2014 Knit-In Classes (March 15th - 16th)

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Questions? Contact Mary Jo Harris, Knit-In Chair - Knit-In@madisonknittersguild.org


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SATURDAY ALL DAY CLASSES
9AM - 4PM with a one hour lunch break

 

Estonian Mittens from the Island of Kihnu - Mary Germain ($29 Member/$49 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students  Class Length:  6 hours

Experience Level:  Intermediate experience level is recommended for this class.  Students must have two-color knitting experience on dp needles and be able to knit with fine yarns. 

Overview:  Learn how to make a special mitten cuff and mitten based on traditional designs from the Estonian

islandof Kihnuin the Baltic Sea.  Mary will share with you some of the techniques she learned while on a knitting trip to Estonia , including various braids, textures, and two-color work.  Knitting a mini mitten will give students a chance to learn these techniques first-hand.

Supplies Needed:  Three colors of sport-weight yarn (Naturespun Sportweight works nicely and black, natural, and red are traditional Kihnu mitten colors) and a set of five size 2 double pointed (dp) needles and one size 3 or 4 needle (used only for cast-on).

Homework:  None.

  

Scandinavian Church Gloves - Carol Rhoades ($27 Member/$47 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students  Class Length:  6 hours

Experience Level:  Students should be able to cast on/bind off, knit/purl, basic increases and decreases, knit in the round.

Overview:  Church gloves are actually half-gloves or mitts covering the wrist and hand up to the base of the fingers. They kept the hands warm in cold churches, while leaving the fingers free to leaf through prayer or psalm books. The gloves were typically knit with fine cotton or wool yarns on small needles. The number of stitches (60-80 on average) allowed ample room for delicate and intricate lace and cable patterning. The gloves were also small enough that knitters could practice and show off their skills without being too ostentatious. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with fine yarn and needles, to select and combine pattern motifs, and how to size and shape a traditional style half-glove. We’ll discuss thumb gussets and how to calculate the increases as well as finishing the top of the glove so it fits well. As you knit during class, the instructor will also discuss the history and various styles of knitted and crocheted Scandinavian church gloves.

Supplies Needed:  (1) One 50 g ball white or light color (no dark colors please) fingering weight smooth yarn, 100% wool or 100% cotton or wool/silk or wool/alpaca blend; (2) Set of 4 or 5 dpn approx size U.S. 000 to 1 (1.5-2.25 mm), or circular(s) for 2-circular or Magic Loop knitting in the round. Bring the size needles appropriate for chosen yarn and your knitting style (the gloves will be knit at a medium to slightly firm gauge). Traditional gloves typically used fingering weight yarn and US 00 (1.5 mm) needles for small to medium women’s gloves with 72 sts around; (3) Cable Needle; (4) Pen and notepaper; (5) Knitting accessories such as scissors, tapestry needle, crochet hook, row marker; if necessary, reading glasses and/or magnifier; (6) If you have questions about materials, please email Carol: rhoadessc@sbcglobal.net

Materials Fee:  $5 for handout folder, including Basic Techniques and Patterns.

Homework:  None. 

 

Knit Companion - Cheryl Stegert ($34 Member/$54 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students  Class Length:  6 hours

Overview:  You have Knit Companion installed on your iPad and you may have tried to use it, but have lots of questions or just want to refine your techniques and learn the more advanced shaping features or such. This is the place to be!

Supplies Needed:  iPad with Knit Companion installed and class pattern on local drive.

Materials Fee:  $15 for handouts. Includes lots of screen shots and set up to be used as a reference.

Homework:  Install the pattern to Knit Companion before class. The instructor will place the pattern in a community dropbox. This is the pattern that will be used for the class work. The instructor will also send directions to install for those not totally comfortable with this phase.

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SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES
9AM - NOON

 Weave A Heart - Jane Grogan ($17 Member/$27 Non-Member)

Limit:  12 students  Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  No weaving experience is required.

Overview:  Weave a small 3”heart to embellish your work or to create a separate project such as a sachet, pin, garland, gift tag, etc.  Ideas are endless. This sweet little heart is easily slipped into a project bag for spur of the moment creations.  Class project will be to weave several hearts to assemble into a flower pin. The weaving on this little loom is done with a needle.

