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Approach to Sweater Design - Joji Locatelli

  • PNE Hastings Room 1 2901 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V5K 5J1 Canada (map)

In this workshop, we’ll discuss my sweater design process from start to finish. This is a fun class for anyone thinking about designing their first sweater (for fun or for work), but also for those who are interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes.

We’ll talk about: 

  • How to find inspiration (Pinterest, fashion designers, brands).
  • Following trends and adjusting them to what knitters want to knit.
  • Important measurements to consider when designing (shoulder span, full bust, sleeve
  • circumference, hip measurement, etc).
  • Tables of measurements and their meaning.
  • What is ease (garments don’t always need to be the same size as the table of
  • measurements!).
  • Making notes for knitters on how to customize their garments (e.g. sleeve length, body
  • length).
  • Overview of different sweater constructions and how to choose the one that best suits
  • your idea.
  • What makes a design unique (small little details that make a design stand from others).
  • Discussing some samples and their construction techniques.
  • Basic concepts on grading patterns to different sizes.
  • Using spreadsheets to grade a very basic pattern (converting it to different sizes
  • instructions).
  • Bring your own ideas and questions and (time permitting) we’ll discuss how they can be worked out.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; have knit a whole garment

Homework: None

Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen, tape measure. Feel free to bring a garment that you are inspired by (the actual garment or a photo).

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120


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