Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Halloween Goodie

Knitch has just announced that Jared Flood a.k.a. Brooklyn Tweed will be visiting the store and teaching workshops at the end of October. The details:
Seamless Sweater Workshop- Thursday, October 29th 6PM - 9:30PM
Join us for a fantastic workshop with one of knitting's most dynamic designers. In this course Jared will cover the foundations of seamless sweater knitting: construction, percentages, techniques and yoke variations. We will be exploring Elizabeth Zimmerman's 7 seamless sweater models and discussing her percentage system (EPS). The goal of this workshop is to familiarize you with the seamless method of sweater construction and design, and give you the confidence to formulate original garments, without a pattern, to suit your own tastes - or alter existing patterns into seamless ones.
Here's the link for the Seamless Sweater Workshop.

A Taste of Lace - Friday October 30th 10:30 - 1:30
If you are a follower of Jared Flood's popular blog (he's known as Brooklyn Tweed), you've seen the phenomenal results that result from his love of knitting lace patterns in heavier weight wools than is traditionally the case. Knitting lace from larger wools produces not only beautiful and unique pieces of knitwear but also serves as a wonderful learning tool for beginning lace needles. In this course, Jared will cover the basics of lace and you'll be trying your hand at making some of your own with larger needles and heavier yarn. Topics covered include how to read a chart, yarn overs and directional decreasing, planning lace projects, getting gauge, reading your fabric and the most important and magical part of lace knitting: blocking!
Here's the link to A Taste of Lace.

Plan Your Own Aran - Friday, October 30th 2:30PM - 5:30 PM
We're so excited about this workshop that we can hardly stop cabling! In this course, Jared Flood (aka Brooklyn Tweed) will be covering a seamless design model for planning a unique aran garment, and will discuss both pullovers and cardigans. The workshop will cover swatching, blocking, gauge and construction techniques as they uniquely apply to heavily cabled garments. This workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced knitters, prior sweater knitting experience is highly encouraged. Participants should be comfortable with basic cabling techniques. Jared will also discuss cabling without a cable needle and steeking - two of his favorite techniques for Aran Knitting. In the last portion of the workshop, you will practice working a crocheted steek. Jared will demonstrate and you will have the opportunity to try steeking (cutting) your own swatch.
Here's the link to Plan Your Own Aran.

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