The Yarn Gourmet Important Information

Location: 2915 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend IN 46615 (across from River Park Furniture)
Phone: 574-232-9276

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 - 5
Friday: 10 - 8
Saturday: 9 - 3
Closed Sunday & Monday

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Knitting Boot Camp

I am very gratified that the response to just the idea of Knitting Boot Camp has been so enthusiastic.  It's enough to make a drill instructor at Parris Island green with envy.  Here is the additional information I have so far: 

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
  • scissors
  • 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
Knitting for the first class - must be done in advance: knit four swatches (using US #7 needles and white or cream yarn) that  are 28 stitches wide by 5 inches long.  Block stockinette swatch only.
  • 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
Bring all swatches to class.

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!


  1. The Cable Lover's Pullover is beautiful. It looks better than the one on the Cascade site!

  2. I love doing cable work. This is a very warm sweater, being made of Pastaza - it would be perfect for wearing to a football game.