Saturday 10/13/2012, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Design Your Dream Sweater (Part 1) with Leslye Solomon
This is an easy-to-understand class on basic pattern writing enabling you to pursue your ideas. You might have a pattern, but want to make a neck or sleeve change. You can easily learn how to make the successful change for exactly what you envision. Learn the secrets to understanding your gauge, the sample fabric of your project, beyond what is generally known. You will actually be able to predict how your sweater will change after it is knit, and with this knowledge, your project will be more accurately made to exactly what you want eliminating stretch or shrinking. Learn specific body points to measure and how much ease to add using advanced, gauge information. Accomplish all this by hands-on practice in class of the mapping out of every stitch and row of a set-in-sleeve garment using a large knitters' grid provided by Leslye. Understand the secrets to shaping armholes, how they start, how much to decrease, and how long to make them by using a chart provided. See how easy it is to shape any kind of neck to either create your own design or change an existing pattern. Learn how to measure certain parts of your arm to be able to write a pattern for the sleeves for any length and easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit in that armhole you chose. Let's turn you into a sweater designer.
Red or bright-colored, erasable pencil; eraser; straight-edge ruler, calculator (optional).
Optional: pictures of sweaters from catalogs or magazines you would like to discuss reproducing (if time allows).
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.