STITCHES West 2012 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day (without Luncheon)  
Betsy Hershberg: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter

Betsy Hershberg knows all about those voices in your head —
the ones whispering that creative design is beyond your abilities.
She had listened to them for years.
Describing herself as a fearless knitting technician, she continued to follow patterns. Then at the tender age of 50, she began bead knitting—and her knitter’s brain exploded!
Fast forward to today. At 60, Betsy is a knitting instructor and designer of upscale, one-of-a-kind, bead-knitted jewelry and accessories—with a whole new mindset about the creative process. Join her as she shares insights from the 10-year journey that has forever altered her knitting life.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day and Luncheon  
Betsy Hershberg: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter

Betsy Hershberg knows all about those voices in your head —
the ones whispering that creative design is beyond your abilities.
She had listened to them for years.
Describing herself as a fearless knitting technician, she continued to follow patterns. Then at the tender age of 50, she began bead knitting—and her knitter’s brain exploded!
Fast forward to today. At 60, Betsy is a knitting instructor and designer of upscale, one-of-a-kind, bead-knitted jewelry and accessories—with a whole new mindset about the creative process. Join her as she shares insights from the 10-year journey that has forever altered her knitting life.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Luncheon: Teachers a la Carte  
Food & fun: enjoy table-side speed dating with the teachers of STITCHES.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
563-3 Intermediate Traveling Stitches Cookie Apichairuk
Learn how to add curves and angles to your knitting by using traveling stitches. We will go over the different methods for making stitches travel, their effects on the fabric, and how to incorporate traveling stitches into a basic knitting pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
582-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It's not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your 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
546-3 Intermediate Thrummed Mittens: Crochet & Knit Marly Bird
Heard about thrumming but not sure what it is all about? This is the perfect and exciting class to learn this fun technique. Available for both crochet and knit making, this skill adds a big value to any crafter. Leave class with a comprehensive knowledge of thrumming and the start of a mitten.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
558-3 Intermediate Knitting in Both Directions Gwen Bortner
Most of us knit in one direction, but what would happen if you could knit in EITHER direction? Bobbles would pop out faster, entrelac would be even more fun, edgings would be added quicker and your yarn would be less tangled. Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it is a great skill to have in your knitting arsenal. You can learn the basics to knitting (and purling) in 'the other direction' regardless of the way you knit now! All it takes, as with most things, is a little bit of practice. Learn the how and the why and get started with what some students have called "the coolest thing they have ever learned in knitting".
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
347-3 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your measurements.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
543-3 Intermediate Intro to Twined Knitting Beth Brown-Reinsel
Are you curious about the 400-year-old Swedish technique of twined —or two-end—knitting? In this introductory class, knit one of a pair of wristers while learning a traditional cast-on, twined knit and purl, patterning (the O stitch, the crook stitch, and chain path). We'll discuss managing your yarns and reading two-end charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
102-3 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting, yet many feel uncertain about how to approach color. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception. Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel based formulas such as many have heard of. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting. You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
202-3 Intermediate Joy of Finishing Christine Bylsma
Learn the joy of sleek shoulder lines, invisible seams, picking up the perfect number of stitches without counting, beautiful buttonholes, 'shortening' sleeves, taming sleeveless armholes, and other finishing touches. If it is worth knitting, it is worth finishing beautifully.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
577-3 Easy Join as You go Knitting Lily Chin
Most knitters avoid seaming like the plague. When working garment pieces or different colored strips, sewing seams is daunting. Learn how to join as you go for many situations, including edgings. Join a new piece to the left of an existing piece, to the right of an existing piece, or to the top or bottom of an existing piece.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
610-3 Intermediate Columns of Color with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Would you like to learn a completely new stitch pattern? In this introduction to the Knit-One-Below technique, you will knit two colors horizontally, one at a time, and yet you will create vertical stripes on one side and an interesting, very different pattern on the reverse side. Make swatches with differing selvedges for various purposes as well as bind-offs that match your cast-ons. This class will provide you with the skills you need to launch into a myriad of Knit-One-Below projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
710-3 Easy Crochet for Knitters Edie Eckman
Learn basic crochet techniques for edgings and finishing details. Note: This is a basic how-to class for those with little or no crochet experience.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
542-3 Intermediate Strick-ly Socks Candace Eisner Strick
Learn Candace's revolutionary, simple, new method. The toes and heels are worked flat, without seams. Sounds impossible, right? But, it's so easy you will be amazed. Convert any existing sock pattern to this simple method. Finish your sock with a wonderful, stretchy bind-off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
801-3 Easy Beyond Beginner Crochet Drew Emborsky
Drew shares all his professional tips and tricks to get your crochet looking its very best. Students will leave class knowing how to get perfectly straight edges, change colors, create nearly invisible increases and decreases, as well as several other skills, time permitting.
Note: Should be able to work a ch, sc, and dc.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
553-3 Intermediate Special Techniques for Beautifully Finished Sweaters Margaret Fisher
This class covers several knitting techniques that give your sweaters a nicely finished appearance.
Tubular cast-ons and bind-offs are attractive and elastic, look exactly the same, and look especially nice with 1" x 1" rib. In class, you will learn and practice all the steps for working the tubular cast-on and bind-off.
Short rows are used to shape knit fabrics without increasing and/or decreasing. We will review the uses of short rows, then work them in swatches. The swatch exercises will represent the use of short rows for shoulder shaping in a handknit sweater. Class instruction covers how to convert your pattern's difficult-to-seam, stair-step, shoulder bind-off to short-row shaping. Next, you will learn and practice duplicate stitch and see how it can be used. The class ends with a discussion and demonstration of cutting and separating a knit fabric and then grafting the pieces back together. These techniques can be used to make sweater alterations and to fix mistakes or small moth holes in knits.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
449-3 Easy Jogless Fibonacci Stripes Susanna Hansson
Your swatch for this class becomes a cute baby hatstriped to perfection! We will cover how to add rhythm to stripes including using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and practice the four steps necessary for creating perfect 'jogless' stripes every time you knit in the round.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
515-3 Intermediate Bead Knitting Sampler Betsy Hershberg
Expand your horizons by joining the ranks of happy knitters who have learned how to enhance their knitting with beads of all kinds. As you learn nine different methods to include beads in stockinette fabric, you'll create a wonderful sampler that coordinates with written instructions to provide the perfect take-home reference guide. We'll use large beads and worsted-weight yarn, so no worries about eye strain or managing tiny beads. This is the class in which to begin your adventures in bead knitting!
Materials fee: $2 (assorted beads).
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
756-3 No skills required Introduction to Rigid Heddle Looms Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered which rigid heddle loom might be best for you? In class, you will be able to try out various brands of looms to see how they work. Take turns weaving on pre-warped looms and complete two or more mug rugs while experimenting with the looms. If you are thinking about learning rigid heddle weaving, this class is the perfect opportunity to see what it is all about. If you have already tried rigid heddle weaving, do not miss this chance to see how the different looms work.
Note: Schacht, Glimakra, and Ashford looms provided for class use.
Materials Fee: $5
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
214-3 Easy Grafting with a Russian Twist Galina Khmeleva
Leave it to those innovative Russian knitters to devise simple, yet effective methods for casting-on that fit every knitting occasion, and for a clever grafting method that will make your seams seem seamless. You will like them so much you will use them on all your future knitting projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
647-3 Easy Stripe It Rich Melissa Leapman
Want to play with color? In this hands-on workshop, explore several interesting multicolor stitch patterns that are based on simple stripes. Using just one color per row, you'll create tuck stitches, drop stitches, and more. The techniques are easy, but the results are dramatic!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
222-3 Intermediate Kitchener like a Pro! Anne Kuo Lukito
Great finishing techniques can really make your knitting look professional. The Kitchener stitch is great for grafting seamlessly in stockinette stitch, but what about other pattern stitches like seed or rib? We will learn how to work Kitchener in pattern so that you can have invisible joins, whether in cables, seed stitch, rib or other textured stitches — just like a pro!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
440-3 Intermediate Tempting Triangles Ginger Luters
Students will knit a small triangle bag and receive a pattern for a larger bag or pillow. This modular design combines several different triangles that are joined together as you knit.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
529-3 Easy Mastering Yarn Substitution: Art, Science, or Black Magic? Kellie Nuss
Learn to predict the results of yarn substitution by understanding yarn weights, fiber content, gauge, measuring, and how these elements interact with each other. Gain confidence and prevent disappointment as you learn why things can go wrong. Then, spend time practicing the basic math involved with a real pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
822-3 Intermediate Seamless Crochet Kristin Omdahl
Learn how to make crochet motifs joining them as you go. No need to cut the yarn between motifs, so you can make an entire motif project with only two ends to weave in—the beginning and the end!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
447-3 Intermediate Beaded Vine Lace Scarf Judy Pascale
The no pre-stringing technique allows the bead to slip onto a SSK or k2tog to create a unique fashion accessory. You will complete critical segments of the Vine Lace and Eyelet Lace patterns in a mini version of the full-scale scarf. While attractive on their own, the patterns are enhanced when combined. Value added: Experiment with ways to wear scarves, including Judy's favoritea braided technique that works with any scarf all day long.
