The little man in my logo has been following me, since my eldest son was around 3 years old. The man looks at me with his uneven eyes and his happy smile and tells me, that it is ok to be different. That is the way I also want my knitting design to be: Simple as the little man’s lines and yet with a twist away from the common idea of knitting. – Bente Geil
We’re very happy to welcome Bente Geil to Loop on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. She’s teaching two classes and will be in the shop to chat about her work and the trunk show she’s bringing with her.
Bente is a Danish knitwear designer and the creator of Geilsk Yarns. Her work combines classic Danish design with a spirit of joy, curiosity, and humor. We’ve had several of her pieces in the shop through the fall, including the very popular Comfort Dress, Little Fox, and Tankestreg.
NON-RIBBING EDGES AND POCKET TRICKS
$40 – Tuesday, March 1 from 10am to 12pm.
In the first half of class, you’ll learn to do a cable cast-on for plain, 1×1 rib, and 2×2 ribbing, plus horizontal and tuck stitches as a beginning for the work. In the second half, we’ll focus on pockets. You’ll learn how to make a pocket that isn’t planned and one that is.
Supplies: Please bring 50 grams of DK weight yarn, size US 6 circular and double-pointed needles, a tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, and some easily breakable waste yarn.
Homework: Knit a swatch 6 x 6 inch in fingering weight yarn and size US 3 needles. Don’t bind off, just leave the work on the needles.
EXTENDED STITCHES FOR FLOWERS, CABLES, AND AS TRAVELING STITCHES
$40 – Tuesday, March 1 from 1 to 3pm.
Learn to knit with extended stitches and explore how they can be used to make new textures and patterns. An extended stitch is one that, on the first row, is knit with extra wraps – up to 10 – and is extended to following rows. It can be used to knit cables without the cable needle, or as an extra layer upon the knitted work, a traveling stitch.
Extended stitches make for a kind of double knitting and slip stitch pattern. It is fun and exciting to design with an extra set of stitches. You’ll learn about extended stitches by knitting Bente’s Blooms flower and will get a free hat pattern that uses the flower.
Supplies: Please bring any smooth yarn that you’d like to work with, needles, and stitch markers.
Bente is rarely in the US, so don’t miss this chance to meet and study with her. Stop in or call 215-893-9939 to register for her classes. If you sign up for both classes, we’ll take $10 off for a total of $70!
Class fees are not refundable, so please check your schedule to make sure you can attend before you register. If we cancel the class, you’ll receive a full refund.