A day with Elizabeth, and some knitters

Yesterday I spent a very fun day at the Purple Purl, teaching a project class on working EPS seamless yoke sweaters (that’s “Elizabeth’s Percentage System,” for those out there still encountering Elizabeth Zimmerman’s writings), and colour-work selection. If I’m a good girl maybe they’ll even have me back to teach it again some time. All I can say is I thought I was going to just teach the class and have fun and then go home and keep knitting the stuff I have to keep knitting, except now I want to go and knit another one of my OWN seamless yoke sweaters, because I feel like you can’t actually have too many of that sort of thing, and anyway isn’t winter coming soon? ::cough::

But yes, it was a fun day. Everyone brought their swatches – I’d expected plain swatches in the round or flat “speed swatches,” but then there were some inventive swatchers in the group. Sasha did hers in a multi-gauge affair, noting needle changes as she went.


Then Laura did hers as a hat, which I think is pretty awesome and that Elizabeth Zimmerman would totally approve, and now I sort of wish I’d told everyone to just go knit a hat. Next time, I will.


And we talked a lot about the EPS numbers, and yoked sweater construction, and took lots of notes. And we talked about colour…


And selected yarn…


And everyone coloured in their own customized charts, and we all fondly recalled colouring in kindergarten…



And then the afternoon was over and we all went home with ideas and yarn. The end.

But actually, it’s not the end, because before I left I went and looked at the “new” Elizabeth Zimmerman book, Knit One, Knit All. It’s a collection of patterns of Elizabth’s largely from the 1970s, which never got published because nobody thought it would sell. And I have to admit, I didn’t think a book of garter stitch patterns was something I needed in my life – but then I looked through the book and it turns out I was wrong, because I bought it and now I want to knit at least half of it.


I’m going to try to exercise a little bit of patience, though, and finish one of my current projects first. Then maybe I’ll knit a garter stitch jacket. Or just a hat to take the edge off.

Happy Monday, and I hope your knitting is waiting for you at the end of the day!


  1. danadoodle · ·

    Ooh, I would love to take that class of yours! Especially the color part, I’m not very color-minded.

  2. It sounds like soooo much fun! Darn it that I live in the middle of nowhere and there are no classes within minimum of an hour away! I’m tired of knitting alone all the time!

  3. I really wanted to take this class and was going to sign up for it, but I had to be in Montreal. When are you teaching it again?

  4. Sylvie – I don’t know yet, but when i do I’ll be sure to update my teaching page and give a shout-out via Twitter! Thanks for the inquiry,


  5. I think I need to sit down and color what a great idea!

  6. The class looks like great fun because who doesn’t love picking colors and having a coloring session. Also, since you clearly had clever knitters (seriously, the next time I have to swatch in the round, I’m making a hat), I imagine the class was a smashing good time.

  7. Sounds like a great class! Maybe you could teach it in Portland sometime….

  8. I love EZ and her ideas. Just finished two colorwork hats from her “Knitting Workshop” book. After ready your blog, I now want to take your class and start on a yoke sweater. So many projects, so little time!

  9. Sounds like an enjoyable way to spend a day. The book looks neat, can’t wait to see what you make out of it.

  10. I’m doing Socktoberfest… so I’ve never been so disciplined since the Ravelympics! Your class seemed like a lot of fun. Yé!

  11. I’m not ready for sweaters yet, but that class looks *awesome!!!*

  12. LOVE IT!! 🙂 I am loving the sweaters as a newbie but definitely want to branch out and do some color work!!

  13. The picture of the students’ charts make me want to grab my color pencils and color in my own charts. I have never done anything by EZ, but the EPS does sound interesting.

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