Material fee: $3.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
544-3 Easy Take Time to Save Time Sarah Peasley
Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. Gauge really IS that important, and this class will tell you why. Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to make a garment that actually fits. Blocking and successful yarn substitution will also be discussed.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
127-3 Easy Design Using a Photographer's Frame Wilhelmine Peers
Inspiration is all around us. Participants will learn how to cut out “noise” and focus on a color, a landscape, an architectural angle by using a card board photographer's frame. Time will be devoted to seeing, sketching, and the beginning of the creation process. Seeing is using magazines cut outs, textiles, photographs to form collages that constitute the background. Sketching is using the cardboard frame to see the most interesting or alluring images come into focus and can then be sketched using color pens, pencils, or even a camera for future use. Designing is really sketching with yarn. Using various yarn colors, textures and stitches will lead to an actual textile design.
Fun will turn into inspiration. Inspiration will turn into interest.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
617-3 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 Gayle Roehm
Many knitters are intrigued by the interesting stitchwork found in Japanese hand-knitting designs. In this class, we’ll explore some charted stitches which will surely be new to the experienced knitter. How are these stitches challenging? The chart may be hard to interpret (with composite symbols or Japanese footnotes) or the execution of the stitch may be unusual. We’ll do a quick review of Japanese stitch symbology, then swatch four or five stitch patterns. Bring an adventuresome attitude!
Note: Students must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
618-3 Advanced Fiendishly Difficult Stitches Merike Saarniit
Yes, these are stitches for the adventurous knitter! Explore unusual stitch manipulations that create exotic fabrics. We'll look at what can designate a stitch as 'difficult' and find ways to understand and create those stitches efficiently.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
118-3 Intermediate Swing into Style Jane Slicer Smith
With Jane as your guide, learn the basics of shaping A-line and swing coats, understand garment structure, and make smart color and styling choices.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
212-3 Easy Sweater Finishing Leslye Solomon
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process? Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the two methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
724-3 Easy Embellish It Knits Myra Wood
Embellishing is a fast and fun way to add a little magic to your finished knit or crochet pieces. Discover how to turn a plain garment or handbag into wearable art. Learn freestyle embroidery stitches, ruffles, duplicate stitching, knitted appliques, and beading techniques to enhance and embellish your work. This creative, hands-on workshop will have you thinking about your knitted wardrobe in a whole new way. Great for quick gifts, too!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
593-3 Intermediate Intuitive Chart Reading—Cables Cookie Apichairuk
Learn how to read cable charts intuitively. We'll talk about cables and cable chart symbols then practice working from sample charts. Learn to see the connection between charts and the resulting knitting, how to read your knitting to determine where you are within a chart, various types of chart symbols (including Japanese and German), and how to read cable charts without a key. As an extra bonus, we'll also talk about cabling without a cable needle.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
439-6 Easy Toe-up Magic Loop Toddler Socks Lorilee Beltman
Knit a toddler-sized sock while you learn the toe-up process using many new techniques. Start with Judy's Magic Cast-on, proceed with magic loop knitting and toe increases, followed by your choice of an upside-down or after-thought heel, beautifully mirrored decreases, and topped off with Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off. Gain confidence galore! Note: Beginner sock knitters are welcome in this class.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
814-3 Easy Crochet Chart Sampler Marly Bird
Are you a beginner ready to take your skills to the next level but not ready to jump into garments? Have you ever looked at a pattern and seen a crochet chart and thought it was some sort of Klingon language? Then this is the class for you! In this class you will learn how to read a crochet stitch chart for 9 different stitches varying from simple to complex. Learning how to read a crochet stitch chart makes the question "where do I put that stitch" no longer just guess work. Don't let those swatches go to waste! As you learn the stitches in class, Marly shows you how to take that knowledge and put it into action by making a Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket. Instructions are given in the handout for full size sample stitch squares that can be seamed together to make a blanket.
That's not all! Leave the class with a coupon to receive a FREE digital copy of the Crochet Stitch Sampler Blanket that has all the charts in full color as well as the written instructions for each that you can use as a safety blanket. Take the skills you learn in this class and apply to them to many future projects. This is a great way for any crocheter to learn something that will make crocheting even easier and more fun!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
606-3 Easy 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
550-6 Intermediate Twined Textured Fingerless Mitts Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn and apply the Swedish techniques of Tvåndsstickning or twined knitting by knitting a fingerless mitten using worsted weight yarn. The mitt is worked circularly on double-pointed needles and includes many techniques: the 'O' stitch, chain path, purl deep stitch, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, Magic Loop or working with 2 circulars.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
101-3 Intermediate Color and Pattern Pizzazz Laura Bryant
For those who wish to continue their exploration of color, this class will delve into the world of selecting color combinations for pattern knitting that really sing. Mosaic, Fair Isle, and two- or three-color slip stitch patterns will be examined with an eye for optimizing their effects. Lots of samples and hands-on knitting will give you a greater sense of confidence about selecting colors, and you will leave with a deeper understanding of Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Note: Must have taken any one color course with Laura previously.
Materials fee: $3 for yarns.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
364-3 Intermediate Neckline Love Christine Bylsma
You love the sweater but not the neckline. So change it! Learn to design your own crew, turtle, V-neck, scoop, asymmetricany shape neckline, in any gauge, that fits you. Finish it with perfect picked-up edges for flawless necklines you will definitely love, love, love.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
308-6 Intermediate Custom Fitting Existing Patterns Lily Chin
Many patterns are available, but often you want to change the neckline, lengthen the sleeves, etc. Find out how to personalize the fit of a pattern for yourself or those you knit for. See how small alterations can make a garment hang better. Learn easy alternatives to drop shoulders. These simple refinements don't require extensive pattern re-writes but produce great results.
Note: This class does not cover extensive pattern sizing and fit alterations.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
217-3 Easy Knitted and Crochet Edges BEV COOPER
Looking for the special touch to your latest creation? Discuss a number of excellent choices for creating a border on your piece. Learn about edges that can be worked as you knit, and ones that can be attached after completion. As a bonus, class instruction will include patterns for crochet flowers which you can use on your finished project.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
419-6 Easy How do your socks get striped with Knit One Below? Elise Duvekot
Learn the Knit-One-Below technique as you make socks with stripes that are vertical rather than horizontal. The stretchy fabric hugs the foot, making it fit perfectly. Your sock will have an unusual heel and matching toe: all of these features add up to create a two-color sock that is a far cry from conventional socks.
Note: Must have experience making socks.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
359-6 Advanced How to Say it: Technical Writing for Knitters and Crocheters Edie Eckman
If you have a design you'd like to get published or to share, you need to be able to write it so others can understand it. Learn how to craft a well-written pattern and avoid common mistakes. Study ways to balance the needs of different audiences and skill levels. Explore the joys and pitfalls of describing a number of different sizes. Pick up tips for getting your designs accepted for publication. Go home with a pattern template you can use.
Note: This is NOT a pattern drafting (number crunching) class but a class in technical writing.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
463-3 Easy Iceland Upside Down: Learn to knit the Classic Yoke from the Top Ragga Eiriksdottir
Traditionally the Icelandic patterned yoke sweaters are knit bottom up, but Ragga has developed top down knitting techniques for this popular symbol of the Icelandic knitting heritage. Knit a tiny Lopi sweater containing all the elements needed to invert any pre-existing bottom up pattern to a top down one. Techniques covered include German twisted cast on, yoke increases, inverting a pattern chart, stranded knitting with two colors, dividing yoke into body and sleeves, loose cast off, shaping with symmetrical decreases. Participants receive written instructions and a pattern for a tiny top down Lopi sweater, plus an example of a pre-existing pattern turned upside down.
Material fee: $5.00
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
218-3 Intermediate Skirts For Every Body Candace Eisner Strick
Most knit skirts use a turned-down waistband with elastic. This creates a bulk right where most people don't want it! With Candace's unique new method you can banish that bulk. Also learn all the necessary techniques to knit a custom-fit skirt and sample some fun and flirty design options—from ruffles, to inserts, to hankerchief hemlines.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
206-3 Easy Superb Seams Margaret Fisher
Seaming is one of the most important finishing steps for a knit garment. In this class, you will master all the seaming techniques used to assemble a sweater, and understand how to make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette and ribbing. Find out how selvage stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
634-3 Advanced Amazing Couture Stitches Jean Frost
One of the unique things about couture clothing is the fabric. In this class we will work with some little-known knitted stitch patterns to produce amazing textures using ordinary yarns. By manipulating the stitches and combining yarns and colors, wonderful fabrics come to life. With these stitches, you can turn a simple garment into a masterpiece.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
420-6 Intermediate 2-at-a-Time Socks on 2 Circulars Toe-Up Antje Gillingham
Try a new take on knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles and work them from the toe up! Take the guess work out of how much yarn you'll need for your socks by trying them on as you go! No more counting rows or stitches and no more single socks in your drawer! Practice each section of the sock anatomy from toe to cuff during this workshop. We won't be able to knit a complete adult pair in one day but at the end of our time in class you'll be able to go back to your hotel room, cast on and start working on your very own spectacular pair of completely identical socks at the same time.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
627-6 Advanced Bohus Stickning Susanna Hansson
The story of Bohus is a story of couture knitting, sociology, women's history, social justice, and cultural legacy all in one. Learn more about the Bohus movement, its background and history. Discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques and discover what it is that makes the Bohus patterns 'sing'. Participants will be able to examine in detail several vintage pieces from Susanna's collection. The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in a 50% merino/50% angora yarn from Sweden.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Materials fee: $25.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
459-3 Intermediate Aquitaine Beaded Cuffs Sivia Harding
This class is a virtual cornucopia of beading techniques in knitting. The Aquitaine Cuff is an elegant piece with a heavily beaded hand covering that includes ruffles, lace and twisted stitches and a slim, ribbed cuff that can be wrist or elbow length. The overall effect is Victorian charm. Three different colors or types of seed beads are used, and many design options are given from simple to complex. Students are encouraged to make their own modifications for a completely unique work of art!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
552-6 Intermediate Betsy's Beaded Bracelet Betsy Hershberg
Learn all of the techniques and receive all of the materials you need to design and knit your own bead knitted bracelet. You'll explore combinations of beads and yarn, choose or create an original bead placement design, and learn about bead stringing, chart reading and finishing, including a new kind of graft that results in a seamless join for bead-knitted fabric. While you create your own design for a bracelet, string the beads, and knit it in class, we'll discuss how the same or similar techniques can be used for necklaces, earrings or other accessories. This is a great knitted gift item that family and friends will truly love to receive!
