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

No comments: