Explore the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible with Three Practice Projects


Cost includes 6 hours of class.

With Gayle Roehm.

Dec 5, 2:00-4:10pm CST
Dec 6, 2:00-4:10pm CST
Dec 13, 2:00-4:10pm CST

You will gain experience with increasingly complex patterns as you work through three projects included in The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida. The beautiful stitch patterns may look daunting; but like any knit, it’s just one stitch at a time.

Gayle Roehm (expert knitter and translator for the TJKB into English) knows the patterns work. she has chosen these projects so you will get plenty of practice with the complex charts and symbols in the 3 projects. Combined, they provide an intensive introduction to the format and techniques in the book. Gayle also will make suggestions that may make each project a bit easier to complete.

The goal is to become comfortable with the Japanese charts and symbols, so that you feel ready to tackle any of the stitch patterns in the book. (All of the patterns and chart keys will be provided, so there’s no need to purchase the book.

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The three projects are:

We will start with Hat with Crossed Stitches and Lace because it’s worked in the round with mostly-familiar stitches. After working a provisional cast-on, we’ll start the body of the hat and work as far as time allows. This gives you practice in reading the chart and creating the stitches so you will be confident to finish the project on your own.

The Cute Fingerless Mitts introduce some of Shida’s signature techniques. The mitts are also worked in the round, so there’s no worry about wrong-side patterning. We’ll start the first mitt in class and try out some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later.

Mini-Scarf with Frill is challenging because it’s worked flat, with increases and decreases on right-side and wrong-side rows, as well as some no stitch marked areas in the chart. Once again, this starts with a provisional cast-on, then works through both right-side and wrong-side rows. Surprisingly, all the stitch symbols are used in the first two rows, then rearranged again and again to form the complex pattern. That will make it easier to finish later.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
MUST be comfortable working from stitch pattern charts, both in the round and flat. Lace experience is desirable.

Supply List:
For the hat:
__Approximately 220 yards of sport- or DK-weight yarn. Your yarn and needles should give you a gauge of 22 to 24 sts and 34 rows to 4″ in stockinette; the gauge in pattern will be smaller.
__Needles to obtain gauge of the type for your preferred method of circular knitting (magic loop, dpn’s, or two circulars). (Recommended: 16” circular and DPN’s of the same size, plus 16” circular two sizes smaller for ribbing.)
__Small amounts of smooth waste yarn
__Cable needle
__Crochet hook for provisional cast-on

For the mitts:
__Approximately 180 – 200 yards of sport-weight (or lighter) wool or wool-blend yarn, preferably in a light color. Your yarn and needles should give you a gauge of 23 sts and 31 rows to 4” in stockinette. NOTE: the pattern calls for DK yarn, but most knitters find that’s too heavy. You’ll probably be happier with sock or fingering.
__Needles to obtain gauge, of the type for your preferred method of circular knitting (magic loop, dpn’s, or two circulars)
__Small amounts of smooth waste yarn
__Crochet hook for provisional cast-on.

For the scarf:
__Approximately 350 yards of sport- to DK-weight wool or wool-blend yarn, preferably in a light color
__A set of straight or circular needles in US size 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4mm); although gauge is not crucial in a scarf, you may want to have a couple of additional sizes to get gauge, especially if you’re a tight or loose knitter
__Small amounts of smooth waste yarn
__Crochet hook for provisional cast-on.

__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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