STITCHES East 2013 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only  
Ever since FitzRoy James Henry Somerset—the British lord and field marshal who became the 1st Baron Raglan—lost his right arm in battle and began wearing coats with a diagonal armhole, the world has found the raglan sleeve to be a comfortable, forgiving style.

We all know that, unless dropped by design, a garment’s shoulders should end at the same place as the wearer’s shoulders. Raglans change the game by removing that point of reference.

We know raglans are great for kids—the “shoulders” continue to fit as a child grows— and that they’re also a good choice for broad-shouldered men, and are perfect for active wear.

But we’re about to broaden the playing field for the raglan game with the Lady Raglan Challenge.

RAGLANS can be about fit

RAGLANS can be about fashion

RAGLANS can be about design opportunities for stitch and color.

Perhaps the RAGLAN’S diagonal can even take a new turn.


The raglan gives a unique opportunity to mix stitch and color patterns in sleeve and body. Let’s dust off those double decreases (or increases!) and consider whether triples could come into play, try top-down or bottom-up, solve problems with fit, combine patterns with different stitch-to-row ratios ...

Fiona Ellis, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, and Barry Klein are looking forward to this challenge and the opportunity to take a fresh look at the raglan—with you in mind! Each will come up with 3 design ideas and 1 complete garment, which will then appear on stage at Opening Day and in the Winter issue of Knitter’s Magazine. They will also take you through their individual design processes—often the best part!

Join us!

Are you planning to attend the Opening Day Luncheon, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon  
Ever since FitzRoy James Henry Somerset—the British lord and field marshal who became the 1st Baron Raglan—lost his right arm in battle and began wearing coats with a diagonal armhole, the world has found the raglan sleeve to be a comfortable, forgiving style.

We all know that, unless dropped by design, a garment’s shoulders should end at the same place as the wearer’s shoulders. Raglans change the game by removing that point of reference.

We know raglans are great for kids—the “shoulders” continue to fit as a child grows— and that they’re also a good choice for broad-shouldered men, and are perfect for active wear.

But we’re about to broaden the playing field for the raglan game with the Lady Raglan Challenge.

RAGLANS can be about fit

RAGLANS can be about fashion

RAGLANS can be about design opportunities for stitch and color.

Perhaps the RAGLAN’S diagonal can even take a new turn.


The raglan gives a unique opportunity to mix stitch and color patterns in sleeve and body. Let’s dust off those double decreases (or increases!) and consider whether triples could come into play, try top-down or bottom-up, solve problems with fit, combine patterns with different stitch-to-row ratios ...

Fiona Ellis, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, and Barry Klein are looking forward to this challenge and the opportunity to take a fresh look at the raglan—with you in mind! Each will come up with 3 design ideas and 1 complete garment, which will then appear on stage at Opening Day and in the Winter issue of Knitter’s Magazine. They will also take you through their individual design processes—often the best part!

Join us!


