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Customizing Garments: Pattern Writing Basics with Sarah Hatton

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Have you ever fallen in love with a machine knit sweater in a shop and thought, “I could make that”? Or do you have a cherished sweater a family member made that you’d like to replicate? Maybe you’ve seen a pattern online and thought, “I’d love to knit that but I wish it was a v-neck instead of a crew neck.”

This special class with world renowned British designer, Sarah Hatton, is for you - knitters who want to build their confidence in amending and adapting garment patterns. Sarah will walk you through chart shaping and the math of how a pattern is formed so you can further develop these skills at home, and apply them to your knitting going forward. Sarah encourages students to bring along garments, ideas, and patterns. The more inspiration there is to discuss, the more you will learn.

Instructor: Sarah Hatton
Date: Monday, May 6, 10am to 4pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)
Location: The Hayloft, 381 Water St., 3rd Fl. Peterborough, ON

This one time class is possible as part of Sarah Hatton's North American tour with West Yorkshire Spinners and Berroco.

For the experienced knitter. Students should have an understanding of the following techniques: cast-on, bind-off, knit, purl, increases, decreases, picking up stitches, short rows, gauge swatching.

Students should bring:
A pattern you would like to work on adapting (e.g. changing the neckline, changing the gauge, changing the length etc.). You are also encouraged to bring a knitted garment or two you would like to copy.

If you have a clear idea of what you’d like to do, it is helpful to make a couple of swatches in advance to bring to class.

Measuring tape/ ruler, pencil and eraser, notepad, graph paper, calculator (or phone app).

About Sarah:
Sarah was born in St. Albans, England and spent the early part of her life based in Hertfordshire. Taught to knit at the age of five, Sarah has always had a love of textiles and had a passion for dressing up as a child.

Having completed an art foundation course close to home she moved to Yorkshire to complete a degree in Fashion Design at Bretton Hall College, part of the University of Leeds.

Immediately after graduating, Sarah was offered her first job as a designer with a hand knit company. It was here she got to develop her skills in knitting, pattern writing and design. Sarah prides herself on the fact that since graduating she has always worked in the hand knitting industry.

Sarah’s inspiration has a tendency to be around garment shapes and she rarely works in more than one colour yet produces amazing wearable garments that explore and push the boundaries of shape and texture. Sarah is well known for her wearable garment designs with the innovative use of shape and texture.

Sarah has produced many collections for West Yorkshire Spinners including her most recent “The Croft – A Way of Life”, “Fleece – Family Collection”, “Fleece Bluefaced Leiceister DK – Riverside Collection” and “The Croft Aran – Shetland Colours”.

You can find her amazing portfolio (literally hundreds of patterns) here on Ravelry. Follow Sarah on Instagram @hattonknits.