STITCHES South 2013 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Rick Mondragon
For knitters, it all begins with the swatch.

Actually, it begins with yarn, needles, and an idea.

New yarn or stash? Your idea or a pattern? No matter — you need to swatch.

And that swatch isn't just about getting gauge. It’s about entering a 3-D world where stitch pattern, color placement, silhouette, and even technique become active, going far beyond a sketch or a photo.

Swatches — a lot of them — are often all that separates you the knitter from you the designer.

Along the way when you ask, “What if?”, your swatch answers.

Your Swatch is talking, indulge your inner knitter, LISTEN.

Learn to understand, respect, and love your swatch.
Join Knitter's editor, Rick Mondragon, as he shares his swatching process.

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Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Rick Mondragon
For knitters, it all begins with the swatch.

Actually, it begins with yarn, needles, and an idea.

New yarn or stash? Your idea or a pattern? No matter — you need to swatch.

And that swatch isn't just about getting gauge. It’s about entering a 3-D world where stitch pattern, color placement, silhouette, and even technique become active, going far beyond a sketch or a photo.

Swatches — a lot of them — are often all that separates you the knitter from you the designer.

Along the way when you ask, “What if?”, your swatch answers.

Your Swatch is talking, indulge your inner knitter, LISTEN. Learn to understand, respect, and love your swatch.
Join Knitter's editor, Rick Mondragon, as he shares his swatching process.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Luncheon  
Teachers a la Carte
Food & fun: enjoy table-side speed dating with the teachers of STITCHES.

