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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kate's Coming

Kate Atherley (aka wisehilda) will be back with us on Saturday, August 18 to teach two workshops

Entrelac (3 hours 10am-1pm) $40

Entrelac is one of the most beautiful and mystifying of knitterly arts! We'll teach you everything you need to know to create your own one-of-a-kind hat and scarf set, and along the way improve your skills with some new techniques for increasing, decreasing and picking up stitches.

Class Details

We begin with a practice piece of entrelac, worked with scrap yarn, and then once knitters are confident with the pattern, I will get them started on the hat & scarf set.

Skill Level
advanced beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl


scraps of worsted or aran weight yarn & 4.5mm needles (straight or short circular)

4 balls Noro Silk Garden or Kureyon if you want to start on the hat and scarf set

Finishing (2 hours 2-4pm) $30

This two-hour workshop teaches all the key skills for assembling and finishing your knitting projects: seaming (including grafting), picking up stitches for necklines, weaving in ends, and the advantages and disadvantages of various cast-off techniques. The focus will be very much on making finishing as quick and painless as possible – we’ll share all the cheats and shortcuts we know. We’ll also demystify blocking, and talk about the proper care of your knits.

Kate will be covering cover seaming - mattress stitch, invisible horizontal, and invisible vertical-to-horizontal for setting in sleeves; three needle bind-off and grafting - how and also where and where not to use them. I demo picking up stitches and weaving in ends, and talk about blocking - how and why. I provide expert tips like how to cast off best for easy finishing (loosely, in pattern), how and when to modify patterns to reduce finishing (working the body of a sweater in the round, for example), and how to reduce the stress (e.g. put the shoulders together and work the neckline before you work the sleeve - actually helps you better fit the sleeves).

Two 4 inch squares of stocking stitch worked with 4 or 5mm needles and worsted weight yarn; scrap worsted weight yarn in a constrating colour.

bring any projects that need finishing, homework swatches, and a blunt-tipped darning needle

Please note:
Class size is limited
You must pay the class fee in advance, either in person or over the phone
Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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