Methodology: Knitting Boot Camp is a swatch-based class where you gain hands-on experience in a "safe" environment (not in the middle of a garment when it is too late to make a difference). We sample and discuss when and why to choose one method over another. You learn to "read" your knitting. You are not graded. At the end of KBC you will have a comprehensive reference portfolio of your work, increased confidence, and the ability to make more informed knitting decisions.
Topics covered in KBC include: casting on, binding off, increases, decreases, buttonholes, seams, pockets, short rows, fitting garments, tension, gauge, reading patterns, and much more.
Supplies you will need:
- 3 skeins smooth, worsted weight yarn, light color
- tapestry needle (bent tip recommended)
- US size 5 and 7 8" dpns
- 3 small stitch holders
- seaming pins or Knit Clips
- calculator and pencil for note-taking
- one-hole punch
- crochet hook size E
- a handful of wool roving or fiber fill
- locking stich markers
- ruler and tape measure
- 3-inch loose-leaf notebook with sheet protectors for your swatches
- Vogue Knitting: the Ultimate Knitting Book
- Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, Nancy Wiseman
- Swatch 1: stockinette stitch
- swatch 2: garter stitch
- swatch 3: seed stitch
- swatch 4: 2 x 2 ribbing (cast on 40 stitches for this swatch
I could also type up the comments by those who have taken KBC, but let's just say that even very long-time knitters were pleased with how much they learned.
As soon as I have dates for KBC I will let you know; likely it will start mid- to late-January, and likely it will be on Friday evenings AND Saturdays so everyone gets a shot at it.
Purls of wisdom: never do / say / write anything you would not want on the front page of The New York Times. Knit happy!