A New Class

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).

Top-down set-in sleeve mini

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.