Ozark Folk School Basic Knitting

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Friday, July 19 2019 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Taught by Rusti Barger

Spend a day in the mountains learning the time-honored techniques of knitting! We will cover all the basics needed to begin creating your own knitted pieces. Make your own cotton spa/dish cloth, perfect for gifts or pampering yourself. Consider taking this class in the springtime, then return to learn an advanced technique in the summer. Registration is required two weeks prior to class.

$22 Registration Fee due when you register here.

Class fee of $90 covers all materials and is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Total class cost $112.

All materials provided - Includes: 

• Knitting needles

• Yarn for project

• Beginner knitting kit

• Project pattern

• Basic written knitting instructions

• List of continued learning resources

Techniques covered:

• Basic Cast-on

• Knit stitch

• Purl stitch

• Stockinette stitch

• Garter stitch

• Alternating knit and purl stitches

• Basic bind-off technique

• Tips and techniques for producing beautiful knits


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.