STITCHES West 2020 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
FF8 Intermediate Forget that "Darn"ing Needle for Knit Hems Jim Cox
Learn how to hem garments without the fuss of sewing with that "darn" tapestry needle. The knit hem works on either the cast-on or bind-off edge, and Jim will show different ways todo it so you can choose the technique that works best for the garment. Bring double point, straight or circular needles in size US 7, and a ball of classic worsted-weight yarn in a pastel color. 

Note: Comfort with knit, purl, yarn over stitches, as well as picking up stitches and a 3-needle bind off required.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP2 No skills required Entrelac Intro Cindy Craig
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Beth Whiteside
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CC8 Easy Getting Started: Mosaic Knitting Jill Bigelow Suttell
Learn to knit with color without the fuss of having to use bobbins or carry more than one color throughout the row. You can create some beautiful patterns using Mosaic Knitting, both in garter and stockinette stitch. In this class we will knit a cuff for take-out coffee cups. Must be able to knit and purl.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
TT64 Intermediate Four Paired Increases for Raglans Jim Cox
Learn how paired increase can be tailored to match your stitch pattern. Perfect in top-down raglans, or in ripple patterns. Jim will share 4 options that will improve your knitting, and enhance your repertoire. 

Note: Required to be comfortable with knit, purl and knitting into the stitch below.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Cindy Craig
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
XT12 No skills required Rigid-heddle Weaving Deborah Jarchow
Rigid-heddle weaving. Have you wondered what all the excitement is about? Have you heard that warping the loom is difficult and complicated? During this demonstration you will see just how easy it is to set up a rigid-heddle loom and begin weaving. With very little experience, you can easily weave beautiful fabric for scarves, bags, pillows, and so much more. Learn a new way to use your yarn and see examples of  many things that can be created with the rigid-heddle looms.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Beth Whiteside
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.

Sponsored by XRX Books, booth 932.

Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Jill Bigelow Suttell
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
TT70 Intermediate Three More Paired Increases Jim Cox
Jim Cox shows you 3 paired increases to make your top-down raglans and  ripple projects even more lovely. 

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl and knitting into the stitch below.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Cindy Craig
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT1 Basic Short Rows Beth Whiteside
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT58 Easy Can't Face Lace? Jill Bigelow Suttell
Knitting lace can be intimidating for beginners and some more experienced knitters. Spend an hour trying out the basics of lace — yarn-over/decrease combinations, the correct needle choice, and the importance of blocking.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT63 Advanced Invisible Cast-on For 2-color Knits Jim Cox
Discover a 2-color cast-on that magically hides your cast on edge. It is the ideal way to start 2-color work or double knitting projects. It is beautiful, and perfectly matches the kitchener bind-off.

Note: Ability to handle 2 different yarns at the same time required.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends Cindy Craig
Don't let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT51 Intermediate Getting Started: Stranded Color Beth Whiteside
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Jill Bigelow Suttell
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT65 Intermediate Interwoven Necktie Jim Cox
Visions of Annie Hall—this unique necktie concept is perfect for ladies...and gentleman. Learn how to work a single-row button hole that results in a fun and creative way to wear a neck tie. It also eliminates the need for tie clasps.  

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, and cast on stitches.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT6 Easy Knitted Miters Cindy Craig
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasing, combined with color and texture, create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of today’s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet Beth Whiteside
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.

Sponsored by XRX Books Booth 932. 
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
CR14 Intermediate Morph a Knit Pattern to Crochet Joyce Wyatt
Learn how to convert a basic knit pattern into crochet. The technique will include how to covert a stockinette stitch pattern into crochet. Once the basic technique is learned, you will be able to use many yarn textures, stitch patterns, and colors to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Why should knitters have all the fun creating masterpieces?

Note: If you crochet only, please familiarize yourself with the basic knitting terminology and abbreviations. (Ex: k=knit, p=purl, k2tog=knit two stitches together, p2tog=purl two stitches together, BO=bind off, CO=cast on, etc).
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
TT66 Intermediate Designing with Floats Jim Cox
When 2-color knitting hiding the floats can be a problem, so why not celebrate them and showcase them on the right side of your work? Knit  or weave the strands into decorative distinctive patterns. Or maybe you could create reversible patterns?  

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, yarn over and slip stitches.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Cindy Craig
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
XT32 No skills required Simple Sewing: Terms, Techniques and Sewing Tools for Beginners Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Are you interested in learning how to sew, but you don't know where to start? Join me for this fun lecture all about sewing. I have a trunk show of samples as well as a collection of sewing machine accessories, notions and tools to share with you.

Discover how a sewing machine works and what common stitches can be found on the most simple sewing machine. See what these stitches look like and how to tell which one is which when you're looking at the stitch selector. Then I'll show you a variety of sample techniques along with sewing tools that help make the job easier. Finally, Let's talk about your first project. I'll share some good ideas to get you started. You'll leave this market session inspired to sew!
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
XT37 No skills required Tied Up In Knots Beth Whiteside
Knots are one of the most ingenious of ordinary, practical things. Little feats of engineering, their loops and bends hold climbers aloft, secure boats to the dock, and keep brown paper packages tied up with string. But knots are also things of beauty, their twistings and turnings intriguing to the eye, with a language all their own. In this class you will learn how to make several different types of knots, some practical and some decorative. We'll go over materials and tools, the language of knot-making, and how to "finish" a knot. You'll never look at a length of clothesline the same way again!

Note: Students should know how to tie an overhand or slip knot.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT45 Easy How to Read a Pattern Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter.Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session or you learned last week from a friend last week, you may either be impatient to learn more or feeling a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you learn to navigate this new world.

