STITCHES South 2012 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only  
Special Effects

Design challenge: Add character and dimension to knit fabric. Go beyond the basics of yarn and stitch selection—take it to the next level

Explore the ever-expanding world of special effects—on and off the needles:

Embellish with yarns, threads, ribbons, beads, cords, appliqués

Integrate knitting with crochet, embroidery, weaving

Exploit or add color with dyes, inks, and handpaint yarns

Join Anna Zilboorg, Laura Bryant, Myra Wood, and Rick Mondragon as they share the influences, processes, details and results. See how knits can play a leading role in your wardrobe. Gild that lily! New ideas, new materials, new techniques—at your fingertips.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon  
Special Effects

Design challenge: Add character and dimension to knit fabric. Go beyond the basics of yarn and stitch selection
take it to the next level

Explore the ever-expanding world of special effects—on and off the needles:

Embellish with yarns, threads, ribbons, beads, cords, appliqués

Integrate knitting with crochet, embroidery, weaving

Exploit or add color with dyes, inks, and handpaint yarns

Join Anna Zilboorg, Laura Bryant, Myra Wood, and Rick Mondragon as they share the influences, processes, details and results. See how knits can play a leading role in your wardrobe.

Gild that lily! New ideas, new materials, new techniques—at your fingertips.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Luncheon  
We're serving up food and fun with teachers traveling from table-to-table to Meet & Greet students! Teachers will share their love of fiberwork, information about classes they teach, and more at this exciting event. Use the information you receive to add classes this year or even begin planning for next year.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 NEW
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
304-3 Intermediate Strick-ly Shawls Candace Eisner Strick
Knit a purely relaxing, beautifully fitting shawl without the hassle of reading patterns or charts. Use any weight yarn, any size needles, make it any size. Worked from the top down, this shawl incorporates easy shaping that makes it stay on your shoulders. You can finish it off in any number of different ways…bind off, easy crochet-edge bind off, or knit a ruffly border.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
521-3 Advanced Two Colors, Two Hands, Two Directions Jolie A. Elder
Now you CAN knit with two colors with the right side always facing. Learn how to knit with one color in each hand, and how to go back and forth without turning your work. Helpful to those who wish to knit continental, helpful to those who wish to learn to hold the yarn in their right hand, and helpful to those who are deathly afraid of steeking! Come one, come all; there is something for everybody.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
228-3 Easy Edging Magic & Flower Power Class Nicky Epstein
Don't miss this chance to experience Nicky's design thought process on edging and flower design. If you have never taken a class from Nicky...take this one!
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
208-3 Intermediate The Perfect Edge Galina Khmeleva
Orenburg lace is most often recognized by its exquisitely detailed scalloped border teeth. Explore the knitting techniques that give you a 'perfect edge.' Learn how to turn ordinary table, bed and bath linens, curtains, or even favorite clothing items into luxurious collectibles with the addition of the simple, sophisticated, Orenburg lace border. Materials fee: $3 for yarn.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!)
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 NEW
370-3 Intermediate Get Published Shannon Okey
Have you always wanted to write a book? Now's your chance! Whether you want to submit your work to large publishers or do it yourself, Shannon has the insider knowledge to help you succeed! She reveals the processes behind:
building a successful book proposal
brainstorming a book: discovering what you have to offer the market
publishing it yourself for greater profit and control
finding a printer, an appropriate print solution or going digital and many other topics of interest to creative people of all kinds.
Extensive Q&A period during class to cover all your bases!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.
Thursday 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm NEW
No skills required Nicky Epstein On Designing Nicky Epstein
Nicky will share her expertise and use a graphic video presentation to talk about the importance of shapes, stitches, edgings, and embellishments. She will also show you the 10 top design elements that she uses to create her amazing designs. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how the creative process works, from this iconic and master designer!
Note: You must be registered for a class or a special event (Opening Day, Fashion Show, or Student Banquet) to be admitted to this event.
If you are already registered for classes, you can call 800-237-7099 or email stitches.registration@xrx-inc.com to add this event to your schedule.

Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
815-3 Easy Bead Crochet Necklace Marly Bird
Add a new tool to your crochet bag and learn how to add beads to a project. Get hands on instruction for making your very own crochet beaded necklace. This fun and fast project is a great way to venture into the world of beaded crochet. Learn two different methods of adding beads to any crochet project, and BEST of all, you will finish the project in class and can wear it around the market all weekend to show off your beautiful work. This is the class for you to become a capital C crocheter and add a little pizzazz to your work.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
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 NEW
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
522-3 Intermediate Beyond the pattern: Knitting 'Purls' of Wisdom Christine Bylsma
Long before 'cast on' and even after 'sew seams' there are numerous details, tricks, and techniques that can make knitting better looking but are never spelled out in patterns. These are a dozen of my most essential 'purls' of wisdom for knitting success—from winding a pull-skein by hand to wearing the garment out the door. Each nugget of information can make knitting more enjoyable and produce more professional results.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 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
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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 NEW
591-3 Easy Embellished Knitting Charles Gandy
Here's a chance to learn numerous ways to enhance your knitted creations through applied embellishments. From frilly ruffles to bobbles to twists and ripples, I-Cords, special finger cords, and even beading, we will explore and sample how to knit with personality!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
568-3 Intermediate Bead Whimsy! Sivia Harding
Does bling make your heart sing? Learn how to put beautiful beads in any stitch pattern! This class is guaranteed to make you smile and bring whimsy into your life. While working a flat sampler, we will explore all potential beading situations: how to bead cables, lace, texture, or just plain knitting. You will emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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     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 Easy 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
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
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 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 NEW     SOLD OUT
664-3 Advanced Twisted Traveling Stitches Anna Zilboorg
Austrian twisted travelling stitches create patterns in high relief that resemble woodcarvings. They require a few special techniques (among them, how to interpret the charts) and some practice, but are well worth the effort if you enjoy careful knitting. They can also provide a wonderful base for embroidery. This class will focus on flat knitting, which is much harder than in the round with these patterns, but gives the greatest flexibility for usage. After a few exercises, we'll make a cell-phone cover that could easily turn into cuffs for an elegant sweater.
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
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.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
632-3 Intermediate Stitch Strategies for Hand-Dyed Yarns Laura Bryant
If you have ever fallen in love with a hand-dyed yarn, only to be disappointed in the knitted fabric, this class is for you. We'll explore stitch strategies to avoid the often undesired pooling, patterning, and striping of hand dyed yarns. Learn to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, the different types of dyeing, and then explore the stitches that will help you coax the inherent beauty from even the most difficult color combinations. Some hands-on swatching during class.
Optional materials fee: $3 for hand-dyed yarn
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
501-3 Intermediate Tapas Candace Eisner Strick
Sample little bites of the best knitting has to offer: try one fabulous cast-on that gives you instant k1, p1 set-up for ribbing, one unusual bind-off that requires no passing-over of stitches, one unusually beautiful stitch pattern, how to pick up perfectly, yarn-over increases that slant in both directions, a perfectly painless beginning for a circular shawl, a picot bind-off, and a few more delicious little tastes.
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
414-3 Easy Knitting Block Party Nicky Epstein
Nicky will teach a variety of unique designs you can make with knitted blocks from her blockbuster block book. Make animals, bags, toys, mitts, hats, and much more! Fun! Fun! Fun!
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
225-3 Intermediate Advanced Seaming: Texture, Color, Pattern Margaret Fisher
Do you know how to seam stockinette stitch, but find other stitch patterns challenging? Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles to seaming textured stitch patterns and colorwork. The key to seaming is understanding stitch pattern structure and recognizing where to place the sewing needle. We will work with two simple textured stitch patterns—garter stitch and seed stitch—”to learn how to identify "where to sew." These two patterns are representative of many textured patterns and by seaming them, you will understand many aspects of seaming others. You will practice seaming vertical, horizontal, and horizontal-to-vertical seams in garter stitch and seed stitch.
Also, you will learn how to adjust textured and colorwork stitch patterns so they match at the side-seams of a garment. Charts and knitted samples will be used to examine the stitch patterns and determine how to adjust them. The class includes a discussion of using selvedge stitches with colorwork and textured stitch patterns.
The last part of the class focuses on the knitting and seaming techniques used for set-in sleeves. All of the steps for sewing set-in sleeves will be reviewed, and you will practice seaming the diagonal section of a set-in sleeve on seed stitch swatches.
Note: Must be able to sew vertical, horizontal, horizontal-to-vertical, and diagonal seams in stockinette stitch and vertical seams in reverse stockinette stitch (or must have taken Superb Seams class). Must be able to identify the structure of knit and purl stitches in handknits.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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!
