2016-2017 Workshops With Jill Wolcott Knits

2016-2017 Workshops: Jill Wolcott KnitsThe 2016-2017 Workshops with Jill Wolcott Knits can be tailored to your group. I love teaching, and the topics set out below for 2016-2017 Workshops reflect what I’m always thinking about. Watch Jill teach on Craftsy! She teaches there 24/7. Get more information here.

I can create pattern-based workshops geared to learning what techniques and tips will get you through that Jill Wolcott Knits patterns. I’ve made some Suggested Pattern Workshops here, but you can let me know what interests you, how long the workshop can be, and the number of people you plan to accommodate. I’m always interested in trying new things, so if virtual workshops seem better, let’s talk!

2016-2017 Workshops Rate Schedule

The 2016-2017 Workshop rates can be tailored to fit us both. The schedule provided is a guideline upon which we can build 2016-2017 workshops that work for everyone.

The 2016-2017 Workshops

ButtonsArt Button Craft  Create buttons, embellishments, and finishes, that are unique and use a variety of materials.

Craft buttons are completely unique to your project (of any kind!) and can be made using a variety of materials. This can be fun and creative, and is a great way to turn an every-day object into a personal work of art. Buttons, embellishment, and finishes explored will be of a variety of sizes.

This class is for anyone. Students may bring their own buttons, yarn, thread/floss, beads, tiny objects.

2016-2017 WorkshopsCasings, Closed Trims, & Welts, Plus Inserted Pockets  Smooth additions of casings (for inserted elastic, ribbons, etc.), trims that enclose an edge, and tailored pocket welts can be easily executed when the underlying dressmaking/tailoring techniques are understood and translated into knitting. Add a flat pocket in a garment below a welt or on its own.

Add casings (for inserted elastic, ribbon, cords), learn to make trims that enclose an edge for a sleek look, plus how to add a tailored welt trim (with or without a pocket). Then, add a flat, inserted pocket.

These techniques are not difficult, but are moderately engaging. Students should be willing to be challenged. Students should bring worsted weight wool (or wool blend) in two light colors and of the exact same weight. Two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style [size 5(3.5mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], and one set of needles one or two sizes smaller. Longer dpns can be used throughout. Also bring stitch markers, tapestry or bent-tip needle, waste yarn or stitch holders.

Homework: Two knitted swatches from instructions provided.

2016-2017 Workshops

Chinchero Hat & Variations  This is a pattern-based class to tackle this traditional scalloped Peruvian trim, then begin slip-stitch patterning, work short rows for extra back length. Follow up with easy crown shaping leading to a topknot or pigtail finished with fringe.

This hat was designed following instructions from Chinchero (Peru) indigenous people. They work their hats in the round, primarily purling. I translated the techniques to make them fit our North American knitting habits. I have created an shape that uses short rows for a longer back to fit over the neck. Instructions for ear flaps are also available as part of the workshop. I use slip stitches in lieu of stranded color work so only one color is used in any round. The beginning scallop trim will provide a bit of a challenge, but once mastered, it is all clear sailing!

These techniques are not difficult, but are moderately engaging. Students should be willing to be challenged. Students should bring worsted weight yarn in two or more colors, appropriately sized needles [size 5(3.5mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], as well as needles one or two sizes smaller.

2016-2017 Workshops

Florals: A Beautiful Way to Conquer Techniques  Explore a variety of knitting techniques while creating florals. Increases, decreases, stitch pattern, cast ons and bind offs, worked flat and in-the-round. All techniques used are techniques used n a variety of knitting projects, so this is just a fun way to learn and observe.2016-2017 Workshops: Florals for Techniques

Leave class with a bouquet of hidden techniques. Discover increases and decreases, cast ons and bind offs, stitch patterns, and the best applications of different methods, while creating beautiful things! Length of class will determine exact content of class.

This is for any level knitter.  Students should bring worsted weight yarn in two or more colors, appropriately sized needles [size 5(3.5mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], as well as needles one or two sizes smaller. Dpns can be used throughout for flat or in-the-round. Locking pins, tapestry or bent-tip needles, stitch marker. Optional. Beads, novelty yarn.

2016-2017 WorkshopsKnitting Techniques that Simply Amaze Part 1  Reasonable mastery of four techniques: flexible long-tail cast on, backwards knitting, flat 3-needle bind off, Norwegian purl.

