This month Gosh Yarn It! turns 5! We’ll be celebrating in lots of ways, beginning today with Catherine’s 12 Weeks of Hats, a “hatstravaganza” featuring a collection of a dozen free (mostly) one skein patterns curated by Catherine. You’ll be able to find all the patterns yourself on Ravelry from links here in the blog or in a discussion thread in our Gosh Yarn It! Group on Ravelry. (You are already a member, yes?) Hats run the gamut from super simple to a bit more challenging. Catherine will knit up each one week by week, for 12 weeks, and they’ll be displayed in the shop to inspire you. Hat #1 is Child’s Self-striping Hat by Janet D. Russell. The yarn is Adriafil Knitcol from Plymouth. Sized from infant to adult, the pattern could make a matching set for an entire family. We hope Catherine’s picks will get your fall knitting off to a great start!
A change of seasons brings a new schedule of classes. This summer, we asked our customers, how can we help you take your knitting to the next level? What we heard over and over was that you were sick and tired of having to skip doing certain projects because they contained unfamiliar techniques: provisional cast-ons, Kitchenering, mattress stitch, etc. We developed our fall classes with those technique “speed bumps” in mind, keeping sessions to one hour whenever possible. We may yet tinker a bit with the calendar and try to fit in a couple more project classes, so stay tuned, but please do register early. (Carolyn Kern’s classes in particular always fill quickly!)
BASIC INSTRUCTION & PRIVATE CLASSES:
Learn the knitting basics for free: the knitted cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. With advance registration, you may attend as many Knitting 101 classes you need until you’re ready for Knitting 201. Needles and yarn will be supplied for practice in class; 10% discount for purchases made the same day.
Saturdays, 10:15-10:45am – October 17, November 21
Once comfortable with the fundamentals, you’re ready to learn the techniques you’ll use again and again: long-tail cast on, knitting in the round on circular needles, and following written and charted directions. Reading yarn ball bands, getting gauge, and fixing simple mistakes are also discussed. Class project is the Dovetail Cowl by Carina Spencer.
Materials: Copy of Dovetail Cowl, available at GYI; 200 yds. worsted weight yarn; 16″ US 7 / 4mm circular needles, stitch marker
(1) 2 hour session: Saturday, October 10; 11:30am-1:30pm
(1) 2 hour session: Saturday, November 7; 10:30am-12:30pm
What would you like to learn? Now you can design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick your project and/or the techniques you want to master, and we’ll be here to help. Register for a single hour-long lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time.
Fees: 1 class – $15, 2 classes – $27.50, 3 classes – $40
TECHNIQUE & PROJECT CLASSES:
KNITTING IN THE ROUND: DPNs, Magic Loop & 2 Circulars
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, October 1; 4:30-5:30pm
Small circumference knitting can be accomplished one of three ways. All techniques will be demonstrated, with time left for you to practice (and pick a favorite!)
JUDY BECKER’S MAGIC CAST-ON
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, October 3; 10:00-11:00am
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, October 22; 10:00-11:00am
The Magic Cast-On is just about everybody’s favorite way to start toe-up socks. Learn this simple technique to take your sock knitting in a new direction.
Materials: approx. 25 yds. yarn appropriate to needle size, (2) 24” circular needles in the same size
STRANDED KNITTING WITH CAROLYN KERN
(1) 2-1/2 hour session: Saturday, October 3; 1:30-4:00pm
(1) 2-1/2 hour session: Saturday, November 7; 1:30-4:00pm
Learn the two handed method of stranded Fair Isle knitting, in which two colors are used alternately within a single row. Pattern for Carolyn’s original hat design Floribunda included.
Materials: Knit One Crochet Too Après Ski, 1 skein MC and 1 skein CC or 100 yds. of each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, such as Rowan Pure Wool or Berroco Vintage or Ultra Alpaca; US8/5mm 16” circular needle, US8 DPNs, stitch marker
Suggested homework: practice with your “other” hand. If you now hold the yarn in your right hand, try knitting in the Continental/German style, holding the yarn in your left hand. If you’re already a Continental knitter, try holding the yarn in your right hand, English/American style. Both styles will be taught.
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, October 8; 3:30-4:30pm
The wrap & turn short row is most common method for adding shaping to knitting. As time allows, other methods of making short rows will be presented.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm 24” circular needle, locking stitch markers
FOLDED HEMS AND PICOT EDGES
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, October 10; 10:00-11:00am
A folded edge, whether on a hat brim, garment hem, or in place of sock ribbing, gives a neat and comfortable finish. You’ll learn how to make a double thick band, either at the start or end of your knitting.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US8/5mm 24” circular needle, locking stitch marker
Homework: Cast on 30 sts and knit in stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for 10 rows. Purl one row. Continue in stockinette for 10 more rows, ending after RS row. Do not cut yarn.
