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I’m really excited to be teaching my latest hat pattern, Rocky Peak Ridge, at Sage this coming Sunday!  I love color knitting of all kinds — striped, stranded, intarsia, mosaic — but there’s something so satisfying about working a stranded pattern using two colors, one in each hand.  This hat features quick color changes and easy-to-memorize pattern repeats, perfect for practicing knitting with both hands.

It’s also a fun one for playing with color dominance, as the background color changes with each pattern band.  See how it alternates as the hat progresses from brim to crown?  Keeping the background color in the right hand allows the “pattern” color to POP!  Try changing your yarn position with each band and see what happens — the shift is subtle, but definitely noticeable!  We’ll talk about yarn dominance and more on Sunday.  Won’t you join us?  Check out the full details below!

Class Description:
  A perfect introduction to charted colorwork! Rocky Peak Ridge is a slightly slouchy colorwork hat, sized for a medium-large adult head. Choose two bright shades for a fun signature piece, or two natural shades for a subtle, gorgeous effectLearn to read colorwork charts and practice stranding techniques including two-handed colorwork and securing floats.  Tips for shaping the crown, finishing, and blocking the hat will also be provided.
Required Materials: Approx. 150 yards each of two colors of sport weight yarn such as Classic Elite Fresco, Frog Tree Alpaca Sport, or Comfort DK; sizes 3 and 5 16” circulars and size 5 dpn’s; one stitch marker for marking beginning of round; post-it notes.  Optional materials: 5-10 additional stitch markers for separating stitch repeats.
Level: Advanced BeginnerKnowledge of basic increasing (kfb, or knitting in the front and back of a stitch), working with circular needles, and working with double-pointed needles recommended.
Single Session Class: Sunday, Nov. 11 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $35, with 10% discount on your yarn selection!
Homework: Using smaller circular needle and main color (dark), CO 120 sts.  Place marker and join to begin working in the round.  Work in k2, p2 rib for 2”.  Increase round: [k1, kfb, p2, (k2, p2) twice] 10 times around (130 sts).  **Bring larger circular needle to class too!**