Choosing which size to knit when you're making a garment can be hard. It's made even harder by the fact that no two bodies are the same - and so as much as designers try and make patterns fit as many people as they can, there are always little ways in which your knitted garments could fit better.

In this class, Kat will walk you through how to make your knitted sweaters, cardigans and tops fit better, using Kat's Lorraine's Lace pattern as an example. We'll start off by taking and writing down our measurements, then walking through the maths of how to adjust stitch and row counts for different measurements. We'll mostly focus on waist shaping in this session - how to adjust it, or add it in to garments that don't have it - but the skills you'll learn can be easily applied to other parts of your garment (like the shoulder width and sleeve length. We'll also talk about how to choose a size and what to do when you fall between sizes.

Since we'll be taking some measurements, please wear a close-fitting t-shirt to class.

You will learn:

  • Which torso and arm measurements are important for a good fit, and what your actual body measurements are.
  • What ease is, and how to choose the right size to make from a pattern.
  • What to do when you fall between sizes.
  • How to calculate how many stitches and rows you need for various measurements.
  • How and when to adjust the waist on a top - raising and lowering it, adding in waist shaping to a top that doesn't have it, putting together two different sizes if your hip and bust measurements fall into different sizes.
  • How different styles of sweater/top construction affect what can be adjusted in the pattern

Skill level: you should be confident in reading a pattern, and have previously knitted at least one garment (or be ready to knit your first one).

What to bring:

  • Tape measure
  • Pen, pencil, rubber and paper/notebook
  • Calculator (the one in your phone is fine)
  • A willingness to do a bit of simple maths! Don't worry, Kat will explain it as we go
  • A jumper, cardigan or top pattern that you want to knit and make some adjustments to (optional)

You're also entitled to a 10% discount on yarn, accessory and book purchases in store on the day.

Your teacher: Katrina Walser

Kat doesn’t remember who taught her the knit stitch, but she does remember that her mum noticed her knitting and taught her how to cast on, bind off and purl. After getting fixated on cross stitch in high school, she picked up her knitting needles again during uni and hasn’t put them down since. She published her first design in 2016 and now has over 20 patterns listed on Ravelry. She’s taught countless friends and colleagues to knit and has taught classes at the Etsy headquarters in New York, and is very excited whenever she gets to teach people new skills in the knitting world!

Terms and conditions

  • Full payment is required prior to the start of the class to confirm your spot.
  • Minimum numbers - All classes require a minimum of three people in order to go ahead and, depending on the class, a maximum of 10. If your class or workshop does not have the minimum number of students, the class will be postponed and you will be notified within three days of the class date if it has been cancelled or changed. We cannot be held liable for travel or any other costs in the event of a cancellation.
  • If your class is postponed or cancelled you can use the amount paid to transfer to another event/activity, use it as a store credit, or be issued a full refund.
  • Cancelling a class – you are able to cancel, postpone or swap a class up to 7 days prior to the class date to receive a full refund. Less than 7 days prior, we cannot guarantee a full refund unless another booking fills your spot. Once a course has started, we are unable to provide a refund for change of mind or cancellations.

Please see our general Classes & Workshops page for our FAQ.

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