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Brooklyn Class – Build a Better Fabric: Combination Knitting

Brooklyn Class -LIMIT 8-10 students

What: Build a Better Fabric: Combination Knitting

When: Sat, June 4th 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Where: Brooklyn Creative League
540 President Street
(btw 3rd & 4th ave)
Brooklyn – by the Union stop on the R train

Combination Knitting

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Build a Better Fabric: Combination Knitting

Description of Class

Have you tried learning continental, but the purl messes you up? Do you feel like you often have uneven tension? Or perhaps you are already a combination knitter and you’ve ever been told you knit “wrong”, or been asked “what are you doing”, take heart . . . there are no wrong ways to knit as long as we control our stitches. A combination knitter works through the back loop to knit, and the front loop to purl. It can be a fast and easy way to knit, but simple adjustments must be made to follow Western patterns, like how to knit in the round, and understand left and right slanting increases and decreases, and how to work twisted pattern stitches. If you are a Western knitter, then learn the amazing advantages to this knitting methods and how and when you would combine it with your own. If you are a Combination Knitter, learn how to make stitches better and easier for your style.

Skills Required:

Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increase and decreases. Recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision.

Materials: Click HERE to download

Price: $75

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How to Avoid Twisting Stitches

Tuesday Tip – How to Avoid Twisted Stitches!

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Some of you may have taken my Craftsy class “Improve Your Knitting” and have learned quite a bit about Eastern, Western, Combination knitting, and of course, the vital importance of stitch mounts.

Sometimes we see something on our knitting that looks a bit odd, similar looking to the V of a knit stitch, but a bit bumpy and with a slight slant. That’s a twisted stitch!

How to Avoid Twisted Stitches!

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Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths!

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UPDATE: Since there were so many amazing comments, check out the sequel to this postYOUR Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths

A few days ago a knitter came into the “Knitting Doctor” (a knitting help session) with a scarf that had gotten off in pattern.  I ripped down 5 rows to where the pattern looked like it went astray and then I told her we were going to read her knitting to figure out what row she was on so we could get her back on track.  I started to read the row on the needle and I saw that the second stitch was unworked.  I told her that can happen when she pulls her work off the needle to rip, she had dropped a stitch and so when she put all the loops back on, what she had was a slipped stitch, no worries, we’ll fix that.

I read the knitting and checked the pattern – no match.  I tinked back one more row and again the second stitch was slipped.  I asked her if she was following the pattern exactly (it had a selvage edge created by slipping the first stitch purlwise).  She said yes, she was keeping a selvage edge and working the pattern.  Again the row did not match anything.  I said “are you sure you weren’t slipping the second stitch?”  Again, she swore she was “keeping her selvage edge and following the pattern” . . . then the truth came out . . . she said she means, not counting the two stitches she added.  She said she did what she always does, she adds two stitches to the pattern, “you know, a selvage edge.”  A bit baffled I counted her stitches – yup, 26 stitches on the needle, 24 in the pattern, WHICH WAS WRITTEN WITH A SELVAGE EDGE!!!!

Turns out her friend told her that in knitting you “always” add two stitches to every pattern.  So . . . the helpful designer had written a scarf with a slipped stitch selvage edge, which she was doing on the second stitch, since her friend told her that helpful (read – crazy) bit of advice.

This leads me to my Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths (some real, some fanciful).  Please read in the voice of David Letterman.

Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths

#10: You always add two stitches to any pattern!!

(Note: The designer helpfully thought of the edge so you don’t have to – that sounds like a TV commercial.)

#9: If you become a spinner and make your own yarn . . . you will buy less yarn

(Note: There’s no way to sugar coat this – THIS IS A LIE.  You will simply have more yarn.  The yarn you spin and the yarn you continue to buy, AND you will have less time to knit this yarn, since you now spin. Welcome to the rabbit hole.)

#8: It’s always better to create an SSK by slipping the first stitch as if to knit and the second stitch as if to purl

(Note: This is one of the least offensive myths on the list.  It’s good hearted.  It does create a nice flat SSK by twisting the second stitch. However, there are very few “alwaysessss” in knitting or in life.  In some lace patterns that have YOs on alternative rows that reveal the base of the SSK, it doesn’t look great.  Moral of the story – by wary of “always.”)

#7: Knitting is hard

(Note: the number of times I hear people tell me “I could never knit, it looks so hard, I would not have the patience.”  This statement usually comes out of the mouths of brilliant people who have mastered their careers, and in some cases are juggling child care mastery at the same time . . . but somehow two sticks and string seems impossibly intimidating.)

#6: Knitting is easy

(Note: nothing to say.)

#5: You ALWAYS slip the first stitch of every row.

(Note: a cousin to #10 – this one makes me crazy go nuts. It’s spread like wildfire through yarn stores.  Although a selvage edge is lovely if that’s your finished edge, if you are knitting pieces that you will be seaming, a slipped stitch in many yarns can makes mattress stitch a sloppy drag.)

#4: If you are a combination knitter you can’t do (fill in blank: lace, double knitting, brioche . . .)

(Note: This is posh & nonsense.  I teach combination knitting, and I assure you, there’s nothing that an eastern and combination knitter can’t do.  Once you understand the anatomy of your stitches and how to control them, the knitting world is your oyster.)

#3: Knitters are always friendly and kind

(Note: Knitters are human beings – for the most part, therefore, like all human beings, some are awesome and some are  . . . well . . . not.)

#2: To get a long tail cast on with an elastic edge, use a larger needle (or dopier still) two needles.

(Note: This is by FAR my least favorite myth, and one that simply will not die.  The needle creates the size of the stitch, therefore using a larger needle only creates a first row with taller stitches.  The elasticity of the edge would come from how far apart you space your stitches, controlled by the thumb yarn. When doing a long tail cast on, plant your finger on the needle to the left of the stitch you just cast on, to act as a spacer between it and the next new stitch.)

#1: (Paul Shaffer’s drum roll here)  KNITTING IS THE NEW YOGA!

(Note: STOP IT.  Really, everyone stop saying that.  First of all, knitting is not the “new” anything.  Knitting is it’s own thing and has been around for quite a few years. Second of all, that pithy little sound bite was first uttered about 10 years ago – I remember first reading it in 2003, so seriously – get a new line. Seriously.  I mean it.)

Please share your favorite (or least favorite) knitting myths in the comments.  Love to hear them.

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