Learn four techniques you will love knowing that will amaze other knitters. We’ll learn the techniques and explore applications of each. These are the techniques you have been wanting to have in your toolbox and now is the time!

This is for knitters willing to be amazed. Students should bring worsted weight wool (or wool blend) in two light colors and of the exact same weight. Two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style [size 5(3.5mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], and one set of needles one or two sizes smaller. Longer dpns can be used throughout.

2016-2017 WorkshopsKnitting Techniques that Simply Amaze Part 2  Reasonable mastery of four techniques: Buttonhole and multiple stitch increases, picking up stitches and using yarn overs for picking up stitches, Judy’s magic cast on and JSSBO.

Learn more techniques that amaze but are incredibly useful. Every time you add techniques to your own database, you make your knitting world wider. Learn when to use them in addition to how. These are the techniques you may not have known you wanted to know!

This is for knitters willing to be amazed. Students should bring worsted weight wool (or wool blend) in two light colors and of the exact same weight. Two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style [size 5(3.5mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], and one set of needles one or two sizes smaller. Longer dpns can be used throughout. 1 yard waste yarn or stitch holders.

2016-2017 WorkshopsOh, You Wanted It to Fit?  Take measurements to know the facts. Then learn how to use schematics to find the project size that will fit. How to make basic changes to customize the fit of a garment.2016-2017 Workshops: Oh You Want it to Fit?

We want to make things that fit, but often fail to do the sleuthing to make sure that will happen. Get the right measurements, learn to compare them to your pattern, and then how to make some changes that can improve the fit without major remodeling. We will take and record measurements and learn to take our own!

This class is for anyone.  Students should bring tape measure. Wear a camisole or fitted tee so someone can take accurate measurements for you.

2016-2017 Workshops2016-2017 Workshops: Short RowsReal Knitting Applications of Short Rows  Learn three methods of doing short rows, then find out how to use (and plan short rows) in a variety of knitting scenarios: 1) darts, shoulders, hem; 2) create vertical and horizontal shape; and 3) use short rows to create a Celtic knot.

Add extra fabric to tailor fit (darts, shoulder) and create horizontal and vertical shape. Create a multi-directional shape by using short rows in the form of a Celtic knot.

These techniques are not difficult, but are moderately engaging. Students should be willing to be challenged. Students should bring worsted weight wool (or wool blend) in two light colors and of the exact same weight. Two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style [size 5(3.5mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], and one set of needles one or two sizes smaller. Longer dpns can be used throughout. Also bring stitch markers, tapestry or bent-tip needle, waste yarn or stitch holders.

Homework: Three knitted swatches on needles or stitch holders or waste yarn from directions provided.

2016-2017 WorkshopsStacking Stitch Repeats for Easy Knitting  Take generic stitch patterns and make the repeat stack, row to row, and handle extra stitches in a repeatable manner. The class will make working stacked charts and then rewrite the written pattern to match.

2016-2017 Workshops: Stacking Stitch PatternsThis is for any level knitter.  Rework stitch patterns easily to accurately reflect repeats of the same stitches from row-to-row in both written or graphed instructions. We will chart from written instructions, then find the best repeat and re-write the written to match the charted repeat and extra stitches. This short work at the beginning will make your knitting go more smoothly!2016-2017 Workshops: Stacking Stitch Patterns

Homework: Students may bring a stitch pattern that they need help with and/or I will have stitch patterns.

2016 Workshops

Unique Beginnings and Endings  Learn five interesting ways to begin your knitting. End your knitting in a variety of ways using picking up stitches, decorative bind offs, closed trims, bobble/i-cord. Practiced and carefully applied, these can be the only detail you need!

Thoughtful details are the key to beautiful hand knits. Learn a variety of paired beginnings and endings as well as some decorative applications for beginning or ending. Like picking the proper framing and matting for artwork, beginnings and endings make a difference in the final work.

These techniques are not difficult, but are moderately engaging. Students should be willing to be challenged.  Students should bring worsted weight wool (or wool blend) in two light colors and of the exact same weight. Two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style [size 5(3.75mm) to size 7(4.5mm)], and one set of needles one or two sizes smaller. One circular needle (any size larger than a size 5(3.75mm) 40+” long. Also bring stitch markers, tapestry or bent-tip needle, waste yarn or stitch holders. Optional: beads or buttons to add to moebius cast on.

Homework:  Knitted swatches from instructions provided.

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