STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways Lorilee Beltman
You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. We'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one swatch, we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3132 Intermediate Customizing Your Mitered Squares Jill Bigelow Suttell
Expand your knowledge of mitered squares. Add color for a stash-busting project, lace for an airy shawl, texture for depth or a combination of the three. We will discuss re-sizing of squares, different ways of picking up stitches, using multiple-sized squares, and different ways of building squares upon one another.
Note: Mitered square experience necessary.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1277 Easy Making the Gradient Gwen Bortner
Gradients, fades, and transitions are different names for yarns and kits that create a similar look with a beautiful flow of colors through a fabric.

You might be surprised to find that you can create your own color transitions in your own color choices with minimal stress and maximum success. The secret is understanding a few "formulas" for combining yarns and a couple of simple guidelines for color selection. And the best news is that the knitting is easy!

Spend class time playing with color, experimenting with different colors, learning a few "no-fail" formulas, and develop your own signature fabric. No need to follow the crowd. Make your own gradient!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1350 Easy Crochet Your First Top-down Sweater Robyn Chachula
Crochet a top-down sweater for ease of fit and almost instant gratification in the stitching.

While working on a doll sweater we will walk through everything necessary:
* picking the best yarn
* the best stitches for the job
* how to shape the neck
* how to shape the yoke of the sweater
* increasing in crochet
* how to separate for the body and sleeves
* and on through the finishing.

By the end of class you will be half-way through your doll sweater and equipped to make the perfect sweater for yourself.

Note: Students must know chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1578 No skills required Exploring the Drum Carder Henry & Roy Clemes
Drum carders shouldn't be mystery to the fiber artist: raw fiber is fed into the carder and magically turns into a batt, or rather becomes a batt by mechanically aligning fibers.

You will begin the day by learning the history of drum carders, how they work, and why they function the way they do.

The fun continues with hands-on carding: we'll delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, we'll explore the various tools that make drum carding more efficient as we crank out five different batts.

The first batt will be hand cranked then we will switch over to an Electric Drive Carder for the duration of class. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1604 No skills required Beginner Kettle Dyeing: Creating Custom Colors Karida Collins
Want to learn how to create unique hand-dyed yarn in your own home? Then this is the class for you!
Karida Collins, the artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co. leads this beginner dye workshop which will teach you the basics of color theory, acid dyeing, and how to create the colors of your dreams.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2016 Intermediate Seams Made Simple Cindy Craig
The seams of your garment provide structure and showcase your overall knitting skills. Good seams improve the look of any project. Learn to identify your stitches and rows so you can execute precise seaming techniques. You'll also learn to do perfect shoulder seams, invisible side seams, and sleeve seams.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1123 No skills required What Not to Knit Jeane deCoster
"I don't like rules about body types because no matter what, we can each find something wrong with our body. Attaching labels just makes it worse. If our hand-knit garments don't fit or flatter us, we don't feel good wearing them. So we gift them or stash them away and may not feel like trying again.

Let's decide "What not to knit (or crochet)" with a personalized fit analysis for each student. Along the way, I will share guidelines (not rules) about ease, length, neck, and shoulder lines that you might use to knit to crochet a more successful garment for yourself.

All sizes, genders, shapes and curves are welcome! Any level knitting and crochet experience will benefit from this class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1458 Easy The Knitted Crazy Quilt: A Multi-craft Adventure Franklin Habit
The crazy quilt was a Victorian mania–the perfect project for making use of scraps too valuable to throw away, or preserving scraps with sentimental value. They were exuberant, intensely personal, and gloriously free from rules. Crazy quilters famously relished additions of embroidery, appliqué, painting, and even photography to their quilts.

In this full day of exploration, fun, and skill building, we'll learn and practice the basics of a knitted version of the crazy quilt: how to plan it, how to work it, and how to embellish it. Each student will work on at least one block of his or her own devising, including the classic fancy embroidered "seams." (No prior embroidery experience is required!) You will be encouraged to let your imagination run free, with Franklin there to instruct, encourage, and cheer.

Knitting your own crazy quilt (or table mat, or pillow cover, or...) is a wonderful way to express yourself and to use and preserve special yarns too limited to make up projects on their own. Come try it for yourself, and you’ll see.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
Use up those leftover balls of yarn! This weaving method is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, yarn textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Lab fee: $10.00
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1179 Easy The Creative Process: From Inspiration to Planned Garment Susan Lazear
This workshop will take you through the creative process, from storyboarding ideas to developing a plan for a group of garments that work with your figure and your sense of style. No art background necessary! Learn how to ideate and create. You will develop an inspiration board of ideas, and then move on to plan the fabrication (knit, crocheted, or sewn), color story, styles, and fabrics/swatches for a group of garments. This is the process typically used to design a line of clothing.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2079 Intermediate Decorative Cast-ons and Bind-offs Patty Lyons
Let the beauty of your project start at your cast-on and end at your bind-off! We will explore some of my favorite decorative cast-ons and bind-offs including Channel Island, picot, I-cord, disappearing loop, and more. We will look at matching cast-on and bind-off edges. Then for a real bang, learn how to work with a second color.

Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position), how to knit and purl, and have familiarity with stitch anatomy.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read on...We will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form, and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a "virtual try on" to KNOW if it's going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment.

When you come to class you'll receive a copy of "The Shibaguyz' FAB Fit System for Altering and Designing Crochet and Knit Patterns", a comprehensive series of easy-to-follow fit worksheets and templates that include the formulas we use every day to go from concept to finished pattern. We'll walk you through this step-by-step process for taking proper measurements and applying them to your pattern. We'll also give you our magic shaping formula that will ensure you can make any alteration to any pattern with ease. We'll even show you how to order the right amount of yarn for your newly personalized project.

By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours.

*Learn to read charts like a pro.
*Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats.
*Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing.
*Hold your breath while you cut open a steek.

There's nothing to it! What are you waiting for?
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
In this class students will learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches and begin a Fox Paws Wrap. We will start with an introduction to the stacked increase and decrease technique with some swatches in an easy stack pattern. After all this hard work, there is a coloring break where we explore color choices.

In the second half of the class, we will start working on our Fox Paws Swatches. Students will learn ways to check their own work and fix any problems that arise at home while testing out their new yarn and color choice in the pattern.

Note: Patterns will be provided.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9057 Easy Walking Foot Quilting: Beyond the Ditch Catherine Redford
Learn how to finish your quilts on your domestic machine while enjoying all the control of a walking foot with the author of Modern Machine Quilting. We will start with a brief discussion of how to prepare your tops for quilting, including marking and basting. Then we will stitch samples of different styles, including modern grids, matchstick quilting, and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine's work to inspire you to go home and turn your tops into quilts.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine equipped with a walking foot and have basic knowledge of how to use them. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5233 Intermediate A Sampler of Japanese Tips and Techniques Gayle Roehm
Japanese knitting patterns often include an interesting and useful technique. This class will introduce you to an assortment of techniques from Japanese patterns and technique books.

The techniques aren't exclusively Japanese, but you'll probably find them useful additions to your skill set. We'll work through: two tubular cast-ons; a vertical buttonhole; Japanese crocheted bobbles; and several variations on the three-needle bind-off.

Note:This class doesn't cover how to read Japanese patterns.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1218 Intermediate Stripes of the Circular Type Beth Whiteside
Stripes add pizzazz to everything they adorn. So let's put them on our hats, socks, skirts-all the things we make in the round, not just projects worked flat back and forth. In this follow up class to Stripes of All Types, you'll learn how to carry yarns not in use neatly on the wrong side and two ways to minimize the dread "jog" where the ends of a round meet. Experiment with putting bands of color on the magical single-surface shape called a mobius, a cylinder with a twist. Try helix, or "barber-pole," knitting, a great solution for working spirals of color with truly jogless striping. You'll learn about principles of contrast and repetition, and some practical strategies for creating stripe patterns. Let's make stripes in the round!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5102 Intermediate All About Stranding Anna Zilboorg
This basic stranding workshop covers knitting with two colors, one in each hand, two in your left hand, or two in your right hand. We'll make and cut steeks without a sewing machine and carry colors over long distances.
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
2076 Easy Not Your Grandma's Long-tail Cast-on JC Briar
Did you know the long-tail cast-on comes in many flavors? Learn variations that create superior sproing (yes, that's a technical term), a comfy rounded edge, and extra decorative appeal. Find out how to cast on so that you can work your first row as a right-side row, and still get the smooth side of the cast-on on the outside of your work. Discover ways of getting the long-tail cast-on to blend in with ribbing.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.

Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1689 Easy The Best of StevenBe: Tips & Tricks of a Lazy Knitter Steven Berg
You've heard Steven say it, there are no mistakes only creative variations. Learn from the Glitter Knitter himself how to let go and give yourself permission to relax and knit with wild abandon! Experience the secrets and get an insider look behind how to approach a pattern as only a guideline, freeing you up to take your knitting to new and unexplored places.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5234 Intermediate Cables Front and Back Jill Bigelow Suttell
Cables make a beautifully textured fabric on the front—but what about the back? With little effort, you can make the back look just as pretty as the front. Try several different reversible cables and even design your own.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche Basics Gwen Bortner
Brioche is very popular right now! It's characteristics make it great for lots of projects. The finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides which is a plus for scarves or blankets.

Learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain an understanding of this unique fabric, it just might become one of your favorites!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1096 Intermediate Lace That Grows: Easy Shawl Design with Wedges JC Briar
Imagine starting a lace shawl with just a few stitches, and "growing" in pattern until your shawl is big enough, with no worries about matching gauge or loosely casting on oodles of stitches. Picture choosing from a variety of shapes - triangles, squares, circles, semi-circles, and more - each composed of a series of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses.

Take this class to learn how to grow a shawl of your own design. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, and see what shapes you can create by knitting your shawl from the top down or the center out. Learn how to estimate how much yarn you'll need, or - if your yarn supply is limited - how large a shawl you can create from the yarn you have. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Note: Need experience following charts and knitting lace.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1352 Easy Solomon's Knot Crochet Lace Robyn Chachula
Fall in love with a beautiful vintage technique in crochet. Solomon's Knot Lace is amazingly easy to crochet once you master the basic stitches.

We will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add beads for sparkle, and how to combine it ever so simply with classic crochet stitches.

If you've ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the answer!

Note: Students should be able to chain and single crochet.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6224 Easy Mosaic Madness Cindy Craig
Mosaic knitting is a great way to jump into 2-color knitting or using one color per pair of rows. Simple stripes become so much more with the addition of slip-stitches. Here's a chance to expand your color work skills. We will explore the concept of mosaic knitting as well as a little history. Students will be exposed to mosaic charts for knitting and use the chart to begin a mosaic cowl.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1261 Easy Confident Yarn Substitution Jeane deCoster
There are so-o-o-o-o many yarns available and so-o-o-o-o many patterns to knit (and love), but there is no way for your LYS to stock them all, and for the shop pro to guide you through your substitutions choices. What to do?

The minute you substitute a yarn in an existing pattern you become your own designer. And, although you may not want to hear it, the second* biggest secret to being a designer is that ...sh-h-h-h, here it comes ...We SWATCH! A LOT!

