Easily plan and knit personalized scarves and shawls with Knitty.com editor and founder Amy Singer. Make gauge your friend to ensure your scarves and shawls become the size you want. Choose any stitch pattern and use it to build your own alluring accessories. Then, combine multiple stitch patterns to create even more sophisticated effects and unique looks. Add borders to keep your scarves from rolling, and edgings as another custom design element. Learn to knit sideways and produce chic cowls with the looks you love. Plus, see how easy it is to create rectangles on the bias and use the same technique to create triangular shawls. Build custom scarves and shawls with a method you'll enjoy using again and again.
Meet your instructor, Knitty.com founder Amy Singer, and learn more about using Amy's plug & play technique to design scarves and shawls. You'll be able to achieve results more quickly and easily by viewing stitch patterns as your building blocks instead of the individual stitches.
Begin your designing adventure with a simple, single-stitch-pattern scarf. With Amy's guidance, you'll seek out stitch-pattern resources, consider full and half motifs, practice building charts and calculate the gauge you'll need for your project.
Start mixing your design up a little by adding borders, edging and a second stitch pattern to a rectangular scarf. With Amy's explanation, you'll find it's not intimidating at all!
Any stitch pattern can be knitted vertically or horizontally, and some look better in one direction or the other. Amy shows how knitting a scarf sideways can turn an interesting vertical stitch pattern into an exquisite horizontal one. You'll also learn about cowl design and see how to do an easy, stretchy and attractive bind-off.
The secret of stunning bias-knit rectangles is in the increases and decreases on the edges. Otherwise, it's just knitting back and forth! You'll love playing around with your stitch patterns to find ones that look fabulous on a slant. Amy also discusses yarn choices for your design projects.
Are you ready to tackle designing a triangular shawl? If you've followed along with Amy so far, you've already learned most of the principles you'll need! Amy covers the rate of increases to consider and how to combine multiple stitch patterns to create a stunning wrap.
Amy concludes your class with a discussion of stitch patterns and copyright considerations, an overview of yarns and fibers you might use in your designs, a look at some decorative touches (including how to use a fringe twister!) and a reminder to block for a beautifully finished scarf or shawl that showcases your design.
"I learned so much from Amy and found that each lesson had so much wisdom in it, in a way that was very accessible to a beginner designer such as myself. Well done Amy, this is the best Craftsy class I've taken so far! You are an excellent teacher."
- Terra Simi