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Advanced Fearless Finishing*

If you are ready to take the next step in finessing your finishing techniques, then forge on to pockets, zippers, steeks, facings and edging options! We'll experiment by making samplers to learn techniques and design choices you can use in designing pieces and finishing your work. Be prepared for homework between classes - your hard work will be rewarded when you apply these techniques to your future knitted garments for a professional-looking finish! There are several required and recommended texts for this class. Please check the website or call Customer Service to make sure you purchase the correct books.

Prerequisite: First Sweater and Fearless Finishing
Instructor: Anna Viadero
Date: Sundays - 9/14, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7; 2014
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Materials Required:

  • 2 skeins of Valley Yarns Northampton yarn in a light color (white, beige, yellow, pale pink, etc); this will be main color for pillows and swatches (light colored yarn is a MUST; you will need to be able to see and “read” your knitting in order to master some of these techniques)  
  • 1 skein of contrasting yarn in same weight; stash yarn can be used for this (avoid dark colors as they are hard to "read")
  • Small amount (a few yards) of yarn in a lighter weight -- sock or dk/sport    
  • Main Needles: Knitting needles to give you gauge, 5 stitches per inch  
  • Knitting needles two sizes smaller than needle you will use for main knitting  
  • A third needle in a smaller size for tubular cast off  
  • Double pointed needles in both sizes (both large and small) used above  
  • Double point needles in size US3  for double pick-up and After Thought Pocket (you may use either straight or circular needles for the pieces that are worked back and forth but you will need circular needles to make the steeked project  
  • Darning /seaming needles  
  • T-Pins  
  • Crochet hook in size F or G  
  • Sewing thread in coordinated color for steek project  
  • 7-inch, bottom opening, zipper  
  • Button  
  • Sharp pointed scissors    
  • Your Knitter's Tool Kit
  • Required Books:    
  • Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters  by Deborah Newton  
  • Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor    
  • Recommended Books: 
  • Knitting with Two Colors by Meg Swansen  
  • The Principles of Knitting by  June Hemmons Hyatt    
  • Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman  
  • Knitter’s Companion by Vicki Square  
  • Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann  
  • Big Book of Knitting by  Katarina Buss (no longer in print, but if you have a copy it is useful)  

All materials must be purchased at WEBS

HOMEWORK:
Patch Pocket: 

  • Knit 1 patch pocket (3" x 3" square) using contrasting color and a larger needle size.
  • Bind off. 

Pocket Lining for Slit Pocket/Tubular Project: 

  • Using main color and the larger needle size, CO 14 stitches. 
  • Knit in stockinette stitch for 12 rows, beginning with a knit row. 
  • Place sts on a holder or leave on spare double point needle.
  • Do not bind off.

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