For success, you need to understand what your knit cloth will do when it hangs on your body. There's no magic formula to know this, other than experience. Get a jump-start for useful techniques that make it easier to substitute yarns. This is a crash course in evaluating your swatches before you start knitting the full-sized piece. You'll leave class with charts and numbers you can apply to your next substitution and learn some tricks to make your swatches more re-useful.

Hand-spinners are welcome. These techniques will make it possible for you to successfully knit sweaters from your hand-spun yarn.

*The biggest secret is that we need to be good at math, even if we do not want to be. ;)
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This practical technique can be used in multiple ways to create flares, build extra fabric, refine body shape with wonderful results which make your knitting more flattering and easier to assemble.

We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you more than you can imagine! Create sweaters that fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck all with short rows.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5163 Intermediate Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards Patty Lyons
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and work simple increases and decreases without supervision.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1497 No skills required Color Your Fabric with Paintstiks Laura Murray
If you can color on paper, you can color on fabric to create exactly the right color, texture, and print for your projects--all washable--from bold graphics to subtle batiks and more. You'll create a series of samples illustrating a variety of techniques for your own reference and inspiration in this fun, fast-moving overview of paintstik techniques.

Materials fee $20 for 1 stencil brush, 1 paintstik, and use of Laura's paintstiks, rubbing plates, stamps, and general supplies.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1518 Intermediate Intro to Double Knitting Lisa Myers
Double knitting makes a fabric that is reversible and has stockinette on both sides. When worked in two colors, the opposing sides produce a positive/negative look.

It lets you work stranded-color patterns that have no "wrong side", so the length of the floats doesn't matter! The work lies flat without curling at all. Imagine the possibilities: cozy cowls, scarves with no wrong side, beautiful baby blankets with no floats to catch little fingers or toes!

Best of all, it's not difficult. This class will teach you the basic techniques to get you started working double flat or in the round: casting on, managing edges, following color patterns

Note: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, 'read' knits and purls on the needle, and follow a knitting chart.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1015 No skills required Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters, and Sewists Cal Patch
When you plan to knit, crochet, or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe.

Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit!

Learn how to take your measurements properly and use them to draft a sloper (basic pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it as a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle-free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1138 Intermediate Inspired Fair Isle: Techniques and Color Inspiration Anne Podlesak
Learn to develop your own unique color stories for Fair Isle designs. Anne will cover basic concepts including the technique of 2-handed stranded knitting and the traditional approach to coloring charted patterns. From there, you will develop a color palette based on your inspiration images, then use it to knit patterned swatches, learning to change pattern and background colors at varying intervals.

The split 6-hour format allows extra time for sampling and testing your plan with a bounty of dyed yarns Anne brings for swatching.

Note: Must have basic skills in knitting and chart-reading, as well as some understanding of working in the round and stranded knitting.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9056 Easy Steps to Successful Free-motion Quilting Catherine Redford
Discover the magic of free-motion quilting. After drawing our patterns on paper, we'll put the feed dogs down and begin stitching on quilt sandwiches in a relaxed, no-criticism-allowed setting. Try lots of different designs to find your personal favorites. This class is designed to give the beginning or hesitant machine quilter a confidence boost, ready to return home and practice.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1149 Advanced Japanese Knitted Slippers from Michiyo Gayle Roehm
Pattern K in the new Japanese Knitting book, by michiyo, is a pair of cleverly-constructed cabled slippers, in aran or worsted weight yarn, that are easily adaptable to a range of sizes. The slippers are knit flat and seamed. We'll look at how they're put together, and create a foot template to adapt the pattern to your individual size. We'll knit as far as we can during class to be sure that you'll be able to complete them at home.

We'll look at how they're put together, and create a foot template to adapt the pattern to each person's individual size. We'll knit as far as we can during class to be sure that you'll be able to complete them at home. The pattern will be provided; you do not need to purchase the book.

Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1694 Intermediate Cocoknits Sweater Workshop Julie Weisenberger
Join Julie for an overview of the Cocoknits method of knitting a seamless, top-down, set-in sleeve sweater. She will explain what English Tailoring is, and why it creates such a great-fitting sweater when paired with set-in sleeves.

You will work on the increases used in the method, KLL, KRL, PLL, PRL, and the pick-up-and-knit technique, then practice these techniques on swatches.

Julie will then teach you how to use the Cocoknits Sweater Worksheet which allows you to easily keep track of your increases on a seamless yoke. You should be ready to go home and cast-on for an adult sweater from her book, The Cocoknits Sweater Workshop.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories; basic finishing techniques
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1401 Intermediate Alternative Brioche: Knit One Below Beth Whiteside
Brioche, Fisherman's rib, Shawl stitch, Oriental rib or whatever they are called, these fabrics are thick, fluffy, stretchy, and often wonderfully colorful to boot. Come explore the Knit-one-below method of working these stitch patterns! Learn the basic moves for both knit- and purl- one-below, the best cast-ons and bind-offs for this fabric, options for edge stitches, and how to read and work several stitch "k1b" stitch patterns. Gain an understanding of the stitch structure as you practice knitting and un-knitting k1b/p1b stitches, and learn other ways to fix mistakes. This alternative brioche option is a practical and valuable for your stitchmaking stockpile!

Note: Students should be able to long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, yarn over (yo), and bind off before taking this class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8075 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 1: Making Motifs Myra Wood
The popularity of Irish Crochet has exploded around the globe in recent years! Magazines like Duplet from Russia feature the long-treasured technique with a modern twist; multi-color versions that rival any paintbox. Rather than use tiny hooks and cobweb threads to create these motifs, we will use either fingering weight yarn or size 10 crochet thread. It's up to you and which you're more comfortable with. We will learn how to interpret Russian charts and symbols, as we try out select motifs (to join later*). Tons of motifs will be shown on their own and combined into finished projects.

*Note: We are focusing on the motifs in this class; to connect them, Modern Irish Crochet II: Putting it all Together will teach you what you need to know.

Note: Must be comfortable reading crochet charts.
Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2065 Easy Perfect Edgings: Zippers Anne Berk
Learn a four-step process which will give you a perfectly flat and secure zipped border every time! Knitted and crocheted fabric is flexible and sometimes fragile, and zippers are not. A properly inserted zipper will function beautifully without distorting your fabric. You decide whether it will be a design element or remain invisible.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1285 Intermediate Icelandic Yokes: The Sweater Class Denise Bell
Traditional Icelandic yoke sweaters use unspun Plotulopi yarns from native sheep. The different staple lengths of wool in the yarn make for a lightweight, yet warm and insulating, sweater.

You may be unfamiliar with Plotulopi, but it's so common in Iceland that it's sold in grocery stores! We will learn about knitting with this unique fiber.

You will draw and swatch several yoke options using Plotulopi yarn (supplied by the instructor), do a bit of gauge math, and plan how to move forward to knit your own Icelandic, color-patterned yoke sweater using traditional or original motifs.

Note: Some experience with two-color knitting is helpful.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1119 Intermediate Cabling Without a Cable Needle Lorilee Beltman
Do you love gorgeous cable knits? Do you find that working cables slows you down a lot? Even if you are new to cable knitting, this class is for you.

We will learn how to cross those cables in various configurations without the assistance of a cable needle.

Once you learn this technique you can cut out that step where you have to look up the text translation of the charted symbol. Imagine cabling without glancing over at the words to get them done! You may even encounter fewer errors as you work.

A tidy appearance is important, too. Have you noticed, in your ribbing and cables that the left-most knit stitch looks sloppy? Are you familiar with the term "man-spreading"? Well, this stitch looks like it has taken its seat and done just that. We will learn why it happens and then teach that stitch some manners! Class also includes tips for keeping track of when it's time for that cabling action row.

What we'll learn is nothing new to knitting. The photo includes an illustration from a decades-old Estonian knitting book. Fascinating!

Note: Should be comfortable knitting, purling and following pattern directions, but prior experience with cables is not necessary.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4115 Easy 'Be Creative: Ponchini Workshop for All Levels Steven Berg
The Ponchini is the new shawl: a versatile garment with so many design possibilities. This is your chance to cast on one with the help of the Ponchini Master himself, Steven, as he guides you through your first Ponchini or your own design idea.

Experience the magic of mixology (taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents) to create a magical and unique wrap. Use one of the patterns from Ponchini Vol. 1 and learn its structure, seaming, and wearability.

Steven will teach you his favorite tips and tricks as he guides you through your favorite Ponchini, whether it's your first or your 10th.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1040 Easy Inside Annetarsia: A New Approach to Intarsia Knitting Anne Berk
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. No previous experience with intarsia is required! Learn ways to manage multiple yarns, to read colorwork charts, and to deal efficiently with the ends. You'll develop confidence as you link the yarns between sections and create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color. You won't believe how easily you will knit motifs and produce professional results.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain. In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1278 Easy The Perfect Pick-up Gwen Bortner
For most knitters, the thought of picking up stitches is not a happy one. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a few hints, a couple of tricks, and a little bit of practice, picking up stitches can become no more of a worry than casting on or binding off. Come to class to learn the trick to creating a smooth even line along your picked-up edge. Discover the secret to ensuring that your picked-up edging matches perfectly with the rest of the fabric (no pulls or bulges). Practice the surprisingly simple technique for making a picked-up edging almost perfectly reversible. Everyone appreciates a perfectly picked-up, beautiful edging. Now you can pick up perfectly too!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1325 Easy Color Control: Fractal Spinning Heavenly Bresser
Fractal spinning results in a subtle self-striping yarn.
It is one of the many ways to control color and create dynamic yarn from a dyed roving or fiber braid for knitting, crocheting, and weaving. And it is pretty easy!

To start, we'll look at 2 different approaches to fractals--a basic 2-ply as well as a 3-ply. Then, we'll choose one method to spin during the session.

Finally, we'll discuss different applications for fractal yarns.

Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and be able to ply a 2-ply yarn.
Spindle-friendly class!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple JC Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you how the knitted fabric should look.

Learn to read charts, make sense of their symbols, and use them to keep your knitting on track and minimize mistakes.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6206 Easy Introduction to Sequence Knitting Cecelia Campochiaro
Sequence Knitting is just like it sounds: Knit a sequence of stitches repeatedly using some kind of rule and a textured fabric happens.

Learn about the amazing and fun world of Sequence Knitting from the author of the groundbreaking book. Discover the power and appeal of this new way of looking at what, at its simplest, uses 1-row patterns and easily memorized and infinitely variable sequences, to create beautiful and reversible textured fabrics.

This hands-on class will feed your creative juices and stimulate you to think about new ways to use your stash to make beautiful accessories. You will learn about the concept, when Sequence Knitting makes sense, and how to do the four sequence knitting methods.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1605 No skills required Color Confidence: Theory and Practice Meet Style Karida Collins
Do you struggle with putting together color combos for patterns with multiple colors?

Have you knit multicolored projects that have left you disappointed?

Do you wish that your color choices looked as stunning as the pattern samples?

