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No skill required
Basic Know basic stitches (knit, purl or single crochet, double crochet).
Easy You should know the basics, how to increase and decrease, and have made at least one project.
Intermediate You should have worked with a few stitch patterns and should be familiar wtih basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patters and should comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
Andrea Wong is mostly interested in traditional knitting especially from Portugal and Peru. These knitters use a very ancient style of knitting that is both fast and efficient. Andrea learn to knit this way at age 7 as she grew up in South America and she has been teaching this less common style in the US and abroad for 11 years. In addition, she has publish a book and 3 DVDs on the subject sharing not only her expertise in Portuguese knitting but also a historic background on the style and the culture behind it.
STITCHES West 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
502-3 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting
During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to
learn and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that
the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped the through a pin
attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Advantages of knitting Portuguese style include:
Itâ€™s faster than either the American or Continental styles
It requires less hand movement â€“ great for those suffering from
Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It helps maintain constant tension even for beginners
Blind knitters are overjoyed because they always know where the yarn
is â€“ the yarn is never dropped.
Optional Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 am
567-6 Intermediate Two-color Knitting: Portuguese Style
The Portuguese style of knitting makes the purl stitch very easy. For this reason, when knitting circularly I prefer to knit garments inside out. This technique makes two-color knitting very smooth: where the two colors of yarn do not tangle and the tension of the fabric is very even. In this class we are going to learn all the basics of this style of knitting and then make a two-color knitting hat, learning the basics skills for many knitting projects: Fair Isle, double knitting and Bohus knitting.
Note: Class includes a brief review of skills learned in 502-3.
Optional materials fee: $10 for two knitting pins.