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Stranded Knitting with Mary Jane Mucklestone

Knitwear designer and teacher Mary Jane Mucklestone will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2, 2016 to teach 3 stranded knitting classes. Read the descriptions below and sign up today to reserve your space!

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand knitting designer who loves to knit, especially with color. She’s the author of 2 new books featuring stranded colorwork; the stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs: The Knitter’s Directory, and Fair Isle Style a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 popular designers. Her first book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages.

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Mary Jane travels the world studying traditional knitting techniques and learning about the history of the craft. She’s a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She’s taught all over the world – we’re thrilled to finally have her here at Loop!

$150 – Tuesday, November 1 from 10am to 5pm (includes 1-hour lunch break)

Let Mary Jane introduce you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting. In this technique class, you’ll learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends and finishing techniques.

This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique. We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.

Skills covered: left handed, right-handed and combination style stranding.

Prerequisites/Experience: Knowledge of knitting and purling and how stitches are mounted on the needle; knitting in the round.

Supplies to bring: 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn – make sure the colors have high contrast, 50-100 yards each. 16-inch circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US7 (4.5mm), one set of dpn in US 7 if making a hat. Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle. Paper and pencil for notes.

Homework: On smaller needle cast on 84 stitches. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. K1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 10am to 1pm

Explore what makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions by examining color choices and classic motifs used in stranded knitting. You’ll learn techniques for tacking down extra long floats found in many motifs, the Norwegian purl, and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects.

Technique Requirements: Two Color Knitting class or some experience with color work

Prerequisites/Experience: Knitters should be comfortable with knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles, some colorwork experience essential.

Supplies to Bring: Two or more colors of DK weight yarn, 100% wool preferred. Needles, 16-inch circular, the smallest size recommended on the ball band, and another one or two sizes larger. You won’t finish your hat in class, but to do so you’ll need a set of dpns in your larger sized needle.

Homework: With smallest needle, Cast on 84 stitches and knit one row.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 5pm

Begin designing with Fair Isle motifs by starting with a hat. In this design class a you’ll be given a basic hat pattern with multiple options for you to pick and choose to make it your very own.

Experiment with color! Go wild and even invent your own pattern motifs – MJ will show you how! Lots of individual attention with group participation encouraged.

Prerequisites/Experience: This design class is for intermediate knitters. You’ll need to know how to knit/purl; cast on/bind off; several methods of increasing/decreasing; working stranded colorwork in the round; chart reading; and have knit several stranded color work accessories.

Supplies to bring: 3-8 colors of worsted weight yarn, 100 – 150 yards each of two high contrast colors and 20-50 yards of additional colors, 16-inch circular needles in US6 and US7, one set US7 dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle, stitch markers, calculator, graph paper and a pencil for taking notes. Colored pencils if desired.

Homework: Choose which size you’d like to work on. Our target gauge is 20 stitches per 4 inches, but we’re really making a sample shaped like a hat, and the size your resulting hat is bound to fit someone you know, or you can donate it to a worthy charity. For our class, fit is less important than what we are learning. Sizes: S (M, L) = 16 (19, 22) inches.

On smaller circular needle, with color of your choice, cast on 72 (88, 104) stitches, join for working in the round taking care not to twist. Work K1,P1 rib for one round. If you know you would like a ribbed brim continue for as long as you would like your ribbing to be, at least an inch. Other options would be different rib patterns, corrugated ribbing, moss stitch etc.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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