Date: November 13, 2021
9 am – 4 pm
Skill Level: Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and knit in the round
Class Registration Fee: Early Bird – by October 22, 2021: $80.00
After October 22, 2021: $90.00
This class is designed for the person who has never knit a sock and still feels a bit intimidated when thinking about knitting socks. Knitting a Christmas Stocking requires the same techniques used to knit a sock. The Stocking uses a worsted weight yarn and only one stocking is made – preventing ‘second sock syndrome’. Christmas Stockings can be easily customized or made ‘generic’ too.
Participants will learn:
- Parts of a sock
- Terms used in sock knitting
- Ways socks are made
- Different Ways to Knit in the Round
- Using short rows
- How to Kitchener Stitch
NOTE: Class time will be focused on making the heel and toe of a stocking. While various aspects of knitting a Christmas Stocking will be discussed during class, participants will only be working on the heel and toe so should not expect to have a finished stocking at the end of class. A complete stocking pattern is included in the class handout. Participants are welcome to make their stocking at their leisure once class has ended.
Students need to bring the following supplies:
- 1 skein of Worsted Weight yarn for class. While not needed for class, the stocking itself needs 2 skeins of the Main Color and 1 skein of the Contrasting Color (if you want a contrasting color)
- Either one size 7 or 8 16” circular needle, two size 7 or 8 circular needles – of varying lengths, size 7 or 8 flexible double pointed needles, or a size 7 or 8 circular needle that is 40” or longer. Only one needle option is needed unless you want to learn how alternate methods of knitting in the round.
- At least two stitch markers
- Usual knitting supplies
Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): n/a
Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In’s, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival.
Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled ‘Double Knitting – Inside Out’ which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and a former employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related. She’s willing to ‘talk chair caning’ whenever and wherever she can too!