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Saturday 02/22/2020, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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*Knitting *Patchwork Cables Design Fit Skill-building basics Stitch patterns Tips & hints

Louis Boria

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Designing Your Own Hat with Louis Boria
In this class Louis shares his process for designing your own hat using simple templates. Each area of the hat presents design considerations.

Brim work:
- The best cast-on for hats (Long tail vs. German Twist).
- Hat fit (fitted vs. slouchy) and how many stitches to cast on.
- Benefits of knitting with elastic thread.
- Striped brims; 1x1 vs. 2x2 ribbing. 
- Brim length.

 Body of the hat:
- Deciding on the construction.
- Selecting stitches; how to determine what stitches work well together.
- The importance of pairing stitches based on stitch sequence.
- Adding simple cables.
- How to translate stitch instruction from knitting flat to knitting in the round.
- Determining body length.

Working the crown and finishes:
- Using simple math to determine your decreases for the crown.
- Explaining why we knit a row in between our decrease rows.
- Weaving in ends.

And more:
- Combining different fibers and different weights to create those special hats.
- What to do when your brim becomes over-stretched.
- Adding pom-poms, tassels, patches.

__1 skein of Malabrigo Rasta Yarn (or equivalent)
__US size 13 circular needles (16")
__US size 15 circular needles (16")
__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

Using your favorite DK, Aran, or Worsted weight yarn (using a US 7, 8, or 9 circular needle-16"), cast on 80 sts for DK using US 7 circulars, or 72 sts for Aran/Worsted using US 8 or 9 circulars.

Work a 3" 2x2 brim (K2, P2), and put your project on hold. Be sure to bring the next size up needle for the body of the hat (this is what we will be working on together in class).