Join us Monday, August 6th and Tuesday, August 7th
There are 2 (3 hour) classes from 10:00 – 1:00, break for lunch, and then 2:00 – 5:00 each day.
Limited to 24 students per class.
Monday, August 6th
Morning Session: 10:00 – 1:00
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!
SKILL LEVEL anyone
HOMEWORK It is essential that this exercise be completed. You will be disappointed if you don’t do this! And please read this carefully, including the NOTE at the bottom.
1. Dress in something close fitting. (We need to see your real silhouette. You may wear only lingerie, or you may add a bodysuit, a leotard, or tights. But do wear supportive lingerie.)
2. Standing straight, with arms held slightly away from your side and feet together, have someone take a straight-on, full body (head-to-toe) photo of you. (Have the photo fill the screen as much as possible.)
3. Print the photo onto plain paper (enlarging it to 8-10″ tall).
4. Trace your outline only with a heavy black pen: we don’t need your photo anymore, only your outline. Bring your outline to class.
SUPPLIES TO BRING a couple of pages in at least 2 colors of light-weight (20lb or lighter but NOT tracing paper), light-colored paper (that you can trace your outline through); scissors; measuring tape; pencil; eraser
NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS Common homework and supplies errors are the following: arms too far from sides, feet not together, head not included, paper too heavy or too light (tracing paper does not work), photo brought instead of just silhouette, silhouette not outlined or not outlined heavily enough.
Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 5:00
LEARNING TO LOVE INTARSIA
Intarsia (also known as picture knitting) is glorious stuff but not without its challenges. This workshop will explore techniques to create beautiful fabric, tricks to minimize the ‘mess’, and possibilities to design your own.
SKILL LEVEL intermediate
SUPPLIES TO BRING more homework yarn + part ball of light-colored yarn, same weight: colorful magazine (knitting or gardening do not work; fashion or home décor do), tapestry needle, one piece blank white paper, pencil, scissors.
HOMEWORK With worsted weight yarn in dark color and appropriate needles, cast on 20 stitches. Knit 5 rows, then purl 1 row.
Tuesday, August 7th
Morning Session: 10:00 – 1:00
No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease; perhaps we are confounded by selvage stitches; perhaps we knit without the awareness that we have choices.
This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire. We’ll talk about which are best suited to each situation and why, and we’ll practice them all with lots of hands-on experience.
SKILL LEVEL beginner intermediate and beyond. (Great for newer beginners as well as very experienced knitters.)
SUPPLIES TO BRING yarn, knitting needles, crochet hook
Afternoon Session: 2:00 -5:00
BORDERS AND BUTTONHOLES
This workshop explores the best techniques for these finishings that make such a difference in our knitted garments. It covers basic maneuvers, four or more basic edging stitch patterns, and the very best buttonholes. Participants will never again struggle with instructions to “pick up and knit 137 sts along right front” nor with the question of how to make virtually invisible buttonholes.
SKILL LEVEL beginner intermediate and beyond
SUPPLIES TO BRING yarn (same weight as homework piece, contrast color is fine), needles appropriate for working an edging onto the homework piece
HOMEWORK Use non-textured, light-colored yarns. Worsted weight is best. Block swatch well.
Cast on 24 stitches: work 3″ in stockinette all the way to the edge: do not work selvage stitches in slip or garter. DO EXACTLY AS WRITTEN: do not slip stitches and do not work short rows through what follows. (You are shaping a round neck, in case you wonder.) At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 6 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 3 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 2 stitches. At the beginning of the next 3 RS rows, bind off 1 stitch. Work 8 rows straight. Then bind off all stitches
$150 One class per day
$275 Two classes per one day (includes lunch)
$500 All four classes (includes 2 lunches)
⋆SPECIAL OFFER (spaces limited)
$575 All four classes, 2 lunches and an intimate dinner Monday evening with Sally
Learn more about Sally Melville at https://www.sallymelvilleknits.com