Supplies Needed:  Participants should bring scissors, blunt tapestry needle.  I will provide the heart loom for use in class.  Students can choose to purchase a loom from me for $23 if they want, but this is not a requirement.

Materials Fee:  $2 for supplies used in class. 

Homework:  None.

 

 

FULL Photographing Your Fiber - Franklin Habit  ($33 Member/$43 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  No prior knowledge of photography necessary.

Overview:  Learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition and photographing lace.  We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap!  The class emphasis will be getting the best possible shots using your camera.

Supplies Needed:  Bring your own camera and a project or two to photograph.

Homework:  None

 

FULL Samplers are the MOST FUN - a class about knitting lace, reading charts, and making up patterns - Kirsti Johanson ($12 Member/$22 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Students need to know knitting, purling, yarnovers, and basic decreases (k2tog, ssk, p2tog)

Overview:  Students will be introduced to and practice a variety of lace motifs beginning with basic lace stitches and progressing to more complicated or advanced stitches and combinations. In addition to practicing chart reading and learning how to decode lace patterns, students will explore a variety of lace making traditions from Estonian lace to Shetland lace to more contemporary interpretations. In the final hour of the class, students will create original lace panels of their own design (after learning some principals of design for lace) and chart them for further knitting or distribution. This class is a great introduction to chart reading and creation, as well as an exploration of design and the creativity all knitters have within themselves…even if the individual knitter may not think so at the time. (I’ll coax it outundefined coaching creativity is my full time profession!)

Supplies Needed:  US7 straight or circular needles, fingering weight yarn (about 400 yards for the project, 100 yards needed for class)

Materials Fee:  $5 for fully charted and written patterns of lace panels using traditional lace motifs culled from historical sources which will eventually create a lace sampler scarf, Technique handout on chart reading, technique handout on lace creation, and blank chart paper for students to create their own lace panels

Homework:  None

 

FULL Whip Your Knits Into Shape! - Joan McGowan-Michael ($40 Member/$50 Non-Member)

Limit:  16 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Knowledge of knit, purl, basic increases and decreases, and some short row shaping needed.

Overview:  Adding designer shaping touches to your knitted garments is easy once you know a few simple rules and how to apply them.  Flatter your figure by shaping any garment as you knit it. Darts, ease, and short row shaping are all important elements for a custom fit. Learn which ones to use to play up your specific body type to it’s best advantage. Students will come away with a complete set of their own body measurements and some of the skills needed to customize knits to fit their shape.

Supplies Needed:  Size 7 needles, stitch markers, ball of light colored smooth worsted weight yarn, tape measure, scissors,  pencil and eraser.

Wear:  THIS IS IMPORTANT! A good bra, a snug tee shirt, non bulky pants or skirt.

Homework:  None

 

FULL Entrelac Essentials- Elizabeth Prose ($15 Member/$25 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students  Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Students need to have basic knitting skills.

Overview:  Entrelac is a form of modular directional knitting. It is sometimes referred to as “basket weave” because the knitted fabric looks like strips of knitting woven together. Entrelac is a series of triangles and left and right leaning rectangles worked one at a time, back and forth, in tiers. In this class you will learn basic entrelac construction and how to” knit back backwards”.

Supplies Needed:  (1) Worsted or DK weight plain wool yarn; (2) Straight or circular needles in size appropriate for yarn; (3) Basic knitting tools.

Homework:  None 


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SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES  
1PM - 4PM

Knitted Tesselations:  Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice - Franklin Habit ($26 Member/$36 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Fluency in the basics of knitting, including casting on, knitting in the round, and purling.  Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (jacquard) knitting, so those choosing the latter should be adept at it.  A sense of humor, a reasonable ability to concentrate, and a taste for adventure are strongly advised.

Overview:  An introduction to the fundamental concepts of tessellation:  the creation of interlocking patterns.  Tessellations - motifs which lock together without gaps or overlaps - are as old as design itself.  They can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human design, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M. C. Escher.  In this class, we will discuss and put into practice the basic techniques for creating tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabric.  Participants will leave with the know-how to begin designing their own interlocking motifs.

