Simple Sweater Design (6 hours) (intermediate)

Class Description

Designing a sweater from scratch? It’s easier than you think! Learn the basics of creating your own pattern from a gauge swatch and a few simple measurements (don’t worry — only one actual body measurement will be taken!). Plan a garment that fits the way you want it to, using a yarn that you love. You’ll write patterns in class for a simple sleeveless shell or vest and a dropped-shoulder cardigan. Some experience knitting from a pattern will be helpful, but not necessary. This class is intended for advanced beginners who are curious about modifying an existing pattern or creating their own.

Supplies needed

  • Yarn – 50 gms smooth, worsted-weight yarn (approximately 5 stitches/inch).
  • Needles – US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, approximately 24 to 36 inches long.
  • Stitch markers
  • Paper, pencil, eraser
  • Calculator
  • Measuring tape
  • If possible, please bring in one or more shirts or sweaters that fit you well (we’re looking for any or all of the following: something that fits you nicely across the shoulders and/or around the body, a pleasing neckline, a comfortable sleeve length and/or body length – you will use the measurements from these samples as a starting point for your pattern writing.


Swatch #1:
Cast on 24 stitches.
Row 1: [K2, p2] to end
Repeat Row 1 until your swatch measures approximately 3” from the cast-on row.
Bind off loosely in pattern. Cut yarn.

Swatch #2:
Cast on 16 stitches.
Rows 1-12: K1, [yo, p2tog, k1] to end of row.
Bind off. Cut yarn.