European Folk Stitching and Knitting (NEW!)
Friday, January 25, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tips & Techniques, World Traditions
From the vibrant florals on twined mittens from Dala Floda, Sweden, and the dainty blossoms on Tyrolean textured stitches, to the gorgeous satin stitch designs that grace colorwork stockings from Muhu Island in Estonia, wool embroidery has been used for centuries to bring knitting to life. You will learn about some of the beautiful traditional garments that are enhanced by hand-worked stitchery, and you will learn how to use some of these age-old techniques and stitches to enhance your own knitting.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off
Using a smooth, sturdy, DK or worsted-weight yarn (preferably wool) in a light or medium solid color and knitting needles appropriately sized to obtain a gauge of approximately 20–24 sts to the inch, make the following swatch. Notes: Sample shown is knit with Cascade 220 wool using size 5 needles. Gauge is not critical, but the embroidery yarn that will be provided will work best if the swatch is at the suggested gauge. The last stitch of each row is slipped without being worked, and then is worked in stockinette at the beginning of the next row to create a chain-stitch selvedge.
10-Row Reverse Stitch Border
Cast on 29 sts.
Rows 1 (RS) P 28 sts, slip last st WYIB to create chain selvedge edge.
Row 2 (WS) P1, k 27 sts, slip last st WYIF.
Rows 3, 5, and 7 K 28 sts, slip last st WYIB.
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10 P 28 sts, slip last st WYIF.
Row 9 (RS) K1, p27sts, slip last st WYIB.
End WS Row.
Next RS row K 28 sts, slip last st WYIB.
Continue to work in stockinette (k1 row, p1 row), maintaining selvedge edge, until piece forms at least a square or until desired length (do not end at less than a square). Sample is 40 rows long from cast-on edge. Bind off all sts.
Block lightly, weave in all ends. Blocking is highly recommended, as it is much easier to stitch on blocked fabric.
Supplies to Bring:
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):