Supplies Needed:  (1) Bring one or two colors of plain yarn depending on your texture pattern choice (see 'Experience Level'); (2) appropriate needles for your yarn; (3) other typical knitting supplies.

Homework:  None

 

 

Weaving In Tails and Other Finishing Techniques- Victoria Jicha ($17 Member/$27 Non-Member)

Limit:  25 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Should have basic knitting skills - cast on, knit, and purl.

Overview:  Students will learn to fix mistakes, such as dropped stitches, and change knits to purls and vice versa. Learn Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind off, an important tool if you have ever made a sweater that won't go over your head. Last but not least, learn to weave in tails with a purl-side duplicate stitch.

Supplies Needed:  Swatch (see below), tapestry needle, crochet hook, yarn of a contrasting color.

Homework:  Students should prepare a light-colored swatch, still on the needles, that measures approximately 5” X 5”

  

Choose Your Own Path Shawl Design – Create an original shawlette or scarf design! - Kirsti Johanson ($12 Member/$22 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students     Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Students should be comfortable with knitting, purling, yarnovers, and basic decreases (k2tog, ssk, p2tog) Additional techniques will be covered in class.

Overview:  Students will be introduced to a variety of shawl construction techniques and the knitter’s math associated with creating these forms. We will cover a variety of techniques for including lace and textured motifs in each of the shawl forms as well as the math associated with including these motifs. After exploring the elements involved in shawl design, students will begin creating their own shawl design by choosing a shape/form, choosing lace or textured motifs, choosing a border or edging motif, and filling in their worksheet to create an original design. Once they’ve chosen a path, we’ll cast on and we’re off and running!  Students will complete class with an original shawl design, several resources, and a bonus pattern using this same method of design.  Note:  This class could pair nicely with my morning class for a full day workshop, but taking both classes is not a requirement.

Supplies Needed:  US7 24-36” circular needles, fingering weight yarn (about 400 yards for the project, 100 yards or so needed in class)

Materials Fee:  $5 for handout with sampling of knitted motifs, handout with shawl and scarf structure techniques to create a variety of shapes, worksheet for creating a “choose your own path” shawl, and bonus pattern.

Homework:  None

 

FULL Vintage Knitting - Joan McGowan-Michaels ($33 Member/$43 Non-Member)

Limit:  22 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Students need to have basic knitting skills.

Overview:  Learn about the history of knitting and knitted fashion from the early 20th century to present day.What's old is new again and with just a little tweaking, knitters can use those wonderful retro styles to add vintage flavor to their sweater wardrobe. Uncover the clues in vintage patterns that will allow you to adapt them to our modern bodies. Knitters will work on a mini vintage sweater and learn some techniques from the past

Supplies Needed:  Size 5 needles, 1 ball of DK weight soft wool.

Homework:  None

 

FULL Knitting Tubes on One Long Circular Needle - Elizabeth Prose ($15 Member/$25 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Should have some experience with knitting in the round.

Overview:  Do you avoid knitting socks because you dread double pointed needles? Then this is the class for you. Learn the how to knit a tube on one long circular needle. You will learn how to knit a small circumference in the round using one long circular needle. You will also learn how to knit two tubes at one time on one circular needle. This technique works for any small tube you want to knit in the round, socks, hats or sleeves.

Supplies Needed:  (1) Two colors of worsted weight wool for practice tubes to be knit in class. Plain light colored yarns are best; (2) One 40-inch long circular needle in size appropriate for yarn. Choose a needle with a flexible cable and a smooth join. I recommend Addi Turbo needles; (3).Basic knitting notions

Homework:  None

 

 

Yoga for Knitters - Alissa Tambone ($8 Member/$18 Non-Member)

Limit: 20 students   Class Length: 1 hour from 1PM - 2PM

Experience Level:  Beginner

Overview:  This one‑hour beginning yoga class will help alleviate stiffness in the body from knitting activities, alleviating tension and stiffness in the hands, wrists, back, shoulders, neck, and trunk of the body.

Supplies Needed: Blanket and water.

