Beehive Wool Shop

Knitting Level 3: My First Sweater


You have mastered the basics, knit some small projects, and can knit to gauge; so now it’s time to tackle your first sweater!

If you are not familiar with the concept of gauge or how it affects fabric, we recommend taking a lower level class or practicing swatches until you are ready, because achieving gauge is essential to garment knitting. You will be provided with a handout with instructions for how to swatch, or you can contact us for help.

In this class you will create your own version of Forager by Isabell Kraemer. This versatile pattern can be made in a variety of sizes (35.25”–64” chest), so you can knit it for yourself or a loved one.

If you want to participate in a sweater class but would prefer to choose your own pattern, please see the open garment class.

Students are responsible for purchasing the required pattern as well as their yarn, needles, and notions. Students get a 15% discount on materials purchased for their class. For this class, you must also have knit, blocked, and achieved gauge with your swatch before your first class. Please bring your swatch to class. 

Length: 6 sessions x 1.5 hours

This class runs every other week to allow time to knit your sweater in between sessions.

Pattern Forager by Isabell Kraemer (Available on Ravelry)

You will learn how to:

  • Follow a pattern and understand common abbreviations
  • Increase using 3 different methods
  • Cast on using the backwards-loop method
  • Pick up stitches
  • Finish your garment
  • Work mock cables
  • Work Latvian braids

You should know how to:

  • Knit to gauge 
  • Knit and purl
  • Work in the round
  • Cast on and bind off
  • Join a new ball
  • Increase and decrease 

You need to bring:

  • Pattern: Forager by Isabell Kraemer (available on Ravelry)
  • Correct quantity of worsted weight yarn for your chosen size. For example: 
    • Berroco Lanas
    • Berroco Vintage
    • Drops Karisma
    • Drops Lima
    • Malabrigo Rios
    • Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok
    • Brooklyn Tweed Shelte
    • Brooklyn Tweed Tones
    • Berroco Ultra Alpaca
    • 4.0 mm (US 6), 60 cm (24”) and 80 cm (32”) circular needles for the body of the sweater (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    • 3.5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) and 80 cm (32”) circular needles for the ribbing (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    • 4.0 mm (US 6) and 3.5 mm (US 4) DPNs OR 80–100 cm (32-40”) circular needles for magic loop (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    • 12 stitch markers in different colours (6 in one colour, 4 in another colour, 2 in a third colour)
    • Tapestry needle
    • Waste yarn or 2 stitch holders for sleeves
    • Blocking tools (wool wash, t-pins)
    • Spare yarn and needles for learning mock cable and Latvian braid

      Current Sessions:

      Dates Time  Teacher
      6 classes: BIWEEKLY Tuesday January 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28 5:00pm - 6:30pm Nicole
      6 Classes: BIWEEKLY Mondays January 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3 7:00pm - 8:30pm Nicole

      6 classes: BIWEEKLY Tuesday January 24, February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4

      5:00pm - 6:30pm Nicole
      6 Classes BIWEEKLY Wednesday January 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 5 6:00pm - 7:30pm


      6 Classes: BIWEEKLY Mondays January 30, February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10 7:00pm - 8:30pm Nicole

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