STITCHES South 2014 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Amy Herzog
Sweater knitting can be deeply satisfying —  producing a favorite piece of clothing that you wear constantly. Or, it can be deeply frustrating —  producing a pile of wool that you wear once then relegate to the closet. The difference between one path and the other may seem daunting, unpredictable, and downright arbitrary...

...but it’s not! It’s easier than you think to love to wear each and every sweater you make. In this special presentation, Amy Herzog explores the three pillars of fantastic sweaters: How they look, how they feel, and how they fit.

AMY HERZOG is passionate about sweaters people love to wear. The author of Knit to Flatter designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. Join us, and learn how to make your handknits wonderful wardrobe staples.

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Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Amy Herzog
Sweater knitting can be deeply satisfying —  producing a favorite piece of clothing that you wear constantly. Or, it can be deeply frustrating —  producing a pile of wool that you wear once then relegate to the closet. The difference between one path and the other may seem daunting, unpredictable, and downright arbitrary...

...but it’s not! It’s easier than you think to love to wear each and every sweater you make. In this special presentation, Amy Herzog explores the three pillars of fantastic sweaters: How they look, how they feel, and how they fit.

AMY HERZOG is passionate about sweaters people love to wear. The author of Knit to Flatter designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. Join us, and learn how to make your handknits wonderful wardrobe staples.

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

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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6203 Intermediate Brioche Rosetta Stone Jolie A. Elder
Knit-below stitches, brioche stitches, Shaker knitting, and Estonian patent stitches are kissing cousins. Students will learn methods for producing these stitches, as well as original techniques to make these stitches easier to work.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
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 nine different methods to include beads in stockinette fabric, you'll create a wonderful sampler that coordinates with written instructions to provide the perfect take-home reference guide. We'll use large beads and worsted-weight yarn, so no worries about eye strain or managing tiny beads.
This is the class in which to begin your adventures in bead knitting! Materials fee: $2 (assorted beads).
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5136 Easy Sweater 'Boot Camp' Amy Herzog
There’s so much more to sweater knitting than just the “knitting”, and this class gives you the tools you need to make your next sweater a smashing success. We cover all of the things that go into making a great sweater:

• How sweaters are constructed: The different construction styles, what they’re good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.
• Schematics: What they are and how they can help you. • What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and “read” a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers
• Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a “good” fabric and how do you match it to design elements?
• Choosing the right size, and setting yourself up for fantastically easy modifications
• Different kinds of shaping: How they’re worked, what they accomplish, and when you need to add shaping to your sweaters
• When you can stray from the pattern: How to identify key elements vs. things you should feel empowered to “fiddle with”
• Finishing off your sweater: From blocking to seaming to edge treatments and more.

Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let’s talk sweaters!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8042 Easy Foundation Stitches 101: the Basics Marty Miller
The most difficult part of a crochet pattern is working into the foundation chain. Learn how to avoid the foundation chain by making the chain AND the first row of stitches at the same time. You know how to make the basic stitches (sc, hdc, and dc). Now you will learn the basic Foundation stitches (fsc, fhdc, and fdc), and how to use them in all your patterns and designs. You'll also learn why they are, as one student called them, "a Lifesaver". Some people call these Foundation stitches "chainless foundation", or "no-chain foundation", or "chain-free foundation" stitches.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5029 Easy Mastering Yarn Substitution: Art, Science, or Black Magic? Kellie Nuss
Learn to predict the results of yarn substitution by understanding yarn weights, fiber content, gauge, measuring, and how these elements interact with each other. Gain confidence and prevent disappointment as you learn why things can go wrong. Then spend time practicing the basic math involved with a real pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 Gayle Roehm
One of the fun things about knitting Japanese designs is discovering new stitch patterns. We’ll explore some interesting charted stitches which will be new to even the experienced knitter. They're challenging because the chart may be hard to interpret (with composite symbols or Japanese footnotes) or the execution of the stitch may be unusual. We'll do a quick review of Japanese stitch symbology, then swatch four or five stitch patterns.
Note: Students must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
7065 No skills required Microwave Rainbow Dyeing Merike Saarniit
Minimum fuss and mess, maximum fun and gratification! This class will provide hands-on yarn painting experience using the SOP method (Seat of Pants). You choose and mix your combination of colors, paint your yarns, and set the dyes using a microwave oven. We'll cover some basic color theory, safety precautions, and then go straight to dyeing.
Materials fee: $10 for yarn, dyes, etc.
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, and to create a more even fabric.
As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric will improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6109 Intermediate Design your own Textural Knitting Pattern Vithard Villumsen
Add an extra dimension to your knitting. Move away from the graphic patterns towards the knit patterns. Based on traditional 2-dimensional color patterns you will learn techniques to designing your own 3-dimensional knitting patterns. We will be looking at the difference between the 2 and the 3-dimensional patterns and talk about how the extra dimension adds to your knitting. Students will be swatching their designs.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7068 Intermediate Through, On, & Around: 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 extending them. Come learn to KLITCH!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4062 Advanced Eternal Knot Baby Blanket Daniel Yuhas
Have you heard of traveling cables? These cables travel so far the fabric can't contain them! This sumptuous and thickly patterned baby blanket creates the illusion of a knot woven into itself without end. We'll also learn a sanity-saving technique for correcting mis-crossed cables. With lots of loops for little hands to hold onto, the completed blanket will make a wonderful baby gift. Students may also continue the sample we work in class as a scarf.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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
5003 Easy Cast-on Cornucopia J C Briar
Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: 1-strand or 2-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class, try variations on old favorites, and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.'
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6059 Easy Easy Stitches for Impatient Knitters Edie Eckman
Bored with stockinette and garter stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Learn these quick-and-easy stitch patterns to keep your interestand allow you to watch the ball game at the same time!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
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: $15 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3112 Easy Knit to Flatter Workshop Amy Herzog
Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, I’ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. Topics covered in class include:
• Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
• How clothing changes the appearance of the body’s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
• Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
• Personalized shape analysis and detailed measurements for every student • How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns
• General sweater tips and tricks • Student-brought questions and discussion topics We take pictures of everyone’s shape during class, so please come wearing or willing to change into a tight-fitting top and relatively fitted well-fitted pants/skirt. Please also bring along a measuring tape, sweaters you’ve knit, patterns you’re interested in, and your adventurous inner knitter!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
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 two colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a crocheted steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7076 Intermediate Tailspinning: The Long and Short of it! Plus how to use Tailspun Yarns! Esther Rodgers
Tailspun yarns are both intriguing and inspiring, but can be intimidating to attempt spinning. In this class we'll learn the entire process of the making of tailspun yarn: From choosing the locks, washing and dyeing and 3 different techniques to spin them. As a bonus, we will talk about how these tailspun yarns are used in projects. Patterns will be provided, as well as knitted and woven samples will be available for examination and discussion.
Note: you must bring your spinning wheel.
Materials fee: $30 5 oz assortment of tailspinning locks including 1/2 oz of very rare 12" Teeswater.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Gayle Roehm
