Sunday 08/09/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
*Knitting Knitting techniques Skill-building basics Special techniques
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Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction with Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the 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 yarns that easily split)
__24–40 inch, smooth, circular needle, size 3.75mm/US5 to 4.5mm/US7, 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 Lorilee.
For all others: With supplies listed, cast on 24 stitches and use your current knitting style to work 2" in Garter Stitch, 2" in Stockinette Stitch, and 2–3" of k2, p2 ribbing. Bind off. Cast on 24 stitches again and knit 4 rows. Do not bind off; bring work to class on the needles along with your completed swatch.