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

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

Myra demystifies the creative process.

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

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

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

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

Join us!

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

Never thought of yourself as a creative person?

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

Myra demystifies the creative process.

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

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

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

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

Join us!

Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     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
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 NEW
6119 Intermediate Twist and Turns: Cables Marly Bird
Knitted cables and braids make some of the prettiest and most complex-looking knit stitch patterns. The secret? They're easier than they look!
Learn about the history of cables while knitting samples that can be turned into a hat or scarf. You'll leave with the confidence and understanding of the importance of gauge, how to create cables with and without a cable needle, and how to read cable charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

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

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3064 Intermediate Neckline Love Christine Bylsma
You love the sweater but not the neckline. So change it! Learn to design your own crew, turtle, V-neck, scoop, asymmetricany shape neckline, in any gauge, that fits you. Finish it with perfect picked-up edges for flawless necklines you will definitely love, love, love.
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     SOLD OUT
6010 Intermediate Columns of Color with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Would you like to learn a completely new stitch pattern? In this introduction to the knit-one-below technique, you will knit two colors horizontally, one at a time, and yet you will create vertical stripes on one side and an interesting, very different pattern on the reverse side. Make swatches with differing selvedges for various purposes as well as bind-offs that match your cast-ons.

This class will provide you with the skills you need to launch into a myriad of knit-one-below projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6076 Intermediate Textured Treats Stitch Sampler Edie Eckman
Let's learn some new stitches! There's more to knitted texture than cables, seed stitch, and bobbles.
Explore more than a dozen unusual stitch patterns that add depth and pizazz to your knits, simply by manipulating the basic knit stitches. Show them off and you'll have other knitters asking "How did you do that?"
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5148 Intermediate Five Steps to a Grand Finale Candace Eisner Strick
The knitting is easy—it's the finishing that will make your garment get the rave reviews. If you know these 5 techniques, your finished garment is destined for a grand finale. These cast-on, bind-off, picking up, buttonholes and spacing, short-row shoulders, and seaming techniques will guarantee a beautifully finished garment.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2043 Easy Buttonholes and Bands Margaret Fisher
In this class, you will focus on an important finishing step—working bands and making buttonholes. Master the techniques for picking up stitches as you understand how to make bands look flat and smooth. Learn how to space buttonholes evenly on a band. Practice several different buttonholes and learn how to place them in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 ribs and in seed stitch.
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 Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1045 Intermediate Fabulous Free Form Knit/Crochet Margaret Hubert
Students will make a small bag, while learning how to combine knit and crochet in a wonderful free-form method. While it is fun to combine, if a student is only comfortable in one or the other, it is still ok to take this class. Students will learn to line and complete their bag. With an extensive booklet and the inner lining for their bag, students leave with the knowledge to finish on their own.
Materials fee: $3.00
Note: This class begins on Thursday afternoon and concludes on Friday morning.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7084 No skills required Learn to Spin Janel Laidman
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own yarn? Spinning is one of the most ancient crafts of mankind.
In this class we'll learn the principles of spinning using a drop spindle and wool. Students will learn about twist and draft, as well as plying and grist. Once you have made yarn, you'll have a deeper appreciation of the properties of commercially available yarns, and will be able to better match yarns to projects. And you'll have a fun new skill!
Materials fee: $35 for spindle and fiber.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6034 Advanced Amazing Couture Stitches Dawn McCormick
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
6090 Intermediate Introduction to Estonian Lace Brooke Nico
Estonian lace is gaining popularity. In this class we will learn the tricks of all those wonderful textural stitch patterns prevalent in Estonian shawls. Great tricks for creating and blocking nupps will be discussed at length and practiced.
Note: Must be familiar with basic lace knitting including yo's, decreases, and knitting from charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5083 Easy The Confident Knitter Kellie Nuss
Confidence in using patterns, fixing mistakes, and reading your knitting are all fundamental to feeling calm and in control when you knit. In this class we will become more familiar with the language of knitting patterns and the skills involved in reading them. We will also learn and practice the fundamentals of fixing mistakes and learn to identify both the problems and the remedies. Come prepared to work a sample from a pattern, mess it up and learn to make it right.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6118 Easy Cowl-o-rama! Beth Whiteside
Design your own cowl! Keep it simple or make it complex; class concepts will help you decide how much you’re ready to take on.
