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The Numbers Game

Garment Design Course

In an effort to make a garment that really fits me properly I decided to sign up to a Craftsy Class called ‘Handknit Garment Design.’  As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I’ve bought what I hope is a sufficient amount of aran wool to make a jumper and would like to make a good go of it during the Christmas break…or at least get past the ribbing section.  In the past when I have knitted jumpers without a pattern they have followed a very rudimentary design; square for the back and front, two rectangles for the sleeves and a slash neck.  This formula always worked well in earlier years however I would really like to make a better go of it this time.  I’m slightly older now and while I certainly don’t have more time on my hands I’m not in such a rush to get things finished as I would have been before.   I want to enjoy the process as well as to learn from it.

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I have learned a lot so far from the Craftsy Class.  The instructor is Shirley Paden.  She is extremely thorough and seems, like me, to have a love of maths as numbers have featured a lot in the lessons so far.  One of the early topics deals with how to take measurements.  I have to say I just kept watching in utter amazement as the realisation dawned on me that there is so much more to this knit a jumper business than I had previously accounted for.   Paden goes to great lengths visually to explain the importance of pattern flow in shaping especially when stitching changes alter the gauge.  One aspect that I have found extremely useful is how to work out the amount of yarn required for the project prior to starting.  Hopefully by the end of the course I shall know whether I need to go back to the wool shop or not.