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Thursday 02/20/2020, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Confident Yarn Substitution with Jeane deCoster
There are so-o-o-o-o many yarns available and so-o-o-o-o many patterns to knit (and love), but there is no way for your LYS to stock them all, and for the shop pro to guide you through your substitutions choices. What to do?
The minute you substitute a yarn in an existing pattern you become your own designer. And, although you may not want to hear it, the second* biggest secret to being a designer is that ...sh-h-h-h, here it comes ...We SWATCH! A LOT!
For success, you need to understand what your knit cloth will do when it hangs on your body. There's no magic formula to know this, other than experience. Get a jump-start for useful techniques that make it easier to substitute yarns. This is a crash course in evaluating your swatches before you start knitting the full-sized piece. You'll leave class with charts and numbers you can apply to your next substitution and learn some tricks to make your swatches more re-useful.
Hand-spinners are welcome. These techniques will make it possible for you to successfully knit sweaters from your hand-spun yarn.
*The biggest secret is that we need to be good at math, even if we do not want to be. ;)
__Knitting pattern being considered,
__Yarn and needles (if you plan to swatch in class)
__Paper/pencil for notes.
OPTIONAL: Bring a pattern and yarn you might consider for substitution, work a 6x6" swatch in that yarn, and don't be afraid to make a second or third swatch on different needle sizes or even a different yarn. Be wild—you'll learn how to re-use the swatch yarn, if you must.
Good steam iron, distilled water, and ironing board or large towel