Vogue Knitting Live, Pasadena

I’ve never taken a knitting class. I was a crocheter from about 6. My initial foraIMG_20150418_114502219y into knitting was being given a lesson by my aunt. And then there was several years dormant before I picked it up for real. But I decided to take a class by Susan B. Anderson at Vogue Knitting Live, Pasadena (I could do it as a daytrip).

I’ve used Susan’s Itty Bitty Hats book for a decade – as reference, as ideas, as primer. And I love her website and blog. I referenced her patch pockets tutorial for my own Calligraphy Cardigan.

IMG_20150418_084812047So I decided to take her Little Dragon class. I could have figured it out on my own. But it was cool to have a knit-a-long with this group of women. And also hear the tips and tricks from the designer herself.

I would definitely do a class again! Though next IMG_20150418_115116155time, rather than project based, I might try to pick a technique I’ve struggled with or wanted to try instead of going solely on the teacher (though I might make an exception for Lara Neel & a sock class, but that combines teacher & interest. Come to think of it, so did Anderson & dragons).

IMG_20150419_075644838IMG_20150418_173007217I really enjoyed the location for VKL. Pasadena is both beautiful and a do-able day trip. But I think next time I would consider either a destination trip and/or Stitches West (not a day trip). The marketplace at Stitches is so much bigger, the freebies are more plentiful and better, and the variety of “must haves” were more in line for my wants. Still, I came home with one beautiful skein of self striping sock yarn to use. And I got my measurements taken in an effort to help my sweaters fit better.

One thing I did come away with is a sudden urge to knit more toys. Particularly the bedtime puppies from Itty Bitty Toys.

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I also have a confession to make. As I was leaving class I went to throw away my garbage (wrapper, scrap bits). And I totally dumpster dived this bit of yarn. There is likely enough for a hexipuff! Why would anyone throw that much away?!IMG_20150418_120453935

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Kitchener Stitch for Eastern European Knitters

Kitchener stitch is used to graft live stitches together. There are plenty of great tutorials, I, myself, used Silver’s Sock Class for simply ages, but was never happy with the result I got. My stitches always looked twisted and wonky. When I finally realized that I was doing Eastern European style knitting, I realized why! Because of how I knit, my stitches sit differently on my needles than most poeple.
So, for a model, here is a hex, knit in the round. I’ve swapped out the tail for a pink tail to make what I’m doing more obvious.
I worked on twenty stitches. So the first step is to take it down from 3 needles to 2.

The general rule with Kitchener is Knit & remove, Purl the front needle; Purl & remove, Knit on the back needle (KP, PK).
Step A – First, though, run the needle, as if to purl, through the first stitch on the front needle.
Leave this stitch on the needle.

 

 Step B – Then run the needle, as if to Knit, through the first stitch on the back loop.
Leave this stitch on the needle.

 

Step 1. Here’s the first stitch you’ll remove. Run the needle, as if to knit, through the first stitch on the front needle. Then remove that stitch from the front needle.

 

 

Step 2 – Now run the needle, as if to purl through the second stitch (now the first stitch) on the front needle.
Leave this stitch on the needle.

Step 3 – Run the needle, as if to purl, through the first stitch on the back needle. Then remove that stitch from the back needle.

 

 

Step 4 – Now run the needle, as if to knit, through the second stitch (now the first stitch) on the back needle.
Leave this stitch on the needle. Return to step 1 & repeat until the last stitch on the back needle.

 

Et voila! You can see the new pink stitches grafting my hex shut. Once again, it’s important to note that (hopefully) these instructions don’t actually differ verbally from other blogs and posts descriptions of how to do the Kitchener stitch; what should be different is the pictures of the needle moving in & out of the stitches because of how my stitches sit on the needles while knitting.