Japanese designers are known for creating beautiful, intricate patterns for crocheted garments and accessories. If you’re familiar with international crochet symbols, this class will provide the tools and information you need to get started. We’ll learn how to find the key information for the pattern, such as hook size, gauge, yarn requirements and finished measurements. We’ll review how to work from charted patterns, and where to get help with unfamiliar symbols or maneuvers. We’ll also look at sources of free and purchased patterns. Because many Japanese designs combine both knitting and crochet, knitters who want to expand their skills may also be interested in learning the basics of Japanese crochet.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6062 Advanced Creative Estonian Stitches Merike Saarniit
When is a swatch more than a swatch? When swatching a baker's dozen of unusual Estonian textured/manipulated stitches edged with an elegant and useful selvage treatment (some say worth the price of admission alone), knit flat, and your swatch results in a lovely head warmer or cowl. Add a crown and you have a hat. Stitches have been adapted from several old Estonian stitch libraries.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3031 Easy Design Your Dream Sweater Leslye Solomon
This easy-to-understand class on basic pattern writing enables you to pursue your design ideas. Learn how to make successful changes to existing patterns for exactly what you envision. Learn the secrets to understanding your gauge, which is the sample fabric of your project.
Learn to predict how your sweater will change after it is knit. Learn specific body points to measure and how much ease to add using advanced gauge information. Understand the secrets to shaping armholes, how they start, how much to decrease, and how long to make them. See how easy it is to shape any kind of neck to either create your own design or change an existing pattern. Learn how to measure certain parts of your arm to be able to write a pattern for the sleeves for any length and an easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit into that armhole you chose.
Let's turn you into a sweater designer!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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?
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 NEW
5135 Intermediate Stranded Color Work Simplified! Vithard Villumsen
Have you ever wanted to try colorwork? Do your yarns get all tangled up while you do colorwork? We will work with different ways of holding the yarn: in one hand, two hands, one finger, several fingers, and picking and throwing. You will find the perfect way for you to do stranded work. In the class we will knit a Scandinavian inspired stranded colorwork hat, the pattern designed exclusively for this class.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1037 Intermediate Creative Multi-Directional Knitting Myra Wood
Ever thought to yourself, “I’m just not creative?” or found yourself in a creative slump? This energizing hands-on workshop and lecture will dispel the myths and rekindle your creative fire. Even if you don't think of yourself as an artist, you'll learn how to unleash your creativity using a step-by-step process of color, texture and simple design to take your knitting in different directions. Spend a day exploring a new approach to multi-directional knitting and discover how with just a few measurements and some quick plans, you’ll be off on a true knitting adventure. Starting with a simple T-shirt design that can be modified into a drop sleeve sweater, you’ll learn the steps it takes to create your own spectacular fabric. Stitch your way through different techniques and stitch patterns and go home with a plan and solutions for finishing your own unique design without a written pattern. Be prepared for some serious fun!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5112 Intermediate Knitting in the Round — On Two Straight Needles! Daniel Yuhas
Picture yourself stranded on the most luxurious desert island imaginable, where you find a lifetime supply of cashmere-infused sock yarn, the complete Barbara Walker treasuries, but — alas! — only straight knitting needles, and no tapestry needle to be found anywhere. How will you make socks? In this class we'll learn to use single-strand double-knitting to knit a pair of socks seamlessly, toe-up, and in the round — using straight needles and our wits. The result looks identical to a sock knit circularly, but the bragging rights are beyond compare.
Note: Students must have knit at least one pair of socks in the conventional manner, whether top-down or toe-up.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she might have imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole—and it is a perfect buttonhole. There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with two colors—never purl Fair Isle again, plus other hints which are more or less arcane.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 tips, and learn tricks for making great lacy squares. We'll discuss using lace miters as accents for triangle or rectangle shawls and shaped garments like sweaters.
Note: Previous miter experience is necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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     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 where the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5226 Easy UnLearn to Knit Edie Eckman
You learned the rules: Put your needle in this way, wrap your yarn that way. Now unlearn those rules to gain control of your knitting.
No matter how long you've been knitting or what your knitting style, understanding the structure of the knitted fabric and how the stitches are related to one another is the key to becoming an expert knitter. We'll have fun exploring what it really means to take a length of string and turn it into a fabric. You'll leave class with the confidence and ability to fix mistakes, take shortcuts, and be the master of your stitches.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6202 Advanced Introduction to 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. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right hand needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6013 Easy Intro to Entrelac Margaret Fisher
