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Thursday, October 18
 

9:00am

Demystifying Double Knitting - Thurs AM - SOLD OUT
This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight!

DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong!  As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!

Skill level:  Beginning - NECESSARY:  The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!DESIRED:
1) Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On.  If you have never done this before, please practice before attending the class. See my tutorial at https://youtu.be/zwK8DD80pvM to make sure we are all doing the same version.
2) It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you)


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Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am

Viking Knitting: Zen, Not Warlike - SOLD OUT
Students will make a stunning bracelet, using a simple looping technique as used by the Vikings, with wire and a stick, which looks like knitting.    This simple craft which looks complicated, makes very beautiful bracelets, earrings or necklaces etc. is portable and fun to do.   Students will add beads to embellish the bracelet and learn how to add the findings.

Skill level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

1:00pm

Demystifying Double Knitting - Thurs PM - SOLD OUT
DEMYSTIFYING DOUBLE-KNITTING
This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight!

DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong!  As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!
Skill level:  Beginner - NECESSARY: The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!DESIRED:
1) Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On.  If you have never done this before, please practice before attending the class. See my tutorial at https://youtu.be/zwK8DD80pvM to make sure we are all doing the same version.
2) It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you). 


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr
 
Friday, October 19
 

9:00am

Shaping: the Future of Double Knitting - Fri AM - SOLD OUT
Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you.

Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love.

I'll show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. 

We’ll talk bout the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible, two-sided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like.

The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right-leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double Decrease, and a whole variety of others. Time permitting, we’ll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners!

Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double-knitting!

I would advise bringing a sugary snack and some water to the class (available in Building D!), as I’ll be giving your brains a good work out.
Skill level:  Intermediate - You will need to be competent in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any edge technique for DK would suffice.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm

Shaping: the Future of Double Knitting - Fri PM - SOLD OUT
Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you.

Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love.

I'll show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. 

We’ll talk bout the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible, two-sided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like.

The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right-leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double Decrease, and a whole variety of others. Time permitting, we’ll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners!

Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double-knitting!

I would advise bringing a sugary snack and some water to the class (available in Building D!), as I’ll be giving your brains a good work out.
Skill level:  Intermediate - You will need to be competent in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any edge technique for DK would suffice.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr
 
Sunday, October 21
 

10:00am

Stranded Knitting - SOLD OUT
We will cover the basics of stranded knitting in this class. Stranded knitting is used in various types of knitted designs, including Fair-Isle, Scandinavian sweaters, Bohus Stickning sweaters, etc.

We will knit a simple coffee cozy to learn the skills. 2-handed stranded knitting will be demonstrated if students are interested.  Tips and techniques for managing multiple yarns will also be discussed.

Skill level:  Beginning – Advanced knitters. Must be familiar with knitting in the round with either dpns or magic loop on circulars, reading charts. The chart is just a grid showing the color of the yarn for each st so it  is not complicated.


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Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597