Traditional Color Work Cardigan Encore

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Traditional Color Work Cardigan Encore


Experience Level:  Participants should have a firm grasp of knits, purls, increases/decreases, and a general idea of short rows.

Scandinavian, Norwegian, Geometric, little bits of color! What do they all have in common?  Stranded Color Work. There was a point in our past where color work was common, and in many parts of the world it still is, but at some point in our own past, it became scary and hard and just plain daunting. Color work should not be any of those things, it should be wonderful, beautiful and uniquely you. In this workshop you will design and knit, a bottom-up,  yoke neck, color work cardigan in the style of your choosing. You will learn how to knit to your unique shape, short rows, stranded color work, button bands and...steeking. Yes, you will steek this cardi, without fear and with success.  As usual, I support every one of my classes, if you start and hit a snag, or just get anxious along the way, I'm there to boost your confidence and help.

Sunday May 20, 2-4

Sunday, June 3, 2-4

Sunday, July 1, 2-4

Sunday, July 29, 2-4

Sunday, August 5, 2-4



  • Pattern: please bring a printed or digital copy to the first class.

  • Yarn of choice: The pattern calls for DK, but use what you like; we'll figure out the math together. The design you choose will determine how many colors you actually need, so choose a base with lots of options. For the sake of this class, you need 2 colors.

  • Needles: bring a variety of sizes, you may need a larger needle for your color work sections. Also bring DPNs for sleeve work

  • A notebook, pen and measuring tape will also be handy.

  • Stitch Markers (open for DPNs or magic loop; closed for circular)

  • About 100 yards of stash yarn or waste yarn

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Part 1: Getting Started

The hardest part of making a sweater is sizing it to flatter you.  We are not all perfectly proportioned, or slim.  You live in your skin, and only you know what works on it.  So let’s take measurements that count and find the right fit for you.  Ladies, please wear your most "uplifting" brassier (yes, it helps), gentleman, bring your good posture :)  We'll be doing this before shop hours so your numbers will not be public knowledge. No judgements what so ever, the goal is to make something that looks as good as it feels.  We will also knit our swatches together, as there is more than 1. Last but certainly not least, we'll design our yokes and any sleeve/hem details we want. We will not actually Cast on yet.

Part 2: Sleeve City

Let’s start sleeves! You can, in fact, knit them at the same time, if you choose; it’s not required. If this interests you, I will help you get going. Our sleeves will be worked cuff up, which means, you can try them on as you go! We will jump right in to color work if you choose cuff bands. Don’t like ribbing? How about a straight hem or a picot hem? If that sound good, provisional cast ons are in your future. Rolled edges are also an option, if you choose! Increases? Baggy? Fitted? We will answer all of that and probably more!

Part 3: The Body

Now onto big knitting! Color work will break up the round and round, but we will also be setting up for our steek!

Part 4: The Yoke

We saved the best for last here. We will put all of those stitches from the body and sleeves on 1 large circular and join it all for our yoke. Here the design that has been in your head for so long will finally become a knit. We will continue with our steek set up as well.

Part 5:  Eek!  A Steek!

So much time and effort has gone into this lovely piece, so let’s cut it open! We'll be doing both crochet and machine steeks for peace of mind. Then we'll pick up the edges and start the button bands. We're in the home stretch with just a little work to go!