Knitting the Clamshell Cardigan with Rebecca Bowen

2.5 Day Workshop (Friday am thru Sunday noon)

Skill Level

Intermediate. Must be comfortable with basic knitting skills.

Class Description

The Clamshell Cardigan has an unusual and interesting border. The set-in sleeves are knitted into the body using the Organic Sleeve technique, which results in a smooth finish with little or no distortion from shaping. The models were made using DK weight yarn – one is wool/silk, the other is a cotton/linen blend. Students will learn how to make the clamshells and add the slip-stitich border. Once gauge is established, a pattern will be generated. The Organic Sleeve method will be taught. Students can choose to make a model sweater that will fit an 18” doll, a toddler sweater, or begin an adults sweater. Students who begin the adults sweater will make a sample Organic Sleeve.

Instructor Biography

Knitting is my super power.  I’ve been a knitter since I was 10 years old.  I’m mostly self-taught and learned very early to be a critical, thinking knitter.  I love to teach and enable other knitters, and hope I can teach them to become thinking knitters.

Materials Fee


Students to Bring

To make the model sweater, which will fit a 36″ chest:

  • 1600 yards DK-weight yarn in main color
  • 200 yards DK-weight yarn in strongly contrasting color
  • 3.57 mm (US #5) 32″ circular needle
  • 4 mm (US #6) 32″ circular needle
  • 4 mm (US #6) double-point needles or an extra circular for working in the round on the sleeves
  • Locking stitch marks will be useful
  • Computer or Thumb Drive

If students plan to make a larger or smaller size or want long sleeves instead of 3/4, the amount of yarn required will vary.  Please consult a general pattern book for guidance, or contact Ms. Bowen, using the form below, for help figuring the amount of yarn you will need.

If students have a computer with a pattern generating program they are comfortable using, they should bring it along.  General knitting reference books, such as The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd may also be helpful.