This class will explain color theory in an accessible way to help knitters (and crocheters!) understand what makes certain color combinations leave everyone amazed and others disappoint. We'll also explore which combos work well with which techniques. For instance, what looks good in blocks of color may not work for stranded colorwork. At the end of this class, each student will have a working knowledge of color theory and feel confident combining colors for any project.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'--your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
1686 No skills required Movement for Crafters Jay Giannini

Take a little time for your body! Jay's class is a great way to prepare for or recover from a big day at STITCHES. She shares the basic stretch-and-strengthen routine she has developed for all crafters. With the ability to move more fluidly, the time we spend doing what we love can be more enjoyable.

Participants will be provided with a yoga mat, small blanket and block to use during the class; chairs will be available should you prefer a Chair/Standing flow. Her flow routine of universal stretches linked with breathing targets wrists, shoulders, hips, spine, knees, and ankles.

Jay believes that practicing self-care is essential to being part of a crafting community centered on equality and the empowerment of others. 

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows movement.

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1427 Easy Clasped-warp Scarf Deborah Jarchow
You may have tried clasped weft as a design, but clasped warp can add extra interest to your woven pieces! Learn to make a stunning scarf in clasped-warp method on a rigid-heddle loom. See how using two different warp yarns can create beautiful color play in the fabric. If you've taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun!

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use. Lab fee: $10.00
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8070 Easy Tunisian Crochet from Beginning to End Barry Klein
This class will take you through all of the basic techniques of Tunisian Crochet. We'll begin with yarn selection, proceed to changing directions, and explore variations from there. We will look at accessories for the home, wearable garments, and different styles of Tunisian Crochet and how they will fit into your future.

Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1426 Easy Moving into the Electronic Age: Designing Knits or Sewn Clothing on your Computer Susan Lazear
This hands-on class is designed for people who want a refresher on the use of Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software or for those who want to test drive to determine if computer design may work for them.

In the morning we will walk through the use of Garment Designer to show you how to create patterns for sweaters -- bottom-up, sideways, top-down -- in any gauge or stitch pattern. Sewists will add hems, facings, and seams to their designs.

Learn how to tweak patterns for fashion, style, or fit.

In the afternoon, we will move to Stitch Painter, a grid-based software program (perfect for knitting, crochet, beading, etc), where you will learn how to design colored charts on a grid, using repeat modes, pre-determined palettes, etc. We will explore some of the more advanced features such as designing with symbols, importing a photograph, building motif libraries, etc.

If you are test driving, you must pre-arrange a digital download through Cochenille.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5260 Easy Improve Your Knitting Technique Patty Lyons
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There's always room for improvement! Does your knitting 'row out' (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We'll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-on and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the "bag of why"), so come with your questions and let's explore our knitting.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases, recognize the knit and purl stitches, and be able to work them in a pattern.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Ever since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, we've been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle...TA DAAA!!!

A lot has changed since those days but one thing has remained...how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right!

Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we're gonna grab some fluff and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick) and make yarn!

This hands-on experience is for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with the basics of how to transform fluff into yarn, then we'll dive right in and play with the fuzzy stuff. WOOHOO!

Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn't know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...

Materials fee: $20 includes spindle and yarn
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1693 No skills required Playing in the Grid Laura Murray
Even a novice can create spectacular designs easily with paintstiks, stamps, and fusible web.

Learn a breakthrough fusible applique method that removes the sewing challenge from the process. Create complex designs by layering fusible-backed shapes on a base fabric.

Students enjoy use of instructor's paintstiks and stamps while learning fun coloring and fusing techniques to complete a unique 10" design in class.

Note: A $25 Kit Fee will be collected during class: Includes
color handout,fabrics,several pre-painted and pre-fusible shapes (to save time), fusible web, use of class paints, and stamps, and additional miscellaneous supplies.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1140 Easy One-day Skirt Cal Patch
Make a skirt in one day! In this 6-hour class, Cal will show you how to cut from a pattern and sew a classic, flattering, A-line skirt. She provides the pattern; your bring your machine. 

You will learn how to sew darts, seams and seam finishes, hems, invisible zippers and bias-tape facings - all elements you need to begin making your own clothes.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.

Skirt pattern and will be provided for in-class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3145 Intermediate No-sew, Set-in Sleeves Sarah Peasley
Are you tired of trying to figure out how to sew in a set-in sleeve? Have you ever tried to design one from scratch? Those bell curves and ratios can drive you nutty! Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with very little math, and no unsightly seams! Armhole shaping variations, alternative stitch patterns, and sleeve decrease calculations will also be discussed.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1105 Intermediate Intro to Stacked Stitches Xandy Peters
Stacked stitches are an innovative approach to striped colorwork, best known as the technique behind the Fox Paws pattern. Stacks can add shaping, create 3d texture, replace short rows, and when combined with stripes, they create intricate motifs without unsightly strands on the wrong side of your projects. You'll never need to manage more than one color at a time or worry about bobbins because stacked stitches bend rows of garter stitch into new shapes and patterns using only increases and decreases.

This introductory class will enable knitters of all levels to try out the technique in a swatch and become confident working patterns that incorporate stacked stitches. We will focus on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and learn several strategies for avoiding problems and fixing mistakes.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: The Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Transform simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth -- bend it, fold it, or double it back on itself with Dimensional Tuck Knitting.

Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches.

Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9058 No skills required Introduction to Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
Start by learning or being reminded of some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler. Then learn some novel embellishment techniques that add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark-colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1150 Advanced Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Exploration Gayle Roehm
From easy to brain-bending! We'll start with stitch pattern that gives you a lot of "bang for the buck"-it is lovely and relatively easy to knit. Then we'll move on to more challenging stitch patterns with patterning on both right- and wrong-side rows and some with complex combinations. You'll get plenty of practice with author Shida Himoti's style and with the charts and symbols.

Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9017 Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments On a Sewing Machine Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you're new to sewing clothes for yourself, this class is for you. Work with a variety of fabrics and notions following Jennifer's step-by-step guidance to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.

Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray. Built-in stretch makes them easy to fit. We'll start by discussing the best needles and notions to use, then talk about a variety of knits and how to use them.

You will leave class with a reference binder full of knit samples that include a variety of seam treatments and finishing techniques. Your reference guide will take the mystery out of working with knits at home.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1668 No skills required Tapestry 101: Beginnings Kennita Tully
Learn how to warp a simple frame loom, learn the importance of tension and selvedge control and become familiar with tapestry-weaving terminology. You will begin weaving heading and working Soumak to separate the warp threads, then try simple horizontal and vertical stripes, spots, blocks of color, slits, diagonals, and curves.
We will also discuss warp and weft choices, sett, sources for materials, and finishing methods.

Tapestry is a wonderfully creative medium requiring little overhead and equipment costs. Besides being another outlet for creativity, tapestry weaving also uses up odd bits of yarn!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1103 No skills required Beginner Punch Needle Una Walker
Punch Needle is a simple, quick to learn technique with endless design possibilities. There is no need to stress over the design, the lines are drawn for you; just color inside them. No counting stitches and finishing is a snip of your scissors! Learn the basics of Punch Needle while completing beautiful wall art on linen.

Materials fee: $35 for the pre-stretched linen canvas with design and all the yarn needed to complete. A punch needle will be supplied to complete the project in class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4006 Intermediate Addictive Argyle! (and Other Retro Designs): Sock Harry Wells
Love those classic diamond shapes called Argyle, but mystified about how to accomplish them? In this workshop, you will learn the key tips for mastering the classic technique of knitting Argyle flat with bobbins, and a seaming method that makes the seams nearly invisible and not bulky. Each stage of the construction of an argyle sock will be covered, which is both similar and different to the traditional top down heel flap sock. Also covered will be how to chart your own Argyle patterns for different gauges, very cool retro and contemporary variations on Argyle, other intarsia retro sock designs, and designing with Argyle patterns in garments and accessories.

Note: Prerequisite Skill Level: Participants must be able to cast on (long tail cast-on preferable) and work knit, purl, K2 tog, and SSK without assistance. Also must have experience and be able to knit in the round with double points without assistance. Knowledge of top down sock design with basic heel flap technique will be helpful, but not necessary; pattern will be written in detail to accomplish the design.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5281 Intermediate Knitting with Beads, Every Which Way but Loose Myra Wood
Bead Knitting and Beaded Knitting; what's the difference? Find out, along with learning how to add beads to your knitting using different pre-strung bead techniques. Bling up your knitting and make jewelry too.

We'll start by learning how to add pre-strung beads to yarn and how to string your own beads for multi-color patterns. We'll move on to the logic of knitting with beads -starting with the easiest methods, building up to more intricate patterning and how to place it into circular and lace knitting.

We'll work on a sampler so you can experiment with the various methods in class, and you'll leave with complete directions and a pattern for knitting a scarf with beads.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5304 Intermediate Excrescences: Bobbles, Bumps, Lumps, Leaves, & Ledges Anna Zilboorg
This class will explore the many possible ways of making a three-dimensional addition to a knitted surface. In doing this, we'll make a sampler of nupps, bobbles, and larger shapes. A few esoteric techniques will appear, such as making multiple I-cords at the same time, and we'll be expanding into over-all patterns and graceful leafy panels. Knitting need never be flat.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1231 No skills required Make Color Work for You Phyllis Bell Miller
Do you cringe when confronted with the dozens of color choices out there? Does the color wheel give you cold feet? This workshop shows you how to cut though the confusion and make color work for you.

While creating your own color wheel out of pom-poms to use as a valuable tool, you will review essential color principles and learn how to create more than 50 color schemes using any color that you choose. You will also learn how to streamline your choices by using color groups, undertones, and value keys. In addition, you'll learn how to identify and build historic and ethnic color schemes and how to capture and match colors as professionals do. The many handouts will be a valuable reference for every project. These skills apply to all areas of design including knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, embroidery, wardrobe planning, and decorating.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1116 Advanced Colors that Climb Lorilee Beltman
Stranding color vertically in your knitting offers new possibilities where many colors can be worked at once! We will learn how to introduce the new color strands to our work, how to work with them so they are user friendly, and how to adequately anchor the stitches without overdoing it.

Once you learn the tricks in class, the technique is easy to execute and repeat. Everyone can do it.

The beauty happens in creative applications. We will work one simple stockinette motif to learn the rules, then a lace and purled version as pictured.

Lastly knitters will work their choice of the many motifs remaining in the handout. Any of the motifs can be worked into existing plain patterns without ruining the gauge nor the elasticity of the fabric. I'll show you how and inspire you with stacks of samples. Class demonstrations are done in both in English and Continental styles.

Note: Must be comfortable working in the round at a small circumference as for a mitten or sock. You may use DPNs, two circulars, or Magic Loop but must be able to do so unassisted. Some experience with two-handed color work is a plus, but not necessary.

Materials fee: $4 wool yarn in multiple colors for a variety and to achieve consistent results.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1066 Intermediate Stranded/Fair Isle Knitting: Improve Your Efficiency Anne Berk
Working with 2 colors on the same row can seem slow and confusing. In this class, explore different methods of knitting with 2 yarns at once to find the best technique for you. While practicing, we will also explore color combinations and design elements that will allow you to customize your knitting and express your creativity.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8082 Intermediate Interwoven Crochet Marly Bird
Discover crocheters answer to Double-knitting -- Interwoven Crochet. Learn to work with two different yarns. Marly shares how to layer lacy stitches with other techniques. You'll create reversible fabric, but it's up to you whether both sides match!

Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1122 No skills required An Intro to Kumihimo Gwen Bortner
The ancient Japanese craft of Kumihimo creates a beautiful unique cord, perfect for using up bits of left-over yarns. We will focus on learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. A variety of samples showing the possibilities of combining of colors and fibers will also be provided. Then we will discuss options for using the cords to create buttons, ties, frogs and other custom closures.

Get a taste of the basics of Kumihimo and leave inspired by the boundless possibilities for those small amounts of leftover fiber!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1323 Intermediate Think Outside the Braid Heavenly Bresser
As we explore different ways to spin combed-top braids including gradient spinning, combination drafting, and spinning multiple braids together into one yarn, we will use both color theory and creativity for the best results.

Our goal is to gain confidence in spinning braids with varying colors into a cohesive yarn AND to think outside the box to achieve your desired outcome from the raw materials.

Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and ply a 2-ply yarn. Drop-spindle friendly class!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1098 Intermediate Getting Started with Patterned Brioche JC Briar
Take plain brioche rib, add increases and decreases and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five!) and decreasing from three (or five!) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the right decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience is necessary. You'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.

Note: No prior experience with brioche is required.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1154 Easy Sequence Knitting: 1-row Patterns Cecelia Campochiaro
Learn about the easiest kind of sequence knitting: the wonderful world of 1-row patterns. The fabrics are reversible, don't curl, and are a wonderful way to use almost any kind of yarn including solid, tweeds, and handpaints.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1351 Intermediate Ultimate Color Crochet Robyn Chachula
Do you love color and texture? Then this class is for you! We will be playing with the amazing techniques of interlocking crochet, overlay crochet, and mosaic crochet. That all sounds very fancy, but in simple terms we will be expanding our knowledge of crochet and playing with where we place stitches to achieve creative colorful patterns that have depth and dimension.

Note: This class is for the intermediate-level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1124 Easy Easy Fit Jeane deCoster
Make sure your garments will fit before you cast on!

Jean shares easy tips and how to apply them for sweaters you will wear proudly. We will begin with the schematic; it is a valuable part of any printed pattern. Because it is so small, it is often overlooked. We will turn it into a full-size rendition, analyze it, and then insert knitter's graph paper at the armhole, neck and shoulder to understand the shaping. We will see which measurements matter, and how this varies by style: drop, modified, set-in, and raglan.

You'll learn how to make that full-size schematic into a quick mock-up to test the fit . We will discuss how gauge, ease, and drape play into the mix for sweater success.

Note this is not a knit-your-first-sweater class. Students must be able to work from and understand a pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7085 No skills required My Aching Hands (and Wrists)! Carson Demers
Few knitters don't complain about discomfort in their hands and wrists at some point in their knitting journey. New knitters, beware!
Learn what contributes to knitter's discomfort and, most importantly, how to avoid it. Unlearn techniques that don't serve to keep you knitting comfortably, learn to make choices to ease the work your hands do, and get some tips for making them better.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5270 Intermediate A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting Without Tapes and Rulers Franklin Habit
A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast-on to finished garment using neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body, and of the knitting itself, to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit. Through lecture, and practice students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you'll need a tape measure…but not for long.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1583 Easy Event Plaid Crochet Barry Klein
Crochet has become more and more important in the fashion world and with this class we are taking it to area of accessories and home decor. We will work with a classic crochet stitch to create a striped openwork filet in the number of yarns and rows needed to create your own unique plaid. We'll talk about how to create your plaid at the beginning of class. Once the base filet is created, we will work with the same yarns to create the plaid. It's a fun simple process and makes an incredible design.

Note: Students must have basic crochet knowledge.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5392 Intermediate Seriously Sassy Stripes! Patty Lyons
Add a little zing to any project with stripes! There's more to it than you think. In this workshop you will learn tricks like weaving in ends as you go, how to carry yarn up the side of your work, the best ways to join a new ball (including the super cool felted join), how to stripe in rib without a color break, jogless join when striping in the round and more! We will also go over fun design elements to spice up your work, like slip stitching, mixing in garter ridges, random stripe generator and variegated yarns. Time to get your stripe on!

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1143 No skills required Beginner Shuttle Tatting: Learning the Basics Carol Mesimer
Taking the mystery out of tatting is easier than you imagined. There is only one two-step knot used to make this intricate lacework. Students will learn how to make chains and rings and how to learn to read modern patterns for interesting designs.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6108 Easy Basic Cable Techniques Sarah Peasley
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order.

Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1438 No skills required Color Theory for Fiber Artists Xandy Peters
Learn strategies to help you quickly and efficiently try out exciting yarns and colors in your knitting. First, we will use coloring pages to explore our innate color sense. The fundamental concepts of color interaction and theory will be introduced in a lecture format. During the presentation, students will learn about the color wheel, historical points of interest, and will see examples of quick and dirty color-ups from a fashion industry perspective, focusing on methods of exploring color combinations without the expense of yarn and the time intensive process of swatching. Students are encouraged to bring in "difficult" yarns, spinning fiber, and color inspiration. Coloring and knitting swatches during the lecture time is encouraged.

In the second half of the class, we discuss everyone's coloring pages and yarn comparisons. This is an interactive and conversational class, designed to show range of palettes and color perspectives and how a pattern is changed by color.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1696 Intermediate Design Your Own Lace Shawl Anne Podlesak
This class will walk knitters through the process of designing a shawl. Anne will discuss the various shawl shapes. how to work with lace-motif repeats, and how to chart them into the shawl shaping. We will also cover various bind-off and edging/borders options.

During class, participants choose a shape and begin creating a chart for their shawl. Hands-on will cover swatching and developing an understanding of how it all works together.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1014 Easy Macro Yubinuki Tracy Purtscher
Yubinuki are Japanese thimbles with a centuries old history and rich tradition. Akin in concept to Tamari Balls, it is the cross layering of colorful threads that creates the beautiful geometric designs and traditionally worked in fine silk threads,

Students will learn Yubinuki history while combining this ancient technique with modern materials, in a much larger scale, to create their own thimble, ring, or bangle bracelet

Note: Basic knowledge of buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch is helpful.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1104 Easy Dorset Buttons: The Basics Catherine Redford
Dorset buttons have a history dating back to the seventeenth century in the UK. Learn the basics to create your own buttons you can use to embellish your next knitting project, a purse, or even make into unique jewelry.

Note: A $3 kit fee for rings and needle will be collected in class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4116 Advanced Japanese Fingerless Mitts by Hitomi Shida Gayle Roehm
Knitters who love beautiful stitches have found many new patterns in the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. Join the translator to knit the fingerless mitts project from this book, and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. These mitts are a good introductory project because they're worked in the round, and you don't have to worry about wrong-side patterning. We'll start the first mitt in class, practicing chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later at home. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.

Note: Must be comfortable working from charts; should have lace experience.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9009 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you have ever wanted to sew for yourself, but felt that you needed a little help along the way, this class is perfect. Using my Easy Fit and Sew One-Piece Yoga Pant Pattern, you'll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size. Then I'll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite yoga pants.

I've taken the guess work out of choosing the right fabric; black 4-way stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results and to sew knit garments with your sewing machine.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.


Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1265 Easy Working in the Round: How to Knit the Magic Loop Eloise Wagers
Hands on class to understand the technique of using Clover's latest interchangeable knitting needles to knit a seamless circle... great for knitting socks, caps, sleeves etc. instead of using double point needles! Pattern, Clover needles and materials will be provided to knit an eyeglass case using the Magic Needle technique.

If you are not adept at knitting with double points…learning the Magic Needle technique is for you! Easy to learn, only looks complicated.

As a bonus for embellishment, Clover's Tassel Maker and Cord Twister will be demonstrated and available for class use.

 Note: Must have basic knitting knowledge. This class will not cover basics.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1136 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 2: Putting it all Together Myra Wood
You have completed Irish Crochet motifs; now you need to know how to join them into a fabric. This class is all about connecting motifs with Irish Crochet netting or "filling". Learn how to prepare the finished motifs, arrange them confidently and creatively, and join them using 2 different styles of joining-1 super-easy and 1 more complicated.

Myra will explain how to construct a garment, join the front and back seamlessly and finish the edges. Her completed garments clarify the process. Bring a bunch of Irish Crochet motifs and let's make some beautiful Irish Crochet fabric!

Note: You must know how to make Irish Crochet motifs. Modern Irish Crochet I: Making Motifs will teach you what you need to know if you have no previous experience.
Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
1686 No skills required Movement for Crafters Jay Giannini

Take a little time for your body! Jay's class is a great way to prepare for or recover from a big day at STITCHES. She shares the basic stretch-and-strengthen routine she has developed for all crafters. With the ability to move more fluidly, the time we spend doing what we love can be more enjoyable.

Participants will be provided with a yoga mat, small blanket and block to use during the class; chairs will be available should you prefer a Chair/Standing flow. Her flow routine of universal stretches linked with breathing targets wrists, shoulders, hips, spine, knees, and ankles.

Jay believes that practicing self-care is essential to being part of a crafting community centered on equality and the empowerment of others. 

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows movement.

Friday 10:30 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting, crocheting or stitching! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1290 No skills required Make Design Decisions Like a Pro Phyllis Bell Miller
Whether you design a garment from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. Using elements and principles of design can help you make creative decisions rather than guessing and praying.

Using straightforward formulas we will determine the most flattering proportions for your garment - length, size, and even placement of patterns and design elements.

Alternation, Sequence, Gradation, Transition, and Concentricity will help you design more interesting color arrangements, stripes, details, and even edgings.

Light, Texture, Contrast, and Line lead the way in making some elements prominent while others recede. Most importantly, we'll see how Emphasis, Unity, Repetition, Balance, Rhythm, and Harmony create a unified look.

These concepts become real design tools with the visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6122 Intermediate Shetland Sky and Sea Denise Bell
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?

In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 3 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye, the Cockleshell, and the Shetland Heart. They all involve patterning on every row and require a bit of concentration, but are well worth the effort!

Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1117 Intermediate Revolutionize Your Knitting with Magic Loop Lorilee Beltman
If you and double-pointed needles just don't get along, it's time to try the Magic Loop technique. It allows you to knit at any circumference using only long circular needles. We'll learn a little knitting history as we go round and round - getting our stitches just right. No ladders from loose stitches. No tight stitches at the edges.

Learn tips for working the technique comfortably and quickly with beautiful results. Once you understand how to manipulate the needles we will make sure you know where to use it. Obvious? Socks and mittens. Not so obvious? Circular shawls. Afghan squares that are worked from the middle out but are flat pieces of knitting. Sweater sleeves. Glove fingers. Toys.

