STITCHES Midwest 2012 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only  
Skirting's the Issue

Hand-knit skirts have been transformed. No longer are they just supporting players in the wardrobe of life. Now they deserve top billing. Otherwise, why bother?

And speaking of bother. . .are they? Think a skirt is just too much knitting? Surprise: A skirt is actually less knitting than most sweaters. And if you think a skirt might be a boring knit, let us show you a few that definitely are not!

Our panel of pros thinks today's hand-knit skirt is fabulous: memorable to wear, fun to knit, and a soon-to-be-essential part of travel, play, and daily wear. Skirts can be as varied as our body types and as lightweight as we choose, with endless design options: tiers, gores, hem interest, flared
a little or a lot. Choose to pocket, yoke, seam, or go circular. Pick an approach: top-down, bottom-up, or side-to-side. And we'll have some good skirt chat: to line or not, the vital measurements for fit, fiber and stitch options, and sneaky shaping. Join us and see why the issue is not whether to knit a skirt, but which one you'll make first!

Antje Gillingham, Brooke Nico, Candace Eisner Strick, Gwen Bortner, and Michelle Hunter, five fans of the knit skirt are sure to offer at least one you'll love, with ideas for even more.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon  
Skirting's the Issue

Hand-knit skirts have been transformed. No longer are they just supporting players in the wardrobe of life. Now they deserve top billing. Otherwise, why bother?

And speaking of bother. . .are they? Think a skirt is just too much knitting? Surprise: A skirt is actually less knitting than most sweaters. And if you think a skirt might be a boring knit, let us show you a few that definitely are not!

Our panel of pros
thinks today's hand-knit skirt is fabulous: memorable to wear, fun to knit, and a soon-to-be-essential part of travel, play, and daily wear. Skirts can be as varied as our body types and as lightweight as we choose, with endless design options: tiers, gores, hem interest, flareda little or a lot. Choose to pocket, yoke, seam, or go circular. Pick an approach: top-down, bottom-up, or side-to-side. And we'll have some good skirt chat: to line or not, the vital measurements for fit, fiber and stitch options, and sneaky shaping. Join us and see why the issue is not whether to knit a skirt, but which one you'll make first!

Antje Gillingham, Brooke Nico, Candace Eisner Strick, Gwen Bortner, and Michelle Hunter, five fans of the knit skirt are sure to offer at least one you'll love, with ideas for even more.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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 NEW
814-3 Intermediate 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 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.
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
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.
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 NEW     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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
366-3 Intermediate History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting Franklin Habit
In this session, explore the principles, lore, and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Subjects to be covered include beginnings and endings, chart reading, lifelines, the structure of knitted lace, fixing mistakes, blocking and more. We will also discuss the great 'national' schools of knitted lace and what makes them unique.
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
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.
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     SOLD OUT
583-3 Easy The Confident Knitter Kellie Nuss
Confidence in using patterns, fixing mistakes, and reading your knitting are all fundamental to feeling calm and in control when you knit. In this class we will become more familiar with the language of knitting patterns and the skills involved in reading them. We will also learn and practice the fundamentals of fixing mistakes and learn to identify both the problems and the remedies. Come prepared to work a sample from a pattern, mess it up and learn to make it right.
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
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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.
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 to add this event to your schedule.

Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am     SOLD OUT
582-3 Easy Convert to Continental with Lorilee 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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am 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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am     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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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!
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
668-6 Intermediate Beaded Lace and Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Combine Lace with Knit One Below! This elegant sachet with its decorative beads is a versatile accessory to add to your collection. Carry it as a small purse, fill it with potpourri, or put it in your knitting basket and enjoy it on a daily basis as the ultimate yarn cozy.
Note: must have experience with dpns
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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 8:00 am - 11:00 am     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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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 8:00 am - 11:00 am     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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW
380-3 Intermediate Flatter Yourself: Fully Fashioned Secrets of the Pros Melissa Leapman
In this fun hands-on workshop, learn how designers use fully fashioned shaping to create flattering sweaters. No matter your shape, use your knitting prowess to create knockout pieces that fit and flatter.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW
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 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 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.
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 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 11:15 am - 12:15 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Parade of Elephants  
"Sometimes a little elephant can make a big difference." – Cee Cee Creech

