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Fit Your Knits

Knit Lab

with Stefanie Japel
Knitwear designer Stefanie Japel teaches you how to knit a sweater with adjustments to the bust, waist and hips to perfectly fit any body type.

You've found the perfect sweater pattern and even bought the perfect yarn. Before you spend days, weeks, or even months knitting the sweater just to find that it's too tight in the bust, rides up in front, pulls across the hips or hangs like a sack, stop and get step-by-step help from Stefanie. Learn how to customize a sweater pattern to fit any body size and shape. See how to create bust darts, decrease stitches to show off a waistline, add stitches to fit anyone’s hips, and change the length and taper of sleeves for a truly personalized knitted garment.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Stefanie Japel as she reviews what this lesson will cover and learn about the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Fit vs. Style


Lesson 3. Matilda Measurements


Lesson 4. Assessing the Pattern


Lesson 5. Gauge and Swatching


Lesson 6. Real Women Have Curves


Lesson 7. Modifying the Sleeve


Lesson 8. Modifying Bad Penny


Lesson 9. Modifying Mesilla


Lesson 10. Bonus: Bust Darts


Lesson 11. Bonus: Armholes

"What I learned from Stefanie was INVALUABLE for my overall knitting! ... Stefanie goes through all the math to make any necessary adjustments to two of her sweater patterns, giving you the confidence to know how to make the increase/decrease calculations for any pattern you may want to customize. Really learned a lot. Thanks, Stefanie!"
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