Weekend Seminar



Fri-Sat-Sun MAY 11-12-13



Saturday & Sunday Classes

Improve Your Knitting Techniques

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

Sleeve Cap Secrets

Class Length: 3 hour session

Class Max: 40 — no knitting

Required Skills: A solid understanding of the math of gauge. Some previous sweater knitting experience is helpful.

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 move on to alternative cap methods. We will discuss use of short rows for knitting a better cap, as well as explore the nifty trick of picking up stitches and knitting a sleeve from the cap down. 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.

Seriously Sassy Stripes

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.

Reading Between the Lines: what your sweater pattern doesn’t tell you

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.

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