shape shoulders with short rows;

·      Shape armholes with increases.

(Class 3): Upper Front(s) - Feb. 6

·      Pick up stitches along shoulders;

·      Center stitch pattern;

·      Shape shoulders with short rows;

·      Joining row at base of the front neck (for pullover);

·      Shape armholes with increases.

(Class 4): Lower Body - Feb. 13

·      Join back and front(s) at side “seams”;

·      Set up faux seams;

·      Determine the desired finished length;

·      Work edging;

·      Bind off.

(Class 5): Sleeves -Feb. 27

·      Pick up stitches around armhole;

·      Center stitch pattern;

·      Shape cap with short rows;

·      Taper sleeve with mirrored decreases;

·      Work edging;

·      Bind off.

(Class 6): Finishing - March 13

·      Block;

·      Neckband (and front bands for a cardigan);

·      Weave in loose ends;

·      Add buttons (for a cardigan).


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