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 NEW     SOLD OUT
599-3 Easy Inside Intarsia Anne Berk
Intarsia allows a knitter to create motifs, stripes and geometric shapes in any direction, controlling fabulous color effects. Intarsia is fun when done efficiently and this class will teach you the techniques, tricks and tips to de-mystify the process. Class project is a bag which can be felted. Students will have the choice of three charted motifs, or they can design their own.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
696-3 Advanced Advanced Double Knitting Gwen Bortner
Take your double knitting to a whole new level. If you have played with traditional two-color double knitting, you know there are limitations. Not everything looks correct when reversed. However, it is possible to create a double-knit fabric with two different patterns. Learn the secrets of creating different patterns on each side of the work. Explore options for using two or three colors. Gain insights on creating your own double-knit designs. Along the way,  pick up helpful hints to improve the look of your finished projects.
Note: You must already be familiar with traditional two-color double 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
202-3 Intermediate Joy of Finishing Christine Bylsma
Learn the joy of sleek shoulder lines, invisible seams, picking up the perfect number of stitches without counting, beautiful buttonholes, 'shortening' sleeves, taming sleeveless armholes, and other finishing touches. If it is worth knitting, it is worth finishing beautifully.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
236-3 Easy Seams Made Simple Cindy Craig
The seams of your garment provide structure and showcase your overall knitting skills. Good seams improve the look of any project. Learn to identify your stitches and rows so you can execute precise seaming techniques. You'll also learn to do perfect shoulder seams, invisible side seams, and sleeve seams.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
767-3 Intermediate Spreadsheet Savvy Edie Eckman
Let your computer handle the math! Spreadsheets are perhaps the most powerful tool for a knitwear designer, as they can make designing a sweater in 10 sizes almost as easy as designing a sweater in one size! In this hands-on introduction to spreadsheets, we'll use Microsoft Excel to learn the basics of how spreadsheets work, including naming cells, completing metric conversions, rounding numbers, and setting up basic formulas that calculate stitches, rows, and stitch multiples. You'll begin setting up a powerful, multi-use 'calculator' that can save you hours of work.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
234-3 Intermediate The Edge of Knit Candace Eisner Strick
You have to bind off anyway, right? Why not make a border at the same time? From sophisticated to funky, you can do two things at one time! Sample six border bind-offs: crochet picot, attached I-cord, applied lace, knit picot, I-cord fringe, and one more mysterious teaser!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
926-3 Intermediate Twisting with the Cable Girl Fiona Ellis
Fiona would like to teach the whole world how to knit cables because she LOVES the technique! In this workshop she will show you how to twist in a number of different ways, how to read charts, and how to add cables to simple projects for stunning details. This workshop is a must for newer knitters who love the look of texture or for knitters who need a refresher with a twist.
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
692-3 Intermediate Garter Jacquard: Garter Stitch Gone Wild Franklin Habit
Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We’ll work charted garter jacquard patterns both flat and in the round, look at possible applications for it in sock knitting, and perhaps even chart our own patterns to play with.
Note: Previous experience of stranded (aka jacquard or Fair Isle colorwork) may be helpful, but is not essential.
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
756-3 No skills required Introduction to Rigid Heddle Looms Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered which rigid heddle loom might be best for you? In class, you will be able to try out various brands of looms to see how they work. Take turns weaving on pre-warped looms and complete two or more mug rugs while experimenting with the looms. If you are thinking about learning rigid heddle weaving, this class is the perfect opportunity to see what it is all about. If you have already tried rigid heddle weaving, do not miss this chance to see how the different looms work.
Note: Schacht, Glimakra, and Ashford looms provided for class use.
Materials Fee: $5
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
637-3 Intermediate Two-Color Double Knitting Melissa Leapman
With this fascinating knitting technique, both sides of the knitting appear to be stockinette stitch. In just a few fun hours, learn how to knit and design these beautiful reversible fabrics.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
340-3 Intermediate Secrets of the Sleeve Cap Patty Lyons
A properly sized sleeve cap can make or break a garment. Learn the math to design a traditional sleeve cap and how to redesign a pattern’s sleeve cap if your row gauge is not perfect. After discussing what the domino effect of changing one part of a pattern without readdressing the cap is, we will move on to alternative cap methods. We will discuss use of short rows for knitting a better cap, as well as explore the nifty trick of picking up stitches and knitting a sleeve from the cap down. You will never look at sleeves the same again!
NOTE: Math is used in sweater design.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
399-3 Advanced Pizza and Pi Brooke Nico
Join us as we explore the ins and outs of circular shawls. Learn several easy ways to begin a center out shawl, avoiding the dreaded "cast on 4 stitches to dpns"! We'll discuss the 2 most popular ways to shape a circular shawl, wedges and concentric circles, as well as the math involved to design your own shawl. In addition, you'll learn how to turn your favorite triangle shawl into a circle or square!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
529-3 Easy Mastering Yarn Substitution: Art, Science, or Black Magic? Kellie Nuss
Learn to predict the results of yarn substitution by understanding yarn weights, fiber content, gauge, measuring, and how these elements interact with each other. Gain confidence and prevent disappointment as you learn why things can go wrong. Then, spend time practicing the basic math involved with a real pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
617-3 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 Gayle Roehm
Many knitters are intrigued by the interesting stitchwork found in Japanese hand-knitting designs. In this class, we’ll explore some charted stitches which will surely be new to the experienced knitter. How are these stitches challenging? The chart may be hard to interpret (with composite symbols or Japanese footnotes) or the execution of the stitch may be unusual. We’ll do a quick review of Japanese stitch symbology, then swatch four or five stitch patterns. Bring an adventuresome attitude!
