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Find out why the Ranunculus is still one of the Top 20 patterns on Ravelry, four years after its release!

Starts September 18

Saturdays (weekly), 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Dates: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9

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The Ranunculus sweater by Midori Hirose is a surprisingly quick knit, worked from the top down in the round on large needles. Flattering on a wide variety of shapes and sizes, her design offers multiple options for sleeve lengths/styles, necklines, fibers (summer, winter or year-round), oversized (or not), cropped (or not), sheer (or not), fuzzy (or not)...the possibilities are endless!

Lisa will work with you to determine the best yarn(s), cast-on and bind-off for the look you want, while covering German short rows, basic lacework and textured stitches, along with many other techniques. Whether you want to challenge yourself (maybe try a new fiber or hold two strands of yarn together for the first time?), or if this is your first time knitting a sweater, Lisa will help you plan and execute your project so you'll end up with a sweater you'll love to wear.

The Ranunculus is like potato one can have just one. Try it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!

Instructor: Lisa Clark

Skill level: Confident (Adventurous) Beginner; you can k, p, increase, decrease. 

Supplies needed (not included in cost of class):

  • Pattern:
  • Needles:
    • US10 (6mm) 40″ circular needle (or longer), or size needed to obtain gauge
    • (long sleeves only) US8 circular needles for finishing sleeves
  • Yarn*: 
    • Lace, light fingering to worsted weight yarn (the degree of transparency depends on the weight of yarn)
    • Click here for some ideas, or just stop in and ask us!
    • Yardage: 
      • (XS-M) 438 yds for short sleeves / 613 yds for long sleeves, excluding yarn for knitting swatch
      • (Extended sizes) Yardage has not been calculated; let us help you determine what you'll need
      • Note: If holding together two strands, please purchase double the total yardage (one for each yarn) — Example: For Nicky's sweater (shown), she used 438 yds in Shibui Cima and another 438 yds in Silk Cloud.
  • Other notions:
    • Stitch markers (at least one unique, to mark BOR), tapestry needle, stitch holders or waste yarn, crochet hook (for smaller neckline only)

    Available sizes: 

    • (XS-M) Finished bust circumference of 50.75 inches, to fit an actual bust circumference of 28-36 inches (with 14-22 inches of positive ease).
    • (Extended sizes) Finished bust circumference: 55 (57.5, 59.5, 61.75, 63, 65.25) inches, to fit an actual bust circumference of 38 (40, 42, 44, 46, 48) inches.

    Homework: Have the pattern, yarn, and needles ready before the first class. Knit a gauge swatch at least 5x5" (preferably 6x6" ... don't forget to block!) to make sure you get the fabric you want for your Ranunculus. (ask if you need help with this)


    • Cast ons (Double-Twist Loop, Crochet Chain Provisional, and/or Cable)
    • Knitting top-down, in the round
    • Short rows
    • Slipped stitches
    • Textured stitches
    • Increases and decreases
    • Basic lace pattern
    • Bust darts (for larger bust size mods)
    • Bind offs (Stretchy or i-cord)

    Each session limited to 6 in-person participants, due to space constraints. 

    Tag us on social media with #StarsHollowYarns and share the fun! 

    *We appreciate your support in purchasing supplies with us and offer a 10% discount on all yarn used for classes.  


    Image courtesy of Nicky Grivois (Stars Hollow Yarns community member). Yarn: Shibui Knits Silk Cloud and Cima, held together, in color Pollen. Click here to view Nicky's project on Ravelry.

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