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    October 20, 2008 2 min read

    Just a few short weeks ago, 12 knitters embarked on a sweater adventure together in our Fit and Finish class. We measured and marked, checked and modified, and each student went forth with specific guidance for her particular sizing and the instruction to complete the back in two weeks, ready for the next class. This past Saturday, I was amazed and delighted by everyone’s progress. Each student had completed the back, and many had been able to move ahead to the fronts. At the second class we adjusted sleeves as needed, and students are now busy knitting their sleeves and cardigan fronts. We will begin the finishing process in the next session. In less than 6 weeks, each student will have knit an entire sweater from beginning to end—from casting on to weaving in the ends. Wow! Sounds unbelievable, but the proof is irrefutable. Here are some photos from the second class where everyone had knitted the back of her sweater.

    The students have all said that they feel very empowered with the knowledge and skill they gained in the Fit and Finish class, and they want to do it again. So we’ve scheduled another session that will begin in early December but will not meet again until January. Everyone will have a nice long time to complete the bulk of their knitting. Several of the students from this session have already signed up for the next session not only to deepen their understanding of the process, but because they love the idea of completing a sweater every 6 weeks!

    The accountability of a class like this is so effective that we’re using a similar approach for the beautiful February Lady cardigan. We’ll meet once in late October to swatch and learn the stitch pattern, then we’ll go forth and knit, checking in every week or so to keep each other on track. The February Lady is a charming design—even people who think they can’t wear raglan sleeves are delighted with how flattering this sweater is on them. So join us this month as we knit a new sweater to show off at your Thanksgiving Day celebration.

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