Knit A Sweater: DIY with We Are Knitters Kit Part 1 - Introduction and Casting On | Jewell Washington | Skillshare

Knit A Sweater: DIY with We Are Knitters Kit Part 1 - Introduction and Casting On

Jewell Washington, Northknits Owner & OML Founder

Knit A Sweater: DIY with We Are Knitters Kit Part 1 - Introduction and Casting On

Jewell Washington, Northknits Owner & OML Founder

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4 Lessons (9m)
    • 1. My Story: Making A WAK Sweater

    • 2. 1760 Sweater Materials

    • 3. Casting On: Long-Tail

    • 4. More Cast On Practice

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About This Class

If you've ever been apprehensive about knitting your own sweater and are ready to go DIY for 2017 then this class is for you!

In this class, you'll be introduced to my role as the founder of Our Maker Life,  as I introduce you to our step-by-step process to making your own sweater. You'll learn why We Are Knitters is an amazing beginner friendly-yarn, as well as my favorite cast-on technique to get you rock and rolling on the first few rows of your 1760 sweater.  

To make things cozy, I give my personal story of my thoughts about being afraid to make a sweater and how DIY, particularly with We Are Knitters kits, helped me to overcome my "making a sweater is too daunting" fears."

By the time you complete this class, you will have cast-on for your sweater and will be ready to comfortably make the beginning stitch pattern of your sweater and move on to the second class with the OML team to complete your project.

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Jewell Washington

Northknits Owner & OML Founder


Jewell is the graceful gal behind Northknits Handmade Knitwear. After realizing the peaceful beauty in quiet knitting and bible study time, she took a leap of faith and opened her shop and blog to create cozy knit accessories and inspire others through prayer and self-reflection. She enjoys the fast paced lifestyle as marketing director for an architectural consulting firm in Chicago, and as the founder of Our Maker Life has also discovered a calling in creatively connecting with others through knit and crochet..

