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Friday 02/19/2016, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 02/19/2016, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Skill Level
Advanced

Class Hours
6

Teacher
Lily Chin

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Directional Knitting with Lily Chin
Most of our garments have traditionally been knit from the bottom up in pieces: back, front(s), and sleeves, then sewn together. Working in other directions, however, may prove to be more aesthetic and/or advantageous. Furthermore, for those who like 'puzzles' or problem solving, different directions may be a fun challenge. Learn the 'standard' side-to-side and from-the-neck-down constructions as well as some unusual and intriguing other constructions like biases and multi-directionals.

Supplies
Graph paper, 8 or 10 squares to the inch; gauged graph paper; calculator; scissors & scotch tape; several colored pencils & eraser; stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn & tapestry needle; get a working gauge in stockinette st with yarn you will be knitting with; several colors of worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles.

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
• Use materials requested in supplies list. You may find that working with shorter double-pointed needles or dpn easier since these pieces are tiny.
• Use any type of pattern stitch you desire (Fair-Isle, cables, knit-purl combos, mosaic, intarsia, etc.) in any color you want (easiest is plain old stockinette).
• These are not meant to be perfect, just do the best you can and don’t worry about them. I will not force you to wear them in public. You do, however, need to find the approximate gauges for each after knitting and write them down.
1. Make 2 pieces, they do not have to be identical in pattern nor color. One is about 2” wide x 4” tall, the other is also 2” wide but 4 1/2 or 5” tall (or 1/2 to 1” taller than the other). Bind off both.
2. Make one piece about 4” wide x 4” tall, leave all stitches on needle or stitch holder or threaded on string/yarn, do not cut yarn.
3. Cast on about 1” worth of stitches, work as you would a sleeve, increasing 1 stitch each end every 4th row or every other row until piece measures about 4” tall, leave all stitches on needle or stitch holder or threaded on string/yarn, do not cut yarn.
4. Work I-cord as follows: Cast on 3 or 4 sts on one double pointed needle. * With another dpn, k across. DO NOT TURN WORK, always have RS or k side facing you. Slide all sts to right-hand end of dpn. String strand of yarn across back of work and rep 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 small, circular tube.