You’ll learn about types of stitch patterns, pattern repeats (multiple of 6 sts) and balancing stitches (the + 2 in multiple of 6 sts + 2), selvedge stitches, options for working with large stitch repeats and panels, and considerations for working methods (flat or circular? widthwise or lengthwise?), all of which influence and affect overall design possibilities. At the end of class you’ll be on your way to your own cowl designs.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5149 Intermediate A Different Angle Myra Wood
Discover triangles! Modular knitting isn’t just for squares—triangles offer exciting opportunities, too!
Start with a simple template and formula for equilateral triangles and discover ways to combine them to make creative fabrics. Learn how to combine different stitch patterns, work half triangles, and join them to form one larger piece. Lots of fun, without a lot of counting! And even better, no gauge swatch is required!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4064 Intermediate Lace and Loop Scarf Daniel Yuhas
This complex asymmetrical scarf will have you daydreaming about corkscrews and roller coasters as you follow the twists and turns from start to finish. Gravity-defying loops of I-cord wrap around the neck, while a spreading bell of simple lace dangles below — as fun to wear as it is to make! We'll cover basic lace techniques and I-cord in class.
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 NEW
6113 Advanced Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers Denise Bell
The Estonian style of lacework involves several stitches that may be unfamiliar or intimidating to many lace knitters . A nupp, unlike a bobble, lies flat and has little surface disruption. A starflower begins with the same first step as the nupp, but rather than building inwards it blooms into an open feature.
Students will learn the techniques for nupps and starflowers and examine finished projects using both.
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain. In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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     SOLD OUT
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
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
1008 Intermediate Perfect Pairs: Contrast & Coordinate Laura Bryant
It's a daunting task to pick the perfect color to pair with another. This class expands on Laura's Intro to Color class and takes you through the steps to pair colors that achieve your purpose, whether it be to calm or energize a color; excite or create quiet sophistication in your knitted fabric. Hands-on swatching with a variety of solid and multi-colored yarns allows you to see for yourself how different colors interact with one another. You'll leave with more confidence in creating color combinations.
Note: Must have taken Intro to Color.
Materials Fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2003 Intermediate Eight Empowering Edges Christine Bylsma
Ribbing and garter stitch are usually reliable choices for edges, but not all edges are equal. Learn eight hard-working edges that empower you to create beautiful, professional details; provide the control needed and give the option of making your own design decisions.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6116 Intermediate Weaving Techniques as Applied to Knits Lily Chin
By combining another yarn with your knitting via methods borrowed from weaving, many aesthetic possibilities become apparent, certain problems may be solved, and a new technique is added to your repertoire. Textures are easily obtainable, colors may be used to your advantage, and patterning is more accessible. Novelty yarns are handled better, less yarn might be used, gorgeous but uncomfortable fibers need not touch your skin, and stretching can be minimized.
Topics covered include:
*The 'in/out' method method of applying a separate yarn onto knits
* The slip-stitch method of using the same yarn as a 'weft' thread
*Vertical weaves, color weaves, smocking weaves, and much more.
The applications of these techniques include:
*What kinds of yarns are best suited for these fibers
*What kinds of garments are best suited for these fibers
*How to chart these weaves so you'll know what you'll be getting beforehand
By the end of this workshop, you will have a sample of knitted 'woven' fabrics, plus enough ideas to keep you in stitches for a very long time.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6114 Easy Artic Lace 1-2-3 Donna Druchunas
For years I tried to learn how to knit lace, and was frustrated as I failed each time. I finally gave up because I wanted enjoy my hobby. I could knit cables, Fair Isle, intarsia, and even entrelac with no problems, but lace stymied me over and over again. I thought I would never be able to knit lace until I stumbled onto Dorothy Reade’s simple techniques.

Working from charts, understanding decreases, and knitting with worsted-weight yarn and larger needles gave me the confidence and practice I needed to ease into lace knitting.

In this workshop, we will discuss the tools and yarns used to knit lace, learn how to follow lace charts, and make one swatch in worsted-weight yarn and one in sport-weight yarn. Students will then be ready to knit a lace-weight swatch on their own and move on to making a simple project such as a lace scarf or hat.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4019 Easy How do your Socks get Striped with Knit One Below? Elise Duvekot
Learn the knit-one-below technique as you make socks with stripes that are vertical rather than horizontal. The stretchy fabric hugs the foot, making it fit perfectly. Your sock will have an unusual heel and matching toe: all of these features add up to create a two-color sock that is a far cry from conventional socks.
Note: Must have experience making socks.
Friday 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.
Friday 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.
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     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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
4079 Easy Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting Betsy Hershberg
Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead-knitting bandwagon and make unique bead-knit jewelry, but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time, only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well, here is a technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead-knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze.

You'll learn all of my ABACUS bead-knitting secrets while starting to create your own bracelet. Once you learn the basic technique, you'll find yourself with more ideas than you know what to do with. The technique is deceptively simple and lots of fun! Give it a try.

Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.
Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.

Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6054 Intermediate Mooshky Madness Galina Khmeleva
Would you like to give your knitting projects new life by adding style, substance, and texture? The addition of 'spiders', 'clover leafs', and 'mooshky' (the lily-of-the-valley motif) will add a new dimension to your knitting. Traditional they're not...a real hoot to knit...most definitely. This is dimensional knitting, Russian-style.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3120 Intermediate It's a Swing Thing Barry Klein
Take a regular sweater or jacket pattern and add swing by means of short rows or increase/decrease shaping. Learn the different methods for doing this and how the placement and choice of the shaping can make all the difference. We will experiment with different stitch patterns, style choices, and fashion options, so it will be clear how to make this work on the garments you create. Lots of finished projects will be in class to show how it all works. This is a great hands-on class.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3121 Advanced Designing Socks with Cables Stitches Janel Laidman
Cables are beautiful knitted architecture that can enhance your socks and provide interesting knitting, but they are also hungry beasts that eat up yarn and decrease circumference and elasticity. We will explore cable constructions and analyze the 'draw-in' power of popular cables. We'll also discuss strategies for sizing socks with cables and adding extra stretch. You may even try your hand at designing your own cable pattern! Bring your sense of adventure!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6089 Intermediate Organic Stitchery: Novel Stitch Patterns Taken from Nature Melissa Leapman
In this hands-on workshop, explore dimensional stitch patterns that resemble flora and fauna. We'll knit a cabled butterfly motif, an embossed oak leaf, and more. Even Mother Nature herself will be impressed!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6105 Advanced Elegant Knit Ribbon Fabric for Jackets Dawn McCormick
With the abundance of ribbon available to us today, it is time to revisit vintage patterns. Knitting ribbon with today's techniques typically produces a bulky fabric which can be appropriate for some garments. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the option to create a thinner fabric giving us more design options? In this course, we will review vintage patterns and their construction. A selection of knit jacket appropriate stitch patterns will be provided so that the class can practice constructing these fabrics. The class will close with a discussion of how to finish the ribbon fabric once knitted.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
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
5054 Easy Knitting in Circles Sarah Peasley
Tired of knitting back and forth? Ready to move on? Expand your horizons with a variety of circular-knitting techniques. Learn to knit in the round using double points, 1 circular, 2 circulars, and the Magic Loop, with I-cord and double knitting thrown in for good measure. You'll be ready to make seamless sweaters, sleeves, gloves, bags, and socks (even 2 at a time), and much, much more.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1047 Intermediate Color with Simple Intarsia Jane Slicer-Smith
Discover how simple intarsia can be when you hold the keys to success. Linking (twisting) colors at verticals joins, introducing colors mid row, what happens when you no longer need that color, and what to avoid when picking your first project! The class will show you how to bring color options to your projects from very simple, to contemplating a little adventure, and you'll fall in love with color work. Check out designs using techniques in Swing, Swagger, Drape – Knit the Colors of Australia, Jindabyne coat and Metro A-line coat both with colored cables and front band knit with the body of the coat.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5002 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to learn about the history and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Students will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, increases, decreases, cast on and bind off. A project will be given to practice all techniques described in class for complete understanding.
Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1048 Intermediate Pattern-free Possibilities Myra Wood
Simple rectangles and squares offer endless creativity. It's all in how you put them together!
Start with a rectangular template, divide the space into sections, then knit to fill each section. Experiment with combining stitch patterns, techniques, and colors to create completely unique fabrics. Techniques include mitered squares, modular pieces, log cabin, and bias knitting.
Learn a join-as-you-go method and a modified mattress stitch to create a finished piece that can be turned into a bag or even part of a sweater design.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4065 Intermediate Revolutionary Knitting Daniel Yuhas
Knitting from the center out is a 'revolutionary old technique' for making just about anything. Working on double-pointed needles and beginning with just a few stitches, our work will grow outwards with each spin around the needles. In this class we'll learn the disappearing loop cast-on and knit a beautiful pinwheel pattern. What you begin in class could become a coaster, a holiday ornament, a hat, a baby blanket, a pillow, or a tablecloththe choice is yours!
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
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.
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5142 Intermediate Socks: Beginnings and Endings Jill Bigelow Suttell
Have you ever spent weeks making cuff-down socks only to discover that your cast on is too tight? What a waste! Not sure of the best way to cast on or bind off a toe-up sock? We'll cover all this and more in this cast-on, bind-off class focusing especially on socks.
Note: You must be able to knit in the round.
Friday 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."
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
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
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3100 Easy Add a V-neck to your Top Down Raglan Deb Gemmell
Let's add a V-neck to a top down raglan cardigan. As you work a baby-sized cardigan you will learn to use short rows to shape the neck of any raglan and transform it into a V-neck garment. It's easy. You will learn all the techniques needed to work a larger version just for you. You will be able to take any plain raglan and transform it into a V or crew neck using short rows.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8055 Easy Glorious Grannies Margaret Hubert
Learn to make traditional Granny Squares and as many variations as time allows. We will cover different sewing methods, the invisible joining method, and many uses for this time honored technique.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5020 Intermediate Russian-Style Continental Knitting Galina Khmeleva
Learn this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method. It is fast—it is easy—and it is oh-so-forgiving on your wrists.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6084 Easy Cables and Zig Zags Jane Slicer-Smith
This class is for students ready to use their cable needle for more than cables—traveling stitches! Great things can happen once we get the stitches traveling across the knitting—diamonds even! Join Jane and learn to not just read the pattern but to read your knitting, too! Jane will show sample garments and show how texture is involved with shaping garments for A-line and swing coat. Be sure not to forget your cable needle!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6102 Easy Ribbing Roundup Carol Sulcoski
We all have an "old faithful" ribbing we use on nearly every project. In this class, we'll break out of our ribbing rut. We'll start with some simple and sturdy options, then try out some ribbings with decorative elements like eyelets and mock cables. Learn to transition from ribbing to other stitch patterns, to increase and decrease in ribbing, and see how ribbing choice can affect the look of the finished garment. We’ll finish by investigating some alternatives to ribbing.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4083 Easy Flower Boa Daniel Yuhas
Tubes, cones, and ruffles, oh my! Center-Out Knitting isn’t all just shawls and blankets. In this class we’ll explore some of the fascinating three-dimensional shapes we can make using the “magic numbers” of the center-out knitting technique while making a beautiful collaborative flower boa.
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
5140 Easy See Jane Knit, Knit Jane Knit! A primer for learning to read stitches Denise Bell
In addition to good yarn and good tools, the most important component to advancing your knitting skills is learning to 'read stitches'. Many knitters know how to execute the stitches beyond knit and purl but struggle with losing their place once they have put a project down and picked it up again. In this hands-on class, we'll work through a swatch using basic stitches and increases and decreases to learn to see the stitches as they sit on the needle and within the fabric created. We'll also discuss tools that will help keep track of stitches on the needle and when reading charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6074 Intermediate Vertically-stranded Color Work Lorilee Beltman
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history: it's used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class, apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4080 Intermediate Saami Mittens Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn the special details of mitten construction of the nomadic Saami peoples, by knitting a mitten in multiple colors circularly on double-pointed needles. Make a three-color braided cast-on, create the classic afterthought thumb (without a gusset), work different bands of patterning, and finish off the mitten with pointed tip shaping. Working with three yarns in a round will be discussed as some of the motifs require this skill. A simple finger braiding technique will be demonstrated for the traditional cord.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1003 Intermediate Planned Pooling Laura Bryant
Planned pooling or intentional patterning is just that—taking those unexpected patterns that form when knitting with hand-dyed yarns and making them repeatable! Learn how to find the repeat and Magic Number in a hand-dyed skein of yarn, then spend time learning how to make argyles, stacks and other visual effects from that skein. A longer class will allow experimentation with pattern stitches as we introduce solid colored yarns. Whether you have tried Magic Number knitting before or not, this class will have you creating magic in no time!

