Monday, July 14, 2008

Lace Class

My LYS has asked if I would teach a lace class, in the fall, and, of course, I said yes! I like teaching (good thing, too- since I have been teaching full time since 1981!!!) But teaching knitting is a bit different. I understand that the class is going to be made up of newbies, some middle of the road knitters- the ones who knit very well, but need a little push to get started on a lace project, and probably some veteran lace knitters. Soooooo-what to teach to that group??? I will probably have 2 hours-enough to intro the stuff, talk about different types of lace, demonstrating usual symbols on charts and a typical cast on-but they might want some kind of hands on activity. But in 2 hours????
Anybody taught one of these workshops, or have been to one and can suggest ideas? (or flame others?)
Email me (debDOTseanATsympaticoDOTca -just change the words to symbols- you know what to do).

4 comments:

gaspe knitting gal said...

you need more than 2 hrs. i took a lace knitting course and it was longer than 2 hrs, about 4 hours, i think is the standard class hours

Samantha said...

Branching out (knitty.com) is a good and pretty, yet fairly simply lace pattern. You could probably teach that within your time limit. Also, with that pattern people can use whatever weight yarn they like. So a knitting veteran might use lace weight yarn, but someone with less experience might want to use DK or even worsted weight yarn.

Bea said...

I don't have any experience with lace knitting classes but it seems like 2 hours wouldn't be enough really. Unless you skip learning about lace and just start right in on the knitting.

DianeS said...

2 hrs. does seem a wee bit tight. I guess you could have them do a small sampler piece in that amount of time, just so the very new beginners can get a feel of yo, ktog, ssk, and other common stitches. I would include tips like lots of markers, row counters, lifelines, copy of your pattern that you can mark up as you go (or use one of those magnetic things).