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Sweater Knit-Along: "Aileas" by Isabelle Kraemer

The "Aileas" sweater Knit Along is for adventurous beginners knitters to advanced knitters.  It is knit with DK weight yarn, and is worked seamlessly from the top down.  It has simple, decorative "faux" cables on both fronts, the back and sleeves.  Knitting starts at the shoulders. The back and both fronts are worked to underarm length, and then joined and worked back and forth to the final length, with set-in pockets in the ribbing.  The sleeves are picked up and worked in the round from the top down using short-rows to shape the sleeve caps.  The fold-over collar and buttonbands are worked last.

Knitting this sweater will give you the opportunity to learn or practice many skills, including:   

  • Swatching / sweater fitting
  • cable cast-on
  • picking up stitches
  • German short-rows
  • right leaning and left leaning increases (M1R and M1L)
  • short-row sleeve caps

This is a very well written pattern.  Do not feel that you need to have all of these skills to join in--you will learn the skills we go along.

Suggested Yarns:  DK or light worsted yarn, including Prairie Spun DK, Shelter, Woolstok, Moordale, Pebble Island, Cotton Cashmere, Alpaca Soft DK.  

Homework: To be completed before the 1st class.

Purchase pattern.  Choose yarn.  Complete your swatch.   Measure the number of stitchesst and rows in 4", then soak your swatch and lay flat to dry.  Once dry, measure again.  Determine a tentative size based on your bust size and the amount of ease you want in the sweater. 

The pattern recommmends up to 3" of positive ease. The sample in the shop is an M2, and measures about 42" at the bust.  Feel free to come into the shop to try it on! The back page of the pattern shows a sweater with 0" of positive ease (pink) and one with 3" of positive ease (grey).  

Swatch:  CO  26 stitches.  K in stockinette stitch for 5".  CO.  (You can do a couple of rows of garter st at the beginning and end of your swatch to keep it from rolling, but have 5" of stockinette between the garter st borders.)  Make your measurements as much in the center of the swatch as possible.

The suggested needle for the main body of the sweater is a #7, but you need to find the needle that gives you gauge (and a fabric you like).  The gauge you are working towards is 18 sts and 26 rows/4".  Measure the sts and rows in 4", then soak your swatch and lay flat to dry, and measure again.  If your gauge is "off" go up or down needle size (if you have too many stitches per 4", use a larger needle; if you have too few stitches, use a smaller needle.) The stitch gauge will determine the circumference of your sweater.

Class is conducted via Zoom*.   Additional information, if needed, will be sent via email.  

Please make sure the shop has your current email on file.  

Each session is recorded for playback on our YouTube channel.   

There is no charge for Zoom classes.  We request that you use yarn purchased at the shop.  

*Visit and enter code 559-658-0843  no passcode needed


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