Learn how to work magic loop on a hat - which starts with an opening that closes at the bind off - and a top-down mitten or center-out flat square or shawl which start closed and grow outward. Lastly we'll be sure we understand that this new-found magic loop knowledge shortens those long lists of needles required for some patterns, especially sweaters and circular shawls. Do you have a pattern that calls for a long circular, a short circular, and DPNs? Forget that. Magic loop is the answer.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5381 Easy 'Be Creative: Lazy Short Rows Creative Shortcuts Steven Berg
You want to impress your friends with gorgeous short-row curves but you're not in the mood for intense technical knitting? Worry no more! Allow Steven, the ultimate Lazy Knitter, to show you the way to beautiful and stress-free knitting!

Learn Steven's signature short-row technique to make an amazing cowl, stress-free! Work smarter, not harder.

Use Steven's signature Mix colors, yarn weights, and textures together to create a truly unique garment that looks like it took months to finish.

Be lazy yet fabulous! And don't worry. . .what happens in class stays in class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1041 Easy Intarsia Garter Stitch Anne Berk
Intarsia allows knitters to paint pictures on their knitting and control color, while making a single layer fabric. Have you ever wondered why intarsia is always done in stockinette? Intarsia garter stitch is tricky but a lot of fun to knit! Learn to break that rule, so the benefits of garter stitch (reversible fabric that does not curl, and row gauge that equals stitch gauge) can be incorporated into your intarsia designs.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5282 Intermediate Round and Round "Wee" Go: DPNs, 2 Circs, and Magic Loop Gwen Bortner
Knitting in the round on small circumferences can be challenging but it is a skill most knitters need in their bag of tricks. Double points can be intimidating. Using two circulars can be confusing. And magic loop is often a mystery.

Learn pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for each of these methods designed specifically for seamlessly knitting small-circumference pieces. Cast-on challenges and what to watch for will be discussed and tried for each method. Techniques for switching from one needle to the next will be covered as well. Come to class, try all three, and decide which is your favorite.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1403 Intermediate Fearless Plying! Heavenly Bresser
No more stress! Join us as we tackle ply techniques on the spinning wheel.

Learn how to establish and maintain a smooth rhythm while Navajo plying. Explore ways to ply from a center-pull ball for better control and fewer tangles.

We will also discuss what makes for a truly balanced yarn, how to intentionally spin an "off" balance yarn and the many reasons you might want to do so. Finally, we'll take a look at additional tools for your future plying endeavors. Are you ready? Let's ply!

Note: Techniques will be shown on the spinning wheel. Students can take spindle-spun yarn and ply from their singles onto the wheel OR from bobbins if the singles were spun on the wheel and ply onto a new bobbin on their wheel.
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am     SOLD OUT
2060 Easy Cast-on Trickery JC Briar
It's a shame that many knitters aren't familiar with provisional and tubular cast-ons. They permit all sorts of trickery: no-sew hems, scarves with identical ends, seamless underarms in top-down sweaters, ribbing that appears to flow from one side of the fabric to the other, and much more. Try a few provisional cast-ons, and find your new favorite. Discover options for creating the perfect tubular cast-on.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1558 Intermediate Exploring Marls and Colorwork: A Hands-on Workshop Cecelia Campochiaro
Learn how to design and make beautiful and complex marled fabrics with fine yarns. Cecelia will discuss choosing yarn and colors for successful pieces as you swatch for both color and hand. Building on the basic concepts, you will learn how to determine the right gauge for a marl fabric, how to work with many colors, and how to create pleasing marl sequences.

From basic concepts through marl-making logistics to successful projects, Cecelia will give you yet another way to enjoy knitting with fine yarns!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1353 Easy Tunisian Crochet Lace Robyn Chachula
Tunisian crochet is often confused as either knit or crochet, but its unique construction can often mimic woven fabric.

In class we will refresh ourselves on the basic Tunisian stitches, then dive into working it as lace. We will use 3 different techniques and break them down to see how rewarding the process can be as we explore:
* extended stitches
* yarn overs
* chain spaces
* combinations of all those.

Note: Students should be able to chain and work Tunisian Simple Stitch.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1474 No skills required Applying Ergonomic Techniques to your Knitting Carson Demers
Looking to improve your knitting's efficiency, productivity, and even knit more comfortably?

Then this is the class for you! Working in small groups under the watchful eye of the knitter who literally wrote the book on the ergonomics of knitting, you'll receive direct feedback on your technique.

Carson will help you learn to identify common knitter mistakes that slow you down, cause discomfort and put you at risk for injury. Best of all, you'll learn how to correct them!

The class also covers how to identify ergonomic risk through chart analysis - from simple to complex so you can plan for and mitigate problems before you encounter them. You'll learn basic ergonomic principles and ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse, including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit and purl stitches.
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
1686 No skills required Movement for Crafters Jay Giannini

Take a little time for your body! Jay's class is a great way to prepare for or recover from a big day at STITCHES. She shares the basic stretch-and-strengthen routine she has developed for all crafters. With the ability to move more fluidly, the time we spend doing what we love can be more enjoyable.

Participants will be provided with a yoga mat, small blanket and block to use during the class; chairs will be available should you prefer a Chair/Standing flow. Her flow routine of universal stretches linked with breathing targets wrists, shoulders, hips, spine, knees, and ankles.

Jay believes that practicing self-care is essential to being part of a crafting community centered on equality and the empowerment of others. 

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows movement.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting Franklin Habit
Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called "illusion") knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view-perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1481 Intermediate Wärme Mitts Vickie Howell
The geometric look of log cabin knitting continues to make an old technique look modern, especially when it's applied to a must-have accessory, wrist warmers!

In Vickie's latest book, The Knit Vibe, contributing designer and owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns, Heather Walpole, created the greatest little pair of graphic gloves! The Wa'rme Mitts employ playfully colorful log-cabin rows combined with clever thumb shaping. Vickie will show how to work the techniques, talk about how color choices greatly affect the look of the project, and get students well on their way towards finishing one of their mitts!


 A copy of The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body and Soul will be included in the class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1131 Intermediate Double Your Fun: Using Two Rigid Heddles Deborah Jarchow
Expand your weaving skills and make 2 layers of cloth on the rigid-heddle loom. While weaving, the layers can be connected along one edge to make cloth twice the width of your loom, create tubes, or pockets. During the 2-day workshop you will learn to thread the loom using two heddles and weave a sample.

Learn how to set up and thread for double-heddle weaving. Then weave cloth at double the sett of the heddles used and explore various beautiful patterns that the extra heddle can make possible. Practice creating 2 layers of cloth, each a different color, and learn how to make pockets and tubes in the woven cloth.

This workshop is for students that have some experience with rigid heddle and want to move on to the next level.

Lab fee: $10
Note: Having your own loom is ideal, but Deborah has a limited number available for a rental fee of $50. If you email her at Djweaves@earthlink.net she will reserve one for you.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3014 Intermediate Top Down and All Around Barry Klein
Learn the basic techniques for knitting from the top down. We will jump right in and start working on a small sweater which might fit a 1-year-old or Teddy Bear. During the class, we will talk about variations, different techniques, and different ways to knit from the top down. Barry will cover various increases, yarn selection, a bit of math and more.  When class is over, you will have  a partially complete sample with the elements complete so you can understand the full process, potential, and you will be ready to design a top-down sweater from scratch using your measurements.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3135 Intermediate Customizing Sweater Patterns Patty Lyons
How many times have you thought, "I'd like that sweater but I wish it had ..." Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew-neck to a V-neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own!

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Should be familiar with sweater knitting, sweater patterns, and have knit a couple of sweaters. Solid knowledge of math of gauge required. Customizing is for flat sweater pieces, not for top down raglan construction.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1279 No skills required Hitomezashi Sashiko Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Sashiko, the Japanese hand stitching technique for patching and reinforcing fabric is the hot "new" trend in hand stitching. Traditional Sashiko stitches and modern adaptations can be seen in the visible mending trend, in home decor, and on fashion runways. In this class, we will learn the traditional hand stitched patterns of Hitomezashi Sashiko worked on a grid to create geometric stitch patterns using a simple running stitch to give you a solid foundation to create small-scale motifs so you can apply those skills on a larger scale to overall fabric alterations, enhancements, and quilting. We will also show you how these technique tie in beautifully to slow stitching and visible mending practices.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1497 No skills required Color Your Fabric with Paintstiks Laura Murray
If you can color on paper, you can color on fabric to create exactly the right color, texture, and print for your projects--all washable--from bold graphics to subtle batiks and more. You'll create a series of samples illustrating a variety of techniques for your own reference and inspiration in this fun, fast-moving overview of paintstik techniques.

Materials fee $20 for 1 stencil brush, 1 paintstik, and use of Laura's paintstiks, rubbing plates, stamps, and general supplies.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1304 Intermediate Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic Cal Patch
Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. When you go one step further and draft your own pattern, the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways. Keep it short and loose-fitting for a Boxy Tee, or make it longer with a bit more ease in a fabric with drape (like linen) and it is a Drapy Tunic.

This intro to pattern-drafting is perfect if you want to dip your toe in the water - and the seaming of this basic shape could not be simpler. It is a lovely blank-canvas garment for all other techniques: embroidery, piecing, quilting, dyeing, and eco-printing. Of course, you can combine and layer the treatments to create even more special garments.

You can even take fat quarters or smaller cuts of precious fabrics - not enough for a complete garment - and work them into a masterpiece. Piece them together, placing some of those treasured morsels front and center, and play around with different seam placements.

You will begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut and sew a quick muslin as your fit-sample. Tweak the pattern if necessary.

Next, you may turn the sample muslin into a wearable top, or you might cut a new one in fashion fabric, perhaps adding the details of extra seams or pockets. Beginners may keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills may customize to their hearts' content. Everyone will leave with a shirt that reflects their personality and ideas to make endless variations!

Please have at least advanced beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Iron and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4108 Intermediate Old School Cuff-to-toe Socks Sarah Peasley
Plain old vanilla socks may sound boring, but traditional, cuff-down, heel-flap socks are an excellent first sock project, an ideal choice for on-the-go knitting, and a great way to connect to knitters of yore (although sock yarn is WAY more fun now than it used to be!). Use double-pointed needles to knit a sock from the cuff down. Start with a ribbed cuff, turn a perfect heel (without that pesky hole at the corner!), and finish with a round toe. You'll make a mini sock in class, but you'll leave with the information needed to make your own custom-fit cuff-down socks!

Techniques to be covered
* Counting rows
* Heel flap
* Turning the heel
* Gusset shaping
* Taking foot measurements
* Adding a stitch pattern to a sock
* Round toe
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1105 Intermediate Intro to Stacked Stitches Xandy Peters
Stacked stitches are an innovative approach to striped colorwork, best known as the technique behind the Fox Paws pattern. Stacks can add shaping, create 3d texture, replace short rows, and when combined with stripes, they create intricate motifs without unsightly strands on the wrong side of your projects. You'll never need to manage more than one color at a time or worry about bobbins because stacked stitches bend rows of garter stitch into new shapes and patterns using only increases and decreases.

