Melissa outside in a cardigan

Meet Your Instructor

Hi, I'm Melissa! I host the knittingthestash podcast and offer lots of tutorials both here and on YouTube. I have been a teacher for over twenty years and I love helping students achieve their goals. I specialize in sweater knitting and modification, but I love knitting ALL the THINGS. What's your next knitting project, milestone, or dream? I'd love to help!

Course Content

This course is designed for beginning knitters who want to learn how to read and interpret a sweater pattern.

Together, we'll talk about the sections of a pattern; how to find and use important information; the magic of gauge, pattern schematics, and sweater math; as well as how to manage your patterns and charts.

Our class relies on three, free online patterns that you can download: the Trescao Jumper from Anna Dervout of Along Avec Anna; Le Pouf by Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibers; and Namu by Yu Ra of knitboop

I hope you'll join me!

If you have a suggestion for a future course, I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at knittingthestash(at)

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Learn to Make Better Sweaters!

Handknit sweaters are the BEST! And with a a few simple tips and tricks, you can make just about any sweater into a dream sweater. I love teaching sweater math and offering modification ideas for any pattern. My goal is to empower knitters to create unique sweaters they love to wear.

a collage of handknit  sweaters