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Essentials for the Self-Taught Knitter

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Beyond Beginner to Advanced      

Description ~ Essentials for the Self-Taught Knitter

Most of us are self-taught and no matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are holes in our experience. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease. Perhaps we are not confident of our seaming or are confounded by the instruction to pick up and knit 101 stitches around the neck edge... evenly!

 

This workshop explores the best methods that we should all have in our repertoire and provides hands-on experience for each one. In addition, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about other knitting techniques. There is always room for the content of this workshop to be influenced by the students in the class.


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Knit to Flatter and Fit

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: All levels      

Description ~ Knit to Flatter and Fit

A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the knitter chooses the wrong pattern OR choose the right pattern but follows the directions without questioning them OR makes the right garment but wears it with the wrong thing.  

 

There are a few simple rules to follow for successful knitting: start with styles that flatter, knit with appropriate decisions for a personalized fit, then wear it with something that makes it look wonderful! This workshop has a lot of hands-on work that looks at these decisions and puts the power for successful results into your competent hands. YAY!


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Emergency Measures

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 24
Class Level: Beyond beginner to advanced      

Description ~ Emergency Measures

Sometimes the most insight comes from the struggle one faces when something goes REALLY wrong. But there are remedies for most any kind of 'disaster' in knitting. Using these can turn a problem into a wearable garment while teaching us to be more intuitive and more confident knitters!


This workshop will discuss the problems that confront most knitters plus what to do if the garment is too wide, too short, too long, too narrow, too outdated in style, if a bad color choice was made, if the edgings are not holding well, if the knitter has run out of yarn or forgot to make pockets, or if the garment has suffered a laundering disaster.



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Two Colors Two Hands

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Two Colors Two Hands

Two color stranded is one of knitting’s most glorious traditions. This workshop explores the techniques we need to make beautiful fabrics with heavy emphasis on alternative methods of using your hands (and even your neck) to manage the yarn.


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Stripes and Stripes That Aren't

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 24
Class Level: Beyond beginner to advanced      

Description ~ Stripes and Stripes That Aren't

This class may not be what you're thinking it is because it is about so much more than stripes. The entire second half of the class is about stitch patterns that create wonderful fabrics that do NOT look like stripes even though you actually knit stripes. If you have Sally's color book refer to these two chapters.


In Stripes… oh so easy to knit! But who can wear them? This workshop explores ways to build stripes, knit stripes, and match stripes. And then we’ll play with simple stitch patterns that knit like stripes but don’t look like stripes and can produce some of your favorite knitting.



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First Choices, Basic Shapes & Set in Sleeves

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 24
Class Level: Beyond beginner to advanced      

Description ~ First Choices, Basic Shapes & Set in Sleeves

No matter how advanced or experienced we are, we run the risk of making a garment that looks awful. Why? We make decisions in the first 20 minutes that have everything to do with the success or failure of a project. What are those decisions? Yarn, color, stitch pattern, silhouette.


This workshop gives diagnostic skills to look at these decisions. And it then follows with basic pattern drafting. So even if you never design your own knitting, you'll have the tools to alter what you do knit to produce the best possible result.



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