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You Can Fix Anything! The Full Series

You Can Fix Anything! is a three session class series during which you will learn the keys to fixing any mistake in your knitting.

You Can Fix Anything! The Full Series

This full series sign-up includes all three sessions of You Can Fix Anything! at a discounted tuition rate.

During Session A we will be learning to “read” our knitting. This class will focus on the individual rows of our knitting. How does the yarn in each row interlock with the rows above and below to create different fabric? How does this change between fabric swatches? Learn where each strand goes and how to follow them with your eye using a contrasting color of yarn (useful for “over knitting” techniques) and how to sew in ends invisibly. This skill is vital to Fixing Anything because it is the foundation of understanding our stitches and how they combine to become fabric.

In Session B we will be putting our live stitches back on the needles as we learn how to do surgery! This class will build upon the understanding gained in the Session A and will focus on the columns of our knitting. After learning to add in a life line, we will be intentionally dropping and picking up stitches in each of our different fabric swatches. We will also cover useful techniques for fixing unwanted increases and decreases in rows below, how to add forgotten increases and decreases in rows below and how to know if it's okay to “just make the numbers work” vs. having to actually go back and “do it the right way.”

Session C focuses on CUTTING OUR KNITTING in order to learn how to darn holes. We will explore the Visible Mending Movement, learn to darn our knitting and get more wear from our handmade clothing. This class will focus mostly on our stockinette swatch with the option for fast fixers to choose other swatches to work on as well. This class translates nicely beyond handknits and can be applied when darning sweaters and socks- even store bought knitwear.

All three sessions will make use of the same homework, consisting of six swatches with live stitches on a holder: 1 stockinette, 1 garter ridge, 1 ribbed, 1 seed stitch, 1 lace, and 1 cable (the lace and cable swatches are optional and class can be fully attended without participating in this portion).

Materials List

  • One skein Malabrigo Chunky in a light color
  • Size US8 to US10 knitting needles (this is flexible as gauge does not matter)
  • Scrap yarn for holding live stitches
  • Opening and closing stitch markers
  • Darning needle
  • A handy tool, double pointed needles and/or crochet hook for picking up stitches
  • Notebook and pen
  • Courage!

Knit six swatches (directions for each swatch is included in the homework handout given upon registration). Swatches should measure at least 6 inches by 6 inches. Do not bind of, but rather leave the stitches live and place them on a holder or scrap yarn. Please feel free to attend a drop-in project class or two if you need help with any of the techniques utilized in the swatch knitting. And if you are a newbie to any of these styles of knitting, don’t be intimidated! What a great way to learn, by knitting a 6 inch square with no commitment to the outcome! Two of the swatches, lace and cable, are optional and the class can be attended with the first four swatches only.

Requirements: Students must be comfortable with the longtail cast on, knit and purl stitches. If you feel intimidated by the swatch knitting (for example the lace and cable swatches), any of Acorn Street?s drop-in project classes would be a great opportunity to pick up a few more techniques and get some help on the homework before the class begins.
Instructor: Sonna Schuttner

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