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Finishing Made Easy: The Beginner's Guide

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Finish every project cleanly and confidently! Learn basic finishing skills that bring out the best in your knitting, from seaming to blocking and beyond.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including swatch and mini-sweater patterns
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Chris Bylsma
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Set all your future projects up for finishing success! Join instructor Chris Bylsma as she guides you step by step through the basic skills you'll use again and again. During class, you'll learn to work three basic but sturdy seams: vertical, horizontal and combination. Once you're comfortable knitting seams, Chris shows you how to pick up stitches along your edges without any frustration or unnecessary counting. Want to finish your work with a special touch? You'll conquer steps for garter-stitch, ribbed band and reverse rolled edgings. Plus, you'll discover best practices for weaving in your ends, washing, blocking and storing your projects safely.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Start Your Finishing Fearlessly
Designer Chris Bylsma loves teaching students to make knitted projects shine! Start by learning what finishing really means and see Chris' easy and effective steps to plan ahead for sleeker results. Plus, you'll get tips on preventing common problems.
2. Horizontal Seams: Matching Stitch to Stitch
3. Vertical Seams: Matching Row to Row
4. Combination Seams
5. Picking Up Stitches
6. Edging Options
7. Final Touches & Care

Recommended with this class

  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • US 8 (5 mm) needles
  • US 6 (4 mm) circular needle for edges, 16" (40 cm) or longer

Taught by

Chris Bylsma
Chris Bylsma
Chris retired from a career in marketing communications and advertising to pursue her artistic passions, knitting and textureplay, and enjoy a little gardening with her husband, Charlie. Instead, she is having a wonderful time teaching workshops from coast to coast and beyond for TNNA, shops, guilds, cruises and conferences and has her own line of knitting patterns. She also has designed knit garments for the American Girl clothing line and has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Creative Knitting and Knit n' Style. In her teaching role, Chris' reward is when knitters discover and trust their own creativity. She encourages knitters to "color outside the lines," where it's more fun! Chris firmly believes that knitting is not construction. Knitters should explore and make mistakes, feel free to change their minds and most of all, enjoy what they are doing.

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