Week 1: Materials & Getting Started

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15 Responses to “Week 1: Materials & Getting Started”

  1. Elaine Rutledge
    Elaine Rutledge

    I am loving this beginning. Could not have done it without the video. And by the way – I changed my 40″ cable to a 24″ cable for now. I couldn’t manage all that extra cable. The instructor speaks clearly and slowly enough to understand her. On many videos I have to reduce the speed just to understand the instructor (am Southern, where folks talk more slowly – I tease my yankee cousins by saying – we know what we have to say is important.)

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  2. Randye
    Randye

    I’m a premium member and can’t get to the alder shawl week 1. What are the steps to get to it.

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    • Janita Hall
      Janita Hall

      Do you need the whole pattern? If so, click on the link just above this response section of the page under the subtitle “Class Navigation” that says “Alder Shawl.” I am also a premium member, but I wasn’t able to get the pattern with all the materials until I logged into my Craftsy from an email sent to me this morning. I haven’t yet watched the video on this page yet, but I assume that the video will only provide a hands-on, follow-along type of instruction, rather than a written set of instructions. To get the latter, you will need to download the pattern first and then follow along with the video.

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  3. Mary-Ellen Burnett
    Mary-Ellen Burnett

    What changes would I need to make to use a worsted weight (4) yarn from my stash?

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    • Janita Hall
      Janita Hall

      The pattern says that gauge is not important (since it’s not a form-fitting garment, such as a sweater, where size is important), so you should be able to use your worsted weight yarn from your stash without issue. Just be aware that your finished shawl will have different dimensions than those written in the pattern, and you will need to use more yarn. If you wanted to keep the same dimensions as the pattern, you will need to go down a needle size (pattern calls for a US size 6, so you would need to use a US size 5) to get a similar dimension. However, you might not be able to see the intricacies of the pattern by using a different size yarn and needle.

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      • Elaine Rutledge
        Elaine Rutledge

        I like this response. Thanks, Janita. I learned the hard way about substituting yarn: One 5 wrap yarn may not be the same as another 5 wrap yarn, depending on how tight you make the wraps…or tension the knitting.

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  4. Barbara Colvin
    Barbara Colvin

    Nothing like get stuck on a detail before even getting started! lol Your option is so simple, but the look of the garter tab is worth the time.

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