Simple Finishing Tips (3 hours) (intermediate)

Class Description

Let Sarah help you put a sweater together step by step. Turn your knitted pieces into a beautiful finished product that you’ll be proud to show off. Techniques covered include: 3-needle bind-off, sewing garter stitch, sewing stitch to stitch, sewing row to row, sewing stitch to row, and picking up stitches, with a brief discussion of weaving in ends and blocking/laundering.

(Must be comfortable knitting and purling.)

Techniques to be covered

  • 3-needle bind-off
  • Sewing garter stitch
  • Sewing stitch to stitch
  • Sewing row to row
  • Sewing stitch to row
  • Picking up stitches
  • Eyelet buttonholes
  • Planning buttonhole spacing
  • Weaving in ends
  • Blocking/laundering

Supplies needed

  • 50 gms smooth, light colored, worsted weight yarn
  • 10 yds smooth, contrasting colored, worsted weight yarn
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles
  • F (3.75 mm) or G (4 mm) crochet hook
  • Safety pins
  • Blunt darning needle
  • Sharp tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Homework

Swatch 1: Cast on 20 stitches. Work 5 rows of K1, P1 rib. Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch for 16 rows. End after working a purl row. Bind off. Cut yarn, leaving an 8″ tail.

Swatch 2: Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 8 rows (garter stitch). Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch for 20 rows. End after working a purl row. Next row (RS): Bind off 3 stitches knitwise, knit to end. Next row (WS): Purl. Next row (RS): K1, sl 1, k1, psso, knit to end. Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times (8 stitches remain). Work 7 more rows in stockinette stitch, end after working a purl row. Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 1 yd tail.

Swatch 3: Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 8 rows (garter stitch). Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch for 19 rows. End after working a knit row. Next row (WS): Bind off 3 stitches purlwise, purl to end. Next row (RS): Knit until 3 stitches remain on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1. Next row (WS): Purl across. Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times (8 stitches remain). Work 8 more rows in stockinette stitch, end after working a purl row. Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 1 yd tail.

Swatch 4: Cast on 30 stitches. Knit 8 rows (garter stitch). Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch for 36 rows. End after working a purl row. Do not bind off. Do not cut yarn.