Class Descriptions

Depending on the room set-up, I am generally comfortable handling classes with 15 to 25 students. I bring my live video camera and projector set up which helps the class progress smoothly as all students can simultaneously learn by seeing my “giant” hands on the screen. Room arrangement preferred is U-shape. The hiring party needs to provide a screen, power, and a head table.

I have online curriculum with Interweave and Craftsy. I’ve been teaching since 2009 at Sock Summit, Stitches, Vogue Knitting Live, Interweave, cruises, and numerous other venues. From student reviews I consistently receive high marks all around, especially in the categories of learning more than was expected and having patience with every skill level. I love the classroom!

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Vertically Stranded Color Work

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6 hours

Explore various ways that color can be added when contrast stitches climb vertically from round to round. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We’ll play with simple zigs and zags, colorful cables, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. We’ll explore it’s sketchy history- it is used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary.  After class apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.

Note: These are my personal explorations that result in a unique class.

prerequisites

Intermediate skill level. Experience working in the round on small (8 inch) circumference. Students must also be willing to work from a chart with assurance of teachers help.

materials

To work in the round using worsted weight yarn and a circumference of about eight inches, bring whatever needles you are currently comfortable using- DPN’s, two circulars, or one 32 inch long circular for magic loop knitting.  Choose a size or two sizes smaller than you normally use for working worsted weight wool- about a size US 5 to US 6, as we need snug stitches.  Yarn will be provided. Blunt tip tapestry needle.

homework

None

fee

$4

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Pick Your Knits and Purls- introduction to continental knitting

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3 hours, any skill level

When you learn Lorilee’s brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It’s not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.

prerequisites

None. No previous knitting experience is needed. Class is suited for knitters with 0 – 50 years experience.

materials

Each student must bring 50 grams of smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight, multi-ply wool. No cotton, acrylic, single-ply, nor splitty yarns. 24-40inch long smooth, circular needle, 3.75mm/US 5 to 4.5mm/US 7; slippery steel preferred. No straight needles as they will hinder the learning process.

homework

Cast on 24 stitches and knit 4 rows. If you do not currently know how to knit, ask a friend to help you get your homework done or arrive at class 15 minutes early to receive help from the instructor.

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Pick Your Knits and Purls and More- Continental Immersion

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6 hours, any skill level

When you learn Lorilee’s brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions
for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It’s not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.

We’ll learn ways to enlist “helper” fingers to accomplish trickier maneuvers including increases, decreases, slip-stitch patterning, cables, lace, and bobbles. Each student gets individual attention. The goal is to cement your learning by having more time with the teacher’s eyes on your hands, and to realize all maneuvers can be achieved in your new style.

prerequisites

The 6-hour version of this class is better suited for knitters with some experience as the later hours involve increases, decreases, and simple charts.

materials

50 grams of smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight, multi-ply wool. No cotton, acrylic, single-ply, nor splitty yarns. About ten yards of a similar yarn in a contrasting color. 24-40 inch long smooth, circular needle, 3.75mm/US 5 to 4.5mm/US 7; slippery steel preferred. No straight needles as they will hinder the learning process.

homework

Work swatches in your current knitting style. Swatch 1: Using the same material and needle you intend to use for class, cast on 24 stitches by any method. Work 2 inches in garter stitch (all rows knit), then switch to stockinette stitch (alternate 1 row knit and 1 row purl) for 2 inches, then switch to k2 x p2 ribbing and work 4 inches of ribbing. Bind off and bring swatch to class, so Lorilee can identify whether or not you need help sizing stitches equally.

Swatch 2: Cast on 24 stitches by any method and work one inch in garter stitch (all knit). Do not bind off. Bring work to class on the needles.

A/V, equipment needs– flip chart or dry erase board and markers. Projector and screen OR live video set up requested for first three hours only.

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Professional-looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast-on

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3 hours, intermediate level

Learn to knit professional-looking cuffs and hems without crochet hooks nor waste yarn. Class begins by learning Judy’s Magic Cast On. We proceed to knit in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast on can look like. Next we work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot, without waste yarn nor sewing down bulky edges. Then create the professional and tidy tubular cast on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn nor crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new “go-to” skills for provisional starts, and for sweater, hat and mitten cuffs.

prerequisites

Students must have experience with knit and purl and like trying new things.

materials

50 grams of worsted weight yarn. Yarn must be a multi-ply wool, smooth, and colored lightly enough to see well. Yarn must not be single ply, acrylic, fuzzy (no mohair), splitty, dark, nor thinner than worsted. One slippery circular needle 32 inches long or longer in a size US 6 or US 7. One additional circular needle of similar size. Gauge is not critical for class. No homework.

