STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only  
Fiber is serious fun!  Especially when . . . Our PANEL of 4 talented designers — Jenny King, Judith Shangold, Karin Skacel, and Myra Wood — were asked, Feature your fiber expertise to design panel-based garments using a template from Knitting in New Directions. A life-sized template is perfect for combining knit and crochet — even for mixing in handwoven or felted fabric.
Then we added a twist to the challenge: Each PANEList was handed a wild card, Take a panel created by one of the others and add pieces that make this design work. The element of surprise forces the designers out of their comfort zones — and that should be a good place for creativity.
How will the PANEL meet that challenge?
Will they be more creative when they plan and control the whole project? Or will they be more creative when they have to deal with the unknown?

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Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon  
Fiber is serious fun!  Especially when . . .
Our PANEL of 4 talented designers — Jenny King, Judith Shangold, Karin Skacel, and Myra Wood — were asked, Feature your fiber expertise to design panel-based garments using a template from Knitting in New Directions. A life-sized template is perfect for combining knit and crochet — even for mixing in handwoven or felted fabric.
Then we added a twist to the challenge: Each PANEList was handed a wild card, Take a panel created by one of the others and add pieces that make this design work. The element of surprise forces the designers out of their comfort zones — and that should be a good place for creativity.
How will the PANEL meet that challenge?
Will they be more creative when they plan and control the whole project?
Or will they be more creative when they have to deal with the unknown?

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

Are you planning to attend the Opening Day Spotlight, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5101 Intermediate 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 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.
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 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     SOLD OUT
8052 Easy Master Solomon's Knot Jenny King
This elusive stitch can be the best way to use a small amount of yarn for a project or to highlight the luxury of certain yarns. Or it can make a recycler's-dream shopping bag. The stitch is very versatile but is not that easy to master from most instructions. Learn the stitch Jenny used to churn out shawl after shawl when she was only 15 years old. Once mastered, it is super quick to do and it has a delicacy that is just so lovely. Work in the round, in a triangle, or straight.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2037 Easy Fabulous Finishing Barry Klein
This hands-on class takes you through the complete process of putting together a sweater. We will talk about weaving techniques as we begin to assemble the sweater pieces or swatches you bring. Once we complete this process, we will discuss neck pick-ups, trims, edges, and collars. We will pick up stitches and talk about curves, proper rib finishes, and buttons and buttonholes.
Since we always learn something new when working together, this is a great class for the advanced as well as beginning knitters.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.)
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 NEW
7080 No skills required Weave Simply Fabulous Clothing on a Rigid Heddle or other Loom Judith Shangold
Are you a weaver, or are you thinking about learning to weave and wondering what you can make? Explore easy-to-make, stylish clothing designs woven on a 20” or wider loom.
The session will start with a slide presentation on working with rectangles, simple loom shaping, seaming, and adding knit elements to create easy-to-wear garments that require minimal cutting and sewing. We will discuss good cloth, and how to design fabrics with pizazz on rigid-heddle and multi-shaft looms. Garments will be available to touch, examine, and try on.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3116 Intermediate Designing Sweaters from Side to Side Leslye Solomon
Tired of the same old thing? Same old reality tv shows, that guaranteed back-up on the way home, the way you bake chicken, same antacid commercial during dinner and what's his name? Or maybe, your tired of the direction of your knitting? You know how we always 'cast on and rib' then 'work until piece measures...?' So, why not think about trying a new direction? Try knitting sideways!

It's really a simple process, although it might cause you to turn your head sideways. You already know the sweaters that start from the bottom and go up, some that start from the neck and go down, now, find out about knitting those sweaters from side to side. Sideways knitting gives us a chance to knit stripes, use multitudes of colors, place a line of texture, and do vertical Fair Isle. Learn how to map every stitch of this plan on a knitter's grid and design your own cuff to cuff cardigan, pull-over or vest.    
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
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.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required The Other Side of Weldon's Practical Needlework Franklin Habit
Impractical Magic: Oddities and Curiosities of Weldon's Practical Needlework. Beginning in the 1880s, and for decades thereafter, the editors of Weldon's Practical Needlework provided an enormous audience of amateur craftswomen with patterns for garments designed to be warm, strong, long-lived and, well, practical. But Weldon's had another side, too. A side that proposed the knitting of covers for tennis balls, of knitting whips for children, and of covering open flames with crinkled tissue paper. In this funny, informative, lavishly illustrated talk–not for the faint of heart–we'll take a look at what our great-great-grandmothers got up to after they'd already knit a sufficiency of Socks for Invalids. Warning: May induce seizures in persons with good taste.

