Ever wonder why, when you achieved exact gauge using a different yarn, your finished object looks nothing like the original? Much more than a discussion about yarn weights, this explorative class for knitters and handspinners of all levels covers myriad yarn characteristics and their effect on knitted fabric. You will learn how yarn type relates to gauge, needle size, texture, and fabric integrity, and how to use that information to make better choices and/or substitutions in their projects. Students will test knitting yarns of various fibers, twist ratios, and dye applications to make comparisons and learn to assess final fabrics. Even the most experienced knitters and spinners will go away with new insight on the fibers and yarns they thought they knew.
Materials: a book of stitch patterns with a few simple ones marked for possible use in class, knitting needles, sized 5US or 6US (3.75 mm or 4.0 mm).