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Monday 10/15/2012, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10/16/2012, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Lorilee Beltman

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Continental Immersion with Lorilee Beltman
Knitters who commit to this continental immersion session can truly expect to emerge as competent pickers. Some of the most enthusiastic students are those who have knitted, even happily, by another method for decades. New and experienced knitters are equally welcome.

When you learn Lorilee’s brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable and perhaps even speedier way to knit. Learn that each finger has a job to do and begin to retrain those fingers. Gain an understanding of exactly what motions have a bearing on the stitch gauge. (It may not be what you think!)

On the first day we focus on the knit stitch, purl stitch, ribbing, increases, decreases, and sizing our knits and purls equally. Each student receives individual attention.

On the second day, we start a project together using the instructor’s pattern for a stitch sampler hat or cowl. We dive into ribbing, lace, cabling and bobbles, all accomplished using our newly learned knitting position.

We’ll try our hands at:  
twisted stitches  
slip stitch patterning  
cabling (without a cable needle)  
two-handed color work/stranding  
mirrored decreases

For day 1: One 3.75 or 4mm/US 5 or 6 slippery, steel, circular needle, 24" to 40" long; 50 grams (about 100 yards) of smooth, light-colored or light-variegated, #4 (worsted weight) wool. (Avoid single ply, fuzzy, or bumpy, or splitty yarns. Cascade 220 or something similar from your stash will be perfect).
For day 2: one 5 mm/US 8 slippery, steel, circular needle 40” long (or size to obtain 4 sts/inch with the yarn); 100 grams of #4 (Aran weight) yarn that knits 16 sts/4 inches in stockinette st; 50 grams of the same brand of yarn in a contrasting color, and about 25 grams of another contrasting color (three colors total); cable needle; tapestry needle.