Knitting - Mastering Seamless Lace Sweaters
Spend the day with the ever lovely Georgie Nicolson of Tikki Knits learning her favourite tips and tricks for seamless circular sweater knitting. The class will tackle basic lace and include chart reading, and Georgie's fabulous underarm trick.
Teacher: Georgie Nicolson
Workshop Duration: Full Day
Description: Using the well-loved Granny’s Favourite pattern, this class will have you fearlessly tackling lace patterns as you learn skills for conquering lace and perfecting your sweater finishing. This class explores the elements of seamless, circular knitting. Participants will knit a baby sized version of Granny’s Favourite and will learn all the tools necessary for successfully conquering lace; reading your knitting, how to use charts to your advantage, the saving grace of lifelines and how to use stitch markers to ensure you keep your place! With lace conquered we’ll look at a number of other sweater finishing techniques that you can use on other projects to bring your sweater knitting to the next level. Create button-bands that sit neatly, underarms that don’t need darning and sleeves that please even the fussiest wearer. Learn how blocking finishes off your garment like nothing else can.
Materials to bring:
- approximately 250 yards/230 metres of DK weight yarn. A woollen based yarn is recommended.
- an 80cm circular in the size required to achieve stocking stitch tension (22 sts and 30 rows = 4”. See notes below regarding knitting a swatch).
- an 80cm circular two sizes smaller than that required to achieve tension
- preferred option for small circumference knitting in needle size that you achieved tension with; one long circular for magic looping, two circulars, double pointed needles, or even teeny 20cm circulars.
- 12 stitch markers.
- waste yarn, darning needle, measuring tape and scissors.
Knitting a swatch: It is recommended that knitters swatch prior to this class. You will be looking to knit this garment at a tension of 22 stitches and 30 rows over 4 inches. Georgie would suggest casting on about 40 stitches to ensure you have a nice big swatch to measure from. Measure and adjust your needles for both garter and stocking stitch.
Takeaway: At the end of the class you will walk away with an increased confidence with lace knitting and the knowledge to improve the finishing on other sweater patterns you knit. You will also have a partially completed sweet wee baby cardigan to cluck over.
Level: Advanced Beginner / Intermediate.
Prerequisites: Ability to cast on, knit, purl and work basic increasing and decreasing stitches.