Note: This event is free to anyone who has signed up for a class or paid event. Your badge is your ticket into the presentation. If you want to add this to a current registration, call 800-237-7099.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Try something different. Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave! Entrelac isn't only for knitters.
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook and single crochet! Amaze your friends with your new-found crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
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 2 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 needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
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: $20 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3117 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
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 3 of the top brands of rigid-heddle 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's the perfect opportunity to give weaving a try without purchasing the equipment. See just how easy weaving can be!

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.

Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8050 Easy Mix It Up with Miters Jenny King
Learn how to make a square from the outside in and then build modules onto it in 4 different directions. Mitered squares are not new to the knitter, but now there is a wonderful crochet version that actually looks like its knit counterpart. Learn all the techniques needed to master mitered crochet, and be inspired to step outside the squares. Students will learn to work in 2 different directions using a modular mitered technique that is similar to but not like any other, and then the fun begins.
Why not try it in double crochet too, and let's leave out the center stitches and see what happens. Let's take the basic technique and mix it all up. And what about self striping yarn? Now we're talking!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3014 Intermediate Top Down and All Around Barry Klein
Learn the basic techniques for knitting from the top down. We will jump right in and start working on a small garment and during the process, we will talk about different variations, different techniques, and different ways to knit from the top down. When class is over, you will understand the full process and be prepared to design from scratch.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5026 Easy Stashbuster Magic Melissa Leapman
Got yarn? Transform even your tiniest bits and pieces into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind jacket! In this hands-on workshop, learn designer secrets for creating and using a magic ball of yarn while knitting a mini version of this one-piece wonder. Best of all, no one will ever suspect it was crafted from leftovers! Magic, indeed.
Note: Must be comfortable working in the round on double-pointed needles or proficient at Magic Loop or knitting in the round with 2 circular needles on as few as 8 stitches.
Friday 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 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5119 Easy Never Separate and Always Equal Judy Pascale
Looking for an alternative to separately attaching a band to an already knit panel? Wouldn't you love the luxury of being able to knit both at the same time? If it is a garment, vest, scarf or afghan, the secret is getting the same tension with both.
We will knit a sampler of compatible stitch patterns and edges that are time saving, attractive, and that achieve this amazing result. Using these will give a scarf or blanket a finished look on both sides. Now all your knit pieces can look polished and professional.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6112 Intermediate Basic Double Knitting Techniques Sarah Peasley
Double knitting is pure magic. Using one method, a piece worked back and forth opens up as if it had been knit in the round. Using another method, the image created on the front of the fabric will appear in reverse image on the back. Learn both methods to create a small bag and a two-sided coaster while practicing appropriate cast-on, bind-off, and chart-reading techniques.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7079 Easy Artfelt® Workshop: Learn the Basics in a Day! Karin Skacel
Artfelt, a felting method based on a special paper, is the newest and most rapidly growing method of felting in the marketplace. But what exactly is it, and how is it done? One of the best ways to learn Artfelt is through trial and error. This Artfelt workshop is for those who would like to learn all there is to know about Artfelt in one day. The first few hours will be an interactive tutorial and demonstration on the different way the Artfelt method can be used with many samples to examine. The remaining time will be used to make small samples using these different methods. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different layering techniques, various roving, the inclusion of locks, beads, and ribbons. Although not one particular project will be made, through the creation of these small samples, students will go home knowing the many uses of the Artfelt paper and will be ready to get creative with it on their own.
Materials fee: $20 includes all necessary supplies.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5011 Intermediate Turn Mistakes and Mishaps into Knowledge and Experience Leslye Solomon
Mistakes — we all have made them. Some are very obvious from the beginning; when your stitches accidentally fall off the needle, a single or multi-row dropped stitch in stockinette stitch, garter stitch or seed; a knit where you should have purled; a cable in the wrong direction, a lost yarn-over; and more. Through practice in this class, you will be able to fix a list of common mistakes possibly avoiding the need to start over or throw a garment away.
Some mistakes insidiously get noticed after the sweater is finished, because there was more information to be learned in that swatch you unraveled. Know the information which can help you avoid the problems of stretching or growing, and/or shrinking. Think of that sweater you once made and choose to not wear. This important class promises to arm you with the best information to prevent and fix a variety of mishaps and disappointing results that appear immediately or long after the garment is complete. Instead of consequences being your teacher, this problem-ending class will arm you with techniques to turn you into a confident, successful, target-oriented, and fearless knitter.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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     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 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required Weave*Knit*Wear with Judith Shangold Judith Shangold
With Weave*Knit*Wear, Judith has returned to her first love —weaving—now on a rigid heddle loom. The designs combine knitting and weaving skills with her flair for textiles and interest in fashion.

