Essential Skills for Circular Knitting
Grab your circular needles and learn the basic skills needed to open up your knitting to cowls, headbands, socks, gloves and more. Knitwear designer Pam Powers guides you through the steps to take circular projects from start to finish, and helps build foundational skills you can transfer to future work.
Pam Powers is a freelance knitwear designer living in Orange County, California. Her designs have appeared in Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Belle Armoire and Apronology. She has taught numerous classes and workshops in yarn shops across the US and is the author of "Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Pam Powers and begin by learning the pros and cons of the most popular needles for working in the round. You'll see what's it's like to use both one and two circular needles, magic loop needles, and double pointed needles (DPNs).
Start knitting with a simple cast-on using one circular needle, and then see how to compare it with other needle setups. Next, find out how to join your work and tell which is the wrong or right side.
Take a look at knitting and purling in the same round, learn about making and measuring a gauge swatch, and discover how measuring your gauge changes when working in the round.
Walk through how to read circular charts and manage your stitch patterns on circular needles. Then, you'll dive into the fun cowl pattern included in your class materials.
Learn how to finish any project with Pam's tips for binding off in three different ways. You'll also discover how to fix gaps and troubleshoot slip-ups.
To wrap up class, Pam will share a great way to straighten up your projects with a custom blocking form, for polished, professional results.