Saturday 02/21/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! with Lorilee Beltman
Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.
Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
#4 (worsted or aran weight) wool and appropriate size needles. Materials will be used in homework and brought to class. Tapestry needle.
Swatch 1 (Stockinette Stitch) Cast on 40 sts. Rows 1, 3, 5 Knit. Rows 2, 4, 6 Purl. Row 7 K20 and stop. Leaving a 24" tail, break yarn. Bring work to class on needles.
Swatch 2 (Garter Stitch) Cast on 40 sts. Rows 1 - 8 Knit. Row 9 K20 and stop. Leaving a 24" tail, break yarn. Bring work to class on needles.
Swatch 3 (k1 x p1 Rib) Cast on 40 sts. Rows 1, 3, 5 (k1, p1) 10 times, (p1, k1) 10 times. Rows 2, 4 (p1, k1) 10 times, (k1, p1) 10 times. Row 6 (p1, k1) 10 times, and stop. Leaving a 24" tail, break yarn.