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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Building Knitting Skills: Cables, Lace, and Colorwork

Many of you know Adrienne. I’m guessing she even taught several of you how to knit. Well, she wants to teach you more skills! Her newest class will take the basic skills you have learned in her Knitting: Beginning and Beyond class (or another beginning knitting class) and add more tools to your knitting arsenal. If you know how to cast on, knit and purl, you are ready to dive into this class. What all will you learn?

First up, cables. You will use a nice bulky alpaca to create this richly cabled cowl. It’s not nearly as hard as it looks, and you will catch on quickly. I promise.
Next, you will hone your increasing and decreasing skills to create this lovely glove. Increases and decreases form the basis of most lace knitting, so this little glove will be your first foray into the wide world of lace. Again, once you know the basics, you will be able to knit any lace pattern.
Finally, Adrienne will lead you through colorwork, or stranded knitting. This technique involves using multiple colors to create a design. Most often, only two colors are used in each row, with the unseen color loosely held behind the knitting. There are a few key tricks and tips that will help you to be successful with colorwork, and you will walk away prepared to knit the most complicated Fair Isle sweater. Or just lots of hats.
Adrienne has developed a class with your busy lives in mind. The class will meet three times on Monday evenings, once in September, once in October, and once in November. Take a look at the available dates over on our class page. There will be a little bit of homework for you to complete in order to be prepared to learn the new skill, but nothing crazy…cast on and knit a few rows before class. Mostly, you’ll just want to be at the right point to be able to get the most out of Adrienne’s teaching time. The class is $60 for six hours of instruction, which is a screaming deal, and your materials for the class will be 10% off during the duration of the class.

If you get your homework done and stay on top of your projects, you will finish this class with at least three lovely little gifts by the holidays! So, if you’ve been itching to try some new skills, give us a call or pop in the shop to sign up. I think this series of classes is going to be very popular.

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