Embroidery is one of the most beautiful, versatile, and simple ways to add unique embellishments to your knitting. In this introductory class, we’ll focus on two types of stitching that can be combined in a near-infinite number of ways: the chain stitch family, and the French knot. You’ll learn how to work the stitches and how to combine them, and we’ll discuss topics of special interest when embroidering with yarn on handknit fabrics.
Technique Requirements: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.
Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Hikoo Simpliworsted, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton, or anything similar) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Make one swatch as follows: With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 to 6 sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts. Rows 1-6: knit. Row 7 (WS): K4, p 48, k4. Rep rows 6-7 25x. Rows 58-63: Knit. Bind off. If time permits, block swatch.
Completed homework assignment (see above). At least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or DK weight yarns in colors clearly different from the color of your homework swatch. Tapestry needle. Scissors.