Intro to Design: The Hat


Price includes 6 class hours.

A virtual class with Molly Conroy Ungerecht

Feb 12, 2:00-4:00pm & 5:00-7:00pm
Feb 19, 2:00-4:00pm CST

Learn the basics of design while you design and knit a hat. Designing is much more fun than writing the pattern, but we will also spend time on writing a pattern so it can be reproduced and shared if you like. Molly will show you how to design within your current skill set; as your knowledge and skills grow, you are ready to create more elaborate designs.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Are you ready to start designing? A hat is a great place to start — its construction is fairly easy, and it allows you to really stretch your creativity within parameters. Beginning with a detailed class handout with templates, we will discuss the techniques for basic hat design along with stranded colorwork, cables, and lace. Over the 2 weekends, you will have time to create and knit your design.

Here is the basic schedule for the class:
Session 1: Basics of design
Session 2: Create design, start knitting
Homework: Test knit the design during the week
Session 3: How did it go, trouble shooting, sizing implications for the design, basics of pattern writing, how to post a design on Ravelry.

Class handout will include:
Basics on design.
General head measurements and how to measure a head.
Template charts for fingering-, DK-, worsted-, bulky-, and super bulky-weight yarns.
Design pitfalls for colorwork, cables, and lace hats.
Implications of sizing in design.
What constitutes a good pattern.
How to post a pattern on Ravelry.
And more!

Special Skills
You need to know the knit basics. The handout allows you to design the most basic to the most complicated hat your skills may allow — levels of expertise can vary. Please understand that this class is not meant to teach you how to knit cables, lace, or stranded knitting but rather how to place them effectively into a design.

Supply List
• Worsted- or DK-weight yarn will allow you to quickly knit but also have some flexibility in repeats.
• Appropriate knitting needles for your yarn – look at the ball band and choose the needle they recommend and at least one size up or down. Be sure to have a 16″ circular and either DPNs or a 32″ (for Magic Loop) for the crown decreases.
• If you plan to use cables, have a cable needle.
• At least 10 stitch markers – one of a different color.
• Any stitch pattern books you have on hand.
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique



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