Knitted from the top down in "lace" pattern that I made up and the yarn I used is six skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I call it "Purple Cloud" because it's so light weight yet warm.
This one below is called "Seaweed" made of Blue Heron Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, knitted from the top down with a crochet edge.
I love teaching but it's so time consuming, not the actual teaching but the preparation of the materials. Planning out how to explain and transfer knowledge of knitting techniques to 10 people at various levels of knitting capabilities can be challenging. Because I've knit without a patterns for so long I instinctively know how to do many techniques but how to transfer that knowledge to 10 people is the fun part. But beginner and advanced knitters all get something out of my classes that is why I did not specify a skill level for the class. Knitting from the top down is a simple concept and can be done easily for the beginning knitter and for the advanced knitter there are lot's of designs and stitching styles to learn about.
The classes have been a great success and I love what I'm teaching, "Design Your Own Top Down Sweater" is such an easy way to knit a sweater and lends itself to your own design elements beautifully. Who needs a written pattern that fits somebody else when you can knit a sweater that fits you, even hard-to-fit sizes, custom fit to your "lumps and bumps" oops. my lumps and bumps your shapely figure.
Because we had people on a waiting list I have added another class at Amano Yarn Center in January 2009.
Three Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 8pm January 8th, 15th & 22nd.
A Mano Yarn Center
12808 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066