Reservations 877·97·CRAFT  (877·972·7238)

Two-Handed Stranded Color Work

Instructor: Alissa Barton       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate/Advanced      

Description ~ Two-Handed Stranded Color Work

Stranded colorwork such as beautiful Fair Isle sweaters are often what we imagine when we think of British Isles and knitting.  Working colorwork with only one hand holding your yarn can create a real tangled disaster, but there is a better way! Learn to knit simple colorwork motifs holding a yarn in each hand and your knitting will fly. We will start with a Channel Island cast on, work a 2-color, corrugated rib, and then create a colorwork fingerless mitt you will be able to wear as a memento of our cruise.


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Cast On - Bind Off

Instructor: Alissa Barton       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate      

Description ~ Cast On - Bind Off

There are literally hundreds of ways to start knitting, and yet it seems that we always fall back on the tried and true favorites.  Why is that?  Possibly because we do not have to stop and think about them, but more likely we never even give the start of our projects a second thought. But, we are knitters.  Smart knitters, with the world at our fingertips thanks to Google.  It’s time to expand our inner knitters and explore the world of cast ons.  Then, because when you cast on you must always bind off, I have combed the knitting world to come up with the best complimentary bind offs to the cast-ons we will learn.


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The Art of Keeping A Knitting Journal

Instructor: Alissa Barton       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: All knitters      

Description ~ The Art of Keeping A Knitting Journal

How many of us have projects languishing in the back of the closet because we have lost our way, forgotten or lost the pattern, the needles are gone or stitches dropped. Consider a knitting journal to be the Captain's Log - it can be as detailed or decorative as you wish, but the main purpose is to keep track of what you have done. A love note to your future self, if you will. Having detailed notes has saved many a knitter's bacon, but how do you know what to record? Alissa will provide a template sheet as well as show examples and hints on how to tailor your journal to your own needs. This workshop will prove to be indispensable to all of your future knitting projects and it will be entertaining so we encourage everyone to sign up.


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Two-Colored Brioche

Instructor: Alissa Barton       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate/Advanced      

Description ~ Two-Colored Brioche

This cruise friendly introduction to 2 color brioche in the round will give you all the skills you need to begin your brioche adventure.  We will start with an I-cord you work ahead and cover setting up your pattern, the differences that working in the round presents, finding where you are in your project, backing up properly, and (Most important of all!) picking up dropped brioche stitches.


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Celtic Cables

Instructor: Alissa Barton       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Celtic Cables

Unlike basic cables, Celtic Cables are not contiguous throughout the piece, rather they begin and end creating independent motifs resembling Celtic Knotwork. I will walk you through the tricks of starting and stoping the cables without creating a distortion in your fabric, reading the cable charts, and cabling without a cable needle. When we are finished you will have a lovely headband as a reminder of our Celtic journey.


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Dutch Heel/Welsh Heel

Instructor: Alissa Barton       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Dutch Heel/Welsh Heel

The Welsh heel is a squared off heel turn with a slight bias to it. The decreases are centered to help increase the durability of the underside of the heel. The Dutch Heel is also squared off, with a slightly rounded back. It is very broad and well suited to those with larger heels. Both heels use a heel flap, heel turn, and a gusset and are traditionally worked on cuff down socks.


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