Thursday 08/07/2014, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction with Lorilee Beltman
When you learn continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
50 grams of smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight), multi-ply wool (no cotton, acrylic, or splitty yarns); 24-40", smooth, circular needle, 3.75mm/US 5 to 4.5mm/US 7, slippery steel preferred.
Note: If you have a wooden needle this size, you may use it instead. No straight needles as they will hinder the learning process.
If you do not currently know how to knit, you are exempt from the homework, but please arrive at class 15 minutes early to receive help from the instructor. All others: Cast on 24 stitches and using your current knitting style to work two inches in Garter Stitch, two inches in Stockinette Stitch, and two to three inches of ribbing. Bind off. Cast on 24 stitches again and work four rows of knit stitch. Do not bind off; bring work to class on the needles along with your completed swatch.