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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


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

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.

Books – Color Knitting!

Here is my color knitting book list “in progress” – by no means an exhaustive list! You will find most of these books in the Sonoma County Library – enjoy.

Color Knitting The Easy Way by Melissa Leapman

Color By Kristin by Kristin Nicholas

Kaffe Fassett’s Knitting Library by Kaffe Fassett

Glorious Knitting by Kaffe Fassett

Color Works by Deb Menz

The knitting Experience – Book 3: Color by Sally Melville

Book of Fair Isle Knitting by Alice Starmore

Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by sheila McGregor

Slip-Stitch Knitting by Roxana Bartlett

Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton

The Following Collection by Barbara G. Walker: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Charted Knitting Designs, A Third Treasury, and A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Gansey Sampler Class – Week 1


I hope you enjoyed the class today – I really am thrilled to have more excuses to delve deeper into the topic of Gansy knitting…

A couple of things I wanted to follow-up on in this post:

1) A link to a great video demonstrating the Channel Island Cast-on (this demo adds a couple additional tips regarding this technique!): YouTube – Channel Island Cast on

2) Recommended books for your Gansey/Guersey library –

Cables, Diamonds, and Herringbones by Sabine Domnick Cables, Diamonds, & Herringbone: Secrets of Knitting Traditional Fishermen’s Sweaters (9780892726882): Sabine Domnick: Books

Knitting From the Netherlands by Henriette van der Klift-Tellegen Knitting from the Netherlands, Traditional Dutch Fishermen’s Sweaters (9780937274170): Henriette Van Der Klift-Tellegen: Books

Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks by Mary Wright Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks (9780955364884):…

and Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans by Gladys Thompson Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans: Fishermen’s Sweaters from the British Isles (9780486227030): Gladys Thompson: Books

Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters…

3) A link to sign up for a account – if you have any questions, I’m happy to demonstrate this great, free knitting/crocheting community database.  Ravelry: Request a signup link

4) Homework to do before next class –

Finish casting-on your second welt and do the 9 rows of garter stitch on this piece.

Then, follow the instructions and pictures on page 23 to join in the round (this makes the “overlapped split welt”). Place marker where Beth instructs you to put it – just after knitting the second set of 29 stitches.

Knit in stockinette stitch for approximately 16 rounds – with the exception of purling the two stitches at the 2 side seams. Remember, when knitting stockinette stitch “in the round” you will be knitting every round. Also, this is the section you will put in an initial – if so desired (see page 33 for letter graphs). Then after completing this section begin the “definition ridge”  – Rounds 1, 3, 5: Purl, maintaining Purl 2 side seams. Rounds 2, 4: knit, maintaining purl 2 side seams. Once you’ve made it here, you can continue on using the Graph for the Gansey Sampler as your guide on page 30 or take a moment (or two, or three … to admire your work and the new techniques you have learned in this last week!) In Week 2 of class we will start up from here, reviewing cable 2 back, increasing for the gusset, etc. We will also take the measurements off of your favorite sweater (think – most enjoyable fit/ease) or that of the person you are knitting for and work out the numbers for a potential full sweater from there. Using this info along with your stitch gauge will determine the key number of stitches. To clarify this more in class next week!

Reading – take a moment and enjoy the Gansey “Cartoon” on page 107 – maybe start to imagine the designs you would knit into yours … see pages 37 to 52 for inspiration. Maybe search “gansey” under the pattern section on – see what other people are doing… Take another moment (with a cup of tea, maybe?) and enjoy the overall layout of this book and simply delight in seeing the photographs of this Gansey knitting process – no worries about understanding everything yet, that will happen 🙂

5) Lastly, links to yarn companies that sell Gansey/Guernsey 5 ply yarn –

British Breeds 5 ply Guernsey Yarn for a traditional fisherman’s gansey
Wendy Guernsey 5 Ply Yarn – Angel Yarns Store UK
Flamborough Marine Knitting Kits
Feel free to contact me with any questions/comments.
Happy Gansey Knitting, Jessica