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YARNIVAL Ready. Set. Rainbow! Playing Self Striping Yarns

All YARNIVAL Classes are taught via Zoom and are recorded.  Students will receive a link that will automatically expire in 30 days.  All times listed are Pacific Time Zone.

We all have a skein of self-striping yarn hiding in our stash. Self-Striping yarn is undeniably, incredibly fun to knit, but too often those beautiful skeins are hidden away because knitters aren’t sure what to knit with their self-striping yarn. After knitting two dozen pairs of socks in a single year, I challenged myself to get those beautiful rainbow skeins out of my shoes and into the world. If you want to start knitting cowls, hats, mittens, shawls, and sweaters with your self-striping yarn, this class will help you confidently plan non-sock projects for your self-striping yarn.

In this class, we will: 
1. Assess those lovely self-striping skeins.
Every skein of self-striping yarn comes with its own opportunities and limitations. Let’s talk about what your yarn was dyed to do, and how you can make the most it. In the beginning of this class, we will discuss how yarn weight, stripe length, yardage, number of stripes, and your skein-enthusiasm will affect the planning process. Let me show you how to unlock the secrets of your yarn before it has even been wound into a cake.

2. Plan for a self-striping project by using a simple, specialized method of swatching.
Once you choose your self-striping yarn, it’s time to knit a swatch. Throughout my years of rainbow knitting, I have
developed a simple, effective method for testing my self-striping yarn BEFORE I start a project. This method will help you determine if the pattern you want to knit works well with the yarn you have in your knitting bag.

3. Practice combining colors with your self-striping yarn.
In many non-sock projects, you may be called on to combine a self-striping yarn with another color. In this portion of our class, I will teach you my favorite methods for combining rainbow skeins with solids, tonals, and even speckles, so that you can create bright, happy, dramatic knits.

4. Learn how to cheat the stripes.
Sometimes your project just doesn’t seem to fit your beautiful rainbow yarn! Not to worry! To finish off this class, we will look at ways that you can cheat your stripes. Let me show you how to make the stripes in your yarn appear longer for larger circumference knitting using my favorite (uncomplicated) methods.

Don't have Self Striping yarn in your stash?  We have options - be sure to remember to use your YARNIVAL coupon code to save 15% to 25% off yarn and supplies.
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Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: This class is for all skill levels - you are learning to assess self striping yarns for projects of your choice.
Requirements: Optional: Have a skein (or two) of self striping yarn on hand for the class.
Instructor: Stephanie Lotven
Instructor Bio: Stephanie Lotven is the author of Knit Happy with Self-Striping Yarn. She is a knitwear designer, yarn addict, and photographer. Creator of Tellybean Knits, Stephanie has been designing knitting patterns for over a decade. Her work has been featured in collections for Brooklyn Tweed and Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy. Stephanie’s designs deal with the geometry of the body, seeking to highlight its natural contours using unexpected, uncomplicated shapes. Stephanie has a background in teaching English as a second language to students of all ages. She believes that learning should be joyful, and that no knitter should struggle when yarn is present. She lives in Indiana with her exceptionally patient husband and two rowdy kids.

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