Knitting Texture: One Motif at a Time
Give your afghans the eye-catching textures you've always wanted to add! Join the one and only Laura Nelkin for her sixth Craftsy class, and discover how to create mitered squares and octagons using a toolkit of stunning stitch patterns. Then, learn to bring them together for your own custom projects.
Laura Nelkin lives in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Though she has a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, she took to knitting years ago and hasn't looked back. Currently, she's enamored with lace, beads and unexpected constructions, so most of her designs lean in this direction. She travels often to teach knitting techniques at workshops around the country and online with Craftsy. She also runs two innovative kit clubs, has a line of knitting kits, self-publishes patterns and holds mystery knit-alongs twice a year. When not designing or knitting, she's likely gardening, whipping up yummy feasts with her family and taking time to play!
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Laura Nelkin and start class with some helpful approaches to selecting your yarn, from weights for the stitches you want to hues that really pop. Then, get a refresher on swatching to make sure you're using your fiber efficiently. Finish this lesson with Laura's fun and flexible pattern recipe; it makes mixing and matching stitches easy!
Make friends with mitered squares! Laura demonstrates how these knit squares can help join and fill out an afghan, before sharing three different methods for making them. Plus, see how to jazz up your squares for more eye-catching color.
What do you get when you use the centered double decrease and asymmetrical decreases? Eye-catching octagonal motifs! See each technique step by step, then move on to slipped stitches, elongated stitches and working a double decrease at the start of a row. Laura even shares how purl ridges and slipped stitches can create incredible texture.
Tackle a fun twist in the classic basket-weave motif. It all starts with cables worked two ways! Laura moves on to even more stitch pattern fun with an elegant leaf motif that floats on a bed of stitches. Want to add lace to your afghan? Make it happen with stellar guidance for the Star Lace motif.
With all these new motifs, you've got enough for a versatile design! Take a detailed look at how to lay out the final design, before Laura explains how your colors and textures will interact. You'll bring it all together with two methods for joins, and give your afghan an inviting finishing touch with some tasteful border options.
Want to use Laura's mix-and-match recipe for multiple projects? That's what it's made for! Follow along in the final lesson for easy tips sure to save you time. And for even more variety, see how switching out texture in your mitered squares and octagon motifs can make all the difference.