Taking the scissors (in a controlled fashion) to your knitting is both useful—as a way of creating necessary openings for cardigan fronts, armscyes, pockets, and more—and fun. In this empowering class, you’ll learn two classic techniques: the steek and the afterthought. With just a few snips, you’ll open up a world of exciting possibilities in the construction of knitted garments, accessories, and home decor.
Knit two swatches in the following manner:
Select an even, worsted weight yarn (for example, HiKoo Simpliworsted, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted) in white or a light solid color. Be advised that cotton yarns will be difficult to work with and should be avoided. With needles appropriate to give you a fabric of 5–6 stitches to the inch, cast on (any method) 30 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit right-side rows, purl wrong-side rows) for 40 rows. Bind off (any method). If time permits, wet or steam block the swatch and allow to dry flat.
Completed homework assignment (see Homework). One ball (partial is fine) of smooth, even yarn in a solid or semi-solid color that contrasts strongly with the yarn used to knit your homework (for example, HiKoo Simpliworsted, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted). Be advised that cotton yarns will be difficult to work with and should be avoided. One crochet hook in a size the same as, or slightly smaller than, the needles used to knit your homework. Two double-pointed needles the same size, or in a size slightly smaller, than the needles used to knit your homework. One pair sharp, small (i.e., embroidery) scissors. Tapestry needle. Pen and pencil for taking notes.