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How to Knit a Sweater

How to Knit a Sweater

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Project Series by Myrna Batten

Mondays, November 4 & 18 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

A baby sweater is the perfect way to learn sweater construction without committing to a full size sweater. In this 6 hour class we will tackle the process and discuss tips and tricks for ensuring that a sweater will fit.

What you will learn in this class:

Top-down raglan sweater construction

Tips and tricks to ensure that future sweaters will fit

Skill level required. Advanced beginner knitter. Must be comfortable knitting and purling, basic increases and decreases, and know how to knit in the round.

PRE-HOMEWORK: Please have completed before first class.

Gauge swatch: Please ensure your gauge swatch is at least 10cm (4”). Write down your gauge BEFORE you wash and AFTER. The AFTER gauge is the correct gauge for the pattern.

To complete a gauge swatch for this pattern, c/o 20-25 stitches using a 4.5mm (US 7) needle. Knit in stockinette until swatch is more than 10cm (4”) tall. b/o, loosely. MEASURE 10cm (4”) of stitches and count the number of stitches in that area. WRITE IT DOWN. Soak your completed swatch in tepid or cool water with a little wool wash for 5 minutes and gently squeeze out the excess water. Lay flat to dry, being careful not to stretch out the knitting. Measure as before and write down the new gauge. If it is correct, awesome. Come to class with your gauge swatch, your numbers written down and the materials listed below. If it is too small (i.e. Too many stitches per 10cm (4”), then go up a needle size and try again. If there are too few stitches, go down a needle size and try again. Make sure you bring both needle sizes to class.

Materials: (please ensure that all materials are purchased prior to the class and yarn is wound into a ball (if purchased as a skein)) (you may choose the size you wish to knit, but please be aware that more homework will be required)

Wee Tony pattern by Taiga Hilliard Designs (available on Ravelry for $6US)

Between 150- 450m (170-500 yd.) depending on size chosen of Smooth Worsted weight yarn. 

4.5mm (US 7) 40cm (16”) circular needles

4.5mm (US 7) 100cm (40”) Circular needles for magic loop (OR DPNs, or BOTH). You do not need the 40cm (16”) cable needle if you would like to do the entire sweater using magic loop.

Scrap yarn (smooth fingering weight in contrast colour)

Tapestry needle

Stitch markers