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Amy Snell is a knitter, instructor, and designer with an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her designs focus on color, contrast, and texture, often exploring unique stitch patterns and clever construction in ways that are interesting but accessible.
Amy loves to help other knitters explore new techniques and expand the way they think about their knitting. Her goal is to make complex concepts approachable for all knitters, while sharing tips that improve your process whether you’ve been knitting for several weeks or several decades. Amy teaches at national events such as Vogue Knitting Live, Fiberworld, and Rhinebeck, and frequently shares tips and tricks on her website, www.DeviousKnitter.com.
Cooler Cast-Ons, Better Bind-Offs
Different projects benefit from different techniques in casting on and binding off: sometimes you need a firm bind-off, and sometimes a stretchy one. Sometimes you want to cast on provisionally, or using two colors, or in ribbing. In this class we’ll explore new ways to cast on and bind off and share tips to improve your technique on your old favorites.
Beginner and up: Students should be able to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.
Supplies: About 30 yards of worsted weight yarn and compatible-size (US #7-9) needles OR your preferred weight yarn and matching needles, at least 36 inches of the same weight yarn in a contrasting color, scissors, stitch markers, a tapestry needle.
Homework: Cast on approximately 100 stitches. Working flat, knit 1 inch in stockinette stitch. Leave the stitches live, with a tail that is at least 5 times the width of the swatch.
Ladderback Jaquard for Stranded Knitting
Once you add this technique to your knitting toolbox, you may never want to go back to any other method of carrying floats. The ladderback jacquard technique will improve the tension of your stranded knitting while allowing you to span much larger areas between stitches. This knitting method adds stretch to the floats while preventing the alternate color from peeking through, and can be applied to nearly any form of stranded knitting. For designers or those who like to tweak their projects, incorporating this technique means you can design without limits on the space between alternating motifs.
Intermediate and up: Students should be comfortable knitting with two colors at once.
Homework: Cast on 40 stitches and join to work in the round. With the same color, knit 3 rounds of stockinette stitch.
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors and your choice of needles in a compatible size (US #7-9) suitable for working a small-circumference project in the round (dpns, magic loop, or two circulars).
2classes for $5 off 2 classes
3classes for $10 off 3 classes
4classes for $30 off 4 classes