This introductory class will enable knitters of all levels to try out the technique in a swatch and become confident working patterns that incorporate stacked stitches. We will focus on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and learn several strategies for avoiding problems and fixing mistakes.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7134 No skills required I Dyed Shaving Tracy Purtscher
Create unique fabrics that reflect your personality. Colors, swirls, dots, squiggles, stripes, exactly what you want, and where you want it. No dye pots allowed! Get your creative juices in a lather and come shaving-cream dye with me!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9084 Intermediate Further Steps in Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
You've got the basic embroidery stitches mastered, now it's time to add to your stitch vocabulary. We'll work on a pre-printed sampler as we learn crested chain, bullion stitch, drizzle stitch, and lots more that will enhance your next embroidery project. We'll also discuss how Catherine includes her embroideries in her quilts.

Note: Need to have taken class 9058 Intro to Folk Art Embroidery or have knowledge of the basics.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Gayle Roehm
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we'll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We'll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you're not sure. We'll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1471 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Tunic Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer to sew an easy-to-make and easy-to-wear tunic. And if you're new to garment sewing, this is the perfect way to get started.

You'll have the opportunity to try on sample tunics to pick your size and learn a few easy adjustments for a perfect fit. Then we'll cut it out and sew it together. You'll leave class with your custom top and the confidence to sew more.

Discover the magic that happens when you create something that makes you feel good every time you wear it--as a layer over a tank or paired with leggings.

Note: Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1669 Easy Tapestry 201: Beyond the Basics Kennita Tully
This class takes some of the techniques introduced in Tapestry 101 and explores them for a deeper understanding. Additional techniques such as hatching, distorted (eccentric) wefts, and outlining will be covered. 

Note: Must have basic weaving knowledge and skills OR have taken Tapestry 101.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1700 No skills required Not Your Momma's Rug Hooking Una Walker
Punch Needle Rug Hooking is a great way to use up yarn and create items for your home and personal use, with much more ease than "traditional rug hooking". Whether you are just beginning your hooking adventure, or you are an experienced rug hooker and are looking to expand your rug hooking knowledge, this workshop is for you! Una will teach you the basics of Punch Needle Rug Hooking while completing a small project using a punch needle and yarn. You will leave the class confident to go on and create projects on your own.

Materials fee: $25 for kit with backing materials and yarns to complete project.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1694 Intermediate Cocoknits Sweater Workshop Julie Weisenberger
Join Julie for an overview of the Cocoknits method of knitting a seamless, top-down, set-in sleeve sweater. She will explain what English Tailoring is, and why it creates such a great-fitting sweater when paired with set-in sleeves.

You will work on the increases used in the method, KLL, KRL, PLL, PRL, and the pick-up-and-knit technique, then practice these techniques on swatches.

Julie will then teach you how to use the Cocoknits Sweater Worksheet which allows you to easily keep track of your increases on a seamless yoke. You should be ready to go home and cast-on for an adult sweater from her book, The Cocoknits Sweater Workshop.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories; basic finishing techniques
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5305 Easy Stunning Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting Harry Wells
Slip-stitch knits can boast amazing colorwork without the hassle of stranding or working with multiple colors in a row! Stunning results such as intricate mosaic designs, textural colorwork like houndstooth, and more are in your future. Along with the basic technique, learn to predict when combinations of variegated and solid color yarn work together and when they will not, how charts are written and read differently for mosaics. Practical tips about navigating the technique and advice regarding the best uses for mosaic knitting are included. Once you learn the technique, and as time permits, you will begin a hat or a scarf (your choice) designed by the instructor, or use the reference books to chart your own mosaic pattern onto a scarf.

Note: Participants must be able to cast on (long tail cast-on preferable) and work knit, purl, K2 tog, and SSK without assistance.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1037 Intermediate Creative Multi-directional Knitting Myra Wood
Ever thought to yourself, "I'm just not creative?" or found yourself in a creative slump? This energizing hands-on workshop and lecture will dispel the myths and rekindle your creative fire. Even if you don't think of yourself as an artist, you'll learn how to unleash your creativity using a step-by-step process of color, texture, and simple design to take your knitting in different directions. Spend a day exploring a new approach to multi-directional knitting and discover how with just a few measurements and some quick plans, you'll be off on a true knitting adventure.

Starting with a simple panel that can be modified into a purse or sweater front, you'll learn the steps it takes to create your own spectacular fabric. Stitch your way through different techniques and stitch patterns and go home with a plan and solutions for finishing your own unique design without a written pattern. Be prepared for some serious fun!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole, and it IS a perfect buttonhole.

It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close.

There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters--once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with 2 colors (never purl Fair Isle again); plus other hints which are more or less arcane but no less useful.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
2061 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs JC Briar
How do you keep your bind-off edge from being too tight? With a stretchy bind-off! Try options with bigger bind-off loops, with more elaborate loops, and simply with more loops. Learn about sewn bind-offs, sideways bind-offs, and bind-offs that use a crochet hook in novel ways.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1292 No skills required Seven Steps to Success with Plaid, Striped, & Print Fabrics Phyllis Bell Miller
This workshop will guide you as to select and work with different kinds of patterned fabrics: plaids, stripes, and prints. You will learn how to
1) select fabrics-knitted, woven, printed, dyed, etc.-and how to evaluate their quality, design, construction, and suitability for various garment styles;
2) select the correct style for the fabric's type and scale;
3) determine the amount of fabric to purchase;
4) plan and layout the garment for the best use of the fabric using the exclusive matching chart included in the course;
5) the easiest way to prepare the pattern and fabric to get professional results;
and 6) how to assemble and fit the garment like a pro. Participants will receive an extensive handout packet that covers all information covered during the workshop.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.

Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2047 Easy Perfect Edgings: Necklines and Collars Anne Berk
The edging is an important design element, providing beauty and function. At the neckline, the edge also frames the face -a focal point for any sweater.

Multiple neckline options-from simple to more complex-will be covered in this hands-on class: V-neck, boat-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and collared necklines. Learn the basics of each, and you'll have one more way to ensure that your garments present a professional appearance from first stitch to last!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5279 Easy Dual Cables Marly Bird
This is a little fancy knitting with traditional techniques. The Dual Cable class teaches knitters how to work with two colors at the same time while adding cables to the knitting. It is a new adventure in knitting for many and one that you will want to take many times over. On this adventure you learn how to make your very own pair of boot toppers!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1690 Intermediate Designing Your Own Hat Louis Boria
In this class Louis shares his process for designing your own hat using simple templates. Each area of the hat presents design considerations.

Brim work:
- The best cast-on for hats (Long tail vs. German Twist).
- Hat fit (fitted vs. slouchy) and how many stitches to cast on.
- Benefits of knitting with elastic thread.
- Striped brims; 1x1 vs. 2x2 ribbing. 
- Brim length.

 Body of the hat:
- Deciding on the construction.
- Selecting stitches; how to determine what stitches work well together.
- The importance of pairing stitches based on stitch sequence.
- Adding simple cables.
- How to translate stitch instruction from knitting flat to knitting in the round.
- Determining body length.

Working the crown and finishes:
- Using simple math to determine your decreases for the crown.
- Explaining why we knit a row in between our decrease rows.
- Weaving in ends.

And more:
- Combining different fibers and different weights to create those special hats.
- What to do when your brim becomes over-stretched.
- Adding pom-poms, tassels, patches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1326 Intermediate Lustrous Longwools Heavenly Bresser
Longwool fibers tend to have stereotypes that can turn away handspinners from a truly fantastic experience. Longwools have many uses in the knitting, crocheting, and weaving world. Luster is a fabulous characteristic of these breeds. In this class, you will learn how to choose a longwool breed for your intended end-use, spinning methods to maximize and even minimize luster and useful tips for controlling worsted and woolen prepped longwool fibers while spinning. We will discuss how to avoid 'pitfalls' when preparing these fibers for spinning and ways to make adjustments in your spinning techniques and wheel to take your longwool appreciation to new heights.

Note: Must be able to spin a consistent singles yarn and be able to ply a 2-ply yarn.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1097 Advanced Next Steps in Brioche JC Briar
Maybe you've done one or two simple brioche projects, enough to know you like knitting brioche. What's next? Take this class to expand your options: See what's involved in knitting two-color brioche flat. (Hint: it's a four-row pattern!) Add patterning via increases and decreases. Try a super-slick I-cord selvedge. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.

Note: Prior experience working brioche rib is required. Completing the homework assignment before class is an excellent way to ensure you have the requisite skills and experience..
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
3066 Intermediate History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting Franklin Habit
In this session, examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Learn about the history of lace knitting and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful examples of lace, both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Note: Should be familiar with the basics of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1462 No skills required Boho Rope & Fiber Baskets Vickie Howell
What's old is new again, and rope baskets are definitely on-trend right now! You'll learn how to create beautiful, bohemian-style containers quickly using a crochet hook, cotton rope, and your favorite wool yarns or up-cycled (clothing or quilting) fabric cut into strips.

You'll leave with 2 unique rope bowls. They're addicting to make, so be prepared to make more when you get home!

MATERIALS FEE: $10 for rope for 2 baskets will be collected in class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1425 Easy Sewing Techniques for Combining Yarn Crafts with Fabric Susan Lazear
Why not add mixed-media techniques to your creative repertoire? Learn to combine knit or crochet with commercial fabrics. Using hand-techniques, you will make samples that can be used along with your knit and crochet swatches in a garment or accessory.

We will sample joining techniques, cut-and-sew our knits, add edgings, finishings, etc. and discuss knitting and crochet techniques for finishing your designs beautifully. Mixed Media is simple when you have the right techniques!

Note: Basic sewing skills required. Susan will also discuss machine sewing techniques, so bring your own machine if you'd like to try them in class.





Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5276 Intermediate Fantastic Cast-ons & Bind-offs Patty Lyons
How you start and end a project is an important decision. There are so many amazing cast-ons and bind-offs, I've gathered some of my favorite and most practical. We will go over great cast-ons and bind-offs for lace, for rib, and more. We will also look at pairing cast-ons and bind-offs that look great together. Let's start and end with a bang!

Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position), how to knit and purl, and have familiarity with stitch anatomy.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5379 Easy Reading Your Knitting Sarah Peasley
Have you ever taken the time to LOOK at your knitting?

* What does your cast-on row reveal?
* Which way do your stitches face?
* Are you on the right side or the wrong side of the fabric?
* How many rows have you worked? In stockinette? In garter stitch? In another stitch pattern?
* Did you remember to increase/decrease in the previous row?
* How many rows has it been since you last decreased/increased?
* How do you keep track of where you ARE?
* How do you figure out where you WERE?

Let's SLOW DOWN and learn the anatomy of a stitch, then study the fabric below the needles. Sarah has tricks to help you discover what you've done and where you are, and she will show you how to keep track going forward. In no time at all, you'll be a smarter, more confident knitter!

Note: Must be comfortable with knitting and purling.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1444 Intermediate Brioche Stitch Plaid Xandy Peters
Brioche stitch and Intarsia color work can be best of friends. In fact, intarsia is easier with 2-color brioche than it is with stockinette or garter stitch!

