It is one thing to decide to respect the body you have (instead of the body you wish you had); it is another thing to know how to create clothes that actually fit it. Part math, part self-love journey, this body-affirming class will teach you the skills to approach knitting as a practice of acknowledging, honoring, and clothing your unique body.
During class, each student will have the chance to practice the math for various adjustments according to their particular measurements. Students will leave with a customized step-by-step guide for modifying any given pattern to fit their body and invaluable body positive affirmations from a community of like-minded knitters.
The Ritual Dyes Studio is located in Southeast Portland at 1117 SE Division. We have a cozy, plant-filled studio surrounded by excellent food and cute shops. We look forward to having you visit!
- Knit, purl, increase/decrease using k2tog and ssk
- Experience knitting at least one sweater from start to finish
- Recommended: experience with short rows of any kind
- Recommended: experience wearing handknit sweaters
What you'll learn:
- How to recognize underlying fit issues that make you feel un/comfortable in clothes and find solutions
- How to apply a body positive perspective to questions of “comfort”
- How to read a gauge swatch and know what those numbers actually mean in terms of sizing/fit
- An overview of the most common types of sweater construction and the unique fit issues for each type
- How to select the best size for your body/comfort in a knitting pattern
- When and how to use some of the most common adjustments in knitting, such as different kinds of bust darts, waist/belly shaping, and shoulder/bicep adjustments
We will be working with two example patterns during class. You only need a gauge swatch for *one* of them, but you can choose to do both if you would like.
- REQUIRED: 1 or 2 gauge swatch(es) (instructions provided below)
- OPTIONAL: Bring along a print out of an aspirational knitting pattern — something you would like to make but you are uncertain about sizing/any modifications — and an additional blocked gauge swatch with the yarn/needles you intend to use.