Spin to Knit a Sweater

Walk through the process of creating your first garment from your handspun yarn. In this course, you'll learn how to select the kind of fibre that will give you the garment you desire, how to sample your handspun yarn, how to calculate the measurements of your yarn and more.

Rachel Smith · September 5, 2019
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Welcome to Spin to Knit a Sweater!

Taught by Rachel Smith, the founder of the Wool n’ Spinning podcast and community, this class walks you through creating your first garment from your handspun yarn. There is just nothing like the experience of going from raw material all the way through to a finished item.

Throughout the videos, you’ll learn:

  • About fibres that give you the garment you desire
  • How to make handspun yarn samples
  • Recording your yarn measurements 
  • Storing large amounts of singles for plying later
  • Swatching with your yarn before starting your garment

Talk about the Spin to Knit a Sweater course with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!

Tag what you are making everywhere with #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!

How do you start your mornings, after the alarm clock and the sounds of your house permeate your consciousness? How do you embrace this brand new day filled with potential in front of you? As one of the adults in my family, the first 90 minutes usually blur between packing lunches, making breakfast and emptying the dishwasher. Then, we walk to school, a privilege we enjoy as often as possible. Afterwards, it’s time for tea and a moment with my partner before starting work.

But I will tell you, after pouring my cup of coffee, typically with some music softly playing in the background, I relish sitting in front of my spinning wheel. Now it’s time to refill my self-care cup, even if I can only manage to sit for five minutes. The sunlight streams through the window, casting a warm glow on the singles on the bobbin. Even spinning for that short time centres me and sets a lovely tone for my day. Many days, it feels like a challenge to fit it in, but just as I make time for the to-do list, spinning is part of my self-care routine, so I make it a priority.

At Greta Cornejo’s @gretacornejomakes new blog post, she talks about fibre prep tips and updates about our SOS Spin-Along, including information on today’s Zoom meetups-starting at 10:00 AM PDT and 1:00 PM PDT! Find more info at the post (link in bio to our SOS Articles section).

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This art batt by fatcatknitsdyer simply took my breath away. It’s soft (BFL), sparkly, full of texture, and I haven’t quite experienced anything like it!

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One strip of fibre done, 5 more to go. #sosspinning sweetgeorgia

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As the change of seasons and the back-to-school routines get settled, with the holidays and gift planning still weeks away, this is the perfect time to plan a project just for you. Join us this month for an SOS Spin-Along!⁠

As Greta @gretacornejomakes shares in her new SOS post— ⁠
I’m celebrating the change of season by prepping fibre and getting it ready for spinning a fractal 2-ply yarn. I hope you join us in spinning for a project, plus share your spin-in progress with us and meet with new and old friends. You can join the spin-along at ANY time, so dive into your stash or visit the @sweetgeorgia shop to find some beautiful fibre (Felicia`s handspun 3-ply fractal in BFL+Silk Salted Caramel is shown here) and spin along with us! ⁠

Read more about the spin-along and meetup information over at the SOS articles section… direct link in bio »⁠

We’d also love to see your spinning progress! Tag your posts with #sosspinning or #schoolofsweetgeorgia, or join other SOS members and instructors over in the Community Forums.⁠

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Fractal spin on my Schachts ladybug spinning wheel in the center. I have 4 braids of hello yarn fiber club august color pit a pat. The wool is Corriedale. I run it through my steamer 2x to open up the braid. It is a joy to spin worsted weight yarn. #helloyarnfiberclub #helloyarn #corriedalewool #schachtladybug #spinningyarn #sosspinning

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  • Preferred spinning tool, a spinning wheel shown in the course

*Please follow this link for Essential Spinning & Fibre Prep Tools needed


  • a minimum of 25g of wool to sample your project with

*Remember your School of SweetGeorgia member discount for fibre at SweetGeorgia Yarns!

Do you have questions about 0.1 Sweater Spinning Materials? Talk about it with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!

About Instructor

Rachel Smith

Wool n' Spinning ? for the love of making yarn #useyourhandspun wife | mama | INFP | handspun | knit | weave | RN

6 Courses

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Course Includes

  • 9 Lessons
  • Course Certificate