Note: Students must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 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     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
920-3 Easy Ruffles, Ruching, and Pleats, Oh My! Carol Sulcoski
This hands-on class looks at various easy forms of knitted embellishment and edging, specifically ruffles, ruching, and pleats. Learn at least one version of each, including how to work it, tips and tricks, and yarn choices. If time permits, we will continue to picot edging, twisted ruffles and hems.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
502-3 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
During this workshop, knitters will have the opportunity to learn and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Advantages of knitting Portuguese style include: it’s faster than either the American or Continental styles, it requires less hand movement – great for those suffering from Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and it helps maintain constant tension even for beginners. Blind knitters are overjoyed because they always know where the yarn is – the yarn is never dropped.
Optional Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
134-3 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 be familiar with short row wrap and turn before attending.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
582-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It's not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
598-6 Intermediate Argyle Socks Anne Berk
Argyle Socks are classic and have a timeless appeal—especially for men. They have a unique construction, because they are most efficiently knit flat using the intarsia technique, and then joined and knit in the round following the gussets. Mattress stitch is used to invisibly join the leg and the instep seams. This class will have samples, charts and instructions for all sizes, from baby socks to adult male, and will show how to modernize the Argyle using new yarns and fun color combinations. Learn to do intarsia, read a color chart, work duplicate stitch, invisible seaming, how to knit a gusset heel flat, ways to knit and close a toe, and how to weave in ends efficiently.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
909-3 Easy Provisional Cast-Ons: The How and Why Gwen Bortner
At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons. During the first half of class learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.
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
126-3 Intermediate Color Blending Laura Bryant
If we think of a knit stitch as a pixel, we realize that knitting is the perfect vehicle for color blending. Take the next color step with Laura and learn how to select colors to maximize optical mixture, creating lovely shading and color blending. Learn to work your own magic on a large group of colors, controlling and selecting just the right ones for a Monet's garden of yarn. Simple swatches will provide hands-on experience. You will achieve a greater sense of confidence about selecting colors and leave with a deeper understanding of Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Note: Must have taken any one color course of Laura's.
Materials fee: $3.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
238-3 Easy Devilish Designer Details Christine Bylsma
Details can often make or break a garment. Fingercord (not finger knitting) is one of those elements that can add just the perfect touch and is so versatile—but so unknown—that requires only your fingers, yarn, and a will to play! Learn how to create ties, drawstrings, frogs, loop closures, swirled buttons and more. Then master the secrets of a designer swirl, a lettuce edge, and a faux fringed pocket to add full designer impact to your creations.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 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 8:30 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
136-6 Easy Tints, Tones and Knit Two (colors) Together Fiona Ellis
Many knitters find it difficult to choose colors. This class will show you how to put color theory into practice, so that those scary sounding terms make sense. You will look at color temperature, tonal value, complimentary and analogous color schemes, along with many other terms. And once you get playing with color you will see how the theory can be a helpful underpinning. In combination with the color exercises, instruction will be given on the techniques used for working with multi-colors—stripes, Fair Isle, intarsia, slip stitch, etc.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
233-3 Easy Creative Crochet Edgings for Knitters Margaret Fisher
Certain styles of garments look elegant with crocheted rather than handknit edgings. Just as ribbings look great on Fair Isle sweaters, crochet edgings look fabulous on jackets, vests, and tops. In this class, you will learn how to customize your handknits and give them a contemporary look with beautiful crochet edgings worked directly onto the knit fabric. Start by learning how to work a single crochet foundation row on horizontal and vertical knitted edges. Then, learn several attractive edgings including picots and backwards single crochet. Practice working buttonholes on edgings and bands. Yes, knitters, YOU will master and learn to love beautiful, simple, crochet edgings.
Note: Participants must be proficient at working single crochet.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
691-6 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition) Franklin Habit
A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
578-3 Intermediate Great Beginnings Susanna Hansson
Is there a perfect cast-on for 1x1 ribbing? How do you cast on and create a picot edge at the same time? When might you want to remove your cast-on? Knitters often learn only one way of casting on. Different cast-ons create different edges and having several at your fingertips will enhance your finished pieces. We build on the classic long-tail cast-on and add several refinements, then move on to a crochet chain cast-on, ideal as a provisional cast-on. A tubular cast-on, using Japanese waste yarn, is perfect for a 1x1 rib. Finally we will work a sweet picot cast-on, perfect for a baby garment. With this class, your knitting will be off to a great start!
Note: You are expected to be familiar with the long-tail cast-on.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
479-3 Easy Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting Betsy Hershberg
Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead knitting bandwagon and make unique bead knit jewelry but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well here is a brand new technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads at a time with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze. You'll learn all of my ABACUS bead knitting secrets while starting to create your own bracelet. Once you learn the basic technique, you'll find yourself with more ideas than you know what to do with. The technique is deceptively simple, lots of fun, and NEW!! Give it a try.
Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.

Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.

Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
753-6 No skills required Learn Rigid Heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
If you are looking for ways to use up those leftover balls of yarn, this method of weaving is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.
Note: Looms provided for class use.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
689-6 Intermediate Organic Stitchery: Novel Stitch Patterns Taken from Nature Melissa Leapman
In this hands-on workshop, explore dimensional stitch patterns that resemble flora and fauna. We'll knit a cabled butterfly motif, an embossed oak leaf, and more. Even Mother Nature herself will be impressed!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
682-3 Intermediate Magical Mosaics Ginger Luters
Mosaic knitting is a special form of slip stitch knitting, a fun and easy way to introduce color and geometric pattern into your knitting. Although the finished patterns often look complicated, the technique is fairly simple, using only one color in any one row. We’ll knit some maze-like patterns and then consider ways in which we can vary these patterns, both by changing the charts and by playing with color.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
324-6 Intermediate Sweater Redesign Patty Lyons
How many times have you thought,”I’d like that sweater but I wish it had . . . “. Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew neck to a v neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own!
Note: Math is used in sweater design.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
651-3 Easy Introduction to Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class, we are going to de-mystify the techniques of lace knitting. Learn how to work yarn overs in a variety of combinations, including double yarn overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how the two techniques combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 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
683-3 Easy 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?
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
533-6 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns Gayle Roehm
The creative and often unusual work of Japanese designers can open up another world of knitting for you. Even without a word of Japanese, an experienced knitter can work from a Japanese pattern, once familiar with the graphic format in which they’re presented. In the morning, we’ll learn how to “read” a schematic, and how to find basic information such as size, gauge, shaping, yarn requirements and needles. In the afternoon, we’ll focus on the stitch symbology used in pattern charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers. We’ll also swatch a few stitch patterns of varying levels of difficulty. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: You must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 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).
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
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
680-3 Intermediate Knotty Knits Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
The knitting of knots is both fun and creative... placed imaginatively they can lend textural interest to an otherwise simple silhouette. They can be worked in different colors and with a combination of yarns. They are good way to use up some of your stash! Learn the method for working overhand knots in your knitting, examine garments and swatches using the technique, and take time to swatch different knot ideas or start on a knotted cowl of your own!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
502-3 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
During this workshop, knitters will have the opportunity to learn and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Advantages of knitting Portuguese style include: it’s faster than either the American or Continental styles, it requires less hand movement – great for those suffering from Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and it helps maintain constant tension even for beginners. Blind knitters are overjoyed because they always know where the yarn is – the yarn is never dropped.
Optional Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
667-3 Intermediate Deconstructing Stitch Patterns Anna Zilboorg
Many beautiful stitch patterns are too difficult to follow because they are written out stitch by stitch, and one cannot comprehend the whole. The mind revolts. In this class we will take complex patterns, chart them (you'll never have difficulty with charts again), and analyze their components. You will then not only be able to follow them, but to judge before knitting whether they will be easy or demanding, pleasant or frustrating, and best worked flat or in the round.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
517-3 Intermediate Professional Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast-on Lorilee Beltman
Learn to knit professional looking cuffs and hems without crochet hooks or waste yarn. Class begins by learning Judy's Magic Cast-on and proceeds to knitting in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast can look like. Next we work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot without waste yarn or sewing down bulky edges. Finally, create the professional and tidy tubular cast-on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn or a crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new "go-to" skills for provisional starts and for sweater, hat, and mitten cuffs.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
918-3 Easy Disaster Recovery J C Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 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?"
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
924-3 Intermediate Use Grafting to Fix Mistakes Margaret Fisher
If you find a mistake in your knitting, don't immediately rip out rows and rows of your work to get back to a boo-boo. Learn how to cut and remove a "mistake row", then create the correct stitches by grafting. Grafting is a sewing technique that creates a partial or full row of stitches. Learn to cut, remove, and graft stitches in stockinette stitch, garter stitch, 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib, and seed stitch. Class discussion will include grafting other stitch patterns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
131-3 Easy Knit It, Weave It Jean Frost
Some people do not like to knit 'fancy stitches' or do color work. Perhaps just a break from a difficult project is what is needed. Learn several ways of weaving to add color or texture to plain stockinette or garter stitch fabric. We will use weaving techniques to produce beautiful designs, stripes or plaids which can be used as all over patterns or borders.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
313-3 Intermediate Japanese Short Rows Susanna Hansson
Short rows are an elegant way to shape your knitting and are the perfect way to finish off shoulders and build collars that lay flat. Japanese short rows are done without using the wrap-and-turn. Although they are a little tricky to learn, 'stair-step' shoulder bind-offs will be a distant memory once you master this technique. Complete your short rows with an elegant Japanese bind-off.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
813-3 Intermediate 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
679-3 Intermediate Reflections: a Review of 5 New Stitch Patterns Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
With every new book that I do I try to include new techniques for my knitting audience... this one is no exception with five distinct stitch patterns used in six ways!
During this workshop you will learn zigzag short-rowing, an all-over buttonhole stitch, two different patterns with chevrons, surface weaving, and lattice cabling. We will be looking at the garments from the book and swatching the techniques.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
518-6 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Expanded Lorilee Beltman
This 6 hour classes will not only cover the materials in the 3-hour Pick Your Knits and Purls class, but 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 will get individual attention. The goal is to cement your learning by having more time with the teacher's eyes on your hands, and to realize that all knitting maneuvers can be achieved in your new style.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
908-3 Intermediate Intarsia with a Twist Anne Berk
For the intrepid knitter who is told that something is difficult or impossible but wants to do it anyway, Intarsia is easily knit flat, but there is a way to create seamless intarsia in the round. It is tricky, but once you know how, it is very manageable. This is knitting magic at a high level! Class project is a tube that can be finished into a bag, a Christmas stocking, or a hat.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
916-3 Intermediate Lacey Miters Jill Bigelow Suttell
Mitered squares provide a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn while adding color and texture to your project. Adding a little lace will totally change the look of your mitered square projects. Learn to read and create lacey mitered square charts and tips and tricks to getting great lacey squares. We’ll discuss using lacey mitered squares as accents, as well as for an unshaped (e.g. triangle or rectangle shawl) and shaped garments (e.g. sweaters). Students will receive a scarf pattern though in class we will work on smaller samples.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
322-6 Advanced Design in a Day Christine Bylsma
Want to turn that idea floating around in your head into a functional pattern with stitches on your needle by the end of the day? Or maybe you just wish you could change the neckline or sizing. You CAN do it! Spend the day with Chris Bylsma, a creative yet practical designer, who has honed her skills through 'experience'(compared to being an 'expert'). Learn the practical, perhaps unconventional, ways to demystify gauge, sizing, style, measurements, swatch, and yarn choice. The result is a personalized pattern for you and a new sense of empowerment. Whether you are adventurous or never ventured from a pattern before, learn to take control of your knitting.
Note: You need to have knit a wearable garment such as a sweater or jacket.   