Homework:  None

 

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 SUNDAY ALL DAY CLASSES
9AM - 4PM with a one hour lunch break

 

FULL Elizabeth Zimmermann's Tomten Jacket/Garter Stitch Jacquard - Franklin Habit ($47 Member/$67 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students      Class Length:  6 hours

Experience Level:  Participants must be fluent in the basic moves of casting on, knitting, increasing and decreasing.

Overview:  In this intense but fun full-day class we'll tackle an iconic design by a legendary knitter, working through a doll-sized version from cast-on to cast-off.  In addition, we'll learn the beautiful, little-known garter stitch jacquard technique and touch on such topics as I-cord edgings and buttonholes, afterthought pockets, garter stitch grafting, and more.

Supplies Needed:  (1) Bring one or two colors of the same size yarn; (2) appropriate needles for your yarn; (3) other typical knitting supplies.

Homework:  None

 

Dress You Up!:  Knit A Dress - Joan McGowan-Michael ($58 Member/$78 Non-Member)

Limit:  22 students    Class Length:    6 hours

Experience Level:  Students should have basic knitting and sewing skills.

Overview:  Combine yarn and fabric to create a unique outfit that you'll never see on anyone else. Learn how to fit a knitted bodice to a fabric skirt and end up with a beautiful dress. Apply this idea to making casual summer dresses, girls dresses, nighties and even a lovely wedding gown! Participants will receive a kit and make a child's dress in class

Supplies Needed:  Scissors, sewing pins and needles, white thread, size 7 knitting needles.

Materials Fee:  $10 for kit (see above)

Homework:  None

 

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SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES 
9AM - NOON

Charted Knitting - Kathy Digman ($12 Member/$22 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Students should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Overview:  Charted Knitting would cover stitch multiples and how they work, how to read and use a chart, and lastly, how to make a chart from a written knitting pattern. Sample written patterns for students to chart during class would be a rib pattern using increases and decreases, a cable pattern, and a lace pattern.

Supplies Needed:  Pencil, eraser, and calculator.

Homework:  None

 

FULL Latvian Scallop and Braid - Mary Germain ($16 Member/$26 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students    Class Length:    3 hours

Experience Level:  Intermediate experience level is recommended for this class.  Students must have experience on dp needles and be able to knit with fine yarns. 

Overview:  The scallop is a wonderfully decorative way to start a mitten or sweater.  Learn the Latvian version with a beautiful braid along the edge to provide nice substance and definition.  The scallop can be either standard height or doubled in height.  The scallop can be worked in rows or rounds.

Supplies Needed:  Three colors of sport-weight yarn, a set of five size 2 double pointed (dp) needles, and one size 3 or 4 needle (used only for cast-on).

Homework:  None

 

FULL Basic Crochet for Knitters - Jane Grogan ($15 Member/$25 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students   Class Length:   3 hours

Experience Level:  No crochet or knitting experience is required.

Overview:  Knitters should know some basic crochet stitches to add to their fiber vocabulary. It is fun to occasionally pick up some stash yarn to create a flower pin to add to a knit hat or bag or sometimes a simple single crochet border is all that is needed to finish off the neckline of a sweater or vest.   This class will explore the possibilities of finishing techniques with some basic crochet stitches.

Supplies Needed:  Participants should bring a G or H Crochet hook and at least one light-color worsted weight yarn.

Materials Fee:  $1 for class notes.

Homework:  None

 

Two-End Knitted Wrist Warmers: Learn the Basics - Carol Rhoades ($16 Member/$26 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students    Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Basic knitting, including cast on, knit/purl, basic increases/decreases, knitting in the round. If you don’t already knit British/American style you might want to practice. You cannot work 2-end knitting Continental style but you can throw the yarn with the left hand if that is easier than switching to right-hand throwing style.

Overview:  Two-End (aka Twined) knitting alternately uses two strands of yarn to create a firm stockinette structure that can also be embellished with purl stitch surface texture designs. As you knit a wrist warmer, you’ll learn a 3-strand cast-on, 2-color braid, and 2-end stockinette with purl chain stitch motifs. Class also includes a history of the technique and handouts with more cast-on, braid, and stitch options.