A knitting pattern can seem to be written in a different language. Jill will help you decipher all the code. For practice, sample patterns will be provided but feel free to bring along one of your choosing.
Materials: Notebook, pen or pencil with eraser.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
TT71 Intermediate Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle Jim Cox
Knit cables without using a cable needle. In this hands-on class discover ways to work mock cables that knit up faster and look beautiful. Bring size US 7 needles and one ball of classic, worsted-weight yarn in a pale color.

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, and knit through the back loop stitches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT13 Basic Invisible Joins Cindy Craig
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you can't wait to get to the end of the ball to try your new skills.
Please bring 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT5 No skills required Getting Started: Intarsia Beth Whiteside
Vertical stripes without stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.

Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
Saturday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
TT47 Easy No-wrap Short Rows Barry Klein
Let's play with short rows! We’ll work them simply, without wraps. Then we'll talk about why it works and when to use them. See how effective they can be when you use the right yarns! This class is perfect for beginners and knitters who just want to have fun.

Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT43 Easy Understanding Gauge Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter. Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session or you learned last week from a friend, you’ may either be impatient to learn more or feeling a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you navigate this new world.

Learn what gauge is and why it is so important. Learn how to make a gauge swatch and how to count both stitches and rows. Finally learn what to do when you don't "get gauge."
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT69 Easy A Better Basketweave Stitch Jim Cox
Discover a simple adjustment to the basic basket-weave stitch that results in a more appealing effect. 

Note: Must know how to make a knit and purl stitch. 
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FF5 No skills required Blocking 101 Cindy Craig
Blocking is one of the final steps that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CC10 Easy Embroider Your Knits: The Basics Beth Whiteside
Anna Zilboorg’s Splendid Apparel introduced the knitting world to a new way of adding color and emphasizing pattern to your knitting with a little embroidery. Let’s keep it simple, learning 4 stitches and playing with color and placement on k2, p2 ribbing. If you have embroidered for years, but never added it to your knitting . . . or never threaded a needle, this basic cuff will get you started.
Please bring 1 completed cuff to class.

To Knit Cuff:
With 110 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yanr and 3.75mm/US 5 needles, cast on 38 stitches. Row 1 (RS) [K2, p2] to last 2 stitches, k2. Row 2 [P2, k2] to last 2 stitches, p2. Continue to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches until piece measures 4" x 6" from cast-on. Bind off in pattern. Do not seam. If you want to make a wine cozy instead of a cuff, do not bind off. We will work the embroidery, then you will transfer the stitches to double-pointed needles and work the base.


Sponsored by XRX Books.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
CR16 Intermediate Patchwork Pizzazz in Crochet Joyce Wyatt
Learn to crochet a "magic square" and achieve the look of patchwork without sewing the squares together. The "magic square" is the starting point for your sweater or other projects. The size of the "magic square" will determine the required number of squares for your project. Each additional square is joined to a previous square with the use of foundation chains and/or slip stitches.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT44 Easy Meet Mitered Squares Jill Bigelow Suttell
Learn the basics of mitered squares in one and two colors in this market session class. Two methods of double decreasing, pick up and knit stitches, and combining cast on and picked up stitches will be covered.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT25 Basic Magical Reversible Cables Cindy Craig
I love when my scarves don't have a wrong side. You'll learn to make a cable that looks the same on both sides. It is perfect for scarves and other applications where both sides are showing. You should already be familiar with cables before taking this class.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color, appropriately sized knitting needles, cable needle.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
XT34 No skills required Quick Sewing Pattern Hacks Cal Patch
With any sewing pattern, you have more options than you realize. Adding seams and "slash and spread" are two simple techniques that will allow you to change the style or size, adjust silhouette, add flare or gathering, and more. We will play with some mini pattern pieces to show what can be done!
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Beth Whiteside
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
CR15 Intermediate Entrelac Crochet: the Basics Joyce Wyatt
Entrelac is technique known to knitters which produces a fabric with the look of basketweave or interwoven strips. This technique is a great stash buster. The entrelac stitch in crochet is normally worked using the Tunisian stitch aka: the afghan stitch. Guess what!! Crocheters can now achieve the entrelac look using the single crochet stitch.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
TT50 Basic Simple Increases and Decreases Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter. Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session, or you learned last week from a friend, you may either be impatient to learn more or feel a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you navigate this new world.
In Simple Increases and Decreases, you will learn to work the most common increases and decreases: knit 2 stitches together, yarn over, and more.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
FF5 No skills required Blocking 101 Cindy Craig
Blocking is one of the final steps that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
XT36 No skills required Modern Hand-stitching on your Garments Cal Patch
It makes sense to machine-stitch our garments, for speed, strength and efficiency, but adding some hand-stitched details can elevate them beyond the ordinary. Cal will show you various techniques for finishing necklines and hems or adding visual interest using simple hand sewing.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Beth Whiteside
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.

Sponsored by XRX Books, booth 932.

Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
FF2 Intermediate Clever I-cord Uses Joyce Wyatt
I-Cords has so many uses for knitters as appliques, around borders and edges, buttonholes, to name a few. A twisted or knotted I-Cord can make a perfect matched button or frog closures when you can’t find the right color button to match your yarn. Learn how to make the basic I-Cord; how to attach to knit fabric in order to create wonderful borders; to knit the I-Cord along the garment edge; and how to use the I-Cord as buttonholes. The possibilities are endless.

Note: Must know how to knit with double-pointed knitting needles.