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

  •       Obtain a copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters (we will be following pages 114–171)
  •       Choose a yarn from fingering to bulky weight (3 to 7 stitches/inch); a yarn that’s at least 75% 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:  Darnie, Rowan Felted Tweed, Juniper Moon Patagonia, Hearthstone Sport, Kelbourne Woolens Lucky Tweed, 
Andorra, or Scout, Loft by The Fibre Co, Amble by The Fiber Co, Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge, Ultra Wool in Fingering, DK or Worsted Wt., Sun Valley MCN or Sun Valley Worsted.  LYS is getting in new yarns for 2021 to support Ann's class as well- stay tuned.

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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