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Sneaky Shaping with Short Rows (Gwen Bortner)

Knitted fabric has some wonderfully unique properties when it comes to garment creation. One of the best is the ability to create a three-dimensional fabric through the use of short rows. Short rows can be used in a variety of ways including sock heels, shoulder shaping, bust darts, and even interesting stripes.

During class, you will compare and contrast four techniques, basic short rows, wrap and turn, yarn over and Japanese short rows (with an added bonus of German short rows). Discover which method produces your preferred result and learn when, where and how to apply them to various types of knitting projects.

Class Activity
You will create a number of swatches exploring the various styles and techniques used in short row fabric.

Student Skill
Basic knitting skills (cast on, knit, purl, bind off).

Supplies Needed
1 oz (approximately 50-60 yards) each of two different color yarns of the same weight (DK to worsted) and needles appropriate to the yarn selected.

Key Details
Duration: 3 hours
Minimum to run class: 5 attendees
Cancelation Policy: This is a Guest Instructor workshop and registration fees are non-refundable or exchangeable. Please see the main class page.

Skill Level: intermediate
Skill Details: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Materials Included: Please use yarn purchased at this shop. You will receive a one-time 10% discount on yarn purchased for this workshop.
Instructor: Gwen Bortner
Instructor Bio: Gwen Bortner teaches knitting techniques at workshops and conferences across the country and on Craftsy. She's been published in Knitter's Magazine, Creative Knitting and lots of other places. You can find Gwen's patterns, books, classes and thoughts on life on her website, Knitability, and her blog, The Same Stitch. When she's not on the road, she lives with her husband, Arlis, in Le Grand, Calif., in a farmhouse built in 1902 by her great-grandfather.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
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