Workshops

Here a is a list and description of some of my most popular workshops. For a more comprehensive list of workshops in a printer-friendly PDF, please email me.

 

Kitchener Like A Pro

Kitchener-Seaming-Comparison-AKL-smGreat finishing techniques can really make your knitting look professional. The Kitchener stitch is great for grafting seamlessly in stockinette stitch, but what about other pattern stitches like seed or rib? We will learn how to work Kitchener in pattern so that you can have invisible joins, whether in cables, seed stitch, rib or other textured stitches — just like a pro!

Supplies: Homework and a contrasting color yarn to yarn in homework swatches, scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), colored pencils (optional), double-pointed needles or circular needles in appropriate sizes for homework swatches/ yarn

Homework:
  • Swatch 1:  Make 2 swatches as follows: CO 10 sts. Work in St st for approximately 1.5”, then place stitches on stitch holder or waste yarn.
  • Swatch 2: Make 2 swatches as follows: CO 13 sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, [p1, k1] to end. Row 2: P1, [k1, p1] to end. Work Rows 1 and 2 until swatch measures approximately 1.5”, then place stitches on stitch holder or waste yarn.
  • Swatch 3: Make 2 swatches as follows: CO 14 sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, [p2, k2] to end. Row 2: P2, [k2, p2] to end. Work Rows 1 and 2 until swatch measures approximately 1.5”, then place stitches on stitch holder or waste yarn.
  • Swatch 4: Make 2 swatches as follows: CO 13 sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, [p1, k1] to end. Work Row 1 until swatch measures approximately 1.5”, then place stitches on stitch holder or waste yarn.
  • Swatch 5: Make 2 swatches as follows: CO 12 sts. Row 1 (RS): P4, k4, p4. Row 2: K4, p4, k4. Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 once more. Row 5: P4, slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold in front, k2, knit the 2 sts from cable needle, p4. Row 6: Repeat Row 2. Repeat Rows 1-6 once more, then place stitches on stitch holder or waste yarn.
  • Swatch 6: Make 2 swatches as follows: CO 17 sts. Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) twice, p2, k1, p3, k1, p2, (p1, k1) twice. Row 2 (WS): (P1, k1) twice, k2, p1, k3, p1, k2, (k1, p1) twice. Work Rows 1 and 2 until swatch measures approximately 1.5”, then place stitches on stitch holder or waste yarn.

 

The Right Fit

RightFit contactsheet

Class handouts from “The Right Fit”

Is your bust, hips, or tummy larger or smaller than the standard sizes offered in the pattern? Do you have monkey arms? Are you long-waisted? Short-waisted? Knitting is an art that takes lots of time and yarn. Increase your chances of success in choosing something flattering for your body and know how to adapt patterns to suit you. Learn how to select a pattern that best suits your body type, camouflage problem areas, and highlight your assets. You’ll also discover some basic modification tricks and tips to fit your body and your particular concerns.

Supplies: Graph paper colored pencils or markers, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, and a calculator.

Homework: Come to class dressed in a body-hugging t-shirt or tank top under your main clothes, and wear your best-fitting bra. You can also bring some patterns you’re considering and would like feedback on (optional). No other homework.

 

Busting at the Seams

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This Haiku sample was made for a  G-cup bust using horizontal and vertical bust shaping.

BustingSeams contactsheet

Class handouts for “Busting at the Seams” include details on calculating bust sizes for custom shaping using vertical and/or horizontal bust darts and other shaping tips.

One the hardest areas to shape and modify for most women is the bust area. This is particularly difficult for extra “gifted” women. In this class we will first learn about proper bra fitting and sizing (most women wear the wrong-sized bra!), then we will explore how we can make our knitting fit us, from pattern selection to size selection to modifications. The class will cover different ways in which you can adjust to fit your bust with vertical and horizontal bust darts and the math behind it. Once you know how to shape for your bust, you can easily apply the process to other trouble spots on your body. We will also work on a bust-shaping swatch in class.

Supplies: Smooth worsted weight yarn in a light color and appropriate needles used for swatching, stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.

Homework: Come to class dressed in a body-hugging t-shirt or tank top under your main clothes, and wear your best-fitting bra. No other homework.

 

Fun with Stripes and Slipped Twisted Stitch Colorwork

Roseling-AKL-logo 9b  Mandarinfish-Cowl-Hat-AKL-logo-2b Fantome-Set-Cowl-Hat-AKL-logo-5Explore the possibilities of knitting with singular (or multiple) stripe colorwork both in the round and flat. Learn how to create complicated-looking stitch patterns in a background of stripes without the fuss of doing complicated colorwork including making reversible fabrics with motifs on both sides. Learn how to work 2-color cast-on and bind-offs and understand the techniques. You will even start creating your own unique patterning in class as well as a mini-project to work on. Note: Students must know how to work in the round.
Supplies: 3 or more smooth worsted weight yarns in contrasting colors; appropriately sized circular and/or double-pointed needles for working the yarn in the round; 2 cable needles or extra dpns to be used as cable needles; stitch markers; graph paper; colored pencils, scissors, notebook, colored pencils, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles, flexible tape measure, calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Homework: None.

 

DIY (Design It Yourself): Shawls and Stoles

Falling-For-You-AKL-logo-2b Weekend-Shawl-AKL-logo-1bShawls, scarves, and stoles can actually be quite easy to design. Learn the different elements and constructions in designing these wonderful accessories and different ways of constructing shawls and stoles in a myriad of shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, circle, semi-circle, shallow triangle, etc. You will also learn how to add decorative stitch patterns whether you want to work your piece inside-out, outside-in, bottom-up or top-down.

Supplies: Graph paper, colored pencils or markers, 100 yards or more of one or more yarns in a light color, various needles, scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.

Homework: Bring in some stitch patterns you would like to use (optional).

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