Learn to Machine Knit your own jumper #03 - The Stoodley Jumper
The complete guide to confidently machine knitting your own patterned yoke jumper in a matter of days
** CLASS LAUNCHES SEP 28TH 2020 **
Are you living in fear of your knitting machine and feeling overwhelmed? Do you have dreams of all the cardigans and jumpers you want to make for yourself (and your friends and family!) but you just don't know where to start? Maybe you are worried that you don't know what to do or that you'll never be good enough to knit *actual garments*. Or perhaps it's just been a while and you're feeling a bit rusty?
This workshop is designed to take you through all the stages of knitting the Stoodley Jumper step-by-step so you can confidently knit a full garment from start to finish. You will learn all the techniques to produce a quality item, finished to a high standard that fits well and looks professional.
You will be guided with detailed instructions, pdf handouts & checklists and videos of all the techniques you need to knit the jumper. You will finish with the confidence to make and adapt more garments to your specific measurements and the ability to knit more of your own wardrobe.
The course covers the following
- choosing your yarn & colours
- taking measurements & choosing your size
- tension squares
- choosing between knitting the jumper flat or circular
- full instructions for knitting the garment flat (with seams)
- further instructions for those who want to knit it circular (with no seams)
- step-by-step instructions for all the stages of knitting the garment
- blocking it
- finishing like a pro
- adapting the pattern
- how to design your own fairisle yokes
- next steps for designing & knitting more jumpers
PLUS as an added bonus you also get
- FREE annual membership to the Machine Knit Community (worth £49)
- AND a special closed group within the community just for students on this course
The Stoodley Jumper is my latest design - something that has been in my mind for a long time and it feels so good to launch it into the world and share the pattern (along with all the tips I learnt along the way whilst making it)!! It is a contemporary take on traditional fairisle jumpers with a patterned yoke based on my own raindrop pattern.
The jumper is knitted on a standard gauge knitting machine with a mid weight yarn (loosely equivalent to 3 ply). The pattern is suitable for anybody with a standard gauge flat bed Japanese machine such as a Knitmaster/Silver Reed, Brother or Toyota.
The jumper is named after Stoodley Pike which is a 150 year old monument perched on top of one of the hills above Hebden Bridge. Wherever you travel in the valley it's hard to ignore - it makes a statement just like this jumper!
The jumper is knitted from the top down, starting with the yoke and then joining on the sleeves and the body. It can be knitted flat, with seams that you join at the end. Or if you have a ribber - and are a little more confident or experienced - you can choose to knit the jumper in the round (circular) and join all sections as you knit so that when the jumper is finished there is barely any sewing up to do!
If you are a newer knitter you could choose to knit it flat the first time around so that you get a thorough understanding of the process and all the techniques required. Then, as your confidence grows, you can go back and repeat the classes following the additional instructions for knitting it in the round.
You can then progress further and amend measurements and shaping and even design your own yoke pattern. The workshop builds with you, as you learn and progress, and you can return again and again and knit as many jumpers as your heart (or wardrobe) desires!
I’m Nic Corrigan, owner, designer and maker behind Whitehall Studio - a luxury knitwear brand based in West Yorkshire, England.
I studied Fashion Design at University and during my placement year I was gifted a 2nd hand knitting machine. This opened up a whole new world to me and I ended up using it to produce my final collection. It was a fine gauge Knitmaster machine and I still use it to this day!
After graduating with a first class degree, and several years working in industry as a Knitwear Designer, I had grown disillusioned with the fast fashion industry. I felt so far removed from the creative process I had learnt at University and I was looking for the creativity I had enjoyed in the studio there. In 2014, I decided to take the plunge and launch my own label.
As well as designing, making and selling my own range of garments I run workshops so people can learn to machine knit. I want to pass on my passion for machine knitting and make it accessible to all!
I have been running in-person classes for 4 years now and will continue to do this. My studio is in a picturesque hilltop village in Yorkshire which I know isn't convenient for everybody! I started online classes in 2019 and with everything that has happened in 2020 they have become more important and relevant than ever.
From all the people I have taught, I have discovered that one of the main reasons they want to learn is so that they can make beautiful pieces of knitwear for themselves, and their friends and family to wear. They struggle to find modern, wearable designs but almost as importantly they all struggle to find the time to sit down at their machine.
My online courses are designed in a very straightforward, logical manner that takes you through every stage of the process step-by-step. It makes it really clear and simple so you can pick it up again easily wherever you break off and you can make solid progress with as little as 30 minutes a week. If you can devote more time, it's easily achievable to complete a garment within a week.