Knitting with Handspun Yarns

Kate Larson

Sunday PM

Handcrafted yarns are lively and distinctive, ranging from smooth and traditional to funky and textured. How do we look at a handspun skein online or in our stash and choose a project or anticipate pill potential? Kate will share some simple approaches to making the most of handspun yarns by better understanding fiber character, twist, spinning style, yarn construction, finishing techniques, and more. While taste testing some delicious handspun yarns, we will discuss how handspun and millspun vary, choosing the right needle size, and knitting stitches. Leave class with a notebook that includes handouts, yarn samples, and your swatches.

Skill Level: Basic knitting skills (cast-on, bind-off, knit stitch, purl stitch).

Material fee: $18

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Student Supplies: Knitting needles US #5, 6, 7, and 11 (double point, single point, or circs); scissors; pen or pencil; and any additional knitting notions you typically use. Optional: Additional needle sizes and handspun yarns in your stash you would like to talk about.

Homework: None