Entrelac knitting creates a fabric with a wonderful basket weave or quilted appearance. Although it looks complex, the knitting is easy and lots of fun to do. In this class, you will create an entrelac sampler as you learn all the steps of this fascinating technique. Class discussion will cover the use of entrelac in garments and accessories, and the effects achieved with various types of yarn.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if you'd like to try weaving, but feel confused about it and don't know if you'd like it or not? In this class, you will see three of the top brands of looms and find out how they work. You will learn about setting up the looms to prepare for weaving, and then you will weave on them.
This class gives you an overview of how weaving can expand your fiber skills. It is the perfect opportunity to give weaving a try without purchasing the equipment. See just how easy weaving can be!
Note: Schacht, Glimakra, and Ashford looms provided for class use.
Materials Fee: $5
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8043 Easy Tunisian Crochet 101 Marty Miller
Tunisian Crochet (once called Afghan Stitch or Afghan Crochet) is a happy marriage between knit and crochet. Whether you know how to knit or know how to crochet, you will soon be able to work Tunisian Crochet. And if you know how to knit, but don't know how to crochet, it's a great way to learn crochet. You'll learn the basic stitches of Tunisian Crochet, some intermediate stitches, shaping techniques, and more. You'll work a beginner project, and find out what all the buzz is about. You, too, will "go Tunisian"!
Note: Must know how to knit or 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.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5031 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes Sarah Peasley
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting without losing your cool.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3104 Advanced Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries Gayle Roehm
Knitters are finding that stitch dictionaries from Japan offer a wealth of beautiful stitch patterns. We’ll look at the format of the available dictionaries then explore the features and intricacies of some of these stitches. We'll swatch a few of the maneuvers that appear frequently. If time permits, you'll get started on a design of your own.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts; previous experience with Japanese charts is desirable.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8046 Easy Designing Crochet Afghans Stacey Trock
Do you have a handle on single and double crochet and want to stick your toe into the designing pond? Afghans are a fabulous way to get started! In this class, you'll learn a variety of techniques for coming up with your own unique afghan designs. We'll discuss measuring gauge, calculating afghan size, yarn choice considerations, using stitch dictionaries for designs, basic patterns for medallions or blocks, and techniques for assembling and finishing. By the end of this class, you'll have a sketch for your own afghan design...and you won't be able to wait to get started.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3111 Advanced Sweater Design by Way of Scandinavia Vithard Villumsen
Learn how to design a your own Scandinavian sweater with an accomplished knitwear designer! We start out with an introduction to traditional Scandinavian knitwear patterns. Based upon this, you will design your own two-color stitch pattern. We will begin swatching your pattern in class. Homework between first and second class will be to finish your 5" x 5" swatch in your stitch pattern. On the second day, we will look at different sweater styles and using your own stitch pattern, we will design your own personalized Scandinavian inspired knitting pattern.
Note: This class begins on Friday PM and concludes Saturday AM
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers and join Marly Bird and her co-hosts for an evening of games, prizes, laughter and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5099 Easy Inside Intarsia Anne Berk
Intarsia allows a knitter to create motifs, stripes and geometric shapes in any direction, controlling fabulous color effects. Intarsia is fun when done efficiently and this class will teach you the techniques, tricks and tips to de-mystify the process. Class project is a bag which can be felted. Students will have the choice of three charted motifs, or they can design their own.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5131 Easy Cables Decoded Jill Bigelow Suttell
Adding a cable instantly brings a new dimension to your project. 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 read a chart.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2034 Intermediate The Edge of Knit Candace Eisner Strick
You have to bind off anyway, right? Why not make a border at the same time? From sophisticated to funky, you can do two things at one time! Sample six border bind-offs: crochet picot, attached I-cord, applied lace, knit picot, I-cord fringe, and one more mysterious teaser!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 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
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5013 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a Sweater® Margaret Fisher
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact: increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast-on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking.
You will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous.
Note: This is an advanced beginner level class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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
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 brand new 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, lots of fun, and NEW!! Give it a try.
Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.
Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3113 Intermediate Mastering Mindful Modification Amy Herzog
It’s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you’re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:
• Bust darts of all kinds
• Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
• Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
• Neckline modifications

