Using “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters” to Design with Handspun (Or Any) Yarn

About Using “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters” to Design with Handspun (Or Any) Yarn with Ann Budd

Because handspun yarns don’t always match commercial yarns in terms of grist and weight, handspinners are faced with particular challenges when it comes to following most published sweater patterns. “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters” by Ann Budd simplifies these challenges. Written in charted format for 15 sizes (from 26” to 54” chest/bust circumference), five gauges (3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 stitches/inch), and four armhole types (circular yoke, raglan, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder), the book contains instructions for more than 600 sweaters. In this two-hour workshop, Ann will explain how to knit and measure a reliable gauge swatch, how to choose your size, and how to follow the charted instructions in “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters”. Of particular interest to handspinners, Ann will discuss how to use the instructions if your gauge doesn’t match those provided in the book and give tips for getting the best results using handspun yarn. A PDF worksheet for measuring gauge will be provided prior to class.

This Fiber Arts Seminar is offered as part of the 2021 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and is limited to 20 students.

Class Materials Needed

“The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters”, pencil and paper for taking notes.

Skill Level

Intermediate. Must be familiar with knitting a gauge swatch and must have knitted at least one sweater.

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Using “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters” to Design with Handspun (Or Any) Yarn


Single session on Friday, April 30, at 2 pm ET | 11 am PT | 18:00 UTC.

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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the class.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Using “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters” to Design with Handspun (Or Any) Yarn
Ann Budd
Ann Budd

Ann Budd

After rejecting a short career as a geologist, Ann Budd fully embraced her passion for knitting. She worked as an editor for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and is now a freelance editor, teacher, and designer. Ann has authored more than a dozen knitting books, including the popular The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of Interweave’s Style series books. 

How It Works

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