Knitting Stunning Garments with Mitres
With Jane Slicer-Smith
Dec 5, 5:00-7:10pm CST
Dec 6, 5:00-7:10pm CST
Dec 12, 5:00-7:10pm CST
Jane welcomes you into her Sydney studio to share her Mitre design process. Learn to construct garments using full, half, and quarter miters WITH tension changes to shape garments as Jane does in Swing, Swagger, Drape.
Mitres are so simple; they create stunning, colorful garments that are extremely rewarding to design, knit, and wear. Jane is in Australia, so we will go with her spelling of Miters and schedule her sessions a bit later.
Jane’s workshop starts with the basic Mitre and her tips and techniques for knitting them, from picking up stitches to joining colors and weaving in ends.
Then Jane invites you into her Sydney studio to share her Mitre design journey, explaining garment construction using full, half, and quarter Mitres to shape armholes, shoulders, and sleeve-heads.
You’ll get a close look at garments, from those with Mitre panels used as sections of garments to those knit totally in Mitres with just shoulder seams. At the same time, you’ll see color changes within the Mitres used to create both horizontal and vertical patterns.
Additionally, Jane will explain how she uses tension changes (gauge variations) to achieve different characteristics from her knitted fabric. She uses a looser tension to achieve drape and a firmer tension for fit and support. A perfect example is the Harlequin Swagger on the cover of Jane’s book, Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Must be confident with knit, purl, and simple decreases.
__DK to worsted-weight yarn in two solid colors with good contrast.
__Appropriate needle size for the yarn
__Either a dpn or short circular two sizes smaller
__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