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1. My Story: Making A WAK Sweater: Hi. Welcome to skill share. I'm jeweled, the shop owner and pattern designer behind northwards, hamming knitwear and the founder of our maker life. And I'm so excited that you decided to join our Let's Make a Sweater class in collaboration with oml. Go share were knitters. Aramaic. Your life is a movement for makers by makers that my team and I started in May 2016 to encourage offline community for knitters and co shares for business conferencing and to really together together just to enjoy the beauty of D. I Y and handmade particularly really fun dating party. I started my own shop magnets in 2014 but I'll tell you a secret. For the longest time, I was very afraid and intimidated with the idea of making a sweater. I just did not want to make one and then I got my first. We're knitters, kid and I absolutely fell in love not only with you had quality of their Peruvian rules, but also the simplicity of there needing patterns. You get a were knitters, kid. You really see how you're empowered and you can make anything that you want. So if you've ever felt intimidated by the with the idea of making a sweater than you're in the right class. Let's make a swear together. Okay, let's go. 2. 1760 Sweater Materials: So you're ready to make a sweater Great myself, along with my arm maker, life teen Kelly, Alison, Kathleen and they've been are going to be walking through from start to finish. The sweater that we're going to be making today is the 17 60 sweater a pattern by were knitters. If you've ever seen there no leaders, sweater kid, it is very similar. This is a 17 60 sweater that you see here behind me and in his quickly become one of my favorite sweaters to make just where its sheer beauty and simplicity. So if you look here on the bottom of the sweater, it has a gorgeous, beginner friendly rib stitching that will be showing you how to make. Today, the body and the sleeves have a beautiful garter stage, which is a knitters classic favorite, and it really shows its beauty here on the sweater. And then I also love how it finishes with that nice rib sticking on the collar as well. So you're going to need a few materials in order to get started on your sweater, you're going to need the were knitters wool. They're chunky wool is called team will. It comes in a variety of colors, and it's so very soft and has definitely quickly become one of my favorite and the back line. So it comes in a variety of colors that I wanted to show you here today can choose this nice natural, um, color for your sweater. I chose this beautiful already pumpkin tongue in order to make mine. There's also another natural, classically beautiful tan tone here that you can use. So in addition to your rule, which you will need five balls of the war in order to make your sweater, you're sure many needles. These are very large, perfect for bikini knitters, but also very easy to use for advanced manners. This is in the size 15 m m, and you will need these needles in order to cast regard on teary needles and start your sweater. Also optional, but not required is your coffee and newspaper so ready to get started in Cason. Great, Let's go 3. Casting On: Long-Tail: Okay, so we have our sweater here, ready to go and completed, and you're going to be walking through from start to finish. In order to be able team, make your beautiful, very own sweat. I'm going to be walking you through in regards, Teoh getting started with your project, actually getting the yarn on to the needles better known as casting. So in order that cast on, you're going to need a few things to get you started, you're going to need your knitting needles. This is an US size 1915 and these air definitely the coolest with the needles and perfect for chunky yarn projects. It just this one. And you're also going to me. You're so depending on how tightly are those of a never you are. You should go through about five balls at this. I'm here more Lucy later than you may go through. Maybe another ball, But typically, fried bombs should be able to get you all the pieces made for your sweater. This is not a sort of that stop down. This is made an individual pieces and then stitched together. So you have the front and back as well as your sleeves, and then I'm you add on Sitges awards to make that beautiful collar, and you can also add an embellishment that will be showing you how to make. I love this version a little bit more classic because that's just how I like to wear my sweaters, but yes, so once you have your and I use this beautiful horse, pumpkin managed to make mine. But once you have more urine and Neil, you'll also kids coming this cute little attack so he can sit that onto your finished piece and also a Cheeto as well. So the first type of them wants to be showing. It is a very common and very easy to learn method in order to make it three on onto your needles, it is called The Long tail passed on it, and I'm sure you can guess why. It's called the long telecast on because it has a long tell. The I'm Lynn um of your tell should correlate with how many stitches were required to cast on for your project for this sweater, it requires 36 stitches in order for you to cast on. So there are a variety of methods that you can use to accurately make the love of your tell correctly. I've just been needing for so long. I just sort of used my eyes. So I know this about this length will get me about 36 stitches. All right, so let's get started. So we have our yarn and our needle, and I'm going to show it to you really quickly. First, and then I will walk you through so that you can see overall how the actual method looks. No, my quickly. I forgot to sort of take a step back and want to make slip. Not everywhere. Makes there's differently. Tons of different methods in order to make yourself not just how I make mine no judgment. Right. Okay. I want to split that stitch. Not onto the needle. Easy. That's the long tail cast on so quick and easy. Right? Okay. I'm gonna walk you through. So what you want to do is take your thumb and your index finger boom and use these two fingers to sort of split the yard. Now, again, this is your toe, and this is gonna be your working yard, but it was already naturally separated. But you want to use these fingers to split it while using this finger and the needle to sort of control the yarn itself. So once I split, I use this to sort of pull the yarn down where it makes this V some controlling, pulling the yarn down and then you want to scoop the needle under the young that's on your thumb. Bring it over, scoop it under the on its on your index finger and then using your son still having some attention and control. Cast this stitch onto the needle and release, and then a will be a kind of loose. So you want to bring that down just to tighten it up? Let's do that again. So I'm in next finger here, Simon Index finger split it. Using this. Yeah, control of your right hand and your pointer finger on the needle. Get down to make it be Scoop it under Bring it over Stupid under there young is still on your stomach your literally chast ing it on drop both Bring it down. So again this pattern calls for 36 stages. Um, how many times you want to do it? And if you accurately measured you're tell, you tell shouldn't be too long once you cast the 36 stages onto your needle 4. More Cast On Practice: Okay, So I have successfully made 30 stitches onto my needle. And then the pattern calls for 36 so I just wanted it. These last six really slowly here just to again show you how to do this long. Tell cast on its one against. Split the yarn. Get down over. Over Castle Teoh or six. And don't be afraid if a stitch doesn't look perfect to you are you just want to get some good practice with your casting? I don't be afraid to take such is off and just keep trying. But this is 36 stitches. So this is how it will look once she completed with the long tail cast, I'm ethic.