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Building Blocks

by Michelle Hunter

Level:  Next Step Knitting.  So you know how to knit and purl, now what? 

  • Students should know how to knit, and purl. 
  • Knowledge of long tail cast on method useful but not required.

Meets once a month for 7 months on the 2nd Sunday each month:
January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, and July 12. 9:00 – 11:30 (2.5 hrs)

$185 for 17.5 hours of instruction over 7th months.   
Price includes the pattern booklet. Students receive 10% Discount on yarn and needles purchased for class.

This class is all about skills building!

We will be tackling new skills for at least 2 of the pattern squares each month.  Each meeting will also review any skills necessary from previous blocks.  As we work, we will also learn how to read our stitches, fix mistakes, read and decipher knitting patterns, understand knitting gauge, seaming, blocking, ripping, tinking, and many more nuggets of knitting wisdom.  You’ll have a firm foundation in knitting and a million new projects and patterns you can pursue. 

You do not have to make the finished blanket.  The squares you make can become pillows, placemats, scarves and shawls.  You don’t even need to finish any of the squares if you don’t want to. 

As always, you can use your own yarn and needles for a class at Cloverhill.  You are not required to purchase materials at the shop, but if you do we will give you 10% Discount for regular priced yarn, and needles purchased for this class.  Discount applies at time of paid registration, and Please note that discounted items are not returnable. 

If making all 12 squares, you will need 1,000-1,200 grams (10-12 skeins) of worsted weight/aran yarn.  And this project is well suited to using multiple colors and purchasing balls one at a time.  We have several great yarns choices in the shop for this project.  Consider Plymouth Encore Worsted, Plymouth Galway, Malabrigo Rios, Shepherd’s Wool, Berroco Remix, Plymouth Worsted Superwash Merino, and Berroco Vintage among others.  If you are using stash yarn look for solid or tonal colors.  Avoid striping, marled, or textured yarns.  Heathered yarns can be beautiful, but can sometime make it difficult to see stitches, so they are on the “maybe” list.

Come to class with your needles and some yarn wound and ready to cast on.  We’re shooting for a gauge of 16 stitches per 4 inches. You might need anywhere from US 9 to US 10.5 needles depending on your tension and yarn selection. But don’t worry we’ll talk about yarn and needles, as well as gauge on the first day of class. If you are unsure of your yarn choice, then you should at least bring some scrap yarn to practice with in class. You’ll be able to pick your final yarn in class with guidance from the instructor.

If you feel like being a step ahead you can begin a gauge swatch or begin the Bottom Border of the 1st square if you feel comfortable with your yarn and needle choices.

Square 1 Bottom Border:

Cast on 48 stitches using the Long Tail Cast On method.
Begin Seed Stitch as follows:
Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from *.
Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from *.
Work these 2 rows for a total of 6 rows.