Continental Knit and Purl
A virtual class with Lorilee Beltman
July 8, 10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-4:00pm CDT
For beginner knitters and experienced knitters who knit by another method, give Continental knitting a try. Learn to “pick” your stitches with your right needle as the yarn is held in the left hand.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
There is no single best way to knit, but why not learn continental knitting to see if it suits you? You may have heard it could be faster or easier on your hands. What I love is that for me, switching to continental knitting thirty years ago really helped me even out the appearance of my knitting. This class is a great opportunity to give continental-style knitting a try. Resting between sessions really pays off.
Session 1: We learn the knit and purl stitch. Learn which fingers have little jobs to do, aiming to minimize our motions. We will discuss which tools are best and why. You’ll have a short, 20-minute assignment to do before Session 2.
Session 2: We will trouble-shoot areas of difficulty that you, as students, report. We will also learn how to make our knits and purls the same size so our knitting is smooth and even. Next we practice ribbing, increases, and decreases. The handout includes a few optional swatches for you to practice after class is over.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Students must already be comfortable knitting by any method, and be able to cast on, increase, and decrease. Students will be a mixture of beginner to advanced students. We will all learn something new together.
• 50 grams (this is enough for pre-class prep swatch plus class learning) of worsted-weight wool or wool blend, something that has give and is friendly for learning, in a light solid color
• US 5 – 7 (3.75 – 4.5m) needle. A slippery steel circular needle will work the best. Straight needles are too long and get in the way. Wood needles are too “sticky”
Limited pre-class work required.