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Fall 19 Knitalong: Upper Shaping and Yoke Knitting

Hello again, knitters! Today, we'll be moving through the upper portion of your sweater - which includes knitting short rows and raglan increases, as well as some reverse stockinette.      After casting on your Cilfor sweater, you'll be asked to work a few short rows. You might be wondering: what is a short row and why would you put them in a sweater? For sweaters specifically, short rows near the neck opening allow for a more anatomical fit around the the upper back and shoulders by adding more partial rows to the back of the garment. Those partial rows increase the fabric in the back, which...

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Fall 19 Knitalong: Swatching and Casting On

  Welcome back, knitters! Today we'll be talking all about swatching and casting on your Cilfor sweater.  Once you've got your yarn and needles in hand, fight the urge to immediately cast on - to ensure that your sweater will fit just right, you've got to start with a swatch. Making a swatch isn't just an arbitrary step in the process of knitting - it informs you of your gauge. Gauge is defined as the amount of stitches and rows/rounds that occur over a certain number of inches; for Cilfor, the gauge is 19 stitches & 28 rounds over 4" of stockinette stitch....

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Fall 19 Knitalong: My First Sweater

Fall 19 Knitalong: My First Sweater

 One of the great joys of knitting is creating bespoke items for yourself that will last from season to season. Surprisingly enough though, we've heard from many a knitter that while they knit endless shawls, scarves, and mittens for themselves and those they love, they've never made a sweater! Sweater knitting can seem daunting, but the simple truth is that if you've knit a shawl — which more often than not includes knits, purls and maybe even some increases and decreases — you're more than ready to knit a sweater! You may be thinking that this all sounds fine and good in theory, but...

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