(1) 1-1/2 hour session: Saturday, October 10; 2:30-4:00pm
This pretty all-garter stitch shawlette is a great introduction to simple lace knitting from a chart.
Materials: 2 skeins Classic Elite Telluride or approx. 365 yds. sport weight yarn, such as Mrs. Crosby Hat Box; US5/3.75mm 24” circular needle, stitch marker
GRAFTING WITH KITCHENER STITCH
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, October 15; 10:00-11:00am
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, October 24; 11:30am-12:30pm
The Kitchener stitch makes an invisible seam between two rows of live stitches, such as a sock toe or when joining flat knitting to make a cowl.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn divided into 2 balls; US8/5mm 24” circular needle and another US8/5mm needle of any type (circular, DPN, or straight), darning needle
Homework: With one ball of yarn, cast on 12 sts, work stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for 10 rows, do not bind off or cut yarn. Slide sts to center of cable. With second ball, repeat to make another 12st x 10 row piece on the same needle. Again, do not bind off or cut yarn.
MATTRESS STITCH & SEAMING
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, October 24; 2:30-3:30pm
Yes, seaming actually can be enjoyable – you just need to know exactly where to put your needle to achieve neat, professional results with vertical seams. Seaming vertical to horizontal edges will also be demonstrated.
Materials: Darning needle, scissors; all other materials will be supplied
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, October 24; 10:00-11:00am
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, October 29, 3:30-4:30pm
The provisional cast on allows you to keep your first row of stitches live, so they can be placed back on the needle later to be knit in the opposite direction. A handy technique to achieve two identical “bound off” edges to the same piece.
Materials: approx. 25 yds. worsted weight wool yarn, 3 yds. smooth non-wool waste yarn, US8/5mm circular needle, crochet hook
FIXING MISTAKES or BRINGING DEAD KNITTING BACK TO LIFE
(1) 1 hour session: Saturday, October 31; 10:00-11:00am
Treat yourself on Halloween! Learn to fix the most common knitting boo-boos. In this class you’ll learn to see the structure of a good stitch so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up dropped stitches, un-knit, and rip back.
Materials: 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm needles
Homework: Cast on 30 sts and work stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for 10 rows. Do not bind off or cut yarn.
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, October 5; 10:00-11:00am
Cables are created simply by rearranging the order of your stitches. In this class you’ll practice cabling with and without a cable needle. Cross, twist and traveling cables will be demonstrated. Reading written and charted cable instructions will also be discussed.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm needles, cable needle or DPN
Homework: Cast on 28 sts and work 4×4 ribbing for 10 rows. Do not bind off or cut yarn.
GOOD TO KNOW INCREASES
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, November 12; 10:00-11:00am
Learn several different ways to “m1” (or 2 or 3) and when to use (and not use) different types of increases.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm needles
Homework: Cast on 20 sts and work stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for 10 rows. Do not bind off or cut yarn.
GOOD TO KNOW DECREASES
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, November 19; 10:00-11:00am
Do these look Greek to you: k2togtbl, SSK, SSP, S2KP, SK2P? Practice making less of your knitting and learn when to use (and not use) different types of decreases.
Materials: approx. 50 yds. worsted weight yarn, US 8/5mm needles
WELTED FINGERLESS GLOVES
(1) 2 hour session: Saturday, November 21; 11:30am-1:30pm
Need a special gift for a special friend? These fingerless mitts work up quickly and are fun way to practice working in the round on DPNs.
Materials: Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Gloves pattern (available at GYI), 1 hank Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend or 110 yds. similar DK weight yarn, US6/4mm DPNs
(1) 1 hour session: Thursday, December 3; 10:00-11:00am
Learn the intarsia technique for working 2 different colors vertically into your knitting. Bonus: this would make a great holiday gift when paired with a pretty bar of soap!
Materials: US8/5mm needles, fee includes yarn kit of Universal Cotton Supreme
MINI CHRISTMAS STOCKING ORNAMENTS
(1) 2 hour session: Saturday, December 5; 11:00am-1:00pm
We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat! Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one any size you like. (But don’t say we didn’t warn you making them can be addictive!)
Materials: US5/3.75mm DPNs or circular needle, darning needle, fee includes yarn kit of Cascade Superwash 220 Sport