In addition to all the fun we’ll have in Italy, we’ll also be working on designing our own sweater!
Classes with Isabell Kraemer
Isabell Kraemer is a talented knitwear designer known for garments and accessories that are fun to make and easy to wear. Her timeless patterns have great appeal because of their relaxed fit, seamless structure, and attention to texture.
Short rows for Shaping
Short rows are used to add shaping to our knitting. Most top-down patterns use short rows to shape necklines and/or sleeve caps and such. We will discuss several different methods and (hopefully) find a method that you like to use for our sweater design in the second class.
Materials: yarn and matching knitting needles, best would be to use the yarn you want to use for the sweater in class 2, please go for light colors in a weight that will be pleasant to work with.
Design and Knit: Your Own Contiguous Set-in Sleeve Sweater
In this workshop, we will discuss the steps involved in the construction of a contiguous set-in sleeve sweater. Based on YOUR yarn choice, YOUR design idea, YOUR body shape, you will be able to start YOUR sweater in class and continue working on it while we are traveling. All necessary techniques (Increases worked on RS and WS; neckline shaping variations; short rows, sleeve cap shaping) will be discussed and leave you ready to start this first design adventure.
Materials: notebook, pen, calculator, yarn, knitting needles to match the yarn (in various sizes and cable length), gauge swatch (Stockinette stitch, 4×4”) should be done prior to the workshop.
Classes with Ann Budd
Ann Budd is a prolific author and designer known for such essential knitting books, as The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and Getting Started with Socks. She is an expert on foundational aspects of knitting and fixing mistakes.
Turning Oops Into Ahhs—Fixing Knitting Mistakes
In this class, you’ll learn how to fix common mistakes in your knitting, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), and reversing the direction of a cable that was turned several rows below. You’ll also practice how to correct a snag that pulls the stitches tight. If time permits, you’ll also learn how to fix a snag that breaks the yarn.
Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, and turn a cable. A sense of adventure is helpful.
Materials to bring: Your homework swatch (see below); cable needle; crochet hook.
Homework: Using a partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend yarn in a solid light color is recommended) and appropriate needles, CO 18 sts.
Row 1 and 3: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Rows 2 and 4: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Row 5: (RS) K4, p2, slide 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle, p2, k4.
Rows 6 and 8: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rows 7 and 9: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Row 10: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rep Rows 1–10 once more (20 rows total). Place sts on a holder. Do not cut yarn.
Beginning with A Bang—Decorative Cast-Ons
Learn an assortment of decorative cast-on techniques that will add unexpected style to the edges of whatever you knit—hats, mittens, gloves, socks, or sweaters. In class, you’ll knit samples of the Channel Island, I-Cord, Braid, and Fringe methods, and others as time permits. You’ll leave with a dictionary of techniques to refer to when you start your next project.
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl and be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on.
Materials: Solid-color worsted-weight yarn in two colors (tightly twisted wool or wool blend recommended); U.S. size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles (double-pointed needles are preferred); size G/8 (5 mm) crochet hook (optional); tapestry needle.