Are you planning to attend the Opening Day Spotlight, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 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".
Thursday 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 NEW
646-3 Intermediate Phony Cables Lily Chin
We love cables but sometimes don't like the interruption of actually doing a cable. Learn several ways of achieving a cable look without having to re-arrange the stitches. Try out several easier alternatives, including a 2-color faux cable and a trim. These are guaranteed to be unique and often much faster with similar results.
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
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
827-3 Easy From Bracelets to Necklaces Drew Emborsky
Join Drew as he teaches you the basics for making his version of crocheted jewelry using your favorite bits and bobs of yarn and cabone rings. You will leave class with a finished project. This class is great for beginners through advanced—how far you stretch your imagination is up to you.
Note: Should be able to work a ch, sc, and dc.
Thursday 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
537-3 Intermediate A Fair Isle Cowl Antje Gillingham
Fair Isle or Stranded Knitting is the technique used to work patterns with multiple yarns and colors in a row or round. There are several ways to work a Fair Isle pattern but we will specifically explore holding a yarn in each hand and weaving in (tacking) the yarn floats behind the pattern as we go along. Once conquered, this is one of the fastest and smoothest ways to knit Fair Isle. The magic word to success: practice...practice...practice.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
466-3 Easy Off the Cuff Susanna Hansson
Are they accessories or jewelry? Hard to say. Either way, they knit up quickly, make great gifts and fun additions to a winter wardrobe. And, if someone is cold, there is nothing more effective than keeping the pulse points warm.
Basic knitting skills are required, but there's nothing complicated about this type of bead knitting. Learn an easy way to calculate how many beads to string and then begin knitting the cuff with a provisional cast-on that will allow you to complete it with a three-needle bind-off rather than having to sew it together.
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
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
571-3 Intermediate Let's Band Together Judy Pascale
There’s an alternative to separately attaching a band to an already-knit-panel. Learn to convert to a self-finishing edge that can be worked at the same time as knitting the garment. Practice the method on a sampler: compatible stitch patterns blend the band and the body together allowing for the proper band tension and providing the luxury of knitting them at the same time.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
687-3 Easy Very Simple, Very Sensational Merike Saarniit
We will swatch knit and purl combinations that result in truly fabulous stitch patterns found in old Estonian stitch libraries. While these stitches can be adapted to most anything you knit, the class swatch can be continued to result in a lovely cap, cowl, or even a panel for a sweater or vest because of the addition of the lovely selvedges you'll learn as you knit the swatch.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
132-3 Easy Untwisting Intarsia Jane Slicer Smith
Let Jane untangle the misconceptions of working Intarsia—start with simple a vertical stripe from a diagram and not a chart; secure ends and join new colors without knots! Advance to chart work, the logic of a little planning and placement to make the colors work for you! Of course Jane will have colorful sample garments and will show how very simple graph work can have stunning results.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
442-3 Easy Loops with Fringe Benefits Beth Whiteside
Liven up your garments with loops, or turn them into faux fringe! You'll learn how to mimic a frayed woven edge, work single and double loops, add bows, I-cord loops and corkscrews. Apply some after-the-fact fringe, and learn a few tricks for going beyond basic overhand knots. Practice the techniques by making the class sampler bag, or use them in your own fun projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
606-3 Easy Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
108-3 Intermediate Perfect Pairs: Contrast & Coordinate Laura Bryant
It's a daunting task to pick the perfect color to pair with another. This class expands on Laura's Intro to Color class and takes you through the steps to pair colors that achieve your purpose, whether it be to calm or energize a color; excite or create quiet sophistication in your knitted fabric. Hands-on swatching with a variety of solid and multi-colored yarns allows you to see for yourself how different colors interact with one another. You'll leave with more confidence in creating color combinations.
Note: Must have taken Intro to Color.
Materials Fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
339-3 Advanced Short Row Bust Darts Lily Chin
Take a look at how darts can improve the fit of your knits, even if you're not buxom. Learn how to translate this shaping technique from sewing terms to knitting. Learn how to place it correctly—how much to add and where-and how to do it in a patterned stitch.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
386-3 Intermediate The Well-Rounded Designer Edie Eckman