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
650-3 Easy Mosaic Knitting: Colorful Knitting the Easy Way Melissa Leapman
You like the look of intricate colorwork but hate the thought of all those bobbins and tangled yarns? Learn the in's and out's of this deceptively easy technique.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
523-3 Intermediate Module Magic: Log Cabin Squares Ginger Luters
See this classic quilt technique come to life in your knitting! Ginger will lead you through the basics of log cabin squares and inspire you with creative uses for this fun motif.
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
311-3 Intermediate The Sweater Map Shannon Okey
Using Shannon's 'sweater map' technique, students will learn how to design their own perfect sweater. We'll discuss proper measurement-taking, gathering inspiration, and translating everything from the page to the needles. Along the way, students will also learn how to address their own personal challenges for optimal sweater fit and style.
Friday 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.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
369-3 Intermediate Secrets of the Schematic Carol Sulcoski
Want to learn more about how a sweater will fit? Want some easy ways to tweak the pattern so it will fit you better? This class will explain to knitters the information that is available to them using a schematic, including what the measurements mean, how measurements correspond to fit, shoulder styles, and simple adjustments that can be made to customize fit. By the end of this class, knitters will understand how to use the schematic to select patterns they'll love: how to use the pattern during the course of knitting to achieve a better result; and how to improve fit.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
333-3 Easy Freeform Fun: Knitting and/or Crochet Myra Wood
Come spend a few hours immersed in pure creativity with Myra Wood. She'll take you on a fiber adventure into the wonderful world of freeform knitting (and crochet). You'll discover endless ways to combine various knitting and/or crochet stitches and techniques to create unique fabrics and art-to-wear items. Color, texture and design will all be explored during this inspirational process. All you need are very basic knitting and/or crochet skills. Come prepared to play!
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:00 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 NEW
597-3 No skills required 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 NEW
655-3 Advanced Socktastic Stitch Patterns J C Briar
You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks. But for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough 'give' for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy re-sizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe. Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
561-6 Intermediate Latvian Fingerless Mitts Beth Brown-Reinsel
Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Begin your first fingerless mitt to learn techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid, and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of 2-, 3-, or 4-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the mitt as well as the gussetless thumb and a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with 2 yarns in the right hand, 2 yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with 3 or 4 colors.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, Magic Loop, or working with 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
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
335-3 Easy Designing A'cording to Nicky Epstein Nicky Epstein
In this class, you'll discover I-cord (aka "Idiot Cord") can be taken to a whole new and fascinating medium with Nicky. You will start by making a knit cord sampler of Nicky's original cord designs. Then, you will learn to make a few fabulous cord frogs, buttons, closures, cables and gorgeous celtic knots. Then discover how to stitch the cord to a knit piece.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
652-3 Easy 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
825-3 Easy A Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs, and Borders Kristin Omdahl
Inspired by the pages of Kristin's latest crochet book, we will delve into unique and original crochet edgings. Kristin will teach you some tips and tricks for a variety of ways to embellish your projects, and even give you ideas for making stand-alone projects—all just with the use of edgings. You'll even learn to make fabric from edgings.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
413-3 Intermediate 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.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
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 NEW
573-3 No skills required Socknitter's Seminar: Going Beyond the Basics Carol Sulcoski
You know the basics: now take your sock knitting to the next level. In this class, we'll cover techniques and tricks for making your socks spectacular, including adjusting patterns for fit; tips for working with self-patterning and handpainted yarns; different toe and heel styles; mastering kitchener stitch (grafting); and more. Students are expected to be familiar with the basics of sock knitting and are encouraged to bring questions they may have.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
352-6 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
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.
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     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.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 NEW
226-3 Intermediate Steeks to the Rescue Christine Bylsma
Knitters often think scissors are the enemy of yarn, but actually they are great enablers. Learn three different non-machine ways to anchor and cut your knitting (yes!) to change a pullover to a cardigan, shape a neckline, re-size a garment, add armholes, and put you in charge.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 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!
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
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 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
401-3 Intermediate Pillow Talk Charles Gandy
