Knitting Socks from Japanese Pattern Books (hands-on workshop)
Materials: About 50 yards of worsted or sport weight yarn and size 7 or 5 needles for swatching. Pencil and eraser, calculator, basic knitting tools.
Experience: Intermediate. Knitters should have experience knitting several pairs of socks on double-pointed needles and understand the basic construction of a sock (cuff, calf, ankle, heel, heel turn, instep, foot toe).
Description: Japanese knitting books are hot right now. Although the patterns are written entirely in Japanese, they are not impossible for American audiences to read. Very light on text and very heavy on charts and schematics, with a cheat sheet of translations, any adventurous knitter can enter the world of Japanese knitting. In this class we will learn how to understand Japanese sock patterns, focusing on the charts and schematics. Because Japanese patterns usually are written for one size, we will also discuss how to resize the patterns. In addition, we will learn a few interesting Japanese stitches and techniques that can be used to add an extra level of finesse to any project.
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