Materials fee: $15 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
753-6 No skills required Learn Rigid Heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
If you are looking for ways to use up those leftover balls of yarn, this method of weaving is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.
Note: Looms provided for class use.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
654-3 Intermediate Mooshky Madness Galina Khmeleva
Would you like to give your knitting projects new life by adding style, substance, and texture? The addition of 'spiders', 'clover leafs', and 'mooshky' (the lily-of-the-valley motif) will add a new dimension to your knitting. Traditional they're not...a real hoot to knit...most definitely. This is dimensional knitting, Russian-style.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
315-6 Intermediate Perfect the Fit Barry Klein
When patterns are written, generic sizing does not allow the perfect fit. Learn to remove size labels and worry only about the finished size for your body. Explore swatching for gauge, changing needle sizes, and playing with pattern stitches. Work backwards from an existing pattern and forwards from a stitch gauge to create a design that will fit your actual body measurements.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
727-6 Intermediate Spinning for Socks Janel Laidman
Socks are hard-wearing garments that benefit from durable yarns. Explore the best fibers, blends, and yarn structures for these wonderful foot coverings while learning how to get handsome color effects from that hand-painted roving in your stash. Explore superwash, blends, carry-along thread, twist, plies, and (of course) color! For anyone who can spin a continuous thread using a drop spindle or wheel (students should be familiar with their wheel). Materials fee: $12 for a variety of fiber blends.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
637-3 Intermediate Two-Color Double Knitting Melissa Leapman
With this fascinating knitting technique, both sides of the knitting appear to be stockinette stitch. In just a few fun hours, learn how to knit and design these beautiful reversible fabrics.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
412-3 Intermediate Mera Shrug Anne Kuo Lukito
The Mera Shrug is a versatile and stylish piece worked top-down with raglan sleeves. The back is rounded using short rows and the cuffs and border are worked  in a very attractive, reversible cable. Learn all the elements necessary to make your own successful full-sized Mera by working a mini-version.
Note: Must be able to read a chart.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
819-3 Easy Tempting Tunisian: An Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Ginger Luters
Tunisian crochet is often described as a combination of knitting and crochet. While this technique usually produces a dense, rigid fabric, by using a large crochet hook and several stitch variations a soft, drapey fabric suitable for scarves, shawls, and other garments can be created. Note: Must be able to work chain stitch and single crochet.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
651-3 Intermediate Introduction to Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class, we are going to de-mystify the techniques of lace knitting. Learn how to work yarn overs in a variety of combinations, including double yarn overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how the two techniques combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
716-6 No skills required Nuno-Felted Scarf Judy Pascale
Use an ancient Japanese art form to create a featherweight, contemporary, Nuno-felted scarf that drapes beautifully. Coax fibers to easily penetrate a piece of silk, and the result is a highly-textured accessory scarf. You will also learn to accent this scarf using hand-dyed silk hankies.
Note: Must be able to stand for much of the class. Materials fee: $10 for rovings and $15 for a hand-dyed silk scarf.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
375-3 Easy Understanding Body Types and Discovering Designs that Fit Wilhelmine Peers
Finding designs that fit and flatter is a whole lot easier when you know what pieces work best for your shape.
There are four major body types: the flute or twig, the hourglass, the apple and the dewdrop or pear. They all require correct tailoring to bring out the best features. Understanding the problem areas and the best features will be the basis for accurate definition of garment planning. Participants will work together to measure each other. Once the measurements are recorded, each body type will emerge, and will serve as the basis for garment construction.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
533-6 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns Gayle Roehm
The creative and often unusual work of Japanese designers can open up another world of knitting for you. Even without a word of Japanese, an experienced knitter can work from a Japanese pattern, once familiar with the graphic format in which they’re presented. In the morning, we’ll learn how to “read” a schematic, and how to find basic information such as size, gauge, shaping, yarn requirements and needles. In the afternoon, we’ll focus on the stitch symbology used in pattern charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers. We’ll also swatch a few stitch patterns of varying levels of difficulty. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: You must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
662-6 Advanced Estonian Stitches Sampler Cowl Merike Saarniit
When is a swatch more than a swatch? When swatching a baker's dozen of unusual Estonian textured/manipulated stitches edged with an elegant and useful selvage treatment (some say worth the price of admission alone), knit flat, and your swatch results in a lovely head warmer or cowl. Add a crown and you have a hat. Stitches have been adapted from several old Estonian stitch libraries.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
538-3 Easy Switch to Continental Style Knitting Leslye Solomon
It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed, Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically and create a more even fabric. As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric will improve and become more even. Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you will find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
809-3 Intermediate Cuff Down Crochet Socks Karen Whooley
Intimidated by knitted socks? Learn to make simply easy crochet socks from the Cuff Down. Use your favorite sock yarn and learn a new stitch to create a softer fabric with toes and heels that are a bit heavier to prevent wearing out quickly. Learn the Heel Flap and Gusset way of creating socks like I teach in my book, I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks. They are made all in one piece with just 2 ends to weave in when you are done.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
374-3 Easy Template Based Knitting and/or Crochet Myra Wood
This comprehensive lecture covers knitting and crochet without patterns by using templates instead. Once a proper fitting template has been created, pieces are knit and/or crocheted and fit together to fill in the shapes using an endless variety of yarns and techniques. Various methods of creating templates and how to knit or crochet to exact shapes and sizes will all be covered. Handouts for slopers and templates for various shaped garments will be provided.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
224-3 Easy Embroider Your Knitting Anna Zilboorg
Embroidery has been used always and everywhere to embellish fabric, while knitting has been left bare save for a few lazy daisies and french knots. In this class we'll integrate simple embroidery stitches into simple knitted stitches to create many different effects, new and wonderful.
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required Custom Knit Jackets Jean Frost
Have you always wanted to knit a jacket but chosen not to because you're afraid it won't fit after all the work? Join Jean Frost as she shares her secrets to getting a custom-fit jacket. Find out more about process to making a jacket you know will it every time.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
607-3 Easy Lace Basics J C Briar
Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that's all lace is. An incredible variety of patterns stem from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-overs. Learn to work these decreases, to knit into a yarn-over, and to keep track of your lace knitting while working sample swatches. Pick up tips for choosing yarn and needles, handling mistakes, and blocking.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
126-3 Intermediate Color Blending Laura Bryant
If we think of a knit stitch as a pixel, we realize that knitting is the perfect vehicle for color blending. Take the next color step with Laura and learn how to select colors to maximize optical mixture, creating lovely shading and color blending. Learn to work your own magic on a large group of colors, controlling and selecting just the right ones for a Monet's garden of yarn. Simple swatches will provide hands-on experience. You will achieve a greater sense of confidence about selecting colors and leave with a deeper understanding of Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Note: Must have taken any one color course of Laura's.
Materials fee: $3.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
203-3 Intermediate Eight Empowering Edges Christine Bylsma
Ribbing and garter stitch are usually reliable choices for edges, but not all edges are equal. Learn eight hard-working edges that empower you to create beautiful, professional details; provide the control needed and give the option of making your own design decisions.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
223-3 Easy Steek without Fear Ragga Eiriksdottir
The rumors are true! Icelanders knit everything in the round, and they fearlessly steek their cardigans but cringe at the mere thought of knitting a whole garment back and forth. Learn the principles behind knitting in the round using both double-pointed needles and the magic loop method. Two methods of steeking are covered: the conventional one using a sewing machine (demonstration with a ready sewn sample and video) and the increasingly popular crochet method. Examples and tips on finishing are included. Techniques covered include German twisted cast on, continental knit and Nordic purl (optional to practice), connecting in the round, managing dpn's or magic loop for small diameters, stranded knitting with 2 colors, steeks with a sewing machine, crochet steeks, and finishing techniques.
Materials Fee: $5.00
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
539-3 Intermediate Art of Knitting Backwards Candace Eisner Strick
Learn to knit and purl backward and how to apply this technique to an applied edging. It is great not to have to turn your work at the end of those 6-stitch rows!
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
802-3 Intermediate The Crochet Dude's Ripple Stitch Boot Camp™ Drew Emborsky
Hunker down with your drill instructor for a fun-filled three hours that will teach you exactly what you need to know about the ripple stitch. You will leave knowing how to create the basic ripple stitch, as well as making crisp stripes with proper color changes.
