Mini Class Offerings for NKCG Fall Retreat 2016

Back by popular demand, Mini Classes will be offered Saturday afternoon. Reserve your space – class sizes are limited. See detailed class information below with a link to sign up for each one on the NKCG website. (Payment of class required at the time you sign-up for class on the NKCG site.) The classes are all at the same time, so only sign up for one!

Tatting

Instructor:  Denise Wenke

Tatting is a knotted lace making technique.  It can be used alone or to decorate other materials. We will go through the basics of tatting and learn the secret handshake (also known as the click). We will go through how to read a tatting pattern or diagram. If there is time, we will work through some simple tatting patterns and look at how they can be used as building blocks for more complicated ones.

Homework: None
Materials to Bring: You will need to bring two contrasting colors of crochet thread in size 10 or size 20 and a tatting shuttle. Optional: A size 7 to 10 steel crochet hook would be useful to help with joins.
Sources for Materials: Joann’s, Mangelsen’s, Hobby Lobby; The Yarn Shoppe in Lincoln used to carry tatting supplies also, but I don’t know whether they still do.  Michaels no longer carries them, unfortunately.

Maximum # of Students: 8
Class Fee: $5.00

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Mitered Square Knitting Technique

Instructor:  Millie Moore

Mitering squares (AKA Modular or Domino Knitting) is a great way to use up leftover yarn into something you can wear or use. It’s surprisingly very basic and easy to learn. The only required skills are, cast-on (any way), picking up stitches, knit, and decrease.

Homework: None
Materials to Bring: Any weight yarn with the corresponding needle size.

Maximum #of Students: 8
Class Fee: $5

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Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Instructor:  Aimee Perez

Are you a sock knitter that has been wanting to knit the fish lips kiss heel but were worried about going it alone? We’ll go through the techniques used to create this amazing heel and ease any concerns you might have knitting it up. Prior sock knitting is required as we will only be covering the heel stitches and not anything else regarding knitting socks.

Homework: None
Materials to Bring: Please either bring a sock you’re ready to begin the heel on (cuff down or toe up) or a short tube around 2 inches long and 64 stitches around.

Maximum # of Students: 8
Class Fee:  $6.00 (This includes the $1 cost for the pattern which NKCG will purchase for each student)

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Fair Isle Knitting

Instructor:  Jeanne Cunningham

Fair Isle (stranded knitting) is a fun way to knit with color. We’ll go through basic stranded knitting and how to work with two colors at a time. If there is time, we will work with simple Fair Isle charts and look at additional techniques.

Homework: None
Materials to Bring: You need to bring two contrasting colors of yarn and needles sized for the yarn. We will be knitting in the round, so two circulars, one really long circular (magic loop) or double point needles will be needed.

Maximum # of Students: 8
Class Fee: $5.00

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Introduction to Cabling

Instructor:  Ida Holliday

Cables add interest and texture to even simple projects. We’ll go through basic cable lingo and how to cable using a cable needle.  Hope to also get to basic cable charts and cabling without a needle (for those who are comfortable trying it!)

Homework: Please cast on 46 stitches and knit 6 rows (garter stitch).
Materials to Bring: You’ll need an inexpensive skein of worsted or light worsted wool.  I suggest a light to medium color, non-variegated.  You will need a cable needle. There are several styles and sizes. Pick one that looks size appropriate for your yarn.

Maximum # of Students: 8
Class Fee: $5.00

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Continental Knitting

Instructor: Christina Dugan

Learn a new way to knit by trying to “pick” rather than “throw” your yarn. This technique can reduce hand strain, increase efficiency especially in double knitting or color work but ultimately for most knitters it is simply faster! In class we will learn the knit and purl stitch by knitting a swatch.  We will also discuss tension and project ideas for continuing what you learn outside the classroom.

Homework: None
Materials to Bring: Students should bring worsted weight yarn and needles sized for the yarn.

Maximum # of Students: 8
Class Fee: $5.00

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Crochet Sashay Shawl

Instructor: Rachel Maley

Tired of making ruffled scarves?  Here’s a technique for making a lovely ruffled shawl from any of the Red Heart Sashay ruffle yarns!

Homework: None
Materials to Bring: Size E or F crochet hook and at least 1 ball of any Sashay yarn to learn the technique. To make a complete shawl, you will need at least 2 balls of any Sashay that contains 30 yards per ball, and up to 4 balls of any Sashay that has less than 30 yards.

Maximum # of Students: 10
Class Fee: $5.00

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