On September 7, 2009, I started the on-line knitting class taught by Stefanie Japel for the Mirth Fitted Raglan Shawl which she designed. It is the first time I’ve taken any sort of on-line class, or any sort of knitting class. Mostly, I wanted to take the class to learn how to knit a charted design. I’m almost ashamed to admit, that in my over 40 years of knitting – I’ve never knit a charted design and have always felt kind of intimidated by knitting charts, they look so complex and hard to understand. I’ve knitted lace before but have always followed the written out row by row kind of instructions. So, when I found out about the class I hurried to sign up as the main emphasis of the class is learning how to understand charts and knit from charts.
Stefanie is teaching the class through her Ning website:
So far, the class has been even better than I expected! Stefanie has uploaded so many detailed videos to watch about every aspect knitting this shawl. She explains every line of each chart and shows clearly, in a video, how to knit it. There are forums and live chat where you can get together to talk about your progress and any problems you are having. It is really a wonderful learning experience – I think even better than a live class. The reason I think it is even better than a live class is because you can do it at your own pace, you can watch the video on how to knit a row of the chart and then do it yourself. If you have some problems, you can watch the video again. If you need help, you can ask in chat or in the forum. A live knitting class might last a few hours and you could forget a lot of stuff before you ever started on a certain part of the design. With this video class, you will be able to finish the whole shawl in the three weeks the class runs.
In the first week of the class, I’ve finished knitting Lace Chart 1 and am ready to start on Lace Chart 2 for the second week of class. I’ve learned so much about knitting from a chart – it’s fun, it’s logical and it’s much easier to understand than the written out instructions for lace! Stefanie is a totally charming teacher who explains things so clearly that it is easy to understand. Hopefully, she will teach more on-line classes soon, this one is really an enjoyable learning experience.
Here are some pictures of my progress, you can click on any of them for a larger view:
This is the yarn I used, Lorna’s Laces Green Line Worsted. It is very nice to work with. I love the colorway which is called Fresh but think the lace pattern would have shown up better in a solid color.
At the start of the shawl, there is a very clever cast on to make the top look great.
Here is the shawl after three repeats of Lace Chart 1. The multi color yarn does hide the lace pattern a bit but it also hides the couple of mistakes I’ve made!
The shawl now has five repeats of Lace Chart 1 completed and I’m ready to start with Lace Chart 2. It is getting very large – it’s on a 47 inch needle and starting to get a bit cramped.
Can’t wait to see how the new lace pattern from Chart 2 will turn out!