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Knitting Foundations

Beginning Knitting Part II – Week 1 – April 23rd

Greetings again – it was nice to see your progress in class today,

For a review of the techniques we covered in Beginning Knitting Part I:

Long Tail Cast-on – YouTube – Knitting – Long-Tail Cast-on

The knit stitch – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: THE KNIT STITCH VIDEO

The Purl Stitch – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: THE PURL STITCH VIDEO

The Stockinette Stitch – YouTube – STOCKINETTE STITCH

The Garter Stitch – YouTube – THE GARTER STITCH

Binding off (aka casting off) on a knit row – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: BINDING OFF KNIT VIDEO

Per request here is a link to the Craft Yarn Council’s Knitting Abbreviations Master List – http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knit.html

And Knit Chat Symbols (we will discuss this next week) – http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/chart_knit.html

And for a little humor! – http://theyarnability.blogspot.com/2008/09/definitions-of-knitting.html

Next week we will cover a variety of topics – for a preview of a couple of them:

Knitting On Circular Needles – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES VIDEO

Knit Two Purl Two Ribbing – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: RIBBING STITCH VIDEO

Binding off (aka casting off) on a purl row – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: BINDING OFF PURL VIDEO

Unraveling Your Work – YouTube – HOW TO UNRAVEL YARN METHOD ONEYouTube – HOW TO UNRAVEL YARN METHOD TWO

Fixing your knitting mistakes – the dropped stitch – YouTube – Fixing Your Knitting Mistakes – Dropped Stitch Rescue

See you in class next Saturday,

Happy knitting, Jessica

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By the way….

Although the shop is currently closed to retail business this week – I will be teaching all of my knitting classes 🙂
Beginning Knitting Pt 1: Saturdays April 23rd and 30th, 2 – 4 pm

Beginning Knitting Pt 2: Saturdays April 23rd and 30th, 12 – 2 pm

Color Workshop: Friday, April 29th, 10 am to 12 noon

Fearlessly Blocking: Friday, April 29th, 12 noon to 3 pm.

Feel free to “drop in” for any of these classes.

Happy spring knitting, Jessica

Color Workshop – Class 2 – April 15th

Greetings,

If you would like to practice the techniques we learned in class this week – have fun doing the following homework:

To your existing slip stitch sampler cast on enough stitches (a total that is divisible by 4) to comfortably fit on your 16 inch circular so that when you join it in the round the stitches fit easily. Join in the round and knit two rounds in one color. At the beginning of the next round start knitting with another color for one round. At the beginning of the 2nd round of this color practice your jog-less stripe (see below for video review of technique), then knit with this color for a few rounds. Again add another color applying your jog-less stripe technique! Next practice your “easy fair isle knitting” (review technique below) *knit two stitches in one color, knit two stitches in another color* repeat for a few rounds; or pick a pattern of your liking. If you are feeling really comfortable with this, try doing the fair isle knitting with a color in each hand as demonstrated in class. No fair breathing! Your doing it!

See below to review the techniques we learned in class this week –

1) Knitting On Circular Needles

– YouTube – HOW TO KNIT ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES VIDEO

2) The Jogless Stripe ( and more!)

– YouTube – Jogless Stripes in the Round – KDTV 311 with Eunny Jang

3) For two color knitting – Fair Isle in the round part 1 and 2

– YouTube – EASY FAIR ISLE ON CIRCULAR NEEDLE

– YouTube – EASY FAIR ISLE ON CIRCULAR NEEDLE 2

And more two color stranded knitting videos. Keep breathing, your hands will start to “get it”!

YouTube – Two Color Stranded Knitting

YouTube – How to Catch Back Yarn in Two Color Stranded Knitting

Towards the end of this demo – she demonstrates wrapping left stranded floats and right stranded floats

YouTube – Stranded Colorwork – English and Continental

And just to give you some options!

