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Tuesday 9/15/2020, 9:00 AM to Friday 9/18/2020, 4:00 PM
Yoke sweaters are a beautiful canvas for colorwork and once you understand the basic construction and shaping principles behind them, a world of patterns open up to you. In addition, if you are interested in experimenting with sweater design, yokes provide a wonderful template on which to practice your own aesthetic choices. In this class we will work with a basic yoke sweater pattern recipe, to learn the core principles of yoke construction and discuss choosing colors, working with colorwork charts, methods of stranded knitting, the importance of color dominance and short row shaping, how to choose a flattering size and to how to swatch effectively. Knitters will have a choice to either knit one of the instructor’s yoke patterns as written (and focus on color selection) or to select their own motifs from a provided collection to create a custom yoke design. One of the great advantages of taking a class at Harrisville Designs is that we can experiment with their full palette of 64 colors before making our final choices from the beautiful array at the shop. Whether you are new to yokes or interested in trying your hand at design this class will have something to offer you.
This class will provide a library of colorwork motifs that you can incorporate into your yoke chart, but feel free to bring in charted motifs that you might like to use. For the purposes of customization we will focus on a banded yoke construction that allows you to choose several different motifs and shape the yoke in rounds of plain knitting between the separate motifs. This provides a good fit as well as a lot of opportunity for design decisions.
We will be working with fingering weight yarn so please bring a range of circular needles to swatch with (Size US 1-5, 32” length); if you have interchangeables this is a good time to use them. Please also bring any double-pointed needles you have in this size range (or your preferred needles for small circumference circular knitting). We will be focused on using the woolen spun Shetland yarn made by Harrisville Designs for our projects but if you have any 100% wool scraps or skeins you would like to make use of please bring them.
Skill level: Intermediate. Basic knitting skills required; participants should be comfortable knitting in the round, and have some familiarity with sweater knitting, colorwork and chart reading.
You will also need: A notebook, graph paper, pencil, calculator and the usual knitting paraphernalia (ring stitch markers, locking stitch markers, fingering weight scrap yarn, darning needle, etc)
Sarah Solomon is a knitwear designer, writer, and teacher based in New York City. In addition to her self-published patterns, her designs and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, Pom Pom Quarterly, and Vogue Knitting, and in collections by yarn companies large and small. As someone who learned to knit as an adult, she still remembers the frustrations of the learning process and loves helping people to improve their knitting skills and explore new techniques. She enjoys teaching traditional techniques of all kinds, including cables, colorwork and twisted stitch knitting, as well as modern garment construction with a particular emphasis on details and fine finishing. She teaches regularly at Purl Soho and Annie & Co in New York City, as well as at retreats and knitting events around the country. Sarah is also an avid sewer and spinner and loves handwork in many forms. In her design work she enjoys creating pieces grounded in tradition but suited to modern life, using exceptional yarns to make garments and accessories that are knittable, wearable, and designed to last. Follow her work on Instagram at @intothewool and at intothewool.wordpress.com.
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