Thursday 02/20/2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
*Knitting Color, Creativity Special techniques
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Stripes of the Circular Type with Beth Whiteside
Stripes add pizzazz to everything they adorn. So let's put them on our hats, socks, skirts-all the things we make in the round, not just projects worked flat back and forth. In this follow up class to Stripes of All Types, you'll learn how to carry yarns not in use neatly on the wrong side and two ways to minimize the dread "jog" where the ends of a round meet. Experiment with putting bands of color on the magical single-surface shape called a mobius, a cylinder with a twist. Try helix, or "barber-pole," knitting, a great solution for working spirals of color with truly jogless striping. You'll learn about principles of contrast and repetition, and some practical strategies for creating stripe patterns. Let's make stripes in the round!
__Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes
__#4 weight (worsted) yarn, 40 yds each in 4 colors, A, B, C for first exercise, F for third.
__US 7 [4.5 mm] double-pointed needles (OR needles for other small circumference technique with which you are comfortable)
__Second set of US 7 [4.5 mm] OR 1-2 sizes smaller (US 5 or 6 [3.5 or 4.0mm]) double-pointed needles for placing stitches on hold
__#5 weight (bulky) yarn, 40 yds in each of 2 colors D and E. Opt: small amts in other colors.
__US 11 [8.0 mm] 40″ [100 cm] circular needle (no shorter, and no longer!)
Class exercises depend on having the materials specified and complete homework.
1) Divide F into two balls roughly equal in size. With US 7 [4.5 mm] dpns and one ball of F, cast on 36 sts. Divide evenly between needles; join for working in the round. Rows 1-3: [k3, p3] six times. Place sts on hold by slipping to smaller dpns.
2) With US 7 [4.5 mm] dpns and A, cast on 36 sts. Divide evenly between needles; join for working in the round. Rows 1-3: [k3, p3] six times. Leaving yarn attached, set aside.
3) With US 11 [8.0 mm] needle, leaving short tails, and holding D and E together as one, tie slip knot and place on needle. Insert fingers between yarns for long-tail cast-on, D over thumb and E over index finger; cast on 80 sts. Leaving yarns attached, set aside.