Design Your Own Jumper


In this workshop you'll design your very own simple sweater. You'll create your own simple sweater from scratch, using your own measurements for a perfect fit!

This workshop will address all of the following points: 

  • Why design your own sweater in the first place?
  • How to take your own measurements accurately
  • How to use ease to get the fit you want
  • How your swatch can inform your design decisions
  • Help with pattern repeats
  • Waist shaping - should you use it, and if so, how to do it
  • Set in sleeves vs drop sleeves
  • How to calculate the increases and decreases you will use to shape your garment
  • Neck and shoulder shaping.
  • Getting your edgings just right.

Participants should be comfortable with knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing as well as the basics of sweater construction.

6 students maximum

Instructor: Rosee Woodland

Rosee is a writer, knitwear designer and technical editor, who loves sharing her skills with fellow knitters. She previous edited The Knitter and Knit Today magazines and taught at The Makery and now works independently from her home in Bristol.

Rosee says: “I’ve been obsessed with clothes since I was a child, spending my teenage years poring through textile history books and turning charity shop finds into dodgy emo-style outfits with my mum’s old sewing machine.Thankfully I grew out of that phase! I designed my first sweater when I’d only been knitting a couple of years and get a real kick out of showing people how straightforward it can be."

Length: 3 hrs, this class meets for two sessions

Materials: Materials are not included in the price of this class. Students should prepare a 15cm square swatch in advance of the main stitch pattern they would like to use in their sweater and bring it with them. Note that ribbed patterns are not suitable for this class. Please bring a tape measure, pen or pencil, paper, graph paper and a calculator. Students will receive a 10% discount on materials bought for this class from the shop.

Cancellation Policy: In the event of a cancellation refunds will be provided if another student is available to take your place. We run a waiting list system for these eventualities but please be aware that any cancellation made close to the date of the course is less likely to be refundable.

In the unusual event that the class or course is cancelled by us a full refund will of course be processed.

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