You may have seen that one of the offerings at the For the LOVE of Fiber festival is free knitting mini-classes. These classes are approximately 1 hour long, and no registration is required! Here are some details:
Advanced Grafting with Cathy Riemer: This mini-class beginning at 11AM will take you beyond Kitchener Stitch (a method used to graft live stitches together). If you’ve got something more complex than two pieces of stockinette, it can be confusing to graft them invisibly. Let Cathy help you! Prerequisite skills should include kitchener stitch and working from charts. To participate in the Advanced Grafting class, you should bring:
- Two identical swatches, still on the needles, about 15-20 stitches wide. Make them in the Ribbed Eyelet stitch pattern from this article or another stitch pattern of your choice such as garter or ribbing. Use yarn that is easy to see.
- The pattern, needles and extra yarn for your swatches, as you may need to add a few rows.
- About 1 yard of similar yarn in a contrasting color.
- A blunt tapestry needle, with eye large enough for your yarn.
- Scrap paper and pencil.
- A laptop, tablet, or smartphone with wireless internet (optional, unless you’re doing a custom stitch pattern).
Beaded Row Counter with Tina Dix: This mini-class beginning at 1PM will show you how to make your own beaded row counter and how to use it. These are inexpensive and clever little tools to store in your knitting toolkit.
Beading with a Crochet Hook with Loralee Swab: This mini-class beginning at 3PM will take you through a method to add beads to your knitted projects as you go. Loralee has designed a cute knitted bag, complete with beads and a button closure just for this class! Prerequisite skills for this class include: knitting and purling, simple decreases. During class, Loralee will explain Mattress stitch to you, if you don’t already know how to do it. To participate in the Beading with a Crochet Hook class, you should bring:
- Size 11 or 12 steel crochet hook
- One tube of size 6 beads (available for purchase at the Stitch Your Art Out stand)
- Approx 50 yards of plied worsted weight wool yarn (no single ply yarns)
- Knitting needles sized to produce a firm knitted fabric
- Darning needle
And at the end, you’ll have this cute bag!
We hope you’ll join us for one of our classes at the festival!