Colorwork with John Ravet

January 16, 2016

Colorwork with John Ravet

Hello Knitters!

Thank you for signing up for the Colorwork class with John Ravet, we hope you are as excited as we are for this event and opportunity to learn something fun! Below are details of the event. If you have any questions, give us a call at 515-277-2770.

When: January 23rd from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Class starts promptly at 9:00am, so we recommend gathering and meeting everyone around 8:45am. The building will be open at 8:30am.

Where: Class will be held on the second floor of the Valley Junction Foundation, which is directly across the street from Yarn Junction.

What you should bring: US 10.5 circular needle of any length (32 inch recommended), stitch markers, and a darning needle.

Below is an overview from John:

Gathering and Introductions
Including instructor’s background and POV.

Preview of the Day:
Colorwork in Linen Stitch. Samples will be presented, including yarn requirements for each. Each sample project is worked in a different weight yarn, but the stitch patterns are shared. For the morning knitting, all attendees will work with Schoppel Reggae Ombre. Suggested needle size is US 10.5, though knitters who knit at a looser tension will be encouraged to try smaller needle sizes throughout this session.

The remainder of the morning session is dedicated to exploring linen stitch color patterning variations as the attendees work from one, two, and three skeins of yarn
(Each attendee needs only 1 skein of Reggae Ombre: various color sections will be cut from the single skein).

Cast On
Linen stitch (aka woven stitch) creates a dense fabric that is narrower than standard knitting stitch patterns (garter and stockinette stitch patterns). To create a Cast On edge compatible with linen stitch, the Cast On for these cowl projects is worked over an odd number of stitches alternating knit stiches and purl stitches. It is NOT worked loosely. This Cast On method will be unfamiliar to most (or all) attendees and will be given considerable attention to ensure success with the projects.
This cast on method is also extremely useful for other projects that begin with ribbing, and these uses will be presented. Use of coiless pins will be presented.
(The technique will be reviewed as often as necessary during the afternoon session)

Attendees will work this Cast On initially using a single strand of yarn. The simple alteration of working this Cast On with two strands (2 balls of yarn) will also be presented.

Linen Stitch and Variations
Working from the Cast On, attendees will work Linen Stitch and the variations utilized in the cowl patterns. Sample swatches will be presented. All variations produce the same fabric as Linen Stitch, but each creates a unique color pattern.
Standard Linen Stitch
Linen Stitch in two colors, two rows per color
Linen Stitch in two colors, one row per color
Linen Stitch in two colors with 3 strands of yarn, one row per color: 2 strands in color A, 1 strand in color B.
IF TIME PERMITS, Linen Stitch in 3 colors, two rows per color will be presented.

Bind Off
To ensure a clean finish to the projects, the Bind Off also alternates knit and purl. This method may be familiar to many attendees, but will be given the necessary time so that all will be comfortable with the technique. Use of coiless pins will be presented. (This section of instruction can be moved to the afternoon)

The simple techniques of gathering the selvedge edges, attaching closures (magnets) or joining the gathered ends, and wrapping the ends will be presented.

Yarn Selection
Though each cowl made will be unique, the skeins must be carefully selected in order to ensure the intended color patternings. This discussion will take place just prior to the lunch break. During the break, skeins can be selected for attendee projects.

We will be bringing in a variety of pizzas from the Tavern, and will be providing soda and water.

The afternoon session will include any necessary review of material from the morning session, discussion of “reading the yarn balls,” presentation of joining new yarn, and ways of utilizing the stitch variations presented to best navigate the unique color changes of these yarns.

This session also allows ample time for attendees to get their chosen project on the needles and to ask any relevant questions of the instructor.

Parking: Please use the parking lot located on 4th Street directly behind the Valley Junction Foundation building.

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