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
657-3 Intermediate Pinstriped Knitting Lily Chin
Learn this quick and easy way of creating complicated-looking fabric with slimming optical effects. Infuse other colors for different "rhythms." Make increasing, decreasing and counting stitches simpler. Throw in some textures for an even-more-complex look.
Note: Must have knowledge of stranded 2-color knitting.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
398-3 Intermediate Creative Crescents Candace Eisner Strick
This beautiful shape has long been regarded as aesthetically pleasing. Useful as a scarf or a shawl because the shape stays on your shoulders, they also make wonderful belts or sashes. A subtle interplay of short rows and decreasing is the secret to their successful geometry. Borders and decorative bind-offs help to create a masterpiece.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
838-3 Easy Timeless Granny Squares Drew Emborsky
Oh how you love the timeless granny square, and they are so on-trend right now! Drew will guide you as you learn to make the basic "square" granny, how to change colors, and how to join them together traditionally, and with a super-cool "join as you go" technique! You'll be introduced to other shapes of grannies like a triangle and a pentagon which you may or may not have time to practice.
Note: Students should have a basic knowledge of crochet including how to chain and make a double crochet.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
921-3 Intermediate Koonter Boont: Entrelac in the Round Antje Gillingham
You've seen entrelac from the distance, perhaps even admired its colorful rectangles with just a little envy. You watched timidly as it stood tall and self-assured, taunting you with its many many picked-up stitches. Join me and make its acquaintance! Entrelac is a marvelous technique and will empower you to pick up stitches fearlessly, ...nay...joyfully, from any side of your project with ease! It will nurture your creativity and become the stepping stone to a world of endless color and pattern combinations. Oh yes, and it will help you bring into being...only the cutest little shoulder bag ever!!!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
235-3 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers Franklin Habit
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Materials fee: $5
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting in the round and fluency in stranded two-color work (i.e., Fair Isle Knitting)
.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
627-6 Advanced Bohus Stickning Susanna Hansson
The story of Bohus is a story of couture knitting, sociology, women's history, social justice, and cultural legacy all in one. Learn more about the Bohus movement, its background and history. Discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques and discover what it is that makes the Bohus patterns 'sing'. Participants will be able to examine in detail several vintage pieces from Susanna's collection. The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in a 50% merino/50% angora yarn from Sweden.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Materials fee: $25.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
552-6 Intermediate Betsy's Beaded Bracelet Betsy Hershberg
Learn all of the techniques and receive all of the materials you need to design and knit your own bead knitted bracelet. You'll explore combinations of beads and yarn, choose or create an original bead placement design, and learn about bead stringing, chart reading and finishing, including a new kind of graft that results in a seamless join for bead-knitted fabric. While you create your own design for a bracelet, string the beads, and knit it in class, we'll discuss how the same or similar techniques can be used for necklaces, earrings or other accessories. This is a great knitted gift item that family and friends will truly love to receive!
Materials fee: $15 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
763-6 No skills required Log Cabin Pattern Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom Deborah Jarchow
Learn to make a stunning scarf in the beautiful log cabin pattern using the rigid heddle loom. You can learn to create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated but is really very easy. If you've taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. If you still haven't tried this exciting fiber technique, now is the time to begin. This type of weaving is portable, easy, and fun!
Note: Looms provided for class use.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
917-3 Easy Chart Smart Melissa Leapman
Are you mystified by the "foreign language" of knitting charts? This hands-on workshop will teach you all the vocabulary you need in order to translate them and make your knitting easier, quicker, and more fun! (I promise.)
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
397-3 Intermediate Busting at the Seams Anne Kuo Lukito
One the hardest areas to shape and modify for most women is the bust area. This is particularly difficult for extra "gifted" women. In this class we will first learn about proper bra fitting and sizing (most women wear the wrong-sized bra!), then we will explore how we can make our knitting fit us, from pattern selection to size selection to modifications. The class will cover different ways in which you can adjust to fit your bust with vertical and horizontal bust darts and the math behind it. Once you know how to shape for your bust, you can easily apply the process to other trouble spots on your body.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
216-3 Intermediate Optimal Vertical and Horizontal Buttonholes Ann McCauley
Learn how to produce a neat and tidy as well as perfectly placed and functional buttonhole. We will learn and practice preferred methods of working either horizontal or vertical buttonholes and how or when to utilize the buttonhole stitch for finishing.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
635-6 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Japanese hand-knitting patterns often use complex and interesting stitch patterns. This class introduces patterns that present unusual challenges in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. We'll do a quick review of Japanese chart symbols, then you'll swatch eight or more pattern stitches.
Note: These patterns are not part of 617-3 Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
316-3 Intermediate Designing with Lace Stitches Sandi Rosner
Whether used as an overall pattern or as an accent in panels and edgings, lace stitches can make your knitting sing. In this class, we will explore designing with lace stitches. You will learn to work shaping both at the edges and within the pattern to alter the lace pattern to fit your design and to integrate lace with other textures.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
697-6 Advanced Beyond Fiendishly Difficult Stitches Merike Saarniit
Whether or not you've ever taken Merike's popular Fiendishly Difficult Stitches 3-hour class, this class provides an even more fascinating assortment of stitches as well as working with two different selvedge treatments that are a delight in themselves. This class could have a few subtitles: "The Unchartables" or "When a YO is not just a YO". If you choose to continue your swatch until it is long enough to fit around your head, you'll have a fabulous headwarmer. Add a crown for a hat. Or, turn it into a cowl. You will want to use some of these stitches in your future projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
681-3 Easy The Hole Story Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Since my very first book I’ve been fascinated with holes in knitted fabric... they are fun to knit and placed strategically can add great structural interest to any garment. During this workshop you will be able to examine firsthand garments using different hole and cutout techniques. You will have time to swatch different hole ideas or start on a scarf pattern.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
567-6 Intermediate Two-color Knitting: Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
The Portuguese style of knitting makes the purl stitch very easy. For this reason, when knitting circularly I prefer to knit garments inside out. This technique makes two-color knitting very smooth: where the two colors of yarn do not tangle and the tension of the fabric is very even. In this class we are going to learn all the basics of this style of knitting and then make a two-color knitting hat, learning the basics skills for many knitting projects: Fair Isle, double knitting and Bohus knitting.
Note: Class includes a brief review of skills learned in 502-3.
Optional materials fee: $10 for two knitting pins.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
912-3 Intermediate Knitting in the Round — On Two Straight Needles! Daniel Yuhas
Picture yourself stranded on the most luxurious desert island imaginable, where you find a lifetime supply of cashmere-infused sock yarn, the complete Barbara Walker treasuries, but — alas! — only straight knitting needles, and no tapestry needle to be found anywhere. How will you make socks? In this class we'll learn to use single-strand double-knitting to knit a pair of socks seamlessly, toe-up, and in the round — using straight needles and our wits. The result looks identical to a sock knit circularly, but the bragging rights are beyond compare.
Note: Students must have knit at least one pair of socks in the conventional manner, whether top-down or toe-up.
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 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required From the pages of Knitter's Magazine  
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
695-3 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped stitch patterns allow you to create the look of 2-color knitting while only using 1 color per row or add texture while using only 1 color. Mosaic knitting (one form of slipped stitch patterning) can bring to mind beautiful, Native American fiber art. No stranding, bobbins, or changing color within the row. In this class we will explore different techniques as well as the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
833-3 Intermediate Curvy Crochet: How to fit crochet sweaters Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to crochet a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive?