Supplies Needed:  (1) 50 g ball sport-weight (about 110-150 yd per 50 g), light, solid color, smooth, wool yarn; 50 g ball sport-weight wool yarn (same weight as for light color), dark color as contrast color 1 for braid and 2-color pattern; about 2 yd contrast color 2 for cast-on; (2) Needles - U.S. size 3 or 4 (3 or 3.5 mm): set of 4 or 5 dpn, or long Magic Loop circular; or 2 circulars; (3) Knitting supplies such as scissors, tapestry needle, crochet hook, row marker, stitch markers, pen and notepaper.

Materials Fee:  $5.00 for handouts folder including Basic Techniques and Pattern

Homework: None

 

FULL Twisted Stitch Cowl - Cheryl Stegert ($20 Member/$30 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students  Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Ability to knit and purl consistently.

Overview:  Twisted stitches also known as traveling stitches or Bavarian knitting creates a fabric with a sculptured appearance. Learn to read a twisted stitch graph and learn the new twisted stitch symbols.

Supplies Needed:  (1) A high twist sport weight yarn; (2) Size 4 circular knitting needle – about 24 inches long; (3)  Stitch markers; (4) Highlighters to mark your pattern; (5) You will be using a pattern, so whatever you use to keep track of rows; (6) cable needle.

Materials Fee:  $10 for handouts which includes the cowl pattern.

Homework: None

 

FULL Painted Skeins - Wild & Crazy Colors! - Carol Wagner ($17 Member/$27 Non-Member)

Limit:   12 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  No experience required.

Overview:  Using a microwave and simple dyes, students will learn a quick and easy technique to create one of a kind designer yarns.  Skeins will be hand-dyed using multiple colors in the hands-on workshop designed to inspire the color lover in all of us.  The instructor will also demonstrate a second method of dyeing.  The variety/brands of dyes will be discussed as well as how to use them.

Supplies Needed:  Students should bring an apron, rubber or latex gloves, and quart size ziplock bags to carry the skeins.

Materials Fee:  $20 for the yarn, dyes and other supplies used in class.

Homework: None

 

Yoga for Knitters - Alissa Tambone ($8 Member/$18 Non-Member)

Limit: 20 students   Class Length: 1 hour from 9AM - 10AM

Experience Level:  Beginner

Overview:  This one‑hour beginning yoga class will help alleviate stiffness in the body from knitting activities, alleviating tension and stiffness in the hands, wrists, back, shoulders, neck, and trunk of the body.

Supplies Needed: Blanket and water.

Homework: None

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES 
1PM - 4PM

 

Felting with Soap and Water - Liz Avery ($17 Member/$27 Non-Member)

Limit: 12 students    Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  No experience needed.  Beginners welcome.

Overview:  Create a lovely landscape of wool as you learn the basics of wet felting. Using only your hands, soap and water, and a special tool, we will shrink and mold wool into a gorgeous work of art.

Supplies Needed:  No specific supplies are needed, but students may want to wear clothing they don't mind getting splashed on a bit.

Materials Fee:  $5 includes wool roving to use in 1-2 small projects in class

Homework: None

 

FULL Nupps and Estonian Lace - Mary Germain ($16 Member/$26 Non-Member)

Limit:  15 students     Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Intermediate experience level is recommended for this class.

Overview:  Learn a couple of alternative methods for creating nupps (rhymes with soups), an Estonian bobble-type texture used in Estonian lace knitting.  Also learn about the Estonian way of casting on and binding off lace and knit some sample lace stitch patterns. 

Supplies Needed:  One light color of fingering-weight yarn, one set of size 3, 4, or 5 double pointed (dp) needles, one needle that is 2 sizes larger (used only for cast-on), and one dp needle that is 1-2 sizes smaller with a sharper point.

Homework: None

 

 

On-the-Go Weaving - Jane Grogan ($17 Member/$27 Non-Member)

Limit:  12 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  No weaving or knitting experience required.

Overview:  If you ever wanted to try weaving but wanted it to be portable, this is the class for you.  Class will introduce pin loom weaving (also known as Weave-It, Weavette, Multi Loom, and Zoom Loom).  The looms are designed with a 3-pin arrangement around all sides to facilitate easy “warping” of the loom.  The length of weaving yarn is easily measured after warping by wrapping yarn around the loom to get the perfect length.  Weaving is done with a needle.  The 4” looms are great for “on-the-go” weaving which can now be as portable as knitting and require only a needle.  The weaving requires only small amounts of yarn and can be a great stash-buster.  Class will introduce the warping procedure and pattern weaving possibilities, piecing technique and design possibilities.  Explore designing with a combination of weaving and knitting.

