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Introduction to Sweater Design

Description: What to do when a yarn speaks to you, but you cannot find the perfect pattern? With some basic design skills and a calculator you can write your own pattern, creating the perfect merging of your vision into reality. Class will introduce students to the basics of knitted pattern drafting. Topics covered include taking measurements, garment ease, why a swatch is so important, basic rules of shaping and when it is okay to "fudge" the numbers. At the completion of class, students will have a basic pattern for one of two different basic styles of garment.
Supplies: Homework swatch, tape measure, calculator
Homework: Students must complete a 6" x 6" swatch in the pattern stitch and the yarn of their choice. Students should launder the swatch in the same manner they intend on laundering the finished garment.
Duration: 3 hours per session, 1 session
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