Now How Do I Finish? class

Seams can bedevil even the best knitter and make a great project merely good. Tame the beast now! In this class students will seam stockinette stitch, garter stitch, and ribbing in pattern. We’ll practice grafting for sock toes, and end with two different versions of three-needle bind off.

Skill level is late beginner.
Prerequisites: Students should be able to knit, purl, and work in the round.

garter seam
What you will learn:
how to plan for success before you start
how to seam garter stitch
how to seam stockinette stitch (i.e. using mattress stitch)
how to seam 2×2 ribbing to stay in pattern
how to graft stockinette (Kitchener stitch)
how to work three-needle bind-off
how to work flat (Japanese) three-needle bind-off

Maximum 20 students.

½ day workshop

Students receive a handout in booklet form. There is no special project for this class.

No materials fee.

Homework: a swatch to be seamed (directions here).

mattress stitch in progress
homework swatch still on the needles
blunt tapestry needle for sewing seams
contrasting waste yarn (optional, I’ll bring some to share)
crochet hook (optional, borrow from me if you don't have one)

I bring a stack of swatches showing what happens depending on pattern stitch or selvedge. I have sock toe swatches to comparing grafting over equal stitches, grafting over +/- 1 stitch, and using three-needle bind-off. Some of these are likely to surprise you. (Well, these experiments surprised me!)

No special needs for the room set up. A whiteboard or flip chart is nice to have but not need to have. I have a projector if the facilities can accommodate it. Room set-up should be tables and chairs either facing forward or in a U-shape.

finished seam
This class has been offered regularly at
The Whole Nine Yarns, Woodstock GA.

It has also been taught at
South Carolina Knit Inn 2013, Greenville SC
Atlanta Knitting Guild, November 2013, Atlanta GA
Georgia Alpaca FiberFest 2014, Columbus GA
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair 2014, Fletcher NC
Georgia FiberFest 2017, Columbus GA;
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair 2018, Fletcher NC.

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