Back-to-Basics Boot Camp for Knitters
Studio Arts Workshop
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Whether you know how to knit a scarf but not much more, used to knit but now feel rusty, or are confident in your beginning knitting skills but want to make sure you’re ready for an intermediate class or project, this workshop is for you.
The instructor reviews introductory skills and helps participants polish them. She looks at several ways to accomplish basic techniques including casting on; knitting and purling; binding off; increasing and decreasing; and basic finishing skills. Various knitting equipment is also examined and students practice taking gauge. This workshop may proceed at a pace that would be uncomfortable for absolute beginners but is perfect for people who have a little knowledge and want to build on it. Students view a presentation of selected works from Smithsonian collections for inspiration.
Participants should bring a bag lunch, pair of size-8 knitting needles, a skein of light-colored, worsted-weight yarn, scissors, and a yarn needle. A pattern to practice reading is optional.
Instructor: Ann Richards
One 7-hour session, includes a lunch break (participants provide their own lunch)
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)