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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
Jeffrey Wall is co-owner of Wall of Yarn, a LYS in Freeport, IL. Jeffrey and his husband also import and distribute Rauma yarns from Norway. He translates Rauma's knitting and crochet patterns from Norwegian into English. Jeffrey specializes in Scandinavian knitting and teaches classes throughout the Midwest.
For more about Jeffrey, go to theyarnguys.com.
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5386 Intermediate Intro to Twined Knitting
Twined knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique using two strands of yarn in either a single color or multiple colors. It is fun and it is easy. As you knit or purl, you twist (twine) the yarn with the strand last used, creating braids and crook stitches that pattern the fabric. Learn why a z-twist yarn is ideal for Twined Knitting. A note for hand spinners: Twined Knitting projects are great for you; spin a s-twist yarn and ply it with a z-twist.
Note: Should be comfortable knitting in the round. Experience in 2-color knitting is NOT required.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4119 Intermediate Selbu Mittens
After a quick look at the history and construction of the Norwegian Selbu mittens, you'll learn the process as you knit a mini-mitten: Knitting a ribbed or lacy cuff, increasing for the thumb gusset, casting on new stitches after the thumb-hole opening, decreasing for the mitten tip, and picking up stitches to work the thumb. We'll also discuss color dominance and how to hold yarn when working with two colors per round.
Note: Students should be comfortable working with DPNs. Magic loop or the 2-circular method for knitting in the round are possible but not recommended for this class.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT53 Easy Techniques for Knitting in the Round
Knitting in the round is an efficient way to approach many projects. Jeffrey introduces you to the 3 popular methods: using DPNS (5 double-pointed needles), 2 circulars, or 1 long circular for the Magic Loop technique. Learn advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to avoid ladders at needle changes. Whether you have experience with knitting in the round or this is your first try, this class will help you find YOUR way.Â
Materials: Needles and yarn supplied OR you may bring your own needles: a set of 5 DPN, 2 sets of 24" circular, 1 set 40" circular, all in 4.0mm/US 6.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT54 Intermediate Steeks Demystified
Steeks are the way to put openings into knitted tubes (necks, armholes, cardigan openings, etc.). Yes, they do involve cutting your piece of knitting, but fear not! This lecture/demo will cover the process step-by-step from how to cast on, different ways to work the steek stitches, blocking, sewing or crocheting to secure the stitches, cutting, picking up stitches for steek bands, and finishing. You'll work on a single-color sample in class. A bonus stranded pattern is provided to try out the full technique at home.
Materials: DK or fingering-weight 100% wool yarn will be provided. (If allergic to wool, please bring your own yarn.) A set of DPNs or circular needles in size 3.0mm/US 2.5 for fingering OR 4.0mm/US 6 for DK-weight yarns for your preferred method of knitting in the round over a small number of stitches.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT52 Intermediate Jogless Stripes
When knitting stripes in the round (think socks, hats, mittens, pullovers), you want the colors to join smoothly with no jog. Practice the secret to jogless stripes as you work a small sample. Seamless AND jogless is a beautiful thing!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Supplies: DK or fingering-weight 100% wool yarn will be provided. IfÂ allergic to wool, please bring practice amounts of at least 2 colors.
Please bring a set of DPNs or circular needles in size 3.0mm/US2.5 for fingering OR 4.0mm/US6 for DK-weight yarns for your preferred method of knitting in the round over a small number of stitches.