NaKniSweMo Sweater Workshop

November is National Knit a Sweater Month!

Or as it’s more commonly called, NaKniSweMo (na-nee-sway-mo). NaniSweMo is the knitters’ answer to NaNoWriMo (national novel-writing month) in which writers buckle down to complete a 50,000-word novel within the month of November. It began with Shannon “knitgrrl”Oakey in 2008. Now, there’s a Ravelry group with 1383 members and counting dedicated to NaKniSweMo.

We believe that everyone should knit a sweater this November, so we’re offering a four-week workshop throughout the month of November! Mim will instruct you from start to finish through the creation of a sweater. If you do your homework, you’ll have a complete sweater by the end of the month.

We know you can do it. Every knitter can knit a sweater! And we’re here to help.  Because we only have 4 classes to accomplish our goals, we’ll be limiting the choices to a simple set-in sleeve pullover in a worsted-weight yarn with either a v-neck, crew neck, or turtle neck. Sweaters will be knit flat in four pieces (front, back and sleeves) in order to clearly illustrate the shapes that comprise a knitted sweater. Throughout the workshop, we will address customization and design potential. By the time you finish this workshop, you will understand how a sweater is built, and feel empowered to make design choices in future knitted sweaters.

Week 1 (November 4, 4–6pm):

  • Figuring out your size
  • Finding your yarn
  • Swatching
  • Casting On
  • Choosing an edge treatment
  • Getting started

Week 2 (November 11,4–6pm):

  • Armhole shaping
  • Neck shaping

Week 3 (November 18,4–6pm):

  • Sleeves
  • Picking up stitches

Week 4 (November 25,4–6pm):

  • Seaming
  • Blocking
  • Finishing


Prerequisites: We’ll be moving pretty fast through the material, so basic knitting skills are a prerequisite.  But if you’ve been wanting to knit your first sweater, this is the perfect class for you. Join the movement; knit a sweater during NaKniSweMo and wear it proudly!

Materials: Worsted-weight yarn, US 7-8 straight or circular knitting needles

Cost: For $100 you’ll get the Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd  ($29 retail) and 4 classes!

Please Note: If you sign up online, we will reserve a spot for you, but you’ll have to pay in-person when you arrive.

Written by Lauren Chesis

Lauren Chesis

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