Knitting in the Round: Using Circular Needles
Round out your knitting skills with circular needles: whether you call it circular knitting, seamless knitting, or knitting in the round, knitting with 2 needle tips joined by a flexible cord (a circular knitting needle) offers advantages when making a sweater, shawl, or afghan, but also when making small, tube-shaped items like socks and mittens. In this class, students will knit a two-colored child's stocking cap (touque or beanie) while exploring three ways to use circular needles: knitting on one circular needle, knitting on two circular needles, and knitting on one long circular needle with a loop in the cord (the magic loop). Students will learn to follow written instructions for circular knitting, and cover casting-on, joining the edges, ribbing, changing colors, purl stripes, stripes in ribbing, and spiral decreases. We will also focus on differences between circular and "back-and-forth" knitting.
You will need the following tools for this class:
1) Yarn: wool or wool blend suggested, worsted weight, 4 oz each of 2 colors - to make striped cap.
2) Needles: 1 16-in circular needle, Am. Size 7 or 8, a 2nd circular needle, same size, any length. If you have it, a 36 to 40 in. circular needle for magic loop technique.
You may also purchase needles from the instructor during class for a cost fof $25.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.