Interweave Yarn Fest 2018
 

Workshops by Sarah Solomon

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Sarah Solomon
04/12/20189:00 am - 12:00 pmNo locationThursday, April 12, 2018 
1095, Mock Cables - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Many knitters are familiar with cable patterns, but mock cables are often left unexplored. Mock cables look much like true cables, but their texture is achieved by a variety of other techniques including using slipped stitches, decreases, yarnovers and purl stitches to achieve a cable-like appearance. Mock cables are usually faster to work than true cables and achieve a very different fabric density; they are an excellent family of stitch patterns to add to your repertoire. In this class we will look at a variety of mock cable stitch patterns, practice working a variety of textures and talk about when and how to use them in a garment or accessory.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off, Increase/Decrease

Materials you are required to bring: Smooth worsted-weight yarn in a light to medium color with corresponding needle size (Suggested size: US 7). Please do not use textured, novelty, or difficult-to-use yarn. You will also need stitch markers and a cable needle.

Homework: None


1095, Mock Cables - $120
This option is sold out.04/12/20181:30 pm - 4:30 pmNo locationThursday, April 12, 2018 
1097, Circular Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting is a beautiful, ornate style of knitting featuring stitches that are twisted and crossed in pairs to make delicate, sculptural designs. Patterns for this type of knitting are always charted rather than written out and the various charting methods feauture an array of symbols and conventions not commonly seen in other types of knitting charts. This class uses a cowl project to demonstrate how to read a chart for this type of knitting as well as how to work the stitches in the round. We will begin by using a cable needle to cross the stitches but we will also practice working in the traditional manner, without the use of a cable needle. Bavarian stitches are some of the most refined of all the traditional stitch patterns and well worth adding to your repertoire.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off, Increase/Decrease; must be comfortable knitting in the round on circular needles and reading charts.

Materials you are required to bring: Yarn for class project: Approximately 275 yards worsted weight wool (Woolstok, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Cascade 220, Quince & Co. Lark, Woolfolk Tov recommended)
An Important Note on Yarn Choice: In a woolen spun yarn like Shelter the stitches will have a less distinct appearance but a beautiful 3-dimensional quality and it is recommended for its elasticity (which makes the stitches easier to work). For a smoother appearance use a worsted spun yarn like Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, Cascade 220, Quince & Co Lark or Woolfolk Tov. A bouncey yarn with no less than 80% wool and plenty of spring is ideal. Needles - 20” or 24” circular needle. *A needle with a sharp tip is recommended for ease of working. Accessories: Cable needle, stitch markers, pencil

Homework: You will work the ribbed band of your cowl before class so that you take time to cast on and practice the action of twisted your knit stitches at your own pace; this insures that we can use the class time together to best advantage. Be aware that the rib is not a regular pattern as it flows directly into the stitch patterns. If you have any difficulty working the ribbing we will address it in class. Note: Twisted stitches take time to work, especially if they are new to you; be patient and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful result. With 20” or 24” circular needle in Size US 7 cast on 156 stitches. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. All instructions for this type of knitting are charted only, but I have given instructions both ways for the ribbing below. In class we will only be using charts.



Round 1: P1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, p2, (k2tbl, p2) twice, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1, k2tbl, pm; repeat from * 5 more times. Your last marker will be your beginning of round marker.

Repeat Round 1 five more times.

K1tbl =knit one stitch through the back loop, twisting the stitch

K2tbl = knit two consecutive stitches through the back loop, twisting each one individually.

P = purl






1097, Circular Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting - $120
04/13/20181:30 pm - 4:30 pmNo locationFriday, April 13, 2018 
1094, Reversible Cables - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Reversible cables are a wonderful, sophisticated texture to use in scarves, wraps and collars and cuffs to lend a polished look to your cabled knits. In this class we will take a look at the structure that makes a cable reversible and then work a number of swatches in reversible stitch patterns.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off, Increase/Decrease, Cables

Materials you are required to bring: Smooth worsted-weight yarn in a light to medium color with corresponding needle size (Suggested size: US 7). Please do not use textured, novelty, or difficult-to-use yarn. You will also need stitch markers and a cable needle.