Note: Should be able to work a ch, sc, and dc.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
512-3 Intermediate Long and Short of Knit Alterations Margaret Fisher
You've finished your sweater, but the sleeves are too long or the body is too short. Learn how to fix these common fit problems after-the-fact. In this class, you will cut your knitting, and learn how to alter the length of a garment piece. Practice cutting and unraveling in the middle of a knitted piece, knitting down or up from there, and grafting stockinette stitch and garter stitch. Learn a number of strategies for achieving a good fit without re-knitting. And, in the end, learn how to avoid all of this by using a provisional cast on. Bring a sweater to class for discussion of lengthening or shortening strategies.
Note: Class focus is on lengthening and shortening sweaters knit from bottom-to-top (or top-down), not on width problems in sweaters knit from bottom-to-top.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
460-3 Easy Harmonia's Rings Moebius Cowl Sivia Harding
The Harmonia's Rings Cowl, which uses Cat Bordhi's Moebius cast on to achieve the mysterious spiral neck shape, features an easy but addictive self-pleating knit and purl stitch pattern that creates concentric rings reminiscent of ancient architecture. This cowl sits cape-like over the shoulders and is suitable for a wide range of body types. Class includes many techniques: the Moebius cast on, beaded picot bind off, knitting texture patterns in the round, shaping within the Moebius structure, and ways to customize the pattern to fit any body type. A sweater based on the cowl is also shown.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
356-3 Easy Kimono: Culture and Design for Knitters Susan Lazear
This class covers a study of a very traditional shape; the kimono. Students will learn about its history, variations on design, and how knitters can translate this generic shape to their own dimensions and tastes. We will explore the planning of a garment using this basic shape and various ways to add fashion flair.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
526-3 Easy Stashbuster Magic Melissa Leapman
Got yarn? Transform even your tiniest bits and pieces into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind jacket! In this hands-on workshop, learn designer secrets for creating and using a magic ball of yarn while knitting a mini version of this one-piece wonder. Best of all, no one will ever suspect it was crafted from leftovers! Magic, indeed.
Note: Must be comfortable working in the round on double pointed needles or proficient at magic loop or knitting in the round with 2 circular needles on as few as 8 stitches.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
312-3 Intermediate Turn that Sock into a Glove Anne Kuo Lukito
You love the sock pattern you are working on but wouldn’t it be nice to have matching or coordinating gloves or fingerless mitts? Learn how to adapt and modify the stitch pattern in your favorite sock or sock pattern into gloves. We’ll examine the various design elements of your sock, how to chose and adapt the stitch pattern(s), and how to fit special details into a glove’s construction.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
524-3 Intermediate Module Magic: Triangles Ginger Luters
Tame those tricky triangles with Ginger's detailed approach to this basic modular shape. Tips on joining, shaping, and color play help bring these modules to life!
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
657-3 Intermediate Pinstriped Knitting Annie Modesitt
Learn this quick and easy way of creating complicated-looking fabric with slimming optical effects. Infuse other colors for different "rhythms." Make increasing, decreasing and counting stitches simpler. Throw in some textures for an even-more-complex look.
Note: Must have knowledge of stranded 2-color knitting.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
528-3 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a life line, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a life line, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them? In this class, we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact and re-knitting only those stitches.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
554-3 Easy Knitting in Circles Sarah Peasley
Tired of knitting back and forth? Ready to move on? Expand your horizons with a variety of circular-knitting techniques. Learn to knit in the round using double points, 1 circular, 2 circulars, and the Magic Loop, with I-cord and double knitting thrown in for good measure. You'll be ready to make seamless sweaters, sleeves, gloves, bags, and socks (even 2 at a time), and much, much more.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
580-3 Intermediate Fearless Fair Isle Sandi Rosner
Stranded Fair Isle style colorwork is a classic technique that belongs in every knitter's repertoire. Experiment with 1-handed and 2-handed methods to see which is more comfortable for you. Learn simple tricks for keeping your tension even. See why certain color combinations sing while others fall flat. You'll leave with the beginning of a hat, or a finished headband.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
112-6 Intermediate Intarsia: An Introduction to a World of Color Jane Slicer Smith
Join Jane in her world of color as she guides you through the basics of simple Intarsia and Fair Isle, reading graphs, reading your knitting, and joining colors. Jane will talk about proportion and color balance within a design, as well as her use of swing and drape when designing.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
816-3 Intermediate Crochet Beaded Ropes Karen Whooley
Learn to make beautiful beaded ropes using nylon cord and seed beads. Learn how different size beads & starting chains change the look and feel of your ropes. Must know slip stitch crochet and have experience using a steel hook (fine hook). Material fee: $25 for kit including pre-strung beads.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
566-3 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
820-3 Easy Creative Crochet Lace Myra Wood
Crochet lace is easier than you think! If you can chain, single, and double crochet, you can crochet incredible lacework in different directions without any patterns! Apply the basic logic of crochet lace as you create lace patterning for a beautiful triangular shawl. Learn to read crochet charts and make your own. Note: Must know basic crochet stitches.
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
562-6 Advanced Sock Innovation: Top Down Sock Design Cookie Apichairuk
This workshop is geared towards intermediate to advanced sock knitters who are interested in a hands-on approach to designing socks. We will go over key calculations for a standard top-down sock using your chosen stitch patterns. By the end of this class, you will have a good start on your own sock and a plan for completing it.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
458-6 Intermediate Felted Loafer Slippers Lorilee Beltman
These sturdy slippers are real people pleasers. You'll be making them for all your loved ones. The double sole makes them long-wearing, and the shaping of the heel keeps them on comfortably. Knit seamlessly using great techniques: Judy's Magic Cast-on, magic loop knitting, short row shaping, a clever technique for joining the soles, and felting tricks. Many students will complete slipper, 9"-11" long, in class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
597-3 Intermediate Fabulous Fabrics Just for Jackets Gwen Bortner
A knitted jacket is the perfect item to add to your wardrobe. Wear it to the office over a skirt and shell or toss it on with a t-shirt and jeans for a day of shopping. However, knitting a jacket can be different than knitting a sweater. Learn what makes a good jacket fabric along with methods to achieve the desired result. Try a number of different stitch pattern possibilities and learn how to identify good possibilities early. Finally, begin developing a gauge swatch for your own jacket.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
504-3 Easy Charts Made Simple J C 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 what the knitted fabric should look like. Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols, and to use them to keep your knitting on track and minimize mistakes.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
574-6 Intermediate Knit a Traditional Gansey Beth Brown-Reinsel
Discover the history, construction techniques, and design details of the British Gansey a beautiful 19th century fisherman's garment. Make a mini-pullover while learning the traditional techniques: Channel Island cast-on, split welts, stitch patterns, underarm gussets, shoulder straps, and picked-up sleeves. Note: Must be proficient with double pointed needles or 2 circulars.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
103-6 Intermediate Intentional Patterning with Hand-Dyed Yarns Laura Bryant
Ever knit with hand-dyed yarn and noticed a particular pattern forming? Want to be able to do that reliably? This class is for you! We will cover the different styles of hand-dyeing, with examples of how they pattern. Learn how to read the color repeat in a hand-dyed yarn and then how to harness that repeat into reliable patterning, producing columns of color, flashes and argyles. We’ll examine how to turn those patterns into usable sized pieces for actual garments. Lots of hands-on swatching for 'repeatable' results!
Materials fee: $5.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
609-6 Intermediate Reversible Cables Lily Chin
Simple to execute, cables are almost always worked over stockinette stitch, producing a 'wrong' side that may show on scarves or blankets. Learn how cables work, which stitches, yarns and needles are ideal for reversible cables, and how to chart reversible cables so you can imagine the finished product.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
805-3 Easy The Art of Aran Crochet BEV COOPER
Learn some of the most popular Aran crochet stitches. Leave with a sampler of these stitches that can be used as a cushion cover. Also take home an Aran crochet pattern to create a beautiful afghan. In addition, learn how to make cables which help alleviate the "lace look".
Note: Must know basic crochet stitches.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
706-3 No skills required Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
'Just one more row' may be all it takes to cause a repetitive strain injury. Learn what causes those aches and pains in your hands, arms, and spine. More importantly, learn how to prevent them through risk-factor identification and techniques to reduce the risk.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
611-3 Intermediate Columns of Cables with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Do you love cables and want to break new ground? This class will introduce you to the Knit-One-Below technique and show how to incorporate a variety of two-color cables into a background of Knit One Below. These cables can be combined to form traveling stitches in multi-directional patterns that look like nothing you've seen before.
Note: Must have experience working cables.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
541-3 Intermediate Tradition! Candace Eisner Strick
Tradition can be as precarious as a fiddler on the roof, but when you know a few traditional techniques and styles, you can make a plain sweater sing. Learn the Channel Island cast-on, Fair Isle corrugated rib, Latvian braids, Shetland Lace, and Norwegian lice.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
612-3 Intermediate A Sampling of Stitches Margaret Fisher
Want to make your knitting more interesting? See how much fun it is to work fancy stitch patterns. This class focuses on four families of stitches: Smocking, Elongated, Brioche and Twisted Traveling Stitches. Learn the characteristics of each group, and practice working stitch patterns in each "family." Learn how to use these stitches in your projects and receive tips and hints for producing good results.