We'll review 2-color brioche, then cast on a flat plaid swatch. Using a combination of stripes and intarsia, students will knit a double sided plaid fabric. In the second half of class, students will learn how to create their own plaid projects, how to work in the round, and how to add stitch patterns or shaping to a brioche intarsia project.

Note: Students must have a basic working understanding of Brioche to take this class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1335 Intermediate No Yokes About It: Perfecting Fit and Techniques for Your Yoke-patterned Sweater Anne Podlesak
Round yoke sweaters are flattering and quite rewarding to make once you understand the shaping details. We will focus on top-down construction, discuss the different increases and decreases--types, location, and frequency--required to shape the yoke and underarms for a well-fitting sweater.

The first day will cover the techniques, the math behind this type of construction, and ways to customize the fit. If you have swatched a yarn and stitch or color pattern, you are able to plan a custom-fit yoke using Anne's worksheet. Several of your measurements are unique to a well-fitting yoke sweater, so wear a layer if you wish to be measured, and bring your swatch (or work with hypothetical numbers) because stitch and row gauge are equally critical for yokes.

The second day will continue with stitch pattern choices and some basic color theory suggestions to develop and tailor the design to your own personal taste.

Note: Students should have some knowledge of knitting in the round, chart-reading, and know how to knit, purl, and work increases and decreases.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1201 Easy Embellished Embroidery Stitches Catherine Redford
Start with basic chain, back, and running stitches and take them from good to great with some fun embellishment techniques.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1147 Advanced A Japanese Hat with Traveling Stitches and Lace Gayle Roehm
Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns are delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. Join the translator to knit the lacy cabled hat from this book, and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. The hat is a good first project because it's worked in the round, and you don't have to worry about wrong-side patterning. We'll start the body with a provisional cast-on, then practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later at home. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.


Note: You MUST be comfortable working from a chart.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
8091 No skills required Tunisian Crochet 101 Sheila Rolfer
Tunisian crochet is almost a hybrid of crochet and knitting but only requires only one hook as you create fabric. One row worked a row of stitches onto the hook, then next row crochets them off for a texture unique to this technique. Sheila will demonstrate the basic techniques as you practice using Clover's new interchangeable Tunisian Crochet hooks and cords.
Note: Knowledge of basic crochet stitches helpful.

Sponsored by Clover.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1253 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Skort Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer and make a skirt with super powers--The Easy Knit Skort--a skirt+shorts!

You'll find yourself wearing this comfortable Skort everywhere. The gored skirt is made from black Performance Sports Knit with light-weight rayon knit shorts underneath.

This is a perfect beginner project for anyone who is interested in learning how to sew garments. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing knits with a sewing machine.

The skirt hem ends just above the knee but it can easily be lengthened or shortened. Once you see how easily one can add shorts to a skirt, you'll be tempted to add these super powers to all your skirts.

Note:Must bring your own sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. Ironing and cutting stations and serge protectors/extension cords will be provided.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1585 Easy I'll Put a Hex on You!: Hexagon Stitch and Other K1 Below Textures Harry Wells
Knitting in the Stitch Below is a technique that can create a wide variety of textural interest, checkered patterns, and embossed ribs in a knitted fabric that is thick, soft, and supple. As we cover all those variations and their characteristics, you will learn the techniques and practice them. One-color and two-color versions will be covered. You will have the choice of starting a hexagon-stitch cowl in the round or a scarf knitted flat using any of the textures learned.

Note: Must be able to accomplish the following without assistance: long tail cast-on, basic stitches (K, P, SSK, k2tog), and knitting in the round on circular needles.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
1686 No skills required Movement for Crafters Jay Giannini

Take a little time for your body! Jay's class is a great way to prepare for or recover from a big day at STITCHES. She shares the basic stretch-and-strengthen routine she has developed for all crafters. With the ability to move more fluidly, the time we spend doing what we love can be more enjoyable.

Participants will be provided with a yoga mat, small blanket and block to use during the class; chairs will be available should you prefer a Chair/Standing flow. Her flow routine of universal stretches linked with breathing targets wrists, shoulders, hips, spine, knees, and ankles.

Jay believes that practicing self-care is essential to being part of a crafting community centered on equality and the empowerment of others. 

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows movement.

Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1367 Intermediate The Take Away: A Study of Decreases Denise Bell
Whether you knit a sock, a sweater, a lace shawl, or any other project you most likely include decreases.

These stitches fall into at least three categories:
* Right-leaning single decreases
* Left-leaning single decreases
* Double decreases
The decrease you choose may impact the appearance, and even your working speed. Deciding which one is best comes from understanding its characteristics and how to execute it efficiently. We'll learn both of these essentials while knitting our decrease swatch.

In the nomenclature of Reference Librarians, this swatch will be your Ready Reference.

Note: Students must have basic knitting skills and some experience with knit increases and decreases
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1121 Intermediate The Cast-on That's Pure Magic Lorilee Beltman
Estonians have been using it since the 1970s. Americans were turned on to it when Judy Becker taught us via Knitty in 2006. If you haven't learned it yet, here's a perfect opportunity to learn and apply the Magic Cast-On. What's exciting is all the possibilities it offers to knitters! We will learn it, then work our way through ways to apply it.

Symmetrical lace scarves? You don't have to use and pick out waste yarn. Shawls that start with a garter-stitch tab? You don't have to pick up stitches on that icky cast-on edge. Toe-up socks? You don't have to tighten up loose stitches from Turkish or figure-8 cast-on, plus we will learn a common wedge-toe and a rounded-toe version. Infinity loop cowls? You don't have to pick out the waste yarn of a provisional cast-on. Hems? You don't have to sew down, and you don't have to pick up bumps of a long-tail cast-on and wonder if you're in the right column. This is general knitting knowledge you will apply to many areas of your knitting life.
Lorilee can work with conventional knitters, mirror-image left-hand knitters, and combination knitters in a way that suits you.
Note: If you have taken Lorilee's Professional-Looking Cuffs class in the past, there will be some overlap.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1075 Easy 'Be Creative: Your Color Story Steven Berg
Let Steven "Be" your crystal ball . . . discover your true colors and gain insight into your fiber choices. Are you a dignified yet fabulous white like Aurey Hepburn, or are you more of a fiery red spotlight-seeker like Kim Kardashian? Only Steven knows for sure.

Be inspired to express your unique personality and make your works of art more about YOU.

Experiment with your color loves and color shoves, and elevate your knits to the next level.

Show off a finished object or work-in-progress and Steven will tell your project's past and future!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5241 Easy Gauge Master Class Anne Berk
You know the importance of stitch gauge to manage the fit and size of a garment, but do you know how to gain and use that knowledge? This class will give you tips to efficiently knit and measure your gauge swatches to reveal their secrets for successful knitting results. Stitch, row, and yarn gauges will all be covered, using multiple weights of yarn and needles of different sizes. You will knit swatches and compare your results with classmates to see how gauge differs from knitter to knitter. Learn to use gauge to calculate the amount of yarn needed for any section of your project. Gauge mastery is fun, and you will be amazed at how much you will learn in the process of swatching!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That Marly Bird
Learn how to make the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it can be a staple in your toolbox.

These magical mitered squares can be made in variety of stitches. Learn how to create one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette. You'll also try different centered-decrease options for the miter. These join-as-you-go squares are the perfect traveling project.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1690 Intermediate Designing Your Own Hat Louis Boria
In this class Louis shares his process for designing your own hat using simple templates. Each area of the hat presents design considerations.

Brim work:
- The best cast-on for hats (Long tail vs. German Twist).
- Hat fit (fitted vs. slouchy) and how many stitches to cast on.
- Benefits of knitting with elastic thread.
- Striped brims; 1x1 vs. 2x2 ribbing. 
- Brim length.

 Body of the hat:
- Deciding on the construction.
- Selecting stitches; how to determine what stitches work well together.
- The importance of pairing stitches based on stitch sequence.
- Adding simple cables.
- How to translate stitch instruction from knitting flat to knitting in the round.
- Determining body length.

Working the crown and finishes:
- Using simple math to determine your decreases for the crown.
- Explaining why we knit a row in between our decrease rows.
- Weaving in ends.

And more:
- Combining different fibers and different weights to create those special hats.
- What to do when your brim becomes over-stretched.
- Adding pom-poms, tassels, patches.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns Gwen Bortner
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?

Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1402 Intermediate Spinning for a Project! Heavenly Bresser
This class is ALL about project planning for spinners of all levels. No more playing 'yarn chicken' with your handspun or feeling frustrated because your beloved yarn has gotten 'lost' in the pattern!

We'll address major concerns such as how much fiber is 'enough', the importance of grist, how to use a suggested commercial yarn in a pattern as a guide for planning, and other important things to consider before spinning for a project.

We'll discuss the proper use of spinner's tools and guides including the spinner's control card, angle of twist, gauge, and more. This in-depth class is built to help you gain greater confidence in your project planning so you can truly enjoy the yarn you make even after you've set the twist!
Note: Must be able to spin continuous singles and basic plied yarns. 

Note: This class is spindle-friendly and not hard for spindlers to keep up with wheel spinners. More than one spindle is recommended but a ball winder will be available to accommodate those with a single spindle.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery JC Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1557 Intermediate Sequence Knitting: Making Triangular Shawls Cecelia Campochiaro
Sequence knitting is a great way to make richly textured fabrics. Let Cecelia show you how to incorporate these textured fabrics into beautiful triangular shawls.

You will begin with the concept of sequence knitting, learning how to read and work sequence knitting instructions, and how textured patterns develop. As the texture can be quite complex, strategies for catching mistakes quickly will also be discussed.

Textured shawls created with sequence knitting are a wonderful way to use your stash and create beautiful heirlooms.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1347 Intermediate Next Steps in Tunisian Crochet Robyn Chachula
Once you've mastered the basics of Tunisian Crochet, what's next?

Dive into more complex stitches such as twisted stitches, increase and decrease stitches, and spike stitches.

Note: This class is for the intermediate level student; you must know how to chain, single crochet, and work Tunisian simple stitch.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7120 No skills required Ergonomics for Fiber Enthusiasts Carson Demers
Do you do more than knit or spin? This class takes inventory of the ergonomic pros and cons for a variety of fiber arts including weaving and finer needle work. You’ll learn how injuries occur and the contributions your craft makes both to their occurrence and prevention. You’ll learn to identify ergonomic risk in your craft and techniques to prevent injuries including improved posture, stretching and exercise.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1463 Intermediate Knitting to Fit Your Pampered Pet Franklin Habit
Custom sweaters for four-legged friends are among the most rewarding projects in all of knitting, but also one of its greatest challenges. How do you resize a design for a dachshund to fit a great dane or vice versa? How do you make something just right for a special mutt, or if you are a brave sort, for a special kitty? Or even a special guinea pig?

In this lecture-based class, Franklin will guide you through the process of measuring, calculating, and designing simple but effective garments to suit any animal companion. It's not just fun, it can make you a stronger knitter because these fundamental principles of knit-to-fit work for humans, too!

