Sinkmates: Fun with Knitted I-cord
With Lorilee Beltman
Aug 7, 4:00-6:00pm & Aug 8, 4:00-6:00pm CDT
Play with I-cord, incorporated I-cord edge, mitered-square knitting, and color play—all while making this very useful little item.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
You can get a lot out knitting one little dishcloth (our class project is just camping size). We learn (or review) how to knit I-cord, pick up stitches in the I-cord, work double decreases, keep the established pattern going, change colors (hiding color changes in the I-cord edge), and darn in ends. Whether these are new skills to you, you just want a pick-up project to turn to between larger projects, or you believe that the objects we make and use daily can give us pleasure—Sinkmates fit!
As we work these mitered-square designs, you’ll be itching to try out one of your own ideas. As a jumping-off point, the handout gives instructions for four full-size cloths: the basic, mosaic inlay, intarsia, and stripe versions.
You’ll want lots of colors to choose from, but kitchen cotton is widely available and inexpensive, so go a little crazy with your colors (you need three for class).
__Three 50- or 100-gram balls of kitchen cotton. Lily Sugar & Cream, Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie, or something similar in worsted weight. A lighter-weight yarn that works well is Rowan Handknit Cotton; but don’t mix weights. Choose one neutral color, one color to match your decor, and one color that pops. In short, choose three colors for class. You’ll eventually want more.
__Needles in 2 sizes appropriate for your yarn. For worsted-weight cotton, a US 9/5.5 mm and a US 7/4.5 mm. For DK weight, US 8/5.0 mm and US 6/4.0 mm. Either straights or circulars, your preference (I like circulars—the flexibility is an asset).
__Stitch holder or spare needle the same size as your smaller needle
__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