Sunday 02/22/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday 02/22/2015, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Weaving Techniques as Applied to Knits with Lily Chin
By combining another yarn with your knitting via methods borrowed from weaving, many aesthetic possibilities become apparent, certain problems may be solved, and a new technique is added to your repertoire. Textures are easily obtainable, colors may be used to your advantage, and patterning is more accessible. Novelty yarns are handled better, less yarn might be used, gorgeous but uncomfortable fibers need not touch your skin, and stretching can be minimized.
Topics covered include:
*The 'in/out' method method of applying a separate yarn onto knits
* The slip-stitch method of using the same yarn as a 'weft' thread
*Vertical weaves, color weaves, smocking weaves, and much more.
The applications of these techniques include:
*What kinds of yarns are best suited for these fibers
*What kinds of garments are best suited for these fibers
*How to chart these weaves so you'll know what you'll be getting beforehand
By the end of this workshop, you will have a sample of knitted 'woven' fabrics, plus enough ideas to keep you in stitches for a very long time.
At least 2 different colors of #4 (worsted weight) yarn; #2 (sport weight) yarn; #5 (bulky weight) yarn, and/or some textured/novelty yarn of any weight; 5.5mm/US 9 needles; 4mm/US 6 needles; graph paper; pencils in several colors, eraser; tapestry needle; homework swatches and needles used.
Optional: Bring a wide-tooth comb if possible.
Swatch 1 With any sport weight yarn and US 6 needles, cast on 17 stitches and work in k1, p1 rib for 1". Leave stitches on needles or stitch holder to be picked up and worked later.
Swatch 2 With worsted weight yarn and US 9 needles, cast on 18 stitches and work in stockinette for 1", end ready to work a knit row. Leave stitches on needle or stitch holder to be picked up and worked later.
Swatch 3 With worsted weight yarn and US 8 needles, seed stitch for 4" and bind off.
Swatch 4 With worsted weight yarn and US 8 needles, cast on 19 stitches and work in stockinette stitch for 4", end ready to knit, do not bind off but leave stitches on needle or stitch holder.