Friday 08/26/2011, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 08/26/2011, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Custom Fitting Existing Patterns with Lily Chin
Many patterns are available, but often you want to change the neckline, lengthen the sleeves, etc. Find out how to personalize the fit of a pattern for yourself or those you knit for. See how small alterations can make a garment hang better. Learn easy alternatives to drop shoulders. These simple refinements don't require extensive pattern re-writes but produce great results.
Note: This class does not cover extensive pattern sizing and fit alterations.
Graph paper (8 or 10 squares to the inch), gauged or proportioned knitter's grid (any gauge), colored pencils, any issue of Vogue Knitting before Spring 1991 but after '84. If you can't find one, I'm sure one of your fellow students will share.
Note: wear a tight camisole or leotard under your clothes, we will be taking accurate measurement. OPTIONAL: bring in a garment that already fits you well.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Swatch 1: With #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and 5mm/US 8 needles or appropriate size to obtain medium tension, cast on 24 sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 2". Work in stockinette stitch for 2". Work in any simple cross cable or rope cable pattern for 2". Work sts in any eyelet/lace pattern for 2". Work in any 2-color pattern for 2". Work in garter st for 2". Bind off.
Swatch 2: With #1 (fingering-weight) yarn and size 2.75mm/US 2 needles (or any size to get about 7 to 8 sts to the inch), cast on 24 sts and work in stockinette stitch for about 3". Bind off.
Swatch 3: With #2 (sport-weight) yarn and 3.75mm/US 5 needles (or any size to get about 5 to 6 sts to the inch), cast on 20 sts and work in stockinette stitch for about 3". Bind off.
Swatch 4: With #5 or 6 (chunky or bulky-weight) yarn and 6mm/US 10 needles (or any size to get about 3 to 4 sts to the inch), cast on 15 sts and work in stockinette stitch for about 3". Bind off.
Swatch 5: With #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, cast on 16 sts and work in stockinette stitch for about 2" with 3.75mm/US 5 needles, 2" with 5mm/US 8 needles, then 2" with 6.5mm/US 10 1/2 needles. Bind off.