Supplies Needed:  4” Pin Loom (Weavette, Weave-It, Hazel Rose Multi Loom, Zoom Loom).  Participants can contact instructor (janegro@yahoo.com or 279-2591) about where to purchase a loom or the possibility of borrowing a loom for the class if needed.  Bring scissors, blunt tapestry needle.

Materials Fee:  $3 for handout and yarn for class project.

Homework: None

 

FULL Mountain Flower Hat - A Primer in Two-Color Knitting - Kirsti Johanson ($12 Member/$22 Non-Member)

Limit:  20   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Students should be comfortable with knitting in the round.

Overview:  Students will be introduced to and practice several styles of two color knitting with a focus on the technique taught by Elizabeth Zimmermann in her “Knitting Workshop” using both hands to hold working yarn. EZ suggests this technique for knitting stranded sweaters, and is known for using a two color hat (such as this one) to swatch for sweaters. In addition to knitting techniques, we will be discussing and exploring different ideas in color theory and choosing complimentary colors for colorwork projects. Samples, tips for colorwork, and other goodies will be available to participants. A printed copy of the pattern for Mountain Flower Hat is included in the class fee, and a digital copy will be shared with participants via Ravelry at the conclusion of class. (Please note that this class will cover stranded fair isle techniques and will not cover intarsia or slipped stitch techniques, though these will be mentioned)

Supplies Needed:  US7 16” circular needles, 150 yards worsted weight yarn in main color, 100 yards worsted weight yarn in contrast color, stitch markers are helpful

Materials Fee:  $5 for handouts and pattern

Homework:  Students should cast on 128 stitches and work 10 rounds in 4x4 ribbing.  Leave stitches on needle and do not break yarn - this will prep us for our colorwork practice.  You will get a copy of the pattern when you arrive.  This pattern is in pre-publication and is pictured.

 

 

Zentangle Basics - Sara McGregor ($16 Member/$26 Non-Member)

Limit:  20 students   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  No prior experience needed.

Overview:  The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.  More information on this topic can be found at Zentangle.com.  Come and relax, breathe, and draw with us in a quiet atmosphere.  Leave focused and empowered in your creative endeavors.

Supplies Needed:  No specific supplies are needed.

Materials Fee:  $5 for handouts and Zentangle Kit.  Additional kits will also be available if wanted.

Homework:  None.

 

 

FULL Braids as Cast-Ons and Pattern Embellishment - Carol Rhoades ($16 Member/$26 Non-Members)

Limit:  20   Class Length:  3 hours

Experience Level:  Basic knitting, including cast on, knit/purl, knitting in the round.

Overview:  Cast-ons can be both functional and decorative. In this workshop, you’ll try a few Scandinavian and Baltic cast-on methods and then one or two pattern braids to embellish your knitted fabric.  Cast-on 2 from two-end knitting (also called German twisted cast-on) is a variation on the long-tail cast-on that makes a subtle braid effect. Two-end cast-on 3 makes a 3-color braid formed over a little template. Estonian braid cast-ons take a bit of focus but are worth the effort for a lovely edging. We’ll try two versions. After that, we’ll knit a few rounds of stockinette above one of the cast-on samples and then make a Scandinavian purl chevron braid and an Estonian variation of it.

Supplies Needed:  (1) About 30-50 yd each of 3 contrasting colors of sport-weight (about 110-150 yd per 50 g), solid color, smooth, wool yarn. Red, white and blue work nicely together; (2) Needles - U.S. size 3 or 4 (3 or 3.5 mm): set of 4 or 5 dpn, or long Magic Loop circular; or 2 circulars; (3) Knitting supplies such as scissors, tapestry needle, crochet hook, row marker, stitch markers, pen and notepaper

Materials Fee:  $3 for handouts (basic techniques and template for cast-on)

Homework:  None.

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