Finishing School Knitting Pattern by Katie Canavan

Finishing School is a classic sleeveless sweater with an eye for detail. The sweater is designed to fit closely with gentle shaping around the waist, a curved hem and a sporty sailor collar. If you are scared of finishing, this sweater is for you, guiding you through each finishing technique before you can move on to knitting the next section of the sweater.

Katie in her Finishing School – Size 44″

This sweater is designed to fit snugly with no ease. If you’d like the sweater to fit a bit looser, knit one size up. The construction is unique: You begin knitting at the front hem, then knit the collar separately and seam to the front. After knitting the collar, the back is picked up from the square edge and knit from the top down to the hem. While the hem stitches are live, the sides are seamed and then, finally, the bottom edge is picked up along the front and continued onto the live stitches to create a neat seamed hem.

Courtney in Finishing School – Size 36″

Finished Size 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust, pictured in Knit Picks Stroll Sport Scarlet in size 44 on model, who is really more like a size 42”, and in Tactile Fiber Arts Sierra Sport Sock Yarn Graphite in size 36”.

Knit Picks Swish DK

Yarn Knit Picks Stroll Sport, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 137 yards/50 gram ball: Scarlet (MC) 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8 ) skeins, Whisker (CC) 1 skein all sizes.

Tactile Fiber Arts Studio Sierra Sport Sock

Yarn Tactile Fiber Arts Sierra Sport Sock Yarn, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 225 yards/100 gram skein: Graphite (MC) 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, Pomegranate (CC) 1 skein all sizes.

Needles 36” circular needles in size 6, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, scrap yarn.

Gauge  22 sts x 27 rows = 4” square, blocked.

Finishing School Matching Fronts!
And Matching Backs!

Holla Knits Finishing School from Patrick Tracy on Vimeo.

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ How To Video Whipstitch and Seaming

Designer Katie Canavan has been knitting for 10 years and sewing for twice as long. Two years ago she started her blog Under the Red Umbrella, which quickly expanded to include an Etsy shop and craft fairs. In her spare time, she can be found in LA, trying to do this thing called “acting.” All things Katie can be found at For questions about this pattern please contact Katie at

Price: $6
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