3-6 class hours.

Ready to go beyond scarves & hats? Take the terror out of sweater-making with this sleeveless teddy-size shell. You will learn about garment types (drop-shoulder, inset, and set-in sleeve sweaters, cardigans, etc) and ways in which they can be constructed (top-down, bottom-up, in seamed pieces or seamlessly). You’ll learn how to read pattern instructions that translate the inches of a garment into the stitches and rows of knitting. And you’ll apply what you have learned by knitting up and seaming together the pieces of a small sample. Let’s make your first sweater together!

Topics covered
Sizing and measurements
Materials, tools and techniques
Reading a pattern
Garment structure and construction
Tips for success


  • 70 yds of smooth #4 worsted weight yarn in light or bright color
  • Knitting needles in size appropriate for yarn (between US 6-8 [4.25-5 mm], depending on how tightly you knit) plus third needle (any type) in same size
  • ruler, preferably metal
  • pencil or pen for making notes
  • small stitch holders or scrap yarn to use as such
  • knitting basics (yarn needle, ring markers, scissors, etc)


Cast on 24 stitches. Knit 2 rows.
Row 1 (RS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 4″ [10 cm].  Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ [15 cm] tail; slip stitches to a stitch holder or piece of scrap yarn. Make a second square, same as the first, but leave stitches on needle and yarn attached.