STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Myra Wood
Never thought of yourself as a creative person?

Stuck in a creative slump and need help rekindling your creative fire?

Myra demystifies the creative process.

This special presentation shows steps you can take to begin your creative journey. Come see how a simple process of choices & decisions can unleash your innate abilities.

In years of teaching her template based approach to multi-directional knit and crochet, Myra has learned to build stepping-stone designs that allow the maker to practice the creative process while making wonderful garments.

Myra takes you through her creative process from beginning vision to finished garment. You'll leave inspired and ready to take flight on your own creative journey.

As seasoned travelers know, it's not really about the destination — the journey is the thing.

Join us!

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Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Myra Wood

Never thought of yourself as a creative person?

Stuck in a creative slump and need help rekindling your creative fire?

Myra demystifies the creative process.

This special presentation shows steps you can take to begin your creative journey. Come see how a simple process of choices & decisions can unleash your innate abilities.

In years of teaching her template based approach to multi-directional knit and crochet, Myra has learned to build stepping-stone designs that allow the maker to practice the creative process while making wonderful garments.

Myra takes you through her creative process from beginning vision to finished garment. You'll leave inspired and ready to take flight on your own creative journey.

As seasoned travelers know, it's not really about the destination — the journey is the thing.

Join us!

Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Luncheon  
Teachers a la Carte
Food & fun: enjoy table-side speed dating with the teachers of STITCHES.

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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6095 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped-stitch patterns allow you to add texture or to create the look of 2-color knitting while only using 1 color per row. Mosaic knitting (one form of slipped-stitch patterning) can bring to mind beautiful, Native American fiber art. There is no stranding, bobbins, or changing color within the row. We will explore different techniques, the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting, and how to read two types of charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8041 No skills required Basic Crochet, Just for Lefties Gwen Bortner
Have you wanted to crochet, but feel LEFT behind? Are you LEFT out of using crochet borders on your knits? Do you feel LEFT out, because although you can knit, crochet just never seems to click? In this class, being LEFT-HANDED is just right!! All the basics of crochet will be taught from the left-handed point of view only, by a left-handed instructor.
Gain hands-on practice creating the basic stitches, then learn how they can be applied to other designs and when left-handed versions might be slightly different. LEFT can be right, even in crochet.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1033 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5005 Intermediate The Norwegian Purl Beth Brown-Reinsel
The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl, and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work.
Note: It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental (working yarn in the left hand) but not necessary.

Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

Presented in tangible and visual terms, Laura illustrates why color combinations work or fail. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class offers a new way of sorting and building color relationships.

