Learning to knit a sweater brings a sense of accomplishment that enables a knitter to feel as if they have met a milestone of established competency in their knitting abilities. This achievement is well within reach of any knitter who has a commitment to devote to a project that requires time and willingness to learn new skills. Learning to create a sweater unique to one’s individual preference of color, fabric, style, and fit is the goal for this class. Starting with the skills of cast on, knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off readies the knitter to embark on this endeavor.
Principles include sweater construction alternatives, advantages and disadvantages of construction alternatives, evaluating patterns and selection based on body types and shapes, taking measurements, principles of fit, determining size to knit, determining any modifications, use of schematics, knitting terminology, yarn selection, estimating yarn requirements, importance of and multiple uses of swatching.
Skills taught swatch preparation, pattern reading, pattern adaptation, preparation of or comparison with schematics, pattern tracking, knitting in the round, transferring stitches to waste yarn, avoiding and correcting mistakes, knitting with anticipation of finishing, options for cast ons and bind offs, picking up stitches, shaping techniques including short rows, making a steek, finishing bands, buttonholes, button selection, sewing buttons, blocking and care instruction.
Project supplies provided by student with assistance of instructor, as desired.
Five sessions, two hours each scheduled 2 weeks apart. Practice time in class and homework between sessions. May be repeated.
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