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Knitting Your First Cardigan

Date and Time: October 4, 11, 18 and 25; 1:30-4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: October 1

Knitting your first sweater can seem a bit daunting, but it needn’t be. The pattern used for this class is a simple cardigan knit top-down in one piece using simple raglan shaping. Students will then pick up stitches along the fronts for the button band and learn to knit a one-row buttonhole and pick up stitches for the sleeves and knit using decreases for shaping. We will knit a toddler size for the class, which is easily convertible to adult size. Once you have learned to knit this simple small sweater, you will have the basics to knit almost any adult-size cardigan.

Lindy Barnes is a retired elementary school teacher and has been teaching knitting for the past eight years.  She loves teaching and sharing this wonderful craft with others. Lindy first learned to knit when she was ten years old and has been knitting continuously since she retired from school teaching ten years ago.

Yarn: Three skeins or balls of bulky weight (#5) (about 400+ yards total). If purchased as a skein, you must have it wound into a ball and ready to knit with at the first class.

Needles: 32” circular needles size  US8 and US 10.  Yes, you need two separate circular needles. In general, a skein of bulky weight is about 140 yards.

A set of “on-the-needle” markers in at least two different colors, a set of locking stitch markers (you’ll need about 10 of these – any color(s), 4 – 7  3/4” buttons and your complete knitting tool kit, pencil. The number of buttons needed will depend on the size sweater you choose to make. You won’t need the buttons until you are finishing your sweater.

Pattern: The instructor will supply the pattern.

Minimum Enrollment: Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the workshop.

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
  • All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by September 15, 2021.


starts October 4 @ 1:30 pm
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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Lindy Barnes
Beginner / Intermediate
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