This class is aimed at intermediate knitters or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator. Students should feel comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing. Basic familiarity with short rows is a plus but definitely not required.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid Heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
If you are looking for ways to use up those leftover balls of yarn, this method of weaving is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.
Note: Looms provided for class use.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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 a pattern’s sleeve cap if your row gauge is not perfect. 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 finish off by exploring 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8044 Intermediate Extreme Tunisian Marty Miller
You know how to do the basic Tunisian stitches. But do you know that Tunisian crochet is not just for afghans? Learn how to increase and decrease, work short rows and ruffles, make lace stitches and basketweave stitches, crochet mitered squares and rectangles, work on the diagonal and much more. You know how relaxing Tunisian crochet is. Now see how much you can do with it!
Note: Must know basic Tunisian stitches
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 the two techniques combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Japanese hand-knitting patterns often use complex and interesting stitch patterns. This class will introduce you to a group of patterns that present unusual challenges in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. There are lacy stitches, textured stitches and stitches that require peculiar manipulation. Bring a really adventuresome attitude.
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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6097 Advanced Beyond Fiendishly Difficult Stitches Merike Saarniit
Whether or not you've ever taken Merike's popular Fiendishly Difficult Stitches 3-hour class, this class provides an even more fascinating assortment of stitches as well as working with two different selvedge treatments that are a delight in themselves. This class could have a few subtitles: "The Unchartables" or "When a YO is not just a YO". If you choose to continue your swatch until it is long enough to fit around your head, you'll have a fabulous headwarmer. Add a crown for a hat. Or, turn it into a cowl. You will want to use some of these stitches in your future projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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, and to create a more even fabric.
As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric will improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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
3074 Easy Template Based Knitting and/or Crochet Myra Wood
This comprehensive lecture covers knitting and crochet without patterns by using templates instead. Once a proper fitting template has been created, pieces are knit and/or crocheted and fit together to fill in the shapes using an endless variety of yarns and techniques. Various methods of creating templates and how to knit or crochet to exact shapes and sizes will all be covered. Handouts for slopers and templates for various shaped garments will be provided.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3093 Intermediate Design Your Own Pi Shawl Daniel Yuhas
The Pi Shawl is a great project for exploring center-out and lace knitting. Described by its un-nventor Elizabeth Zimmerman as having “absolutely no pattern,” the simple shaping of the Pi Shawl makes it supremely easy to customize your garment as you go. In this workshop, we’ll learn the architecture of the Pi Shawl, and pick out a lace pattern or two, then cast on and get knitting. We’ll learn the disappearing loop cast-on technique and magic loop method for working in the round. Class handouts will include several examples of lace patterns that work well with the Pi Shawl’s geometry, and you’ll also learn how to modify a lace repeat to suit your needs.
Note: Must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1029 Easy Color without Theory Anna Zilboorg
A hands-on workshop of choosing colors and combining them in different proportions and different stitches. No thought will be given to any consideration other than what pleases your eye—and we will experiment until we find something pleasing. An especially useful workshop for the color-fearful, as I was once myself.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required Tripping with Myra Myra Wood
Journey with fiber artist, designer, and author Myra Wood through the pages between the lines, and behind the scenes of her new book, Knit in New Directions.

