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Saturday 02/25/2012, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Joy of Top-Down Knitting with Ragga Eiriksdottir
This class explains the principles behind knitting from the top and the many benefits. Participants knit a tiny top-down cardigan containing all the elements. Ragga explains a few simple rules of thumb that allow the knitter to knit their own sweater or cardigan without using a conventional pattern. The use of stitch dictionaries for a personal result is introduced. Techniques covered: long-tail cast on, calculation principles for a top-down raglan of any size, symmetrical raglan increases (three types), magic loop method, short row shaping for back of neck, loose cast off, incorporating stitch patterns. Participants receive written instructions on sweater planning and calculations, steps and techniques for knitting a raglan or yoke cardigan from the top, and tips on how to personalize their sweater by incorporating stitch patterns.
Fingering or worsted weight yarn approximately 40yds, straight or circular needles to match yarn, and needles of your choice for knitting in small diameters in the round, a piece of scrap yarn, darning needle and a few stitch markers.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.