Note: Must be comfortable knitting in the round.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
407-3 Easy Fringed Modulation Antje Gillingham
Yes! Another scarf! But a modular scarf is not just "another" scarf. Join me in exploring one of the easiest yet most dramatic looking knitting techniques I've come across! Within the three hours of this class, you'll be well on your way to knitting one of the most gorgeous scarves ever! You'll look at the oh-so-uneventful garter stitch in a new, loving manner as you learn how to knit a patchwork of colors without ever picking up a single stitch.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
551-3 Easy Lovers and Runders Susanna Hansson
Many knitters are familiar with the knitted braids that are typical decorative elements on mitten cuffs from the Baltic and Nordic countries. However, they can make a great design element on a sock cuff as well as on the brim of a hat. Worked in bright colors they can add a pop of color to the sleeve cuff of an otherwise plain sweater.
Learn about the 'anatomy' of the braids and then build your own multicolor versions. Depending on how you use your colors, your braids can look rounded or pointed like chevrons. Susanna developed some special tricks for creating balanced braids and she'll share all of them with you so you can create perfect looking braids every time.
The class title is a mnemonic to help you remember how they are made—you'll never have to refer back to word explanations again!
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
461-3 Easy River Rock Scarf Sivia Harding
This decadently beaded scarf, first seen in the book No Sheep for You, creates nests of beads that create the illusion of natural "rocks" embedded in a flowing "river" of 2"x2" rib. A bit of lace at the edges provides the perfect backdrop for this imaginative bead treatment.

Students learn how to manage large numbers of pre-strung beads with ease and explore the creative possibilities of this technique, along with conquering any fear of knitting with beads. Students can choose to either follow one of four charted designs or throw caution to the winds and create their own unique freeform piece.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
452-3 Intermediate Dazzling 3-D Knitted Beads Betsy Hershberg
Who doesn't LOVE beads? But did you know that you can KNIT them in all shapes and sizes, showing off some of your favorite yarns in a completely new way? This class will teach you to create several kinds of sculptural 'soft' beads from 2-D (flat) knitting and explore options for stringing them. You'll also learn some invaluable bead knitting techniques (casting on and binding off with beads) in this uniquely creative class.
Materials fee: $5.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
708-6 Easy Color and Weave Mini Tote Bag Deborah Jarchow
Learn to get outstanding color pattern effects using a rigid heddle loom. Make your weaving look like complicated patterns with very little effort. If you already are familiar with the rigid heddle loom, this class will help you master more advanced techniques. If you are a relatively new weaver, the technique is not too difficult to learn. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun and can add variety to your fiber abilities.
Note: Looms provided for class use.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
519-6 Easy Embraceable Lace Galina Khmeleva
If just the sight of lace-weight yarn causes you to break out in a rash, this introductory class is for you. Galina will unravel the myths and mysteries about knitting lace. Learn to create an individualized lace project.
Materials fee: $5 for class samples.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
314-6 Intermediate Complete from the Neck Down Barry Klein
Cast on and create a miniature sweater from the top down while learning about body style, measurements, the mathematics behind the knitting, and putting it all together. During class there will be time to play with yarns, stitch patterns and see how all of the pieces come together in one piece that requires “no” finishing at all. Relax, have fun and see it all come to life before your eyes and in your own two hands.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
661-3 Advanced Paint Your Toes: Stranded Colorwork for Socks Janel Laidman
Knitting stranded colorwork for socks (Fair Isle technique) can be tricky, because it is a less elastic fabric than a regular knit. In this class, we will discuss strategies for compensating for this lack of elasticity and how to keep your tension even. We will look at shaping considerations, color choices, color effects, carrying both yarns in the same hand, carrying the yarns with both hands, knitting inside out and others. Each participant will make a miniature sock in class.
Note: Should be familiar with sock construction.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
348-6 Easy Will This Pattern Fit? Susan Lazear
Love to knit, but don't know if the pattern will fit? Learn how to translate the knitting instructions into measurements and then compare them to your body to determine if the garment will fit and if alterations are necessary. Students will measure themselves and work on several patterns to determine and calculate the fit according to their need. Choosing appropriate styles for your figure will also be covered.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
604-3 Intermediate Celtic Cables Melissa Leapman
Learn how to use basic cabling techniques to create Celtic-inspired knots, panels, and motifs. These special designs include unusual circular elements rather than the typical vertical alignment of most cables. (Shhh don't tell anyone, but these gorgeous cables are much easier than they look!)
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
445-3 Intermediate Meets in the Middle Top Lorna Miser
Learn the techniques needed to knit this flattering, chevron top by beginning with two triangles then working until body size is attained. Work side gusset panels and sleeves are picked up and knit to finish the attractive garment. Learn about yarn gauge options, custom sizing and combining other yarns, all the while making a bear or doll size top in class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
363-3 Intermediate Design Your Own Triangle Shawl Brooke Nico
Learn the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns. Discuss several ways of shaping a simple triangle shawl. Graph out a lace pattern in the body of the shawl, adding repeats in the most effective and aesthetic way as the shawl grows.
Note: Must be familiar with basic knitting including yarn overs and decreases and comfortable working with charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
810-3 Intermediate Crocheting with Fine Yarn Kristin Omdahl
Fine yarns can be challenging to crochet with if you don't know some of the tips and tricks! In this class you will learn different ways to crochet with fine yarns, how to handle the yarn, how to weave in loose ends and how to block and care for your fine yarn projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
531-3 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes Sarah Peasley
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting without losing your cool.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
635-6 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Japanese hand-knitting patterns often use complex and interesting stitch patterns. This class introduces patterns that present unusual challenges in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. We'll do a quick review of Japanese chart symbols, then you'll swatch eight or more pattern stitches.
Note: These patterns are not part of 617-3 Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
376-3 Intermediate Kids Socks Sandi Rosner
Do you know children who are envious of your hand knit socks? Most sock patterns are published for adult sizes. In this class, we'll celebrate little feet. You'll find out about children's sock sizes and fitting issues. You'll learn to adapt a pattern planned for adults to children's sizes. You'll see how to design your own kids socks from the ground up (or cuff down). We'll explore the details and flourishes that will have the little ones lining up to be the next recipient of socks knit by you!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
663-6 Advanced Knitting Lace; Estonian Style Merike Saarniit
While working a swatch that can grow into a lovely scarf, we'll explore those unusual stitch manipulations (including simultaneous decrease/increase elements and nupps of course) that can make any lace project even more special. Participants will be provided both traditional and contemporary edging choices along with a pattern adapted from a traditional shawl. The swatch itself can be used to sew onto a canvas tote for a lovely project bag. Worked in multiple repeats, the same stitch pattern provided can also be worked into a shawl. Both heirloom traditional Haapsalu style shawls and scarves as well as contemporary examples of lace knit Estonian style from the instructor's collection will be displayed during class.
Note: Must be comfortable with lace knitting (increases, decreases and working from charts).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
331-3 Easy Design Your Dream Sweater Leslye Solomon
This easy-to-understand class on basic pattern writing enables you to pursue your design ideas. Learn how to make successful changes to existing patterns for exactly what you envision. Learn the secrets to understanding your gauge which is the sample fabric of your project. Learn to predict how your sweater will change after it is knit. Learn specific body points to measure and how much ease to add using advanced, gauge information. Understand the secrets to shaping armholes, how they start, how much to decrease, and how long to make them. See how easy it is to shape any kind of neck to either create your own design or change an existing pattern. Learn how to measure certain parts of your arm to be able to write a pattern for the sleeves for any length and an easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit in that armhole you chose. Let's turn you into a sweater designer.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
352-3 Intermediate Creative Knitting: Crazy Quilt Style Myra Wood
Learn how to design and knit in different directions to make a unique fabric based on an overall template rather than a specific pattern. A basic template will be provided to make a pillow or purse but you'll learn how to make your own clothing templates as well. Learn to combine triangles, squares, and rectangles to fill your shape like a jigsaw puzzle or traditional crazy quilt. We'll discuss how to knit shapes to exact sizes, ways to join as you go, and finishing and embellishing to complete your wearable work of art. You'll never look at your knitting (or your stash) the same way again!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
129-3 No skills required Color without Theory Anna Zilboorg
A hands-on workshop of choosing colors and combining them in different proportions and different stitches. No thought will be given to any consideration other than what pleases your eye—and we will experiment until we find something pleasing. An especially useful workshop for the color—fearful, as I was once myself.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required From the pages of Knitter's Magazine Rick Mondragon
Join Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter's, as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter's Magazine. Gain insight on how it all comes together—stitch, color, and silhouette—along with logical approaches to what appears on the page and why.

Find inspiration for a full season of knitting with Rick as your guide.

