Our Calyx pullover sample has just arrived at My Sister Knits! This sweater, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, will take you from summer evenings into fall days.Calyx is knit with two yarns from Shibui Knits, one strand of fingering weight Reed (100% linen) held with one strand of sport weight Twig (46% linen, 42% silk, 12% wool). This combination makes approximately a worsted weight which will knit up fairly quickly!This slightly boxy sweater pattern is written so thoroughly that it sets every knitter up for success! It, along with Elizabeth's other patterns, fulfills your 'easy seamless sweaters to knit' goal. They are easy because of her precise, clear, thorough directions.When reading over the instructions for Calyx, it's obvious that Elizabeth keeps knitters at the forefront of her mind when she writes patterns. There are detailed notes on blocking the swatches (one for lace and one for stockinette), the pick up rate when picking up stitches, and whether to bind off knit-wise or purl-wise. Plus there are exact short-row instructions for those of us who need to be reminded every time we work them!Elizabeth also offers tips and tricks such as how to soften the corners of a stepped bind off. She adds notes of encouragement when tricky parts appear!Calyx has a large, easy to read graph for the lace parts. Find information on reading graphs here.This stylish pullover has modified drop sleeves and icord edging at the hem and sleeves. A lateral braid is fun to work, adds a distinctive detail, and stabilizes the fabric. In addition, the tweediness of Twig enhances the Calyx pullover with an upscale look!We encourage you to come in, examine, and try on this great transitional piece! You can dream of cool fall days while you're knitting with linen which won't make you hot!
Rarely do we get teachers and designers of Elizabeth Doherty's caliber to teach in Fort Collins. We are incredibly lucky to have the experience of learning from her the weekend of November 4th and 5th! There are three classes available; Warming Up to Linen, Tailored Pockets for Any Sweater, and Top-Down Set-In Sleeves.Just a few weeks ago I had the unforgettable opportunity to take her Top-Down Set-In Sleeve class and it changed the way I will knit sweaters forever! I've only made cardigans and I now have the skills to make a pullover! That fits! My cardigans always fall off my shoulders. The armholes are too big which results in extra fabric under my arms. Elizabeth taught how to fix those problems and I am over the moon about that! I can't wait to cast on a sweater using my new knowledge!Elizabeth's class walks us through her ideas about how to create a classic fit that flatters. Her top down patterns allow us to try on our sweaters as we go. Her class covers both the techniques and the math involved in modifying other patterns for a better fit. She measures each student! Having those numbers gives us the tools we need to improve the fit of any sweater pattern!Sweaters with shoulder seams and set-in sleeves provide a better fit than other styles due to their structure. Unfortunately, that usually includes sleeve and side seams which are intimidating. Thanks to Elizabeth's class, I will never have to sew a side seam or set in a sleeve again and neither will you! She teaches exactly how to pick up armhole stitches and knit the sleeves top-down. In any sweater!Trying on her samples is a voyage of discovery! Patterns that you might not have thought would work for your figure are as flattering as they are comfortably wearable. I was happily surprised by several of them!Elizabeth has an engineer's mind and approaches knitting in a unique way. She notices problems, figures out how to solve them, and the rest of us benefit! She has some surprising tips and tricks to improve stitch consistency and prevent 'rowing out'. I have always had a problem with a hole at the underarm when joining a sleeve. No matter how many people I asked or how much research I did, I could not find a way to eliminate it. Elizabeth has a marvelously simple way to avoid the gap entirely!This class is essential for any sweater knitter whether you're planning your first one or your tenth! Not only will you have a valuable learning experience, you will have fun doing it! Plus, Elizabeth will tell us her secret to life!Knowing how much I learned from this class, I can't wait for the other two she's teaching! Take advantage of this fantastic chance to learn from one of the best right in our own back yard! Call the shop now to secure a spot in one or all of Elizabeth's classes! 970.407.1461