Fair Isle Sweater Class
Learn how to make patterns dance around the body of your sweater!
We will make the Cartography Sweater from Tin Can Knits. This pattern has sizes from baby to 4XL Adult. It is a top down sweater where the yoke is worked to the armholes and then divided to form the body and arms. You may select any size you wish. Cartography is designed as an all-over stranded sweater. Optionally, you may work it as a stranded yoke and a solid body and sleeves.
This class will meet twice. In the first class we will start from the neck ribbing you made as homework. We will discuss tips for color and motif choices, circular yoke construction, and how to add short rows at the back of the neck for a better fit.
The first and second classes are a month apart to give you sufficient time to knit an adult sized yoke. In the second class we will talk about how to customize the fit when you separate the sleeves from the body of the sweater.
You will receive more information and a link to the pattern in your confirmation email.
Skill Level Required: Advanced Beginner. Students must be comfortable knitting the fair isle/stranded technique. Ideally students will have previously knit a sweater, taken a sweater knitting class, or have finished a large project that features increases.
Times: Sunday April 24 and May 22nd 2022, 11:00 – 1:00pm
Location: The Black Squirrel, 651 Addison St, Suite B, Berkeley, California
Cost: $80 plus the cost of the pattern purchased separately.
- DK yarn in amounts recommended for your chosen size. We suggest a light color for the main color (MC) and one or more medium or dark colors for the contrasting color (CC.) Feel free to use up a variety of leftover DK weight yarn in your stash for the contrasting colors.
- US 3 needles (3.25mm) or size needed to get gauge for ribbing in the circular length recommended for your size, or a 32 inch or longer circular needle for magic loop technique. Please note that infant sizes call for double pointed needles.
- US 6 (4mm) or size needed to get gauge for the body and sleeves in the circular length recommended for your size, or a 32 inch or longer circular needle for magic loop technique. Please note that infant sizes call for double pointed needles.
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers
- Waste yarn to separate sleeves from the body
If you do not have these supplies, come to The Black Squirrel ahead of time and receive a 10% discount in the shop.
Homework: Students must knit ribbing for the neck and a swatch, both to check the gauge and to compose the colors in a pleasing way. Students are encouraged to look at examples of Cartography Sweaters on ravelry, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cartography, or on Instagram under the hashtag #cartographysweater for inspiration.