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3095 No skills required Design Inspiration Lily Chin
Have you ever wondered where ideas come from? Where do designers draw their inspiration? 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2036 Intermediate 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
3058 Easy Swatching for Fun and Profit Edie Eckman
This class is for knitters and crocheters who don't think they need to swatch. Even if you 'always' get gauge, a properly worked swatch can give crucial information about the project you are about to start, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes. Learn how to accurately measure your gauge. Discover the benefits of a larger-than-usual swatch, and find out what to do with the swatch when you have finished.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2034 Intermediate The Edge of Knit Candace Eisner Strick
You have to bind off anyway, right? So let's 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
5202 Intermediate Smorgasbord of Twined Knit Techniques Laura Farson
Knit a smorgasbord of Swedish twined stitches for this stitch sampler. Master ball winding, traditional twine knit cast-ons, yarn management for color work, twined knitting and purling, jogless intersections, chain path stitch, crook stitch, deep stitch, charts, and a sewn bind-off. Note: Must be familiar with long-tail cast-on and working with 2 circular needles or 4 dpns.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1031 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3100 Easy Add a V-neck to your Top Down Raglan Deb Gemmell
Let's add a V-neck to a top down raglan cardigan. As you work a baby-sized cardigan you will learn to use short rows to shape the neck of any raglan and transform it into a V-neck garment. It's easy. You will learn all the techniques needed to work a larger version just for you. You will be able to take any plain raglan and transform it into a V or crew neck using short rows.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5069 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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
3013 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 lie 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5015 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 9 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     SOLD OUT
7056 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     SOLD OUT
6037 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
3091 Intermediate The Right Fit Anne Kuo Lukito
Is your bust, hips, or tummy larger or smaller than the standard sizes offered in the pattern? Do you have monkey arms? Are you long-waisted? Short-waisted? Learn how to select a pattern that best suits your body type and discover some basic modification tricks and tips to fit your body and your particular concerns.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3040 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 one should your row gauge be different than the pattern's. After exploring the domino effect of changing parts of a sweater pattern, we will learn how to design a fixed-height and a variable-height sleeve cap that will fit you perfectly. Once we have cracked the code of the sleeve cap, we will explore the four seaming zones that will allow you to perfectly sew in your set-in sleeve. You will never look at sleeves the same again!
NOTE: Math is used in sweater design.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6051 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 demystify 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 yarn-overs and decreases 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: Must know basic decreases.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7070 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 knit 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 is to know how to push your camera's shoot button and to 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
4047 Intermediate Beaded Vine Lace Scarf Judy Pascale
The no pre-stringing technique allows the bead to slip onto an SSK or a k2tog to create a unique fashion accessory. You will complete critical segments of the Vine Lace and Eyelet Lace patterns in a mini version of the full-scale scarf. While attractive on their own, the patterns are enhanced when combined. Value added: Experiment with ways to wear scarves, including Judy's favorite-a braided technique that works with any scarf all day long.
Materials fee: $3
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I’ve found in Japanese garment patterns. We’ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don’t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude — they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5038 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.
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 may improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5025 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8035 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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7068 Intermediate KLITCH your Knits! Beth Whiteside
Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques! That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), cinch in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in class, as well as get ideas for using and developing them further. Come learn to KLITCH!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5008 Intermediate Crazy Lace Borders and Edgings Myra Wood
Beautiful borders add so much to simple lace shawls. Learn how to knit or sew a border onto any triangular or circular shawl using traditional and improvisational methods. Charts for borders will be explored as well.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6074 Intermediate Vertically-stranded Color Work Lorilee Beltman
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. 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. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history: it's 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6094 Intermediate Twisted Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Take your cables to the next level by adding color. There are more ways 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3084 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. 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. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: 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     SOLD OUT
5109 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, you will learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, we'll 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
6055 Advanced Socktastic Stitch Patterns J C Briar
You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks, but for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough 'give' for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy resizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe.
Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4080 Intermediate Saami Mittens Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn the special details of mitten construction of the nomadic Saami peoples, by knitting a mitten in multiple colors circularly on double-pointed needles. Make a three-color braided cast-on, create the classic afterthought thumb (without a gusset), work different bands of patterning, and finish off the mitten with pointed tip shaping. Working with three yarns in a round will be discussed as some of the motifs require this skill. A simple finger braiding technique will be demonstrated for the traditional cord.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1008 Intermediate Perfect Pairs: Contrast & Coordinate Laura Bryant
It's a daunting task to pick the perfect color to pair with another. This class expands on Laura's Intro to Color class and takes you through the steps to pair colors that achieve your purpose, whether it be to calm or energize a color; excite or create quiet sophistication in your knitted fabric. Hands-on swatching with a variety of solid and multi-colored yarns allows you to see for yourself how different colors interact with one another. You'll leave with more confidence in creating color combinations.
Note: Must have taken Intro to Color.
Materials Fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3022 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. Learn 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 have 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3098 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
8001 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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6100 Intermediate Bavarian Twist and Traveler Stitches Sampler Hat Laura Farson
This is a traditional Bavarian knitting technique in which stitches twist and travel in delicate intricate patterns. It is often used for socks and sweaters, but found too in mittens, gloves and hats. It has countless variations of which we will explore several choices while making a
hat worked in the round on one circular or double point needles.
Cast on for ribbing, twisted knit and traveling stitches (over and under), charts, decreases and finishing
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
2006 Easy Superb Seams Margaret Fisher
Seaming is one of the most important finishing steps for a knit garment. In this class you will master all the seaming techniques used to assemble a sweater and understand how to make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette, and ribbing. Find out how selvedge stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3101 Easy Scatter Those Top-down Increases Deb Gemmell
The raglan sweater is a wonderful top down garment but . . . what would happen if we threw out the rules for a raglan and made up our own rules for where the increases are worked. What would happen? How would the yoke shaping change? Work a sample to see what your new creation will look like. See how versatile the top down construction can be and the different looks you can achieve.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4020 Intermediate 2-at-a-Time Socks on 2 Circulars Toe-Up Antje Gillingham
Try a new take on knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles, and work them from the toe up! Take the guess work out of how much yarn you'll need for your socks by trying them on as you go! No more counting rows or stitches and no more single socks in your drawer!
Practice each section of the sock anatomy from toe to cuff during this workshop. We won't be able to knit a complete adult pair in one day, but at the end of our time in class you'll be able to go back to your hotel room, cast on and start working on your very own spectacular pair of completely identical socks at the same time.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6027 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 its history. Discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques, and discover what it is that makes the Bohus patterns 'sing.' Participants will be able to examine in detail several vintage pieces from Susanna's collection.
