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5053
Friday 08/08/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am


Skill Level
Intermediate

Class Hours
3

Teacher
Margaret Fisher

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Special Techniques for Beautiful Sweaters with Margaret Fisher
This class covers several knitting techniques that give your sweaters a nicely finished appearance.
Tubular cast-ons and bind-offs are attractive and elastic, look exactly the same, and look especially nice with 1 x 1 rib. In class, you will learn and practice all the steps for working the tubular cast-on and bind-off.
Short rows are used to shape knit fabrics without increasing and/or decreasing. We will review the uses of short rows, then work them in swatches. The swatch exercises will represent the use of short rows for shoulder shaping in a handknit sweater. Class instruction covers how to convert your pattern's difficult-to-seam, stair-step, shoulder bind-off to short-row shaping. Next, you will learn and practice duplicate stitch and see how it can be used. The class ends with a discussion and demonstration of cutting and separating a knit fabric and then grafting the pieces back together. These techniques can be used to make sweater alterations and to fix mistakes or small moth holes in knits.


Supplies
Homework swatches; smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn; appropriate-size needles; dpns (1 set two sizes smaller and 1 set four sizes smaller than needles used to make swatches); several yards of yarn in a contrasting color.

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.

Homework
With smooth, light-colored, worsted weight yarn and appropriate-size needles knit swatches as follows:
Swatches 1 and 2 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 16 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 3". Place stitches on holder, leaving several yards of yarn attached.
Swatch 3: Cast on 20 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 4". Bind off.