Ok…so you’ll remember in my last post that I waxed lyrical about the Craftsy platform.
Today I thought I’d walk you through the lessons I’ve completed so far and share a little of what I’ve actually learned. I know that some of you are contemplating signing up for this course, so hopefully, this will help you decide whether or not this is the right course for you.
Lesson 1 – Introduction
There’s not a lot to say about this, except I really warmed to Amy very early on. I like her approach, which is a very personal thing, but makes the whole course that little more enjoyable.
Lesson 2 – Body shape
During this lesson you take singularly the most unflattering photograph of yourself that you will ever take. And no….I’m not sharing it with you here. It’ll be on the interwebs for forever. Shiver!
However, what I will say is that this section was a complete revelation. Amy helps you analyse the picture, which is setting the scene for working out just what style of sweater will flatter you, and what adjustments you’ll need to make to your garment.
I always focus on my middle, because that’s where I hold my weight. But, these pictures show me that, when you look at me from the front, I’m actually more top heavy, a slightly inverted triangle if you will. And, it’s my boobs that you’re seeing first, not necessarily my waist, or lack thereof!
At this point envisage my husband looking at me sheepishly and muttering “doh!”.
The photo also showed a slightly long torso…which is why, if I fit a dress to my ‘natural’ waist it looks and feels slightly odd. If I raise it a little, I look to have much better proportions.
Which leads quite nicely into the next couple of lessons:
Lesson 3 – The visual impact of clothing
Lesson 4 – Flattering recommendations
In both of these lessons Amy shows different garments on different body shapes and highlights what it is about each combination that works or doesn’t.
Don’t expect any Trinny and Suzannah histrionics at this point…or Gok Wan and his bangers. Amy is kind and thoughtful and points out that if you like a style that doesn’t necessarily conform to “the rules”…well, go ahead and wear it anyway. The rules are really just guidelines and you can pick and choose.
What’s important is that the finished item fits as well as possible and that you feel great in it.
All very refreshing, no?
Lesson 5 – Your next favourite sweater
Here we start to get into the (k)nitty gritty of choosing your pattern and thinking about how you’re going to shape it to best flatter your shape.
As you know I’m going to knit Bud by Kim Hargreaves.
The key to this lesson is choosing a sweater that is knit in pieces – fronts, back, sleeves – rather than in the round. This allows for easier alterations as you learn this new skill.
I was delighted to pick a cardigan constructed in this way…especially as current trends are towards sweaters knit in the round, like Audrey. You’ll remember it was the fit problems I had with that pattern that started this journey! I’m looking forward to knitting on good old fashioned straight needles.
This lesson also discusses swatching. Normally when knitting a swatch I do the absolute bare minimum to figure out that I’ve got the right sized needles to knit to the given tension, then away I go.
All very gungho!
This is the swatch I’ve done for this garment.
Yep – it’s a monster swatch!
For scale you have the end of my sewing machine (pink arrow) and an A4 notebook (blue arrow).
The section on the left is knitted on 4mm needles, the section on the right is 4.5mm needles. The given size needles for this yarn is 5mm…but I know from experience that 5mm needles give a very loose and drapey fabric. And a fabric that sags easily under it’s own weight.
The 4.5mm needles give a better fabric; but the 4mms give a fabric that I’m really happy with. So I’m going with the 4s. I wouldn’t have learned that from the usual 10 rows on a couple of inches of stitches that I normally use. So I’m ahead of the game before I’ve even started.
So, as you can see, I’ve learned quite a bit so far. And that’s from just an hour and 17 minutes of lessons.
I’m really pleased with how this is going.
Next up is Lesson 6 – Measure, measure, measure. I’ll let you know how I get on.