Sundays, September 15*, 22, 29 & October 6, 13, 20 2:30PM - 4:30PM
*We have a lot to cover in the first class so we will meet for an extra hour from 2:30 - 5:30.
Knitting sweaters seems intimidating but is actually not that hard to do. Most knitters are frustrated or confused by how to knit a sweater to the correct size and how to make basic modifications for style preference. The My First Sweater class features 13 hours of instruction time and is designed to teach you the skills you need to be a successful sweater knitter. In this 5 week class we will be knitting one of our favorite sweaters at EWE, the Ramona Cardigan. Check out all of the cute versions on Instagram or Ravelry.
The Ramona is a straight forward raglan cardigan knit seamlessly from the top down. The sweater is simple to modify for your body or style preference; make it longer or shorter, knit with extra ease, knit with or without waist shaping, and/or add bust darts if needed. As an added option you can select to knit the sweater as a pullover instead of a cardigan. Deren modified the pattern to be knit as a pullover and loves it knit that way as well. Since the pattern calls for an aran weight yarn using a US9 needle, it is a perfect project to complete in 6 weeks. You can start on your sweater while it is still warm and be ready to wear it by the time temperatures cool down.
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.
We have had very new knitters take this class and complete the sweater but ideally you should
- be comfortable knitting and purling
- having some experience kitting small circumferences in the round (using DPNs or Magic Loop) is useful but you could choose to learn these techniques as well.
- long tail cast on
- do a basic bind off
It is also 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:
- how to read a pattern
- how to do basic modifications (or "how to make the sweater look good on me)
- how to measure and assess your knitting gauge
- understand how your knitting gauge affects the finished size
- how to modify for your knitting gauge
- understanding fit and ease (how to choose the correct size)
- picking up stitches
- button holes
- weaving in ends
- Ramona 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.
- closed stitch markers (we love the colored rings from Coco Knits)
- darning needle
- scrap yarn
- interchangeable circular needles (these are nice to have but not absolutely necessary)
*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 (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 and high bust measurements. Take these measurements before class and write them down.
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.