Tripping with Myra is a FREE event. Saturday at Noon.
Note: Does not include Lunch.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer Marly Bird
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer but are not sure where to start.
Have I got the class for you! Learn from Marly Bird, crochet and knitwear designer and creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch, how to take your design from an idea to a full proposal. This is a comprehensive class that will benefit all levels of designers and will make you ready to venture into design.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5058 Easy 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."
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6007 Easy Lace Basics J C Briar
Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that's all lace is. An incredible variety of patterns stems from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-overs. Learn to work these decreases, to knit into a yarn-over, and to keep track of your lace knitting while working sample swatches. Pick up tips for choosing yarn and needles, handling mistakes, and blocking.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3108 Intermediate Scallops: They're Not Just for Dinner Candace Eisner Strick
You've done mitered squares, you've done diamonds, and now you're looking for some curves, right? Scallops have arrived, and they have nestled into a beautifully shaped shawl. Any yarn, any size needle, and you can customize the colors too. Add some nice techniques to your repertoire along the way.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3110 Easy Waste Not: Shawls Jolie A. Elder
If you stash or spin, then sometimes what you have is all there is. In this class, we will look at how to knit shawls without running out of yarn. We’ll consider the pros and cons of top-down and bottom-up construction as well as basic shaping. We will look at constructions that allow you to knit until you run out of yarn or swatch so that you know your limits. Students will learn garter tab beginning, Trivia cast-on, where to increase to produce various shapes, various double increases, the pros and cons of various shapes, and how to swatch with a scale for yarn management and project planning.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4047 Intermediate Beaded Vine Lace Scarf Judy Pascale
The no pre-stringing technique allows the bead to slip onto a SSK or k2tog to create a unique fashion accessory. You will complete critical segments of the Vine Lace and Eyelet Lace patterns in a mini version of the full-scale scarf. While attractive on their own, the patterns are enhanced when combined. Value added: Experiment with ways to wear scarves, including Judy's favoritea braided technique that works with any scarf all day long.
Material fee: $3.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6108 Easy Basic Cable Techniques Sarah Peasley
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order.
Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 embelishments 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!
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5125 Easy I-cord Wonders Daniel Yuhas
Put simply, I-cord is a rope-like tube of knitting made without turning the needles. But we can use it to make so much more than just overgrown string. In this class we'll learn to "knit" I-cord on our fingers, then how to knit it with needles, and how to use it as a cast-on, selvage, or bind-off. And we'll leave plenty of time for play and discovery as we explore the wonderful, freeing, and easy-to-create shapes we can make with this unassuming knitted tube.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6095 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped-stitch patterns allow you 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 as well as the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting and how to read two types of charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 NEW
6107 Intermediate Be a Bead Knitting "Show Off!" Betsy Hershberg
Once you've learned basic bead-knitting techniques for stockinette knitting, it's time to take your bead knitting to the next level. Your favorite projects don't always utilize stockinette knitting. Knitters love interesting stitch patterns. They bring great texture and stunning variety to our work.
This class will help you learn to evaluate the 'beadability' of some of your stitch pattern favorites and perhaps one or two with which you are not yet familiar. Learn how to use some wonderful bead-knitting and bead-weaving techniques to show off just what makes your favorite stitch patterns so fabulous. Use a little or use a lot—it's up to you—but do show off those special knitted stitch patterns with beads.
Note: Some bead-knitting experience is helpful but not required for taking this class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3112 Easy Knit to Flatter Workshop Amy Herzog
Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, I’ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. Topics covered in class include:
• Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
• How clothing changes the appearance of the body’s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
• Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
• Personalized shape analysis and detailed measurements for every student • How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns
• General sweater tips and tricks • Student-brought questions and discussion topics We take pictures of everyone’s shape during class, so please come wearing or willing to change into a tight-fitting top and relatively fitted well-fitted pants/skirt. Please also bring along a measuring tape, sweaters you’ve knit, patterns you’re interested in, and your adventurous inner knitter!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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: Looms provided for class use.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5225 Intermediate Reading Between the Lines: What the Pattern Doesn't Tell You Patty Lyons
There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as "reverse shaping" and “at the same time” as well as "pick up evenly across the row". Learn the secrets hiding inside every knitting pattern!
Note: Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns or having knit at least one sweater is helpful but not required. This is not a pattern reading class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5072 Intermediate Incredible Increases; Dramatic Decreases Judy Pascale
This class takes the mystery out of which decrease or increase to use by creating an “answer all” sampler of numerous techniques. The advantages and appropriate appearance of each variation are worked and discussed. An added bonus will be using a creative technique to add stitches that will allow you to work the front button and buttonhole bands in a rib pattern at the same time as your body of work. With this technique you can create a perfect button hole to enhance your jacket or cardigan in the exact desired location. Culminate this class by learning to use different weights of yarn within the same garment by creatively increasing or decreasing in an invisible method.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6104 Advanced Knit a Japanese Sock Gayle Roehm
Japanese knitters are discovering the joys of knitting socks, and more sock patterns are appearing in Japanese publications. Try your hand at a Japanese sock from a charted pattern. Like all Japanese patterns, it’s almost entirely graphic and easy to follow once you’ve mastered interpreting the schematics and charts. We’ll use (with permission) a free pattern to get you started. It’s a cuff-down basic sock, with a short-row heel that you may not have seen before. We’ll swatch a heel and a toe, and review the conventions of other kinds of heels and toes that you may encounter. You'll be able to finish the sock at home. These techniques are not new to experienced sock knitters, but you’ll be interested by the way they’re charted, rather than written out. Bring in any Japanese sock or slipper design that you may have questions about.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7020 Easy Spinning for Knitting Merike Saarniit
Spin your own yarn and then develop unique 'gourmet yarns' in silk, alpaca, angora, and the most luscious wools. Learn tips and tricks to ensure gorgeous handspun yarns, perfect for your special projects. Great for both those who want to learn the art of spinning and those who want to develop their spinning skills.
Material fee: $10 for assorted fibers and drop spindles for use in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro Leslye Solomon
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the two methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3052 Intermediate Creative Knitting: Crazy Quilt Style Myra Wood
Learn how to design and knit in different directions to make a unique fabric based on an overall template rather than a specific pattern. A basic template will be provided to make a pillow or purse, but you'll learn how to make your own clothing templates as well.
Learn to combine triangles, squares, and rectangles to fill your shape like a jigsaw puzzle or traditional crazy quilt. We'll discuss how to knit shapes to exact sizes, ways to join as you go, and finishing and embellishing to complete your wearable work of art. You'll never look at your knitting (or your stash) the same way again!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6067 Advanced 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
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
7021 No skills required Kumihimo: The Art of Traditional Japanese Braiding Candace Eisner Strick
Begin your adventure in this beautiful fiber tradition by making a bracelet with one of the easier braiding techniques. Kumihimo discs will be provided for you to use. Once you learn the possibilities, you will never want to stop!
Materials fee: $10 for braiding materials, beads and bracelet clasp.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.



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