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Castaway Top

Spring in Santa Cruz is all about breezy layers! Tackle your first (or fiftieth!) sweater project in this class with a simple, forgiving T-shirt that looks great on any figure, designed for layered comfort. The Castaway pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up, and using all stockinette stitch, is perfect for showcasing a vibrant cotton or linen yarn. This three-part class will walk through each step of the sweater-making process, from casting on, then dividing for sleeves, to picking up stitches and finishing, with lots of helpful skills and tips along the way!

When: Fridays, April 26, May 10, May 24, 9-11am

Instructor: Betsy Powers

Cost: $55

Skills Required: Basic knitting knowledge - knit and purl stitches

Materials: 696 - 1474 yards of DK weight cotton or linen yarn. The sweater is all stockinette stitch, so a fun, colorful, or textural yarn would really shine! You will also need US #6 24" or 32" circular needle (or size to obtain 5 sts/inch gauge), another #6 needle, scrap yarn for holding sleeve stitches, stitch markers and the pattern “Castaway” by Elizabeth Smith Knits. There are a few hardcopies for purchase in the shop or you can purchase on Ravelry. A pencil and highlighter may also be helpful.

Call 831-515-7966 to register.

Session 1: Casting on and getting started.
Skills: We will go through the pattern, choose our size, get prepared, and start the project!
Prework: Measure your chest circumference and upper arm circumference. gauge swatch optional.
Homework: Continue until you reach the point of dividing for underarms

Session 2: Dividing for sleeves
We will be separating from circular to working back and forth. We will also be starting the shoulder short row shaping.
Homework: Continue until you finish the neck shaping

Session 3: Sleeves
In this last session, we will be picking up stitches around the armholes and working the sleeves. We will also go over finishing techniques.

Earlier Event: April 25
Thursday Night Stitch
Later Event: April 27
Candlepower Sock Class - Part 3