Machine Knitting Classes

IMG_1156All of these classes are hands-on with a maximum of five students.

Classes either last three hours and run for four weeks or run for two full days.
The studio has a variety of standard gauge and bulky knitting machines (no need to own a machine…but you can if you want).

Beginner Class
In this class you will learn all the basic techniques required to use the main bed of the knitting machine, including cast-on and cast-off, striping, increasing and decreasing. Trouble shooting techniques such as unraveling and picking up dropped stitches, are taught along with short-rowing and re-hung stitches. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, or those who want to brush up on their knowledge.

Patterning Class
This class covers all the patterning techniques, including fair-isle, tuck, slip/miss stitch, lace (pointelle), weave, plating and intarsia. This course is appropriate for machine knitters with basic experience

Ribber Class
This class introduces you to the ribber bed and expands your repertoire of stitches. It is suitable for those who are already familiar with all main bed techniques. You will learn ribber cast-on and cast-off, shaping, ribs structures, basic cables, plating, jacquard and racking.

SwatchesBGarment Class
This class allows students to further cement their skills on the knitting machine, learn design skills and walk away with a custom sweater. Exercise your creativity working with your own pattern and color.

Start with the idea of this basic sweater or cardigan, add in your own dimensions as far as width and length of sleeve and body. (There is some restriction on width, based on the fabric you choose and the number of needles in the knitting machine, but most things will work just fine). Come up with your own body stitch based on techniques learned in class– stripes, fair-isles and tuck stitches would all work great. Work through the steps involved in getting your design complete from swatch to graph to finished piece.

  • Class One: Come to class with a sketch and measurements for your garment and some idea of what you want the body fabric to be. Punch your own punch-card or use one already punched. Working with studio yarn, make a swatch of your rib and body fabric in order to graph out your garment.
  • Class Two: Your swatch will now be washed and steamed and you can use it to start figuring out your measurements and fashioning. Start with knitting your sleeves.
  • Class Three: Knit the back.
  • Class Four: Knit the fronts.
  • Class Five: Knit the placket and collar for your garment.
  • Class Six: Learn to use the Linker to assemble your washed and steamed pieces into the finished garment.

This class runs for six weeks, three hours per class.

One-on-one Personal Knitting Machine Training – $105/hour
Personalized instruction or help for individual projects.

Open Studio – $10/hour
Practice techniques from class, work on projects independently, or simply gain further familiarity with the equipment.

Bundle and save……
10 hours open studio time – $85

IMG00520-20120729-1437Inquire about classes on industrial hand-flat machines such as Dubied and Stoll. 206.353.1337

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