Does your interior need a bit of "fluffing and puffing"? Well, why not spruce it up by tossing in some creative, decorative pillows ...knitted pillows? Using classic techniques in small swatches that include provisional cast ons, Kitchener stitch grafting, emblishments, miters, and other decorative trimming techniques, you will be equipped to give any room a beautiful make-over with creative, knitted, decorative pillows.
Note: experience with double-pointed needles required.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
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
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
379-3 Intermediate Ripped from the Runway Shannon Okey
Have you ever looked at garments in a fashion magazine or on the runway and said "I could knit that!" but didn't? Ripped from the Runway provides you with the skills to analyze garments (from sweaters to accessories) and interpret them in handknitting. Learn how to adapt fashion-forward garments to your size for a flattering fit and how to pick the right yarns and notions to finish the job right.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
409-3 Intermediate From Shapely Shawlette to Full Shawl Judy Pascale
Altered design techniques are employed to maintain all the wonderful features of the Shapely Shawlette including the hugging neckline and graceful drape but now in a full size shawl. In this class, you will learn the hugging neckline while creating two mini samples using the lace and garter rows that will transform two Shapely Shawlette patterns into full shawls.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
525-3 Easy Yarn Substitution Made Easy Carol Sulcoski
Master the mysteries of yarn substitution! We'll start with gauge, then discuss the various weights of yarn (fingering to super bulky), weight/yardage/plies, and look at fiber and yarn characteristics that affect substitution (e.g. drape, elasticity, weight, halo). We will also consider color choice and buying quantities of the substitute yarn. We'll finish by walking through some real-life examples by selecting potential substitute yarns for real patterns.
Note: Class focuses on how to substitute yarns the same weight/gauge as called for by the pattern and does not include rewriting patterns to use a yarn with a different gauge.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
This is what STITCHES is all about - knitters and their knitting. Be inspired as attendees share their best. Visit with fellow knitters, show off your favorite piece. You could win one of the fabulous door prizes, an Editor's Choice award or the Grand Prize (a Works Package to a future STITCHES event).
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
826-3 No skills required Knooking: Knitting with a Crochet Hook Marly Bird
Knooking is the new knitting! The Knook is a specialized crochet hook that creates true knitted fabric, while the attached cord completely prevents dropped stitches! It is a great way for crocheters and true beginners to learn to knit the easy way. No more fiddling with two sticks...one hook and a cord is all you need. In this course Marly will teach basic techniques for both the right-hand and left-hand stitcher including: knook basics, basic stitches, decreases, increases and understanding instructions. Each student will leave with a sample swatch with everything they learned and a pattern for a scarf to complete at home. Yarn lovers everywhere are discovering that the Knook makes knitting fun!
Optional Materials Fee: $10 for Knook tool
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 NEW
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 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 NEW
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).
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
665-3 Intermediate Knit Motifs Kristin Omdahl
Inspired by the pages of Kristin's upcoming knitting book, we will explore knit-motif creations. From embellishment, to edging, to fabric, the possibilities are endless! Some motifs are worked in rows, some in rounds, and even some seamlessly as a motif-lace fabric. Kristin will show you how to use these different textures to create shawls, scarves, borders, and other lacy projects.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
227-3 Easy Simple Finishing Tips Sarah Peasley
Let Sarah help you put a sweater together step by step. Sew seams smoothly, pick up stitches evenly (and without gaps), weave in ends invisibly, and learn to block like a pro. Turn your knitted pieces into a beautifully finished product that you'll be proud to show off.
Techniques covered include: 3-needle bind-off, sewing garter stitch, sewing stitch-to-stitch, sewing row-to-row, sewing stitch-to-row, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, and blocking/laundering.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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".
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
560-3 Intermediate Knit Fix Cindy Craig
Let's face it. We all have a favorite garment or socks that we have just about worn out but can't bear to part with, don't throw it out, let's salvage it for a few more seasons! We will work on repairing holes that result from different problems. We will practice in stockinette stitch and ribbing. This class will increase your understanding of how knit and purl stitches are created and how they relate to each other when mixed in a row.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
824-3 Easy Join Together: Six Join-As-You Go Crochet Methods Edie Eckman
Join-as-you-go (JAYGo) methods may be the easiest way to put your crocheted motifs together, but which method is best for which situations? How do you maintain maximum portability when joining lots of motifs? What's the best way to join different shapes? How do you minimize the number of ends? How can you work continuous motifs seamlessly, while still using multiple colors? What do seven bridges in Konigsberg have to do with crochet? Learn the answers to these and many other questions in this fun, hands-on class. You'll be amazed at how many fast-and-fun ways there are to connect those shapes!
Note: Must be comfortable with basic crochet stitches (ch, sc, dc).
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
624-3 Intermediate Cable Variations: The Next Tier Melissa Leapman
Thinking about adding a new tier to your basic cable package? Join author/designer Melissa Leapman as she expands your options! You'll knit several fun and unusual cable stitch patterns and motifs, including some that include color and lace techniques.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 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.



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