In Curvy Crochet learn how to make adjustments to armholes, the neckline, and other trouble spots that will help your finished garments look wonderful. Learn how to use crochet charts to help shape a garment, calculate the shape of a cap sleeve, and alter necklines. This is a fast-paced class with a lot of information but you will not be disappointed. Leave this class with more tools in your crocheter’s tool box to make better fitting sweaters.
Note: Must have crocheted at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease and read a pattern.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
607-3 Easy Lace Basics J C Briar
Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that's all lace is. An incredible variety of patterns stem from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-overs. Learn to work these decreases, to knit into a yarn-over, and to keep track of your lace knitting while working sample swatches. Pick up tips for choosing yarn and needles, handling mistakes, and blocking.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
395-3 No skills required Design Inspiration Lily Chin
Have you ever wondered where ideas come from? Where do designers draw their inspiration from? How do they interpret their ideas into reality? What problems arise? What challenges are posed? What details do they specifically look for? What special tools are involved? See the many examples of source and result in this show-and-tell lecture.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
910-3 Easy Mix-it Up Miters Edie Eckman
This class comes with a warning: knitting mitered squares is addictive. While it can be calming and repetitive, it can also be endlesslu fascinating for knitters of all skill levels, and it's a perfect way to use up odd balls. Learn techniques for basic types of mitered squares and rectangles, then move on to incorporating stitch patterns and colorwork into your shapes. We'll explore ways to seamlessly arrange your modules into finished garments, accessories, and home décor. You'll be captivated. But don't say you haven't been warned!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
927-3 Intermediate Celtic Cables Fiona Ellis
When knitting cables based on Celtic patterns, you will find techniques that you may not use in regular rope cables. While you knit a sample to try them out, Fiona will demo the techniques, show you how to read the charts—including looking at the symbols used — and for the more advanced cable knitter, discuss how you might modify patterns to make them your own. With an understanding of what is taking place when cabling, you will be better able to follow a pattern or fix any mistakes as they arise. (That never happens, right?)
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
628-3 Advanced Chasing the Hounds Tooth, That Is. Jean Frost
Follow the trends with graphic knits. The classic houndstooth is a series of interlocking shapes that add style and dimension to any garment. Jean has sought out over a dozen ways to execute this eye-catching stitch pattern. Through samples, slides, and a bit of practice, see why this stitch should be a part of your knitting repertoire.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
237-3 Easy Fabulous Finishing Barry Klein
This hands-on class takes you through the complete process of putting together a sweater. We will talk about weaving techniques as we begin to assemble a sweater or swatches. Once we complete this process, we will discuss neck pick-ups, trims, edges, and collars. We will pick up stitches and talk about curves, proper rib finishes, and buttons and buttonholes. Since we always learn something new when working together, this is a great class for the advanced as well as beginning knitters.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
222-3 Intermediate Kitchener like a Pro! Anne Kuo Lukito
Great finishing techniques can really make your knitting look professional. The Kitchener stitch is great for grafting seamlessly in stockinette stitch, but what about other pattern stitches like seed or rib? We will learn how to work Kitchener in pattern so that you can have invisible joins, whether in cables, seed stitch, rib or other textured stitches — just like a pro!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
839-3 Intermediate Double-ended Tunisian Crochet: Design Your Own Scarf Ginger Luters
Doubled-ended Tunisian crochet is worked with a double-ended crochet hook and creates a truly reversible fabric with many color and texture possibilities. It is usually worked with two colors, where one of these colors predominates on each side. We'll make a sample swatch, learning the basic stitches, and then going on to explore several advanced stitches. Finally, you'll choose one or two of your favorites, calculate stitch numbers, and begin to create your own one-of-a-kind scarf.
Note: A knowledge of basic Tunisian crochet is necessary.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
714-3 No skills required Movement for Knitters Ann McCauley
Your body is your most important knitting tool. Explore how awareness, alignment, body mechanics, and self-help hand care can play an active role in allowing us to knit or engage in all types of handwork with comfort, ease, and well being. We will practice techniques and acquire take-home skills that dynamically improve posture and the movement of energy throughout the body.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
693-3 Intermediate Around the World: Japanese and German 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. Join Brooke as you explore the lesser known Japanese lace stitches.  You will finish by looking at German doily history. Leave class with great swatches and ideas for several projects.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
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     SOLD OUT
580-3 Intermediate Fearless Fair Isle Sandi Rosner
Stranded Fair Isle style colorwork is a classic technique that belongs in every knitter's repertoire. Experiment with 1-handed and 2-handed methods to see which is more comfortable for you. Learn simple tricks for keeping your tension even. See why certain color combinations sing while others fall flat. You'll leave with the beginning of a hat, or a finished headband.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
835-3 Easy Pattern Reading for Crocheters Stacey Trock
Have you learned to crochet from a friend… and feel like you 'know how to crochet', but feel like you 'don't get' patterns? In this class, you'll learn how to read crochet patterns by tackling more difficult stitch patterns gradually, and you'll end up making a fabulous sampler cowl! We'll also discuss things you need to know to make your crochet project a success: like picking the right hook size and yarn weights.
In no time, you’ll be crocheting with ease and feel confident picking up a new book to crochet the patterns inside!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
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 Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
674-6 Intermediate Vertically Stranded Color Work Lorilee Beltman
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. We'll explore its sketchy history. It is used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
694-3 Intermediate Twisted Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Take your cables to the next level by adding color. There are more ways to do so than you might think. Slipped stitches, Fair Isle, and intarsia can all be used to make cables with color. In this class we will explore them all.
Note: You must have experience with cables.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
478-3 Intermediate My First Pair of Gloves Marly Bird
If you're smitten with mittens then you will be gleeful about gloves! Don't let all those fingers frighten you away from these wonderful winter accessories. Marly Bird will show you how to turn any mitten pattern into a glove (or fingerless glove if texting is your thing) and help you master fingers and eliminate holes.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
133-3 Easy Multi-directional Scarves J C Briar
Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up stitches.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
396-3 No skills required Draping a Pattern: a demonstration Lily Chin
There are many ways to draft an original pattern. Draping is one of them and is never talked about nor covered in knitting. With commercial knit fabric, we will construct garments on two volunteers and use this "mock up" as a basis for our knitting. We will transpose the pieces onto gridded marker paper then plug in our gauge and figure out areas of simplification. Motifs may be previewed, stitch patterns “tried out,” and details tested. Most importantly, a personal and customized fit will be ensured.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
659-3 Easy Easy Stitches for Impatient Knitters Edie Eckman
Bored with stockinette and garter stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Learn these quick-and-easy stitch patterns to keep your interestand allow you to watch the ball game at the same time!
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Advanced Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria Candace Eisner Strick
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs, but actually are done using only two basic techniques — without the use of a cable needle. We will sample some of the 174 charming patterns from Maria Erlbacher's book, Strickmuster and learn how to read the unique yet logical charts. Each person will then choose and start a project. Projects can range from wrist warmers to mittens, socks or a hat. There will be charts and directions for all projects which you can either use as is or modify in any way you wish.

