It's Not About the Hat! - $25

Saturday, August 27th; 11a-2p

This class is not about the hat, it's about the technique!  Designer Susan Rainey developed a technique she calls Invisible Stranding and it will change your colorwork knitting. Invisible Stranding allows a knitter to carry yarn behind a large number of stitches without the need to catch floats, which can often show through to the right side of the work.  In this class, students will how to use Invisible Stranding while making a worsted-weight hat.  We will also cover how to apply this technique to any colorwork pattern.

Prerequisites: Students should know how to knit stranded colorwork patterns

Homework:

  • Students need to download the pattern/instructions here and bring it with them to class.  If printing, we recommend only printing the charts/instruction pages that you need for the size hat you'll be making, not for each size.
  • Please complete the checkerboard pattern band before class

Supplies:

  • Worsted-weight wool in 2 colors (we used Rauma Vamsegarn)
  • Pattern - "It's Not About the Hat" by Susan Rainey
  • US #7 16-inch circular needle
  • US #7 double-pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • A way to keep track of chart rows, like a magnet board or highlighter tape (optional)
  • Yarn needle (chibi)

Skills Learned:

  • Invisible Stranding technique and how to apply it to other patterns
The above pictures show the difference between using Invisible Stranding (right) and the traditional method of catching floats (left) across a large number of stitches

The above pictures show the difference between using Invisible Stranding (right) and the traditional method of catching floats (left) across a large number of stitches