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Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-Cord!) with Franklin Habit

November 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm





Venue: The Lyceum – 201 S. Washington St.

Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We’ll work charted garter jacquard patterns and also explore other fun techniques that play well with this fabric: I-cord edgings, and “afterthought” openings created by cutting into the knitting.

Skills needed: Fluency in the basic techniques knitting, including working from color charts.


  • Yarns: Two balls of smooth worsted-weight yarn (such as Berroco Ultra Wool, Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool, Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted, Hazel Knits Cadence, the Fiberists Audubon Worsted) in highly contrasting solid or semi-solid colorways. Wool, alpaca, or blends thereof are recommended. Students unable to handle wool should choose a non-slippery yarn.
  • Needles: For knitting: 1 circular needle, about 24 inches in length; or one pair straight needles, in a size appropriate to give a firm (but not tight) gauge in the yarn selected. (If in doubt, select needles one size smaller than those you would normally use for knitting the yarn you have selected.) For the afterthought opening: three double-pointed needles of a size equal to or slightly smaller than the needles selected for knitting.
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting.


Homework: With lighter-colored yarn selected for class and needles to give a firm (not tight) gauge, CO 18 sts. Knit 40 rows, slipping first st of every row as if to purl with yarn in front. Do not bind off.



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