You knit but don't weave?

Judith will inspire you to give weaving a try.

Join us in the Schaumburg East ballroom for this Free presentation!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1041 Easy Intarsia Garter Stitch Anne Berk
Intarsia allows knitters to paint pictures on their knitting and control color, while making a single layer fabric. Have you ever wondered why intarsia is always done in stockinette? Intarsia garter stitch is tricky but a lot of fun to knit! Learn to break that rule, so the benefits of garter stitch (reversible fabric that does not curl, and row gauge that equals stitch gauge) can be incorporated into your intarsia designs.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3114 Intermediate Holistic Knitting Design Laura Bryant
Every design has many facets that provide success (or failure). Work with Laura in an intimate, free-ranging class as we examine design from the perspective of an artist. Journey far beyond charting, pattern stitch and fit: we'll examine design from the ground up, creating a path for consideration of every detail. Even if you are not an experienced designer, examining knitting through an artist’s methods can lead to innovations and details that really create Wow! You will learn to find inspiration from unusual sources, and the emphasis will be on the artistry behind each decision every step of the way.. Whether working to an existing pattern or creating your own, this class will assist you in creating great garments, every time.
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     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2041 Easy More Crochet Edgings for Knitters Margaret Fisher
Learn more beautiful crochet edgings that you can work directly on your handknits. See how crocheted stripes, shells, and bobbles can add just the right touch to your tops, sweaters, vests, and other projects.
Note: Must have taken Creative Crochet Edgings for Knitters or be proficient at working single crochet and backwards 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 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!!!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1044 Intermediate The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop Franklin Habit
If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets even though you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric: a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes: all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2042 Easy Finishing Amy Herzog
Over the years that I have been teaching, I have noticed a distinct and pervasive aversion to finishing. As a dedicated finishing geek, I find this very sad! Finishing may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it is the single most important thing you can to do improve the quality of your FOs. This class covers the following crucial topics (total list depends on length of workshop):
Cast ons and bind-offs
Perfect seams
Setting in sleeves
Picking up stitches
Faced hems

Exquisitely finished garments are soon to be yours!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7077 No skills required Open Weave Felted Scarf Deborah Jarchow
Make a scarf with a lovely open pattern using a rigid-heddle loom and wool. You can create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated but is really very easy. If you've taken beginning rigid-heddle weaving, enhance your skills. If you still haven't tried this exciting fiber technique, now is the time to begin. This type of weaving is portable, easy, and fun. No experience necessary!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms available for use in class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8051 Easy Bavarian-to-Go Jenny King
Traditional Bavarian crochet is multi-colored and it looks amazing. Students will learn a square, trianglular, and circular Bavarian stitch in this class. Jenny will share her skills with this technique, and each student will receive an autographed copy of Jenny's new Bavarian-to-go book.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 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 - 11:30 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
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1040 Easy Inside Annetarsia: A New Approach to Intarsia Knitting Anne Berk
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. No previous experience with intarsia is required! Learn ways to manage multiple yarns, to read colorwork charts, and to deal efficiently with the ends. You'll develop confidence as you link the yarns between sections and create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color. You won't believe how easily you will knit motifs and produce professional results.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1039 Intermediate Magic Number Knitting Expanded Laura Bryant
If you have fooled around with patterning hand-dyed yarn and want to go further, this class is for you! You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching different approaches to intentional patterning, and gain skill at manipulating your knitting to force colors to do your will.
Note: You must know how to find a Magic Number. You must have experience in Intentional Patterning.
Materials fee: $5.00.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3008 Intermediate Custom Fitting Existing Patterns Lily Chin
Many patterns are available, but often you want to change the neckline, lengthen the sleeves, etc. Find out how to personalize the fit of a pattern for yourself or those you knit for. See how small alterations can make a garment hang better. Learn easy alternatives to drop shoulders. These simple refinements don't require extensive pattern re-writes but produce great results.
Note: This class does not cover extensive pattern sizing and fit alterations.
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
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice Franklin Habit
A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

