Spring Shell Knitting Class
When: May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 7-9pm
The Etherial Tank is is light-weight summer tank that’s fun, cute, and versatile. Wear it on its own with jeans or under a blazer for work. Knit out of lace weight yarn, this project is perfect for skill building: it has just a little bit of everything. Worked from the bottom up, this summer sweater is worked both flat and in the round, in lovely simple stockinette set off by some simple lace. You will get to practice switching from working in the round to working flat, and do just the tiniest bit of seaming. This is not a beginning knitting class. Some knowledge of knitting is needed to knit this sweater. HOWEVER, if you have never knitted either a sweater or lace before, you can knit this pattern.
-Size US 3 Circular needles (24-32 inch) or size for gauge
-Enough lace weight yarn for a sweater in your size (or the size of the person you are gifting it to)
-Note: Acrylic or Cotton yarn is not recommended for this sweater as the lace will not block properly
-Oodles of Stitch Markers (at least two that are different from the rest)
-Blocking Wires (Optional)
Please come to class with your (washed and blocked) stockinette gauge swatch and the proper size needles for casting on your sweater.
Week One: Demystifying Lace (and Lace Charts) and Fit
We will discuss what knitted lace is, how to read a lace chart and compare the written instructions with the chart. I will provide example of other lace charts for reference. You will want to bring your oodles of stitch markers this night so that we can cast on and begin working the lace repeats. We will also discuss fit and make any adjustments to the pattern to make sure you have a sweater that fits.
Homework: Knit through lace edging and begin work on the body.
Week Two: Working in Pattern
In week two we will work our way up the body of the sweater, knitting in pattern. We will address any problems you encountered during week 1’s homework. If you need to adjust for length, this is where it should be done.
Homework: Knit to underams (split for armholes in the pattern)
Week Three: Splitting for Armholes and Decreasing
This week will transition from knitting in the round to knitting flat as we split for the armholes and begin shoulder shaping decreases. Notice, the decreases happen in the stockinette portion of the sweater
Homework: Knit front and back of sweater until you are ready to seam
Week Four: Seaming and Blocking
We will seam your garment and discuss how to block it to size (with a blocking demo, if I can manage it.)
Homework: Wear your Etherial proudly