Sweater Modifications for a Custom Fit: Craftsy Class!

Update, 08/31: The class is live! You can find it here for 50% off! We’ll also give away a copy of the class on the blog on Friday.

One of my favorite things about my job is teaching. I love teaching the love of sweaters to knitters all over the country, and I wish I could do it more often! Unfortunately, one of the biggest frustrations in this new career is that I simply can’t be everywhere, all the time.

(Scratch that. It’s one of the biggest frustrations of my life, not just in this career!)

So I’ve really really enjoyed working with Craftsy these past couple of years, to offer my very popular Knit to Flatter class through their platform. (Click that link for $20 off if you haven’t taken it yet, by the way.) It allows me to work directly with students, whenever and wherever they are. I’ve loved the interactions I’ve had with the 13,000+ students enrolled in the course.

So I was absolutely delighted when they asked me to do another class.

It’s called “Sweater Modifications for a Custom Fit”, and it goes live this coming Monday, August 31!


The class was super fun to film, and covers a lot of sweater topics that I’ve been teaching these last couple of years. While my first Craftsy class included a little bit on fit, I kept things pretty general! Knit to Flatter was focused mostly on the visual elements in enjoying your sweaters, instead: Why you might like V- or scoop-necks instead of crew necks, for example, and tips on how to branch out from there.

This class leaves body shape and visual elements behind, and focuses instead on everything else that goes into a successful sweater – and there’s lots to cover, there, from fabric, to stitch patterning, to fit specifics, and beyond. Want a little more detail? In the 7 lessons, I’ve included:

  • A class pattern. I wrote up a choose-your-own-adventure style pattern specifically for the class. It’s worked in two yarns – the budget-friendly Naturespun Sport and the pricier but oh-so-luscious Rowan Lima. There are cardigan and pullover options, and two sleeve lengths, and two necklines. So you get the benefits of working through a class pattern, without being constrained to one specific look.
  • Detailed Fit Modifications. In this class, I get nitty-gritty about how to make all of the modifications you need in a sweater – from measuring to choosing a size to working modifications within the super-easy system and formula I’ve streamlined over the past 5 years. I even talk about those pesky sleeve caps!
  • Fabric and Style choices. I talk about what sweaters need, fabric-wise, and how to tell if your fabric has it. I talk about fiber, and how it affects fabric in the context of a sweater, and when you might want one thing vs. another. I talk about where you might place stitch patterning in a “blank slate” sweater, and what considerations you might make around that.
  • Finishing things off. I give a quick crash-course in blocking, pinning together, and seaming your sweater to round off the course.

I had a wonderful time filming it, and I hope you enjoy it too! The class goes live on Monday, and if you’d like a chance to win a free copy from Craftsy, click here!

Since book knitting is still in full-on crazypants mode, I’ll sign off for now, and catch up with you again on Monday. Until then, here are some pictures from the shoot:

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Have a great weekend!

4 thoughts on “Sweater Modifications for a Custom Fit: Craftsy Class!

  1. How fantastic, I can’t wait to see your new class as I have/am really enjoying your current class and book.

    1. Thanks so much, Sharon!

  2. I’m a little confused — is this a class to complement how to effectively use your CustomFit website (popping the hood, design and fabric choices, etc) or how to make *any* sweater pattern fit great?

    1. This class is for traditional knitting patterns — choosing a size, modifying, finishing. You learn to do manually what CustomFit does automatically, which many knitters enjoy!

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