How many times have you had a great idea but couldn't actually stitch it? How often have you created something but then not been able to re-create it for yourself or others? Concept, Execution and Communication are all vital parts of design, and each aspect requires a certain skill set. Successful designers understand how these parts are interconnected and the subtly different ways of thinking that are required for each. This overview will help you identify the skills you need to take your idea from thoughts to action, and then on to sharing it with others. Note: This is not a design-your-own-sweater class, but a way of thinking about the design process which should make you a more efficient and well-rounded designer.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
521-3 Intermediate Two Colors, Two Hands, Two Directions Candace Eisner Strick
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
905-3 No skills required Pattern Pitfalls Charles Gandy
Have you ever gotten half way through a project and realized that the pattern is not making sense? Or realized that the instructions aren’t complete or seem lacking in some way? Pattern writing is not easy…and reading and understanding what to do can sometime be daunting. This class will discuss 10 'red flags' to look for and will equip you with confidence so you can 'edit' the pattern making your project better.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
569-3 Intermediate Knitting Brioche...and Loving It Antje Gillingham
If you look up the definition of BRIOCHE, the online dictionaries will tell you that it is a French yeast bread with a sweet flavor and light textureit's probably not the explanation you were hunting for to describe the origins of this wonderfully soft and stretchy form of ribbed knitting! In most cases, Brioche is worked in one or two color combinations and combines slipped stitches with the traditional knit/purl rib; some of you may know it as "Purl YO and stitch tog." Sounds easy enough, right? The knitting begins after you understand the pattern phrasing. Are you ready to try? Let's venture into this cozy layered texture together and explore the Brioche Stitch inside and out. Tips, tricks and practice will make it a great addition to your technical library!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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
416-3 Intermediate Betsy Beads: Earring Bling! Betsy Hershberg
Is this you? You LOVE the two earring designs from Betsy Beads—Precious Hoops and Silver Orbits—€”but feel just a wee bit intimidated working with such fine yarn, small needles, and tiny beads. No idea where to get all the supplies for these projects. What to do? Take this class!! Betsy will provide all the materials for both sets of earrings, teach you the techniques and guide you as you complete at least one of each earring in class. It will help if you have a sense of adventure AND a sense of humor: we'll be working on Size 00 needles. But it's so worth it. Look what you'll make! You can do it!
Materials fee: $25 includes everything needed for 2 complete sets of earrings.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
584-3 Easy Tackle Box for Tackling Lace Brooke Nico
Learn all about the essential tools to make your lace knitting easier and more fun. We'll discuss the various types of yarns and fibers for lace, and which fibers are best suited to which lace stitches. We'll look in depth at blocking, including a demonstration of blocking a shawl, and how to use your blocking wires and pins. We'll also discuss stitch markers, tools to keep you on track with your knitting, as well as some great home-made hints and tricks that I use all the time!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
716-6 No skills required Nuno-Felted Scarf Judy Pascale
Use an ancient Japanese art form to create a featherweight, contemporary, Nuno-felted scarf that drapes beautifully. Coax fibers to easily penetrate a piece of silk, and the result is a highly-textured accessory scarf. You will also learn to accent this scarf using hand-dyed silk hankies.
Note: Must be able to stand for much of the class. Materials fee: $10 for rovings and $15 for a hand-dyed silk scarf.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
231-3 Intermediate Taking the 'Bind' Out of Binding Off Sarah Peasley
Does your pullover get stuck on your big noggin? Why won't that circular shawl lie flat? Is a too-tight hatband cutting off the circulation to your brain? Can't get your toe-up sock over your heel? Traditional bind-offs are often too rigid and can be downright uncomfortable. Loosen up with a variety of elastic bind-off techniques that will turn your castoffs into comfy, wearable garments. Tubular, sewn, and grafted bind-offs will be included.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
527-3 Easy All About Steeks Sandi Rosner
Steeking is a traditional technique for making openings in pieces knit in the round. In this class we will discuss both common and uncommon ways to use steeks. You will practice 3 different methods for securing steeks without a sewing machine. You will take a deep breath and cut your sample steeks. Then, you will learn a variety of methods for dealing with the cut edges to create a beautifully finished product.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
368-3 Intermediate Designing with Miters Jane Slicer Smith
Take a designer's journey with Jane and mitered squares. First, step out of the square by seeing it as a mitered diamond. Add increases for A-line and Swing and decreases for Jane's flattering fit and style. Jane talks about how she has learned to accommodate and manipulate the limitations of miters into A-line and Swagger styles, showing garments from her book Swing, Swagger, Drapeall with two-row stripes!
Friday 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
