An Invitation

I’ll be teaching at the 4th annual Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, this September 14 and 15 (that’s a Friday and Saturday). The fair includes classes, a marketplace, demonstrations, book signings, fiber animals, food vendors, music, silent auction, and more, including guided tours of Brown Sheep Yarn Company.

This year, I’ll be teaching a two-day class on Sweater Design and Finishing.
In this two-day workshop, you’ll make a miniature pullover (suitable for a teddy bear or, perhaps, an infant) following the pullover instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Your sweater will be worked in four pieces—one back, one front, and two sleeves. To minimize the amount of class-time knitting, all students will work a small sweater in worsted-weight yarn. To prepare for the class, students will knit the four pieces to the armholes according to instructions that will be provided at the time of registration.
In the class, you can choose between drop-shoulder, modified drop-shoulder, and set-in sleeve shaping, and between round and V-neck shaping. So, even though you will knit only one version, you’ll lear the others. Best of all, you’ll leave with a completed sweater and all the knowledge you need to design, knit, and finish your next sweater beautifully.

You will learn:

  • determining the correct garment size
  • measuring a gauge swatch
  • calculating even spacing of increases or decreases
  • centering a pattern stitch
  • working selvedge stitches
  • paired increases and decreases
  • picking up stitches around a neckline
  • an elastic bind-off appropriate for ribbed necklines
  • seaming
  • blocking
  • tips and tricks along the way
I’ve been assigned a large classroom and there’s lots of space available. For information, visit nebraskafiberfair.com. I hope to see you there!