Sweater Surgery is Live!

I’ve been hinting over the last few months about my newest class but now that’s it’s live I can finally tell you all about it – welcome to Sweater Surgery.

sweater surgery

It all started last year with a knit along sweater that was worked from the bottom up. Several knitters finished the sweater and were happy with it except for the length of the sleeves. This can be a problem when working from the bottom up, as you can’t make a final judgement call on sleeve length until you are finished! I talking them through the process of shortening the sleeve but I really wished that I could show them on video properly. The process is not difficult but it is daunting the first time!

This got me thinking, so many knitters after spending weeks on a garment are unhappy with it. Some might rip it out, others give it away and others just leave it in the back of the closet. I know because I knit a few beauties myself starting out! Over the years I picked up a few tricks along the way to correct problems as I went. Plus there were several more techniques that I really wanted to experiment with. The idea for a class that takes disasters and creates wearable sweaters out of them is something I haven’t seen before but it’s a class I’d have loved to see when I began knitting! Plus you get the added bonus of using everything you’ve learned in future projects.

crochet steek

If you have a sweater that you only want to make a few minor adjustments to you’ll find the help you need here. But if you have a complete disaster you can also give the class a go and really go crazy with your experimenting!

The basic areas we’ll be covering in the class are:
Sleeves – adjusting the length and the width
Body – again adjusting the length and the width/shaping
Steeking a sweater to turn it into a cardigan
Changing the edging of a garment
Adding pockets
Planning future projects, provisional cast ons and changing patterns.


As you can see there are a lot of different areas covered in this class but the core of the class is interaction, both with me and other students. Analysing the problem is really important. Perhaps you think the sleeve is too long but it is actually possible that the shoulder is the part that’s too wide so it’s allowing the sleeve to slip down. You can post photos of the issues and we’ll all help you to figure out the best way to tackle the garment. Please join me to help make this class fun and productive!

To sign up with a 25% discount off the class price click here.

7 thoughts on “Sweater Surgery is Live!

  1. I am totally interested in this class. I love your Celtic Cables class and this is a fascinating topic to me. 25% off would be awesome, but the link didn’t work. Maybe I just need to try back later.

  2. Yeah! Looking forward to the class! The link on the blog is coming up an error/cant find page just so you know. I’ll go directly to craftsy and sign up! Thanks so much Carol for doing the classes….the short rows is awesome and can’t wait to start my celtic cables soon. Di

  3. Carol, I was waiting for another class with you, and here it is! I loved your other two Craftsy classes, I learned SO much! I am a very beginner knitter and your classes helped me lose the fear I had of cables and shaping. I am still tackling very simple projects, learning how to proficiently “read” my stitches, so to avoid clumsy mistakes, but I welcome any new information I can get. Thank you for sharing your knowledge so unselfishly! Marcia

  4. What a brilliant idea for a class, ensuring that we actually get wearable, useful garments that get worn! I recently discovered Craftsy through your short rows class which has transformed my recent knitting. Thanks.

  5. What an interesting class! Maybe the pile of sweaters destined for Goodwill will be put to use after all! However, I tried the discount link again today (Sunday) and it’s still coming up as “not found”. When you get a chance, that’d be great! Thanks!

  6. Hello Carol. I am taking your Sweater Surgery class and I love it! What a great idea! So interesting, and wonderful to know if I goof it, I can still fix it. Thank you so much!

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