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Fiber, Structure and Texture, Knitting Successfully with Every Yarn with Margaret Radcliffe

August 28, 2020 12:00 pm
August 28, 2020 3:00 pm


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Class Title: Fiber, Structure and Texture, Knitting Successfully with Every Yarn

Teacher Name: Margaret Radcliffe

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Fee: $60.00

Class Day/Time: Friday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Class Description:

Novelty yarns, cotton, silk, mohair, alpaca, and the newer knitting fibers like bamboo, hemp and Tencel all present a challenge to knitters, especially if used in a pattern designed for that all-forgiving fiber, wool.  Learn proven techniques for insuring success when knitting garments in these “alternative” yarns. Class will cover ways to prevent sagging and biasing, sizing borders, alternatives to ribbing, adding other fibers to mitigate the problems with the main fiber, and pattern stitches and seaming techniques to stabilize the fabric.  The role of yarn architecture and garment fit will also be covered in detail.  Students will take home a better grasp of what the pitfalls are of working with these fibers, and a small arsenal of techniques for dealing with them.  Knitters are encouraged to bring completed garments they are unhappy with, to use as examples.

Students taking this class receive a BONUS gift from our sponsors!

Margaret’s class is graciously sponsored by Berroco Yarn.

Level: All levels from adventurous beginner to experienced. Must be able to cast on, bind off, work stockinette stitch and ribbing.

Registration necessary, class size limited

Supplies Needed:

  • Small amount of yarn in each of the four categories listed below.  In worsted weight yarn about 35-40 yards of each should be enough.
  1. Animal fiber such as mohair, cashmere, angora, alpaca (NOT wool or wool blend)
  1. Vegetable fiber such as bamboo, cotton, hemp, linen
  1. Silk or a remanufactured fiber such as rayon, tencel, or seacell
  1. Novelty yarn (bouclé, railroad yarn, chenille, eyelash, or any other complex or textured structure).
  • Needles in the sizes used to knit homework, plus needles 2 and 4 sizes smaller.
  • Small amount (10-15 yards) of fingering weight wool yarn (sock yarn works well) in a color to match or complement the other yarns.
  • Any successful or unsuccessful garments knit in a fiber that is not sheep’s wool.

Materials Fee:  None


Knit 4 swatches, one from each of the types of yarn (see “Supplies”).  Use whatever needle size you normally would for each yarn.  Swatches should be about 6″ x 6″.  Begin each swatch with 1″ of K2 P2 ribbing, then continue with 4″ of stockinette, and finish with 1″ of K1 P1 ribbing.  Bind off.  Do not block.  Keep a record of needle size used for each swatch.

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