Saturday 04/13/2013, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Long and Short of Knit Alterations with Margaret Fisher
You've finished your sweater, but the sleeves are too long or the body is too short. Learn how to fix these common fit problems after-the-fact. In this class, you will cut your knitting, and learn how to alter the length of a garment piece. Practice cutting and unraveling in the middle of a knitted piece, knitting down or up from there, and grafting stockinette stitch and garter stitch. Learn a number of strategies for achieving a good fit without re-knitting. And, in the end, learn how to avoid all of this by using a provisional cast on. Bring a sweater to class for discussion of lengthening or shortening strategies.
Note: Class focus is on lengthening and shortening sweaters knit from bottom-to-top (or top-down), not on width problems in sweaters knit from bottom-to-top.
Homework swatches, one ball of smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted weight) yarn (no fancy yarn or mohair), appropriate size needles, several yards of worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color, crochet hook size H.
Optional: Sweater with a "length problem" to use for class discussion of lengthening or shortening strategies.
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.
With a smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted weight) yarn and appropriate size needles, knit swatches as follows:
Swatch 1: Cast on 20 sts and work 1" in 2x2 rib. Then, work 3" in stockinette stitch. Bind off.
Swatch 2: Cast on 20 sts and work 1" in 2x2 rib. Then, work 3" in garter stitch. Bind off.