The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters

Sweaters from the Bottom Up — Basics and Finishing

In this two-day workshop, we’ll follow the pullover instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd. The sweater will be worked in four pieces—one back, one front, and two sleeves. To minimize the amount of knitting, all students will work a miniature sweater (it may fit an infant) in worsted-weight yarn. To prepare for the class, students will knit the four pieces to the armholes and choose between drop-shoulder, modified drop-shoulder, and set-in sleeve shaping, and between round and V-neck shaping. You’ll learn how to choose the correct size, knit a proper gauge swatch, work selvedge stitches, paired increases and decreases, blocking, seaming, picking up stitches, and tips and tricks along the way.

A handout will be provided but does not substitute for a copy of the book.


Must be comfortable with sweater construction (back, fronts, sleeves, neckband), simple multiplication and division, and commit to keeping up with class. Must have a copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Homework is required.


In-person: 12 hours