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FOs for Summer School Classes

What are Summer School Classes?       Classes designed to make small items that might become gifts for others and that teach new, easy techniques.  Even Beginning Knitters will enjoy and  be successful in these classes.  Because it is summer, the classes are designed to meet only one time and the projects are well-suited to knitting at the beach, on a plane, or in the car.  Come join us.  I guarantee you will learn something that will excite you.

Gifted Basket

June 27 (M),  6pm until @8–$20

Gifted Basket—designed by Jane Prater for Merely a Suggestion patterns

Soft baskets can hold anything from jewels to chocolates to spare change.  No two should be exactly alike.  This one uses a simple color technique which uses only one yarn at a time—an easy slip stitch technique that adds a special touch to any knitting project.  This basket is knit top down and involves no sewing.  Five double pointed needles are used to knit the mitered square that closes the basket.  Free pattern.

Class will teach the color technique, the stitch patterns, paired decreases, and the use of double pointed needles.  Materials needed are about 25 grams each of three colors of worsted weight cotton; a set of 5 dpns size 5, 6, or 7; a circular or single pointed pair of needles to match the dpns, five markers, a tapestry needle, scissors and a sticky note.

Six Sided Basket

July 6(W), 6pm -@8,  $20

Six Sided Basket designed by Jane Prater for Merely a Suggestion

This basket features simple slip stitch color work and is the perfect pattern to learn double pointed needles—which are not monsters!  The turn down top supports the basket so that it stands up nice and straight.  There are no seams to sew and the shape makes it just a bit special for gift giving.  This pattern will feature both written instructions and a chart.

Skills to be taught are the colorwork technique, a few chart reading tricks, double pointed needles, paired increases. and some blocking suggestions.  We’ll also talk about an easy way to make this larger if you should wish.  Free pattern.

Materials needed are about 25 grams each of three colors of worsted weight cotton; a set of 5 dpns size 5, 6, or 7; a circular or single pointed pair of needles to match the dpns, four markers, a tapestry needle, scissors and a sticky note.

Takealong Pouch

July 11, (M)–6:00pm-@8  $20

Takealong Pouch—designed by Jane Prater for Merely a Suggestion patterns

Adding a zipper is so easy with knitted fabric.  Also easy is the mosaic color knitting technique which allows you to work with only one color per row.  This technique results in a padded fabric which needs no lining.  I use these pouches for travel, for organizing and for learning new stitches.  A bit of something placed inside one makes a special gift.  Free pattern.

Class will teach you to knit mosaic colorwork from instructions or from a chart, how to easily add a zipper by hand, and how to effortlessly sew the side seams.  Materials needed are worsted or DK weight cotton yarn, 50 grams of your background color, about 25 grams of one or more contrasting colors  (check your scraps);  a circular or single pointed pair of needles size 6, 7, or 8; a tapestry needle, scissors, a 7-9 inch skirt zipper, sewing thread to match the zipper, a sewing needle, thimble, and a sticky note.

Super easy zipper method

This is the Scallop Edged Beaded necklace by Carol Metzger.  The pattern is in  101 Designer One-Skein Wonders .

This is to tempt you and let you know that I am working on some Knitted and Crocheted Jewelry classes.  Whether you want to make a cute summer necklace for yourself or a wild purple and pink thing for some sweet girl to use to play dress-up, you may be interested in these classes.  It will be possible for you knitters who have longed considered learning to crochet to learn that skill at the same time you are making these goodies.  You can even use wire—and of course there will be beads.  I’ll give you more details on these classes in a few weeks.

Carol Metzger necklace

2 Responses

  1. Hey Jane,

    There are two classes on July 11, but with different days of the week. I think we need a little clarification.

    I’ll probably sign up for something since I want to add to my knitted gift stash.

    Rachel

  2. Thanks. 6 Sided Basket is July 6th. Jane

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