Class length
3 hours
 
Skill level
Intermediate
 
Class type
Design
 
Supplies needed
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, light-colored worsted-weight yarn
US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles
Tablet or notebook
Pencil and eraser
Calculator
Straight-edge ruler
Tape measure
Sweater (to measure)
Photos of sweaters from clothing catalogs
 
Materials fee
None
 
Homework
Cast on 30 stitches. Rows 1-6: Knit (garter stitch). Row 7: Knit. Row 8: K3, purl until 3 stitches remain, k3. Repeat Rows 7 and 8 until piece measures 5" (2.5 cm) from cast-on row. Knit 6 rows (garter stitch). Bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30-cm) tail.
 
Techniques to be covered
Getting ideas
Sweater styles
Swatching
Yarn properties
Stitch patterns
Gauge
Measurements
Schematics
Shaping

Simple Designing Tips

Simple Designing Tips photo

Class Description          
Have you ever looked at a sweater in a store or a catalog and wondered if you could figure out how to knit it yourself? You can! Learn how to go from idea to knitting needles to a custom-fit sweater, step by step. A variety of sweater styles will be explored, including dropped shoulder, raglan, and set-in sleeve. Measurements, schematics, shaping, yarn properties and stitch patterns will be discussed. Bring your ideas and questions and a couple of sweaters to study, and get ready to be a designer!