Winter 2016 Knitting Workshops

The Varnum will host a series of knitting workshops to help the beginner get started and the more experienced knitter improve on their craft!

February 8, 2016, 5-7pm: An introduction, or refresher, for some knit and purl basics. Together, we will each make a dishcloth and practice some fundamental stitches.

February 15, 2016, 5-7pm: Knitting in the round: different ways of casting on (cable stitch, crochet-on, long tail and short tail cast on) and increasing stitches (M1, ktb, k1r, etc). Together, we will each make a cowl (or scarf) using these techniques projects.

February 22, 2016, 5-7pm: Experimenting with colorwork and two stranded knitting; different ways to create decreases; different ways to cast off. We will incorporate some of these into the cowl or dishcloth projects.

February 29, 2016, 5-7pm: Slowly understanding cables: decorative finishes and edges; how to easily access resources for more. We will incorporate some of these techniques into our current project and complete cowl and/or dishcloth.

March 7, 2016, 5-7pm: Hats 101: Ready for more? Learn about decorative cast ons and find a simple hat pattern to try out your new skills! We will browse patterns together to find one that works for you.

March 14, 2016, 5-7pm: How about mittens and gloves, maybe fingerless? We will find a pattern based on your preference and get started! Also, learn about selecting cuffs and considering ribbing options, sourcing Norwegian and Latvian patterns, and more.

March 21, 2016, 5-7pm: Social open knit studio. Come and work on unfinished projects and learn a bit about some knitting history highlights and other trivia about knitting. We will have cookies, and welcome potluck contributions!

March 28, 2016, 5-7pm: Another social open knit studio, where we will talk about the future of knitting; great resources to know about; a few SOS strategies, as well as discuss health benefits of knitting that seem to be all the buzz!

Cookies again and potluck contributions are welcome! Bring unfinished projects and questions or roadblock challenges and we will work through them together!