The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in a 50% merino/50% angora yarn from Sweden.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Materials fee: $25.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
4079 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 technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads 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 and lots of fun! 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 NEW     SOLD OUT
7075 No skills required Color and Weave Sampler Scarf Deborah Jarchow
Learn to get outstanding color-pattern effects using a rigid- heddle loom. Make a sampler scarf that looks like complicated patterns with very little effort. By using two contrasting colors of yarn you can achieve a houndstooth check, color blocks, and more! Some weaving experience is helpful.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3106 Intermediate Fashion Transformers Susan Lazear
This class combines the Asian fashion art of combining simplicity with innovative style. Learn how to plan and knit garments that offer multiple looks in one piece. Turn it upside down, wrap it in a different way, reposition it on your body; all options should be considered. Students will measure, and plan 3 garments during the class. Yarn, stitch choice, and finishing techniques as they impact the style will also be covered.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6089 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
3097 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3024 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 NEW
6105 Advanced Elegant Knit Ribbon Fabric for Jackets Dawn McCormick
With the abundance of ribbon available to us today, it is time to revisit vintage patterns. Knitting ribbon with today's techniques typically produces a bulky fabric which can be appropriate for some garments. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the option to create a thinner fabric giving us more design options? In this course, we will review vintage patterns and their construction. A selection of knit jacket appropriate stitch patterns will be provided so that the class can practice constructing these fabrics. The class will close with a discussion of how to finish the ribbon fabric once knitted.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
6069 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7016 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     SOLD OUT
5122 Easy Tying Up Loose Ends Sarah Peasley
When is the last time a pattern told you exactly how to weave in those pesky yarn tails? Don't you wish they would?
Learn multiple methods for dealing with the ends in garter stitch, stockinette stitch, seed stitch, ribbing, and lace, and in color stripes, Fair Isle, and intarsia. Clear up the confusion, so you can finish off your projects with ease.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4081 Advanced Simple Shawlette Workshop Gayle Roehm
Most knitters have a plethora of sock yarn in their stash and have no plans to make socks out of it! Instead of socks how about a shawlette or shawl? YES! That is a great way to use this often colorful, hand-painted or semi solid yarn that you already have.
Combining two or more different colored yarns can create a fantastic fabric that is eye catching, unique and wonderful to wear. Two or three colors makes even the simplest patterns and stitches so much fun!
You learn three different ways to begin a shawlette or shawl resulting in 3 different shapes that use garter stitch, stockinette stitch and slip stitches. As an extra, Marly will help you choose the perfect border and teach you how to incorporate it into your shawlette customizing your piece for you! This is a project you will want to continue working on when class is over.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3031 Easy Design Your Dream Sweater (Solomon) 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 for an easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit into that armhole you chose.
Let's turn you into a sweater designer!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
7071 No skills required Fun with Needle Felting Stacey Trock
Did you know that with just one needle, you can turn a fluff of wool into an adorable animal? It's called needle felting! The scales on wool make it naturally want to cling to itself or 'felt.' (A lesson you've probably learned if you've accidentally thrown a sweater into the washing machine!) Learn how to harness this property of wool to make an adorable bear. You'll discover the basic technique of needle felting (which requires no water!) and how to add embellishments like beads and embroidery. Not only will you leave with a cutie, but you'll have the skills to tackle larger projects on your own. The best news? No experience in crocheting or knitting is required!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5133 Easy Windfall: 7 Knitting Techniques From the Booklet 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 seven distinct stitch patterns to explore! During this workshop you will learn surface weaving, slip stitching for texture, yarnovers with twisted ribbing, working with two different weights of yarn in the same garment, large scale mitering and a lace stitch. We will be looking at the garments from the book and swatching the techniques.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5002 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
During this workshop, knitters will have the opportunity to learn about the history 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 the through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Students will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, increases, decreases, cast-on and bind-off. A project will be given to practice all the techniques described in class for a complete understanding.
Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
4069 Intermediate Crazy as Pi Myra Wood
Discover endless possibilities for creative lace shawls using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi Shawl recipe. You'll learn everything you need to create a circular shawl or home accessory including circular cast-on for Magic Loop knitting in the round, inserting lace patterns as desired, and finishing your piece like a pro. It's easy as Pi!
Note: Must have basic lace knitting skills including chart reading.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole—and it IS a perfect buttonhole. It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close. There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters—once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with 2 colors (never purl Fair Isle again); plus other hints which are more or less arcane but no less useful.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5108 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 the highest level! Class project is a tube that can be finished into a bag, a Christmas stocking, or a hat.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5116 Intermediate Lacy 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 lacy mitered charts, and learn tips and tricks for making great lacy squares. We'll discuss using lace miters as accents for trianglular or rectanglular shawls and for shaped garments like sweaters.
Note: Previous miter experience is necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
8014 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     SOLD OUT
6006 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     SOLD OUT
5118 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 NEW
6057 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3086 Intermediate The Well-Rounded Designer Edie Eckman
How many times have you had a great idea but couldn't actually stitch it? How often have you created something but then not been able to re-create it for yourself or others? Concept, Execution and Communication are all vital parts of design, and each aspect requires a certain skill set. Successful designers understand how these parts are interconnected and the subtly different ways of thinking that are required for each. This overview will help you identify the skills you need to take your idea from thoughts to action, and then on to sharing it with others. Note: This is not a design-your-own-sweater class, but a way of thinking about the design process which should make you a more efficient and well-rounded designer.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5021 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     SOLD OUT
2033 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6106 Intermediate Change It Up! Jean Frost
How would you like to a knit a jacket with a stitch pattern that produces a fabric that rivals jackets costing thousands of dollars by famous designers? Students will sample three different stitch patterns to understand the structure. Next, choosing one, they will work with various yarns and color combination to find a fabric they love. Finally, a large swatch will be knit. Using the information gained from this swatch, we will discuss how to apply it to the pattern of the jacket they wish to make.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5115 Advanced Heel Construction for Toe-up Socks Janel Laidman
It’s always nice to have socks that fit really well, and heel construction is a big part of fit. We will explore 3 different heel constructions for toe-up socks that each have different properties. If you love knitting your socks toe up, add these heels to your bag of tricks!
Note: Should be familiar with sock construction.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2022 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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8019 Easy Tempting Tunisian: An Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Ginger Luters
Tunisian crochet is often described as a combination of knitting and crochet. While this technique usually produces a dense, rigid fabric, by using a large crochet hook and several stitch variations a soft, drapey fabric suitable for scarves, shawls, and other garments can be created.
Note: Must be able to work chain stitch and single crochet.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5028 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a lifeline, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a lifeline, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them?
In this class we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact, and re-knitting only those stitches. These are skills you will find invaluable in your lace—and other—knitting.
Note: Students must be comfortable with basic lace knitting including yo's, decreases, and knitting from charts. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6083 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 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3104 Advanced Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries Gayle Roehm
More and more knitters and designers are finding inspiration in Japanese stitch dictionaries. They’re entirely accessible to any knitter, even if you don’t know a word of Japanese, because they’re charted with a set of standardized symbols. If you want to expand your horizons with some of these beautiful stitches, come learn the ins and outs of using the books in your own knitting.

