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Knit Lab: In the Round

with Stefanie Japel
Knit Lab: In the Round
Make four exclusive accessories while learning to knit in the round with double-pointed needles, one short circular needle, two circular needles and the magic loop method.

Cast on with knitwear natural Stefanie Japel and master circular knitting skills as you make a headband, a hat with colorwork, a pair of fingerless mitts, and even a cable and lace cowl! First, knit a headband in the round using double-pointed needles, as well as a flower that makes a lovely accent. Then, Stefanie will teach you to use the magic loop method to knit a shaped hat with colorwork, while giving you tips for managing yarn in both hands. You'll even learn to knit a pair of fingerless mitts at the same time using two circular needles. For your final project, Stefanie will take you step-by-step through a breathtaking cable and lace cowl that uses the easiest technique you'll learn in class.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. About Circular Knitting

  • Learn about the advantages of knitting in the round, review the tools and get started making a trendy headband.


Lesson 2. Making the Headband Flower

  • Cast on a small number of stitches on double-pointed needles and expand your knitting in a circle to make decorative flowers.


Lesson 3. Making a Hat With Magic Loop

  • You don't need to limit yourself to a short circular needle when making smaller projects. Cast on for a hat using this clever technique.


Lesson 4. Completing the Hat

  • Simple colorwork is easy in the round! Add contrasting triangles to your hat, then see how to decrease for the crown and finish the top.


Lesson 5. Making Two Gloves at Once

  • Are you good at starting projects but slow to finish them? Knitting two fingerless gloves on two needles at the same time guarantees you won't have a lonely, single mitt.


Lesson 6. Completing the Gloves

  • Add shaping for the thumb and knit up the rest of the mitt, then finish the thumb for a fun, unisex accessory that's easy to customize.


Lesson 7. Cabled Lace Cowl

  • This stunning accessory includes simple lace and cables. Written instructions are included, or you can try reading the chart. It's easier than you might think!

"While I already learned circular knitting on DPN's, magic loop, and using 2 circs, this class greatly enhanced my technique. Plus I really wanted the patterns to go with the class. I enjoyed Stefanie's teaching methods and found she explained each step clearly. If you need to see a step multiple times, hit the 30-second repeat button. No need to have a teacher repeat herself 5 times. Great class, great teacher, great techniques, and great patterns to experiment with."
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