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Class - Sweater Ready (Yoke Neck) Part 1 - Planning



You can register for Part 2 HERE.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Students should be interested in making a sweater.  Sweater-making experience is not required.  This can be your FIRST sweater!
  • Students should have basic knitting skills and be able to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off independently without assistance.  Knitters should be able to do at least some form of increases and decreases.
  • A printed copy of your selected pattern. (You’ll want to write on it.)  See pattern suggestions below.

Helpful Knowledge:

  • Experience reading a pattern will be helpful, but not required.  You’ll learn in class.
  • Experience knitting in the round will be helpful, but not required.  You’ll learn in class.
  • Experience knitting stranded colorwork may be helpful, but not required.  You’ll learn in class.

Bring to First Class:

  • A printed copy of your selected pattern. (You’ll want to write on it.)  See pattern suggestions below.
  • Note taking materials. (Paper, pen/pencil.  Optional: highlighters, markers, eraser, flags, post-its, etc.)
  • Tape Measure (for taking body measurements)        
  • Calculator (or your smart phone)
  • You DO NOT need to have your project yarn picked out!  But if you have yarn that you think you want to use, you should bring it.
  • Your favorite sweater.  We’ll use it to discuss design choices regarding size or fit preferences.

Topics covered: (spread over 3 days) 

  • Overview of yoked sweater construction and design
  • Review of pattern(s), sizing, yarn requirements
  • Body measurements, schematics, ease, and other fit preferences (favorite sweater will help!!)
  • Yarn Selection and Substitutions (decoding labels, gauge, and weights)
  • Swatching, as well as pitfalls of swatching for knitting in the round versus knitting flat
  • Blocking your swatch (I swear it’s not complicated).
  • Measuring gauge, checking your actual gauge
  • Adjusting size selections based on a different gauge
  • Identifying modifications based on body measurements, fit preferences, and gauge differences.

Materials:

Pattern and Materials are not included.  Materials will vary based on your pattern, yarn, size, and design choices.  You do not need to purchase yarn and materials at Cloverhill Yarn Shop.  You are always welcome to use your own yarn and tools sourced from outside the shop.  But, if you purchase yarn for this class at Cloverhill, we’ll give you 10% off the yarn.  Discount applies to regular priced items.  Loyalty reward discounts can be combined with class yarn discount.  Cannot be combined with other sales or discounts.

It is not unexpected to need more needles and needle sizes than listed in your pattern. When swatching to find pattern gauge, you may find your preferred gauge with different needles using your chosen yarn.  Please preview your selected pattern for approximate yarn, yardage, and needles recommendations.  Keep in mind that anything listed in a pattern is just a starting point, and you’ll learn in class how to move beyond the pattern recommendations to suit your needs.


Pattern Suggestions:


Panic Sweater by Casapinka
(aka “no need to” Panic Sweater)

  • Construction Method: Top-down
  • Yoke Design: No colorwork, but a lovely variety of stitch textures are utilized in the yoke
  • Short Rows:  Yes (Short rows are recommended but can be omitted)
    • Location:  Short row shaping at the neck
    • Technique:  German Short Rows (Short row techniques can be swapped if you don’t like this one!)
  • Size Range:  Adult
    • 40 (44, 48, 52, 56)60, 64, 68, 72)” Finished Measurements Chest/Bust
  • Yarn weight:  
    • DK or 20 sts per 4"
  • How to Get it:  $8 Ravelry in-store purchase*


Strange Brew by Tin Can Knits
(including both top-down and bottom-up)

  • Construction Method: Both Top-down and Bottom-up instructions provided
  • Yoke design:  Stranded Colorwork (optional)
    • Colorwork is always optional and can be omitted or reduced.
    • Design your own colorwork patterns if you want! 
  • Short Rows: Yes (Short rows are recommended but can be omitted)
    • Location:  Short row shaping below yoke
    • Technique:  Wrap and Turn Short Rows (Short row techniques can be swapped if you don’t like this one!
  • Size Range:  Incredible Baby to Adult inclusive range!
    • 18.5 (21.5, 24, 24, 26.5, 29.5, 29.5, 32, 34.5, 37.5, 37.5, 40, 42.5, 45.5, 48, 50.5, 56, 58.537.5, 42.5, 45.5, 50.5, 53.5, 58.5, 61.5)” Finished Measurements Chest/Bust
  • Yarn weight:  Loads of yarn and gauge options!!!
    • Aran/Worsted or 18sts per 4”
    • DK or 22sts per 4”
    • Sock/Fingering or 26sts per 4"
  • How to Get it:  $10 Ravelry in-store purchase*
    • Or get the full ebook on Ravelry on you own (no shop printing).
    • Or find a print copy of the book somewhere (it’s out of print, lucky you if you find one).


Dijon
 by Coralie Meslin 

  • Construction Method:  Bottom-up construction
  • Yoke Design:  Stranded Colorwork (optional)
    • Colorwork is always optional and can be omitted or reduced.
  • Short Rows: Yes (Short rows are recommended but can be omitted.)
    • Location:  Short row shaping at neck
    • Technique:  Wrap and Turn Short Rows (Short row techniques can be swapped if you don’t like this one!
  • Size Range: Adult
    • 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)”Finished Measurements Chest/Bust
  • Yarn weight:
    • Worsted or 20 sts per 4”
  • How to Get it:  FREE. Download here.  We can provide print a copy for your use.

Pick your own pattern

Pick your own pattern and follow along in class.  Using one of the suggest patterns, or a pattern from the Strange Brew book is highly recommended. But if you have your heart set on a specific pattern, everything you learn in class will be applicable to other sweaters.

 

*About Ravelry In-Store Purchases:

  • Cloverhill gets a small portion of the pattern sale, but most of it goes directly to the designer. 
    • It’s a great way to support the shop and the pattern designer.
  • Cloverhill will print the pattern for you.
    • If you purchase a pattern independently, we cannot print it for you.
  • Ravelry will email a link for you to download the PDF.
    • An email address must be provided at time of purchase.
  • The pattern (and all future updates) will be available to you forever in your Ravelry library.
    • Your Ravelry ID must be provided at time of purchase. (not your password!)

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.