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The Master Class of Finishing

Instructor: Chris Bylsma       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ The Master Class of Finishing

Learn all the techniques you need to feel confident to finish sweaters and garments professionally and empower yourself to tackle sweaters and garments without fear of finishing. Learn invisible and stable vertical, horizontal and combinations seams, seaming in ribbing, pattern, cables and stepped shoulders, grafting live stitches easily, picking up stitches flawlessly for beautiful necklines and bands every time, buttonholes and closures, alternative edges to add polish and control to garments, how to save a poorly finished or sagging garment, taming armholes on vests or tanks, blocking do’s and don’ts and much more.

Materials Needed ~ The Master Class of Finishing

Smooth, light-colored worsted or Aran weight yarn in two or more colors, appropriate size needles and crochet hook, plus circular needles two sizes smaller, blunt-tip tapestry needle, scissors, removable stitch markers.

Homework ~ The Master Class of Finishing

Homework: Yes, we will use them all! Work all swatches on light-colored, smooth worsted weight or heavier yarn and appropriate needles. Please use a decent yarn that won't split or give you fits - after all, you will be spending 6 hours together. Do not block any swatches.

Swatch 1 and 2: Cast on 30 sts. Stockinette 6" (knit all sts on right side, purl all sts on wrong side) and bind off.

Swatch 3: Cast on 30 sts. Stockinette the same as first two swatches for 3". Then create a "neckline" by binding off 6 sts in the center and decreasing 3 times at the neck edge on each side, working each side separately or at the same time. Continue to work each side straight until 6" and bind off.

Swatch 4: Cast on 20 sts. K10, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2. Next row: P2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k10. Repeat these two rows creating 2/2 rib on the left 10 sts and garter stitch on the right until 5". Bind off.

Swatch 5: Work the same as Swatch 4 but switch the patterns: K2, p2, k2, p2, k2, k10. Work the 2/2 rib on the right and garter on the last 10 sts

Swatch 6: Cast on 20 sts. Stockinette for 3 inches. Bind off 6 sts at the beginning of the next right side row. Then bind off 2 sts at the same edge every right side row 3 times. Continue even until the swatch is 6 inches. Bind off.