Joji Locatelli, en

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Joji Locatelli enjoys living her life in sunny Buenos Aires, Argentina, while dreaming of visiting the rest of the world armed with knitting needles and yarn. (She believes life is much sweeter when served with coffee and chocolate.) Joji has been actively knitting for twelve years (and counting). She self-published her first design in 2008 and now has more than 100 patterns on Ravelry, as well as four Interpretations with Veera Valimaki. Visit www.jojiknits.com to learn more about Joji and her patterns.

Sweaters that fit

To / Thu 6.7.2017zupticket_logo_ostaliput_bu
klo / hours 10-13
hinta / price 89e
Vanha Pappila / Old vicarage
Opetuskielenä englanti / Class is in English

sweaters-that-fit-01In this friendly workshop, we’ll talk about how to choose a sweater that will make you really happy after spending so much time knitting it. We’ll discuss:

  • How to choose the best sweater styles and shapes for your body.
  • How to take measurements of your body and choose the right size of the pattern you want knit.
  • How to customize a sweater to your own body according to your: Waist length, arm circumference, bust measurement, hip measurement.
  • How to add bust darts, waist shaping, curved hems, length to the back so that the sweater doesn’t ride up.
  • How to choose the proper length for you.
  • How to choose the right yarn and fiber content for a project.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take a look at some of my samples and their sizes, shapes, lengths and styles.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; have knit a few accessories
Supplies to Bring: Pen; tape measure; close-fitting clothes so taking measurements is easier.
Class Level: All Levels Welcome.

Approach to sweater design

soldoutpe / Fri 7.7.2017zupticket_logo_ostaliput_bu
klo / hours 10-13
hinta / price 89e
Vanha Pappila / Old vicarage
Opetuskielenä englanti / Class is in English

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In this workshop, we’ll discuss my sweater design process from start to finish. This is a fun class for anyone thinking about designing their first sweater (for fun or for work), but also for those who are interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes. We’ll talk about:

  • How to find inspiration (Pinterest, fashion designers, brands).
  • Following trends and adjusting them to what knitters want to knit.
  • Important measurements to consider when designing (shoulder span, full bust, sleeve circumference, hip measurement, etc). Tables of measurements and their meaning.
  • What is ease (garments don’t always need to be the same size as the table of measurements!).
  • Making notes for knitters on how to customize their garments (e.g. sleeve length, body length).
  • Overview of different sweater constructions and how to choose the one that best suits your idea.
  • What makes a design unique (small little details that make a design stand from others).
  • Discussing some samples and their construction techniques.
  • Basic concepts on grading patterns to different sizes.
  • Using spreadsheets to grade a very basic pattern (converting it to different sizes instructions).

Bring your own ideas and questions and (time permitting) we’ll discuss how they can be worked out.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; have knit a whole garment
Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen, tape measure. Feel free to bring a garment that you are inspired by (the actual garment or a photo).
Class Level: All Levels Welcome
Class is in English

Boxy sweaters

la / Sat 8.7.2017zupticket_logo_ostaliput_bu
klo / hours 10-13
hinta / price 89e
Vanha Pappila / Old vicarage
Opetuskielenä englanti / Class is in English

Boxy tops and sweaters are quite possibly the most versatile trend to emerge recently. They work for any occasion, from weekends to office, and you can find all kinds of patterns for them: from lightweight ones in plain stockinette stitch to heavier-weight or heavily textured designs. The boxy sweater is a style that flatters ALL BODY TYPES. But many knitters are afraid of this style. Subjects like choosing the right material to achieve the perfect drape, or even how to style them and what to wear with them are daunting.

The goal of this workshop is to understand what’s behind a boxy sweater design to help you feel comfortable knitting and beautiful wearing them. What is “ease,“ and how does it affect the fit of a sweater? What do patterns with different ease look like? How do you pick a pattern that suits you, or how do you modify the one you like to fit you. Different materials: How do different yarns and fibers behave when knitting and when wearing a garment? Why is drape so important? How do you pick the perfect yarn for your project? We’ll cover lots of dos and don’ts when substituting yarn. We’ll also talk about hacking a boxy sweater: How to add side vents, curved hems, thumbholes, plus Joji will offer styling tips: What are the most flattering looks for different body types and occasions and what to wear with your boxy sweater.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories
Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen; tape measure.

Design your own crescent shawl

la / Sat 8.7.2017zupticket_logo_ostaliput_bu
klo / hours 14-17
hinta / price 89e
Vanha Pappila / Old vicarage
Opetuskielenä englanti / Class is in English

A crescent shaped shawl is the perfect canvas to get your imagination and creativity going. The way these shawls are constructed is easier than most people think, and you can achieve really amazing finished objects.

In this class we’ll see in depth what different basic constructions you can use, and we’ll also talk about:

  • How different yarns behave when worked up in a crescent shawl.
  • How to include lace patterns in your design
  • How to use short rows to play around
  • How to handle different colors
  • How to block your shawls

At the end of this class we’ll discuss briefly how to write instructions for all these steps and turn them into a good shawl pattern.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a shawl before.
Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen. Fingering weight yarn and appropriate needles.
Class is in English. .Class Level: Intermediate

Multicolored projects

su / Sun 9.7.2017zupticket_logo_ostaliput_bu
klo / hours 10-13
Kaupungintalo / City Hall
Opetuskielenä englanti / Class is in English

Let Joji show you how to mix and match yarns and use up your stash into fun and stylish projects! These garments and accessories use 2 or more colors and give us the opportunity to combine our favorite shades—without having to buy all new yarn! Maybe all we need is right there, hidden in our stashes. Let’s try to find the best ways to combine color and texture to get the most of it.

In this fun workshop we’ll discuss:

  • What different textures can yarn have? (e.g., fuzzy, draped, textured, plied)
  • how to identify yarns with similar texture
  • when to make texture match, and what happens when we don’t
  • how to identify a yarn’s weight (thickness); determining how much yarn I have left and what is it enough for.

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We’ll delve into how to use Ravelry’s database to search for projects that you have enough yardage for, discuss how to combine colors, including how to tone down yarns that are too bright or how to brighten colors that are too dull.

Joji will give an overview of some of her designs that use several colors, including the 3 Color cashmere Cowl, 3 Color Cashmere Shawl, Party on My Needles, A Girl Thing, and Peeping Cowl.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease
Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen; tape measure.
Class Level: All Levels Welcome
Class is in English.