We’ll look at the format of the available dictionaries, then explore the features and intricacies of some of these stitches. The class covers charting conventions, identifying stitch repeats, demystifying complex symbols, where to get help when you’re stuck, and more. We’ll also swatch two or three patterns from a selection of stitch dictionaries.

Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts; previous experience with Japanese charts is desirable.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5073 No skills required Socknitter's Seminar: Going Beyond the Basics Carol Sulcoski
You know the basics of knitting a sock: 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8036 Easy Make a Stuffed Animal Stacey Trock
Not only are stuffed animals cute and cuddly, they’re fantastic crochet projects because they don’t take long to make and they don’t need to fit anybody! Plus, once you know some basic techniques, you'll be able to tackle almost any animal pattern that's out there... what could be better? This class will cover selecting yarn and appropriate hook size, how to do a sorta-gauge swatch (no measuring required!), how to begin working in the round, a refresher on crochet pattern variations you may encounter, techniques for attaching pieces, child-safety, and tips for stuffing. We'll crochet a super-adorable ladybug, which will teach you the variety of basic techniques you'll need. By the end of this class, you'll not only have a cutie nearly done... but you'll be confidently trained in animal-making!
Friday 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 - 12:00 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers and join Marly Bird and her co-hosts for an evening of games, prizes, laughter and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3103 Intermediate Fitting Socks for Ample Ankles Lorilee Beltman
Donʼt be left out of the fun of knitting your own socks simply because your ankles and calves are more ample than average. In class we will discuss a few easy-to-apply strategies for customizing your own “plain vanilla” sock recipe, with specific features designed to improve your comfort. Continue in class applying the strategies to your homework with the goal of making a complete ankle section of the sock which may be finished after class and saved as a personal template. Does your ankle measure between 10 and 14 inches or more? Youʼll fit right in!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5098 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5131 Easy Cables Decoded Jill Bigelow Suttell
Adding a cable instantly brings a new dimension to your project, but decoding the terms and reading the charts often leaves knitters uneasy about attempting them. Cables are simple once you uncover the mystery. In this class, we will try different types of cables, learn to interpret all those abbreviations, and learn to read a chart.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5074 Intermediate Knit a Traditional Gansey Beth Brown-Reinsel
Discover the history, construction techniques, and design details of the British Gansey a beautiful 19th century fisherman's garment. Make a mini-pullover while learning the traditional techniques: Channel Island cast-on, split welts, stitch patterns, underarm gussets, shoulder straps, and picked-up sleeves.

Note: Must be proficient with double pointed needles or 2 circulars.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1003 Intermediate Planned Pooling Laura Bryant
Planned pooling or intentional patterning is just that—taking those unexpected patterns that form when knitting with hand-dyed yarns and making them repeatable! Learn how to find the repeat and Magic Number in a hand-dyed skein of yarn, then spend time learning how to make argyles, stacks and other visual effects from that skein. A longer class will allow experimentation with pattern stitches as we introduce solid colored yarns. Whether you have tried Magic Number knitting before or not, this class will have you creating magic in no time!

