Saturday 02/21/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 02/21/2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Savvy Pick-up with Lily Chin
Many Knitters have trouble picking up stitches from an existing knit piece. How many stitches do you pick up? Where do you pick up? Learn simple solutions for easing around curves. Make smoother transitions from cast on edges. See how picking up stitches ahead of time can even aid seaming! Even get an idea for creative uses of picking up after the fact within the fabric.
In class we will work a multiple of short rows methods, including garter, Japanese and German short rows, discovering which one is best suited to your tension and/or project. We will also learn ways to sneak short rows into your knitting with surprising results.
_Several colors of #4 worsted weight or #6 bulky/chunky yarn
_Appropriate needles, double-pointed or circular needles of same sizes as 2 plus 1 or 2 sizes smaller
_Assorted crochet hooks around the same size
_Straight pins like the kind used for quilting with large 'heads'
_Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes.
Using worsted/aran weight yarn throughout and appropriate needles (about US size 8, 5mm) to get about 4-5 sts/inch, knit the follow:
Swatch 1 Cast on 8, work in stockinette stitch for about 30 rows, bind off.
Swatch 2 Cast on 20, work in stockinette stitch for about 1", bind off.
Swatch 3 Cast on 35. Work a few rows in stockinette stitch ending ready to work a WS row. Next Row P11, bind off next 13, p11. Attach separate strand of yarn to other side and working both shoulders at same time, bind off 3 from each neck edge once over next 2 rows, 2 stitches over next 2 rows, then dec 1 at each neck edge on next RS row and every other row 4 times total BUT at one shoulder only, work these dec's one-stitch in from the neck edge (fully fashioned). Bind off remaining 2 stitches.
Swatch 4 Cast on 12. Work in stockinette for a few rows, end ready to work a RS row. Next Row K1, k2tog, k to end. Next Row Purl across. Repeat these 2 rows until 5 stitches remain, bind off.
Swatch 5 Cast on 8, work in stockinette stitch for about 20 rows, bind off. Swatch 6 Cast on 15 stitches, work in stockinette for about 1" ending ready to work a WS row, do NOT bind off but leave on stitch holder or scrap yarn instead.
Swatch 7 Cast on 12, work in stockinette stitch for about 4", bind off.
Swatch 8 With DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES of same size as above, work 4" of I-cord. To work I-cord: Cast on 3 or 4 on one double pointed needle or dpn. * With another dpn, knit across. DO NOT TURN WORK, always have RS (k side) facing you. Slide all stitches to right-hand end of dpn. String strand of yarn across back of work and repeat from * until cord measures about 4", bind off. Tug on cord slightly lengthwise. This cord is similar to that made by "knitting knobbies" and looks like a small, circular tube. Bind off.