My First Sweater: Begins Sunday February 11

My First Sweater: Begins Sunday February 11

Regular price $60.00 Sale

Have you been stuck in a scarf and hat rut? Are you drooling over sweater patterns but feeling anxious about tackling such a large project? The My First Sweater class is designed to teach you everything you need to know to be a successful sweater knitter. In this 4 week class we will be knitting one of our favorite sweaters at EWE, the Ramona Cardigan.

The Ramona is a quick and easy top down knit. The sweater is simple to modify and perfect for wearing, a great first sweater project.

Space is limited.

Dates: This is a 4 session, 9 hour class.

Sunday - February 11, 2018 (1PM - 4PM) *the first class is 3 hours

Sunday - February 18, 2018 (1PM - 3PM)

Sunday - February 25, 2018 (1PM - 3PM)

*Sunday - March 4, 2018 (No Class)

Sunday - March 11, 2018 (1PM - 3PM)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Skills Needed: 

  • Knit Stitch
  • Purl Stitch
  • Knitting in the round (using DPNs or Magic Loop)
  • Long tail cast on
  • Basic bind off

It is helpful if you are familiar with how to make the increase stitches, kfb, M1L, M1R and the decrease stitches, SSK and K2TOG. We will cover these in class so you can still knit the sweater even if you have not done them before.

What You'll Learn:

  • Pattern reading
  • Choosing the right yarn for the pattern
  • Gauge for sweater knitting
  • Fit and ease
  • Choosing the right size to knit
  • Making pattern adjustments
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing
  • Picking up stitches
  • Button holes


  • Pattern ($6)
  • Enough Aran weight yarn to knit the size you want. We recommend using Osprey from Quince & Co. The yarn is $14.25 for a 100 gram skein. Depending on your size the pattern requires 5 - 8 skeins of yarn.
  • Circular knitting needles US9 & US8 (or size to obtain gauge)  in 32" circular length and US8 or US9 DPNs for knitting the sleeves (not required if using Magic Loop). Warning! Knitters need lots of needles so you may end up trying out a few before you find the right size.

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Participants should buy the yarn and pattern before the first day of class, then knit and block a gauge swatch (at least 5" x 5"). Everyone should come to the first class with their blocked swatch.

During the first class we learn all about gauge and why it is so important for sweater knitting. We will also discuss how to choose the correct size to knit. When selecting a size it is necessary to know your full bust (chest) and high bust (chest) measurements. 

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. 

Instructor: Deren Bader

Deren is an avid sweater knitter and natural dyer. She loves working with rustic yarns and usually has a least 5 different projects on needles at any given time. She has knit dozens of sweaters and is excited to share her love of sweater knitting with others.

*Class Policies

If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before class start time, you will be provided with a store credit. Classes with fewer than two students may be canceled or rescheduled. Unless otherwise indicated, our classes are for adults only. Your registration is valid for the dates listed in the description and may not be transferred to other class dates. Please call or email the shop if you have any questions, 434-409-9095,