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Two Colors Two Hands

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Two Colors Two Hands

Two color stranded is one of knitting’s most glorious traditions. This workshop explores the techniques we need to make beautiful fabrics with heavy emphasis on alternative methods of using your hands (and even your neck) to manage the yarn.


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An Exploration of Squares and Rectangles

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ An Exploration of Squares and Rectangles

Many of our knitting techniques make beautiful fabrics that are difficult to shape—the squares of modular knitting being one of these techniques. In this class, we will explore the stitch patterns and colour patterns of modular knitting to produce knitting that is easily produced but beautifully complex and highly addictive. But then the question becomes what can we do with these knitted squares? Produce rectangles? Well, yes, but what can we do with knitted rectangles? Well, it seems quite a lot. We will cover multiple possibilities in class, including whatever it takes to make a rectangle into a garment. (The trick to this, in case you wonder, is the saddle shoulder. My favourite garment shape is rectangles bordered by saddle shoulders . . . and we will cover the drafting of this in class.


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Knit to Flatter and Fit

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: All levels      

Description ~ 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!


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First Choices, Basic Shapes

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Anyone      

Description ~ First Choices, Basic Shapes

No matter how advanced or experienced we are, we run the risk of making a garment that looks awful. Why? We make decisions in the first 20 minutes that have everything to do with the success or failure of a project. What are those decisions? Yarn, color, stitch pattern, silhouette. This workshop gives diagnostic skills to look at these decisions. And it then follows with pattern drafting for the set-in sleeve--the most universally attractive style, taught and explained in this workshop so that anyone can master it! So even if you never design your own knitting, you'll have the tools to alter what you do knit to produce the best possible result.


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Essential Skills

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Beginner intermediate and beyond      

Description ~ Essential Skills

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 selvedge 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. 


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Borders and Buttonholes

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 24
Class Level: Beyond beginner to advanced      

Description ~ 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..


Skills Required -Familiarity with sweater construction


Skills Covered - We we do extensive discussion of, and hands on for, edgings added to sweaters (front bands and necklines) plus the best buttonholes.



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Emergency Measures

Instructor: Sally Melville       Class Capacity: 24
Class Level: Beyond beginner to advanced      

Description ~ Emergency Measures

Sometimes the most insight comes from the struggle one faces when something goes REALLY wrong. But there are remedies for most any kind of 'disaster' in knitting. Using these can turn a problem into a wearable garment while teaching us to be more intuitive and more confident knitters!


This workshop will discuss the problems that confront most knitters plus what to do if the garment is too wide, too short, too long, too narrow, too outdated in style, if a bad color choice was made, if the edgings are not holding well, if the knitter has run out of yarn or forgot to make pockets, or if the garment has suffered a laundering disaster.



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