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Friday 02/21/2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries with Gayle Roehm
More and more knitters and designers are finding inspiration in Japanese stitch dictionaries. They’re entirely accessible to any knitter, even if you don’t know a word of Japanese, because they’re charted with a set of standardized symbols. If you want to expand your horizons with some of these beautiful stitches, come learn the ins and outs of using the books in your own knitting.
We’ll look at the format of the available dictionaries, then explore the features and intricacies of some of these stitches. The class covers charting conventions, identifying stitch repeats, demystifying complex symbols, where to get help when you’re stuck, and more. We’ll also swatch two or three patterns from a selection of stitch dictionaries.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts; previous experience with Japanese charts is desirable.
At least two colors in small amounts of smooth yarn for swatching (suggested: DK to worsted weight) and appropriate needles (suggested: sizes 5 to 8).
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.