Image of a top down yoke sweater from Ann's book, "The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters". You can make your own version in this class.
Cover photo of The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters Ann Budd
image of chart with yarn requirements for child size sweater
Image of a chart with yard / meter requirements for an adult yoke sweater.
A photo of Ann Budd. She's smiling at you. You're going to smile back after you take this class. Ann's going to explain so much about sweaters, you'll be smiling AND knitting! A lot.
Square image of a top-down, yoke sweater from Ann's book, "The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters". You should take this class; you'll end up with a great sweater! That fits you perfectly.
Square image of Cynthia's top-down, yoke sweater from Ann's class with support from the book, "The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters". You should take this class; you'll end up with a great sweater! That fits you perfectly.
Image of Cynthia's finished sweater from Ann's class.

Top Down Yoke Sweater Class with Ann Budd

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We've arranged to hold a class with Ann Budd on Zoom. You can take this class from the comfort of your own home and the session will be recorded, in case you have any internet connection issues. 

Make it Your Own: Top-Down Yoke Sweater Class

This is an amazing opportunity! Ann Budd will guide you in creating a custom fit, top down (no seams) yoke sweater with your own yoke design. You'll join Ann for six, 2-hour lessons over eight weeks (Ann has built in "rest" or "catch up" weeks). That's 12 hours of instruction! In addition, you'll have access to the class recordings to review what you missed and Ann will also provide between-class support through our Ravelry chat. Don't miss out on this workshop; it's going to up your sweater knitting game in so many ways! 

This workshop takes place as 6 x 2-hour online sessions over 8 weeks on Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, [no class on Nov 22] 29, December 6, [no class on Dec 13] and 20, starting at 3:30 pm PST, 4:30 pm MST, 5:30 pm CST, 6:30 pm EST, 7:30 pm AST.

What it's About

In this six-lesson, eight-week online class, you’ll learn how to use the charted instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters to knit yourself a yoked sweater with help from Ann Budd every step of the way. You’ll also choose the weight of yarn (from fingering to bulky) and the finished size (from 26” to 54” bust/chest circumference). Everyone will follow the same basic instructions, though it’s quite possible that no two students will use the same size, gauge, or stitch pattern.  

In the first lesson you’ll learn to knit a proper gauge swatch, and how to choose the correct size. In the following moderated lessons, Ann will demonstrate each of the key steps in knitting a top-down sweater (no seams!) with circular yoke shaping (ideal for stitch and color patterns). In addition to providing tips and tricks and answering questions along the way, Ann will discuss how to make simple modifications, including adjusting sleeve length and adding waist or A-line shaping.

By the end of class, you’ll be able to follow (and adapt) any of the 600 charted patterns for four armhole styles (circular yoke, raglan, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder) in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. Worksheets for measuring gauge and following the instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters will be provided.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Must be comfortable with sweater construction (back, fronts, sleeves, neckband), simple multiplication and division, and commit to keeping up with class. Must have a copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters

Class Supplies: We'll have more information coming soon, but for now, here's a bit to get you started.

  • Pattern: purchase a copy of The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. If you are unable to order your copy from River City Yarns (we appreciate your support), it is also available online through many booksellers.
  • Yarn: the yarn requirements for Child Sizes (pg. 116) and for Adult Sizes (pg. 128) are available in the photo gallery (to the left). You have 5 gauges to choose from: 3 - 7 sts/inch or 12 - 28 sts/4 inches and 5 child and 10 adult chest sizes. 

Ann Budd

Ann Budd is a teacher, writer, designer, and founder of Knit for Fun Retreats. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including: The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of books in Interweave’s Style series. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops across North America and beyond. Learn more at

Read these helpful tips before you register:

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can register online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone. 
  • Time Zones: the class times listed are Mountain Standard Time (MST). 
  • As this is an online class, you will need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
  • The class session(s) will be recorded and copies of all/segments of the class will be available for you to review for a limited time after the class session(s).
  • Refunds? If you cancel 14 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will transfer your registration fee to a RCY gift card at no charge or offer a refund less a 10% cancellation fee. The cost of any materials provided to you will be subtracted from any refunds/transfers.
  • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 14 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

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