The class is all about shaping and construction. You will combine a number of classic shaping techniques and learn some less known construction methods and in doing so will create a deceptively intricate piece, a balaclava. These piece uses a number of different needle sizes to obtain a proper fit around the shoulders, neck and head. You’ll practice the basics of knitting on circular needles starting with picking up stitches along a crochet chain to cast on, the mechanics of how to tighten up stitches with a crochet hook to create depth and texture (you’ll use this trick on so many other projects! It’s the coolest thing), a variety of decreases and increases and short rowing. At the end of the first session you’ll feel like a knitting star!
During the afternoon, we’ll dive into the finishing process, where you’ll get tips and tricks on weaving in and hiding ends, neatening up a messy edge with an applied I-cord, and the final blocking process. This class includes a blocking demo if time allows. Brandi will wet-block the swatch, share how to go about reshaping the piece after the wash, and steam blocking—all techniques you can do at home to make sloppy stitches smooth and wobbly fabric light and airy.
Brandi will bring a bunch of samples; including a dress, mittens and a variety of cowls showing how you can use the techniques you learn to embellish different garments. You'll be able to try them on and ask any questions you have. Be prepared to have the time of your knitting life!
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; basic finishing techniques; have knit a whole garment; beginner crochet; short rows
Date & Time:
This is a two-part workshop happening on Friday, January 17th
Part One: 9 am - 12 pm
Part Two: 2 pm - 5 pm
Supplies to Bring:
1100 yards of your favorite chunky animal or plant fiber. Avoid black, dark blue, textured, and variegated yarns. Patons “Classic Wool Roving” works great. 16” circular US 15/10 mm and US 11/8 mm. (2) US 7/4.5 mm double pointed needles. Size US N/10 mm and US H/5 mm crochet hooks. 2 large stitch markers. Scissors. Tapestry needle.
Conference packages vary.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets)
New York, New York 10036