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Fit Your Knits

Knit Lab

with Stefanie Japel
Fit Your Knits
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

  • Bring together your fit needs and the pattern designer's style to create a great-fitting, great-looking garment.


Lesson 3. Matilda Measurements

  • See the places where measurements should be taken and how to determine where these are on your own body.


Lesson 4. Assessing the Pattern

  • Learn to analyze knitting patterns to see if they'll fit you before you even start knitting and how to make any necessary adjustments.


Lesson 5. Gauge and Swatching

  • Learn how to compare a swatch to the gauge in the pattern and how to achieve the perfect gauge in your knitting.


Lesson 6. Real Women Have Curves

  • Stefanie moves away from the mannequin to show you how to take your own measurements with a friend's help or by yourself.


Lesson 7. Modifying the Sleeve

  • Discover how to change the length evenly throughout the arm and how to change the taper of a sleeve to create a custom fit.


Lesson 8. Modifying Bad Penny

  • Learn how simple it is to add length to a sweater and adjust the number of stitches for a proper fit at bust, waist and hem.


Lesson 9. Modifying Mesilla

  • Make sure that the bust, Modifying Mesilla waist, and hip of the sweater match up with your own body.


Lesson 10. Bonus: Bust Darts

  • Stefanie provides you with an overview of how to measure yourself and add the perfect bust dart for your shape.


Lesson 11. Bonus: Armholes

  • Stefanie gives you lots of tips and tricks to make sure that your armhole is as well-fitting as possible.

"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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