Do you struggle with knitting patterns for sweaters and other garments designed with set-in sleeves? You’re not alone. Many of us have unfinished sweater projects in the backs of our closets; projects that ‘don’t seem to be working’, but we’re not sure why, or what we would need to do to fix them. Perhaps the pattern is unclear, or poorly designed for different sizes, or we just need to make changes for our specific body measurements, and set-in sleeves can make it hard to understand how to read a pattern and modify it to fix specific problems.
Join experienced garment designer Michelle Porter for this workshop on set-in sleeves. She will be teaching the design aspects involved in creating the sleeve cap and the armhole of a set-in sleeve sweater. How the measurements and shaping of the pieces should correspond and come together to fit each other and the wearer exactly. This class is mostly theory, using measurements from our bodies and a tension gauge from a swatch.
- knitter’s graph paper
- gauge swatch (see “Homework”)
- Students should have previous experience knitting sweaters
- Ability to count rows and stitches with ease
- Familiarity with increase and decrease shaping
Bring to class any knitted swatch (blocked) to serve as gauge – approx. 5″x 5″. It need not be meant for any actual sweater, but use medium thickness yarn (thicker than sock and thinner than superbulky, that you might use for a sweater.