Homework: None


1094, Reversible Cables - $120
This option is sold out.04/13/20189:00 am - 12:00 pmNo locationFriday, April 13, 2018 
1098, Flat Bavarian Twisted Stitch: Knitting The Burning Love Earwarmer - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting is a beautiful, ornate style of knitting featuring stitches that are twisted and crossed in pairs to make delicate, sculptural designs. Patterns for traditional Bavarian garments are written for working flat pieces back and forth, which can present a challenge to the knitter, who can’t read the right side when working wrong-side rows. This class uses a small-scale headband project to demonstrate how to read a chart for this type of knitting as well as how to work the stitches on both right and wrong side rows. We will begin by using a cable needle to cross the stitches but we will also practice working in the traditional manner, without the use of a cable needle. Bavarian stitches are some of the most refined of all the traditional stitch patterns and well worth adding to your repertoire. This tiny project knits up surprisingly fast and is the perfect testing ground for the technique.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off, Increase/Decrease, cables, some experience working twisted stitches is a plus

Materials you are required to bring: Two versions of the headband are available (fingering and sport/dk). You will need: Approximately 105 yards (96 meters) fingering weight yarn OR Approximately 100 yards (91 meters) dk weight yarn. (A bouncy yarn with a high percentage of wool and plenty of spring is recommended. Recommended yarns: Fingering: Quince & Co. Tern or Chickadee, Woolfolk Tynd, Cascade Heritage Sock, Sport/DK: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, Cascade Yarns 220 Sport, Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK). Needles: Set of knitting needles for working flat knitting; Suggested size for fingering weight version: US 3/3.25 mm, Suggested size for dk weight version: US 4/3.5 mm. (A needle with a sharp tip is recommended for ease of working.) Accessories: Cable needle, stitch markers, pencil

Homework: None


1098, Flat Bavarian Twisted Stitch: Knitting The Burning Love Earwarmer - $120
04/14/20181:30 pm - 4:30 pmNo locationSaturday, April 14, 2018 
1093, Handknitter’s Double-Knit Buttonband - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Learn the basic recipe for a double-faced stockinette button band with matching buttonhole and find out how to apply it to almost any cardigan pattern. This buttonband is knitted separately from your cardigan and added after the sweater is assembled. Its structure insures a strong, durable band to sew your buttons to as well as firm, elastic buttonholes that will hold up over time. This method is suitable for a large variety of fibers and thicknesses of yarn and adds elegance and structure to a hand-knit cardigan. We will also cover how to determine buttonhole placement, the best ways to attach buttons and the use of backing buttons and thread shanks to improve the longevity and performance of your buttonband.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Smooth worsted-weight yarn in a light to medium color with corresponding needle size (Suggested size: US 7). Please do not use textured, novelty, or difficult-to-use yarn. You will also need a calculator, paper, pencil, darning needle, a sewing needle (for use with thread), embroidery thread (if possible), double-pointed needles in size US 1 and US 2 and enough extra yarn to work a button band sample and seam the band to your swatch. If possible, please bring at least one 5/8” button (with or without a shank). Extra buttons will be available in class but since button styles vary so much it is usually better to bring one that is typical of something you would use on a garment.

Homework: Please knit a swatch using worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles (or needles to get a fabric you like) as follows: Cast on 26 sts and work in K2, P2 rib for 1”. Switch to stockinette stitch and work until swatch measures at least 4” long from cast on edge. Bind off and block (if possible). All swatches should be at least 4"x4"/10x10cm. See Supplies for info on yarn.


1093, Handknitter’s Double-Knit Buttonband - $120
04/15/20189:00 am - 12:00 pmNo locationSunday, April 15, 2018 
1096, Möbius Knitting: Williams Cloche Hat - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Learn the Möbius cast-on and how to work a true möbius loop from the center out. Then add an easy stockinette crown to turn the möbius into the cushy brim of a cloche hat. A Möbius is a curious mathematical shape, a three-dimensional shape that has only one side and one edge. What puzzles math students can delight knitters—explore this delightful form.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off, Increase/Decrease, circular knitting

Materials you are required to bring: Approximately 180 yds of smooth dk or light worsted weight yarn (to get a gauge of 18½ sts and 28 rnds = 4” in St st), Suggested Yarns: Juniper Moon Moonshine, Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, Size 7 (4.5 mm): 40” or 47” circular (cir) needle and set of double-pointed needles (dpn), removable markers, yarn needle. Please do not use textured, novelty, or difficult-to-use yarn.


Homework: None


1096, Möbius Knitting: Williams Cloche Hat - $120