Knitting Lace and Shaping Knitted Pieces Master Class

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Tuesday, August 20 2019 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Take your basic knitting skills to the next level with various shaping & lace-knitting techniques to help you create your next masterpiece. Make your own lace-patterned cotton spa/dish cloth, using various increases, decreases, and lace techniques. We will cover how to keep a piece balanced while increasing or decreasing the size or incorporating a lace pattern. We will also learn how to read and create various lace patterns. Registration required two weeks prior to class. For intermediate knitters and those wanting to take their art to the next level. The perfect follow-up to the springtime beginner knitting class.

Taught by Rusti Barger

All materials provided - Includes: 

• Knitting needles

• Yarn for project

• Knitting Essentials kit

• Project pattern

• Written instructions for all techniques covered in class

• List of continued learning resources

Techniques covered:

• Various cast-ons

• Various increase stitches

• Various decrease stitches

• Reading lace charts

• Knitting even in pattern

Required skills: Students must be comfortable with a basic cast-on & bind-off, as well as have a mastery of the knit stitch and purl stitch. This class will not cover these techniques, but will build on them as the foundation of more advanced knitting.

Artists Bio:

Rusti Barger is a lifelong Arkansan and avid fiber artist. She began her fiber arts journey 12 years ago when she taught herself to crochet and knit in the tradition of her Irish great-grandmother. Desiring to further broaden her textile skills, she accepted an apprenticeship in the Spinning and Weaving Shop at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in 2013, where she learned spinning, weaving, and the propagation and use of natural dyestuffs. In 2015 she began teaching workshops in weaving, knitting, and crocheting and continues to teach these workshops around the state.

Rusti and her spinning wheels have participated twice in the Mountain View Folk Festival Parade in ensemble floats which have placed with top honors. She has been featured in international media for her unique and engaging style of craft interpretation. Rusti’s true passion are her children. She has spent her life teaching them practical, hands-on skills, and in the process she discovered within herself a love of teaching and a passion to impart skills to any and all who would learn.