Stashbusting Secrets for Sweater Knitting & More
Discover the possibilities of mixing fibers as you create unique, beautiful sweaters entirely from leftover yarn. You'll explore stashbusting techniques alongside knitting expert Sally Melville to coordinate colors, textures and quality for eye-catching combinations. You'll learn the secrets to making the most of your fiber collection, no matter how big or small!
In more than 50 years of knitting and 35 years of teaching, Sally Melville has taken hundreds of finished garments off her needles and taught hundreds of different classes. Today, she is the author of seven knitting books including "Sally Melville Styles," "The Knitting Experience" series and "Knitting Pattern Essentials." Her gift for making knitting simple, useful and fun has long made Sally a beloved instructor. Sally is dedicated to helping knitters make pieces they'll be proud to show the world!
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
From gift sweaters to smarter stashbusting, start making the most of your stash. Sally Melville starts class by helping you rethink yarn traits. Don't be surprised when you unearth some hidden treasures! Then, find out why your "ugly" yarns can be key players in a beautiful sweater.
Before you choose which yarns to work with, take a quick roll call to see what's there. Start by sorting your stash by color and quantity to make yarns quickly accessible. Then, catalog and store larger quantities, stashing away larger balls to save space and time.
Want easy color schemes that scream inspiration? Sally shows you how to use a color wheel to make it happen. First, pick a main color to tie your custom fabric together. Then, see how tiny amounts of unique yarns can breathe life into the look of your garment.
Stockinette isn't always the right choice for mixed-yarn fabrics. Sally shares when stockinette works best for your fabric and when it doesn't. Then, use simple garter stitch to add durability and drape, before you tackle a new stitch pattern that's handy for joining and shaping. Plus, discover three go-to methods for taming those pesky yarn ends!
Want to add a little colorwork? Tackle three different slip-stitch techniques that create complex color effects. Sally shows you how to use these versatile blocks of slip stitch to create your dream fabric. And to make sure you can use the small amounts of yarn you have, you'll use some simple methods to check.
Take a tour of your class project pattern! First, see how the fit and fashion will harmonize with your stash and size needs. Then, switch up texture and construction, before Sally shares how matching your unique gauge can ensure the ideal fit. And for even more customization, see how your new stashbusting skills can apply to projects beyond just sweaters.