Monday, March 20, 2006

April 18 & 25
Sherry Robinson

Knitting Cables Without a Cable Needle

In this class you’ll knit a hat, first the sides and then the crown. The cabled sides are knit as a flat rectangular panel that is joined at the ends to form a circle. The crown stitches are then picked up along one side of the now-circular panel and knit in the round.

Note: The rectangular panel for the hat sides can be knit with either straight needles or a 16” circular needle (the straights are easier). The crown is knit with a 16” circular needle, then with a 40” circular needle (you can use double points instead of the 40” if you are not familiar with the “Magic Loop” method).

Skills: Students must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off

Text: Cable Needle Freedom by Carole Wulster (the pattern for your hat is in this little booklet).

Supplies: You will be knitting a hat, for which you will need:
Yarn: approx. 250 yards of light to medium colored, non-slippery, smooth yarn in worsted weight
Straight needles, size 7 or 8 (see Note above)
16” circular needle, size 7 or 8 (see Note above)
Either double pointed needles or a 40” long circular needle in same size as 16” needle
Standard Knitting Supplies: Stitch markers, yellow stickie for keeping track of your row on the chart, blunt and sharp-tip darning needles, pen/pencil & notepad, etc.

Skills to learn –
Knitting cables without a cable needle, reading a chart, mattress stitch, pick up and knit, 2 types of decreases.
You’ll learn how to make a hat in 2 steps, sides and crown, so you can mix and match sides and crowns for any future hats.

Homework: none
April 6 1-3 pm
Sherry Robinson

Knit A Magical Moebius

Learn Cat Bordhi’s magical way to cast on and knit a moebius scarf in one continuous shape, with only one edge and no seams what so ever. Does it sound mysterious? Discover how to do this for yourself.

Note: After you cast on and knit the first round, the rest of the scarf is simply knitting – even though, because of the magical nature of the cast on, the finished scarf will appear to be half stockinette and half reverse stockinette.

Skills: Students must know how to knit

Text: A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi

Supplies: You will be knitting a Moebius scarf, for which you will need:

Yarn: approximately 245 yards of a yarn that will drape nicely (1 skein of Mountain Colors Merino Ribbon yarn knit on size 10 needles will give you a scarf approximately 11” wide and 45” around). The actual amount of yarn your scarf will use will depend on how long and wide you want it to be, and what your gauge is. This scarf will roll on the edge so you will want to knit it wider to accommodate the roll.

Needles: one 60” long circular needle in size to get the gauge you want (see Homework). Hint: A looser knit gives more drape than a tight knit.

Standard Knitting Supplies: Just your yarn, needle and either a crochet hook or blunt tip darning needle for weaving in your 2 ends.

Skills & techniques:
*Cat’s method for casting on and knitting the first round of a Moebius scarf
*A very elastic bind off

Homework: Before you come to class you need to choose your drapey yarn, decide how long you want your scarf to be, and knit a gauge swatch that gives you the texture and feel you want in your finished scarf. Your gauge will determine how many stitches you’ll cast on so count carefully. (You can knit your gauge swatch on a shorter needle than the 60” you’ll knit your scarf on.)