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Neighborhood Knits - Getting Started with Double-Pointed Needles

  • 10/15/2016
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd, Madison WI 53717
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  • This class is free to current MKG members. If you need to cancel please email info@madisonknittersguild.com as soon as possible.

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Learn basic skills (and some “tricks”) of using double-pointed needles (dpns): casting on, distributing stitches, working in the round, avoiding “ladders” between needles, binding off.  Extras: how to work pattern stitches easily with dpns, trick for working stripes in the round (how to attach new yarn successfully and avoid the “jog” between stripes)

Skill level: Adventurous beginner with basic knitting skills on straight or circular needles, including: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off

Required Materials: knitting worsted yarn, set of 5 double-pointed needles (dpns) in size US6 or US7, locking stitch marker (or scrap yarn in contrasting color)

Optional Materials: a straight (or circular) needle the same size (or slightly larger) than the dpns; “regular” ring-style stitch markers; a second ball of worsted yarn in a contrasting color for lesson in knitting stripes.

  • Note: Aran- or bulky-weight yarn may also be used for this class, adjusting upward in size of needles
  • Tip: Wood or bamboo dpns are highly recommended (even for experienced knitters) as these are less “slippery” than most other materials and easier to use as dpns [I do not recommend plastic or acrylic dpns as they are too “sticky”]. Also, 6” or 8” needles are easiest to start with (as opposed to 5” needles).

Teacher: Ada Lai
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