Knitting Basics: Cowls

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Taught by Jessica Kaufman

Jessica Kaufman holds a Masters in Crafts Education and leads a wide variety of fiber arts and textile workshops up and down the east coast. Her top-tier teaching topics are knitting, dyeing, felting, and surface design. Formerly of Brooklyn, Jess now lives in Asheville, NC. Find her online at &
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Let's knit a cowl! Yes you, the one who has never learned to knit. 

It is possible to learn how to cast on, join to knit in the round, and knit a warm, fluffy/nubbly/sophisticated/whatever-you-want-it-to-be cowl in two classes. We'll learn a method of casting on that essentially teaches you the knit stitch, so most of the hard work is already done.

Then once you've cast on enough stitches to go all the way around your circular needles, we'll make our ends meet and start knitting blissfully away. Plain old knitting looks great for a cowl, but if you feel adventurous, your teacher is prepared to help you insert textures, cables, maybe even a row of eyelets here and there.

Before the second and final class meets, you'll need to put in a few happy hours of homework knitting away--think of it as a way to zone out on the train or on your couch. By the end of the second class, we'll have learned how to bind off, weave in your yarn ends, and block your item to handmade perfection.

You'll need to bring your own size US 10 circular knitting needle either 24" long or 32" long, depending on how you want your cowl to drape, and bulky weight yarn in whatever colors/fiber content you prefer (any yarn shop employee will be able to hook you up.)


This class meets on March 6 and 20, so you have plenty of time to work on your cowls between sessions! 

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