Pick Your Knits and Purls—Continental Immersion (Part 1 of 2)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tips & Techniques
When you learn Lorilee’s brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It’s not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off. We’ll learn ways to enlist “helper” fingers to accomplish trickier maneuvers including increases, decreases, slip-stitch patterning, cables, lace, simple two-handed colorwork, and bobbles. Each student gets individual attention. The goal is to cement your learning by having more time with the teacher’s eyes on your hands, and to realize all maneuvers can be achieved in your new style.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; increase/decrease; chart reading; easy colorwork
Work swatches in your current knitting style. Swatch 1: Using the same material and needle you intend to use for class, cast on 24 stitches by any method. Work 2"/5cm in garter stitch (all rows knit), then switch to stockinette stitch (alternate 1 row knit and 1 row purl) for 2"/5cm, then switch to k2, p2 ribbing and work 3"/7.5cm of ribbing. Bind off and bring swatch to class. We use these to compare styles and identify areas for improvement, especially in regards to sizing stitches equally. Swatch 2: Cast on 24 stitches by any method and work 1"/2.5cm in garter stitch (all knit). Do not bind off. Bring work to class on the needles.
Supplies for Class:
50 grams of smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight, multi-ply wool. No cotton, acrylic, single-ply, nor splitty yarns. 24–40" long circular needle, US 5/3.75mm to US 7/4.5mm; slippery metal preferred. No straight needles, as they will hinder the learning process.