JC18 Tips, Tricks and Hints with Lily Chin

Learn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better. Find out how to cast on in 2-tail method without running out of the second tail. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular bind offs on a neck where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details. Proficiency Level: Advanced beginner. Homework:

  1. With worsted/aran wt yarn and appropriate sized double-pointed or short (12 or 16”) circular needles, cast on enough sts to go circs or minimal amount of sts on dpn’s (maybe 12). Join, being careful not to twist. Work in 1 x 1 rib circularly for about 1”, begin to bind off leaving last 2 or 3 sts unbound, leave on needles to be completed in class.
  2. With worsted/aran wt yarn and appropriate sized needles, cast on about 8 sts, work for about 1” in any st, leave on needles to be completed in class.
  3. With worsted wt yarn and appropriate sized needles, make a swatch of about 3” x 3” in stockinette, end ready to work a knit row, do not bind off, leave stitches on stitch holder.
  4. Familiarize yourself with what is called the “long tail” cast-on. That is, there are two ends of yarns utilized in this cast-on.
  5. Familiarize yourself with what is known as a “left-slanting” decrease or ssk.
  6. Get to know how to do a basic chain with the crochet hook.

Bring to Class: All homework. Extra dpn’s and circular needles. Crochet hooks of various sizes. Tapestry needles. Worsted-weight yarn of various light colors. Maybe a shank button. Dental floss (4” waxed preferred).

Class fee: $50.
Materials fee: None.

Lily Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than 30 years, as a designer, instructor and author of 8 books on knitting and crochet. Lily teaches around the world and now has instructional DVDs as well as some online classes. She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi, and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models. She was named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting. She is regularly cited in media across the U.S., including The Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, Knitting Daily, Knit and Crochet Now, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in the fashion industry since age 13.

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