836-3 Easy Make a Stuffed Animal Stacey Trock
Not only are stuffed animals cute and cuddly, they’re fantastic crochet projects because they don’t take long to make and they don’t need to fit anybody! Plus, once you know some basic techniques, you'll be able to tackle almost any animal pattern that's out there... what could be better? This class will cover selecting yarn and appropriate hook size, how to do a sorta-gauge swatch (no measuring required!), how to begin working in the round, a refresher on crochet pattern variations you may encounter, techniques for attaching pieces, child-safety, and tips for stuffing. We'll crochet a super-adorable ladybug, which will teach you the variety of basic techniques you'll need. By the end of this class, you'll not only have a cutie nearly done... but you'll be confidently trained in animal-making!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
834-3 Easy Creative Crochet Lace Shawl Myra Wood
Crochet lace is easier than you think! If you can chain, single and double crochet, you can create incredible lacework in different directions without any patterns! Apply the basic logic of crochet lace as you create lace patterning for a beautiful triangular shawl. Learn to read crochet charts and make your own.
Note: Must know basic crochet stitches.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
906-6 Intermediate Double Knitting David Xenakis
Learn the basics of double knitting as you explore cast-on methods, textures, and finishing methods. See applications in Knitter's magazine, Fall 2002 K68 and Spring 2003 K70.
Note: Must be comfortable with double-pointed and circular needles.
Class begins with 3 hours on Friday morning and concludes with 3 hours on Saturday morning.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
534-3 Intermediate Freesole Socks Anna Zilboorg
For avid sock knitters: this new construction makes possible stranded socks with plain soles and socks with different yarns on the soles, insteps and tops. But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Any part of the sole or heel can be easily removed and reknit. The socks begin with a 2-part toe (pick-up shaping on chain technique), continue up the instep in pattern (2-handed-backwards technique), then work the sole, attaching as you go and shaping a gusset (strip-joining technique). Finally turn the heel, pattern it, join the front, and knit up the leg. All this, making a sock large enough to store quarters in in your car.
Note: Must be comfortable working with DPNs and 2-color stranded knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
384-3 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain.
In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting, you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline and other trouble spots. You'll learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use for a perfect fit and finish every time.
Note: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease and read a pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
541-3 Intermediate Tradition! Candace Eisner Strick
Tradition can be as precarious as a fiddler on the roof, but when you know a few traditional techniques and styles, you can make a plain sweater sing. Learn the Channel Island cast-on, Fair Isle corrugated rib, Latvian braids, Shetland Lace, and Norwegian lice.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 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
376-3 Intermediate Kids Socks Sandi Rosner
Do you know children who are envious of your hand knit socks? Most sock patterns are published for adult sizes. In this class, we'll celebrate little feet. You'll find out about children's sock sizes and fitting issues. You'll learn to adapt a pattern planned for adults to children's sizes. You'll see how to design your own kids socks from the ground up (or cuff down). We'll explore the details and flourishes that will have the little ones lining up to be the next recipient of socks knit by you!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
765-3 No skills required Microwave Rainbow Dyeing Merike Saarniit
Minimum fuss and mess, maximum fun and gratification! This class will provide hands-on yarn painting experience using the SOP method (Seat of Pants). You choose and mix your combination of colors, paint your yarns, and set the dyes using a microwave oven. We'll cover some basic color theory, safety precautions, and then go straight to dyeing.
Materials Fee: $10 for yarn, dyes, etc.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
383-3 Intermediate Design Your Dream Sweater: Beyond the Basics Leslye Solomon
If you've taken Design Your Dream Sweater in the past, you may want to continue adding to your knowledge of sweater designing by going beyond the basics. Practice the easy-to-learn tricks to map every stitch and row of two versions of a sleeve cap. Learn how to create a fitted look by shaping from the hips to the waist. Be able to map an asymmetrical bottom edge. Learn how easy it is to design a lapel or shawl collar and gain confidence in choosing colors and mixing various fibers together to create your own fabric design. Discuss planning knit and purl or color-pattern repeats, and how to plan a sculptural Aran-style sweater, intarsia design, and plaids.
Note: Must have taken Design Your Dream Sweater (331-3) sometime previously.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
837-3 Easy Techniques for Crochet Colorwork Stacey Trock
