Improve Your Knitting: Designer Tips & Tricks
Start learning designer knitting techniques and get the professional results you've been wishing for by joining lifelong knitter Anne Hanson. With a background in knitwear design, she'll help you take control of your knitting from cast-on to bind-off. Begin by discovering new ways to read a knitting pattern, check gauge and troubleshoot tricky fibers. Once you have the fundamentals down, you'll take ultimate control of your fiber with smart yarn substitutions and winding the perfect yarn cake. Love starting a project? Anne will share her tips for better cast-ons and bind-offs before teaching you the handy Grandma's cast-on. Move on to more designer tricks for shaping with increases and decreases, creating cables without a cable needle and troubleshooting as you go. Wrap up class with Anne's favorite finishing tips, and her textured and lace blocking techniques for beautiful knits that keep their structure.
Anne Hanson is a lifelong knitter and the owner of Knitspot, a popular blog where she teaches and writes about knitting, spinning and design. Anne has been featured in respected magazines such as Knitty, The Knitter, Twist Collective, Sock Club and Brave New Knits. Currently she works in Ohio, where she dreamed up the popular indie yarn company, Bare Naked Wools.
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Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Anne Hanson and start by improving your foundational skills. You'll learn how to read your knitting and make smarter decisions by looking between the lines of your pattern. Plus, you'll evaluate gauge in a new light, and troubleshoot fabrics and textures that are tricky to measure.
Make your yarn work for you! Anne will help you think about how fibers and fabrics behave, make design-worthy yarn changes and control your yarn by winding it into a cake.
Starting your project is the most fun, and you'll learn a few tips and techniques that make any cast-on better. As a bonus, you'll see how to apply these tips to your bind-offs! Anne will show you her Grandma's cast-on, a handy technique that works for most projects, and will walk you through a provisional cast-on.
What's next? Techniques to take your knitting to the next level! Anne will share everything she knows about shaping, showing you the most useful increases and decreases. You'll see how to create cables more efficiently (without a separate cable needle), make your knitting more consistent and fix mistakes while on the go.
Put a professional polish on your work with Anne's favorite finishing techniques. She'll show you how to make a decorative knit-on edging, a functional one-row buttonhole and even a mitered corner that's perfect for garments and accessories.
Just when you think you've learned all the designer tips, you'll see there's one last topic: blocking! Sure you can block a simple scarf or hat, but what about textured garments and intricate lace? You'll discover how to steam and wet block to perfection and "lock in" the beautiful structure of your projects.