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I've taken several Craftsy classes in the last year, but I still watched the introduction, even though I feel well-versed in all of the bells and whistles the Craftsy platform provides. It's always nice to get to know the instructor (although in this case, I've had the pleasure of getting to know Marly at trade shows and other knitting events), plus she outlines what the class will cover and shows each of the projects that will be made along the way. I'm very excited to learn how to do thrummed mittens!
|I give this class 2 thumbs up while wearing one of my class|
projects, the Warm in Here thrummed mittens!
After the introduction, Marly shares some of her favorite supplies and products that aid in successful mitten-making, then then moves on to discussing measurements and sizing in great detail - for example, taking fingernail length into consideration when choosing what type and size of mittens or gloves to make.
The first project covered is the 5 in 1 Adventure, which is a universal pattern written for worsted-weight yarn with five styles to choose from: fingerless mitts, mittesn, convertible fingerless mittens, fingerless gloves, and gloves. It's also sized from children's sizes to adult men's sizes, making it the perfect go-to for quick gifts or knitting emergencies. I made Tyler's gloves in under a week!
I think this is the first time I've seen various comments and questions from classmates that have really caught my eye; for example, someone commented w/ instructions to do and "endless tail" long-tail cast-on using both ends of the ball. It sounds pretty crazy, but it certainly would prevent the annoying issue of running out of yarn before you've completed your cast-on, which has happened to me on many occasions. I might have to give that a try!
|My Class Project: Faux Fair-Isle Mittens|
- Lace Arrow Mitts, which demonstrates a few ways to cast on provisonally, pick up stitches, work from a chart and incorporate short rows for a better fit.
- Tanglewood Cabled Mitts, which demonstrates how to knit in the round with two circular needles, a gusseted thumb, yarnover increases, and how to cable.
- Thrummed Mittens, which uses spinning fiber and hand-dyed yarn from Lorna's Laces. Marly demonstrates how to make thrums, then shares her tips for successfully incorporating them into your project.
- Faux Fair Isle Mittens, which begins by picking out contrasting colors and discussing gauge with colorwork, then moves on to demonstrate a two-color cast-on, corrugated rib cuff, and reading a fair isle chart.
- Bonus Lessons: Duplicate Stitch and Adding a lining to Mittens or Gloves.
The overall emphasis of each lesson is trying something new and not being afraid to customize for your personal preference; each lesson also builds on the next, adding new skills to your toolbox. By the end of this class, you'll be a mitten and glove-knitting superstar!
To start your own adventure, click here to sign up for Mittens & Gloves Galore on Craftsy.com for 50% off your course registration. Happy knitting!