*We have a lot to cover in the first class on February 9 so we will meet for an extra hour from 3-6. Thereafter class will meet from 3-5.
When adding the selected class above, you are signing up for the entire 6-week class. Class will meet every Sunday at 3:00PM beginning February 9 and end on March 15.
In this 6-week class, in-house designer and instructor Jacqueline Cieslak will provide hands-on guidance for knitting a sweater from her newest design, Water Bearer. This class is also an introduction to Jacqui's favorite sweater construction method: seamless top-down set-in sleeves. From getting gauge and selecting the right size to working the shoulders/shawl collar and blocking the final piece, this class will teach you everything you need to make this striking sweater.
In order to complete the sweater and keep up with the weekly instruction students will need to be knitting at home between classes. You should think about trying to knit an hour everyday.
- Confidence with basic knitting skills (knitting, purling, various methods of increasing/decreasing, various methods of casting on/binding off)
- Experience knitting sweaters (this is NOT a first sweater class)
- Experience with more advanced knitting skills, even if you can't recall them from memory (yarn overs, slip stitches, various methods of working short rows)
- Experience knitting brioche (or completion of Jacqui's brioche class)
If you are uncertain if you have the skills for this class, feel free to call or stop by the shop to discuss it with us.
What you'll learn:
- The anatomy of a top-down set-in sleeve
- How to select the appropriate size according to your gauge
- How to work lifted increases
- How to pick up stitches for a top-down set-in sleeve
- How to pick up stitches alongside the edges of brioche
- How to recognize and count short rows
- How to block a cardigan with a shawl collar
- Approx. 1,000–1,700 yards of DK weight wool/wool substitute yarn (I do not recommend using a synthetic or plant fiber unless it has as much give as wool)
- MAIN NEEDLES: US 6 (4 mm) 32”/80 cm OR 40”/100 cm circular; DPNs for sleeves if not using magic loop
- LARGER NEEDLES: US 8 (5 mm) 24”/60 cm — used only for i-cord on the back of the neck when starting project
- Pattern: “Water Bearer” by Jacqueline Cieslak ($10 - pattern will be released in late January)
Water Bearer is a sweater inspired by and designed for the creative spirit of the Aquarian zodiac. With seamless top-down construction and a dramatic brioche shawl collar, this pattern provides for an elegant and absorbing knit. When completed, the open-faced cardigan features top down sleeves, a fully reversible shawl collar, and plenty of positive ease in the body, resulting in a clean, easy-to-wear fit. The pattern includes 12 sizes, two length options, written and charted instructions for the brioche waves, and video tutorials that cover everything from choosing the correct size to blocking the finished cardigan..
*Students receive 10% off any supplies purchased for the class.
Students should buy the yarn and pattern before the first day of class, then knit and block a gauge swatch. Everyone should come to the first class with their blocked swatch.
Gauge swatch instructions:
Recommended needles: US 6
Cast on 30 stitches. Work 3 rows in garter stitch, then work 40 rows in stockinette with 3 stitches in garter stitch on either edge. Finish with 3 rows in garter stitch. Bind off and wet block.
If you have any questions about the homework or your skill level for the project, you can email, call, or come visit us in the shop.
Please familiarize yourself with our class policies before enrolling.