Designer Deborah Newton makes gorgeous sweaters, and she is very opinionated about her finishing. She disdains anything that takes too much time and is known to turn her nose up at blocking in most cases! Over the years of making hundreds of sweaters, Deborah has devised her favorite techniques for making her designs look wonderful in the most straightforward way. In three hours, learn all about her finishing “Bag of Tricks”: 1. Seaming—the best and the easiest, in all directions! 2. Avoiding blocking! Learn how and why! 3. Picking up along ANY kind of edge. All those little holes disappear. 4. Setting in sleeves for a smooth finish! No more lumps and bumps. 5. Cardigan edges—all Deborah’s tricks for buttonholes, bands, and buttons!
Required for this class are two swatches, knitted as described here. Use a worsted weight yarn. SWATCHES: Make 2. Choose an allover knit/purl textured pattern (such as moss stitch or a k/p check pattern). Work your swatch as follows: With worsted-weight yarn, cast on enough stitches to make a large swatch approximately 6" wide. Use the long-tail method, if you can, and make your first row a WS row as follows: WS row: p2 (keep these edge sts in Stockinette St: p WS, k RS), work textured pattern over the center sts, place marker, p2 (keep these edge sts in Stockinette St: p WS, k RS). Work even as established until your swatch is a little longer than square: about 8". Leave sts on the needle. You can use a different pattern and yarn for the second swatch, if you like!
Cascade Yarns will be sending each student Cascade 220 ahead of time to do their homework. Please also bring the needles you used for your swatch, the yarn, as well as two more sets of needles, the next 2 sizes smaller. Bring a small and a large tapestry needle. Bring a sewing needle and sewing thread—any color is fine. Bring two buttons of different sizes—small and large.