I’ve been invited to teach at Knit Knook in nearby Conifer, Colorado, next month. As luck would have it, the owner chose the only class on my list that I haven’t taught yet — Top Down Sweater with Set-In Sleeves. The primary focus of this class is to learn how to work set-in sleeve shaping seamlessly from the top down. But after I had added the description to my list of classes, I promptly forgot that I’d need a sample and class handouts.
I spent the weekend knitting a sample and working out instructions. Because the class is scheduled for a single (full) day, there won’t be much time for knitting. Therefore, students will knit a miniature sweater (80 stitches around the body) in worsted-weight yarn. My sample for the class measures 16″ in circumference (I used size 8 needles).
Based on the instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, I’ll teach the students how to pick up stitches around the armhole opening, then shape the sleeve cap with short-rows. The body and sleeves are worked in the round so there are no seams to sew! I finished the edges on my sample with a three-stitch I-cord bind-off.