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2038 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3096 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 2 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7009 Easy Applying Ergonomic Techniques to Your Knitting Carson Demers
Learn the basics of knitting’s ergonomics and the put them into practice in this unique class. You’ll learn everything from neutral postures to optimal tensioning techniques to help you be a comfortable, lifelong knitter. We’ll apply various strategies that can improve your productivity, efficiency and comfort. Working in small groups you’ll examine your yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3010 Intermediate Where Do They Get Those Numbers? Edie Eckman
Take the mystery out of those pesky math calculations required when designing or altering a sweater! Draft a basic sweater and discuss calculating yarn amounts, V-neck shaping, rates of increase/decrease, stitch pattern placement, and re-engineering a pattern.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6103 Intermediate Secrets from the Past: Unusual Stitch Patterns from Historic Counterpanes Candace Eisner Strick
Antique counterpanes (bedspreads) used many unusual knitting patterns such as knobs, wheat ears, bells, scallop shells, fans, and bay leaves. These beautiful stitch patterns are rarely used in today's knitting, but can be successfully incorporated into contemporary garments and accessories, adding new dimension to your knitting.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
8038 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
2025 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     SOLD OUT
5037 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5078 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5052 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 knit gift item that family and friends will truly love to receive!
Materials fee: $20 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5129 Intermediate Sock Bucket List Michelle Hunter
Does your knitting Bucket List include Magic Loop, toe-up socks, and an afterthought heel? Master all of these techniques in one class! The Magic Loop is the slickest way to knit socks using one long circular needle and is preferred by the legion of toe-up sock knitters. The afterthought heel is a great way to add contrasting-colored or striped heels. This heel may be removed after many wearings and reknit, making it a perfect choice for those who tend to wear holes through their heels. Students will create a sample sock using all the skills needed to knit a full-sized sock.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
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: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Lab fee: $10.00
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5114 Easy Steeking:3 ways Janel Laidman
Are you a little worried about cutting into all that lovely colorwork you've done? Janel will show you how to cut with confidence! We will discuss different ways of stabilizing the knitting before cutting, and then we'll fortify ourselves with chocolate and take the plunge. Once you've steeked, you'll want to make all your cardigans this way!
Note: Students should be familiar with stranded colorwork and knitting in the round.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3107 Intermediate Calling all Collars Susan Lazear
Collars continue to be a major fashion trend. In this class we will begin by looking at fashion neckline treatments from European designer clothing. Then we will study the basics of collar design, in general, and for knitwear. Learn how to plan and draft a variety of collars, cowls and hoods, considering the neckline, fashion yarns, and desired fashion statement. Also learn how to redesign or adapt the neckline of an existing pattern to allow the collar style of your choice.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5117 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     SOLD OUT
8013 Easy Advanced Tunisian Crochet Ginger Luters
After learning the basics of Tunisian Crochet, it's fun to explore some of the many additional possibilities with this fascinating technique.
In this advanced class, we'll work with lace stitches, textured pattern stitches, and color work. Entrelac, double-ended reversible, and modular techniques will also be discussed.
Note: Should know basic Tunisian crochet including creating a foundation row and Tunisian simple stitch.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5206 Intermediate Take it From the Top: Short-row, Set-in Sleeve Cap Patty Lyons
We all know the hardest part about a set in sleeve is setting it in! A traditional set in sleeve is knit from the bottom up and then you sew the sleeve cap into place. If your sleeve cap isn’t perfect, your sleeve doesn’t fit. Learn how to create a sleeve cap from the top with no seaming required! We will learn how to create this little piece of short row magic by knitting a mini version and then we will finish the class by going over how to convert an existing pattern into a top down, short row set in sleeve.
Note: Must know how to do wrap and turn short rows, pick up stitches and do the mattress stitch.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7062 No skills required Wearable, Magnetic, Wet-felt Flowers Judy Pascale
Learn wet-felting techniques that create life-like 3D flowers. An optional stem adapts the flower to make an attractive scarf or shawl closure guaranteed to stay in a secured position. Explore other creative accessory, garment, and home decorations options.
Materials fee: $15 includes roving, wire, and closure.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2032 Intermediate Finishing with a Bang, Not a Whimper: Buttonholes and Zippers Sarah Peasley
Finishing means many things in knitting, and doing it well is essential to an attractive garment outcome. A beautifully seamed garment is key. Learn how to create several different types of button bands and button holes (both embedded and on edges) and how to sew a zipper into a knitted garment.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Ready for a real challenge? Join me to experience some new, complex, and (possibly) daunting stitch patterns drawn from Japanese garment designs. Each pattern presents an unusual challenge in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. We’ll review the standardized symbols used in the selected patterns, with further explanation for a few that require clarification. We’ll go on to swatch at least eight stitch patterns. For each one we’ll consider what’s unusual about the chart and we'll take a look at the original garment. These are really fun to knit, and you’ll have several new techniques for your repertoire or to use in your own designing. The goal of the class is to demystify complex charts so you won't fear tackling any Japanese stitch pattern. Bring an adventurous spirit. You don’t need experience with Japanese patterns, but you should be comfortable knitting from charts.
Note: These patterns are not part of 6017 (previously 617-3) Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts, and familiarity with Japanese symbols is helpful.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5038 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.
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 may improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5120 Easy Ruffles, Ruching, and Pleats, Oh My! Carol Sulcoski
This hands-on class looks at various easy forms of knitted embellishments and edgings, 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5123 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 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?
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6080 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 a 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!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5130 Intermediate Double Knitting Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
When you use the Portuguese style to work in the double knitting technique, you obtain a very pleasant rhythm. Learn the basics of the Portuguese style technique, progress to double knitting, and work a project that involves both. The class project will be worked in the round using two colors.
Optional materials fee: $10.00 for two knitting pins
Note: Must be comfortable working in the round using either dpns or 2 circulars.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
1034 Intermediate Creative Short Row Knitting Myra Wood
Short rows aren't just for shaping. Placing short rows in sweaters, bags, and anything else you can imagine offer endless possibilities. You'll combine yarns in various colors to create 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 taking this class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5034 Intermediate Freesole Socks Anna Zilboorg
For avid sock knitters, this new construction makes possible stranded socks with plain soles and socks with different yarns on the soles, insteps, and tops. But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Any part of the sole or heel can be easily removed and reknit!
The sock begins with a 2-part toe (pick-up shaping on chain technique), continues up the instep in pattern (2-handed-backwards technique), then the sole is worked, attaching as you go and shaping a gusset (strip-joining technique). Finally you turn the heel, pattern it, join the front, and knit up the leg. All this while making a sample sock large enough to hold quarters in your car.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required From the pages of Knitter's Magazine Rick Mondragon
Join Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter's, as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter's Magazine. Gain insight on how it all comes together—stitch, color, and silhouette—along with logical approaches to what appears on the page and why.

