Online Class

Handknit Garment Design


Shirley Paden, author of "Knitwear Design Workshop," brings her concepts to Craftsy! Learn her comprehensive yet simple process for beautiful fabric and knitwear.

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What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Extensive printable class materials to supplement Shirley's lessons, plus written sweater pattern templates for two designs
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Shirley Paden
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Don't miss this opportunity to learn knitwear design from an industry expert and sought-after teacher: Shirley Paden! Go beyond commercial patterns and understand how to develop the best knitted fabric for your sweater design. Just as she does in her in-person workshops and bestselling book, Shirley shows you step by step how to use one simple math formula to calculate yardage, shape sleeve caps and armholes, distribute increases and decreases and achieve a perfect fit. Animated diagrams –exclusive to Craftsy –bring Shirley's process to life. Also included: a 26-page downloadable workbook that includes Shirley's worksheets, charts and instructions. If you're ready to start designing, Shirley Paden's patient and precise teaching will help you build a foundation of knitwear design skills. If you're an experienced designer, this class will complete your education.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Shirley Paden
Meet your instructor, renowned knitwear designer Shirley Paden, and learn more about the class.
2. The Design Thought Process
3. The Fabric Selection Process
4. Taking Measurements
5. Starting Your Pattern
6. Interspersing Increases
7. Interspersing Decreases
8. Upper Body Shaping
9. Vertical Shaping: Sleeves
10. Vertical Shaping: Body
11. Vertical Shaping: V-Necks
12. Alternate Sleeve & Sleeve Cap

Additional Supplies Needed

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Taught by

Shirley Paden
Shirley Paden
Shirley Paden (<a href="" target="_new"> is an internationally recognized designer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting and on HGTV. She has lectured on and taught knitting and crochet for more than 18 years. Her book, Knitwear Design Workshop, covers elements of her most popular class. She is the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits in New York City.
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