Sweater Workshop & Knit-Along
Sweater Workshop & Knit-Along
It's getting to be that time and we're ready to knit a bunch of sweaters over here!
This is a dual class and knit-along, for folks who want to learn and have guidance through their first sweater, as well as for anyone who already knows how and just wants to knit with other people making sweaters!
We're gonna do something new for this one too, both workshop and knit-along attendees will get 10% off any yarn they buy for their sweaters for the duration of the workshop/knit-along! You must sign up for at least three workshop sessions, or all knit-along sessions to take advantage of this discount.
SESSION DATES: Thursdays 6:30–8:30 PM, November 9th through December 14th
Knit-along attendees will receive guidance on selecting the right type and amount of materials for their chosen pattern whenever they start, and can ask questions about specific techniques during each session as long as Cleo isn't busy helping workshop students. Your fellow knit-along friends will also probably be able to help you out if you need it!
We have a few suggested patterns listed below but you can also find your own if you're looking for a specific style. This is a totally open-ended sweater knit-along so you can make whatever you want! We ask that you purchase your materials from our shop, but it's not a requirement, just think of us the next time you're ready to buy yarn :)
You can follow the lesson plan we have outlined below if you are making a top down raglan sweater, or go at your own pace! You can come to all the sessions or just drop in for a couple of them.
This is a great way to meet new crafty friends and have some dedicated time each week to work on your sweater project. We'd love to have you!
This weekly workshop is going to run for six weeks (with a break for the holiday), just enough time to complete a whole sweater, even your first one! The workshop will guide you through every step of making a top-down raglan sweater step-by-step.
All students attending the workshops should choose a top-down raglan sweater pattern that uses dk, worsted, aran, or bulky weight yarn. Keep in mind that thicker yarns take less time to knit! We have several great recommendations listed below.
Note that for the workshop there will be knitting homework between some of the classes. The most homework will be between November 16th & 30th when we have Thanksgiving break so you'll have lots of time to get it done.
Drop-in sessions are also available for anyone who wants to just come to a few of the workshop sessions to get help with specific techniques. Refer to the lesson plan below to see which dates will be going over which techniques.
You can read about how we determine skill levels here.
You must already be very comfortable with casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, working knit & purl stitches in the same row before taking this workshop. Knowing how to identify and fix mistakes is helpful to know but not required.
listed in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest/quickest
Classic Cropped Pullover by Cleo Malone
This pattern is knit with bulky weight yarn so it goes quickly and it's somewhat easier to fix mistakes, plus Cleo designed it so they know it very well and can easily help you modify it! You also get this pattern for free with the workshop & yarn purchase.
Worsted Pullover No. 1 by Cleo Malone
This pattern is knit with worsted weight yarn so it won't knit up as quickly as the pattern above, but still a great weight of yarn to learn with, plus the fabric won't be quite as bulky as the one above. Cleo designed this one too so they know it very well and can easily help you modify it!
You also get this pattern for free with the workshop & yarn purchase.
Flax by TinCanKnits
This pattern is similar to the Worsted Pullover No. 1 pattern above but includes some simple stitch pattern blocking along the sleeves and has a wider neck. It's great for first-time sweater knitters. It's also free!
No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit
This pattern is very similar in construction to the recommended patterns above but it's knit at a smaller gauge so it will lake longer to knit. We recommend this pattern only if you have lots of time to knit the homework between classes, or if you're an especially fast knitter!
|Cumulus Blouse by PetiteKnit||DK/Worsted||This pattern has a deep V neck so the construction at the beginning will have a few extra steps than the other recommended patterns. Plus it has I-cord edging instead of a simple rib. It's only a bit more complex than the other recommended patterns so it's great for confident knitters. It's pictured with two strands of mohair held together but can be knit in any DK or worsted weight yarn for a different look (likewise, any of the worsted weight patterns above can be knit with mohair too, but it's not for the faint of heart!)|
It's Not a Sweatshirt by Pernille Larsen
This pattern is similar to the above but includes a folded hem collar and short row neck shaping. This is a great pattern for those who have maybe knit a sweater or similar project before but want a refresher and to learn a couple extra things. There is some simple optional homework for this pattern to be done before the first workshop session.
MATERIALS - available for purchase at the shop
The weight and amount of yarn needed will vary with your chosen pattern. We will be discussing picking a size and the correct yarn to buy on the first day of class.
TOOLS - available for purchase at the shop
Needle sizes will vary with your chosen pattern. Generally you'll need one or two sizes of a 16" circular needle, one 32–40" circular needle (depending on the size you choose), and 1–2 sizes of double pointed needles, unless you use the magic loop method.
If you haven't already, now is a great time to consider buying an interchangeable needle set! You'll use many of the tips & cords in this class and have nearly every needle size and length combo you'll ever need moving forward. We have several options for sale in the shop!
learn how to read a pattern, pick out the right yarn & needles for your pattern & size, make a gauge swatch, cast on! Required homework: finish neck hem.
November 16th: set up markers, learn make one increasing, optional short row shaping. Required homework: finish raglan increases.
no class November 23rd for the holiday - time to work on your homework!
November 30th: put sleeve stitches on hold, cast on for underarms, try on your sweater so far! Optional homework: finish body.
December 7th: pick up sleeve stitches, work in the round on double points or with magic loop,
sleeve decreasing, optional sleeve modifications. Optional homework: finish one or both sleeves.
December 14th: sew up underarms, weave in ends, blocking advice, optional make up demos for any techniques, optional duplicate stitch lettering.
We are happy to offer you a refund or store credit for any class sign up as long as you give us notice at least 48 hours before the start time of the class.
Many of our classes have a minimum number of sign ups required to run. If a class doesn't get the required number of sign ups to run and we decide to cancel or post-pone the class we will notify those who did sign up via email between 24–48 hours before the class's start time and offer them a seat in the next class, a refund, or store credit.
If a class is full we are happy to add you to the wait list in case someone cancels. Send an email with the name of the class (and the date, if there is more than one date for the class) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
When you attend a class at our shop you agree to be recorded and photographed during the class. If you would like to request that your face, hands, or body not be in any photos or videos that we share on social media please send an email requesting so any time prior to the start of the class to email@example.com. You may still be recorded or photographed during the class but we will respect your request that the videos or images of you not be shared online.