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

From the pages of Knitter's Magazine is a FREE event. Saturday at Noon.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1038 Easy Garter Stitch Color "Blips" (Beltman) Lorilee Beltman
Garter stitch groupies get your groove on with this charming and simple technique for adding color to this fabric by carrying strands of contrasting color vertically from row to row. Donʼt worry, the yarn management is easy even with multiple colors going at once. Freely add your new-found technique to garter-rich projects like EZʼs Adult or Baby Surprise Jacket, or simply highlight a garter stitch detail on a garment. Students will learn to apply the technique to existing patterns. The samples wil inspire you!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8033 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
5101 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
5016 Easy Hook Hocus Pocus J C Briar
Maybe you've used a crochet hook to bind off or to pick up a dropped stitch. But have you used one to join pieces together? To cast on provisionally? Or to stabilize an edge and provide a place from which to pick up stitches? Learn all of these techniques, plus embellishment, decorative edgings, and more.
Note: No crochet experience required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3064 Intermediate Neckline Love Christine Bylsma
You love the sweater but not the neckline. So change it! Learn to design your own crew, turtle, V-neck, scoop, asymmetricany shape neckline, in any gauge, that fits you. Finish it with perfect picked-up edges for flawless necklines you will definitely love, love, love.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5077 Easy Join-as-you-go Knitting Lily Chin
Most knitters avoid seaming like the plague. When working garment pieces or different colored strips, sewing seams is daunting. Learn how to join as you go for many situations, including edgings. Join a new piece to the left or right of an existing piece or to the top or bottom of an existing piece.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7067 Intermediate Spreadsheet Savvy Edie Eckman
Let your computer handle the math! Spreadsheets are perhaps the most powerful tool for a knit or crochet pattern writer or tech editor. 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, stitch multiples and yarn amounts. You'll begin setting up a powerful, multi-use "calculator" that can save you hours of work.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5076 Intermediate Fun and Fancy Scandinavian Cast-ons Laura Farson
A sampler of decorative cast-ons including variations on long-tail and German-twisted cast-on, traditional twine-knit cast-ons with multiple strands, casting on with colors to make braids, and a textured cast-on using knit and purl rounds. Also covered are yarn management for color work and center-pull ball winding. Note: Must know long-tail cast-on.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5053 Intermediate Special Techniques for Beautiful Sweaters Margaret Fisher
This class covers several knitting techniques that give your sweaters a nicely finished appearance.
Tubular cast-ons and bind-offs are attractive and elastic, look exactly the same, and look especially nice with 1 x 1 rib. In class, you will learn and practice all the steps for working the tubular cast-on and bind-off.
Short rows are used to shape knit fabrics without increasing and/or decreasing. We will review the uses of short rows, then work them in swatches. The swatch exercises will represent the use of short rows for shoulder shaping in a handknit sweater. Class instruction covers how to convert your pattern's difficult-to-seam, stair-step, shoulder bind-off to short-row shaping. Next, you will learn and practice duplicate stitch and see how it can be used. The class ends with a discussion and demonstration of cutting and separating a knit fabric and then grafting the pieces back together. These techniques can be used to make sweater alterations and to fix mistakes or small moth holes in knits.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6034 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 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3102 Intermediate Get Fit Deb Gemmell
Adjust your top down raglan sweater to your figure. Take off some extra pounds without hitting the gym. Adjust your raglan sweater to skim your curves. Reduce underarm bulk and take some extra fabric off the arms. Trim your waist and create some wiggle room around your hips. No sweating necessary. You'll take home a template, a sweater map of your figure and know how to make adjustments for all your future top down raglans.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5121 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5128 Easy Navajo Knitting Michelle Hunter
Magically turn lace weight yarn into worsted-weight yarn with Navajo knitting, also known as chain plying. Navajo knitting triple plies yarn from one skein without cutting or dividing the skein. This is a perfect use for that large skein of lace yarn hiding in your stash, or that cone of handspun that is begging to be knit!

