I signed up and found that the Craftsy class platform is really amazing! The lessons divided into separate videos and if you stop partway through and close the page, the video will 'remember' where you were and start again in the correct place when you come back. There are printable class materials to follow along with, so that is great if you are like me and want to read it and see it at the same time. You can post questions and get answers directly from Carol and other members of the class.
Carol teaches several methods for forming the short rows and shows very clearly how to process the wraps when it comes time to knit (or purl) the wrapped stitches. This is one of the things that always confused me about short rows-- what the heck do I do with those wraps??? Her videos are very clear and easy to understand. This class really conquered my fear of short rows and wrapped stitches.
The last lesson was the most useful to me; she demonstrates how to work sleeve caps in short rows. You end up with a smoothing fitting sleeve that can be tried on as you go. No more sleeves that are too short or too long!! Right after taking this class I told one of my knitting friends about it and she signed up immediately and now knits all her sleeves using the short row method.
Here is a picture of the cardigan I am working on. It uses Knit Picks City Tweed HW in four lovely colors. Pattern will be released later this month!
The second class I signed up for was Sizing Knitwear Patterns by Faina Goberstein. Some work obligations made me put this class on hold for awhile, so I'm still working my way through the lessons. As a designer, this class has a lot of valuable information when it comes to grading a pattern into various sizes. Faina shows you how to make a spreadsheet (in Excel or similar programs) and use formulas to help calculate the sizing. While you can't just push a button and have the whole pattern magically graded, it is much faster than just using a calculator and piece of paper. I'm almost done with my workload so I hope to get back to this class soon.
Time to stop writing about knitting and actually go knit something. Until next time, Happy Knitting!