STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Cindy Craig
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT17 Basic Magic Twist-Knit Kellie Nuss
With simple knitting and a flip of the work, you can create pieces that look like dramatic cables. We will make a bracelet that shows the technique, and students will receive a pattern for a scarf.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
PP4 Basic A Taste of Bead Knitting Deanna Van Assche
Make a simple bracelet that covers all the basic techniques of bead knitting — how to put beads on yarn, knitting with beads, and binding off with beads. Learn the tips and tricks that make the project easier and more enjoyable. You will be enticed to do more bead knitting! Basic knitting skills are required — casting on and simple knit stitch.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Beth Whiteside
Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Materials: 25 yds #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in light or bright color, US 10½ knitting needle, and tapestry needle.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SP2 No skills required Entrelac Intro Cindy Craig
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Kellie Nuss
Continental knitting involves tensioning the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and using the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. It is a great technique to have in your knitting repetoire. It can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. Your instructor will teach the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
SP5 Easy Edgier Edges Beth Whiteside
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty, no-cast-on beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast on/cast off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 20-30 yds in solid, light or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band AND 1 size smaller.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
TT25 No skills required Magical Revisible Cables Cindy Craig
I love when my scarves don’t have a wrong side. You’ll learn to make a cable that looks the same on both sides. It is perfect for scarves and other applications where both sides are showing. You should already be familiar with cables before taking this class.
Materials: Light colored #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, needles to go with yarn, cable needle.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT8 No skills required Knitting in Both Directions Kellie Nuss
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to always be looking at the right side, even if you are knitting flat. The work is never turned, and the knitter cleverly works both knit and purl stitches from the same side. This saves time when working on a very small number of stitches as for bobbles or entrelac, and it saves effort when working on a very large number of stitches. Your instructor will teach the basics of working knit and purl stitches from the right side of the work. There is time for practice and a discussion of how to use this technique in your every-day knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
CC5 No skills required Stranded Color Beth Whiteside
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16".

Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 No skills required Charts Can Be Your Friends Cindy Craig
Don’t let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We’ll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Kellie Nuss
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP2 Basic Fobulous Fobs Deanna Van Assche
Make this small, bead knitting treasure and learn more about knitting and finishing. Your finished fob can be used on scissors, zippers, or your key chain. Basic knitting skills are required — casting on and simple knit stitch.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
FF5 Easy Blocking 101 Cindy Craig
Blocking is one of the final steps to finishing that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Demo only no materials needed.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT14 Basic Hand Dyed Savvy for Knits Kellie Nuss
Learn the basics of understanding hand-dyed yarns and how to get the most out of then. We will start on a cup cozy that will demonstrate techniques for blending colors, avoiding pooling, and making those gorgeous yarns look as good in a project as they do in a skein.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
CR13 Easy Entrelac Crochet Ginger Smith
Entrelac crochet is a way of doing Tunisian crochet so you end up with little blocks that form a complete row. This is the crocheter’s version of Entrelac knitting. It can usually be done with a regular crochet hook and any size yarn. You will learn this stitch technique while making a small mat/coaster.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in two colors, 1 oz. each; size G crochet hook; scissors; tapestry needle.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet Beth Whiteside
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg’s book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You’ll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT18 No skills required Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Cindy Craig
All knitters make mistakes. It can be frustrating when you can’t fix them yourself, so you rip out and start over numerous times. This class focuses on the most common skills beginners need: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. These skills will help you relax when an 'oops' comes along.

Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Kellie Nuss
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CR10 Basic Crocodile Stitch Crochet Ginger Smith
This mystery stitch has been a buzz word in the crochet world the last couple of years. Come and learn this stitch and go home with a free neck warmer pattern.
Materials: 4 oz. one color of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, tapestry needle, scissors, and H crochet hook.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out Beth Whiteside
Used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, you’ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). We’ll talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles)
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT13 No skills required Invisible Joins — Well Nearly Invisible Cindy Craig
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you can’t wait to get to the end of the ball to try your new skills.
Materials: 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
CR11 Basic Freeform Crochet Kellie Nuss
Learn to let go of the rules and create in freeform mode. Unlock your creativity and make things in a fun, organic way, riffing off of what you’ve already done as you simultaneously move within parameters of your own making. You’ll get to play with Kellie’s stash and choose colors and textures to blend in your sample. Prerequisite: Must know basics of crochet. This is not a learn-to-crochet class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PP3 No skills required Knit One Below Scarf Beth Whiteside
Columns of color on one side, blended swallowtails on the other! The column pattern makes a fabulous fabric produced by working only 1 color per row. Learn the best cast-on for K1B fabrics, how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide manuever to get the yarn you need next. This class will get you started; you won't want to stop.
Materials: 2 balls (110 yds each) #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in coordinating colors (one ball can be variegated) and US 9 or 10 circular needle.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters Cindy Craig
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasing — combined with color and texture — create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of today’s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Materials: 100 yards #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and 2 US 9 or 10 needles.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Kellie Nuss
Continental knitting involves tensioning the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and using the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. It is a great technique to have in your knitting repetoire. It can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. Your instructor will teach the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Stacey Trock
Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'™ll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'™ll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT1 No skills required Short Rows Cindy Craig
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible. Included in this class is a pattern for a Curly Q Scarf that we will begin.

Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
CC4 No skills required Working with Leftovers and Random Yarns—Knit or Crochet! Kellie Nuss
Play with Kellie’s stash and discover how to combine leftovers in appealing ways. Learn basics of color behavior and how to trust your eye. We will create balls of yarn to experiment with and create a swatch with several stitch patterns.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CC8 Easy Mosaic Knitting Ginger Smith
Learn to knit with color without the fuss of having to use bobbins or carry more than one color throughout the row. You can create some beautiful patterns using Mosaic Knitting, both in garter and stockinette stitch. In this class we will knit a cuff for take-out coffee cups. Must be able to knit and purl.
Materials: 1 oz. each of two, high-contrast colors of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, US 7 needles, scissors, and tapestry needle for seaming.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
TT26 No skills required Picking Up Stitches Kellie Nuss
Do you sometimes get stuck when it’s time to pick up stitches? This skill is needed in so many projects. From armholes, buttons bands and collars all the way to zipper facings, it’s good to know how to start knitting where there were no stitches before. What methods are there? How do you know how many stitches to pick up? These and other mysteries will be examined with Kellie as we start on a bag project.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
PP4 Basic A Taste of Bead Knitting Deanna Van Assche
Make a simple bracelet that covers all the basic techniques of bead knitting — how to put beads on yarn, knitting with beads, and binding off with beads. Learn the tips and tricks that make the project easier and more enjoyable. You will be enticed to do more bead knitting! Basic knitting skills are required — casting on and simple knit stitch.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Beth Whiteside
Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Materials: 25 yds #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in light or bright color, US 10½ knitting needle, and tapestry needle.



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