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 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.'
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6115 Advanced Design Your Own Lace Stitches Donna Druchunas
Eskimo women in Alaska have been knitting qiviut (musk ox down) into lace since the 1960s. We will examine their unique pattern stitches, inspired by Eskimo artifacts, and learn how to chart our own custom lace patterns by adapting designs from other art forms. We will start by charting a basic diamond using yarn overs, then we will study several types of decreases and learn how each decrease creates a different result with the same arrangement of yarn overs. We will also learn how to accentuate lace patterns with an outline stitch.
Each student will then design and chart several lace patterns, and knit a swatch of each to see does works and doesn’t work. Finally, we will review basic patterns for lace projects such as scarves, stoles, and ponchos. Each student will work on designing a project.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5087 Intermediate Mitered Squares with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Combine the knit-one-below technique with mitered squares. Use 2 contrasting yarns to create geometrical patterns going in multiple directions. See how a self-striping yarn makes its own stripes in the mitered square.
Note: Must have experience making mitered squares.
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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3119 Intermediate Make a Sweater Map Deb Gemmell
The easiest person to make a sweater for is YOU. You are there all the time. Take one measurement and cast on for the neck of your Top-down Raglan sweater. Take a couple more measurements to establish your size. Make a sweater map with ALL the stitch numbers you’ll need to finish your sweater. You can make design decisions as you go. Let’s design a sweater just for you.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 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).
Saturday 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.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5114 Easy Steeking:3 ways Janel Laidman
Are you a little worried about cutting into all that lovely colorwork you've done? Janel will show you how to cut with confidence! We will discuss different ways of stabilizing the knitting before cutting, and then we'll fortify ourselves with chocolate and take the plunge. Once you've steeked, you'll want to make all your cardigans this way!
Note: Students should be familiar with stranded colorwork and knitting in the round.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5146 Easy Secrets of Gauge Patty Lyons
Gauge is one of the most important elements in your knitting. It takes just a few minutes to properly gauge swatch but a whole lot of time to knit a sweater that doesn’t fit. We will explore all the ways your gauge swatch can (and has in the past) lie to you! We will reveal the difference between yarn gauge and pattern gauge, as well as exploring what to do when a project is knit in the round or in a pattern stitch, or when you just can’t match the row gauge. We’ll even learn how to resize a sweater by using a different gauge yarn. Make every sweater fit you like it was made for you . . . because it was!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6106 Intermediate Change It Up! Dawn McCormick
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.
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 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7016 No skills required Nuno-felted Scarf Judy Pascale
Use an ancient Japanese art form to create a featherweight, contemporary, Nuno-felted scarf that drapes beautifully. Coax fibers to easily penetrate a piece of silk, and the result is a highly-textured accessory scarf. You will also learn to accent this scarf using hand-dyed silk hankies.
Note: Must be able to stand for much of the class.
Materials fee: $10 for rovings and $15 for a hand-dyed silk scarf 
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4082 Intermediate Downside Up Socks Sarah Peasley
Turn tradition on its head! Use 2 circular needles to knit a sock from the toe up. Start with an unconventional cast-on, form a perfect heel without picking up any stitches (and without that pesky hole, too!), and finish with your choice of a ribbed or a hemmed cuff.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
6085 Easy Traveling Textures with Bobbles and Bells Jane Slicer-Smith
Explore and understand simple textures from moss stitch to cables. Learn how to read your knitting in relation to instructions and simple graphs and how cables, bobbles, and bells bring dimension to the surface of the knitting. Jane will show garments and demonstrate how she uses textures within most of her designs. This class brings many elements together from knitting texture to understanding how texture is used by designers.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5120 Easy Ruffles, Ruching, and Pleats, Oh My! Carol Sulcoski
This hands-on class looks at various easy forms of knitted embellishments and edgings, specifically ruffles, ruching, and pleats. Learn at least one version of each, including how to work it, tips and tricks, and yarn choices. If time permits we will continue to picot edging, twisted ruffles, and hems.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5130 Intermediate Double Knitting Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
When you use the Portuguese style to work in the double knitting technique, you obtain a very pleasant rhythm. Learn the basics of the Portuguese style technique, progress to double knitting, and work a project that involves both. The class project will be worked in the round using two colors.
Optional materials fee: $10.00 for two knitting pins
Note: Must be comfortable working in the round using either dpns or 2 circulars.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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 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     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5116 Intermediate Lacy Miters Jill Bigelow Suttell
Mitered squares provide a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn while adding color and texture to your project. Adding a little lace will totally change the look of your mitered-square projects.
Learn to read and create lacy mitered charts, and learn tips and tricks for making great lacy squares. We'll discuss using lace miters as accents for trianglular or rectanglular shawls and for shaped garments like sweaters.
