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 circular yoke sleeve sweater with help from Ann Budd every step of the way. You’ll choose between a pullover and cardigan with crewneck 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 circular yoke shaping. 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 waist or hip shaping.
By the end of class, you’ll be able to follow (and adapt) any of the 600 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.
Ann allows recording of the class sessions. Students will get a recording within 24 hours of the class to view for 1 week.
Class will meet on the following Mondays from 6-8pm MTN Time
May 8: Class 1-- sweater size and gauge
May 15: Class 2 -- cast on for torso, work yoke increases
May 22: Class 3 -- divide body and sleeves
No class Memorial Day
June 5: Class 4--finish lower body and begin sleeves
June 12: Class 5 -- catch-up week with knit-a-long with Ann
June 26: Class 6 -- finishing
In preparation for class please PRINT and Review this letter from Ann Budd found here!
Refer to these documents for determine yardage needed:
Yarn suggestions from Ann include: Yakkity Yak in Fingering Semi Solid
, and Variegated
by Greenwood Fiber Studio, Darnie
or Soft Donegal
by Studio Donegal, Juniper Moon Patagonia
by The Fiber Co, Berroco Ultra Wool in Fingering
or Worsted Wt., Sun Valley MCN
or Sun Valley Worsted
by Elemental Affects (we have more coming in) and Wool Pop
by Universal yarns. Malabrigo Sock
. 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 STUDENT10 online.
Testimonials from previous students:Thank you! I enjoyed the class and learned so much from Ann. My understanding about customizing knits using math has increased ten fold.
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.
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
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 !!!