Workshops for Advanced Beginners:

Knitting in Circles: One circ, DPNs, Magic Loop, (Two circs, I-cord)

“Knitting in the round” means knitting a seamless tube, and there are several common methods. One 3-Hour session is enough for students to try one circular, double pointed needles and magic loop, which provides the opportunity to compare the methods and determine which will work best for them. With the requirement that students have worked at least one method of working in the round, the single circular method can be replaced by the “two circular needles” approach. Each of the three techniques that allow for increasing and decreasing (magic loop, dpns and two circulars) can be separated into one hour sessions. A discussion of the structure of circular knitting and how it differs from flat knitting, as well as the necessary pattern adjustments is also included.

Session length dependent on needs

Skill Prerequisites: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, be comfortable knitting stockinette stitch without supervision and recognize knits and purls.

Materials –

  • Yarn: Smooth, worsted weight yarn in a light color
  • Needles: US 8 or 9 needles for worsted weight yarn
    • one set of double pointed needles
    • 16″ circular
    • 40″ circular with a very flexible cable
    • 24″ circular if the two-circs method

Fair Isle Hat

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Nearly completed hats from class at Stitches Midwest 2018.

Learn the basics of stranded knitting as you make a hat in this two-part workshop. In the first part, chart reading, strategies for managing two strands of yarn, preventing tension issues will be the focus. Students are expected to work on their hats between sessions and return to the second session prepared to work the crown decreases.

Two 2 to 3 Hour Sessions (depending on class size)

Skill prerequisites: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, work basic increases and decreases, knit in the round and work ribbing independently,

Materials –

  • Yarn – two contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn, 200 yards each.
  • Knitting needles – 16″ circular needles in size US 8 or 9 (or the size you use for worsted weight yarn,) and one size smaller for ribbing.
  • DPNs in the larger size for crown of hat.
  • Blunt yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers

Intarsia

 

 

Intarsia draws it’s name from the woodworking inlay technique – it is a way to create discrete areas of color in the field of your knitting. Only one strand of color is actively being knitted, but each row will require separate strands for each area of color. This workshop covers reading intarsia charts, creating bobbins or butterflies for color sections, strategies for estimating yarn requirements, linking sections of color as you work, closing gaps from joining new colors as you weave in ends, and more.

3 Hour Session

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

Materials –

  • Smooth, worsted weight, springy yarn in 3 – 4 contrasting colors
  • Size US 8 or 9 knitting needles (or the size you use for worsted weight yarn.)
  • Blunt tapestry needle
  • Scissors

 

Entrelac

Entrelac knitting creates the appearance that strips of knitted fabric have been woven together. It’s a great technique for yarns with medium to long color changes, but can also be used with single color yarns, worked in “stripes” or with textures to great effect.

2 part class; Session 1 = 2 hours, Session 2 = 90 minutes

Skills Required: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, work basic decreases, bind off. Familiarity with picking up stitches is recommended but not required.

Materials –

  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting light to medium colors. It’s important to choose colors light enough that you will be able to see your stitches – if you can easily distinguish the strands of yarn in the ball from a distance you will be able to see your stitches.
  • US Size 8 or 9 knitting needles (or size you use for worsted weight yarn.)
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Blunt tapestry needle

Cables

Cables are a classic knitting technique and open up a world of possibilities. Learn basic cable crossings, chart reading, how variations effect the look of cables, deciphering abbreviations, experiment with different types of cable needles, and how to count your rows.

Two Hour Session

Skills Required: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and recognize knit from purl stitches without supervision.

Materials –

  • Smooth, worsted weight yarn in a light color.
  • US Size 8 or 9 knitting needles
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Blunt tapestry needle

Colorwork 101

Starting with stripes, learn the basics of working with more than one color, carrying unused colors up the side of your work, making your stripes look great in ribbing, slip stitch and mosaic color patterns that only look complicated.

Three Hour Session

Skill Prerequisite: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off work ribbing and recognize knit & purl stitches without support.

Materials –

  • Yarn – approximately 25 yards of smooth worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors, one of them light.
  • Knitting needles – size US 8 or 9 (or the size you prefer for your yarn choice)
  • Scissors

Full of Holes: Knitted Lace

Learn to knit beautiful lace projects, how to correctly form yarnovers, read charts, understand repeats, decreases, and their relationship in lace patterns.

Two or Three Hour Session

Skils Required: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, work basic increases and decreases, bind off and be able to work stockinette and ribbing independently.

Materials –

  • Yarn: About 75 yards of smooth, worsted or sport weight yarn in a light color.
  • Needles: Bring needles a size or two larger than you would typically use for your yarn choice.
  • Accessories: Stitch markers, scissors, yarn needle.

Twists & Floats

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Make your stitches do some tricks! Work through unusual instructions, learn about stitch multiples, and create some beautiful designs in your knitting. As we work through several patterns, we will also discuss how to incorporate them into projects.

Three Hour Session

Skills Required: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and work ribbing without support.

Materials – 

  • Yarn: About 50 yards of smooth worsted weight yarn in a light color.
  • Needles: US size 8 or 9 (or the size you typically use for worsted weight yarn)
  • Stitch markers

Sock Workshops:

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Socks on Magic Loop

Learn to make socks and use the Magic Loop technique at the same time. Three part workshop, in part 1 students learn to cast on and knit in the round with magic loop. Part 2, turn the heel of a basic flap and gusset sock. Part 3, graft toe stitches and cast on for the second sock.

Toe Up Socks with Short Row Heel

Two session class: in part 1 students learn to cast on and increase for the toe, knit the foot for homework and return to turn the heel in part 2.

Socks, Two at a Time, Toe-Up

Two part session, students learn to cast on two toe up socks at the same time, and how to work two separate projects in the round. In part 2 students will turn the heel of the first sock and be prepared to turn the second and continue up the cuff.

Sock Techniques:

  • Judy’s Magic Cast On
  • Turkish (or Eastern) Cast On,
  • Flap & Gusset
  • Wrap & Turn Short Row Heel Sweet Tomato heel
  • Fish Lips Kiss heel
  • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
  • Tubular Cast On &/or Bind Off

Workshops for Intermediate Knitters:

Brioche Basics

gretchen teaching briocheLearn the Brioche Knit and Brioche Purl, then combine them to make a two color cowl. The advantage of learning brioche in the round with two colors is that each stitch is worked in a different color, which helps to keep track of where you are and read your knitting as you work. Students will work on 16″ circular needles in class, which will make a headband or a narrow cowl. It is important for students to have the opportunity to work through several color changes in class so longer needles are not advisable. Once a few inches of brioche have been worked, students can bind off and use the headband as a gauge swatch for a longer cowl. We will also cover common mistakes and how to recognize them so you can keep going.

3 Hour Session

Skills Required: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, easily recognize knit from purl, have a solid understanding of stockinette and ribbing and be able to create both without supervision.

Materials –

  • Yarn: Smooth, stretchy worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors, one light and one dark, approximately 50 yards each for class exercise.
  • Needle: 16″ circular needle, two sizes smaller than you would typically use for worsted weight yarn.
  • Scissors
  • Locking stitch marker

“Everything is Temporary:” Provisional Cast On

Provisional cast ons are used to keep a row of stitches live so it’s possible to work them seamlessly in the opposite direction, or graft them to the last row of knitting and create a seamless join. This workshop gives students the opportunity to work a provisional cast on, knit in one direction and then remove the cast on to place live stitches back on the needle and graft them to the last row.

90 Minute Session

Skill Prerequisite: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, recognize knit & purl stitches.

Materials:

  • Approximately 20 yards of smooth, stretchy worsted weight yarn in a light color.
  • Knitting needles of the size you would typically use for the yarn (US 8 or 9)
  • Crochet hook size US H or I
  • Blunt yarn needle
  • Scissors

Tubular Cast On & Bind Off

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Tubular Cast Ons and Bind Offs are a great way to begin or end special projects with ribbing at the edges because they make the ribbing appear continuous rather than presenting an obvious edge. In this workshop students will work a tubular cast on, k1, p1 ribbing and a tubular bind off. We will also discuss how to utilize it for k2, p2 rib.

90 Minute Session

Skill Prerequisite: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, work basic increases.

Materials –

  • Approximately 20 yards of smooth, stretchy worsted weight yarn in a light color.
  • Smooth, scrap yarn in a contrasting color – cotton, bamboo or something non-sticky
  • Knitting needles ranging in size from 6 – 9 in sizes you would use for ribbing with your yarn, and one size smaller.
  • Scissors

Idiot’s Delight

I-Cord makes a good, elegant edge for knitted fabric. This workshop will explore how to create an I-cord edge at your cast on or bind off for a neat finish,  work it along the side as you knit, and apply i-cord to any edge of a completed project.

Two Hour Session

Skill Prerequisite: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Materials –

  • Smooth, stretchy worsted weight yarn in a light color
  • Needles size US 8 or 9, or the size you typically use for worsted weight yarn
  • Blunt yarn needle
  • *Homework – knit a 4″ swatch in your class yarn in stockinette stitch.

Bobble Mania

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Trinity Stitch

Learn all about the exaggerated stitches known as bobbles, popcorn and nupps. Bobbles are often found in cabled patterns, and nupps are traditionally found in Estonian lace knitting. Popcorn stitch is the basis of the fascinating Trinity Stitch, a highly textured allover pattern. We will work a few different bobble patterns to explore the structure before moving on to popcorn and nupp stitches. We will also work a small swatch of Trinity stitch as well as a bobble edging. Your class swatch will serve as a guide to the differences between these stitches so you can substitute them in your projects if you wish.

Three Hour Session

Skills Required: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, work basic increases and decreases independently.

Materials –

  • Yarn – 25-50 yards of smooth, stretchy worsted weight yarn in a light color
  • Knitting needles size US 8 or 9 or the size you prefer for your yarn choice.
  • Crochet hook a size or two smaller than your needles, or a stitch saver with a hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors

Teaching fees and travel requirements available upon request.