Have you been befuddled by a project that requires you to use multiple colors of yarn? Should you carry the unused color across or start a new ball? Decisions, decisions! In this class, we'll investigate the advantages to various techniques for handling color changes: stranding, 'crocheting over', and intarsia. We'll also compare working in the round vs. working in rows. You'll learn to read color charts and get tips for keeping your color changes tidy.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
508-3 Intermediate Crazy Lace Borders and Edgings Myra Wood
Beautiful borders add so much to simple lace shawls. Learn how to knit or sew a border onto any triangular or circular shawl using traditional and improvisational methods. Charts for borders will be explored as well.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
393-3 Intermediate Design Your Own Pi Shawl Daniel Yuhas
The Pi Shawl is a great project for exploring center-out and lace knitting. Described by its un-nventor Elizabeth Zimmerman as having “absolutely no pattern,” the simple shaping of the Pi Shawl makes it supremely easy to customize your garment as you go to your heart’s delight. In this workshop, we’ll learn the architecture of the Pi Shawl, and pick out a lace pattern or two, then cast on and get knitting. We’ll learn the disappearing loop cast-on technique and magic loop method for working in the round. Class handouts will include several examples of lace patterns that work well with the Pi Shawl’s geometry, and you’ll also learn how to modify a lace repeat to suit your needs.
Note: Must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Friday 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers and join Marly Bird and her co-hosts for an evening of games, prizes, laughter and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
385-3 Intermediate Skirt Design for All Shapes and Sizes Gwen Bortner
Knitted skirts are not just for those with slender hips and model-sized dimensions. In fact, the nature of knitted fabric makes them perfect for all sorts of shapes and sizes. Learn the secrets to creating a skirt that will look good on YOUR body. Start with an exploration of fabrics to understand what works best and why. Next gather measurements needed to create a design, custom fit to your lower half. Finally, study skirt structures to see how to apply them to your own design. Leave class ready to design and knit the perfect skirt for your body.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
829-3 Easy Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs Edie Eckman
Sure, it's fun to make granny squares and other crocheted shapes, but what to do with them? Learn techniques and planning strategies to turn individual shapes into finished projects with a minimum of fuss. Get hands-on practice with freeform, "planned freeform," and a variety of geometric options. This is a hands-on class that's sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
678-3 Intermediate Tuck, Twist and Roll Candace Eisner Strick
Tiny little details can add huge amounts of interest to any knit garment. Some are super easy to do; others require gymnastics! But all will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see the outcome. We will start with a cool twisted cast-on, ”just the thing every knitting book cautions you not to do, then go on to do splits, tucks, and twists.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
512-3 Intermediate Long and Short of Knit Alterations Margaret Fisher
You've finished your sweater, but the sleeves are too long or the body is too short. Learn how to fix these common fit problems after-the-fact. In this class, you will cut your knitting, and learn how to alter the length of a garment piece. Practice cutting and unraveling in the middle of a knitted piece, knitting down or up from there, and grafting stockinette stitch and garter stitch. Learn a number of strategies for achieving a good fit without re-knitting. And, in the end, learn how to avoid all of this by using a provisional cast on. Bring a sweater to class for discussion of lengthening or shortening strategies.
Note: Class focus is on lengthening and shortening sweaters knit from bottom-to-top (or top-down), not on width problems in sweaters knit from bottom-to-top.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
570-6 Intermediate Bella Donna: Fingerless Mittens with Flair! Antje Gillingham
Bella Donnamittens with attitude! They're not just practical gifts for people in over-airconditioned work environments. Not only will they allow you to splurge on luxury yarns (you'll only need a small amount!), but they also make perfect quick-knit gifts for just about anyone in your circle of family and friends.
These mittens have a difficulty level that you can control, and whether you decide to work up the basic pattern or add a cable belt, beaded flower or both, they are fun to make and will always look gorgeous.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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     SOLD OUT
467-3 Intermediate Moonrise Necklace Sivia Harding
This class starts with a riotous bead swap and ends with a beautiful, heavily beaded necklace that has been compared to a luscious garden of beads. Students will use lace-weight yarn and short-row garter stitch to create a very special and unique, as well as fun and easy to knit, neck piece.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
671-3 Intermediate Slip One by Me Barry Klein
Learn the beauty of slipped stitches and the different variations of things that can be done both in pattern and in yarn choice. Learn about knitting them directionally and how to read the design from your knitting and not from your pattern. Lots of finished garments will be on display to show how things work, how they don't work and how placement of stitch pattern play a role.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
