The “me of 1997″ would never have believed this. I was a usenet weenie and infocom fan then, excited about the so-called “world wide web” and voraciously reading as many Wheel of Time conspiracy theories as I could get my hands on. The internet was wildly exciting, but entirely text-based. We were all on dial-up (and I was thrilled I could talk to my then-boyfriend when we had to be apart without long-distance bills!)

Now, of course, we have streaming video, online shopping, and complex, imaginative platforms like Craftsy. If you’d told 1997 Amy that someday she’d be teaching a class on producing hand-knit wardrobe staples over the internet? I probably would have laughed.

These lovely photos, by Karen Pearson, are from my Knit to Flatter book and are used with permission.

But I’m pretty excited that the future has worked out this way. And I’m super thrilled to introduce my Knit to Flatter class, offered within the Craftsy platform. (The lovely photos in this graphic, by Karen Pearson, are from my Knit to Flatter book and are used with permission.)

What’s in the class, you ask?

In this lovely companion to the book, I cover a wealth of information about choosing sweater styles that will make you happy and helping them fit the gorgeous body you have. Specifically, we hit:

  • Analyzing and measuring your body
  • How clothing changes the way you look, and how to achieve a more “average” figure shape by manipulating your appearance with clothing
  • Advice for getting a sweater you love to wear
  • How to choose a size that will fit your shoulders, and compare your measurement sheet against a pattern’s schematic to identify required modifications
  • How to work many of those modifications

I love teaching these classes in person. There’s such a special thing about getting to interact 1-on-1, live, with my students. And I hear that my students appreciate the chance to actually try on my sweater samples and see in 3-d what works! But unfortunately, I can’t be everywhere. And teaching the class on Craftsy does a wonderful job of helping me connect to my students, almost as if I were there.

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Although the great discussion / question-and-answer / student group capabilities of the Craftsy platform are great, I think for this particular class one feature stands out as better than any other: You can watch the content as often as you want, as many times as you want, forever. With classes like Knit to Flatter, where there is so much information (some of which is likely to change the way you think about sweater knitting), the value of the repeat can’t be overstated. In fact, I’ve heard from several former in-person students who signed up as a refresher, and they’re loving it!

The class includes lots of samples from my book, shown on models of each of the 3 body types. The class allowed us to do one thing that just wasn’t appropriate for the book, and that is to show our lovely (lovely) models in styles that unbalance their figures, as well as the more flattering choices. This really brings home the visual impact of clothing in what I hope is an entirely positive way. These are lovely women, and lovely sweaters (if I do say so myself!). The combination is just a little off sometimes, and it’s nice to be able to see that. (At least, I think it is.)

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Of course, your own comfort in your clothes is the single biggest determining factor for how something looks. So if any of the models had really liked the the way they looked in the “off” sweaters, the segment would have played out very differently! I say this because I’m utterly, utterly uninterested in being some kind of “What not to wear” lady. Wear what you love! (But if you need help figuring out what to love, try these suggestions.)

I’m really excited to connect with everyone within the Craftsy platform. I view the book, in-person classes, and the Craftsy class as ways to learn about this topic that all reinforce one another–that all give you something slightly different. But if you take the course and disagree, know that Craftsy has a great refund policy.

Interested in taking the course? You can sign up here at a 50% discount off of the regular course price of $39.99:

Knit to Flatter on Craftsy

Interested in hearing more about the course from other perspectives? Several people are reviewing it, and I’ll be linking to their reviews as they go live. (Here’s one from my good friend Jackie.) But you can also see what other Craftsy students are saying, here on the review page:

Reviews on Craftsy

I definitely hope you love the course. And if online learning just isn’t your thing (or even if it is), I hope that we connect in person or about the book, too. This is such an important topic–it really transcends hand-knits and speaks to something fundamental (at least for me). I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you.