We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There’s always room for improvement! Does your knitting “row out” (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), or are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. If you feel like you are alwasy three needles off from what a pattern calls for, or have inconsistent gauge, or are just unhappy with your finished fabric, this is the class for you!
Technique Requirements: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases. Recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision.
Cast on 24 stitches and work 2 inches in plain stockinette (NO GARTER EDGE, just stockinette), enough to get a sense of your knitting style. Do not bind off; we will be working this swatch.
Smooth, light-colored worsted-weight yarn. US size 8 (5mm) and 9 (5.5 mm) needles (whichever your yarn choice suggests). OPTIONAL: To experiement with purl gauge, bring needles two to three sizes smaller and larger.