Learn to Knit: A Simple Shawl

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Taught by Jessica Kaufman

Jessica Kaufman is officially a Crafty Lady, having earned her Masters in Crafts Education and teaching knitting professionally. Jess has been a Montessori teacher, a nanny, and a camp counselor in the mountains of North Carolina for over a decade, and as a result, knows a bafflingly large number of silly songs and games. Find her online at waxonstudio.com

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Fall's a great time to learn to knit; the air's turning cooler, but you still have plenty of time to work on your projects before the arctic air blows in. Luckily, shawls are one of the easiest and most satisfying projects for a beginner to tackle. 

Secret time: if you start at the very bottom of a triangle and knit rows of increasing widths, you end up with a beautiful, lightweight, easy accessory! This little shawlette is perfect for any gender, any season, and works in any yarn (seriously). 

Skills needed/taught: casting on, the knit stitch, increasing using the "yarn over" method, casting off. Discussion will include choosing the right pairings of yarn & needle size, various cast on and bind off methods, making stitches (or making them better than you have been), and general knitterly things. 

Materials needed:
- a circular knitting needle (recommended brands: Addi, HiyaHiya, Crystal Palace-- not Clover) in 32" or 40" length. Important: the size of the needle (the diameter) should be suitable for the size yarn you are choosing. When buying yarn, look at the range of sizes recommended and go for the higher end (i.e., if the yarn says to use needles in sizes US 4-6, choose the 6. We're going for a loosely knit, drapey fabric.) 
-yarn that you enjoy the look and feel of, but nothing too funky or nubbly in texture (it's tough to see your stitches if they're obscured by fuzz or bumps or an uneven thickness).
-A great match is sportweight yarn and a size 5 needle, or worsted weight yarn and a size 9 needle. 
-When in doubt, ask for help from the yarn store staff! 

This is a beginner's level class, no experience needed! 

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