669-3 Intermediate Around the World: Estonian and Shetland Lace Brooke Nico
Lace motifs and stitch patterns from different regions of the world share many aesthetic qualities, yet each region has its own special focus. Look at Shetland and Estonian lace and receive tips and tricks to help in knitting nupps and gathered stitches so predominant in Estonian Lace.  Leave class with great swatches and ideas for several projects.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
762-3 No skills required Wearable Wet Felt Flowers Judy Pascale
Learn wet-felting techniques that create life-like 3D flowers. An optional stem adapts the flower to make an attractive scarf or shawl closure guaranteed to stay in a secured position. Explore other creative accessory, garment, and home decorations options.
Materials fee: $15 includes roving, wire, and closure.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
683-3 Intermediate Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with two colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a crocheted steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
764-3 Easy Corespinning for Funk and Function Esther Rodgers
Ever wonder how to make that cloud of expensive cashmere go as far as possible, or how to spin those fun textured yarns? In this corespinning class you’ll learn how to do both! Combining the fun with the function, corespinning is a wonderful way to make the most of your expensive fibers, as well as preserve texture and spin those funky art yarns — even the expensive tailspun yarns! As a bonus in this class we will talk about how these corespun yarns are used in knitting. Patterns will be provided, as well as knitted and woven samples will be available for examination and discussion.
Note: Must have a spinning wheel. Must be able to spin a single and know how to ply.
Optional materials fee: $30 for
4+oz carded fiber batt, 2oz mixed locks, embellishments and add in's.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 NEW
685-3 Easy Traveling Textures with Bobbles and Bells Jane Slicer Smith
Explore and understand simple textures from moss stitch to cables. Learn how to read your knitting in relation to instructions and simple graphs and how cables, bobbles, and bells bring dimension to the surface of the knitting. Jane will show garments and demonstrate how she uses textures within most of her designs. This class brings many elements together from knitting texture to understanding how texture is used by designers.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
104-6 Easy Freeform Purse: Knit 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 your own unique purse. 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!
Materials fee: $5
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
462-3 Advanced Eternal Knot Baby Blanket Daniel Yuhas
Have you heard of traveling cables? These cables travel so far the fabric can't contain them! This sumptuous and thickly patterned baby blanket creates the illusion of a knot woven into itself without end. We'll also learn a sanity-saving technique for correcting miss-crossed cables. With lots of loops for little hands to hold onto, the completed blanket will make a wonderful baby gift. Students may also continue the sample we work in class as a scarf.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
902-3 Intermediate All about Stranding Anna Zilboorg
This basic stranding workshop covers knitting with two colors, one in each hand, two in your left hand or two in your right hand. We'll make and cut steeks without a sewing machine and carry colors over long distances.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
476-3 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns Gwen Bortner
If you knit enough projects you have leftover yarn — a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from your travels. But the question remains, what to do with all those bits, pieces and odd skeins. Class begins by learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
676-3 Intermediate Textured Treats Stitch Sampler Edie Eckman
Let's learn some new stitches! There's more to knitted texture than cables, seed stitch, and bobbles. Explore more than a dozen unusual stitch patterns that add depth and pizazz to your knits simply by manipulating the basic knit stitches. You'll have other knitters asking "How did you do that?"
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
828-3 Easy Develop Your Crochet Skills: Beyond Intermediate Crochet Drew Emborsky
Not a beginning crocheter? Ready to move beyond crocheted squares and rectangles? Would you like to learn the techniques that take crochet from meh to wow? Join master crocheter Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude as he reveals all the techniques to make your crochet projects exceptionally beautiful. Increasing, decreasing, chain-free foundation stitches, measuring crochet gauge, and much more will be covered.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
904-3 Easy Socks 101 Charles Gandy
Have you avoided knitting socks, thinking they might be too difficult? Or, are you frightened about those “scary” double point needles? Then this is the class for you. While you make a mini-sock (perfect for a holiday ornament!) We will investigate the basic “anatomy” of a sock, equipping you with knowledge and confidence so you can make your own socks without referring to a pattern. We will explore plenty of tricks and tips to take the fear out of working with DPNs (double point needles). We will even learn an easy way to do the never-can-remember “Kitchener Stitch.”
