Finishing School

from KatieCanavan

Finishing School Pattern


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Knitting: Finishing School
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

intermediate skill level requirement Advanced

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • CO/BO
  • Seaming
  • Increase/Decrease
  • Short Rows

Pattern Description:

Finishing School is a classic sleeveless sweater with an eye for detail. The sweater is designed to fit closely with gentle shaping around the waist, a curved hem and a sporty sailor collar. If you are scared of finishing, this sweater is for you, guiding you through each finishing technique before you can move on to knitting the next section of the sweater.

This sweater is designed to fit snugly with no ease. If you'd like the sweater to fit a bit looser, knit one size up. The construction is unique: You begin knitting at the front hem, then knit the collar separately and seam to the front. After knitting the collar, the back is picked up from the square edge and knit from the top down to the hem. While the hem stitches are live, the sides are seamed and then, finally, the bottom edge is picked up along the front and continued onto the live stitches to create a neat seamed hem.


22 sts x 27 rows = 4" square, blocked.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)" bust


  • Yarn Knit Picks Stroll Sport, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 137 yards/50 gram ball: Scarlet (MC) 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins, Whisker (CC) 1 skein all sizes.
  • Tactile Fiber Arts Sierra Sport Sock Yarn, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 225 yards/100 gram skein: Graphite (MC) 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, Pomegranate (CC) 1 skein all sizes.
  • 36" circular needles in size 6, or size to obtain gauge.

You Will Also Need:

  • Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, scrap yarn.

Suggested yarn:

1233 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Yarn Knit Picks Stroll Sport, Tactile Fiber Arts Sierra Sport Sock


Scarlet, Whisker, Graphite, Pomegranate

About Designer

About Designer

KatieCanavan on

Hi, I'm Katie Canavan, a textile artist and designer who lives & works in Los Angeles. After watching my mom make quilts, I took a quilting class at age 8. The year was 1992 and I haven't stopped sewing since. I went to Michigan State University to study Acting & Costume Design, and I taught all my friends and roommates how to knit. I love to take something old - whether a bookcase or a vintage ...

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