You don’t need to be a technique geek (like me) to want to learn a new knitting trick now and then. This fall’s classes are filled with tweaks and tips to make your knitting more enjoyable. Here’s what’s on the schedule so far (all dates are Saturdays):
Beginner Cables: Ballydesmond Fingerless Gloves with Ann Ross; November 3
So You Want to Knit a Sweater with Stephanie Hogan; November 10
Reading Your Knitting with Ann Ross; December 1
Be the Boss of Your Yarn with Ann Ross; December 8
A Knitter’s Bag of Tricks with Ann Ross; December 8
For full details, see our Classes page. Please check back often, as more classes may be added to the schedule. Individual instruction is always an option, and we’ve created a menu of the most frequently requested knitting techniques. Also ask about designing your own private lessons. We’re happy to customize a class to meet your specific need.
- Cable Knitting
- Cast-ons and Bind-offs
- Double Knitting
- Fixing Mistakes
- Horizontal and Vertical Seaming
- Increases and Decreases
- Kitchener Stitch Grafting
- Knitting in the Round – Circular Needles, DPNs and Magic Loop
- Knitting from Charts
- Log Cabin Knitting
- Math for Knitters: How to Get (or forget about) Gauge
- Provisional Cast-on: Making It and Making It Disappear
- Short Rows
- Toe-up Practice Socks – 2 sessions
- Top-down Practice Socks – 2 sessions
- 2-Color Brioche Knitting (Flat or In-the-Round)
- 2-Handed Stranded Colorwork
Our last post featured one of our new yarns, Trendsetter Pure Collection New York. We now have two trunk show samples of New York on loan from the yarn company; here is the Get to the Point Pullover*.
This stylish intarsia sweater was designed by Barry Klein of Trendsetter Yarns. We love this versatile DK weight 100% organic wool. It’s also beautifully represented in the new Fall/Winter 2018 issue of knit.wear magazine with Norah Gaughan’s Sloane Dress.
Another of our new favorites is bulky Topas from the German yarn maker GGH (another Trendsetter import). For a chunky that’s happy on US 10-11 needles, it’s airy and light because it’s a hollow-cored chainette and soft because it’s a wool/alpaca/acrylic blend.
Here is Topas in a showstopper cardigan coat. (Unfortunately, the pattern is listed on Ravelry only in German, Mantel mit Musterstreifen, but we can get it for you in English!)
The stitch pattern is very similar to our Queen Bee Cowl, so if you like it, aren’t ready to knit a coat, but could imagine wearing it around your neck, the pattern is free here at the shop with a yarn purchase.
The blue and white Pullover with Stripes in Topas, below, isn’t even in Ravelry yet, but we can get the directions for you from Trendsetter. It’s shown hanging next to the other sample of New York, Barry Klein’s Metropolis cardigan. See the blue/green hat in front, on the right? That is Carolyn Kern’s No-Wrong-Side Hat*, which would be beautiful done in Topas.
Lana Grossa Gomitolo Merino is another of our newbies, an Italian 100% wool worsted/aran weight that knits up with swirly stripes of color.
Brigid chose Yelena Chen’s free pattern Hat in Slipped Stitch Ribbing for a Lady for it – perfect!
But wait, there’s more new yarn: Lana Grossa Bingo Funky Print, another worsted/aran 100% merino wool, makes splashes of color all over.
Here is Rebecca’s fun Ditto in Bingo Funky Print. The free pattern comes from designer Anne Gagnon.
Catherine’s Simple Slouch Hat is also knit in Bingo Funky Print and also free, courtesy of designer Robyn Devine.
More color, more bright stripes: Berroco Millefiore was Joanne’s choice for a beanie she knit from her own original pattern. If you’re not ready to make it up as you go, try Chuck Wright’s Regular Guy Beanie or Brenda Zuk’s Seaman’s Cap.
Gina used Lana Grossa Solo Lino for her sleek Stacking Scarf from Karly Royer, available in the Summer 2018 issue of Knitscene.
Bonnie held her Baah! La Jolla doubled for this knockout baby blanket. The design is all her own. I think she should write it up and share it on Ravelry!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!