My class is on!  Top down raglan (pullover or cardi, pattern or from scratch), 4 class meetings, starting Jan 6 at Twist Yarns in Manhattan Beach!  WOO HOO!

I’ve been putting a lot of time, research & thought into this baby.

Here’s the class blurb:

Do you want to knit a sweater but are overwhelmed with the thought of sewing all those pieces together?

Have you knit a sweater, or several, and are sick & tired of sewing together all those pieces?

Do you like (nay, love!) the idea of knitting a sweater for yourself that you know is going to fit you perfectly?

Sign up for Stephannie’s Top Down Raglan Class in January/February! You’ll end up knitting a top down raglan pullover or cardi, from either a pattern or directly from your measurements (your choice). Four class meetings over six weeks and a class discount on yarn from Twist!

Stephannie has been knitting since junior high and spinning for the past year. Her favorite types of projects involve lots of cables or twisted stitches and local or small business yarns and fibers. She’s a big proponent of “Brave Knitting” and refuses to be cowed by anything someone says is difficult. Her goal in teaching is empowering her students to feel confident in tackling new ideas, techniques and projects. Find her blogging at or on Ravelry as StephCat.

And here’s the class overview:

Why Top-Down?
• Easily custom fit
• Can try on as you go
• Little to no seaming
• Extremely adaptable
• As complex or easy as you want it

What this class will teach you:
• Knitting to your own measurements based on your gauge swatch
• Review of various increases & decreases
• Techniques on picking up stitches
• What techniques/tools/resources are available
• Tips on converting a pattern to top down (if time allows)

What you are already expected to know:
• How to knit and measure a gauge swatch
• How to knit in the round
• Casting on/ binding off

What would be good to know:
• How to do any special stitches or patterns beyond stockinette (cables, lace patterns etc) you want to include in your sweater; however, I’m hoping we have time to discuss these a little

Materials needed
• Notebook
• Graph paper
• Tape measure
• Circular needles in size to work with your chosen yarn
• +/- DPNs
• Tapestry needle for sewing in ends
• Crochet hook (just in case of dropped stitches)
• Stitch Markers – different colors – set of 4 or 5
• Sweater quantity of yarn (suggestions: Malabrigo, Frog Tree Merino, other worsted size yarns)