Online Class

Knit Lab: 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.

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What You Get

  • 11 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including patterns and resources
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Stefanie Japel
  • 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

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet Stefanie Japel as she reviews what this lesson will cover and learn about the Craftsy platform.
2. Fit vs. Style
3. Matilda Measurements
4. Assessing the Pattern
5. Gauge and Swatching
6. Real Women Have Curves
7. Modifying the Sleeve
8. Modifying Bad Penny
9. Modifying Mesilla
10. Bonus: Bust Darts
11. Bonus: Armholes

Taught by

Stefanie Japel
Stefanie Japel
Stefanie started knitting at 8 years old and began designing soon thereafter. She learned to knit in the round at age 20, and her books — Glam Knits, Fitted Knits, and Mom and Me Knits — all feature fabulous circular knitting patterns. You'll also find Stefanie's wonderful work in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Vogue Knitting and more. Stefanie teaches a variety of knitting classes on Craftsy, and her lifetime of experience, clear teaching style and effervescent enthusiasm make her one incredibly fun instructor.
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