Learn the basics of the technique plus how to alternate triple and single plies within a project to create sheer stripes, a big trend in today's fashion. Begin a beautiful scarf using all of the above methods. WARNING: This technique is addicting!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5132 Intermediate Techniques to Make Fair Isle Knitting a Breeze Sheila Joynes
Do your attempts at Fair Isle knitting create a puckered project? The technique taught in this class will show you how to let your stitches breathe—to keep your knitting even without those puckers. You will learn the basics of two-handed stranded technique. Sheila will share a cast-on technique for corrugated ribbing to help prevent those unsightly puckers in your purls.
Do you know where and how to join yarns to prevent having to weave in the endless ends created in Fair Isle? Sheila teaches you the exact spot to add a spit splice so it ends up in the right place for your color change. And when wrapping those carries, Sheila's technique will make your Fair Isle knitting flow like a gentle breeze.
Materials fee: $5.00 for yarn for class project.
Note: This class begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Saturday morning.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7069 Easy Drop Spinning for Lace-Weight Yarn Janel Laidman
Learn the basics of drop spinning with a focus on creating yarn for lace knitting. Students with basic spindle skills can hone them, learning techniques for creating a smooth, thin yarn. Students new to spinning can learn basic spindle-spinning techniques and practice them. We will talk about spinning singles as well as plying, with demonstrations of Andean plying, setting twist in your singles yarn, using a niddy-noddy to make skeins and blocking your yarn. We will also discuss fiber preparation and choosing appropriate fibers and spindles for spindle-spinning lace weight yarn.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6088 Easy Fun with Stripes and Slipped Twisted Stitch Colorwork Anne Kuo Lukito
Explore the possibilities of knitting with singular (or multiple) stripe colorwork both in the round and flat. Learn how to create complicated-looking stitch patterns in a background of stripes without the fuss of doing complicated colorwork including making reversible fabrics with motifs on both sides. Learn how to work 2-color cast-on and bind-offs and understand the techniques. You will even start creating your own unique patterning in class as well as a mini-project to work on.
Note: Students must know how to work in the round.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8039 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 go 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 NEW     SOLD OUT
6093 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
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6102 Easy Ribbing Roundup Carol Sulcoski
We all have an "old faithful" ribbing we use on nearly every project. In this class, we'll break out of our ribbing rut. We'll start with some simple and sturdy options, then try out some ribbings with decorative elements like eyelets and mock cables. Learn to transition from ribbing to other stitch patterns, to increase and decrease in ribbing, and see how ribbing choice can affect the look of the finished garment. We’ll finish by investigating some alternatives to ribbing.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5134 Easy Tops, Locks & Handspun...Creative Surface Applications for Fanciful Fibers Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
No one can escape noticing the abundance of gorgeous hand-spun yarns, tops and locks on the market! One more beautiful and interesting than the next... Of course you can knit with them, but why not try something different? During this workshop you will be exposed to innovative knitting applications for these exciting fibers! You will have time to swatch different ideas or start on the free Ipad cover pattern provided!
Materials fee: $5.00.
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     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn continental knitting, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5099 Easy Loser Projects:AKA How to Recover When Disaster Strikes Anne Berk
Sarah is a highly trained, professional knitter who used to make a lot of mistakes and bad choices in her knitting life. Let's face it – she still does! Everyone does! Follow along on a tour of the low points of Sarah's knitting, from early-onset gauge swatch denial, through advanced color-selection challenges. Highlights include sizing issues, laundry blunders, and poor yarn choices. Bring your own problem projects or stories (don't be shy – we'll all learn from them!), and join in as Sarah leads a brainstorming session on disaster recovery: analyzing what went wrong, weighing options for recovery, and discussing ideas for what to do differently next time.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
4078 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
5058 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 could be added more quickly, and your yarn would tangle less.
Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it's 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
6086 Easy Get Twisted! J C Briar
Cables and other twisted knit stitches make for some of the most captivating knitting patterns. Though they look intricate, they are surprisingly easy to create. Learn how while knitting samplers that you can later turn into a drawstring tote bag. Along the way, you'll pick up tips for reading charts, reading your knitting, and fixing mistakes.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5043 Intermediate Cowboy Up: Reverse Intarsia Beth Brown-Reinsel
Knitting can resemble Southwest-woven tapestries and rugs when you use this technique. We will explore intarsia fabrics which feature the 'purl' side of the fabric as the right side. This interesting option to intarsia provides a look that is different, refreshing, and fun. You just need to know the rules, secrets, and theory.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Color Fantasia Laura Bryant
Sign on for a fun-filled adventure with a colorful knitter, Laura Bryant. Drawing on Laura's expertise in color and hand-dyed yarns, spend two days immersed in a color-filled world. Specific exercises to tune your eyes and get you seeing color in new ways lead to hours working hands-on with color through knitting or crochet. Along the journey, you'll pick up tricks on how to contrast and blend colors, how to make luminous color stories or enhance stitch work and how to turn hand-dyed yarns into dazzling self-patterns. You'll learn to coax the inherent beauty out of any yarn, even turning ugly ducklings into swans, and leave with a swatch library that will inspire you for years to come. If you have ever had a yarn you just couldn't make work visually, bring it along and this class will develop a solution. Laura never met a color she didn't like, and loves the challenge of finding the right combination to make every color sing. Learn the true meaning of Laura's axiom "You don't get Wow! by doing the expected!"
Materials fee: $15 for additional hand-dyed yarns
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2026 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.
Note: You need to be comfortable with a basic crochet chain.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5007 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 so the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7066 No skills required KnitteRx Carson Demers
Knitting is not a no-pain, no-gain activity, yet many of us take better care of our favorite stash fiber than we do the fibers that allow us to knit — our bodies. Tired muscles, sore joints, and aching backs and necks plague too many knitters needlessly. This class will teach you fiber care for the most important project you make — YOU! And you'll have fun doing it. Don't let the preventable keep you from doing what you love. Knit on safely and comfortably.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5110 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 endlessly fascinating, and it's a perfect way to use up odd balls. Learn techniques for basic types of mitered squares and rectangles. Faster knitters may 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!
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 and logical charts. Each person will then start a project. Projects can range from wrist warmers, mittens, socks or hat. There will be charts and directions for all projects. The students can either use them as is or modify them in any way they 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     SOLD OUT
8028 Easy Develop Your Crochet Skills: Beyond Intermediate Crochet Drew Emborsky
Not a beginning crocheter? Ready to move beyond crocheted squares and rectangles? Would you like to learn the techniques that take crochet from meh to wow? Join master crocheter Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, as he reveals all the techniques to make your crochet projects exceptionally beautiful. Increasing, decreasing, chain-free foundation stitches, measuring crochet gauge, and much more will be covered.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6045 Intermediate Scandinavian Multi-color Knitted Textures, Zigzags, and Braids Laura Farson
Learn decorative edge treatments found on garments in Norway and Sweden. Beginning traditional twine-knit cast-on with multiple strands, we'll make braids and colorful textures with twine knit and purl rounds. Practice yarn-management for color work and center-pull ball-winding techniques. Note: Must know long-tail cast-on and how to work in the round on 2 circulars or 4 dpns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5124 Intermediate Use Kitchener Stitch 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
4007 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5086 Intermediate Betsy Beads: Master Class Betsy Hershberg
For many of the projects in Betsy Beads, the proverbial devil is in the details, and this class will teach them. Learn the Zipper Graft that finishes the seamless bead-knit tube of the “Twilight” necklace as well as several of the “Four Seasons” beads. Work a bead-woven picot hem that is the secret of “Girly Pearls,” as well as the great beaded cast-on and bind-off used for the knitted beads of the “Wrap and Roll” necklace. Adding these exciting techniques to your knitter’s bag of tricks will allow you to approach these projects with confidence, and then use the techniques to create exciting projects that are your own.
Materials fee: $5.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6075 Intermediate Spice Up Your Stitches Michelle Hunter
Spice up your knitting with fun-to-knit novelty stitches. These stitches are sure to add charm and texture to your next knitting project. In class you will learn to execute many novelty stitches and view examples of their uses. No more plain vanilla knitting for you!
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Advanced Designing Your Own Lace: Traditions and Innovations Janel Laidman
Those who love lace knitting often enjoy the challenge of creating their own, unique garments. We will look at various lace traditions and stitch patterns and discuss new ideas in lace knitting. Students will begin designing their own shawl or stole using an assortment of lace stitch patterns with an eye for flow and harmony of the stitches. We will discuss how to modify stitch patterns to make them work with your design, construction considerations for triangular shawls and other shapes, and effects of gauge and yarn choice on your final piece.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7074 No skills required Fiber Art Jewelry Susan Lazear
Got left-over yarns? Some basic knit and crochet skills? Why not try your hand at creating fiber art jewelry. This class will cover the creation of various types of yarn-related beads and trims. Students will learn a variety of techniques to take home but should leave with one finished piece.
Materials Fee: $5.00 (to include beads (for covering), assorted materials, clasps, yarn, etc.)
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3080 Intermediate Flatter Yourself: Fully Fashioned Secrets of the Pros Melissa Leapman
In this fun hands-on workshop, learn how designers use fully fashioned shaping to create flattering sweaters. No matter your shape, use your knitting prowess to create knockout pieces that fit and flatter.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6082 Intermediate Magical Mosaics Ginger Luters
Mosaic knitting is a special form of slipped 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 them, both by changing the charts and by playing with color.
Note: Should know basic Tunisian crochet including creating a foundation row and Tunisian simple stitch.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5084 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, and some great home-made hints and tricks that I use all the time!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5100 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? Garter stitch? Cast-on stitches? Cables? Edge stitches? No problem!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro (Solomon) 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 2 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 - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Multi-directional Madness Myra Wood
Immerse yourself in 2 days of pure inspiration working with color, texture, and design. Myra shares her approach to one-of-a-kind wearable art. You'll learn how to create and use templates in this hands-on intensive workshop. While you explore your creativity, we'll cover construction of multi-directional fabric, sizing and fit, finishing, and embellishing.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just someone who loves needlework but finds themselves stuck in a rut, Myra will get your creative juices flowing. Be ready for some serious fun!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
6067 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5017 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-on 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 for a sweater, hat, and mitten cuffs.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4076 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 each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?

