Exploring Shawl Shapes & Design
NOTE SPECIAL TIME FOR THIS WORKSHOP: 8 – 11 AM!
Grab that languishing ball of fingering-weight yarn or a favorite skein you’ve been saving for just the right project, your needles, and a pencil, and away you’ll zip, designing your very own shawl in one of 10 selected shawl shapes. In class you’ll get in-depth instruction on designing your own shawl, directions on exactly how to create the shape you are going for be it crescent, triangular, long-ended for extra wrapping, half-hexagon, asymmetrical, semi-circle, or more! Your shawl may have lace, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, many textures, stripes, beads, etc. The sky is the limit, and you’ll leave with an excellent understanding of how to design your own shawl from scratch. In class you will plan and start your own shawl design from scratch.
Provided in class:
- Different options for casting on the shawl
- Instructions in recipe form for creating 10 different shawl shapes
- Charts for several different stitch counts that can be included in your shawls
- Edgings – many clear options
- Cast-ons and bind-offs – many different options
Supplies to Bring to Workshop:
How big do you want your shawl to be? It’s really up to you how much yarn you’ll need! Here are some guidelines: 100 grams of fingering-weight yarn with at least 400 yards (this could also be several balls of different colors.) OR 300–600 yards of a sport/DK/worsted weight yarn.
- Needles & Gauge: Find a gauge that will make your knit fabric have a nice drape. This is achieved by knitting at a slightly looser gauge than usual. These are my favorite needle sizes for shawl knitting and yarn weights: Fingering weight: US size 5, 6, or 7; worsted weight: US 8 or 9; DK weight: US 7or 8; sport weight: US 6 or 7.
- Optional: Beads and a floss threader or a tiny crochet hook that fits through the bead to pull the yarn through. Bead size 6/0 will usually fit on fingering- to sport-weight yarn.
Cost: $30 for members ($65 for non-members which includes Guild membership through 2019)
How to Register: Sign up at a Guild meeting or send an email to Programs@SanDiegoKnitters.com. Be sure to include your name, the name of the workshop, your email address and a telephone number. Payment is requested at time of registration. Your registration is guaranteed upon confirmation of receipt of your payment. In order to receive a cancellation refund, please cancel prior to the beginning of the guest instructor’s Tuesday program.
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