Amy Herzog loves helping knitters create garments they love to wear. She’s the creator of the CustomFit pattern generator and the author of Knit to Flatter, Knit Wear Love, and You Can Knit That (all published with Abrams). She teaches across the country and on Craftsy.com, and her designs have been published in Rowan, Interweave Knits, and more. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two boys, two cats, and the button stash she collects instead of yarn. Find out more at www.amyherzogdesigns.com.
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Silhouette and Visual Elements: What kinds of sweaters will flatter your body shape? What is a body shape, anyway? How do you know whether you’ll like the way that gorgeous pattern photo works for you? Amy demystifies clothing and shows you how to make choices you’ll love.
Fit: You’ll learn how to choose a size well, set yourself up for the easiest modifications possible, and how to execute those modifications like a pro.
Fabric and Stitch patterning: We’ll cover swatching accurately for gauge and testing your fabric, matching fiber and fabric to design, and all of your questions about stitch patterning in sweaters.
Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let’s talk sweaters!
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Fair Isle Knitting specifically refers to stranded knitting originating from Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of
Scotland and part of the Shetland Islands. In Fair Isle knitting,
limited number of stitches across the back of the work. Although only two colors are worked together on any given round, designs often incorporate more
colors, up to as many as 10 or more for some very complex Fair Isle designs. This class will focus on choosing colors for the traditional designs.
Prereq’s: Students must be able to knit comfortably in the round on double pointed needles or using magic loop.
Supplies to Bring: Size 3 and 4 double pointed needles.
Master intarsia color work, the mysterious technique from yesteryear! Intarsia was very popular in the 80s, and has been making a comeback.
From Kaffe Fasset's beautiful color work coats to Mary Maxim vintage cardigans, intarsia
basic technique, proper tensioning of yarns, how to use (or not use) bobbins, and how to knit from
Prereq's: Students should have confident knitting and purling abilities.
Supplies to Bring: 16"or 24" needles for working with DK weight yarn (US size 5-6-7)
For well over a century and a half, dressmakers have had access to a body of techniques that allow them to create garments of uncommon refinement, detail and craftsmanship. Catherine’s couture method for handknitting offers knitters a similar option. This class explores the premise of the method, takes a close, hands-on look at the foundational techniques, including Catherine’s unique stitch pick-up technique, and explains how they can be easily incorporated into your knitting practice, beginning with your next project. You’ll learn how
to swatch for fabric characteristics as well as for gauge, how to enhance the knitted fabric with specific characteristics through blocking techniques, how to use gauge to “engineer” your garments and ensure that they maintain their shape and fit, and how to plan for and guarantee perfect construction.
Please have the swatches prepared for the class. They should be worked with the yarn described and washed and blocked following tothe directions below. Please use solid color yarns, not tweeds or variegated ones, and bring the additional yarns and notions listed to the class along with the completed swatches.
A. (used for the swatches): approximately 100 yds of a light colored wool with crisp stitch definition that knits to the gauge noted below for yarns A and B. A heavy sport or light dk weight yarn should produce the required gauge. Please have approximately 20 yds of this yarn available to use during the class.
B. (to be used in the class): 15–20 yds of the same yarn as A, but in a color that contrasts with yarn A. This yarn should not be so dark that it is difficult to read the stitches.
C. (to be used in the class): 15–20 yds of a wool in a color and hand comparable to yarn B that knits at the gauge noted for yarn C. A fingering weight wool should produce the required gauge.
D. (to be used in the class): 5 yds of a fine gauge yarn with a crisp hand in a color and luster that contrasts sharply with yarns A and B. This yarn will be used as a waste yarn and will be removed from the piece once it is finished.
32” circular needles in the size needed to obtain gauge for yarn C, if this size is not already included in those listed above.
32” circular needles one size smaller and one size larger than needed to obtain gauge for yarn C, if these sizes are not already included in those listed above.
0 US / 2.0 mm: 2 32” circular or 2 double point needles at least 12” long.
If you are more comfortable working with straight needles, multiple long double points may be substituted for the circulars.
crochet hook: C / 2.5 mm or D / 3.0 mm
Yarns A and B: 6 stitches and 8 rows = 1”
All of the swatches should be knit at this gauge.
Yarn C: 8 stitches and 10 rows = 1”
Note that these are knitting gauges and not blocked or finished gauges.
Work 2 identical swatches as follows.
With yarn A cast on 20 stitches using your regular cast-on. If you regularly vary your cast-on depending upon the stitch pattern to be worked, use the cast-on you would normally use for stockinette stitch.
Row 1: (RS) purl first stitch (to establish beginning of row selvedge stitch); knit 18; knit 1 (to establish end of row selvedge stitch).
Row 2: (WS) with yarn in back of work, slip first stitch as if to knit (beginning of WS row selvedge stitch); purl 18; purl 1 (end of WS row selvedge stitch).
Row 3: (RS) with yarn in front of work, slip first stitch as if to purl through back of loop (beginning of RS row selvedge stitch); knit 18; knit 1 (end of RS row selvedge stitch).
Row 4: (WS) as row 2.
Repeat rows 3 (RS) and 2 (WS) to work the selvedge stitch pattern along the vertical edges of the stockinette stitch.
Work through row 48.
Row 48: (RS) bind off all stitches knitwise.
Wash and block the swatches following the directions below.
Wash the swatches as you normally would and block each one to a dimension of 3” x 6” (excluding selvedge stitches and cast-on and bind-off rows). Make sure that the corners are square and that the sides are parallel so that no bias is introduced into the knitted fabric. Do not unpin them or remove them from