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Build a palette and cast on a DK colourwork sweater for yourself from the top down! The beauty of top down knitting is that you can try it on and tailor it to your body shape as you go along. It is the perfect system for those who like to take matters into their own hands and don’t like to be bound by row-by-row instructions. On top of the simple construction, we’ll discuss how to add our own experiments in colourwork, starting with basic geometric shapes and stray balls of yarn left over from previous projects. With just a little theory, a couple of measurements and handful of basic numbers, you can set yourself up for a knitting adventure that will end in a sweater designed to fit you in a palette all your own.
You'll head off with the start of a sweater yoke designed to fit you and the notes you need to finish it and start another. You'll practise:
- knitting in the round
- top down knitting
- choosing colours
- custom fit
- winging it
Skills needed: This class is suitable for confident knitters who are comfortable with knitting in the round and colourwork. No previous experience of garment design necessary, but experience of knitting a sweater is essential. Not suitable for die-hard perfectionists.
Materials to bring: Bring ALL of your woollen DK oddments left over from previous projects and lonely single balls! OK, maybe not all, but lots. We will build our palettes together from what we have. Swapping encouraged – the colour you have lost the love for may be exactly someone else’s cup of tea and in colourwork, you never know what strange (and borderline revolting) colours will make it sing. If you are starting from scratch and need to buy yarn, bring at least 7 different colours – you have abundant choice at your fingertips in the EYF market place.
40cm and 80cm long circular needles according to your tension, plus 1 full mm size down in 40cm for the ribbing. 100cm will work too, if you are happy magic looping.
A pen, at least 4 coloured pencils, calculator and squared notepad (or paper).
If you have a favourite sweater – bought, borrowed, handmade or not, wear it to the workshop (or simply bring it along) so you can take some measurements from it as reference.
Any “homework”?: Work out what needle size you need to get 22 sts per 10cm/4” over colourwork (don’t forget to knit your swatch in the round) so we can start our calculating from there.
Bring a variegated rib neckline still live on your needles. Instructions will be sent to participants in January.