YouTube – 2 color tutorial

4) Swiss Darning aka the Duplicate Stitch

– YouTube – Duplicate Stitch Video

The the final class we will review any questions or issues that came up for you while practicing your fair isle knitting. And you will learn how to add color with intarsia. If we have time I will also demonstrate the brioche stitch with two colors and entrelac. Let me know if there are any other techniques you would like me to preview!

More color, enjoy, Jessica

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Hats, Hats, and More Hats Class – Week 3

Hello hat ladys,

Just wanted to say I really enjoyed teaching this class (and laughing) and the enthusiasm you all brought to class with your designs!

Techniques we covered in this last week of class –

Fixing your knitting mistakes – the dropped stitch – YouTube – Fixing Your Knitting Mistakes – Dropped Stitch Rescue

Unraveling Your Work – YouTube – HOW TO UNRAVEL YARN METHOD ONEYouTube – HOW TO UNRAVEL YARN METHOD TWO

Knitting on Double Pointed Needles – YouTube – KNITTING ON DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES VIDEO

The knitted I-cord – YouTube – How to Knit – Making an i-cord

and high lights on designing your own hat while referencing the “Hat to Head Tutorials” by cosette cornelius-bates

Part 1 – hat to head – part 1 « cosymakes

Part 2 – hat to head – part 2 « cosymakes

and Part 3 – hat to head – part 3 « cosymakes

If I have missed something, let me know!

happy knitting, Jessica

Beginning Knitting – Week 2 – April 9th

Greetings new knitters,

I apologize for getting this out a little late –

For a review of the techniques we covered in class –

The Purl Stitch – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: THE PURL STITCH VIDEO

The Stockinette Stitch – YouTube – STOCKINETTE STITCH

The Garter Stitch – YouTube – THE GARTER STITCH

Binding off (aka casting off) on a knit row – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: BINDING OFF KNIT VIDEO

Knitting On Circular Needles – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES VIDEO

And to add to those “aha!” moments –

Knit Two Purl Two Ribbing – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: RIBBING STITCH VIDEO

Binding off (aka casting off) on a purl row – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: BINDING OFF PURL VIDEO

Unraveling Your Work – YouTube – HOW TO UNRAVEL YARN METHOD ONEYouTube – HOW TO UNRAVEL YARN METHOD TWO

Fixing your knitting mistakes – the dropped stitch – YouTube – Fixing Your Knitting Mistakes – Dropped Stitch Rescue

And if you are interested  Beginning Knitting Part II @

Happy knitting, Jessica

West County Fiber Emporium News

Happy spring knitting,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the West County Fiber Emporium, the shop I have been teaching knitting at for the past year and a half is closing at the end of April. Here is a link to the announcement and generous sale – yarns, knitting needles and supplies, weaving and spinning fiber, tools and more  – that will be going on over the next couple of weeks.

http://www.westcountyfiberemporium.com/

Come by and say hello.

Jessica

Beginning Knitting – Week 1 – April 2nd

Greeting Beginning Knitters,

The following videos cover the techniques and terminology we learned in class this week.

The Slip Knot – YouTube – Knitting Help – Slip Knot

Long Tail Cast-on – YouTube – Knitting – Long-Tail Cast-on

The knit stitch – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: THE KNIT STITCH VIDEO

The Garter Stitch – YouTube – THE GARTER STITCH

And for a preview of next weeks class:

The Purl Stitch – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: THE PURL STITCH VIDEO

The Stockinette Stitch – YouTube – STOCKINETTE STITCH

Binding off (aka casting off) on a knit row – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: BINDING OFF KNIT VIDEO

We will also cover an introduction to reading patterns, fixing the most common knitting mistakes and  a great formula for creating your favorite knitting “space”.

And lastly, if you’d like, a discussion about your “1st projects” followed up with individual assistance in gathering materials, etc.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, or if you need any assistance mid-week to get back on track – I’m around – knitting…

Jessica

P.S. Here are 3 of my favorite beginning knitting books:

The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville

The Sweater Workshop by Jackie Fee

Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus