Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Learning the Language of Patterns

As a knitting instructor, I think one of the biggest challenges I face is helping students gain confidence and skill in pattern reading. For many knitters, reading patterns is like reading a foreign language — this may sound like an exaggeration, but it really isn’t.  I’m here to say pattern and chart reading doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be enjoyable and easy. No, I’m not kidding you!
Pattern and Chart Reading - Saturday, April 14th (1-3 PM)

When I teach, I work really hard to make sure that I’m not just teaching one project or helping with one pattern. I try to make sure students understand that each step of each pattern is a building block to future projects. This emphasis on the ‘big picture’ is what led me to develop (with Alisa at Firefly Fibers, of course) Firefly Fibers’ Pattern and Chart Reading Class. This class is an effort to answer the most common questions about pattern and chart reading in one sitting. This is one of my favourite classes to teach; I love it because students take away a lot of incredibly useful information that applies to every single project they will ever knit.

Equal parts lecture & class participation, students get a chance to practice the skills they learn in class and ask lots of questions. If you are a local knitter anxious to put your days of frustration & confusion at the hand of patterns & charts behind you (or know someone who is), join me this Saturday, April 14 from 1-3pm at Firefly Fibers.

To reserve your seat and register for this class, contact Firefly Fibers.  It will be well worth your time!

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