Sunday 02/25/2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-cord!) with Franklin Habit
Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We will work charted garter jacquard patterns both flat and in the round, look at possible applications for it in sock knitting, and perhaps even chart our own patterns to play with.
Note: Previous experience of stranded (aka jacquard or Fair Isle colorwork) may be helpful, but is not essential.
__Two balls of smooth, classic, worsted-weight yarn (Hikoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid or semi-solid colorways (Wool, alpaca, or blends recommended)
__1 circular needle, about 24 inches in length; or one pair straight needles, in a size appropriate to give a firm (but not tight) gauge in the yarn selected. (If in doubt, select needles one size smaller than those you would normally use for knitting the yarn you have selected.)
__Three double-pointed needles of a size equal to or slightly smaller than the needles selected for knitting
__Pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting.
With lighter-colored yarn and needles to give a firm (not tight) gauge, CO 18 sts. Knit 40 rows, slipping first st of every row as if to purl with yarn in front. Do not bind off.