I taught the second of a two class series at Twisted last night. It’s a simple hat, knit in the round on a circular and then double pointed needles. In the first class, we talk about reading a pattern, different cast ons, and getting that circular knitting going, “being careful not to twist.” Then they knit like crazy for a week, so that they’re ready for the decreasing at the crown of the hat. The second class is where the fun really happens. We do decreases, learn how stitch markers can be your friends, and eventually move to dpns, and everyone learns that you really only knit with two needles at a time, no matter how many are in your knitting. I love encouraging students to be fearless, and that they are the boss of their knitting. And I love the grins that happen when the knitting comes off the dpns and suddenly it’s a hat. A finished project with new techniques is such a confidence builder. And the camaraderie that develops with a group of knitters chatting as they knit is a wonderful thing.
I knit a hat, too. This is the one I started for knit nite last week. I saved the decreases for class, so we could do them together. This Madeline Tosh Worsted is so deliciously squishy; it was a pleasure to knit.
On Monday evening I’m teaching a class on entrelac knitting, also at Twisted. I love entrelac. It looks so complicated, but it’s simpler than you think, and you look so clever knitting it. My favorite part is purling back backwards without turning your work. I think there is still one spot left open in this class. If you’re interested, call Twisted!
I went on a big entrelac design jag a little while back.
Entrelac Socks, knit in the round
Athena, knit in the round
Infinity, knit flat
Lacy Infinity, knit flat
We won’t be doing any of these particular patterns in class, because it takes a while to get into them and it’s only a two hour class. Instead, we’ll learn the little bits of technique needed for entrelac, and start a sample that can end up as a scarf, or bag, or whatever. But while I was rooting around in my little yarn stash, I found a ball of fingering weight Chroma from KnitPicks in the Pool Party colorway. Doesn’t it look like spring is just around the corner?
I’m not going to be using it, but it’s the perfect weight for the fingering weight version of my Infinity Entrelac Infinity scarf. Here’s mine, in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi.
Do you want to knit one? I’d be happy to send this ball of yarn and a downloadable pattern to one of you. (Of course, you’re free to knit whatever you’d like with it.) Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a chance to win it. Have you ever tried entrelac? Do you like it? Are you afraid of it? I’ll let the random number generator pick a winner after Monday’s class. Ready? Go!