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List of Classes: Ann Gervasio

Note: All classes will be taught in lecture format using DesignaKnit 7.

  1. Exploiting Standard Garment Styling to Achieve a Great Fit

    Discover how to create the perfect shape for you. Topics covered will include: entering personal measurements, adjusting ease, and tips on achieving a good fit; altering the basic style elements including shoulder slope, neckline depth, sleeve length, set-in, puffed, gathered or raglan sleeves; designing dresses, jumpers, skirts.

    *This class has been updated to include the use of Custom Size tables in our quest for a perfect fit.

  1. Fine Tuning Fit in Original Shape

Using original shape to fine tune fit. Creating asymmetric sleeves and armholes to accommodate them. Splitting garment pieces to make yokes or define color blocking. Rotating/moving pieces to create a sideways knit garment.

        *This class is best taken teamed with class 1.

  1. Transferring your Sewing Patterns/Schematics into DesignaKnit.

    Unfortunately, there is no utility in DesignaKnit to allow us to scan garment shapes into the program as we can stitch patterns. Learn how to utilize new features of DesignaKnit 7 to enter pattern/schematic information into DesignaKnit so that your garment can be altered in Original Shape.

  1. You Don’t Have To Be An Artist to Create Great Stitch Patterns

    Explore the stitch designer tools to create your own wonderfully complex patterns with a few clicks of the mouse and make sure that they’re knitable. Included are fairisle float control and DBJ yarn ordering. Circles and squares aren’t as passť as you might think.

  1. Using the Lace Tool

    Learn to create intricate lace designs on screen using Soft Byte Ltd’s Lace Tool add on for DesignaKnit 7. Check to see that your lace designs are knitable and then send them to the knitting machine appropriately separated for your knitting machine type. This class will also include designing lace combined with other techniques in the same garment and in the same row.

  1. DesignaKnit 7 Graphics Studio
    Learn to turn scanned diagrams, clip art, or photos into great stitch designs.
  1. Integrating - Putting Shapes and Patterns Together
    Learn to check to make sure that your stitch patterns match across seams as best they can. Learn the steps to creating single motifs on a garment shape vs. creating an overall design on a garment shape and how to send your completed design to the knitting machine successfully.
  1. Cut’n’Sew
    For knitters who already are comfortable with cut’n’sew garment construction. Sorting out the options. Which options to use when and why.

  1. Graphics Tablet Sharing Session

    The graphics tablet, while not mandatory, is a wonderful addition to your knitwear design tools. Let me share with you the basic setup and use of the graphics tablet in DesignaKnit and some of its creative uses. This is a class especially for knitters who are new to the graphics tablet.  Come explore.

  2. Transferring your 930/940 formatted disks and PPD data to DesignaKnit

    So, you’ve seen all the great things that DesignaKnit can do – the unlimited garment shape, creating elaborate colorful stitch patterns, knowing that your designs are knitable and that the stitch design matches across key seams. You’re sold…but…what do you do with all those BROTHER/KNITKING formatted disks in your collection???

  3. Designing Pants that Fit!

    Learn how to take proper measurements for a classic fitting pair of pants. Armed with these measurements learn how to develop a pants .shp file in Original Shape that takes into consideration your individual body contours. Also covered will be construction details and tips to make the most professional pair of pants you’ve ever knitted!

    *Prerequisite: Students should already be familiar with the Original Shape section design tools.

  1. Grading Standard and Original Shape Garments

Grading with DesignaKnit requires that you develop two shape files that are alike in every way except size. When designing in Original Shape it is next to impossible to draw the same curve twice, making grading a challenge. Learn how to resize quickly and accurately after your designing is complete so that grading your own designs becomes a viable option in DesignaKnit.

  1. Exploring the Print Options in DesignaKnit

Don’t rely on the defaults. Learn to adjust DesignaKnit’s print settings to reflect your needs.   Includes: using the Test Page results to get accurately scaled printouts from your printer, altering the shaping instructions when using the Garment Notation option, and getting accurate yarn estimates from the YC option. Learn how to merge DesignaKnit images and text to produce unique printouts/illustrations

New:  Two hour hands on classes.

bulletDesigning from Your Personal Measurements

Learn how to take and use your personal body measurements to draft garments in the Original Shape section of DesignaKnit for a truly customized fit.

bulletDigital Photography Applied to Knitting

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