Aran / Cable
Knitting Skills Class
Saturdays: April 22, and 29,
May 13, and 20, 2023
8:00am to 9:00am Pacific Time
Fascinated by the cables, knots, and twists typical of the Aran knitting tradition? But hesitant to try? It’s easier than you think, and even more fun!
In a short series of encouraging and supportive live (online - zoom) classes, we will introduce you to several cable variations, as well as honeycomb and filler stitches.
We will make a sampler piece using these traditional cable techniques, and we will offer various suggestions about turning this into a cushion cover, messenger bag, or backpack. Together, we will develop ways to design your own Aran pattern.
This class is for adults and experienced, capable teens, and you should be very comfortable knitting, able to ‘read’ the stitches from a previous row.
You will work in between classes too.
4 sessions $100 USD
1 skein of worsted wool yarn in a cream color (or other light color of your choice).
For best results: Cream color is traditional and MUCH easier to work with. Do not use superwash or fibers other than wool for best results, and plied yarn will display the texture best. One suggestion is KnitPicks’ Wool of the Andes, Worsted, I’m using their Bare, 100g skein.
1 pair of knitting needles or a circular needle approx. US size 8, or 5 mm. This needle should be long enough to hold 70 sts comfortably.
1 cable needle (any kind or try a couple of different kinds) OR one short double-pointed knitting needle, whichever you choose should be a size or two smaller than the working needle(s).
14 stitch markers
Optional: graph paper and a pencil if you like to work with charts
Preparation before 1st class:
Before class begins cast on 66 stitches and work 4 rows in k1, p1 rib. Be ready for a right side row.
Registered class participants may click the link below to access the course materials page.