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Knitting Workshops and Classes - Design and Creativity

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Classes are also available in the following areas:
Knitting Techniques
Finishing Techniques and Embellishments
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DESIGN AND CREATIVITY

Knit to Fit Mitts
Start from the tip of the hand and knit to fit using this simple technique. Use any yarn, any size needles and fit any hand. Once you've practiced this method, add colors, textures, cuffs and embellishments. Discover the endless possibilities without ever knitting a swatch for gauge! Class is perfect for beginning mitten knitters as well as veterans who want to design their own. (6 hrs)

Garments to Grow In (picture)
You invest a lot of time and effort in handknits for kids. Wouldn't you love it if they weren't outgrown right away? Learn how to maximize wearing time by designing garments that grow with children. This course will teach ways to lengthen the life of infant and toddler garments: pattern stitches and finishing options that grow and ornamentation that plans in advance for additions. We'll discuss which garment shapes continue to look good as a child grows and how to modify existing patterns with growth in mind. (3 hrs)

Sideways Sweaters (picture)
Learn construction techniques for knitting sweaters and vests sideways by knitting a small sweater. This allows you to easily add vertical stripes of colors, textured or Fair Isle patterns for a completely different look from conventional sweaters. Students will learn basic garment architecture and will knit a small sample sweater. Students can select design elements (such as pattern stitches or colored stripes) that students can select as desired. Garment finishing and assembly will be discussed, and practiced as time allows. (6 hrs)

Luxury Yarn Workshop (picture)
Cotton, silk, mohair and alpaca all present a challenge to knitters, especially if used in a pattern designed for that all-forgiving fiber, wool. Learn Proven techniques for insuring success when knitting garments in cotton, mohair, silk, alpaca, novelty yarns or chenille. Class will cover ways to prevent sagging and biasing, sizing borders, alternatives to ribbing, adding other fibers to mitigate the problems with the main fiber, and pattern stitches and seaming techniques to stabilize the fabric. The role of yarn architecture and garment fit will also be covered in detail. Students will take home a better grasp of what the pitfalls are of working with these fibers, and a small arsenal of techniques for dealing with them. Knitters are encouraged to bring a fiber they would like to work with, or a completed garment they are unhappy with, to use as examples. [Note: This can be changed into a full design class, where students plan and begin a sweater]. (3, 6, 9, or 12 hrs.)

Fantastic No-Gauge Bags (picture)
Get rid of your preconceived ideas about knitting and create beautiful bags on the fly. Learn exciting techniques for designing while you knit without ever knitting a gauge swatch. Create sophisticated bags that keep their shape, while embellishing them with beads, cords or tassels to create a unique personal treasure. (6 hrs)

Fantastic No-Gauge Hats (picture)
Get rid of your preconceived ideas about knitting and create beautiful hats on the fly. Learn exciting techniques for designing while you knit without ever making a gauge swatch. Create fun hats that really fit, and choose from a variety of embellishments and finishes to create a unique personal garment. (6 hrs)

Fantastic No-Gauge Scarves and Shawls (picture)
Get rid of your preconceived ideas about knitting and create beautiful garments on the fly. Learn exciting techniques for designing while you knit without ever making a gauge swatch. Create everything from warm, fluffy mufflers to sophisticated lace evening wraps. (6 hrs)

Circular Knitting Workshop (picture)
Learn to knit circularly--knit garments in one piece without seaming! Students will design and knit a basic vest, and in the process will learn to work in the round, to convert flat patterns to circular, and finishing techniques. There will be lots of room for creativity--each student controls the pattern stitches and colors to be used in her (or his) own vest. (6 hrs)

The Sensational Surplice (picture)
Learn design techniques for crossed-front surplice sweaters by knitting a miniature one. Embellishment of the diagonal front with lace patterns, beading, cables, etc. will be discussed and examples will be swatched. Class will include sizing and shaping guidelines for infants through adults, discussion of varying construction techniques (circular, side to side, and bottom up) and why each is useful. [Note: It's good to offer this over two days, to allow some knitting time during the evening.] (6 hrs)

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