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Colorful Garter Stitch

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3 hours, intermediate

Garter stitch groupies get your groove on with this charming and simple technique for adding color to this fabric by carrying strands of contrasting color vertically from row to row. Donʼt worry, the yarn management is easy even with multiple colors going at once. Freely add your new-found technique to garter-rich projects like EZʼs Adult or Baby Surprise Jacket, or simply highlight a garter stitch detail on a garment. Students will learn to apply the technique to existing patterns. The samples will inspire you!

prerequisites

Students must be comfortable with cast on and knit stitch, and be willing to work from charts with teacher’s help.

materials

Bring straight or circular needles a size smaller than you usually use for working worsted weight (3.75, 4, 4.5mm/US 5, 6, or 7), tapestry needle or small crochet hook for working in tails, small scissors, pen.

Note: At some events I provide all yarn. At others students bring 50 grams of solid color worsted weight, and I bring all the contrast yarns. This will need to be decided ahead.

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Baby Surprise Jacket Confidence-builder

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3 hours, any skill level

If ever a pattern has stood the test of time, this Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern is it.  It’s been a real people pleaser since 1968! In class we will overcome the issues knitters have with the pattern, leaping over the hurdles so we can knit it in the spirit EZ intended.  No spread sheets here, folks.

While working a very wonky class swatch, we will learn the maneuvers necessary- mirrored increases and decreases, picking up stitches, seaming, bind off options, and sizing tips.  Instructor has a very useful method of keeping track of where you are and helps students to understand the project.  At the end of class we cast on for real thing, setting you up for success finishing at home.

prerequisites

Students must be comfortable with cast on, knit, and purl.

materials

Students will need to purchase their own BSJ pattern.  Instructor can work with any version of the pattern, whether it be from the book Knitting Workshop or the old single sheet copy of the BSJ pattern, or the new A-B-C SJ (Adult- Baby- Child) pattern, all from Schoolhouse Press through your local yarn shop. No exceptions. Pattern is not provided.

Yarn and needle as per pattern instructions. A 32 – 40 inch long circular needle is preferred. If you have extra needles one size smaller and one size larger than you think you’ll need, bring those along.

Blunt-tip tapestry needle

homework

Students must know long-tail cast on. Learn the long tail cast on from a knitting book, or learn from my video online. Go to youtube.com. Type “L2Belt” (no spaces) into the search bar.  From the list, choose “Lorilee’s Long Tail Cast On Tutorial.”

Make a 4 – 6 inch square gauge swatch in garter stitch, all rows worked in knit stitch, to be certain you achieve intended gauge with yarn selected. Bring swatch to class along with the needle you used to make it.

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 Fitting Socks for Ample Ankles

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3 hours, intermediate skill level

Donʼt be left out of the fun of knitting your own socks simply because your ankles and calves are more ample than average. In class we will discuss a few easy-to-apply strategies for customizing your own “plain vanilla” sock recipe, with specific features designed to improve your comfort. Continue in class applying the strategies to your homework with the goal of making a complete ankle section of the sock which may be finished after class and saved as a personal template. Does your ankle measure between 10 and 14 inches or more? Youʼll fit right in!

prerequisites

Students must be comfortable with cast on, knit, and purl. Students must have some sock-knitting experience and be comfortable working with fingering weight yarn.

materials

Fingering weight wool or blend in an easy-to-see color.  No splitty yarns. For class, bring small amounts- you may learn on a 25 gram bit from your stash.

US 0- 2, whichever needle size yields 30 – 32 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette stitch. For working in the round, choose your favorite method you are already comfortable with- DPN’s, two circulars, or one 32- 40 inch long circular for magic loop knitting.  Instructor uses magic loop but is comfortable with any method.

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measuring tape and calculator

adaptable “plain vanilla socks for cankles” pattern is included in the handout and is provided by instructor free to students

homework

Make a gauge swatch to achieve gauge of 30-32 sts/4 inches in stockinette stitch in the round with yarn and needle you plan to use in class. With the same tools, cast on 64 sts. Join to work in the round.  Work the first round in purl stitch. Work 10 more rounds in all knit stitch (stockinette). Then, on the first 32 sts, work a 3-inch long flap:

Row 1 (RS): *slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, k1, repeat from * to end of 32 sts. Turn.                                                                 Row 2 (WS): sl 1 purlwise wyif, p31 to end of row.  Turn.

Repeat these two rows until the flap measures 3 inches long and having completed a RS row. Do not break yarn. Bring to class on the needles.

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 Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again!

3 hours, any skill level

Grafting using the Kitchener Stitch is a flawless way to finish the toes of your socks and invisibly join live stitches.  The problem for many is the need to look up the instructions each and every time you set out to do it.

In this class you will easily gain an understanding of what is happening. With a few tricks, you will remember how to do it without help every time.