We will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student's preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.

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
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
6111 Easy Slip Sliding Away Barry Klein
Slip-stitch knitting is a fantastic way to play with color and texture and create a piece of fabric that is unique to the yarns you've selected. We will work on multiple slip-stitch variations and talk about yarn selection, color placement, and details that will allow you to use this technique to create something truly fantastic. This technique is simple, easy, and really fun.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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 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
3028 Intermediate A Well-Executed Sleeve Cap Sarah Peasley
Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with no unsightly seams!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7081 Intermediate Tapestry Weaving for Wearable Textiles Judith Shangold
Learn to paint with yarn using tapestry techniques. We usually think of tapestries as densely woven, weft-faced weaves used for wall hangings and rugs. The same techniques can be used with finer yarns and balanced weaves, however, to create textiles suitable for clothing and accessories.
You will come to class with your rigid-heddle or multi-harness loom warped for a cowl. After learning various ways to join colors, you will weave your cowl. Finishing and seaming will be demonstrated so that you can complete your project at home.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7078 Easy Artfelt® Lined, Felted Purse Karin Skacel
Artfelt® is the newest method of felting that combines the best attributes of needle felting, wet felting and fulling. Using this method, a new felter can save hours in labor and create detailed designs that normally only an experienced felter could achieve. In this class you will learn the basics of the artfelt® method from start to finish and actually create a lined purse/pouch during class. Some finishing may need to be done at home. Class is suitable for felters of all levels, including first time felters.
Materials fee: $15 all supplies except purse handle.
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
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     SOLD OUT
5102 Intermediate All about Stranding Anna Zilboorg
This basic stranding workshop covers knitting with two colors, one in each hand, two in your left hand or two in your right hand. We'll make and cut steeks without a sewing machine and carry colors over long distances.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required From the pages of Knitter's Magazine 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 NEW
5227 Easy Yarn gauge: Control Your Yarn Supply Anne Berk
You know how important stitch gauge is to manage the fit and size of a garment. But knowing your Yarn Gauge (how many inches you need per stitch) allows you to measure out the correct amount of yarn for your needs. In class you will learn how to do the easy swatch needed for measurement and calculation. You will measure out and knit an intarsia project with the correct amount of yarn for every color used.
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 you aren't sure where to start...or how.
This is the class for you! Learn from crochet and knitwear designer Marly Bird as she shows you how to take a design from a rough idea to a full proposal. This comprehensive, how-to class benefits designers of all levels and gives you a set of tools that you will need as you venture into design.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4050 Intermediate Latvian Wristers Beth Brown-Reinsel
Using wristers as a template, learn beautiful Latvian mitten cuff techniques that can be applied to socks, hats, sweaters, and gloves. We will cover a scalloped cuff, a herringbone braid, a variation of the half-braid, traditional motifs in the main part of the wrister, and a picot hem. We'll cover three ways to manage two yarns in a round and discuss yarn dominance.
Note: Must know how to work in the round on dpn, Magic Loop, or 2 circular needles.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1003 Intermediate Intentional Patterning with Hand-Dyed Yarns Laura Bryant
Ever knit with hand-dyed yarn and noticed a particular pattern forming? Want to be able to do that reliably? This class is for you! We will cover the different styles of hand-dyeing, with examples of how they pattern. Learn how to read the color repeat in a hand-dyed yarn and then how to harness that repeat into reliable patterning, producing columns of color, flashes and argyles. We’ll examine how to turn those patterns into usable sized pieces for actual garments. Lots of hands-on swatching for 'repeatable' results!
Materials fee: $8.
Note: This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5137 Easy No-longer-a-novice Knitting Knowledge Edie Eckman
