FIBER FRIDAY Knit Your First Sweater with Sarah Solomon via ZOOM!
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FIBER FRIDAY Knit Your First Sweater with Sarah Solomon via ZOOM!



There are few things as satisfying as being able to knit your very own sweater.  But even if you’ve knit many other types of projects, knitting sweaters can involve many techniques and concepts that might still be unfamiliar to you.   This two session class will serve as a firm foundation for your first sweater and teach you all of the techniques you will encounter along the way.

Students will come to class with a specific sweater pattern (see Supplies List below and pictures in description) and several blocked swatches which will help us to learn how to make a gauge swatch and measure accurately; we will then continue to work on the swatches as we go through the pattern, using them to try out the various techniques that will be needed throughout the sweater-knitting process and ensuring that you will be familiar with everything you need to know before you embark on your sweater, including methods of casting on and binding off, increases and decreases, selvedge stitches, keeping track of lengths and stitch patterns, blocking, seaming, and neckline treatments. We will also discuss general topics relating to sweater knitting including choosing a size, ease guidelines, how gauge affects the size you will get and how yarn choice determines the fabric you will get.  Your class materials include an extensive handout to support all of the techniques covered.  You will leave ready to begin your first sweater with confidence.

This class is limited to 15 students to ensure a personalized class experience. Your zoom link will be sent the day before.  If you do not see it, check your spam filter.  Each session will be recorded for students to refer to for 1 week after the class is held. 

Pattern:  KOBOLT on Ravelry

Suggested Yarn: Peace Fleece Worsted

1055 (1110, 1185, 1305, 1375, 1475, 1575, 1695, 1800, 1935, 2045) yards

6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) skeins Peace Fleece Worsted (200 yards per skein)

You will be knitting 3 swatches in the class to learn all the steps and techniques so you can apply that to your sweater.  It's important that you use Peace Fleece for your sweater and gauge swatch - it blooms and will work on the suggested needle. While it's not required, it's suggested that you use Peace Fleece for your 3 swatches as it will help you get to know the yarn.  Sarah is also thinks it's OK to pull out a swatch and re-use it if you need it, but said usually students DON'T rip out swatches as they refer to them as they are working.  I know that the mill has limited supply right now of Peace Fleece but more is coming in to LYS and more will be milled in November.  I hope this answers any questions you might have about the yarn and project but in case it raises more questions, please reach out to us at LYS!  We will be happy to assist! 
 

Needles: Main Fabric needle US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 32" circular needle

Ribbing needle: US 10 (6 mm) 32" circular needle (see Notes)

Notions & Tools:  You will also need: a notebook, pencil, clear plastic ruler or tape measure, a few locking stitch markers, a darning/yarn needle, scissors and a calculator (the one on your phone is fine).

Yarn must be purchased from Longmont Yarn Shoppe to participate in this class. Students enjoy a 10% materials discount. Use Code STUDENT10 at checkout to save 10% on all supplies. 



Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This class is geared to the knitter who has made several types of accessories and is ready to embark on a larger-scale project.
Instructor: Sarah Solomon
Instructor Bio: Sarah is a knitwear designer, writer and teacher based in New York City. She started knitting as an adult, fueled by a passion to knit sweaters. A self-styled ?sweater evangelist? she now works to bring more knitters into the sweater-knitting fold through her patterns and teaching. With a background in woven construction and dressmaking, Sarah brings a love of details and fine finishing to her hand knitting designs and enjoys creating and teaching techniques that are simple to master but yield beautiful, long-lasting results. Her interests range from all aspects of traditional hand knitting to re-imagining ready-to-wear and machine-knit details for hand knitters. Sarah?s patterns and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, Pom Pom Quarterly, and Vogue Knitting, and in collections by yarn companies large and small. In addition to her self-published work, Sarah is the Director of Knitwear Design for Harrisville Designs, a historic woolen mill in Harrisville, NH. In her design work, she enjoys creating garments and accessories from exceptional yarns that are knittable, wearable and designed to last. Sarah is also an avid sewer and spinner and loves handwork in many forms. Find her patterns on Ravelry and follow her work on Instagram as @intothewool or at www.intothewool.wordpress.com.
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