From the pages of Knitter's Magazine is a FREE event. Saturday at Noon.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
221-3 Easy Simple Sewing; Luxurious Linings Gwen Bortner
Few items in your wardrobe are more luxurious to wear than a beautifully lined jacket. But the sewing has to be difficult, right? THINK AGAIN! You can line your own hand knitted jacket, bag, or other hand knitted items with the most basic of sewing skills. If you can sew on a button, you can line your hand knits. Learn all of the basic skills required for lining without the worry of messing up the "real thing". Practice attaching the lining to the fabric, encasing the seams and finishing the lining along the edges. Learn tips and tricks along with the biggest secret of them all—you do not need to be a seamstress. When complete, you will have a small silk lined eye glass case. But most importantly, you will be ready to tackle lining your own hand knits.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
503-3 Easy Cast-on Cornucopia J C Briar
Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: 1-strand or 2-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class, try variations on old favorites, and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
506-3 Intermediate Stashology 201 Christine Bylsma
You have 'archived' those countless balls of yarn that you could not pass up. Find new inspiration in what you already have, and use your stash to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Be prepared to be amazed.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
644-3 Intermediate Weaving with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Make a rectangular piece of fabric with the Knit One Below stitch pattern and then add color and texture by weaving a few special yarns from your stash to make a pillow top, a scarf, a tote bag, or a miniature blanket. You name it, you can make it.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
660-3 Intermediate Go Bi-Textural: Combine Knitting and Crochet Edie Eckman
Break out of your knitting rut by blending techniques. We'll combine the best properties of knitting with the best properties of crochet to get designs that wow and knits that fit! See how to use crochet techniques to make your knits fit better, create the perfect buttonhole, insert a crocheted motif into a knitted fabric, and other tips.
Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, sc and dc.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
377-3 Easy The Joy of Top-Down Knitting Ragga Eiriksdottir
This class explains the principles behind knitting from the top and the many benefits. Participants knit a tiny top-down cardigan containing all the elements. Ragga explains a few simple rules of thumb that allow the knitter to knit their own sweater or cardigan without using a conventional pattern. The use of stitch dictionaries for a personal result is introduced. Techniques covered: long-tail cast on, calculation principles for a top-down raglan of any size, symmetrical raglan increases (three types), magic loop method, short row shaping for back of neck, loose cast off, incorporating stitch patterns. Participants receive written instructions on sweater planning and calculations, steps and techniques for knitting a raglan or yoke cardigan from the top, and tips on how to personalize their sweater by incorporating stitch patterns.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
585-3 Advanced Double Dare Candace Eisner Strick
You'll do a double-take when you see what you can do with double knitting, double colors, and double hands! Learn how to create a 2-sided fabric with two colors using both hands. After you master stockinette stitch you will continue on, learning several different stitch patterns.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
806-3 Easy The Crochet Dude's Post Stitch Boot Camp™ Drew Emborsky
Crochet post stitches add texture, drape, structure, and are the foundation for crochet cables. Drew will teach you the basic "post stitch", back and front, as well as foundation double crochetthe trick to creating stretchy ribbing.
Note: Should be able to work a ch, sc, and dc.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
613-3 Easy Intro to Entrelac Margaret Fisher
Entrelac knitting creates a fabric with a wonderful basket weave or quilted appearance. Although it looks complex, the knitting is easy and lots of fun to do. In this class, you will create an entrelac sampler as you learn all the steps of this fascinating technique. Class discussion will cover the use of entrelac in garments and accessories, and the effects achieved with various types of yarn.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
220-6 Intermediate Lining à la Chanel Jean Frost
Coco Chanel developed a special way to line her beautiful jackets. You will learn these lining techniques step by step. You will leave the class with the skills needed to line jackets in this manner. A lined jacket is a masterpiece and a joy to wear. Learn how to assemble, sew in a lining, and finish a jacket in the same manner in which Chanel couture garments are made. Get hands-on experience in lining and finishing your jacket like a pro!
Note: For your planning purposes class begins on Friday afternoon and continues on Saturday morning
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
454-3 Intermediate Ear-Lings: Beaded Headbands Antje Gillingham
I'm going to be perfectly honest! I look hideous in hats—any size, any shape, any color—but my ears freeze instantly at the mere thought of cold weather. This means I need something to cover them! Enter the ear-warming headband! It's compact, quick to put on and most importantly: No Bad Hat Hair Day!! Ahhh- the perfect cold weather accessory. Let's combine it with cables, the queens of texture and beads, those wonderful sparkly pieces of glass, and create a one of a kind beaded cabled headband! We'll fearlessly knit with beads, cable without cable needles and practice the three-needle bind off. Join me for this fun, quick, little project with amazing ear warming power!
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
313-3 Intermediate Japanese Short Rows Susanna Hansson
Short rows are an elegant way to shape your knitting and are the perfect way to finish off shoulders and build collars that lay flat. Japanese short rows are done without using the wrap-and-turn. Although they are a little tricky to learn, 'stair-step' shoulder bind-offs will be a distant memory once you master this technique. Complete your short rows with an elegant Japanese bind-off.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
502-3 Advanced Heel Construction for Toe Up Socks Janel Laidman
It’s always nice to have socks that fit really well, and heel construction is a big part of fit. We will explore 3 different heel constructions for toe up socks that each have different properties. If you love knitting your socks toe-up, add these heels to your bag of tricks!
Note: Should be familiar with sock construction.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
813-3 Easy Advanced Tunisian Crochet Ginger Luters
After learning the basics of Tunisian Crochet, it's fun to explore some of the many additional possibilities with this fascinating technique. In this advanced class, we'll work with lace stitches, textured pattern stitches, and color work. Entrelac, double ended reversible and modular techniques will also be discussed.
Note: Should know basic Tunisian crochet including creating a foundation row and Tunisian simple stitch.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
444-3 No skills required Recycle and Repurpose Your Knitting Lorna Miser
Create new out of old! Get rid of guilt-inducing UFO's or sad felting accidents while also being GREEN. Use the previously knit items to make something new. Many small projects such as pillows, slippers, hats, mittens, coasters, cup cozies, and toys can be completed in class. Great gift ideas.
Material fee: $2.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
656-3 Advanced Ruffle Theory Annie Modesitt
In this workshop, we'll delve into the wonderful world of knitted ruffles, from the ostentatious neck ruffs of Elizabethan England to the prim pleats at the hem of a sensible skirt, with several stops in between. We'll explore different methods of incorporating ruffles into our knitting, and practice a few different ruffles in class. Extensive handouts will include several ruffles to add to your repertoire.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
652-3 Intermediate Lace Edging Brooke Nico
Adding a lace edge to even the simplest of garments takes it from nice to beautiful. We'll discuss the various types of edgings and ways to attach them. We'll talk about ways to deal with corners when knitting-on edgings including mitered corners and ruffling the edge for a smoother finish.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
325-3 Easy Armhole Success Judy Pascale
Learn to modify instructions for better-fitting armholes and neat shoulder seams. Revise patterns to begin fitted sleeves at the armhole and work to the cuff, shaping both as you go. This process avoids the common difficulty of matching armhole shaping with sleeve shaping and assures desired sleeve length. We will also cover cuff to armhole.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
328-3 Intermediate A Well-Executed Sleeve Cap Sarah Peasley
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 no unsightly seams! Bonus: use short rows to shape your sweater shoulders neatly and avoid those nasty stairsteps!
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
575-3 Easy Partners, Pairs and Perfect Matches Sandi Rosner
Sometimes the perfect yarn is actually 2 or more yarns in combination! Combining yarns of different colors and textures can create a fabric that is more than the sum of its parts. Practice mixing yarns and learn which bring out the best in each other and which should go their separate ways.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
536-3 Intermediate Miters by Design Jane Slicer Smith
Miters have to be one of the simplest ways of achieving rewarding and colorful results. It is simply a basic garter stitch with a decrease, worked in two color stripes. Learn to pick up stitches and join colors as well as to weave in ends as you knit. Jane will demonstrate her use of miters from Capelets to A-line coats and as garment trims.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
817-3 Advanced Crochet Entrelac Basics Karen Whooley
Squares, squares, and more squares! Learn to crochet as- you-go squares that make a beautiful draped fabric that looks like knit. Practice on a small piece and discuss how to adapt this variation of Tunisian crochet to clothing, accessories, and decor. Experience with Tunisian crochet is helpful.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
566-3 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
821-3 Intermediate Japanese Crochet Motifs Myra Wood
Delicate Japanese motifs are the latest craze in crochet for wearables, scarves, and home furnishings. Learn how to read Japanese motif charts along with tons of tips and tricks including beginning with magic circles, changing colors seamlessly, joining motifs, and weaving in ends as you go to take your crochet to the next level. We'll start a scarf in class that's fun and fast to make.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
594-3 Intermediate Intuitive Chart Reading—Lace Cookie Apichairuk
Learn how to read lace charts intuitively. We'll talk about lace and lace chart symbols then practice working from sample charts. Learn to see the connection between charts and the resulting knitting, how to read your knitting to determine where you are within a chart, various types of chart symbols (including Japanese), and how to read lace charts without a key. We'll also talk about the mysterious 'no-stitch' symbol and why it's used, how to handle stitch patterns with changing stitch counts, and how to deal with 'bad' charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
582-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It's not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
815-3 Easy Bead Crochet Sampler Marly Bird
Add a new tool to your crochet bag and learn how to add beads to a project. A sample of different methods for adding beads to your work will become a great take-home reference guide with written instructions and charts. This is the class for you to become a capital C crocheter and add a little pizzazz to your work.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
643-3 Intermediate The Entrelac Shift: Combining Fabrics for Maximum Effect Gwen Bortner
Incorporating entrelac with other knitted fabrics can create an outstanding accent in a garment, but the smooth transition between fabrics can be challenging. With a few guidelines, the fabric changeover can be accomplished nearly anywhere. Start by exploring the various options for incorporating chevron stitch fabrics along the pointed edges. Next, discover tricks for moving between entrelac triangles and standard knitted fabrics. Students will create a customized neck warmer while they practice moving from entrelac to other knitted fabrics, both along the flat edge and along the pointed edge.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
565-3 Intermediate Charts Made Essential J C Briar
Being able to read charts is only half the story. Take this class and learn to write charts: to visualize written instructions, to convert between flat and in-the-round knitting, and to plan shaping. Use charts to demystify phrases like 'at the same time', 'reverse shaping', and 'shape in pattern'.
Note: Must be comfortable reading charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
450-3 Intermediate Latvian Wristers Beth Brown-Reinsel
Using wristers as a template, learn beautiful Latvian mitten cuff techniques that can be applied to socks, hats, sweaters, and gloves. We will cover a scalloped cuff, a herringbone braid, a variation of the half-braid, traditional motifs in the main part of the wrister, and a picot hem. We'll cover three ways to manage two yarns in a round and discuss yarn dominance.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
105-3 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci Laura Bryant
Fibonacci numbers describe a mathematical sequence that occurs repeatedly in nature. This relationship is particularly pleasing to the eye, and artists and designers have used these numbers throughout civilization. Learn the history while you explore this fascinating tool for designing knitted stripes, blocks, and perfect shading. Learn a method for controlling color combinations. Hands-on swatching with fun yarns and colors. Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
354-3 Intermediate Pocket Possibilities; Before, During, and After Christine Bylsma
Knitted-in pockets are convenient, beautiful, and easy! Learn where to place pockets and how to determine the correct size as we explore patch, slit, and slash pockets that can be added at any stage in the knitting, even after the garment is done. Discover the secrets to lining and edges while avoiding sagging and 'grinning' pockets.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
507-3 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck where the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
706-3 No skills required Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
'Just one more row' may be all it takes to cause a repetitive strain injury. Learn what causes those aches and pains in your hands, arms, and spine. More importantly, learn how to prevent them through risk-factor identification and techniques to reduce the risk.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
659-3 Easy Easy Stitches for Impatient Knitters Edie Eckman
Bored with stockinette and garter stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Learn these quick-and-easy stitch patterns to keep your interestand allow you to watch the ball game at the same time!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
811-3 No skills required Tunisian Crochet Reinvented Ragga Eiriksdottir
Tunisian crochet is on the rise again. This time novel techniques such as lace patterns and working in the round are allowing for a greater variation in designs. The test piece for this class is a two colored wrist warmer, worked in the round using a Tunisian crochet hook with a long flexible cord. Participants will get an insight into the possibilities of using Tunisian crochet as design elements in knitting projects.
Techniques covered include casting on, estimating size, Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian purl stitch, honeycomb pattern, working in the round with one or two colors, and binding off.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
513-3 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a Sweater® Margaret Fisher
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact: increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking. In this class, you will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous.
Note: This is an advanced beginner level class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
421-6 Intermediate 2-at-a-Time Socks on 2 Circulars Cuff-Down Antje Gillingham
Practice the anatomy of a sock in sections and get comfortable knitting socks two at a time on two circular needles from the cuff down. No more counting rows or experiencing the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome! And while we won't be able to finish a complete adult pair of socks in one day, we will have a lot of fun during this innovative workshop and by the time you get back to your hotel room, you will be ready to apply your class pattern and cast on your very own awesome pair of 2-at-a-time socks.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
406-3 Advanced Betsy's Beaded Bag Betsy Hershberg
Expand your bead-knitting techniques while making a mini-version of this beautiful Byzantine Gold evening bag from Knitter's Magazine Summer 2007. We'll work a versatile, bead-knitted cast-on and bind-off you can also use to make straps, belts, and jewelry or embellish knitted projects of all kinds. You'll also learn an easy new technique for weaving beads into a project AFTER the knitting is complete. Get a fabulous, bead-knitted look without pre-stringing or stopping your knitting to place individual beads!
Materials fee: $20.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
753-6 No skills required Learn Rigid Heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
If you are looking for ways to use up those leftover balls of yarn, this method of weaving is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.
Note: Looms provided for class use.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
520-3 Intermediate Russian-Style Continental Knitting Galina Khmeleva
Learn this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method. It is fast—it is easy—and it is oh-so-forgiving on your wrists.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
589-3 Easy The Excitement of Accessories and More Barry Klein
There are so many really fun yarns out there and special ways to knit them so that they look their best and work to an advantage. We will spend time playing with these yarns, looking at how they knit up and talking about designs that make them amazing. Lots of accessory scarves, shawls, wraps, shoulder cozies and more will be shown as we knit up different swatches and look at the application of the yarns in each of the ideas. Be prepared for laughs and lots of fun.
Materials fee: $5.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
417-3 Intermediate Creative Shawls and Wraps Susan Lazear
Learn how to work with basic shapes and your personal proportions to create simple, yet fashionable wraps and shawls. Students will customize and create 3 patterns that can be knit with any yarn and gauge. In addition, you will learn basic techniques for evaluating and translating garments into pattern shapes that are suitable to your personal proportions.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
319-3 Advanced Fully Fashioned and Fabulous Melissa Leapman
It's all in the details! Explore fun and easy ways to work garment shapings with style and finesse. Discover designer tricks that use full-fashion techniques for figure-flattering results.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
446-3 No skills required Silver Linings Lorna Miser
Learn innovative techniques for knitting and lining purses and totes. No sewing machine or felting required. Learn to use fusible adhesives, ready-made canvas totes, quilting fabrics, and fabric glues to accomplish this. Examples of zipped, buttoned, snapped, tied, and flapped closures will be displayed. Also learn ways to make your own handles and all the tips for sturdy, stylish bags. You will complete a purse in class.
Material fee: $10.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
559-3 Intermediate Combination Knitting Annie Modesitt
Christened Combination Knitting by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, this combination of Western and Eastern style knitting is faster and creates a nicer tension with less "rowing out" and less wrist strain. Established knitters may enjoy this different method; new knitters can master this right away!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
822-3 Intermediate Seamless Crochet Kristin Omdahl
Learn how to make crochet motifs joining them as you go. No need to cut the yarn between motifs, so you can make an entire motif project with only two ends to weave in—the beginning and the end!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
116-3 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multi-colored fabric, as in Christmas stockings with a jolly Santa motif 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
535-3 Easy Making the Most of Self-Striping Yarns Sandi Rosner
The market is full of yarns that are dyed to make lovely stripes. Take advantage of these yarns to produce beautiful, flattering garments. Learn to analyze the stripe patterns so you can predict and control your results. Break free from horizontal stripes and see what happens with vertical, diagonal, and modular patterns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
720-3 Easy Spinning for Knitting Merike Saarniit
Spin your own yarn and then develop unique 'gourmet yarns' in silk, alpaca, angora, and the most luscious wools. Learn tips and tricks to ensure gorgeous handspun yarns, perfect for your special projects. Great for both those who want to learn the art of spinning and those who want to develop their spinning skills.
Material fee: $10 for assorted fibers and drop spindles for use in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
757-3 No skills required Beginning artfelt®; felting the easy way Karin Skacel
Artfelt® is the newest method of felting that combines the best attributes of needle felting, wet felting and fulling. Using this method, a felter can save hours in labor and create detailed designs that would be very hard to create with any other felting method. Learn the basics of the artfelt® method from start to finish and actually create a camera or phone case during class. Some finishing may need to done at home.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
511-3 Intermediate Turn Mistakes and Mishaps into Knowledge and Experience Leslye Solomon
Mistakes — we all have made them. Some are very obvious from the beginning; when your stitches accidentally fall off the needle, a single or multi-row dropped stitch in stockinette stitch, garter stitch or seed; a knit where you should have purled; a cable in the wrong direction, a lost yarn-over; and more. Through practice in this class, you will be able to fix a list of common mistakes possibly avoiding the need to start over or throw a garment away.
Some mistakes insidiously get noticed after the sweater is finished, because there was more information to be learned in that swatch you unraveled. Know the information which can help you avoid the problems of stretching or growing, and/or shrinking. Think of that sweater you once made and choose to not wear. This important class promises to arm you with the best information to prevent and fix a variety of mishaps and disappointing results that appear immediately or long after the garment is complete. Instead of consequences being your teacher, this problem-ending class will arm you with techniques to turn you into a confident, successful, target-oriented, and fearless knitter.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
818-3 Easy Fair Isle for Crochet Karen Whooley
Learn the secrets of Crochet Fair Isle. Using just a single crochet, we will learn to read a chart, carry colors, and conceal ends without weaving them in as we work a sample square. Must know how to chain and single crochet.


Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
567-6 Intermediate Two-color Knitting: Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
The Portuguese style of knitting makes the purl stitch very easy. For this reason, when knitting circularly I prefer to knit garments inside out. This technique makes two-color knitting very smooth: where the two colors of yarn do not tangle and the tension of the fabric is very even. In this class we are going to learn all the basics of this style of knitting and then make a two-color knitting hat, learning the basics skills for many knitting projects: Fair Isle, double knitting and Bohus knitting.
Note: Class includes a brief review of skills learned in 502-3.
Optional materials fee: $10 for two knitting pins.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
307-3 Intermediate Creative Short Row Knitting Myra Wood
Short rows aren't just for shaping. Discover a whole world of creative knitting with endless possibilities using short rows for sweaters, bags, and anything else you can imagine. You'll combine tons of yarns in various colors to explore wavy designs without a pattern. Great to combine with other freeform techniques! You'll also learn how to incorporate short rows into existing patterns.
