Sweater Design Workshop with Ann Budd


From 9:30 am until 11:30 am

At Zoom Meeting

$200 + materials

A six-session, eight-week online class with Ann Budd. Saturdays, July 30; Aug. 6; Aug. 13; Aug. 27; Sept. 3; Sept. 17.

All classes meet on Zoom from 9:30-11:30 Pacific time.

This class will be recorded and made available to you for one week after class. If the time doesn’t work for you, you may sign up anyway and watch the recording afterward.

This is a class on designing your own sweater from scratch. The construction will follow the Modified Drop-Shoulder Sweaters in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. The book is not required, but you may find a copy to be helpful. It is a bottom-up, seamed sweater.

The advantage to designing your own sweater is that you’re not limited by the yarn, gauge, or size given in a pattern. For this, which may be the first sweater you design on your own, we’ll follow modified drop-shoulder construction worked from the bottom up, which is easiest for new designers—once you’ve determined your stitch pattern for the body, the armholes and neck are easily shaped with decreases and the sleeve caps require no shaping.

The assumption for this class is that you’ve knitted sweaters before following published patterns and are ready to venture into designing on your own. You can make the design as simple or complicated as you want. Through six two-hour online sessions over the course of eight weeks, Ann Budd will guide you through all the steps, from determining your size and gauge to centering a stitch pattern to seaming and finishing.

Week 1: Choosing a Size and Measuring Gauge

Week 2: Determining Stitch and Row Counts and Centering a Pattern

Week 3: Back and Front

Week 4: No class

Week 5: Front Neck Shaping

Week 6: Sleeves

Week 7: No class

Week 8: Blocking, Seaming, and Neckband

Materials: Registered students will be invited to a Zoom trunk sale with Ann, to help you choose your yarn for this class.

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