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ZOOM Class: Design Your Own Christmas Stocking with Michelle Bowman (5/6)

November 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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November 10, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Design Your Own Christmas Stocking

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” Stockings are a fun and traditional holiday decoration, and a handmade stocking can be an heirloom gift, used year after year. Making your own is also a great way to explore both sock making and stranded colorwork. Because we’re working with worsted-weight yarn, you get to try these techniques without having to worry about working with tiny yarn or making something that fits. You will design your own Christmas stocking, using a range of fabric and yarn choices. The first three sessions cover the design of your stocking. You’ll learn how to calculate the size of your stocking; choose, alter, and create stitch patterns to fit your stitch counts; and read colorwork charts and chart out your patterns without special charting software. Then, the remaining sessions will cover how to knit your stocking. We’ll cover Fair Isle-style stranded colorwork, and some different methods for knitting heels and toes—great practice for future sock knitting. You’ll also learn how to create and sew in a lining for your stocking.

Class and session length

There are six 2-hour sessions. The first four sessions are consecutive weeks; the last two are spaced two weeks apart.  (See dates below)

Prerequisite knowledge

Comfortable with knit stitch and purl stitch, knitting in the round and using DPNs or magic loop, cast-on and bind-off, increases and decreases, know the difference between stockinette and garter stitch fabrics.





Design section:
-A calculator
-Colored pencils
-Access to a computer for browsing the web
-A spreadsheet program (like Excel) is helpful but not required
-A graph paper PDF file will be provided for students to print their own graph paper.

Project knitting:
-2 – 6 skeins of worsted-weight yarn of different, solid colors (Other yarns may be desired as we discuss possibilities in class)
-Needles: 16” circular and double-pointed needles size 7-9; or a 16” circ and a long circ for magic loop knitting
-A darning/tapestry needle for worsted-weight yarn.
-Approximately 1/2 yard of non-stretch woven fabric (quilting fabric is ideal) for lining (purchase this later).
-Other small supplies will be discussed in class, but aren’t required.

Class Dates:
Tuesday Evenings from 6 to 8 pm
Oct 6
Oct 13
Oct 20
Oct 27
Nov 10 (2 weeks later)
Nov 24 (2 weeks later)
Cost for all 6 sessions = $80
Call the shop to register! (303) 761-9231