Note: Previous miter experience is necessary.
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
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5006 Intermediate Stashology 201 Christine Bylsma
You have 'archived' those countless balls of yarn that you could not pass up. Find new inspiration in what you already have, and use your stash to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Be prepared to be amazed.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3118 Advanced Knocking Off a Garment Lily Chin
Have a ready-to-wear garment that you love? Does this garment fit you like a glove? Would you like to interpret it as a handknit or hand-crochet? See how to copy this garment and create a pattern from the original. Learn how easy it is to translate it as a knit (or crochet) without even doing much math!
Materials fee: $5.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4071 Intermediate Swirled Shawlette with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Complete a small swirled shawlette in class using the knit-one-below technique. Your two contrasting yarns will create geometrical patterns with an asymmetrical attitude.This mini-shawl will be a 'dry run' for a larger shawl to make at home.
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
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
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 Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8054 Advanced Creative Crochet Charting Amy Gunderson
This class is geared toward designers or other crocheters who have a need to create professional looking crochet charts. Available crochet charting software can be expensive and does not include the ability to customize symbols. The class will be taught using Inkscape, a free open-source program very similar to Adobe Illustrator. Students will be required to come to class with a laptop loaded with either Inkscape or Illustrator. Crochet charting is unlike charting knitting patterns due to its innately organic nature. Many crochet designers are at a loss as to how to digitally present charted crochet patterns due to their seeming complexity. Often, designers will include hand drawn charts in patterns.
Rather than creating hand-drawn charts, learn how to create charts symbol by symbol. We will cover all skills needed to make basic crochet symbols, clusters, motifs, and more complex shapes and stitches. Students do not need previous Inkscape or Illustrator experience.
Note: This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5144 Intermediate Patchwork Knitting Beyond the Square Margaret Hubert
Students explore patchwork knitting using shell and kite shapes in addition to the usual mitered square. Booklet has explicit instructions for completing these shapes and instructions for a bag using the different methods.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5129 Intermediate Sock Bucket List Michelle Hunter
Does your knitting Bucket List include Magic Loop, toe-up socks, and an afterthought heel? Master all of these techniques in one class! The Magic Loop is the slickest way to knit socks using one long circular needle and is preferred by the legion of toe-up sock knitters. The afterthought heel is a great way to add contrasting-colored or striped heels. This heel may be removed after many wearings and reknit, making it a perfect choice for those who tend to wear holes through their heels. Students will create a sample sock using all the skills needed to knit a full-sized sock.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2014 Easy Grafting with a Russian Twist Galina Khmeleva
Leave it to those innovative Russian knitters to devise simple, yet effective methods for casting-on that fit every knitting occasion, and for a clever grafting method that will make your seams seem seamless. You will like them so much you will use them on all your future knitting projects.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5115 Advanced Heel Construction for Toe-up Socks Janel Laidman
It’s always nice to have socks that fit really well, and heel construction is a big part of fit. We will explore 3 different heel constructions for toe-up socks that each have different properties. If you love knitting your socks toe up, add these heels to your bag of tricks!
Note: Should be familiar with sock construction.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5145 No skills required Magic of Perfect Blocking Patty Lyons
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don't stop short of the perfect finish!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3088 Easy Swatching for Success Deborah Newton
Share time with Deborah Newton exploring the huge part swatches play in her design process. Deborah’s swatches are not just for checking gauge; they tell the story of the sweater that is to come. Learn how to swatch in a way that will inspire and improve your own designs. Deborah will bring dozens of swatches from her collection to study. There will be time for some hands-on work as well.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5025 Easy Yarn Substitution Made Easy Carol Sulcoski
Master the mysteries of yarn substitution! We'll start with gauge, then discuss the various weights of yarn (fingering to super bulky), weight/yardage/plies, and look at fiber and yarn characteristics that affect substitution (e.g. drape, elasticity, weight, halo). We will also consider color choice and buying quantities of the substitute yarn. We'll finish by walking through some real-life examples by selecting potential substitute yarns for real patterns. Note: Class focuses on how to substitute yarns the same weight/gauge as called for by the pattern and does not include rewriting patterns to use a yarn with a different gauge.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:00 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
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn continental knitting, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5098 Intermediate Argyle Socks Anne Berk
Argyle Socks are classic and have a timeless appeal especially for men. They have a unique construction, because they are most efficiently knit flat using the intarsia technique, and then joined and knit in the round following the gussets. Mattress stitch is used to invisibly join the leg and the instep seams. This class will have samples, charts and instructions for all sizes, from baby socks to adult male, and will show how to modernize the Argyle using new yarns and fun color combinations. Learn to do intarsia, read a color chart, work duplicate stitch, invisible seaming, how to knit a gusset heel flat, ways to knit and close a toe, and how to weave in ends efficiently.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5143 Intermediate Backpedaling Jill Bigelow Suttell
