Let’s get ready to STEEK! Knit a Stranded Colorwork Cardigan
Sweaters with colorwork yokes are both classic and trendy. In this class for intermediate knitters, we will take on the challenge of knitting a fingering-weight stranded colorwork cardigan which is knit from the top down in the round and then steeked. We will be making Damejakka Loppa / Flea – A Lady’s Cardigan by Pinnieguri. This stranded colorwork sweater pattern is knit in fingering-weight yarn, and is a classic and timeless design.
Learn how to work a stranded colorwork yoke cardigan from the top down, increasing for the yoke and working the colorwork patterns from charts, dividing for sleeves, working the body down using a classic “flea” stitch pattern, working the sleeves, picking up stitches for buttonbands, reinforcing the steek, and then finally the actual steeking, or cutting, the sweater open to transform the garment from a pullover to a cardigan.
Yes. We are going to cut our knitting! But we promise all ends well on this fun, knitting adventure!
This is an intermediate level class. Participants should be confident knitters, familiar and confident in knitting large and small circumfrences in the round, familiar with knitting a sweater in the round, and have done colorwork before. We will not be teaching the basics of sweater knitting or colorwork knitting in this class.
Before the first class, knit a 4″ colorwork swatch or larger in the round with the yarn and needles you’ll use to knit the cardigan. Select a colorwork chart from the pattern to use. (Note: you may want to go up a needle size from the one you will use to knit the body and the sleeves, as stranded colorwork makes your knitting tighter, and it will pull in in the places where it meets the stockinette portion of the garment). Bring your completed swatch to the first day of class along with all of your supplies.
- Damejakka Loppa / Flea – A Lady’s Cardigan pattern by Pinnieguri
- Fingering-weight, non-superwash wool yarn in colors and yardage required by pattern, such as Finulgarn PT2 (preselected color kits will be available at Yarnia or pick your own!)
- circular knitting needles as required by pattern and your gauge
- stitch markers
- tapestry needle
- homework swatch as noted above
Class fee is $190 for eight 90-minute sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.
Class Instructor: Evelyn Bourne
Class Dates: January 18, 25, February 1, 15, 22, 29, March 14, 21