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ZOOM Class: Design Your Own Christmas Stocking with Michelle Bowman (3/6)
October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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)
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.
-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.
-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.