The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits DVD


Item: W0201R


Achieve a flawless finish for your handknits alongside Knitspot owner Anne Hanson. Set yourself up for effortless finishing with proper preparation. Weave in ends the right way on textured, smooth and sheer fabrics. Choose the best blocking technique for silky results with flat edges and beautiful drape. Create smooth seams with mattress stitch, finish flat pieces with whipstitch, match patterns with the three-needle bind-off, graft invisible seams and tackle curved seams with confidence. Finish edges with beautifully balanced button and neck bands. Apply the perfect zipper by hand or with a sewing machine. Work gorgeous hems for top-down and bottom-up garments. Become an authority on finishing handknits!

NOTE: Any PDF materials associated with this class are not provided with the DVD-only purchase. You must have streaming access to download those materials. To purchase the combination DVD + Streaming form of this class, click here.

Class Sessions

Introduction (02:03)
Meet your instructor, designer Anne Hanson, and learn more about how you can use this class a reference tool to return to techniques you want to learn or review whenever you need!

Preparing for Finishing in Your Knitting (29:05)
Set yourself up for a successful finish before you even begin your project. Anne walks you through information in a typical pattern you’ll want to consider, and shows you how to swatch for your project. Getting the right gauge is critical for achieving the proper fit; Anne helps you get there and discusses finishing details to think about from the beginning.

Weaving In Loose Ends (22:28)
Loose tails are an inevitable part of finishing a project, but with a wave of your magic wand — a tapestry needle — you can make them disappear! Anne shows you step by step how to weave in ends vertically, horizontally and on sheer or lacy knits. You’ll also learn how to splice weak or broken yarn.

Blocking (23:50)
Learn the difference between steam- and wet-blocking to even out your stitches and gently encourage your finished pieces to reach the dimensions you desire. Whether you’re working with flat or shaped knitting, Anne gives you the direction you need.

Seaming (33:51)
You’ll have a front-row seat as Anne demonstrates how to accurately and invisibly seam up knit garments with vertical or horizontal mattress stitch, graft two sets of live stitches, use whipstitch to join garter-stitch edges or finish shoulders with a three-needle bind-off. Learn the order in which to assemble a sweater for flawless results!

Adding Button & Neck Bands (20:50)
Picking up stitches to add a neck band or button band is easy with Anne’s guidance. Follow along with a close-up view, and learn how to get your band perfectly centered. You’ll even learn how to install a faux button band with grosgrain ribbon and snaps.

Sewing In a Zipper (15:32)
Zip-up sweaters are trendy and cute, and zippers are easy to install by hand or with a sewing machine. Anne shares some tips for finding just the right zipper for your project, then shows how to install it so it won’t sag or snag.

Hemming & Securing Facings (15:01)
Learn how to secure both top-down and bottom-up hems seamlessly with a three-needle join or grafting, and tack down facings with invisible stitching. You’ll be proud to show off your perfectly and professionally finished project!

Your Instructor

Anne Hanson

Anne Hanson is a lifelong knitter and the owner of Knitspot, a popular blog where she teaches and writes about knitting, spinning and design. Anne has been featured in respected magazines such as Knitty, The Knitter, Twist Collective, Sock Club and Brave New Knits. Currently she works in Ohio, where she dreamed up the popular indie yarn company, Bare Naked Wools.


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Your class DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. You will not have streaming access to this class in your Craftsy Account unless you purchase(d) it separately. If you’d like to own this class in BOTH on-demand streaming form and DVD, we recommend you purchase that combination item on Craftsy.com.

Will the companion materials come with my DVD class?
Any downloadable class PDF materials are not included on the DVD, so you will not have access to those materials. While the video instruction on your DVD is complete, you must have streaming access to download the PDF materials associated with the class. You can purchase streaming access or a combination DVD + Streaming access on Craftsy.com.

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