Knitting Classes with Barb Brown

by Craig on March 13, 2014

Knitwear designer Barb Brown will visit us for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014. Her specialty is colorwork and sock knitting – Barb’s the author of Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary – and she’ll be teaching classes about both.

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A few of the projects from Barb’s book, Knitting Knee-Highs. Click for larger image.

Barb is a lifelong knitter – we’re really looking forward to learning from her. Read on, then call us to register!

HEEL FLAP IN THE ROUND
$45 – Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 1pm

Do you love the fit of the regular heel flap, but hate picking up stitches? Would you like to knit your stranded patterns right to the bottom of the heel, but hate purling with two colors?

In this hands on class, you will knit a mini sock, working your heel flap in the round. No flat knitting, no picking up stitches. You will also learn how to convert your favorite sock pattern into this format. A little bit of math is involved, so bring a pocket calculator if you have one.

Three shaping options will be discussed and samples displayed. Pick one to knit in class, and take home the instructions to try the other two. Handouts with worksheets, instructions and patterns will be provided.

Skill level: aimed at knitters with a knowledge of the knit and purl st. and knitting in the rnd

Homework: With size 5 (3.75mm) dpns, cast on 36 sts. Join in rnd. Work 6 rnds of *k1, p1* rib. Knit 3 rnds plain.

SWING KNITTING AND OTHER FANCY PANTS STITCHES
$45 – Saturday, April 26 from 2 to 5pm

Skills required: knowledge of knit and purl sts.

Make both ends of your needles work for you. Add color and colored texture to your heel flaps the easy way. Use the Swing Knitting technique for simple 1 row stripes and slip stitches; from 2 and 3 color moss stitch to vertical stripes and dots. Never work with more than one strand of yarn at a time, and avoid sewing in those 100 ends.

Once you’ve sparked up the heel flaps on your socks, knit a scarf from your bits of left over yarn, decorate the yoke of a sweater or knit a fringed stranded pattern shawl. Endless possibilities will occur to you.

In this hands on class, you will learn the basic technique, then play with your yarn and try the more complicated looking but easy textures and stripes. In addition you will learn to spark up your knitting with some fancy, yet easy stitches. Perfect for dressing up a pair of Plain Jane socks or basic sweater.

Picot cast on’s, “button hole” stitch edgings, ribbons, weaving and much more. You will be working small samples of the stitches.

Handouts of the techniques will be provided so you can play and practice at home.

This class is aimed at any skill level of knitter, from beginner to highly experienced.

Materials: small amounts (golf ball size leftovers) of fingering (sock) yarn in various colors. High contrast between colors is required. DPN appropriate for this weight of yarn.

FACING FAIR ISLE FEARS
$90 – Sunday, April 27 from 10am to 5pm, includes 1 hour break for lunch

Do you fear stranded color knitting? This hands-on class will teach all the basic skills required to knit your own lovely sweater, with confidence. You will complete a small class project, which includes practicing:

Carrying two colors using two hands, left hand, and right hand
Corrugated ribbing
The “rules” and how to break them
Options for finishing
You will cut a steek, and learn how and where to use one.

We will also discuss tips on choosing color, making your own charts, stranding in sock knitting, and tips and tricks to make your knitting easier. Appropriate (and not so appropriate) yarn choices will be explored. We will discuss some of the stranded knitting traditions around the world. Samples will be shown, including a child’s sweater from the 1930’s, and stranded socks.

Handouts on techniques will be provided, as well as a patterns for stranded socks, and a tote bag.

This class is aimed at knitters with experience of knit and purl sts.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Full payment is required to register for Barb’s classes and is not refundable unless the class is canceled. Please call us at 215-893-9939 to register!

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