The moment I saw that Cream City Yarns was going to have a class on knitting the Spud and Chloe Camp Hoodie I knew I had to take it. It has a technique that I’ve long wanted to learn but long dreaded: stranded colorwork. EEK!!! Me? Colorwork?? Me? Who recently found out that, after 40 years of knitting I’ve been doing it wrong?
That’s a story…. I took the Sock Class at Cream City Yarn to learn how to properly knit a sock. I’d made them, but they didn’t fit right and I always seemed to have a hole where the gussets joined the heel flap and I knew that wasn’t right.
So we were going on very well, knitting along the increases of the toe (I knit socks toe up using the Magic Loop technique), then knitting straight on the foot. More increases for the gussets, then a patch of straight knitting – back and forth, knit then purl. I was working on a knit row when the instructor perred at me for a moment and said softly in a horrified voice ‘Jude – you’re knitting through the back loops!’ And I’m like, “Um… yeah…’ (see I wasn’t exactly certain of what a back loop was…). So she explained to me why this was bad, then took a look at my knitting and found that, even though I was knitting through the back loops I was correcting my stitches in the purl row – so my stitches weren’t twisted as they should have been. Then she taught me the correct way to form my stitches.
So I was surprised that, after learning the correct way to knit and purl I still wanted to take classes. But having the instructor point out my error (and she did it in the nicest, most helpful way – totally non-threatening) just gave me the drive to learn it the correct way. No – not just LEARN how to do it, but to MASTER it.
And now, thanks to that gentle correction I’m fired up to learn stranded colorwork. Granted, it’s not a complex design, just 3 rows of a checkerboard pattern, but the technique is what I needed. I’d tried it before, but the fabric was so tight that it was unwearable. Now I wanted to learn how to do it right so that I could make a piece that would be not only beautiful, but wearable.