Creating a Schematic from Your Closet
With Sarah Peasley
Feb 5, 10:00am-12:00pm CST
Have you ever looked at something from your closet, on another person, in a catalog, or online shop, and thought, “I could knit/crochet that!”? You’re right! You can!
Step One is sketching out your concept on paper and “connecting the dots” with measurements taken directly from things you’re already wearing (a poor fit can provide as much useful data as a good fit!). This sketch is called a “schematic” — it’s that drawing (or drawings) you often see in a knitting or crochet pattern. That little line drawing is invaluable for designing your ideal garment from scratch, or for tweaking a commercial pattern to fit you better. (Did you hear that? You can tweak a pattern! To fit you better!)
We’ll sketch out a schematic (or two, or three), discuss how you want each section to fit, begin to fill in the numbers, and explore how to apply what you’ve learned to altering an existing knit or crochet pattern. And, please: let’s keep these first ideas fairly simple while the concepts are being learned.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Student should have solid knit or crochet skills and should have made at least one sweater.
__Pencil and eraser
__Flexible measuring tape
__Please have ready one or more shirts or sweaters that you own — we’re looking for something that fits you nicely or that you wish fit you differently, including any or all measurements of the following: across the shoulders, around the bust, around the hips, sleeve length, upper sleeve circumference, body length, etc. – you will use the measurements from these samples as a starting point. During class, please make sure you have a flat surface nearby to lay your garments out for measuring.
__You may also have pictures from catalogs or on-line shops (printed out on paper, please — no screen sharing will be permitted).