You can knit but you don’t crochet? Learn just enough to get by. As a knitter, being able to crochet is a very important skill, and frequently a preferred choice when finishing. Even though you have no trouble holding two knitting needles, don’t let the easy operation of holding that single hook scare you. In this class, learn just enough crochet to enhance, fix, or finish your knit project. Learn all about the structure of the crochet hook and what you should know to use one. Learn the tricks of how to single crochet on the edge of your knitting in garter and stockinette stitch so the edge is never left unfinished, lays flat, and looks even. Even without instructions from your pattern, you’ll be able to determine how to start, know how to space, go around corners, and decide to finish a knit edge of your garment, as it might offer a delicate decorative, quicker, functional, or dressier choice when ribbing is wrong. Expand that single crochet skill to other crochet stitches with single or multiple yarns to add your own flair to your throw, shawl, or sweater. Learn how to quickly use crochet to finish cardigans, button and buttonhole bands, space buttonholes, and practice a few very easy buttonholes. In addition to finishing, have that crochet hook on call when fixing common knitting mistakes and mishaps. You won’t leave knowing how to crochet a sweater, although that would be nice diversion, but this minimal crochet stuff combined with knitting should be added to your list of talents.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off
Make two samples. Use light-colored, Aranweight, smooth yarn and US 9/5.5mm needles. Sample 1: Loosely cast on 18 stitches and work stockinette stitch(knit one row, purl the next row and repeat these two rows) forabout 6” followed by 6 inches of garter stitch (knit every row). Bind off loosely. Expect that your sample will curl in the stockinette stitch section; you can gently steam it to eliminate some curling. Sample 3: Cast on 18 stitches and work stockinette stitch for about 4”/10cm. Slide stitches to a holder.
Supplies for Class:
Bring the samples of homework, scissors, size G and H crochet hook. Bring the yarn the samples were made from and an additional color.