Class begins with 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
5022 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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7072 Easy What to Look for in Yarn Lily Chin
Have lots of stash and don't know what it's good for? Ever shopped for yarn not knowing what you're getting? Get an insight into how yarn is made and what some of the properties are. Use these properties to determine what projects are suited for which yarns. Be a better shopper as well as a yarn user. Bring in yarns from your stash to see what it might want to be 'when it grows up.'
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8040 Intermediate Around the Corner Crochet Borders Edie Eckman
Add punch to an afghan or make those plain sweaters into something special with a unique crocheted border. Discover the secrets to make crocheted edgings continue around square corners, incorporating the edging design into the corner shaping for an unbroken pattern. We'll practice a number of fun and unique crocheted edgings, including 3-dimensional borders, ruffles and unique crocheted fringe.
Note: Must be familiar with ch, sc, hdc and dc.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5111 Intermediate Garter Stitch Finesse Margaret Fisher
Garter stitch is easy to knit, but shaping and finishing garter-stitch fabrics can be challenging. Learn and practice all the standard knitting techniques in this very popular stitch pattern: increasing and decreasing, vertical and horizontal seams, short rows, and picking up stitches for bands. Learn how to make your garter-stitch garments and projects look beautifully constructed and finished.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
3090 Easy Stitch+Stash=Style Michelle Hunter
Do you have beautiful yarns in your stash that are begging to be knit but you aren't sure what to do with them? Are you intrigued by the endless number of stitch patterns in reference books? This is the class for you! Learn the best way to use a stitch dictionary to complement your stash yarn and create one-of-a-kind pieces. A fabulous way to use luxury or hand-spun yarn. T”his class covers stitch selection, best uses for each yarn, and simple pattern design. Students will create a unique cowl pattern using their stash yarn.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6101 Intermediate Ha, Fooled You! Melissa Leapman
Explore interesting stitch patterns that fool the eye. In class you'll learn how to create huge embossed cables that seem to sit on top of the fabric—with no cabling involved! Also learn to knit beautiful faux Fair-Isle patterns using (yes) just one color per row. And if you've always wanted to play with mitered squares but hate the idea of all those pesky yarn tails, come and learn an easy way to make faux ones using simple slipped stitches.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3099 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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2027 Easy Simple Finishing Tips Sarah Peasley
Let Sarah help you put a sweater together step by step. Sew seams smoothly, pick up stitches evenly (and without gaps), weave in ends invisibly, and learn to block like a pro. Turn your knitted pieces into a beautifully finished product that you'll be proud to show off.
Techniques covered include: 3-needle bind-off, sewing garter stitch, sewing stitch-to-stitch, sewing row-to-row, sewing stitch-to-row, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, and blocking/laundering.

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