You know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Do I slip knitwise or purlwise? Why are my stitches twisted? How do I increase without making a hole? How do I weave in ends without having them come undone? If these and similar questions plague your knitting, now's the time to clear up the confusion.
Whether you are an inexperienced knitter, a longtime knitter, or just have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8053 Easy Read the Signs Jenny King
If you have ever wondered what those squiggles in a symbol crochet pattern mean and would like to be gently walked through the process, then this is the class for you. Perhaps you have seen a gorgeous design but can't read the words because it is in a foreign publication, or English is not your first language? Symbol reading will help. OR if you hate reading regular patterns and want a shortcut, Jenny can help.
Learn what the symbols mean and practice working a simple pattern done only in symbols before leaving class. Once you have tried symbols you may never want to go back to the words!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6023 Intermediate Cable Ready Melissa Leapman
Does the thought of cable knitting have you totally confused and all tied up in knots? Explore the basics of this classic knitting technique from deciphering charts to practicing all sorts of cable crossings. Learn expert tricks to make your cabled fabrics beautiful, not to mention fun and easy to knit!
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
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3063 Intermediate Design Your Own Triangle Shawl Brooke Nico
Learn the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns. Discuss several ways of shaping a simple triangle shawl. Graph out a lace pattern in the body of the shawl, adding repeats in the most effective and aesthetic way as the shawl grows.
Note: Must be familiar with basic knitting including yarn overs and decreases and comfortable working with charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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?
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
1042 Easy Annetarsia: Intarsia in the Round Anne Berk
Yes, you can knit intarsia in the round—with no seam! This can be the answer for working a motif on knit socks or hats. Learn techniques to manage yarns, bury ends, and read charts when working non-stranded color work in the round. We will practice with a simple motif. You will be amazed at how quickly and easily you will produce professional results.
Note: Some experience with traditional intarsia and working from color charts will be helpful but is not required.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8047 Intermediate Medallion Mania Marly Bird
Taking the beauty of crochet lace and enlarging the scale for chunky-weight yarn creates this cozy, casual throw that features several different openwork motifs. Each motif has only two rounds and works up very quickly. To say that they are addictive is an understatement.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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."
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6046 Intermediate Phony Cables Lily Chin
We love cables but sometimes don't like the interruption of actually doing a cable. Learn several ways of achieving a cable look without having to re-arrange the stitches. Try out several easier alternatives, including a 2-color faux cable and a trim. These are guaranteed to be unique and often much faster with similar results.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7010 Easy Crochet for Knitters Edie Eckman
Add skills to your knitting toolbox! Knitters can appreciate the use of basic crochet techniques for edgings and finishing details.  Learn basic crochet stitches, get a taste of a granny square, see how crochet can solve knitting problems, and quickly review pattern reading.
Note: This is a basic how-to class for those with little or no crochet experience.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2040 No skills required Couture Cast-on and Bind-off for Ribbing: Two Ways Candace Eisner Strick
The simple techniques of cast-on and bind-off can soar to new heights of perfection and make your knitting look machine-perfect. Learn 2 ways of achieving the most beautiful ribbing in history, whether it be k1, p1 or k2, p2. You will never go back to the old standard way!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Loving Brioche: Inside and Out! Antje Gillingham
Brioche or Fisherman's Rib? Two different techniques creating the same result - that thick soft and extremely stretchy rib pattern that makes every garment ueber-cozy! Are you ready to find out, which technique you prefer? Immerse yourself in all that is Brioche, starting with different cast ons and bind offs. Let's play with color and stitch patterns and see how these techniques create wondrous movement within the design.

