Knit a Sweater: “Ranunculus”

Instructor: Nancy Cavender

Saturdays: November 4, 11, and December 2, 2023; 11 am - 1 pm.

Join us to knit a "Ranunculus," Midori Hirose's ever-popular textured yoke sweater! Worked seamlessly from the top down, "Ranunculus" can be made in a variety of yarns and fibers for different effects - pick a bulky weight wool for a cozy long sleeved version, or make it a summer top with lighter weight plant fibers. We have a short sleeved "Ranunculus" on display here at the shop, and will happily help you find just the right yarn for yours.

Nancy will walk you through swatching, cast on options, German short rows, the texture pattern and shaping at the yoke, and elastic or I-cord bind-offs, depending on which sleeve option you choose.

Experience: Students should be comfortable casting on and binding off, knitting and purling in the round, and doing basic increases and decreases. Some experience with sweater knitting will be helpful, but not required.


  • Pattern: "Ranunculus," by Midori Hirose, available to purchase from Ravelry
  • Yarn: select a yarn (or several held together) that knits up at 14 stitches = 4". Hirose writes, "You can use lace, light fingering to worsted weight yarn. The degree of transparency depends on the weight of yarn. Knitting with thin yarn on big needle gives light, transparent and airy texture to this pullover. Using thicker yarn or holding two yarns together adds more weight, and more structured look."
  • Needles and notions:
    • US 10 (6 mm) circular needle as main needle - 16" length for neck, 32" for yoke and body, double pointed needles for long sleeves
    • US 8 (5 mm) circular needle for hem ribbing and finishing sleeve - 32" for hem ribbing
    • 5 stitch markers (1 for marking end of round and 4 for raglan & center front; we recommend using a different color marker for end of round), tapestry needle, waste yarn, crochet hook (only for smaller neckline)


Class Policy -

  • Masks are required in the classroom and in the shop.
  • Refunds for pre-paid class registrations can be made only if we are notified at least two weeks in advance of the beginning of class.
  • Missed classes will not be made up unless the instructor was unable to teach or the shop was unexpectedly closed.
  • Refunds for missed classes cannot be made.
  • We require a minimum of three students for each class; in the event that signups do not meet that minimum level, the class will be cancelled and we'll issue refunds for class registrations.
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