Knit Your First Sweater

In this course, Tabetha Hedrick walks you through the entire process of knitting your first sweater. From reading the pattern and swatching, to knitting through finishing, we are with you the entire way!

Tabetha Hedrick · May 6, 2020

Sweater knitting can be a daunting task as there seems to be so many steps and so many places where it can all go wrong. But, just like any life challenge, if you break the large task into small manageable ones, you can start knitting sweaters like a pro!

In this course, Tabetha Hedrick walks you through the entire process of knitting your first sweater. From reading the pattern and swatching, to knitting through finishing, Tabetha is going to be with you the entire way!

We’ll work through the included pattern, Flannery, a raglan sweater, together, and by the time we’re done, you’ll learn all the special tips and tricks needed to make just about any sweater you can dream up.

If you run into any trouble, you can always chat with us in the SOS community forums! Plus, tag us on Instagram with #sosknitting and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!

The tubular cast on is an invisible cast on that’s great for hems, cuffs, and ribbing edges where you want to have a bit of elasticity. It creates a super stretchy and beautiful edging for your knit pieces, and in Tabetha`s @tabismiles new How to Work a Tubular Cast On post, you can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to work these cast on stitches!⁠

Find the new Tubular Cast On post at the School – link in bio »⁠

Shown in the image is Kristen`s @kristentendyke Drifter pattern, knit in @sweetgeorgia Superwash Worsted.⁠

#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #tubularcaston #knitting #knittingtutorial

25 0

Lisa Congdon calls it loud quitting: an assertive and unapologetic no to everything in her life she finds draining, feels done with, one-sided, obligatory, without purpose or joy. Sounds cathartic. If project management is a matter of managing our motivation, then loud quitting is the decision to face our setbacks and hang-ups, evaluate the project, and get rid of it completely. It is time to get frogging.⁠

At Amanda Buckley`s @mandythephilomath new article `Frogging & The Art of Project Management`, continue reading about frogging and the anatomy of a quit. We can undo a little bit to fix an error, or we can undo the whole lot and reclaim the yarn. Both options are valuable tools in the art of project management. Find the article link in our link in bio!⁠

#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #frogging #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig

19 0

Have you ever wished you knew exactly what yarn to get in a rush order or trip to an LYS, that you could predict the finished drape and feel of your project, or (gasp) could skip gauge swatching? I have some tips and tricks on creating a gauge library to help you with all three of the objectives above. (Okay, you might not be able to skip gauge swatching; Tabetha Hedrick, SweetGeorgia’s guru of gauge, is watching me! But having a gauge library will make that step go by just a little quicker!)⁠

Continue reading Ruth Nguyen`s @redearthdesignstudio new How to Create a Gauge Library article, where we hope you are inspired to start your own. Knowledge is power, and knowledge that is catalogued and easy to access is that much more powerful—especially when it comes to our knitting and crochet projects!⁠

#sosknitting #gaugeswatch #gaugelibrary #gotgauge #knitting #knittersofinstagram #schoolofsweetgeorgia

52 0

I have been trying to design a triangular shawl. I can’t stop making charts, finding bunch of mistakes and fixing them! This is so addicting 😍 I took designing course at schoolofsweetgeorgia and it has been very helpful ❤️
#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #knitting #knittersofinstagram

12 0

We’re excited to kick off our February Hold-Along tomorrow and hope you’re just as eager to join in. Last week, we talked about why double (triple, quadruple) stranding is awesome, so hopefully your imagination is running away with you on all the options you can try out. Have you made your Hold-Along plans yet?⁠

If a sweater is in your Hold-Along plans, then guess what?! The Flannery sweater pattern has been updated with a handy-dandy little spreadsheet (on Google Sheets) that will enable you to plug in your stitch and row gauge, along with your own measurements, to get completely customized stitch and row counts for the pattern. It’s the perfect oversized, cozy sweater.⁠

You can find all of the info at today`s blog post (link in bio) along with the discount code to get the Flannery pattern for 20% OFF! Plus, check back at the SweetGeorgia blog tomorrow, February 1st, for our Hold-Along official cast on!⁠

Flannery – design by Tabetha Hedrick tabismiles⁠
Shown knit in SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in Lilac and modelled by Charlotte charlotte_milkteacup at SweetGeorgia!

52 3

Flannery is the perfect introduction to sweater knitting! With a relaxed silhouette, easy raglan sleeve construction, and comfortable fit, first-time sweater knitters will love the skill-building success and great look it brings.

Get the pattern here »


  • Bust circumference: 34 (37 ½, 41 ½, 46, 50, 53 ½, 57 ½, 62, 66)” / 86.5 (95.5, 105.5, 117, 127, 136, 146, 157.5, 167.5) cm
  • Garment Length: 23 1/2(24 1/2, 25 1/4, 25 3/4, 26, 26 1/2, 27, 27 1/2, 27 3/4)” / 59.5 (62, 64, 65.5, 66, 67.5, 68.5, 70, 70.5) cm
  • Choose the size that is 3 ½-4” / 9-10 cm larger than actual bust circumference. Sample shown in size 41 ½” / 105.5 cm.



  • Size 6 US / 4 mm needle
  • Size 7 US / 4.5 mm needle
  • Size 6 US / 4 mm circular needle, 16” / 40 cm long
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
  • 1 removable stitch marker, 1 stitch marker, yarn needle


  • 17 sts and 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st, after blocking.
  • 21 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in K2p2 Rib, after blocking.

About Instructor

Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

17 Courses

Not Enrolled
Available for All-Access Members

Course Includes

  • 21 Lessons
  • Course Certificate
Powered By MemberPress WooCommerce Plus Integration