TKGA Master Knitters Level 1: Swatches 7-9

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When I first received the program in the mail & started reading through it, I felt overwhelmed & unsure about where & how to begin.  If I hadn’t been working through the program with a friend, I would have struggled & probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it much.  Having someone to talk to about the program, & to work together made a big difference for me. There are questions that my friend & I asked each other, & we scoured the internet together for examples from others who have also worked through the program. I want to be that resource for others.  In this series I will describe what skills a knitter needs to know about & helpful resources that can be used in answering the questions. I will  share pictures of my swatches, & the feedback I receive after my swatches have been reviewed. I hope that this series will be a companion for those working through the program.

Swatches 7-9 are designed to demonstrate your knowledge of decreases.  You will need to know how to decrease using K2tog, SSK, SKP, KSP.  Some of these stitches created a right slanting decrease & the others create a left slanting decreases.  You will need to know which is which & how to use them to create a mirrored decrease. You will also need to know the  difference between SSK and K2tog (Blended) & K2tog and SSK (Full-fashioned) decreases.

When answering the questions that correspond with these swatches * “Decreases Part 1” by Arenda Holladay. Cast on Spring 2005: 22-24 is a helpful article to read.

*These articles are only available to TKGA members.

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TKGA Master Knitters Level 1: Swatches 4-6

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When I first received the program in the mail & started reading through it, I felt overwhelmed & unsure about where & how to begin.  If I hadn’t been working through the program with a friend, I would have struggled & probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it much.  Having someone to talk to about the program, & to work together made a big difference for me. There are questions that my friend & I asked each other, & we scoured the internet together for examples from others who have also worked through the program. I want to be that resource for others.  In this series I will describe what skills a knitter needs to know about & helpful resources that can be used in answering the questions. I will  share pictures of my swatches, & the feedback I receive after my swatches have been reviewed. I hope that this series will be a companion for those working through the program.

Swatches 4-6 are designed to demonstrate your knowledge of increases.  You will need to know how to increase using bar, lifted/raised, & Make 1 (M1) increases.  Knitty has a great article demonstrating how to make these increases.  You will also need to know how to evenly space increases.

When answering the questions that correspond with these swatches you will find that the following articles are a great resource.

“Evenly Spaced Increases” by Mary Forte. Cast On November 2010-January 2011: 67-69

“Single Increase Savvy” by Binka Schwan. Cast On August-September 2011: 70-71

*These articles are only available to TKGA members.

TKGA Master Knitters Level 1: Swatches 1-3

7956973104_a65e1ed837_zAt the beginning of 2012, I decided that I wanted to test my knitting skills by enrolling in TKGA’s Masters Program for Hand Knitting.  I recruited a friend to join me & in March we both began.  She has finished the first level & passed.  I, on the other hand, have been dragging my feet to get everything I need completed.  I am about 3/4 of the way through, & I really just need to buckle down & finish it.   Maybe by writing about the program here, I will find the motivation that I need.

When I first received the program in the mail & started reading through it, I felt overwhelmed & unsure about where & how to begin.  If I hadn’t been working through the program with a friend, I would have struggled & probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it much.  Having someone to talk to about the program, & to work together made a big difference for me. There are questions that my friend & I asked each other, & we scoured the internet together for examples from others who have also worked through the program. I want to be that resource for others.  In this series I will describe what skills a knitter needs to know about & helpful resources that can be used in answering the questions. I will  share pictures of my swatches, & the feedback I receive after my swatches have been reviewed. I hope that this series will be a companion for those working through the program.

Swatches 1- 3  show that you are familiar with Long Tail Cast On, Garter, Stockinette, Seed Stitch & Ribbing, as well as, binding off in pattern.  You will need to know the difference between the right & wrong sides, be able to determine gauge, maintain consistent tension, & how to correct tensions problems.

*The articles “More Thoughts on Gauge.”  by Binka Schwan, (Cast On May-July 2010: 65-69) & “Tension Problems” by Arenda Holladay, (Cast On Feb-April 2009: 1-3) are 2 helpful resources when answering questions about these first 3 swatches.

*These articles are only available to TKGA members.