Saturday 08/05/2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday 08/06/2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Candace Eisner Strick
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Time For Tams with Candace Eisner Strick
It’s a clock, it’s a hat. Yes, you have read this correctly. If you have always admired Fair Isle sweaters but just don’t feel up to tackling such a big project, and if cutting your sweater’s steeks gives you anxiety, then think TAM! When you are not wearing it, it can become a clock. Or it can be a clock until you move to Northern New England and find yourself in need of a hat. Learn everything you need to know to knit Fair Isle: where and how to hold your pattern color and your background color, how to strand unused yarn across the backs of stitches (which is rarely needed in most Fair Isle patterns), how to use colors for their maximum effects of showing off the pattern, and how to plug designs into a tam template. By stretching your tam over a styrofoam form and using an inexpensive clock mechanism, you can always find time to knit.
NOTE on required yarn: please bring 100% wool, Shetland weight yarn. Jamieson and Smith is a well known brand, as is Jamieson, and Harrisville Designs Shetland yarn. Please do not bring anything but 100% wool, and all the same size. Introducing a different fiber-content yarn will not allow your tam to stretch properly. Check the internet if your local yarn store does not carry Shetland yarn.
You will need about 2 full ounces (54 gms) of Shetland weight jumper yarn. At least four full skeins of Jamieson and Smith Shetland Jumper weight yarn in contrasting colors (2 skeins dark, 2 skeins light), small amounts of other colors of same yarn if you have it. If each student brings 4 skeins of their color choices, you can trade back and forth with small amounts. 3.25mm/US3 circular needle 16” (or if you wish to knit in the round in other methods, such as magic loop, two circulars, or longer double pointed needles, but these methods will not be taught in class), a set of 3.25mm/US3 double pointed needles, pencil, colored pencils (encouraged but not necessary); at least 7 markers, and one different to identify beginning and end of round. If you have any questions about the yarn please email me at Strickwear@gmail.com
Knitting Basics including sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles and crochet hooks of various sizes.
With any of the colors of yarn listed on supply list, cast on 144 sts. Join in the round, place a marker, and work K1, P1 ribbing for 1". Leave all sts on needle and the yarn attached.