Sunday 02/23/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Finish Sweaters Like a Pro with Leslye Solomon
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the 2 methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Two contrasting, smooth, #4 (Aran weight), wool yarns, one in a light color and one in a very contrasting color (not black); 4.5mm/US 7 and 5mm/US 8 needles.
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.
These samples will represent parts of sweaters in order to practice finishing. Please make the ribbing and stockinette stitch one color and the waste yarn another contrasting color. Make two identical samples in both the directions listed below and color.
Using 4.5mm/US 7 needles for rib and 5mm/US 8 for stockinette stitch (needle size and gauge not important - just make a nice fabric - not too tight not too loose), make 2 of the following swatch in the identical color:
Using the smaller needle, cast on 21 stitches, leaving approximately 20" remaining after casting on. Row 1 (WS): P1, *(k1, p1) repeat from * to end. Row 2 (RS): K1, *(p1, k1) repeat from * to end. Repeat last 2 rows for a total of 15 rows ending with a WS row (ready to do a RS row).
Change to larger needles and beginning with knit, stockinette stitch for 21 rows. (Important: The knit side is the side with the knit stitches at each edge of the ribbing; the purl side has the purl sts at each edge). Cut yarn, leaving a 20" tail to be used for a technique.
Change to a very contrasting color (this part is the waste yarn) but similar type of yarn and continue stockinette stitch in that yarn for 8 more rows.
Do not bind off. Cut the contrasting yarn leaving an approximately 20" tail. Carefully slide stitches to a holder.