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
551-3 Intermediate Lovers and Runders Susanna Hansson
Many knitters are familiar with the knitted braids that are typical decorative elements on mitten cuffs from the Baltic and Nordic countries. However, they can make a great design element on a sock cuff as well as on the brim of a hat. Worked in bright colors they can add a pop of color to the sleeve cuff of an otherwise plain sweater.
Learn about the 'anatomy' of the braids and then build your own multicolor versions. Depending on how you use your colors, your braids can look rounded or pointed like chevrons. Susanna developed some special tricks for creating balanced braids and she'll share all of them with you so you can create perfect looking braids every time.
The class title is a mnemonic to help you remember how they are made—you'll never have to refer back to word explanations again!
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
475-3 Easy Knotty Scarflet Sivia Harding
This small asymmetrical necklet is not as simplistic as it seems. An addictively easy lace pattern provides the basis for bias shaping, and a scalloped border adds charm. You are done in a flash... knot up a corner and you’re on your way, or incorporate a beautiful button for a different look. The crochet hook add-as-you-go bead method is introduced as an ideal embellishment for lace, and we discuss choosing the perfect bead for your project along with other fine points of this versatile technique. A fastastic first lace project, and an engaging class for all levels.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
647-3 Easy Stripe It Rich Melissa Leapman
Want to play with color? In this hands-on workshop, explore several interesting multicolor stitch patterns that are based on simple stripes. Using just one color per row, you'll create tuck stitches, drop stitches, and more. The techniques are easy, but the results are dramatic!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
907-3 Intermediate Swatch Secrets Rick Mondragon
When you begin a project there are questions that only a swatch can answer—so much more than the needle or crochet hook size required to get gauge. It is your preview and provides details that are invaluable later on in the project. Join Rick for an intimate look at swatches and swatching. Through practical application of technique and skill, analysis, and exploration, you will understand why a swatch is so crucial in knit design. Soon the swatch will be a welcome part of your knitting exercise.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
389-3 No skills required Designer 101 Bootcamp Shannon Okey
You're a talented knitter, and everyone loves the things you design, but you don't know where to start when it comes to selling your patterns online and elsewhere. Shannon will bring you up to speed on everything you need to know, including establishing your own systems that make self-publishing patterns easy, fun and profitable! (Hey, you have to pay for the yarn stash somehow, right?) Join your fellow budding designers as we discuss everything from style sheets to photography, where and how to sell your work, how to spot trends and identify gaps in the market, and much, much more. Be prepared to present existing patterns, if you've already published them, for critique and helpful feedback.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
468-3 Intermediate Beaded Floral Panel Vest Judy Pascale
This class features a paneled vest with no-prestringing of beads for the floral motif. It also incorporates a beaded self-finished edging which is worked while knitting each panel. This pattern's unique underarm treatment is independent of the lengths of the front and back panels, ensuring infinite options and permitting a personal fit.
Materials Fee: $3 for beads.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
232-3 Intermediate Casting on for Toe-up Socks Sarah Peasley
Sample a variety of cast-ons that will get your toe-up socks off and running in no time. Included are the Figure Eight cast-on, Judy's Magic Cast-on, Turkish cast-on, short-row toe, and Bosnian garter-stitch toes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
410-3 Intermediate Beyond the Rectangle: Fun Shapes for Shawls and Wraps Sandi Rosner
Shawls and wraps are fun to knit and lovely to wear. Learn to break out of the rectangular box and create shawls that hug your shoulders in the form of half circles, V-shapes, triangles and more. Practice creating curves and corners and learn the simple, intuitive geometry that underlies all these shapes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
684-3 Easy Cables and Zig Zags Jane Slicer Smith
This class is for students ready to use their cable needle for more than cables—traveling stitches! Great things can happen once we get the stitches travelling across the knitting—diamonds even! Join Jane and learn to not just read the pattern but read your knitting too—turn the lights onto your needles! Jane will show sample garments and show how texture is involved with shaping garments for A-line and swingcoat. Be sure not to forget your cable needle!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
465-3 Intermediate Revolutionary Knitting Daniel Yuhas
Knitting from the center out is a 'revolutionary old technique' for making just about anything. Working on double-pointed needles and beginning with just a few stitches, our work will grow outwards with each spin around the needles. In this class we'll learn the disappearing loop cast-on and knit a beautiful pinwheel pattern. What you begin in class could become a coaster, a holiday ornament, a hat, a baby blanket, a pillow, or a tablecloththe choice is yours!
