(includes tea/coffee and day entry to the unravel festival)
with Hanna Maciejewska
No matter whether you are a fairly inexperienced knitter or have decades of practice, you will have to agree that shawls are fun and fast to make, and fun to wear, too.
Shawls are the perfect way to add style and elegance to your wardrobe! They are great for using up precious skeins of special yarn and learning fun new techniques on the way while creating a stylish and versatile addition to your wardrobe or a cherished gift for loved ones.
In this class, we will get acquainted with a variety of basic shawl shapes.
We will explore different approaches to shawl construction by creating miniature samples of the most popular classics: triangle, crescent, semi-circular and other shapes. We will learn how the placement of increases and decreases creates the overall shape, and how adding different stitch patterns and color combinations personalizes the shawl. Finally, we will cover a few easy lace stitch patterns and the classic picot edging for a finishing touch.
Level / Ability Participants need to be able to knit and purl, cast on and cast off, increase and decrease.
For this class, you will need:
• Plain fingering or sport weight yarn in a solid, light color, and circular needles in an appropriate size (for shawls, usually a slightly larger size than recommended on the ball band, which is mostly geared to the denser fabric of socks and garments);
Hanna’s grandmother taught her how to knit when she was a little girl. She knitted sweaters all the time in school — all her own creations — but only a few years ago realized that knitting and designing knitwear is truly her biggest passion.
Since there are countless new ideas in her head at any given time, she prefers to construct her garments and accessories as smartly and seamlessly as possible to save time on finishing and move on to the next idea. Nature and time spent in her garden provide Hanna with an abundance of inspiration, giving impressions and memories to draw upon later.
Hanna is also the proud mother of a beautiful girl who sometimes draws things for her to knit. Find Hanna at hadaknits.com or on Ravelry as hada131.
Basic Shawl Anatomy with Hanna is on Friday 16 Feb, 10 am – 1pm. Book tickets here