Knit Faster With Combination Knitting
What happens when you mix the best techniques from Western and Eastern knitting styles? Combination knitting: A faster way to create beautiful projects without sacrificing quality! Join knitwear designer Bruce Weinstein to tackle the exciting combined style. You'll begin by learning the basics: Determine which side your stitches face and get tips for increasing your stitching speed. Move on to an exciting new way to create knit and purl stitches before seeing how to work three stunning types of ribbing. Next, you'll get tips for evaluating combination-knitting patterns and even create an eye-catching zippered cowl project. Plus, you'll find out how to create elegant shaping with no-slant increases, left- and right-leaning increases, and the coordinating decreases.
Bruce Weinstein became a knitwear designer after a successful career as a chef and food writer. He continues balancing these two passions as an author and instructor, teaching knitwear design workshops around the United States. He's the author of several books, including "Knits Men Want," "Boyfriend Sweaters" and "Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them." You might recognize him from his Craftsy cooking class "Make The Most of Your Pressure Cooker."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Bruce Weinstein! Class begins with an overview of basic knitting anatomy, as Bruce explains why it's so important to know which way your stitches face. You'll explore this anatomy further using garter stitch, before tackling some practical exercises you can use to increase your knitting speed.
Combination knitting will combine your normal style of making knits with a totally different way of making purl stitches. Bruce teaches you how to work a knit stitch in the Continental style and moves on to the new method for making purls. This lessons ends with a fun challenge: blindfolded knitting.
With basic knit and purl stitches in your back pocket, it's time to put them together for three gorgeous types of ribbing. Start with basic ribbing, move on to the shaker rib and finish this lesson with ribbing worked in the round.
Ready to apply your new skills to a project? Bruce teaches you how to check your gauge and determine if a pattern has combination-knitting potential. Then it's time to cast on for a fun zippered cowl project! Bruce takes you from cast-on to bind-off and shows you how to install your zipper.
Think you've seen it all? Don't forget shaping! Learn how to create a neutral, no-slant increase to start things off; it creates a subtle but eye-catching purl bump in your work. For additional shaping options, Bruce also guides you through both left- and right-leaning increases.
Increases are just half of the shaping equation! Bruce rounds things out with decreases worked in both Continental and combination. Things begin with a handy left-slanting decrease and move on to a few that slant right. You'll even get a chance to practice your new shaping skills with Bruce's beautiful Herringbone Scarf project.