Do you like the idea of toe-up socks but avoid making them because you are addicted to your flap-style of heels? Then this is the class for you! Learn to make a heel flap starting from the gusset and working your way up on any number of stitches.
Note: You must be able to knit in the round.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4081 Intermediate Simple Shawlette Workshop Marly Bird
Most knitters have a plethora of sock yarn in their stash and have no plans to make socks out of it! Instead of socks how about a shawlette or shawl? YES! That is a great way to use this often colorful, hand-painted or semi solid yarn that you already have.
Combining two or more different colored yarns can create a fantastic fabric that is eye catching, unique and wonderful to wear. Two or three colors makes even the simplest patterns and stitches so much fun!
You learn three different ways to begin a shawlette or shawl resulting in 3 different shapes that use garter stitch, stockinette stitch and slip stitches. As an extra, Marly will help you choose the perfect border and teach you how to incorporate it into your shawlette customizing your piece for you! This is a project you will want to continue working on when class is over.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6055 Advanced Socktastic Stitch Patterns J C Briar
You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks, but for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough 'give' for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy resizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe.
Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4070 Intermediate Norwegian Mittens Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn Norwegian mitten construction by knitting one of a pair of mittens in two colors on double-pointed needles. Topics to be covered include striped ribbing, the Norwegian thumb gusset, seam stitches, pointed tip, and different patterning on the front and back of the mitten. In addition, yarn dominance and different styles of knitting will be covered in class.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
Prior experience with stranded color knitting is helpful.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Color Fantasia Laura Bryant
Sign on for a fun-filled adventure with a colorful knitter, Laura Bryant. Drawing on Laura's expertise in color and hand-dyed yarns, spend two days immersed in a color-filled world. Specific exercises to tune your eyes and get you seeing color in new ways lead to hours working hands-on with color through knitting or crochet. Along the journey, you'll pick up tricks on how to contrast and blend colors, how to make luminous color stories or enhance stitch work and how to turn hand-dyed yarns into dazzling self-patterns. You'll learn to coax the inherent beauty out of any yarn, even turning ugly ducklings into swans, and leave with a swatch library that will inspire you for years to come. If you have ever had a yarn you just couldn't make work visually, bring it along and this class will develop a solution. Laura never met a color she didn't like, and loves the challenge of finding the right combination to make every color sing. Learn the true meaning of Laura's axiom "You don't get Wow! by doing the expected!"
Materials fee: $15 for additional hand-dyed yarns
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5110 Easy Mix-it Up Miters Edie Eckman
This class comes with a warning: knitting mitered squares is addictive. While it can be calming and repetitive, it can also be endlessly fascinating, and it's a perfect way to use up odd balls. Learn techniques for basic types of mitered squares and rectangles. Faster knitters may move on to incorporating stitch patterns and colorwork into your shapes. We'll explore ways to seamlessly arrange your modules into finished garments, accessories, and home décor. You'll be captivated. But don't say you haven't been warned!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2040 Easy 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 NEW
6117 Easy Mosaics Margaret Fisher
Learn how to create beautiful two-color designs by knitting Mosaic patterns. Mosaics, a type of slip-stitch pattern, have a special charting system. Learn how to read the charts, knit the patterns in stockinette and garter stitch, and use these designs in garments and accessories. Have fun exploring a number of wonderful Mosaic patterns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3102 Intermediate Get Fit Deb Gemmell
Adjust your top down raglan sweater to your figure. Take off some extra pounds without hitting the gym. Adjust your raglan sweater to skim your curves. Reduce underarm bulk and take some extra fabric off the arms. Trim your waist and create some wiggle room around your hips. No sweating necessary. You'll take home a template, a sweater map of your figure and know how to make adjustments for all your future top down raglans.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC No skills required Photographing Your Fiber: An In-Depth Hands-On Workshop Franklin Habit
Does capturing your work with a camera leave you frustrated? Do you admire beautiful published photographs of yarns and patterns and wonder how they were made? Do you wish your friends (and enemies) on Ravelry could see how beautiful your projects really are?
In this intense introductory-level workshop, you'll learn and practice the basics of lighting, exposure, composition, and styling a shoot. We'll tackle common fiber photography problems like capturing true color and showing off textured yarns and stitches.
Students will have the opportunity to have their photographic output evaluated; and will work both together and independently on photographing their own projects.
Note: No prior knowledge of photography is necessary. Just have a camera and a sense of adventure.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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 - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5128 Easy Navajo Knitting Michelle Hunter
Magically turn lace weight yarn into worsted-weight yarn with Navajo knitting, also known as chain plying. Navajo knitting triple plies yarn from one skein without cutting or dividing the skein. This is a perfect use for that large skein of lace yarn hiding in your stash, or that cone of handspun that is begging to be knit!

