Color Theory and Log Cabin Knitting: The Albers Cowl with Ann Weaver
Color Theory and Log Cabin Knitting: The Albers Cowl
Whether doing stranded knitting, intarsia, stripes, or modular patterns, knitters are constantly faced with color choices. The Albers Cowl, one of my designs, is a perfect opportunity to experiment with color by using small amounts of yarn and simple techniques. The goals of this workshop are to expand the knitter’s color vocabulary and confidence in color combination choices and to teach Log Cabin knitting techniques like picking up and knitting stitches.
This workshop will present the basics of color theory—including lightness, hue, and complimentary colors—from a fine art perspective. Each student will receive a color wheel for future use. The interactions of color will be explored through both a presentation of examples in fine art, popular culture, and graphic design and a show of my many projects that use and demonstrate principles of color theory.
After a discussion of color theory, the workshop will focus on the Albers Cowl. Knitters will learn how to measure gauge in garter stitch, neatly pick up stitches from both horizontal and vertical edges, and keep it all really square. If time allows, the workshop will also cover the sewn bind off and mattress stitch (used to join the three squares of the Albers Cowl). Although the only stitch used is the knit stitch, this class is a great chance for knitters to learn and improve finishing techniques while beginning an Albers project.
Casting on and knitting garter stitch; experience knitting with fine (fingering- weight) yarn on small needles
Albers Cowl pattern, available on Ravelry for $5.
US Size 2 straight or circular needles (any length).
Fingering weight yarn for the first square (at least two colors).
In preparation: Knitters should have the center square of one of the cowl blocks completed.
Homework: Knit the center square of one of the blocks (cast on 30 sts and knit 59 rows, then bind off).
Saturday, April 1st
Time – 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Call 214-758-0349 with questions. Class size limited to 15 participants.