And finally, let me ask you how many times you've happily knitted along on a beautiful piece only to find yourself ripping it all out because an innocent looking mistake turned into a monstrous disaster? Let's conquer the issue of fixing mistakes together! Once you're able to recognize the stitches, you'll not only vanquish the fear of making that error, you'll get better and faster at fixing mistakes in no time!
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Lace Unlocked Franklin Habit
In this intensive, two-day exploration of knitted lace, we’ll discuss (and practice) each aspect of its creation, including: the history of lace knitting and its development in different times and places; the choice of materials; the structure of knitted lace fabric; the creation of stitch motifs; and methods for planning new designs. If you have enjoyed working from lace patterns but only dreamed of creating your own, or if you love lace and would like to understand what lies beneath the pretty surface, “Lace Unlocked” is for you.
Note: This is not a learn-to-knit class; students must be fluent in lace knitting, including reading and working from lace charts.
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 use stockinette stitch. 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: You should have experience with bead knitting before taking this class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
ETC Easy Super Successful Sweaters Amy Herzog
In this two-day master class, we'll cover all of the topics you'll need to knit one great sweater after the other. From understanding your own body's shape and how clothing can affect it, through fabric and color and texture, construction styles, modifications, and more, all of your sweater questions will be answered. We'll study:
* "Knit to Flatter" shape analysis and discussion
* Deciphering schematics, patterns, and the different construction styles
* How to get the fabric you want, and match it to a pattern
* Blocking, seaming, and finishing
* Modifying existing patterns and generating your own

This class is appropriate for adventurous knitters of all levels. You should know the basics: knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off, increase, and decrease. Experience reading patterns is a plus.

We take pictures of everyone's shape during class, so please come wearing or willing to change into a tight-fitting top and relatively 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: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This practical technique can be used in multiple ways – to create flares, build extra fabric, refine body shape – for wonderful results which make your knitting easier to assemble. We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you more than you can imagine! Create sweaters that fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6058 Easy Look, Ma, No Cable Needle! Melissa Leapman
Want to knit an Aran pattern lickety-split? Learn to cross your cables without a cable needle. After some hands-on practice in class, you'll wonder why those pesky little things were ever even invented!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3115 Intermediate If You Can Draw It, You Can Design It! Patty Lyons
Learn how to design any shape no matter how complex. We’ll start by going over my five steps to the basics of design. We’ll learn how to calculate the rate of increase and decrease and we’ll start with some simple shapes. Then we’ll move on to more complex compound shaping. Using a dolman sweater as an example, we’ll learn how to break things down into shaping zones to figure out how to knit them. Finally we’ll go over the use of short rows to create things like shirt tail hems and shawl collars. Remember, if you can draw it, you can design it!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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 
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     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.
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
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 NEW
5108 Easy 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.
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 NEW
6110 Easy Captivating Chevrons Laura Bryant
Made iconically famous by the Italian design house of Missoni, chevron stitches are wonderfully dynamic and easily manipulated by hand knitters. Laura will lead you through several variations on how to form chevrons, and then will discuss gauge, design applications, and color selection. Your hands-on swatch will be a permanent record of how each type of chevron appears, so future project application will be a snap.
Note: Must know how to work both k2tog and SSK and what the difference between them is.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarns.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2039 Intermediate Alternative Closures Lily Chin
Tired of the same old buttons? Don't want to do buttonholes? Through example, see the many, various ways to close up garments otherwise. Learn more than a few new tricks and hints. Know what to avoid and what look out for.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5138 Intermediate Ten Things Your Mother Never Taught You Candace Eisner Strick
Chances are you're still doing the cast on, decreasing, and other techniques that your mother taught you umpteen years ago. No matter how long you've been knitting, you can still refine your techniques to make your knitting look neater and more professional.
We will cover 10 techniques that will take you through the millenium: cable edge cast-on, 1-row buttonhole, how to rip, picking up stitches neatly, the best increases and decreases and where to use them, delayed bind-off, grafting, 3-needle bind-off, sewing a seam, and provisional cast-on.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5044 Easy Take Time to Save Time Sarah Peasley
Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. Gauge really IS that important, and this class will tell you why.
Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to make a garment that actually fits. Blocking and successful yarn substitution will also be discussed.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.

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