Note: Must have some short row experience.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
224-3 Easy Embroider Your Knitting Anna Zilboorg
Embroidery has been used always and everywhere to embellish fabric, while knitting has been left bare save for a few lazy daisies and french knots. In this class we'll integrate simple embroidery stitches into simple knitted stitches to create many different effects, new and wonderful.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
547-3 Intermediate Sneaky Shaping with Short Rows Gwen Bortner
Knitted fabric has some wonderfully unique properties when it comes to garment creation. One of the best is the ability to create a three-dimensional fabric through the use of short rows. Short rows can be used in a variety of ways including sock heels, shoulder shaping, bust darts, and even interesting stripes. During class, get hands on experience to compare and contrast four techniques: basic short rows, wrap and turn, yarn over, and Japanese short rows. Discover which method produces your preferred result and learn when, where, and how to apply them to various types of knitting projects.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
548-3 Easy Bind-off Bonanza J C Briar
Creating a firm and sturdy bind-off edge is child's play; you just keep a secure grip on the yarn as you bind off. But what if you need some other kind of bind-off edge? Take this class and learn about supple and seamless bind-offs for sock tops, bind-offs that blend into ribbing, and decorative bind-offs.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
201-3 Intermediate Beyond Basic Buttons Christine Bylsma
Can't find the perfect buttons? Great! You can create many different types of buttons and closures. Covered, woven, balled, fringed, finger-cording knots, and swirls-explore them all plus half-a-dozen unexpected closure options. You will even learn to rethink how and when to use basic buttons.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
610-3 Intermediate Columns of Color with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Would you like to learn a completely new stitch pattern? In this introduction to the Knit-One-Below technique, you will knit two colors horizontally, one at a time, and yet you will create vertical stripes on one side and an interesting, very different pattern on the reverse side. Make swatches with differing selvedges for various purposes as well as bind-offs that match your cast-ons. This class will provide you with the skills you need to launch into a myriad of Knit-One-Below projects.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
812-3 Intermediate Crochet Stitch Workshop Edie Eckman
See how crochet uses cables, lace, texture and openwork to create beautiful fabric. Try your hand at a variety of stitch families. Play with color and texture while learning to read crochet text and charts. For all levels of crocheters.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
721-3 No skills required Kumihimo: The Art of Traditional Japanese Braiding Candace Eisner Strick
Begin your adventure in this beautiful fiber tradition by making a bracelet with one of the easier braiding techniques. Kumihimo discs will be provided for you to use. Once you learn the possibilities, you will never want to stop!
Materials fee: $10 for braiding materials, beads and bracelet clasp.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
448-3 Intermediate Not Your Grandmother's I-Cord! Betsy Hershberg
Welcome to 21st century I-cord! Be amazed as 'plain old' I-cord magically transforms into custom made jewelry, accessories, and unique embellishments with the addition of some great beads, some unexpected stitch choices, or just by letting the colors of a gorgeous variegated yarn lead the way. Throw out all of your preconceived notions about what it IS and learn what it CAN BE. Who knew?
Materials fee: $5.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
658-3 Easy Look, Ma, no cable needle! Melissa Leapman
Want to knit an Aran pattern lickety-split? Learn to cross your cables without a cable needle. After some hands-on practice in class, you'll wonder why those pesky little things were ever even invented!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
527-3 Easy All About Steeks Lorna Miser
Steeking is a traditional technique for making openings in pieces knit in the round. In this class we will discuss both common and uncommon ways to use steeks. You will practice 3 different methods for securing steeks without a sewing machine. You will take a deep breath and cut your sample steeks. Then, you will learn a variety of methods for dealing with the cut edges to create a beautifully finished product.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
530-3 Intermediate Left Can Be Right For You! Kellie Nuss
Learn the basics of controlling your yarn with your left hand. We'll start with Continental knitting and purling, then take a trip around the world to survey knitting styles and innovations that make purling (and knitting) with the yarn in the left hand more efficient. Students will learn and try Norwegian purl, Eastern Combined knitting, and Portuguese Knitting.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
413-3 Easy Accessorize with Beaded Belts Judy Pascale
Enhance a skirt or a pair of jeans with a beaded belt either using a Vine Lace pattern or an Eyelet pattern. Finish the Eyelet belt with an optional beaded fringe.Whether you wear the belt over a blouse or on your garment loops, the look is dramatic.The highlight of the third belt pattern will be the ability to interchange belt buckles and assorted closures possible from your own closet. The three patterns you will receive feature the no pre-stringing beading techniques. Materials fee: $3.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
590-3 Intermediate Color Go Round Sarah Peasley
Practice a variety of color techniques while knitting in the round, including single-row and multi-row color stripes, Fair Isle knitting, intarsia in the round, and double knitting. Special attention will be paid to camouflaging both color and pattern jogs.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
715-3 No skills required Button Making Jane Slicer Smith
Hand-made buttons are the perfect complement for a hand knit. Try making very simple, 1-color clay buttons: round, square, or triangle. Learn tips and tricks to create evenly shaped and sized buttons. Discover easy ways to add texture or color to match your knits.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
128-3 Easy Stranded Color: Just Beyond the Basics Beth Whiteside
Interested in color techniques? Stranded color (of which Fair Isle is a subgroup) is one of the classics. We're going to go over and just beyond the basics, working in the round with a steek you'll cut and later secure. Our practice project can be turned into a coffee pot cosy, neck warmer, yoga mat holderlots of possibilities! In addition to covering several ways to secure a steek, the class touches on traditional garment construction, color, and patterns. Note: It covers the same basic ground as the Market Session of the same name, then expands on that material.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
808-3 No skills required Fashion Forward-Learning to Crochet those new fashion yarns Karen Whooley
Ever looked on the shelves of your LYS and seen those new yarns that knit ruffles? Or Pillows? Or other such items? Did you know that you can crochet with them just as well as you can knit with them? Join Karen as she takes you on the adventure of working with Trendsetter Yarns' Fashion. We will learn to work with Cha Cha, Flamenco and the New Improv!
Material Fee $5.50
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
ETC Easy Continental Immersion Lorilee Beltman
Knitters who commit to this continental immersion session can truly expect to emerge as competent pickers. Some of the most enthusiastic students are those who have knitted, even happily, by another method for decades. New and experienced knitters are equally welcome.

When you learn Lorilee’s brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable and perhaps even speedier way to knit. Learn that each finger has a job to do and begin to retrain those fingers. Gain an understanding of exactly what motions have a bearing on the stitch gauge. (It may not be what you think!)

On the first day we focus on the knit stitch, purl stitch, ribbing, increases, decreases, and sizing our knits and purls equally. Each student receives individual attention.

On the second day, we start a project together using the instructor’s pattern for a stitch sampler hat or cowl. We dive into ribbing, lace, cabling and bobbles, all accomplished using our newly learned knitting position.

We’ll try our hands at:  
twisted stitches  
slip stitch patterning  
lace  
bobbles  
cabling (without a cable needle)  
two-handed color work/stranding  
mirrored decreases
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate The Ins and Outs of Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Knit One Below is an exciting way for knitters to combine colors, weights, fibers, and types of yarn into versatile fabrics. The technique alternates one simple action, working into the stitch one row below the stitch on the needle, with a knit or a purl. Elise opens up her bag of Knit-One-Below tricks and offers a sampling of techniques. You will create a bag of your own as you learn a variety of increases and decreases, incorporate cables and traveling stitches into multi-directional patterns, create no-sew seams, add ruffles, and practice working Knit One Below in circles. All of these skills can also be applied to other forms of knitting, providing you with useful tools to get creative and design your own projects. In the end, you will go home with a bag showcasing all that you have learned.
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Create a Custom-fit Jacket Jean Frost
From how to take your measurements, through making your full-size personal pattern and jersey jacket to test the fit before you knit, to translating your inches into stitches and rows for your Master Pattern—this hands-on workshop leads you through the process presented in Jean's new book,Custom Knit Jackets.
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Be the Boss of Your Yarn Janel Laidman
Be the boss of your yarn! Learn how to control grist, twist, and plying. Learn to make a fine yarn, a thick yarn, a hard wearing yarn, or a lofty yarn by controlling your wheel and your hands. Learn how ply structure and fiber choices affect your yarn. We'll also briefly discuss fiber prep and how it affects your yarn, and we'll play around with a few designer yarn techniques.
Materials fee: $15
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Easy Color, Style, and Silhouette Jane Slicer Smith
From color selection and knitting techniques to garment shaping and fit, Jane shares the processes that make her designs uniquely wearable: graduated miters, shaped panels, intarsia, and embellishment. Jane knows fit. As you knit, she will discuss the keys to successful garment design for all shapes and sizes—changing needle sizes and A-line silhouettes. You will work with your own body measurements as you explore the Swing Swagger Drape fit.
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Creative Knitting and/or Crochet Bootcamp: Wearables-Design & Construction Myra Wood
Immerse yourself in 2 days of pure inspiration working with color, texture, and design. Myra shares her approach to one-of-a-kind wearable art. You'll learn how to create and use templates in this hands-on intensive workshop. While you explore your creativity, we'll cover construction of multi-directional fabric, sizing and fit, finishing, and embellishing.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just someone who loves needlework but finds themselves stuck in a rut, Myra will get your creative juices flowing. Be ready for some serious fun!



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