Weekend Seminar

KNITTING GUILD OF GREATER BUFFALO

SEMINAR WEEKEND 2018

Fri-Sat-Sun MAY 11-12-13

 Friday Classes with HEATHER LODINSKY (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/heather-lodinsky)

 Fri. 9am-12pm – Mosaic Knitting – Slipping into Easy Color Knitting

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Max: 25

Required Skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off. All levels.

Everyone loves the look of color knitting, but not everyone likes to work with multiple colors of yarn at the same time. If you like to work with one color at a time, then this technique is waiting for you to try! In this class you will learn the correct way to slip stitches to create this beautiful fabric, and how to create texture at the same time. You will also learn how to read mosaic knitting charts to allow you to try so many mosaic charts that are already out there!

Fri. 1pm-4pm – Reversible Two Color Knitting-The Magic Show of the Knitting World

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Max: 25

Required Skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off. All levels.

How about knitting where there are no wrong sides? Learn how to create fabric where both sides are “right sides”. In this class, you will learn how to create colorful fabric that has a reverse side that is either identical, mirror image or a different design entirely. This technique is perfect for scarves, afghans, ties or any project where both sides are seen!


Saturday & Sunday Classes with PATTY LYONS    (http://pattylyons.com/)

Sat. 9am-12pm – Improve Your Knitting Techniques (Patty Lyons)

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Max: 25

Required Skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. All levels.

There’s always room for improvement! Does your knitting “row out” (your purl stitch looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your knitting gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at stitch sizing, a better way to make a clean edge, neater increases and decreases, and look at things like which cast ons and bind offs to use when, and a better way to pick up stitches. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions, so come with your questions and let’s explore our knitting.

Skill Students will learn: Tricks to improve your knitting technique

 

Sat. 1pm-4pm – Sleeve Cap Secrets (Patty Lyons)

Class Length:              3 hour session

Class Max:                  40

Required Skills: A solid understanding of the math of gauge.  Some previous sweater knitting experience is helpful.  Knowledge of short rows needed if you want to try knitting the short row cap.

Materials list:   OPTIONAL: Bring a sweater pattern you’d like to alter.

Notions – paper, pen, calculator, tape measure, graph paper

A properly sized sleeve cap can make or break a garment. Learn the math to design a traditional sleeve cap and how to redesign a pattern’s sleeve cap if your row gauge is not perfect. After discussing what the domino effect of changing one part of a pattern without readdressing the cap is, we will explore the fixed height and variable height method to design your perfect cap. We will also look at a great (and EASY) cheat to fix a cap if your row gauge is off.  You will never look at sleeves the same again! NOTE: Math is used in sweater design. 

Skill Students will learn: The math of the sleeve cap, how to adjust it and how to design a fixed height, variable height and top down cap.

 

Sun. 9am-12pm – Seriously Sassy Stripes (Patty Lyons)

Class Length: 3 hour session

Class Max: 25

Required Skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. All levels.

Stripes can add so much to your project, and there are more tricks to stripes than you might think! In this workshop we will work a sampler that will teach you all the fun striping tricks, like how to knit in your ends as you go, a better way to join a new ball of yarn, how to make the color change magically just where you want it with the felted join, and more. We’ll also explore some more advanced tricks like the knit and slide, a trick to add stripes to your rib and the jogless join in the round. We’ll end with some design inspiration ideas that will get you ready to design your own stripe project.

Skill Students will learn: Knitting in ends, new yarn joins, jogless join, knit and slide, carrying colors, basic slip stitch.

 

Sun. 1pm-4pm – Reading Between the Lines: what your sweater pattern doesn’t tell you (Patty Lyons)

Class Length: 3 hour session

Class Max: 40

Required Skills: Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns helpful, or knitting at least one sweater, helpful but not required. Intermediate.

There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as “reverse shaping” and “at the same time” as well as a better way to figure how to pick up stitches. Learn the secrets hiding inside every knitting pattern!

Skill Students will learn: How to do a yarn substitution, understanding pattern schematics, the simple math in patterns, gauge and more.