Make it Your Own: Top-Down Set-In Sleeve Sweater Class with Ann Budd VIA ZOOM!
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Make it Your Own: Top-Down Set-In Sleeve Sweater Class with Ann Budd VIA ZOOM!

In this six-lesson, eight-week online class, you’ll learn how to use the charted instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters to knit yourself a set-in sleeve sweater with help from Ann Budd every step of the way. You’ll choose between a pullover and cardigan, and between crewneck and V-neck shaping. You’ll also choose the weight of yarn (from fingering to bulky) and the finished size (from 26” to 54” bust/chest circumference). Everyone will follow the same basic instructions, though it’s quite possible that no two students will use the same size, gauge, or stitch pattern. 

 In the first lesson Ann will guide you through choosing the correct size, knitting a proper gauge swatch, and how to add a simple stitch pattern. In the following moderated knit-a-long sessions, Ann will demonstrate each of the key steps in knitting a top-down sweater (no seams!) with set-in sleeve shaping (arguably the best fit). In addition to providing tips and tricks and answering questions along the way, Ann will discuss how to make simple modifications, including adjusting sleeve length and adding subtle waist shaping.

By the end of class, you’ll be able to follow (and adapt) any of the 300 charted patterns for four armhole styles (circular yoke, raglan, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder) in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.

In preparation for class please - 

PRINT and Review this letter from Ann Budd found here

  •       Obtain a copy of The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters and read the the Introduction on pages 5-17.
  •       Also read the introduction to the Set-In Sleeve chapter on pages 114-115. For class, we will follow the instructions on pages 116-171.
  •       Choose a yarn from fingering to bulky weight (3 to 7 stitches/inch); a yarn that’s at least 50% wool will be easiest to work with. 
  •       Have a sweater on hand that fits the way you like (preferable one knitted with close to the same weight yarn as you plan to use)
Yarn suggestions from Ann include:  Yakkity Yak in Fingering Semi Solid, Tonals, and Variegated or DK by Greenwood Fiber Studio, Darnie or Soft Donegal by Studio Donegal, Rowan Felted Tweed, Juniper Moon Patagonia, Kelbourne Woolens Lucky Tweed, Andorra, or ScoutLore by The Fibre Co, Amble by The Fiber Co, Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge, Berroco Ultra Wool in FingeringDK or Worsted Wt., Sun Valley MCN or Sun Valley Worsted.  Plymouth Yarns Hearthstone or Quaker HillCoastal by Elemental Affects (we have more coming in) and Wool Pop by Universal yarns.  Malabrigo Sock, Mecha, Arroyo, Rios.  

Please note that hand-dyed yarns require special techniques to camouflage possible color variations between skeins. Ann will cover these techniques in the first class.   

Students must purchase their yarn from Longmont Yarn Shoppe, and can enjoy a 10% materials discount on purchases for this class using code ANNBUDD10 online. 

Testimonials from previous students:

Thanks so much for hosting Ann's class.  I was hesitant at first, but am so glad that I enrolled.  I learned so much on so many different topics.  Ann's guidance was more helpful than I can say.  The biggest take away from the class is that I am confident that with the help of Ann's book, I can knit any sweater in any pattern in any yarn I want - and that sweater will fit the intended recipient.  I'm so excited to start a second sweater.
Tanya G.

I took this class and absolutely loved it. Ann is very knowledgeable and has infinite patience. She makes sure questions are answered prior to moving forward so you don’t have to worry about getting left behind

Amy P. 

I absolutely loved this class. Ann is such a lovely lady and is so knowledgeable. Ann makes this process so easy and not scary. The best part was that for the first time ever I knit myself a sweater that fits perfectly !!!

Ellen P. 

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This is not a 1st sweater class. This class is geared to the knitter who has made at least one sweater and wants to make design choices on their next sweater, using the weight of yarn they chose to work with.
Requirements: Students must purchase their yarn from Longmont Yarn Shoppe, and can enjoy a 10% materials discount on purchases for this class. We are bringing in new yarn in 2021 to support this class that we know you will love!
Instructor: Ann Budd
Instructor Bio: Ann Budd is an author of more than a dozen ever popular knitting books, a devoted teacher who helps other develop their own approach to knitting and designing, and is the founder of Knit for Fun Retreats.

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