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Weekend Workshop with Anne Hanson
June 1, 2013 - June 2, 2013
Join the Windy City Knitting Guild for a weekend of workshops with Anne Hanson. Anne is a knitwear designer and proprietor of knitspot.com. Anne will be offering the following classes:
Anne Hanson is a life-long knitter with experience in the fashion and graphic design fields. Her background as a patternmaker/draper, technical designer, and costumer in New York City’s garment district influences her work, providing a rich source of experience in garment construction and fit, as well as knowledge of a wide range of fibers and fabrics. Anne also teaches and writes about knitting, spinning, and designing on her knitspot blog. She lives in Canton, Ohio. For more information visit her website at www.knitspot.com.
Class 1: Yarn Voyage for Knitting and Design
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (3 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Students should have intermediate knitting skills with ability to execute simple patterned motifs from written or charted instructions.
Ever wonder why, when you achieved exact gauge, your finished object looks nothing like the original in a different yarn? Much more than a discussion about yarn weights, this explorative class for knitters and handspinners of all levels covers myriad yarn characteristics and their effect on knitted fabric. Participants will learn how yarn type relates to gauge, needle size, texture, and fabric integrity, and how to use that information to make better choices and/or substitutions in their projects. Students will be test-knitting yarns of various fibers, twist ratios, and dye applications to make comparisons and learn to assess final fabrics. Even the most experienced knitters and spinners will go away with new insight on the fibers and yarns they thought they knew.
- A book of stitch patterns with a few simple ones marked for possible use in class
- A variety of yarn leftovers in all fibers, colorways, and weights (5-7 samples, 20 yards each; no textured novelties, please)
- A variety of needles, sizes 3US to 9US (3.25 mm to 5.5 mm)
Class 2: Designing off the Cuff
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (3 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Students should have completed several sock projects requiring at least an intermediate level of knitting skill and pattern reading, must embrace simple math, and be able to execute kitchener stitch without assistance.
Participants will learn how to enhance a favorite basic sock recipe by swapping in textured or lace stitch patterns and choosing appropriate yarns to complete their personal vision. The focus for this class is to add imaginative elements to an existing sock recipe for personal fulfillment and use; sizing and pattern writing will not be covered.
Discussion will include: choosing appropriate yarns and making the best use of yarn types, swatching for better results, considerations for choosing (or inventing) sock-worthy motifs, changes in gauge, choosing appropriate ribbings/edgings, making the numbers fit, and solving the fiddly bits (how to fudge it when you need to).
Paper, pen, calculator, graph paper, one skein of sock yarn for project work, a variety of sock leftovers in small amounts for experimenting, a variety of sock needles. Additionally, students should bring a book of stitch patterns, and have 4 to 6 stitch patterns marked as possibilities.
Homework: Swatching stitch motifs ahead of time is encouraged, but optional.
Class 3: Lace Start to Finish
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (3 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Students should have completed at least two beginning/intermediate lace projects, have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing and intermediate knitting terminology, experience with a variety of lace stitches, and be able to execute a crochet chain stitch.
An intermediate/advanced class which explores various shawl starts and finishes. Included are center start in the round for a square shawl, provisional cast-on and pickup for a center-start rectangle, stretchy cast-ons, and picking up from a knitted edge strip. Finishes include applied edging (knitted on), stretchy bind-offs, and grafting.
Stitch markers, notepad, dental floss or fine cotton yarn (for lifelines), 300 yards of fingering yarn for practice, needles size 4 to 6 and DPNs in one of those sizes, crochet hook size E or F, and several yards of smooth waste yarn in a contrasting color. A magnetic board may be helpful.
Class 4: Bittersweet Vines Project Class
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (3 hours)
Class size: 20
Level: Students should have completed at least two beginning lace projects, have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing and intermediate knitting terminology, experience with a simple lace stitches, and be able to execute a crochet chain stitch.
Focusing on the Bittersweet Vines neckwarmer and mitts design, this is a great class for intermediate knitters who would like to expand their lace knitting skills. The project incorporates a variety of lace features, including a knitted lace edging, simple right-side and wrong side lace work, provisional cast-on, pickup from a lace edge, eyelet patterns, knitting lace in the round, and finishing work for lace pieces. The project makes use of DK or light worsted yarn and larger needles; the simple lace patterns are easy to learn and memorize. The resulting finished pieces are beautiful and practical winter accessories to keep or give away.
Stitch markers, notepad, dental floss or fine cotton yarn (for lifelines), 100 yards of fingering yarn for practice, size 5 or 6 needles, crochet hook size E or F. Note: Students will also need to purchase the Bittersweet Vines pattern for the class project and bring the recommended yarn, needles, and supplies to work on it. You can purchase the pattern in the patternshop on www.knitspot.com or Ravelry.
Homework: Before class begins, students should work a stockinette gauge swatch as instructed on page 1 of the pattern to determine appropriate needles and yarn.
Pricing & Registration
You may register online below or download the registration form to print out and mail in. See below for individual workshop pricing.
If you’d like to take advantage of WCKG pricing, you can join the guild now.
All classes will be held at The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL. If you need assistance getting there please contact Tina Stevens (KnitterS@sbcglobal.net) for assistance.
Food and beverages are not provided at the workshops. There are several restaurants nearby or you may bring your own food and beverages.