Students will learn a different way to knit. It is not the German or English method. The yarn will be fed and tensioned around the neck (or a knitting pin), leaving the hands free to hold the needles. Stitches are formed by looping tensioned yarn around the needle using the left thumb only. If the left thumb is a problem, student might use the right thumb instead. It does not matter if a student is right- or left-handed, as knitting uses both hands. This method is much easier on the hands because it takes less maneuvering of the needles to accomplish the work. Once you learn how to knit and purl using the Portuguese style, we are going to practice increases and decreases. When we are done practicing, we will work on a project.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round
Supplies for Class:
Circular needles 16 inches long sizes US #6 or #7. Basic knitting supplies: scissors, tapestry needle, stitch marker. For the project: 1 skein of Angora & Merino (50% angora/50% merino wool by Tess Yarns - 50g/185 yards [169 m] each) OR any yarn that gives 19 stitches and 26.5 rows = 4 inches; size US #5 16” circular needles; size US #9 16 circular needles and double pointed needles; 3 buttons (optional).
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):