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Maddie Harvey - Use That Stitch Dictionary!

  • Water of Leith Centre 24 Lanark Road Edinburgh, Scotland, EH14 1TQ United Kingdom (map)

Stitch dictionaries appear to be increasingly popular among knitters and during this playful class we will experiment with stitches from these dictionaries to create individualised stitch patterns to fit into a cowl or hat design template.
We will begin by looking at the information that stitch dictionaries provide and use this to begin swatching stitch patterns. Students will experiment with these swatches by refining small elements of the patterning, playing with stitch counts, colour and texture to come up with their own stitch pattern. By the end of the class, students will have the information needed to knit a cowl or a hat using a stitch pattern originating from a stitch dictionary.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Ability to follow a chart and to knit in the round

Materials to bring: A stitch dictionary (with lace or textured stitches, rather than colourwork), or a few stitch patterns that you are interested in working with (some stitch dictionaries will be available)
- Squared paper, pencil, rubber, ruler and blue/red pen
- At least 2 colours of double-knit weight yarn (approx. 50g each) 
- Four double-pointed needles (or a circular needle) that will knit to a gauge of approx. 21 sts per 10 cm in stocking stitch, and 4 double-pointed needles (or circular needle) one size smaller

Any "homework"?: Knit a swatch so that you can match the gauge above; identify a few stitch patterns to bring along

Class size: 10