|Learning about sleeve placement.|
The biggest thing I took away from this class is the importance of swatching. I will be the first to admit that I dislike swatching immensely and when I have a new project I just want to dive right in! But I have been converted. I used to knit just enough so I could see if I got the right gauge. But there is so much more it can tell you! I'm sure this isn't news to many of you but I was impressed with how much swatching helped with getting a better idea of how the garment would fall. Part of my homework was to do a variety of different swatches with cables, colorwork, ribbing etc. and it was very effective in illustrating how every pattern with different yarn is going to hold differently. So doing a large swatch can help you really get a good idea of the drape, elasticity and in the end also fit. This helps a great deal if you are substituting a different fibre than what is recommended in the pattern. If you are substituting alpaca for wool then how the garment is going to drape will be very different! So I am convinced now. Bigger swatches with parts of the pattern (i.e. cables etc.) are in my future. I think it will lead to greater knitting satisfaction in the long run.
Another great suggestion from Lily Chin - take your favourite sweater and take the measurements. This way you have a base for what you like wearing including how much ease you actually like! I really like my sweater to hit just below my belt. So when she suggested doing the measurements a light bulb went on in my head! So simple and yet I had never thought of doing that to adjust a sweater I was knitting.
A very fun and informative class. Lily Chin was an incredibly fun and dynamic teacher. She had us all take off our shirts to get our proper measurements. I certainly did not expect to spend some time in just my bra while learning about knitting. What we do to make sure our knitting fits perfectly!