We will graft both Stockinette Stitch and Garter Stitch. We will also learn one method of grafting k1 x p1 and k2 x p2 ribbing.

materials

Project requires a small ball of worsted to aran weight wool, 25 grams or less will do.  Choose only smooth, lightly colored wool that does not split easily- something that it easy to see at 4 to 5 stitches per inch. Knitting needle size US 6 – US 8, whatever is appropriate for your chosen yarn.  Gauge is not critical. A circular needle about 24” – 40” long is preferred over straights. Blunt-tip tapestry needle.

homework

There are three homework swatches to be made. Details provided if class is selected.

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The image above is from a toe up sock class that I have pulled out of my current rotation. If interested, I may be willing to resurrect this, a 6-hour class.

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Holey Squares Scarf

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3 hours, beginner level and higher

This attractive scarf will surely draw attention. Self-striping yarn gives the mitered squares extra visual punch. Learn how to knit in the round using  a long circular needle for magic-loop knitting, a very useful skill!

We cast on the perimeter stitches, then work garter stitch in the round with planned decreases that result in a flat square.  Stop short of the center and bind off for a holey square!

In class we will learn all the skills to make the scarf- joining, magic loop knitting, mirrored decreases, a clever substitute for one of our decreases, and seaming. Many students will complete a square in class. We will all practice the seaming using the homework swatch.

prerequisites

Students must be comfortable with cast on, knit, and purl.

materials

This is a project class based on one of my patterns. For class learning only about 50 grams of any bulky wool is required for practice. (Project requires 7 ounces (200 grams) of a wool or wool blend in a bulky weight.) One 40-inch long circular knitting needle size US 8 – US 9 (5.0 mm – 6.0 mm) for bulky weight. See homework.  A slippery steel needle is preferred. Blunt-tip tapestry needle. Pattern for a bulky weight version is provided free in class. Purchase of the “Holey Squares Scarf” pattern which has versions for other yarn weights ($5 ravelry.com) is entirely optional and not needed in class.

HOMEWORK

Learn the long tail cast on from a knitting book, or learn from my video online. Go to youtube.com. Type “L2Belt” (no spaces) into the search bar.  From the list, choose “Lorilee’s Long Tail Cast On Tutorial.”  Make a gauge swatch in garter stitch to achieve gauge of 16 – 18 sts / 4 inches in bulky weight.  The knitting should feel snug and quite stiff. Long tail cast on 24 stitches and work four ridges in garter stitch, knitting 8 rows. Bind off. Bring swatch to class.

 

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Memorize the Kitchener Stitch

3 hours, any skill level

Grafting using the Kitchener Stitch is a flawless way to finish the toes of your socks and invisibly join live stitches.  The problem for many is the need to look up the instructions each and every time you set out to do it.

In this class you will easily gain an understanding of what is happening. With a few tricks, you will remember how to do it without help every time.

We will graft both Stockinette Stitch and Garter Stitch.

materials

Project requires a small ball of worsted to aran weight wool, 25 grams or less will do.  Choose only smooth, lightly colored wool that does not split easily- something that it easy to see at 4 to 5 stitches per inch. Knitting needle size US 6 – US 8, whatever is appropriate for your chosen yarn.  Gauge is not critical. A circular needle about 24” – 40” long is preferred over straights. Blunt-tip tapestry needle.

homework

With chosen yarn and needles, cast on 24 sts..

Parlor Tricks

lecture- one hour

Sometimes while teaching a class, a random tip will make someone exclaim, “That was worth the price of the whole class!” In this mini-class, we’ll cover lots of these broad-ranging, random tips which I have collected for you to adopt as your own.

materials

Smooth multi-ply wool from your stash, and appropriate size needles. Please bring two sets of needles, at least one of which is a circular needle. Blunt tapestry needle.

Tubular Cast On without Wast Yarn nor Crochet Hook

1.5 hours, any skill level

Instead of using waste yarn and a crochet hook, why not start a tubular cast on provisionally using Judy’s Magic Cast On?  We’ll learn how to work this professional looking edge in k1 x p1 and k2 x p2 rib. Easy to memorize, this may be your new “go-to” cast on for ribbed cuffs and hems.

materials

Smooth multi-ply wool from your stash, and two appropriate size circular needles 32″ inches long or longer. For learning, needles do not need to be the exact same size nor length.

homework

Practice Judy’s Magic Cast on.

The Channel Islands Cast On

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1.5 hours, any skill level

This stretchy cast on with its decorative picot edge is a lovely choice for starting a garter stitch garment and k1 x p1 ribbing, even when your pattern doesn’t specify it. In class we will learn the maneuvers, play with a couple multi-color variations, and practice selecting patterns in which to use it.

materials

Class requires just about  50 yards of a wool or wool blend in a worsted weight.  Variegated, solids and stripes are fine, just so they are colored light enough to see well.  Smooth yarns only- no fuzzy or boucle yarns. Be willing to share short lengths of your yarn with classmates, for color contrast.

Straights or circulars are equally fine to learn this skill.  Choose whichever size you normally use for worsted, about US 5 – US 7.

homework

Practice Long Tail Cast On