Learn the basics of the technique plus how to alternate triple and single plies within a project to create sheer stripes, a big trend in today's fashion. Begin a beautiful scarf using all of the above methods. WARNING: This technique is addicting!
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
ETC No skills required Hand-manipulated Weave Structures Deborah Jarchow
By twisting or wrapping your warp yarns you can weave distinctive textures and patterns in your cloth. Learn to weave lace-like open areas as parts of a design throughout the fabric or as a notable edge treatment. Discover how to highlight your patterns by adding a thicker yarn or ribbon. On the first day while making a sampler, you’ll learn how to make leno, brooks bouquet, medallions, and other fancy patterns.

During the second day you will master the art of adding beads to the patterns. See how beads can make the weaving pop! If you’ve been looking for ways to add more interest to your weaving, these techniques will get you there. You too can create cloth that is visually stunning.
Note: Looms are provided for class use. Some weaving experience helpful.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7069 Easy Drop Spinning for Lace-Weight Yarn Janel Laidman
Learn the basics of drop spinning with a focus on creating yarn for lace knitting. Students with basic spindle skills can hone them, learning techniques for creating a smooth, thin yarn. Students new to spinning can learn basic spindle-spinning techniques and practice them. We will talk about spinning singles as well as plying, with demonstrations of Andean plying, setting twist in your singles yarn, using a niddy-noddy to make skeins and blocking your yarn. We will also discuss fiber preparation and choosing appropriate fibers and spindles for spindle-spinning lace weight yarn.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3080 Intermediate Flatter Yourself: Fully Fashioned Secrets of the Pros Melissa Leapman
In this fun hands-on workshop, learn how designers use fully fashioned shaping to create flattering sweaters. No matter your shape, use your knitting prowess to create knockout pieces that fit and flatter.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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. 
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7082 No skills required Wet Felt Versatile Pendants Judy Pascale
Spark your creativity by making unique free-form shapes to enhance any slide or chain. Combining wet felting with jewelry-making techniques, the hidden magnet allows your contemporary piece to be very versatile. It can be worn around the neck but is also a closure for a scarf, shawl, or any clothing. Making sculptural shapes and adding beads or creating playful holes will have these pendants ranging from contemporary to sophisticated, and maybe just a bit 'chic.'
Materials fee: $10.00
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate STYLIN', styling, restyling… Jane Slicer-Smith
This 2-day class is the perfect opportunity to take a designer's advice in creating something new. Jane's work is defined by style, color, fit, and look, and yours can be as well.

