Quintessential Cardigan Class

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Quintessential Cardigan Class


You want to knit a sweater, you want it to fit and you want to use a good yarn with confidence. We can help. Join Barb and Cynthia on a five week journey to knit the "Quintessential Cardigan", to your individual specifications.


What It's About

You want to knit a sweater, you want it to fit and you want to use a good yarn with confidence. We can help. Join Barb and Cynthia on a five week journey to knit the "Quintessential Cardigan", to your individual specifications. We'll start with the building blocks: swatches, gauge and the right measurements and work through the technical aspects: increases, decreases, necklines, bind-offs, buttonholes all the way to finishing: edging, seaming and blocking. You'll learn a lot about your knitting and make a garment that is tailored to you. Pick a yarn that you love and knit with confidence!

The Quintessential Cardigan by the design team at Churchmouse Yarns and Tea is no accidental choice. Churchmouse patterns are known for their tailored looks and attention to detail in pattern design. With 8 sizes to choose from, this cardigan will work for most adult women (33 - 54 inches). If you're smaller or larger, we can help you with the gauge-math to make some adjustments! The pattern also has guides for adjusting body and sleeve lengths.

Added bonus! Bring along a mobile device (tablet, ipad, smart phone) and we'll help you document your progress (and keep great notes for future knitting projects) in/on Ravelry.

Prework Required

To be sure your garment turns out the right size, it’s important to swatch until you get the correct gauge. Stitch gauge determines the the fit; row gauge affects the length.

Swatch #1: Using the same yarn that you want to knit your sweater, cast on 33 sts for a nice big swatch approx. 6"/15cm-wide; work in stocking stitch for 6"/15cm; bind off loosely. Measure and note unblocked gauge for reference when knitting. Wet block your swatch (see instructions below); let rest for a day or two. Measure again— gauge may change after it relaxes. The Quinessential Cardigan is worked at 22 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm. Measure center 4"/10com of swatch (edge sts may be distorted). If you have more sts or rows per "/cm, your gauge is a little tight; try swatching again on larger needle. If you have fewer sts or rows per "/cm, your gauge is a little loose; try again on smaller needle.

Swatch #2: cast on 21 sts and work 4 rows in ribbing as follows:

  • Row 1 (RS): *P1, K1*; repeat between * * to last st, P1.
  • Row 2 (WS): *K1, P1*; repeat between * * to last st, K1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 once more (4 rows total) and on last WS row, **KFB into first st (1 st inc’d). [22 sts]. Then, beg inning with a knit row, work 2 rows in Stocking Stitch. Leave your work on the needles and bring to class. (There is no need to block this swatch prior to class.) **KFB = knit into front then into back of same stitch.

Wet blocking: Soak Swatch #1 for 20 minutes in tepid water with a little no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll up in towels and gently squeeze out more moisture. Lay flat and allow to dry thoroughly.

Please Bring:

We will provide a copy of the pattern for you (print/pdf) when you register. And, we would be happy to help you gather the following materials and tools for this project:

  • Depending on the size you make (and modifications), you will need up to 1400m of a DK weight yarn
  • 3.75mm (US 5) 24"/60cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
  • 3.25mm (US 3) 24"/60cm circular needle, or two US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
  • Stitch markers: 2 ring markers; 8 locking markers or coiless safety pins for ‘clip-and- turn’ short-row shaping, button placement, and setting in sleeves.
  • 2 stitch holders. Darning needle to finish. Seven 5/8"/16mm buttons; needle and thread.

Skill Level

You have followed a pattern to complete a project on your own, from start to finish. You can cast on, bind off and you know the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch. You've worked with increases and decreases. You want to make a garment for yourself, you are committed to making a gauge swatch (or two) and you have the time to commit up to 10 hours a week to working on this project.


  • 8 - 10 hours of instruction in making, modifying and finishing your Quintessential Cardigan
  • The "Quintessential Cardigan" pattern by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea
  • A workshop and project completely customized to you!

Other important info that you should know about...

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can pay online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone.

  • This workshop may be held on our mezzanine level which is roomy but only accessible by stairs. If you have mobility issues and can't manage the stairs, please contact Cynthia: cynthia@rivercityyarns.com.

  • Cancellations? We know you have every intention of coming, but life happens, so we need a cancellation policy, and this is it: 

    • If you cancel 7 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee. 
    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 7 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If you are unable to attend, you may ask a friend to take your place.
    • If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise. 
  • Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact cynthia@rivercityyarns.com
  • Private group or individual sessions are also available. For information please Cynthia (see above).