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Saturday 02/25/2012, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Lovers and Runders with Susanna Hansson
Many knitters are familiar with the knitted braids that are typical decorative elements on mitten cuffs from the Baltic and Nordic countries. However, they can make a great design element on a sock cuff as well as on the brim of a hat. Worked in bright colors they can add a pop of color to the sleeve cuff of an otherwise plain sweater.
Learn about the 'anatomy' of the braids and then build your own multicolor versions. Depending on how you use your colors, your braids can look rounded or pointed like chevrons. Susanna developed some special tricks for creating balanced braids and she'll share all of them with you so you can create perfect looking braids every time.
The class title is a mnemonic to help you remember how they are made—you'll never have to refer back to word explanations again!
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) wool (Cascade 220 or something similar) in cream/off-white and at least three, contrast colors (a light, one or two bright, and a dark color. Make sure your colors contrast well); needles to match your yarn.
Using your lightest color yarn (cream/off white) cast on 44 stitches and work in 2" x 2" ribbing for 5 rounds. Work two rounds of stockinette and leave your work on the needles with the yarn attached.
If you have questions about the supplies or homework please contact the teacher at
NOTE: You are expected to know how to knit in the round prior to this class. It is up to you whether you want to use double pointed needles, one 16 inch circular needle, two circulars, or the magic loop technique.