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Knit Lab

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with Stefanie Japel
Knit Lab
These essential lessons for new knitters teach you fundamental skills and about basic supplies through step-by-step instruction from designer Stefanie Japel.

This empowering class begins with essential lessons for new knitters: choosing supplies, casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. Learn how to increase, decrease, make a buttonhole, knit lace, block, seam and read patterns. Stefanie shares her "purls" of wisdom as she teaches you how to knit a scarf then ups the ante by demostrating a host of useful techniques that you can come back to again and again.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Instructor Stefanie Japel discusses the skills, topics and patterns that are covered in Knit Lab.


Lesson 2. Materials

  • Learn about a wide variety of yarn, needles and several handy knitting gadgets.


Lesson 3. Casting On

  • This lesson introduces students to the long tail cast on method, knitting's most common method of casting on.


Lesson 4. Stitches: Knitting and Purling

  • Learn the two main stitches used in knitting: the knit and purl.


Lesson 5. Stitches: Purl Ridges

  • Learn how to create purl ridges using the knit and purl stitches learned in Lesson 4.


Lesson 6. Stitches: Lace

  • Stefanie introduces lace with a simple combination of increases and decreases, which will help you make the Lacy Keyhole Scarf.


Lesson 7. Stitches: Keyhole, Buttonhole & Seaming

  • Learn how to use increases and decreases to create keyholes and buttonholes, and finish up the Lacy Keyhole Scarf!


Lesson 8. Finishing: Weaving Ends

  • Stefanie shows you how to weave in the ends of a finished project for both garter and stockinette stitches.


Lesson 9. Blocking

  • Learn how to wet block and steam block, as well as when to choose each method.


Lesson 10. Stitch Library: Seed & Basket Weave

  • Learn how to use the basic knit and purl stitches to create more complex, detailed patterns, including the seed and basket-weave stitches.


Lesson 11. Stitch Library: Increases

  • Learn about several different increases that will help you shape your garments.


Lesson 12. Stitch Library: Decreases

  • Learn the Slip, Slip, Knit decrease as Stefanie teaches you how to use decreases to shape your garments.


Lesson 13. Casting On: Middle of a Row

  • Stefanie introduces you to several additional casting on methods: cable cast-on, knitting-on method and backwards-loop method.


Lesson 14. Next Steps: Garment Shaping

  • Learn how to use increases and decreases to shape socks, sweaters and shawls.


Lesson 15. Pattern Reading

  • Demystify pattern reading. Learn how to read a basic pattern, including charts and common pattern abbreviations.


Lesson 16. Knitting with Alternative Materials

  • Turn materials like trash bags into fun knitting projects. Watch Stefanie knit a bath scrubber from tulle material.

"I loved this class!  I haven't touched knitting needles for over thirty years so before I took it I …was horrified that I would make a mistake.  I'm amazed at how far I have come. This class gave me the confidence to keep going with my knitting.  And the lovely key-hole scarf is a great way to start too.  Stephanie Japel is very funny and warm teacher and she makes you feel completely engaged in the lessons…this class is worth every penny you spend on it!"
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