Full-Fashioning: What It Is, Why Use It, and How to Work It (EXCLUSIVE!) (Part 1 of 2)
Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Design, Tips & Techniques
Although at its origin something quite different, full-fashioning is generally understood today as a method of garment shaping that uses increases and decreases so that they are deliberately visible and add interest to plain garments. This description hardly does justice to the technique or to the elegance such detail can add to a garment. It neglects entirely the fact that full-fashioning gives the knitter considerable control over the fit of the garment and the fact that the technique is in no way limited solely to garments worked in stockinette stitch. Beginning with a brief discussion of the history and theory of full-fashioning, this class explores all aspects of the technique: why, when and where to use the shaping and how to calculate and work it; what effects of design and detail may be created and by which decreases and increases; which traditional design silhouettes can be converted into full-fashioned garments; and how to use the technique to refine the appearance and fit of a garment. Students will learn how to translate a conventional design into a full-fashioned garment and will practice the hand-knitting methods that reproduce the classic full-fashioned shaping, a hallmark of luxury ready-to-wear knitwear.
Technique Requirements: Able to write own patterns; able to design own garments
Supplies to Bring:
DK-weight yarn in a solid, light color: 50 yards. Needles needed to produce the appropriate gauge for the yarn chosen; short dpn of the same size pencil, eraser, ruler, graph paper, calculator.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):