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Color Workshop – Class 2 – April 15th


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


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



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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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 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


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.

Come by and say hello.


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 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…


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

Hats, Hats, and More Hats Class – Week 2

Greetings Again,

Techniques we covered in class this past Saturday –

Picking up stitches – YouTube – Knitting Instructional Video – How to Pick Up Stitches On the Edge

M1 (make 1) slanting to the left video – YouTube – Make One Left

Slip, slip, knit decrease (SSK), YouTube – How to Knit Decreases – SSK aka slip slip knit decrease

And a preview of techniques we will cover in the last week of class –

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 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

Happy knitting, Jessica

Color Workshop – Week 1 – April 1st


This week in class we reviewed the possible color work techniques that you can use in your knitting: stripes, slip stitches (mosaic knitting), fair isle (two or more color knitting), intarsia, swiss darning (aka duplicate stitch), brioche and entrelac.

While learning how to read a slip stitch chart, you learned how to work with two colors in a slip stitch pattern.

See below for a preview of the techniques we will be covering in our next class –

1) The Jogless Stripe ( and more!) – YouTube – Jogless Stripes in the Round – KDTV 311 with Eunny Jang

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



And for an intriguing discussion – Beth Brown Reinsel blog on Yarn Dominance – Yarn Dominance « Knitting along The Way

For color inspiration look to your natural surroundings – the green in the raspberry leaves just starting to unfold; the variegated yellow-orange hue of the poppies you just “needed” to add to your backyard vegetable boxes; take a trip to the museum – Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave | Legion of Honor with colored pencils and paper in hand to record design inspirations; and of course, in the comfort of your home – visit your favorite painter’s website – The Art of Robert Kabak or simply find your inspiration for color combinations in a magazine.

Resource materials and knitting books I recommend taking a look at –

A link to – Ravelry – a knit and crochet community

Sonoma County Library – Horizon Information Portal

Color Knitting the easy way by Melissa Leapman

Color by Kristin by Kristin Nicolas

The Knitting Experience: Book 3: Color by Sally Melville

Poems of Color, Knitting in the Bohus Tradition by Wendy Keele

Slip Stitch Knitting by Roxana Bartlett

A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker

Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton

Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis

Again, let me know if there are any questions that came up from the first week of class or if there are any other color techniques you’d like to learn but I haven’t mentioned in the curriculum – just email me.

Happy knitting in color, Jessica

P.S. Bring another skein of yarn from your stash – a color that catches your breath, pops a little! And if you so desire, complete your slip stitch practice piece.

Local Knitting Events


From time to time I will post local knitting/fiber events going on around town that knitting folks might be interested in – this includes all activities going on in Sonoma County! So if you know of an activity you would like me to post, email me and I will get the word out!

This coming weekend, on Saturday March 26th from 10 am to 5 pm, there will be an Open House Celebration – A Day of Fiber Demonstrations at the West County Fiber Emporium – see link for all of the details – OPENING CELEBRATION @

Kelbourne Woolens distributors of Fibre Company yarns will be coming to town to do a book signing for their new book Vintage Modern Knits and a trunk show on the evening of April 16th with a workshop the next day at Cast Aways in Santa Rosa – see link for details – Classes | Cast Away

And in May, Shirley Paden, internationally recognized designer and author of Knitwear Design Workshop will be here for a 3 day retreat – ONLY TWO SPACES LEFT – see this link for details – Design Retreat Weekend with Shirley Paden! « Knitthyself. This includes a book signing and chat with Shirley at our local Borders Books in Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 14th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

If you see me at one of these events, come up and say hello!