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Fair Isle 101 (2.5 hours)
Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, basic color theory, reading colorwork charts, how to trap floats, Fair Isle history, setting good Fair Isle knitting habits, Latvian Braids in 2 directions, and corrugated ribbing. We’ll put these techniques into practice while working up the Sweet Sorbet Hat pattern.
• With A (pink in sample) using German Twisted CO or Longtail CO, CO 120 sts, join into round being careful not to twist.
• [K1 with B (darker green in sample) and P1 with A) for 8 rnds.
2-Color Cabled Cowl Workshop (2.5 hours)
Take your cable game to the next level by knitting 2-colored cables! The Exit the Void Cowl is packed with techniques and packs a visual punch! Learn the provisional cast on with 2 colors, 2-colored cables, chart reading, Kitchener stitch with 2 colors, and blocking. It’s a cable game changer!
• With crochet hook and waste yarn, crochet chain 132 sts.
She is Author of Knitting the Galaxy - The Official Star Wars Knitting Book coming January 2021, Knitting Magic - The Official Harry Potter Knitting Book, Gradient Knits, 3 Skeins or Less: Modern Baby Knits, Wanderlust, 3 Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories, Knitting Architecture, Cozy Knits, Knit Local, and Capitol Knits
The Magic of Mosaic
Learn to make striking color patterns in your knitting while working only one color per row. Mosaic knitting is incredibly popular right now, and with good reason. It is simple to learn, but once you’ve mastered the concept, the possibilities for play are limitless. We’ll cover mosaic knitting both flat and in the round, and discuss yarn management and color planning. You’ll leave this class with the skills and inspiration to tackle any mosaic pattern.
Advanced Beginner: Students should be able to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and work in the round.
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors, both straight and double-pointed (or two circular) needles in a compatible size (US #7-9), scissors, stitch markers.
Homework: With darker color, cast 30 stitches on to your straight needles. Knit two rows in garter stitch (knit every row).
Beyond Basic Brioche: Syncopated Stitches
Squishy, captivating brioche stitch gets even more fun once you start expanding your color play. This class will unlock the secrets of knitting brioche back-and-forth in two colors, including casting on, working a selvedge, and tips for keeping track of your rows and colors. Once you’re confident with the standard two-color brioche stitch, we’ll delve into syncopated brioche, a technique that allows you to enliven your brioche knitting with fascinating color patterning.
This class is suitable for students who already know the basics of brioche, as well as those who are new to the technique and willing to jump right in. We will review the basics of the brioche stitch at the beginning of class.
Please pay close attention to the required needle type described in the materials list.
Materials: At least 30 yards each of a dark and light-colored worsted-weight yarn; double-pointed needles at least 8” long in the size you usually use for worsted weight yarn (for example, #7 US); several index cards; magic markers or crayons.
Intermediate: Students should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and slip stitches. Prior knowledge of brioche knitting is helpful but not required as the fundamentals of the brioche stitch will be covered in class.
I am a knitter, instructor, and designer with an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. I always have a pair (or more) of socks on the needles and a few designs weaving their way around my head. My aesthetic focuses on color, contrast, and texture: I love to explore unusual stitch patterns and constructions.
I love spreading the knitting bug nearly as much as I enjoy knitting itself. It’s a beautiful canvas for connection within and across communities. I have been teaching since almost the moment I learned to knit almost 20 years ago, and have taught at various local guilds and yarn shops as well as national events such as Fiberworld and Rhinebeck. My favorite thing about teaching is the opportunity it gives me to expose knitters to new ideas and help them expand the way they think about the craft.
You can find me on most social media channels as @DeviousKnitter, or on my blog at www.deviousknitter.com.