Meet Mary Jo Harris

Mary Jo Harris
Mary Jo Harris lives in Madison, Wisconsin.  She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In’s throughout the Midwest, and for the Oregon School System, Madison College, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin Craft Market, and Sunset Yarn.

Over 10 years ago, Mary Jo added Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at places like the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival.

Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled 'Double Knitting - Inside Out'.  A member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild, Mary Jo loves any opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting or caning related. 

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LET’S GO TRAPPING!  LADDERBACK JACQUARD – HOW TO TRAP LONG FLOATS IN STRANDED KNITTING

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 2pm – 5pm
Materials fee: $20 & Homework

Ladderback Jacquard is a technique long used in machine knitting to ‘tame’ the floats in garments but has only recently become popular with hand knitters making stranded or fair isle items.  Learn how to use this technique in your handknits.  In this class we’ll discuss

What are floats? Why trap them? When to trap them

  • What Ladderback Jacquard (LBJ) is – and how it works
  • How to work the set up round
  • How to use the stitch markers
  • When or where to use LBJ on other patterns

Length of Class: 3 hours

Skills needed:  Know how to cast on, knit, purl, and knit in the round.

Materials needed:   

  • 2-4 different colors of basic DK worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn)
  • 16” or 24” circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn
  • Paper for taking notes
  • Pen or Pencil
  • 12 or more stitch markers appropriate for your needles – one stitch marker needs to be different than the others (to mark the beginning of the round).
  • Usual knitting supplies

Homework:  Using 16” circular needles and your main color of yarn, cast on 84 stitches, join in the round without twisting.  Work a k2, p2 ribbing for 4–10 rounds (exact number of rounds is your choice).  Keep live stitches on the needles.

Class Size:   3-15 participants age 12 and older

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PORTUGUESE STYLE KNITTING

Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 10am - 1pm
Materials fee: $20

In Portuguese-style knitting the yarn is tensioned around a knitting pin on your shoulder or around your neck.  Stitches are created by a flick of your thumb making this an easy way to knit without stressing your hands or wrists.

Participants will learn: The history of Portuguese Knitting

  • The advantages of Portuguese Knitting
  • How to Purl using the Portuguese method
  • How to Knit using the Portuguese method
  • How to Bind off using the Portuguese method
  • How to make a scarf using the Portuguese method
  • Increases using the Portuguese method
  • Decreases using the Portuguese method
  • Resources available on Portuguese Knitting

Length of Class:  3 hours

Skill Level:  Knowing how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl helpful

Materials Needed:  Worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn). 

  • Either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn. 
  • Usual knitting supplies

Homework:  None

Class Size:    3–15 participants age 12 and older

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MONTAGE OF MOSAIC - OR HOW A SIMPLE SLIP STITCH CAN CREATE SO MANY DIFFERENT LOOKS

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 10am – 11am
Materials fee: $20

What do you think of when you think of Mosaic Knitting?  Do you think of something geometric or 'Greek' looking?  Checkerboard? Windowpane? Waffle-like or Woven? Something abstract or 'Op Art'?  No matter what you think of, these all part of Mosaic Knitting!  In this class we will explore: 

  • How Mosaic patterns work
  • Advantages of using a Mosaic pattern
  • Disadvantages of using a Mosaic pattern
  • How to make a swatch, sampler, or a cowl using one or more Mosaic pattern

Length of Class: 1 hour

Skills needed: know how to cast on, knit, purl,
and knit in the round

Materials needed:   

  • 2 or 3 different colors of basic DK or worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn)
  • 16” circular needle in a size appropriate for your yarn
  • Paper for taking notes
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Several Stitch markers appropriate for your needles
  • Usual knitting supplies

Homework:  None

Class Size:  3-15 participants age 12 and older