Saturday 6:30 pm - 10:00 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
901-3 Easy Mobius Mysteries Untangled Gwen Bortner
The mobius has long been held as one of the unique forms in geometry, as a three-dimensional object with only one side. But create it in a simple knitted fabric and it can become a beautiful project. The secret to creating a mobius is found at the beginning of the project. Students will gain an understanding of each of the three different methods for creating this mysterious shape while at the same time gaining insights of how knitted fabric is created. A simple cowl will be started during class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
686-3 Easy Get Twisted! J C Briar
Cables and other twisted knit stitches make for some of the most captivating knitting patterns. Though they look intricate, they are surprisingly easy to create. Learn how while knitting samplers that you can later turn into a drawstring tote bag. Along the way, you'll pick up tips for reading charts, reading your knitting, and fixing mistakes.
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
507-3 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck where the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
474-6 Intermediate Fluency Gloves Sivia Harding
Secret beads hide in the shadows, emerging only when you put on these ribbed fingered or fingerless gloves. Several interesting techniques are covered in this class: the easy swirled rib pattern which looks cabled, but is performed with simple increases and decreases; a special twisted stitch pattern (performed without a cable needle) that adorns the thumb; and of course, the beads which must be strung onto the yarn before casting on. Sivia provides a treasure trove of glove knitting tips and tricks, as well as basic chart reading skills. Pattern includes a graphic representation of how and where to work each stitch of the ribbed fingers, which flow beautifully out of the ribbed swirls on the hand.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
586-3 Intermediate Betsy Beads: Master Class Betsy Hershberg
For many of the projects in Betsy Beads, the proverbial devil is in the details, and this class will teach them. Learn the Zipper Graft that finishes the seamless bead-knit tube of the “Twilight” necklace as well as several of the “Four Seasons” beads. Work a bead-woven picot hem that is the secret of “Girly Pearls,” as well as the great beaded cast-on and bind-off used for the knitted beads of the “Wrap and Roll” necklace. Adding these exciting techniques to your knitter’s bag of tricks will allow you to approach these projects with confidence, and then use the techniques to create exciting projects that are your own.
Materials fee: $5.
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 a 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
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
116-3 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multi-colored fabric, as in Christmas stockings with a jolly Santa motif or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
469-3 Intermediate Crazy as Pi Myra Wood
Discover endless possibilities for creative lace shawls using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi Shawl recipe. You'll learn everything you need to create a circular shawl or home accessory including circular cast-on for Magic Loop knitting in the round, inserting lace patterns as desired and finishing your piece like a pro. It's easy as Pi!
Note: Must have basic lace knitting skills including chart reading.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
464-3 Intermediate Lace and Loop Scarf Daniel Yuhas
This complex asymmetrical scarf will have you daydreaming about corkscrews and roller coasters as you follow the twists and turns from start to finish. Gravity-defying loops of I-cord wrap around the neck, while a spreading bell of simple lace dangles below — as fun to wear as it is to make! We'll cover basic lace techniques and I-cord in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
903-3 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she might have imagined. Central is the perfect buttonhole...and it is a perfect buttonhole. There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with two colors—never purl fair isle again. Other hints which are more or less arcane.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
710-3 Easy Crochet for Knitters Edie Eckman
Learn basic crochet techniques for edgings and finishing details. Note: This is a basic how-to class for those with little or no crochet experience.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
900-3 Easy Drop It! Sarah Peasley
A dropped stitch can be your worst enemy, but once you get to know it better, you'll be great friends. You already know how to drop stitches, right? You're halfway there! Learn how to pick them back up (or not!) within a variety of stitch patterns and for a multitude of reasons. Stockinette? Seed stitch? Lace? Cables? Edge stitches? No problem!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
580-3 Intermediate Fearless Fair Isle Sandi Rosner
Stranded Fair Isle style colorwork is a classic technique that belongs in every knitter's repertoire. Experiment with 1-handed and 2-handed methods to see which is more comfortable for you. Learn simple tricks for keeping your tension even. See why certain color combinations sing while others fall flat. You'll leave with the beginning of a hat, or a finished headband.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.



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