Sweaters from Swatching to Finishing with Kim of Indigodragonfly

We’re so excited to welcome Kim McBrien from local hand-dyers Indigodragonfly to teach an in-depth sweater class over the next few months.  Many of you have told me that you’ve knitted tons of shawls and cowls but were nervous about making the leap to sweaters. This class is for you!

Kim McBrien

The class will be 9 hours total of in depth instruction over three months. There are only 6 spots available so make sure to book in right away to ensure your place! Call 705-740-0667, write to info@needlesinthehay.ca or visit us in store. The fee for this course is $125 plus HST.

Part 1 on Sept 17: Looking at swatches and determining the best fabric for your sweater. Taking measurements. Determining the best cast on for your pattern. Increases and decreases: where, how, why and which ones.

Part 2 on Oct 22: Binding off for armholes and sleeve caps. Decreases for armholes and sleeve caps. Looking at knitted fabric and determining whether your gauge is on track. Fixing mistakes. Demonstration on blocking sweater pieces.

Part 3 on Nov 26: Seaming your sweater. Picking up stitches for edges. Best cast offs/bind offs for your edges. Buttonholes, sewing on buttons and other finishing techniques.

Materials fee: none, bring or buy

Materials list:

  • Your own knitting tool kit. Should contain scissors, stitch markers, removable stitch markers, tape measure and other tools you commonly use in your knitting.
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • List of patterns you’d like to knit and/or patterns. Note: patterns brought to this class must have schematics
  • Yarn you’d like to use for your pattern, and appropriate needles. (Yarn may be purchased for your sweater after the first class, but have some idea of what you’d like to use)


Knit at least one swatch (minimum 6” x 6”) using the yarn you’d like to use for your sweater. If there’s a particular pattern you’d like to use, knit a swatch for that pattern in the recommended stitch pattern. If the stitch pattern is NOT stockinette stitch, please also knit a swatch with the same needles, in stockinette.

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