CLASS REGISTRATION: Flock of Flaxes (First Sweater)
(Photos courtesy of Tin Can Knits)
You asked for it after seeing the lovely garments that our Intrepid Sweater Brigade makes, and we're offering it for the first time this fall - a dedicated class to hold your hand and teach you how to knit your first sweater.
We're going to knit the Flax pullover by Tin Can Knits in a series of three classes, with time between each class session for you to knit your homework at a reasonable speed. This is a seamless, top-down raglan pullover worked in the round in a worsted-weight yarn of your choice. We encourage class participants to work a size that will allow them to finish homework between class sessions; for most knitters, this would be a child's sweater - the pattern covers sizes from newborn to adult 4XL. Skills covered include:
- Making an accurate gauge swatch in the round
- Calculating how your gauge does/does not meet the pattern requirements
- How to modify your materials to meet pattern requirements if the gauge swatch doesn't work
- Tips and tricks on best sweater-knitting practice
- Basic sweater blocking/finishing
The class will meet on Sundays, September 22, October 13, and October 27; each class session will run from 10 AM to noon, and participants are expected to attend all three class sessions.
- Class fee: $70
- Materials: pattern (download/print free directly from the Tin Can Knits website), US8/5.0mm needles in an appropriate configuration to swatch in the round, and an appropriate quantity of worsted-weight yarn to knit desired size (all class materials purchased from the shop are eligible for a 20% discount); you will eventually need a needle size two sizes smaller than your gauge needle to work the ribbing at the neck/cuffs/hem, but we will determine what your appropriate needle sizes for this project are in the first class session as we look at your completed gauge swatch.
- Prerequisite skills: casting on, binding off, knit stitch, purl stitch, working in the round
- Homework: swatch with your desired yarn and needles. We'll email you the "swatch recipe" as soon as we receive your registration.