Cee Cee has inspired the STITCHES family—and we want to share her with you! When Joplin, Missouri, was devastated by tornadoes last year and thousands lost their homes, Cee Cee (then only 8 years old) wanted to help. She knew children had lost their toys and stuffed animals and needed something to give them hope. So she turned to her knitting. One month later, she had knit 13 elephants for the children, and as the story took hold on Facebook, raised over $3000 in pledges for the relief efforts. Elephants Remember Joplin had begun. Let's see how far this parade can spread! Meet Cee Cee and co-host Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. The Crochet Dude™) for a noontime Knit-and-Crochet-along. Pick up your cute little pachyderm kit and get started, knitting with Cee Cee and crocheting with Drew. You may not finish over the noon hour, but you probably will before the weekend is over.

Elephants never forget so when you go home, you'll always remember that, with a little yarn and a lot of love, we can all make a difference.

All proceeds from the purchase of the Elephant Kit will be given to Cee Cee’s favorite charity, Homes of Hope Joplin, which builds homes in Joplin for those who lost theirs in the devastating tornadoes of 2011.

So grab your needles and hooks and come to this special event—two inspiring instructors, a very cool kit, and a great cause. Does it get any better than that?

When & Where: Friday, August 10, 2012 from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm in the ballroom of Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL.

Kit: The cost of participating in this clinic is $25 and will include an elephant kit with the yarn, poly-fil, eyes, and knit/crochet pattern.

Supplies: Please bring your own knitting needles (size 6) and/or crochet hook (size H) and a small needle for sewing. We also ask that you bring your basic STITCHES class supplies (sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes) to this event.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
518-3 Easy Continental Knitting Part 2 Lorilee Beltman
After checking our hand positions and fixing troublesome habits, we'll launch into using our Continental style to go beyond the knit and purl stitch. We'll learn ways to enlist "helper" fingers to accomplish trickier maneuvers including increases, decreases, slip-stitch patterning, cables, lace, and bobbles. Each student gets individual attention. The goal is to cement your learning by having more time with the teacher's eyes on your hands, and to realize all knitting maneuvers can be achieved in your new style.
Note: You must have taken Convert to Continental with Lorilee (582-3) either at this event or a prior event.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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 loom 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 one woman's, medium-sized adult slipper in class.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW
516-3 Easy Hook Hocus Pocus J C Briar
Maybe you've used a crochet hook to bind off or to pick up a dropped stitch. But have you used one to join pieces together? To cast on provisionally? Or to stabilize an edge and provide a place from which to pick up stitches? Learn all of these techniques, plus embellishment, decorative edgings, and more.
Note: No crochet experience required.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW
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 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am     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 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
708-6 No skills required 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW
526-3 Intermediate 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am     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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW
825-3 Intermediate 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am 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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 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.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am NEW     SOLD OUT
573-3 Intermediate 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 8:00 am - 11:00 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 8:00 am - 11:00 am
653-3 Intermediate Ruffle, Frill, and Scalloped Edgings Kathy Zimmerman
Decorative edgings offer an easy-to-do element that makes your knitting extra special. Kathy will present how-to's for working a ruffle, cobweb frill, and scalloped edgings. The student will have a hands-on opportunity to knit samples of each and learn new skills such as central double decrease, the e-wrap cast-on method, working into the back loop, un-raveling stitches, working multiple increases and decreases and much more.
Saturday 11:15 am - 12:15 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 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
No skills required Confessions of a Left-brained Knitter Betsy Hershberg
Betsy Hershberg knows about the voices in your head:

"...Sure you can KNIT but you're NOT creative. Leave designing to the pros."

She heard them for years.
Then Betsy began knitting with beads. She stopped listening and found HER creative voice.

