Knitting Course

I will be starting a knitting course focused on designing sweaters – no pattern required.  Students will learn to create a garment from a photo or from their own drawing.  The 4-week course will be taught at Roses’ Fine Yarns in Fonthill beginning February 9.  Check for more information on courses, or  phone 905-892-2222 to register.  See below for further information:

Designer sweaters without a pattern with Greta Hildebrand

Have you admired a sweater, but don’t have the pattern? I will teach you how to measure, calculate and reproduce the textural design, to create a garment that fits perfectly and looks amazing. This course would be perfect for Handspinners who create their own yarns or for those who would like to choose from the wide selection at Roses’ Fine Yarns in Fonthill.

About me: My background is in education and fine arts, but knitting has been a passionate pastime, and necessity since I was a young girl.  My mother taught me how to knit, but I taught myself how to read patterns, and how to create garments and toys from images and from my own imagination.  I graduated to hand-spun yarns and completed the Master Spinners course in the early 1980’s. I am now retired but work from my art studio in Fenwick

Specific techniques will be demonstrated during this course including:

  • Shaping body sections and sleeves
  • Raglan, set-in and saddle style sleeves
  • Creating pouch and Kangaroo pockets
  • Grafting stitches for invisible joins
  • Picking up stitches for bands and collars
  • Creating buttonholes

For anyone interested, please contact Rose, Allison or Jack at Rose’s Fine Yarns in Fonthill where the course will be taught. Dates are February 9, 16, 23 and March 1 from 9:30 to 11:30.  The cost is $90 for the 4-week course.

For a full range of knitting courses see

Phone 905-892-2222

What you will need for the first class:

  • A picture of what you would like to make. Please think about your capabilities as a knitter and choose a project that is challenging but not overwhelming. It does not have to be a sweater, but a garment certainly gives us the opportunity to explore many of the parameters outlined above. If the image is just plain and you would like to incorporate a texture, you can choose something from an “on-line” website or from a book. I also have a wide selection you can choose from.

You should also have an idea of the thickness of yarn your garment will look best made with. If you’re not sure, take your picture in to Rose or Allison at Roses’ Yarns and have them advise you. Look at their selection of yarns and have something either chosen or in mind.  They will also suggest how much yarn you will require for your project.

With the yarn thickness determined, you will need the appropriate size knitting needles. Most garments with edgings require a size or two smaller for the bands.  This ensures more elasticity.  Be sure that your needles are long enough for your project.  Circular needles are good for garments made in the round or for flat sections.  All can be purchased at Roses’ Fine Yarns.