If you want more information about this class, Candace has prepared a video for you, and it is available at

Austrian Knitting


This class is also available as an ETC Combo which includes:
15 hours of classes
Opening Day and Luncheon
Fashion Show and Dinner
Student Banquet and Style Show
Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
135-3 Easy Jump Starting Your Creativity Fiona Ellis
Fiona is fascinated by the creative process and has spent many hours studying how to jump-start her own. In this workshop she will share with you some of the methods she had found useful. Work on a creative exercise during the workshop and receive tips that Fiona hopes you will find helpful on an on-going basis.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
828-3 Intermediate 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Lace Unlocked Franklin Habit
In this intensive, two-day exploration of knitted lace, we’ll discuss (and practice) each aspect of its creation, including: the history of lace knitting and its development in different times and places, the choice of materials, the structure of knitted lace fabric, the creation of stitch motifs, and methods for planning new designs. If you have enjoyed working from lace patterns but only dreamed of creating your own, or if you love lace and would like to understand what lies beneath the pretty surface, Lace Unlocked is for you.
Note: This is not a learn-to-knit-lace class; students must be fluent in lace knitting, including reading and working from lace charts.

This class is also available as an ETC Combo which includes:
15 hours of classes
Opening Day and Luncheon
Fashion Show and Dinner
Student Banquet and Style Show
Lace Unlocked
Sunday 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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 - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC No skills required Playing with Pick Up! Deborah Jarchow
Go beyond the basics and weave more than plain weave on your rigid heddle loom. Let Deborah show you how to create decorative designs and textures in the structure of your woven fabric. Spend two days immersed in the joy of weaving with pick up sticks, learning to make additional sheds and manipulate your warp threads. Discover the difference between warp and weft floats and how to use them to create your desired patterns in a sampler. Try out lace patterns, honeycomb, waffle weave, and more. After learning a variety of patterns, see how the right finishing techniques really make your patterns pop! This sampler will be your basis for planning many beautiful future textiles. While weaving the sampler, students will learn various methods for finishing the ends, how to wet finish the woven pieces, and many tips for easier weaving. After you finish your sampler Deborah will walk you through planning future projects based on the patterns you like best.
Note: Students must be familiar with the rigid heddle loom and have taken a beginning rigid heddle weaving class or equivalent.