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
587-3 Intermediate Mitered Squares with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Combine the Knit-One-Below technique with mitered squares. Use 2 contrasting yarns to create geometrical patterns going in multiple directions. See how a self-striping yarn makes its own stripes in the mitered square. Note: Must have experience making mitered squares.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
367-3 Intermediate Lace Edgings: Before, During, and After Franklin Habit
Lace edgings are among the most beautiful, varied, and useful patterns in the world of knitting. Applied with care and skill, they can lift an ordinary project into the extraordinary. In this class, we'll practice several techniques for working edgings, including knitted-on, sewn-on, and simultaneous.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
648-3 Intermediate Intro to Combining Lace & Cable Patterns Kathy Zimmerman
Lace & cable techniques both delight and challenge knitters with variety in shape, design, and texture. Creative combinations of the 2 can result in truly artistic knitting. Kathy will discuss the importance of gauge, treating the 2 pattern stitches as a unit, interpreting chart symbols, and tips for keeping track of patterns. The class project is a scarf combining a basic rope cable with a simple openwork/mini-honeycomb panel based on Kathy's popular 'Ube' cardigan from Knitter's Issue 99. The lacy oval columns alternate with mirrored rope cables for elegant textured stitch work.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
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 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
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.
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 Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
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 NEW
581-6 Intermediate Bias Knitting Without Prejudice Lily Chin
Learn this diverse method of knitting that creates different, dynamic, directional lines easily and then learn its applications. Get the angle on your pieces, try various colors and textures for head-turning work. Mix and match several effects simultaneously. Ideas for trims, accents, and even whole garments will be discussed. Go from easy panels to larger projects. Your head will be spinning with new ideas, all without a pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 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 NEW
566-3 Intermediate Miters and the Magic of Moving Stitches Barry Klein
Miters can be used to create boxes, rectangles and diamonds by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches you are working. During class you will create the first section of your piece. Then discover how to add to the piece by picking up stitches along one side, along two sides or all the way around (to create frame). We will learn about the placement of increase or decrease stitches to make the various miter shapes, and you will learn how to continue to expand the piece until it is completed. Course work will include conversations regarding color and yarn choice. We will play with fashion yarns, classic yarns and textures and how to make them dance around on your garment or accessory piece. This class is perfect for the creative knitter.
Materials Fee: $10.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
658-3 Intermediate 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
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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!
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
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
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.
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 Easy 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
357-3 Intermediate Knit to Fit Kathy Zimmerman
Not sure how to adapt that beautiful sweater pattern you love to fit your body? Kathy shares professional designer tips and her 'worksheet method' for getting a custom fit worthy of your time and effort! Now you can make it your own!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
427-3 Intermediate Sassafras Mittens Lorilee Beltman
For this unusually constructed mitten, students will learn magic loop knitting to complete flat mitered pieces that are knit in the round. Enjoy a clever thumb gusset and picking up and knitting adjacent pieces. No seaming. We will do the tough parts together in class so you are equipped to complete the mittens at home.
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
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.
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
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 1:30 pm - 1:30 pm
365-3 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns Franklin Habit
Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class just a knitter with a curious mind.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
614-3 Intermediate Style with a Twist Barry Klein
Knitting combines yarn and style, but it's not always easy for the 2 to come together. We will work with classic, textured, and hand-dyed yarns as we make small samples of sweaters and designs that will bring it all together. This class is for knitters who want to be more involved in the design process and use different yarns for their favorite sweaters. See how easy it is to go from average to fantastic.
Materials Fee: $5 for yarn assortment.
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
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.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 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.
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
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
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
649-3 Intermediate Slip-Stitch Savvy Kathy Zimmerman
Slip-stitch color patterns use only one color per row, making colorwork easy ideal for both beginners and more experienced knitters. Kathy will discuss how-to's for working this technique, hints for choosing colors and yarns, as well as tips for interpreting instructions. The class project is a sampler of pattern stitches in which one basic stitch pattern is altered in 7 different ways.

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