I am a TKGA certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. I am also a current Co-Chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, the managing Editor of the K2TOG newsletter, a member of the Cast On editorial committee, and a current instructor of the TKGA Professional Knitter certification. I have been designing knitwear and teaching knitting since 2007. My family keeps me busy, since I'm a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys. When I am not knitting, designing or teaching (my boys or knitters!) I can be found spinning yarn, reading or in the outdoors camping and hiking with my family.
Last week I posted about wrap and turn short rows in garter. But usually when wrap and turn short rows are used, we hide the wraps. Here is a video discussing these short rows, and how to hide the wraps on the different sides of the work.
I’m starting a series of videos on short row methods. The first video focuses on wrap and turn short rows – without picking up the wraps. This is my favorite method to use for garter stitch, since I think it looks the absolute best of all the techniques in that fabric.
You can use this method in other fabrics as well. It will leave a noticeable purl bar, so keep that in mind. It may look fine in some lace fabrics, or if you want to draw attention to the short rows.
Next week I’ll cover wrap and turn short rows where the wraps get picked up and hidden.
For Master Knitter Monday today I’ll tell you a little bit about my own Master Hand Knitting journey.
I first heard about the TKGA MHK program in 2007, and signed up as soon as I found out about it! I passed level 1 in 2009 (two small children and life in general slowed me down) and signed up for level 2 as soon as I passed level 1. Level 2 is much more challenging (and life still got in my way!) so it took me until spring 2013 to pass level 2. By the time I completed level 2 I was bound and determined to finish level 3! So I worked diligently (almost my only knitting was on MHK things during this time) and passed level 3 and became a Master Knitter in June of 2014.
2014 was a banner year for me! I became a Master Knitter, was asked to serve on the MHK Committee, and had my first pattern printed in a print publication (Leaf and Trellis Socks in Cast On magazine November 2014).
I credit earning my Master Knitter certification with opening many doors for me. Most of all, it gave me the confidence to pursue avenues I had absolutely no clue were possibilities for me way back in 2007 when I began my MHK journey. Another added benefit – I have met and become friends with other Master Knitters who are also some of the best people on the planet. I’ve been able to give back to the knitting community by being involved with TKGA (a fantastic organization that I am proud to be a part of) – and consider my fellow TKGA board members, Co-Chairs and MHK committee members as dear friends.
Working through the MHK program has shaped me as a person, as a knitter, and as a teacher. I feel very strongly about education (the core purpose of TKGA) and have loved teaching knitters from all over the world. My absolute favorite feeling is when a knitter has that lightbulb moment and something clicks. Or I’ve helped them become more confident as a knitter and they come to me with some amazing project they’ve completed!
Do you have a Master Knitter journey? Please share it with me – I’d love to hear about it!
I have a whole set of virtual classes that I’ve scheduled. These will all be held via Zoom, with registration through EventBrite. They are all 2 hours in length, and will cost $40 (plus a small registration fee.)
1/19: Perfect Necklines. 7-9pm ET.
1/26: Flawless Mattress Stitch. 7-9pm ET.
2/9: Wrap and Turn Short Rows. 7-9pm ET.
2/16: Beginning Lace Knitting. 7-9pm ET.
Click here to find out more info on each, and to register. Each class is limited to 10 students.
The “Virtual Classes” tab here on my website under “Education” will have the most up-to-date schedule as I put more classes like these up.
I know these days and times may not work for everyone, but these are the times that work best with my schedule right now. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to offer some different times. Let me know if there are any particular class topics you’d like me to offer!
I’m starting something I’m calling Master Knitter Monday today! I’ll share tidbits about my MHK journey, knitting tips and tricks, info about what makes a Master Knitter, and more!
What is a Master Hand Knitter? A Master Knitter is someone who has completed all three levels of the TKGA Master Hand Knitter certification program. (BTW, there are no “level 1 Master Knitters,” you are not a MHK until you complete all three levels and earned your pin.) The levels all have swatches to complete that demonstrate different techniques, research reports to write, book/magazine reviews to write, patterns to write, questions to answer, and projects to complete. The levels increase in difficulty and work – level one starts with the most basic knitting skills and eases you into pattern writing with one small pattern. You work a mitten as the project and write a report on blocking. Level 2 focuses on finishing techniques, and level 3 focuses on more advanced knitting techniques. You get to put all of these skills to the test by designing an original sweater and hat (and writing the patterns for them) in level 3.