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From Start to Finish: Take the Mystery Out of Putting Handknits Together


Price includes 8 hours of class.

A virtual class with Sarah Peasley

Aug 6, 10:00am-12:00pm
Aug 13, 10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm
Aug 14 10:00am-12:00pm CDT

Let Sarah help you knit and assemble a small sample sweater, step-by-step. Learn a complete process and valuable tips that will help you turn all your future knits into beautiful finished pieces that you’ll be proud to show off!

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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From Start to Finish is actually a finishing workshop, but we are going to start from absolute scratch because there are a lot of things you can do right from the get-go to make the finishing process a whole lot easier and to make your garment-making experience a whole lot more enjoyable. For example: which side of the cast-on is your favorite? How long should your cast-on tail be? How do you count your rows?

This workshop is geared toward the advanced beginner, although intermediate and experienced knitters can benefit if they’re still unsure about their finishing techniques. It is designed to make you more comfortable with the most basic techniques necessary in order to make your knitted pieces come together into a beautiful finished product. You will learn a plethora of tips and tricks along the way, and you’ll end up with a whole heckuva lot of tools in your knitting toolbelt that probably weren’t there before, and – even better – you’ll have the confidence to use them. Sarah has had students tell her that after taking this workshop they wanted to take apart everything they had ever knitted and put it back together using the techniques they had just learned!

Our sample will be a small drop-shoulder cardigan. Techniques covered as you knit it include: mirrored increases and decreases, picking-up stitches, sewing stitch-to-stitch, row-to-row, and stitch-to-row, 3-needle bind-off, counting rows, planning buttonhole spacing, sewing-on buttons, and weaving-in ends. We’ll wrap it all up with a brief discussion on the benefits of blocking. We are sticking to one sweater size so that everyone is working on the same number of stitches. The pattern is easily customizable should you wish to size it up or down later.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Students should be comfortable knitting and purling.

Supply List
Note: A wool yarn is recommended for this class (Sarah recommends something similar to Plymouth Galway, Cascade 220, or Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool) so the stitches will be easier to see and to work with, and you will be able to block your finished knitting. If you don’t like to work with pure wool, try a superwash wool or a wool blend.
• 100 gms of smooth, worsted-weight, wool yarn (approx 5 sts/in), in a color that will allow you to clearly see your stitches.
• 50 gms EACH of 6 additional colors of smooth, worsted-weight, wool yarn (approx 5 sts/in), in colors that will allow you to clearly see your stitches.
• US 7 (4.5mm) needle, or whatever size needle you would normally use with the chosen yarn
• US 5 (3.75mm) or whatever is two sizes smaller than the other needle
• Measuring tape
• Stitch holders
• Blunt darning needle
• Sharp tapestry needle
• Coilless safety pins (you’ll need at least a few dozen)
• Scissors
• Five 1/2-inch buttons
• Sewing needle and thread (for buttons)
• Crochet hook size G (or something close to that)
• Notepaper and pen or pencil
• Whatever you need to be able to see your stitches clearly: reading glasses, good lighting, etc.

No pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Karen D.
AMAZINGLY helpful class...sweater from start to finish

This was an amazing class. The instructor was CLEAR, patient, and highly knowledgeable providing lots of support and encouragement along the way. This class really helped pull together many knitting concepts into a cohesive whole. I feel so much more comfortable and able to tackle my next sweater project with much more confidence. Thank you Sarah!

Donna T.
Excellent class!

This class has given me the confidence to knit a sweater! Excellent tips and various ways of construction were provided. Sarah is an excellent communicator.

Mary R.
Great Class

Sarah is an engaging instructor and I learned several new tips and tricks for finishing in this class. I would highly recommend the class an d would definitely consider taking another class taught by Sarah.

Toni L.

Sarah Peasley is a great instructor!

Great class

Sarah is a wonderful teacher. Very organized, very patient, and very clear presentation. The course was long but very thorough. It was good to have it scheduled over two weekends so all the homework could be done during the intervening week. I got a lot out of this class and would definitely take more classes that Sarah teaches. Class notes were incredibly detailed and clearly written. She explains things very clearly and was sure to keep everyone on the same page.

Karen S.
From Start to Finish

I enjoyed taking this very informative class from Sarah Peasley! The techniques she used in her class will help me have a great looking sweater🤩 compared to an oh I finished my sweater😒. Her class notes were very detailed making it very easy to do our homework between classes. I am looking forward to taking more classes with her!

Nora K.
A wonderful class and a wonderful teacher

Sarah is a really wonderful teacher, especially for something as personal and individual as knitting! She carefully goes over techniques for finishing from seaming to weaving in excess strands and talking t each individual participant and in the end all I wanted to do is find other classes that I can sign up with Sarah.