This class is also available as an ETC Combo which includes:
15 hours of classes
Opening Day and Luncheon
Fashion Show and Dinner
Student Banquet and Style Show
Playing with Pick Up!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
360-3 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This fun technique can be used in multiple ways to create flares, extra fabric, body style details, and in wonderful ways to make your knitting easier to assemble. We will talk about and then work on the different variations of short rows. This class will help you in ways you can't imagine—sweaters that feel and fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Sunday 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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
321-3 Intermediate Delightful Details Ann McCauley
Focus on techniques that add a little something special to any knit project. Learn versatile lace stitches, interesting cable details, ribbing and alternatives to ribbing, attached I-cord, and approaches to finishing.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Felting Meets Lace Judy Pascale
This two day class allows you ample opportunity to pursue a combination of two ancient crafts that produces a beautiful contemporary scarf.

The first of these crafts is felting. Felt itself is one of the worlds oldest textiles created from wool roving. You will be using an updated technique called Nuno felting. With this process you will layer high quality wool onto a hand-dyed silk fabric—both available in a wide selection of colors. The result is a soft, lightweight fabric with a crinkled texture.

Next you will create a knitted lace border that will complement the Nuno felted portion of the scarf both in weight and color. Using a short row technique, the scarf will follow a crescent shape that drapes beautifully.

Lace knitting and Nuno felting when effectively paired together are the perfect partners to create a one-of-a kind fashionable accent scarf for you!

Note: Materials fee
$15 for hand-dyed silk
$5 for roving


If you want more information about this class, Judy has prepared a video for you, and it is available at

Felting Meets Lace


This class is also available as an ETC Combo which includes:
15 hours of classes
Opening Day and Luncheon
Fashion Show and Dinner
Student Banquet and Style Show
Felting Meets Lace
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
900-3 Intermediate 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
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 Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 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 - 4:30 pm
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
392-3 Intermediate Design It Yourself: Shawls and Stoles Anne Kuo Lukito
Shawls, scarves, and stoles can actually be quite easy to design. Learn the different elements and constructions in designing these wonderful accessories and different ways of constructing shawls and stoles in a myriad of shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, circle, semi-circle, shallow triangle, etc. You will also learn how to add decorative stitch patterns whether you want to work your piece inside-out, outside-in, bottom-up or top-down.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
215-3 Easy Enviable Invisible Seams Ann McCauley
Learn seaming details that make the difference in having a professional-looking finished garment and learn which seaming techniques are appropriate for different areas in a garment. We will cover how to begin seaming, invisible horizontal, invisible vertical, and invisible vertical to horizontal seaming methods, as well as the whipstitch for use with hems and facings.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
770-3 No skills required Shooting Your Stitches! Kellie Nuss
Kellie Nuss, an established professional photographer as well as a knitting instructor, will walk you through the VERY BASICS of good light and composition so you can capture pleasing images of your knitted pieces. Whether you are shooting with your phone, a point-and-shoot, or a DSLR, learn to show your stitchwork off to its best advantage. All you need to know is how to push your camera's shoot button and have a can-do attitude! Kellie will do some live shooting both with her equipment and yours and give students the chance to do the same. Friendly and supportive critiquing will help you see how good light, trying a different camera angle, and taking a few chances will quickly improve your photos.
Note: This class is NOT a technical photography class, it is for anyone who wants to take better, more fun photos of their knitting and learn how to use them in this modern, connected knitting world.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
511-3 Intermediate Turn Mistakes and Mishaps into Knowledge and Experience Leslye Solomon
Mistakes — we all have made them. Some are very obvious from the beginning; when your stitches accidentally fall off the needle, a single or multi-row dropped stitch in stockinette stitch, garter stitch or seed; a knit where you should have purled; a cable in the wrong direction, a lost yarn-over; and more. Through practice in this class, you will be able to fix a list of common mistakes possibly avoiding the need to start over or throw a garment away.
Some mistakes insidiously get noticed after the sweater is finished, because there was more information to be learned in that swatch you unraveled. Know the information which can help you avoid the problems of stretching or growing, and/or shrinking. Think of that sweater you once made and choose to not wear. This important class promises to arm you with the best information to prevent and fix a variety of mishaps and disappointing results that appear immediately or long after the garment is complete. Instead of consequences being your teacher, this problem-ending class will arm you with techniques to turn you into a confident, successful, target-oriented, and fearless knitter.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
923-3 Easy Conquer your Fear of double points! Stacey Trock
Double point needles don't need to be scary!

In this class, you'll learn the tips and tricks for using double-point needles, which are very handy for knitting small pieces in the round (such as thumbs of mittens, socks, and tops of hats). You may even end up LIKING them!

We'll knit a miniature hat in the course of this class. You'll learn to cast on over multiple double points, rearrange your stitches, and prevent laddering (those ugly gaps that happen in between needles). We'll also discuss how to know how many needles to use, talk about reading patterns with double points, and review tips for making sure your stitches stay put while knitting and transporting your work. Ready to conquer your fear?
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
925-3 Easy I-cord Wonders Daniel Yuhas
Put simply, I-cord is a rope-like tube of knitting made without turning the needles. But we can use it to make so much more than just overgrown string. In this class we'll learn to "knit" I-cord on our fingers, then how to knit it with needles, and how to use it as a cast-on, selvage, or bind-off. And we'll leave plenty of time for play and discovery as we explore the wonderful, freeing, and easy-to-create shapes we can make with this unassuming knitted tube.



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