The Sweater Collective: Whale of a Time Shawl Workshop
$1 per person

Starting: 23-Mar-2019
Seats available: 3 left


WHALE OF A TIME SHAWL CLASS (Duration: 3 hours)

The Whale of a Time Shawl has been exclusev designed for Yarn Trader is inspired by the Port Adelaide region and South Australia’s maritime history. Its asymmetrical triangular shape references boat sails, and is broken up by sweeping sections of baleen-like short rows. Colourful vertical stripes are created by a sort of 4-row brioche stitch, or “patent stitch” pattern, which is easy to work with short rows. If you're familiar with how to do short rows in brioche stitch, you'll be happy to hear that in this pattern there's no need to slide stitches off and on the end of your needle! And you'll find that the resultant fabric of the shawl is oh-so squishy, stretchy and satisfying!

In the Whale of a Time Shawl class, we’ll be discussing all the tips and tricks needed to start your shawl off right. We’ll practice how the patent stitch works (in 1 and 2 colours), how to increase and decrease in the pattern, how to work the short rows, and a little on how to choose colours for your shawl.

You will need to bring 3 colours of 4ply/fingering weight yarn to the class – scrap quantities are fine as we’ll be making small swatches to experiment with the techniques. Try picking a light, a medium, and a dark colour for good contrast. You’ll also need to bring  circular or long dpn knitting needles, and in a size smaller than you usually choose for shawl knitting with this weight of yarn, e.g. 3mm (US 2.5/3) needles. Bring 1 extra needle in a similar size as you’ll need it for casting on. A copy of the pattern is included with the workshop.

Some knowledge of how brioche stitches work will be an advantage in the class, but is not a prerequisite. Knitting, purling, working yarn overs, working slip stitches, working knit together decreases, and changing colours to work stripes are all assumed knitting knowledge.

Cost is $75 

Jess from 'The Sweater Collective' is one of Australia's leading designers and comes from right here in Adelaide. She is a passionate supporter of Australian yarns and has been featured in publications worldwide.

Saturday March 23rd at 10:30 am

A 10% discount is offered on the day to all to those attending classes and 'Whale of a Time Shawl' kits will be available on the day.



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