Note: This class will best serve knitters who have reached at least the advanced beginner level. Students must be fluent all in the fundamentals of knitting, including increases and decreases.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1489 Intermediate Go-to Gift Slipper Socks Vickie Howell
Hand-made gifts are perfect for the holiday season. These retro-inspired slipper socks make a great gift for friends, family, teachers, or office mates.

They're also the perfect project for learning how to knit socks!  Vickie will show you how to negotiate double-pointed needles, knit a reinforced heel, turn a heel gusset, and work the basic stranded color work called for in the Go-To Gift Slipper Socks from her latest book, The Knit Vibe. You'll leave well on your way to progressing through your first sock, and feeling confident that you have the skills to quickly complete the pair!

Note: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Yarns supplied by WEBS: Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Color by Vickie Howell. A copy of The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body and Soul will be included in the class.


Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6111 Easy Slip Sliding Away: Explore and Master Slip Stitches Barry Klein
Slip-stitch knitting is a fantastic way to play with color and texture and create a piece of fabric that is unique to the yarns you've selected. We will work on multiple slip-stitch variations and talk about yarn selection, color placement, and details that will allow you to use this technique to create something truly fantastic. This technique is simple, easy, and really fun.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5260 Easy Improve Your Knitting Technique Patty Lyons
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There's always room for improvement! Does your knitting 'row out' (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We'll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-on and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the "bag of why"), so come with your questions and let's explore our knitting.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases, recognize the knit and purl stitches, and be able to work them in a pattern.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Master sewists and finishers work for years perfecting their finishing skills, and are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finish it deserves.

You've worked hard to make your knit and crochet skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it's time to bring your finishing skills up to the next level.

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that stand out from the crowd. In Couture Finishing, we share the professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home decor. The professional finishing secrets learned from years and years of couture hand-sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these techniques to take your skills from good to great...even FAB!

We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing that makes your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!

Yup...we're going to share it all!

Goals
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques
* Blocking
* End Cap Finishing Stitch
* Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
* Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
* Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1626 Easy Intro to Lace Knitting Lisa Myers
From the simplest eyelet accents to the most complex gossamer-weight shawls, lace patterns create some of the most beautiful knits there are (and sadly, some of the most intimidating.

Like any knit, it's really just composed of a small number of basic elements. All you need to create lace is a yarn-over and a couple of different ways to decrease (though an ability to read charted patterns is a great help).

This class will teach these basic elements and the fundamental principles of combining them as well as how to read a lace chart. We'll take a developmental approach that gives you the ability to "read" your knitting.

Join Lisa and learn the art of making deliberate holes in your knitting!

Note: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and "read" knits and purls on the needle.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1210 Intermediate Try-on then Cast-on Custom Cardi Sarah Peasley
Designing your own custom cardigan will be easy with an informed advantage--the Try-on then Cast-on approach.

Let's begin with taking your measurements then trying on knit jersey samples made exclusively for sizing. These samples include options for standard and full figures and the combo sizes (smaller backs and larger fronts) that work well for many women. They will help you check the fit at the shoulders and armholes, as well as help determine the sleeve and body length (see schematic illustration).

Once you decide which sample fits best, you will trace a life-size schematic and get to work plugging the numbers from your pre-knit gauge swatch into the schematic's pattern. We will discuss ease, armhole and neck shaping, sleeve construction, and finishing. This will be your go-to pattern for your knit wardrobe once Sarah shares how to easily tweak it for sweaters and vests.

Note: Must have completed at least one sweater before taking this class. Please dress appropriately (tank or t-shirt layer) to assist in taking accurate measurements.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
In this class students will learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches and begin a Fox Paws Wrap. We will start with an introduction to the stacked increase and decrease technique with some swatches in an easy stack pattern. After all this hard work, there is a coloring break where we explore color choices.

In the second half of the class, we will start working on our Fox Paws Swatches. Students will learn ways to check their own work and fix any problems that arise at home while testing out their new yarn and color choice in the pattern.

Note: Patterns will be provided.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: The Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Transform simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth -- bend it, fold it, or double it back on itself with Dimensional Tuck Knitting.

Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches.

Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1337 Advanced Intensely Challenging Japanese Stitches Gayle Roehm
Ready for a real challenge? Join me to experience several more complex and (possibly) daunting stitch patterns drawn from Japanese garment designs. You don't need experience with Japanese patterns, but you should be comfortable knitting from charts. We'll review the standardized symbols used in the selected patterns, with further explanation for a few that require clarification. Then we'll swatch at least four stitch patterns; for each one, we'll consider what's hard about the chart and we'll take a look at the original garments. They're fun to knit, and you'll have several new techniques for your repertoire or to use in your own designing. These are all different from the "Challenging Stitches" class. Please note that this class moves along quickly.

Note: Must know how to Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; cables; advanced lace; chart reading; have knit a whole garment.

This is an abridged version of Even More Challenging Japanese Stitches.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1372 Easy Cast On, Bind Off Afifa Sayeed
Different knitting projects need different edges!
Some need to be stretchy, some sturdy. and others decorative.
Learn to accomplish 8 essential casting-on and bind-off techniques with step-by-step guidance, and also learn when to use each one.

Note: Must know basic cast-on and bind-off and be able to knit and follow a knitting pattern.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer as she takes you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be.

Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I'll show you simple pattern adjustments including a full-bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short, or 3/4-length sleeves.

Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We'll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You'll leave class with a pattern that's ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1694 Intermediate Cocoknits Sweater Workshop Julie Weisenberger
Join Julie for an overview of the Cocoknits method of knitting a seamless, top-down, set-in sleeve sweater. She will explain what English Tailoring is, and why it creates such a great-fitting sweater when paired with set-in sleeves.

You will work on the increases used in the method, KLL, KRL, PLL, PRL, and the pick-up-and-knit technique, then practice these techniques on swatches.

Julie will then teach you how to use the Cocoknits Sweater Worksheet which allows you to easily keep track of your increases on a seamless yoke. You should be ready to go home and cast-on for an adult sweater from her book, The Cocoknits Sweater Workshop.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories; basic finishing techniques
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1586 Intermediate Vertical Stripes! K1 Below Cowl Project Harry Wells
Knitting in the Stitch below is a stitch technique that creates stunning vertical stripes with a thick, soft, supple fabric. In this workshop, we will cover and practice the technique in both straight knitting and in the round. Participants then begin a two-color vertical stripe cowl in class. The instructor guides students through a step by step worksheet in planning and beginning to knit a picot hemmed vertical striped cowl.

Note: Participants should be able to accomplish the following without assistance: long tail cast-on, basic sts (K, P, SSK, K2 tog), and knitting in the round on circular needles.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1475 Intermediate Perfected Free-sole Socks Anna Zilboorg
This is a sock construction that makes possible stranded socks with plain soles (less bulk, easier to put on, cool looking) or any socks with different yarns on the instep and sole (tough Wensleydale on the sole; cashmere, glitter, or possum on top).

But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Socks made this way can have a damaged part of the sole removed and reknit when necessary. In the past, removal of part of the sole, especially the heel, was not quite as simple as I claimed. But with up-graded technique, it unravels smoothly. Furthermore the heel, which was a bit awkward to work, is now much simpler.

In this workshop we'll start with a two-part toe (pick-up shaping) continue up the sole adding a gusset as we go, turning the heel and making the flap. Then back to the instep, with or without a color pattern (two handed backwards), attaching it to the sole (strip joining). The up the leg, all in three hours to make a sock large enough to store quarters in your car.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you look up instructions for grafting the Kitchener Stitch every time you have to work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it with economized moves while training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll graft stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work an option for grafting ribbing.

Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at understanding the basics and memorizing the moves.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
1695 No skills required Introduction to Lucet Braiding Anne Berk
Enhance your knitted and crocheted items with easy to make, sturdy braids, using a Lucet tool. Lucets have been used to make braided cords since Medieval times. Lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy. It closely resembles I-cord, but is formed by a series of knots which will not unravel when cut. We will cover basic cord, then add beads with two different methods for different effects. Lots of samples will be available to display the range of cords that can be produced with different fibers.

If you would like to attach knitted popcorn and/or cranberries to your cord instead of beads, make a few of each with the Optional Homework pattern, to bring to class. I will provide proper yarn to make a coordinating cord.

Materials
fee: $2 Worsted weight wool yarn, beads. Lucets are provided for class use, but not included in materials fee.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Try something different! Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave!

Entrelac isn't only for knitters.

Get the look by working in single crochet! Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments and amaze your friends with this newly acquired skill. It's a lot of fun!

Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
1122 No skills required An Intro to Kumihimo Gwen Bortner
The ancient Japanese craft of Kumihimo creates a beautiful unique cord, perfect for using up bits of left-over yarns. We will focus on learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. A variety of samples showing the possibilities of combining of colors and fibers will also be provided. Then we will discuss options for using the cords to create buttons, ties, frogs and other custom closures.

Get a taste of the basics of Kumihimo and leave inspired by the boundless possibilities for those small amounts of leftover fiber!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog JC Briar
Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1702 No skills required Wire Crochet Jewelry Robyn Chachula
If you have a passion for crafting, come spend some time playing with beads and wire. In class you will be guided through everything you need to know from basic crochet chain stitch to the simple jewelry techniques to make your very own unique jewelry. In class we will focus on making a 5 strand beaded necklace, braided beaded bracelet, and dangling motif earrings. No crochet or jewelry skills required. Just be warned, crochet wire jewelry can be very addicting best to bring a friend to share in the fun!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1604 No skills required Beginner Kettle Dyeing: Creating Custom Colors Karida Collins
Want to learn how to create unique hand-dyed yarn in your own home? Then this is the class for you!
Karida Collins, the artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co. leads this beginner dye workshop which will teach you the basics of color theory, acid dyeing, and how to create the colors of your dreams.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2056 Intermediate Totally Tubular Patty Lyons
A tubular edge makes a lovely start or end to your project. Create professional looking cuffs, hems, and edges for your hats, gloves and more. In this workshop we'll learn the tubular cast on for 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib. We’ll also look at working the tubular bind off with a knitting needle (no more tapestry needle!). To top it off we'll explore some other start and ends to ribbing that creates stretchy, invisible and beautiful edges and we'll even learn a special cast on just for gauge swatches. Explore the wonders these special cast on and bind offs.

Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position), how to knit and purl, and have familiarity with stitch anatomy.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1014 Easy Macro Yubinuki Tracy Purtscher
Yubinuki are Japanese thimbles with a centuries old history and rich tradition. Akin in concept to Tamari Balls, it is the cross layering of colorful threads that creates the beautiful geometric designs and traditionally worked in fine silk threads,

Students will learn Yubinuki history while combining this ancient technique with modern materials, in a much larger scale, to create their own thimble, ring, or bangle bracelet

Note: Basic knowledge of buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch is helpful.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1148 Advanced Hitomi Shida's Lace Mini-scarf Gayle Roehm
Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns are delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. This class focuses on the scarf that's one of the book's introductory projects. We'll start the body of the scarf with a provisional cast-on, then continue to practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to ensure that you'll be able to complete the scarf at home. You'll gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. If time permits, we'll remove the waste yarn cast-on to complete the "frill" at one end. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.

Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts. Some lace experience needed.