Sweater Skills for a Perfect Fit with Fiona
We all want to look and feel good in the garments we make. In this class you'll learn how to adjust sweater patterns to work to your body measurements, not the other way around, so you'll knit sweaters that fit beautifully.
We all want to look and feel good in the clothes we wear, especially if we've spent hours of time knitting them. In this comprehensive class, Fiona will teach you how to make a pattern work to your body, not the other way around, so you will be able to knit sweaters that fit you beautifully.
In this class you'll:
- Discuss the fundamentals of making a sweater
- Learn how to take your body measurements and choose your size
- Discuss the importance of ease
- Learn how to adjust patterns to achieve a perfect fit (including those all important bust adjustments)
- Look at different types of sweater construction
- Discuss the importance of swatching and checking your gauge
- Learn how to substitute yarns
- Explore basic finishing techniques so your sweater will be runway ready!
Skill level required: Advanced beginner. You must be comfortable with knit, purl, cast on, bind off and knitting in the round.
You’ll leave this class with the skills required to cast on your sweater project and the confidence to knit garments with perfect fit.
What to bring: a sweater/jumper pattern you’re planning on knitting, and a gauge swatch (tension square) knitted on the recommended needles for that pattern in your chosen yarn (blocked if the pattern requires it). It's important that you make your gauge swatch a couple of centimetres bigger all round than the stated measurements in the pattern. For example, if the pattern gauge is measured over 10cm, then knit a square with minimum size 14cm x 14cm. Tip: to prevent the edges of your square from curling you can do a few rows of garter stitch after the cast on and before the bind off, and a few stitches of garter at the beginning and end of each row of your square.
As we will be taking measurements in class please wear a close fitting top to class.
We will have a break during the class, so please bring your own lunch on the day.
You receive 10% off any yarn, accessory or book purchases in store on the day.
(follow the links to view pattern information).
- Main image: Janine wears her Rosehip sweater by Anna Johanna (from the book Strands of Joy) and Deb wears her Daintylion sweater which she test knit for Rebecca McKenzie
- Deb wears her Leia jumper by Natasja Hornby
- Janine wears her Lovenote by Tin Can Knits
Your teacher: Fiona Donovan
Fiona started knitting at the age of six with the encouragement of her wonderful Nonna. Teddy bears, Sasha dolls and Cindy dolls were all swathed in layers of garter stitch for quite a few years. After some misadventures with berries and beehive cables in her early teens, Fiona's knitting passion lay dormant until 2000, when a job in Melbourne and a wonderful wool shop combined to re-ignite the flame. Since then she has left no knitting stone unturned, and along with the explosion of knitting on the internet has kindled her deep love for sticks and string. Having struggled over the years with twisted cables, gauge errors and unfair isle, Fiona is more than ready to help you find your own way in the world of knitting. There is no right or wrong in knitting - there is only what's best for you and the item you want to tackle.
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.
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