First, we'll examine 3 or 4 knits you have made and evaluate them with a critical eye—finding successes and failures in each—then discuss changes to insure your next project is perfect for you. You will be directed on how a garment can be personalized to suit your needs and desires. And it won't take a math degree or involve the fashion police!

Be ready to start a new project— something totally different or a re-knit of a previous design— the discoveries and inspiration will have you ready to take on the world (of knitting) a sweater at a time. Bring inspiring yarns and plenty of enthusiasm! Creating something wonderful is only limited by your imagination! Get ready to think about your look— style, color, and fit!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5073 Intermediate Socknitter's Seminar: Going Beyond the Basics Carol Sulcoski
You know the basics of knitting a sock: now take your sock knitting to the next level. In this class, we'll cover techniques and tricks for making your socks spectacular, including adjusting patterns for fit; tips for working with self-patterning and handpainted yarns; different toe and heel styles; mastering kitchener stitch (grafting); and more. Students are expected to be familiar with the basics of sock knitting and are encouraged to bring questions they may have.
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's Marly Bird
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
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
3101 Easy Scatter Those Top-down Increases Deb Gemmell
The raglan sweater is a wonderful top down garment but . . . what would happen if we threw out the rules for a raglan and made up our own rules for where the increases are worked. What would happen? How would the yoke shaping change? Work a sample to see what your new creation will look like. See how versatile the top down construction can be and the different looks you can achieve.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3090 Easy Stitch+Stash=Style Michelle Hunter
Do you have beautiful yarns in your stash that are begging to be knit but you aren't sure what to do with them? Are you intrigued by the endless number of stitch patterns in reference books? This is the class for you! Learn the best way to use a stitch dictionary to complement your stash yarn and create one-of-a-kind pieces. A fabulous way to use luxury or hand-spun yarn. T”his class covers stitch selection, best uses for each yarn, and simple pattern design. Students will create a unique cowl pattern using their stash yarn.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6004 Intermediate Celtic Cables Melissa Leapman
Learn how to use basic cabling techniques to create Celtic-inspired knots, panels, and motifs. These special designs include unusual circular elements rather than the typical vertical alignment of most cables. (Shhh don't tell anyone, but these gorgeous cables are much easier than they look!)
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5147 Easy Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks Patty Lyons
There are so many knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I've accumulated quite a few fantastic ones. I love it when I'm teaching a class and a student declares 'I love that tip!' So, I've decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YO's, avoid the gap at the end of a bind-off, tighten your first stitch, make better neck divides, and more...get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decrease as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 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!

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