KNITTING FOR THE JOY OF IT!
WITH CHANTAL TAYLOR
Parrsboro – August 24 & 25
This course works perfectly for beginners, but I definitely welcome experienced knitters as well! I will show the beginner knitters they skills they need to master with techniques such as: casting on, knit, purl and binding off. And we will also look at different types of yarn, tools of knitting, decoding a pattern, and work our way through casting on to weaving in the ends. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first independent project!
Meanwhile, the experienced knitters can bring their own knitting, and we will discuss and explore more sophisticated and complicated patterns and designs. There’s no end of possibilities here!
I am prepping swatches and gathering examples of different stitches, patterns, color work, brioche and mosaic knitting. I also have stitch dictionaries and lots of knitting books from the library that I will bring to show. I wouldn’t consider myself a fancy knitter and I think if you can master knit and purl, the whole knitting world is open to you!! It’s just trying something new. Sometimes something “fancy” is just purl in a different place.
At the end of the class I will walk everyone through a project from start to finish, I was going to photo journal a project I’m starting. Picking yarn/project,(Do I have to buy? Do I have it in my stash? Can I substitute some other yarn- this is where Ravelry comes in – what needles to use, winding your yarn, casting on (Do I need to learn a new technique?) knitting the project, any problems, finishing and blocking your project.
Knitters will need yarn and needles:
- Worsted weight yarn (any color)
- 5mm (US 8) needles
I will be talking about yarn and needles and how both can affect your projects. I will be bringing different kinds of yarn, wool, cashmere, cotton, acrylic, bulky, worsted, etc. I want to talk about some of the tools you will eventually need (different kinds of needles, stitch markers, blocking mats, a swift and winder). And I will go over how to read a pattern, a chart, yarn ball band and common knitting terms.
- Cast on
- Yarn and needles
o How to read a ball band
o How to create different fabrics
- Bind off
- Finishing your knitted object
- Knitting Language
o Reading a pattern
o Your Library
- Ravelry/ Social Media
- FO( Finished Object) start to finish
o How to care for your knitted items
Instructor: Chantelle Taylor
Bio: I am an avid knitter although I haven’t won any awards or written any books about knitting. I was taught to knit by a babysitter when I was 6. It didn’t stick. But then, inspired by a knitting roommate, I re-learned knitting in the 90’s. My first finished object was awful, and I gave it to my mother for Christmas. Despite the hideousness of that first knitted object, I was hooked and have been knitting ever since. I have gone on to knit all kinds of fun and amazing projects, from hats and mittens to pillows and blankets. And now, with Youtube and Social Media, we can see new patterns and techniques from Knitters all over the world! We’ll talk about that too.
Date: Aug 24/25
9:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Fundy Geological Society
Materials Cost: N/A
Class Size: 12-14
Experience Level : Beginner & Experienced
ONE EVENING ONLY – THURS AUG 1, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
COST: only $40.00! Refreshments provided!
At The Anglican Church Hall – 23 Church St, Parrsboro