Sunday 02/21/2016, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Stripes and Steeks with Margaret Fisher
Do you love variegated yarn with long color repeats? Are you unhappy with the uneven and mismatched striping that can occur in garments knit with these yarns? Learn several knitting techniques that produce beautiful results. See how to tame the stripes by planning your garment layout. Understand how to create steeks, a band of vertical stitches which are cut to create armholes, necklines, or the front opening on a sweater. We will talk strategy and practice cutting steeks. This class will help you create garments with beautifully balanced and matching stripes when using yarns with long repeat variegation.
Homework swatches, approximately one ball of the same yarn used to make the swatches [smooth, light-color, wool, #4 (worsted-weight) wool yarn]; appropriate size needles; size G and H crochet hooks; several yards of yarn in two different colors which contrast with the swatch-yarn.
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.
With a smooth, light-color, #4 (worsted-weight) wool yarn, knit swatches as follows:
Swatches 1 & 2 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 30 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 4 inches. Bind off.
Swatch 3: CO 28 stitches. Work 3 rows in st st, starting with a purl row. Place stitches on a holder, leaving several yards of yarn attached.
Swatch 4: CO 24 stitches. Work 3 rows in st st, starting with a purl row. Place stitches on a holder, leaving several yards of yarn attached.