STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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5007 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck where the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Anna Zilboorg
Knitting a life in wild times

Anna, an Episcopalian solitary and a scholar of sorts, has spent the last 30 years on a mountain top coming down occasionally, mainly to teach at STITCHES. She has given us patterns in amazing colors, insights into the glory of socks, and a technical discourse on the craft of knitting. Through many decades of rapid change, she has watched the wax and wane of the fiber world with some wry humor and a great deal of devotion, seeing in it ultimately a microcosm of our best hopes for human survival.

Join us for a romp through Anna's life and times and her view of this ancient world of women's work—the work of making mere necessity both beautiful and celebratory. Come away proud of your place in it and confident of the contribution you make.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Anna Zilboorg
Knitting a life in wild times

Anna, an Episcopalian solitary and a scholar of sorts, has spent the last 30 years on a mountain top coming down occasionally, mainly to teach at STITCHES. She has given us patterns in amazing colors, insights into the glory of socks, and a technical discourse on the craft of knitting. Through many decades of rapid change, she has watched the wax and wane of the fiber world with some wry humor and a great deal of devotion, seeing in it ultimately a microcosm of our best hopes for human survival.

Join us for a romp through Anna's life and times and her view of this ancient world of women's work—the work of making mere necessity both beautiful and celebratory. Come away proud of your place in it and confident of the contribution you make.


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

Are you planning to attend the Opening Day Spotlight, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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 required! Learn ways to manage multiple yarn supplies, read colorwork charts, and to deal efficiently with the ends. Confidently link the yarns between sections and make beautiful motifs and to create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color. You won't believe how easily you will produce professional results.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5235 Easy The Ins and Outs of Increases and Decreases Jill Bigelow Suttell
There are as many different ways to increase and decrease as there are to cast on and bind off. Learn several different methods so you can choose for yourself which is best for your project.
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 knitted 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 NEW     SOLD OUT
5237 Intermediate Flat to Circular and Back Again Gwen Bortner
If you hate seams but love stitch dictionaries, then learn how to take patterns written row by row and convert them to round by round. If the pattern is already charted, it can be even easier. Learn what to do with those extra edge stitches, the importance of stitch repeats, and the secrets to selecting patterns that are easy to convert.
Students will practice converting several stitch patterns to work circularly, and will convert a circular pattern to be worked flat.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 re-sizing, 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.
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
4084 Intermediate No Wrong Side Scarves Edie Eckman
Problem: You love to knit scarves, but you hate to have the wrong side showing. You detest garter stitch. You want good-looking reversible patterns so you can relax and look fabulous, no matter which side is 'up'.

Solution: Take this class. Move beyond garter stitch to explore fun-to-knit stitch patterns that have two right sides and self-edging selvedges. You'll be casting on, knitting, and binding off to create a mini scarf with no wrong sides. Problem solved!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2044 Intermediate Zip, Button, Tie: Creative Closures Margaret Fisher
Learn a number of attractive and functional closures for garments. Start by practicing and mastering all of the steps of placing a zipper in a fabric. Understand how to avoid puckers and make sure the zipper fits the opening. Then have fun making I-cord and crocheted buttons. See how they can add a nice visual touch, especially when worked in fancy yarns. Finally, focus on using drawstrings and ties as fastenings. See how zippers, buttons and ties can accent your work and make it special.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5069 Intermediate Knitting Brioche...and Loving It Antje Gillingham
If you look up the definition of BRIOCHE, the online dictionaries will tell you that it is a French yeast bread with a sweet flavor and light textureit's probably not the explanation you were hunting for to describe the origins of this wonderfully soft and stretchy form of ribbed knitting!
In most cases, Brioche is worked in one-or two-color combinations and combines slipped stitches with the traditional knit/purl rib—some of you may know it as 'Purl YO and stitch tog.' Sounds easy enough, right? The knitting begins after you understand the pattern phrasing.
Are you ready to try? Let's venture into this cozy layered texture together and explore the Brioche Stitch inside and out. Tips, tricks and practice will make it a great addition to your technical library!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
3013 Intermediate Japanese Short Rows Susanna Hansson
Short rows are an elegant way to shape your knitting and are the perfect way to finish off shoulders and build collars that lie flat. Japanese short rows are done without using the wrap-and-turn. Although they are a little tricky to learn, 'stair-step' shoulder bind-offs will be a distant memory once you master this technique. Complete your short rows with an elegant Japanese bind-off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5015 Intermediate Bead Knitting Sampler Betsy Hershberg
Expand your horizons by joining the ranks of happy knitters who have learned how to enhance their knitting with beads of all kinds.
As you learn nine different methods to include beads in stockinette fabric, you'll create a wonderful sampler that coordinates with written instructions to provide the perfect take-home reference guide. We'll use large beads and worsted-weight yarn, so no worries about eye strain or managing tiny beads.
This is the class in which to begin your adventures in bead knitting! Materials fee: $2 (assorted beads).
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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 three 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. The afterthought 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8056 Easy Diamond Style Jenny King
Jenny has worked out how to work squares continuously without hassle and then turn them to make them diamonds instead. This sounds so much more expensive!
Learn how to work this entrelac-style crochet method with only half the work missing. Experiment with self-striping yarns to work some amazing shapes in this technique. It is fun and fast, and the missing bits are what make it so interesting.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2037 Easy Fabulous Finishing Barry Klein
This hands-on class takes you through the complete process of putting together a sweater. We will talk about weaving techniques as we begin to assemble the sweater pieces or swatches you bring. Once we complete this process, we will discuss neck pick-ups, trims, edges, and collars. We will pick up stitches and talk about curves, proper rib finishes, and buttons and buttonholes.
Since we always learn something new when working together, this is a great class for the advanced as well as beginning knitters.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1049 Easy Painted Stitches: Introduction to Stranded Colorwork Janel Laidman
Colorwork brings a whole new level of beautiful to your knitting. If you can make a knit stitch, you can do stranded colorwork.
We will learn how to hold the yarns in the left hand, the right hand, and both hands, so you can find the optimal method for creating these beautiful knits. We'll also discuss tricks for keeping your tension even, how to go around pesky corners, dpns vs. circulars, and how to choose yarns and colors for colorwork.
Optional materials fee: $8 for 4 small balls of contrasting shetland-type wool.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8019 Easy Tempting Tunisian: An Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Ginger Luters
Tunisian crochet is often described as a combination of knitting and crochet. While this technique usually produces a dense, rigid fabric, by using a large crochet hook and several stitch variations a soft, drapey fabric suitable for scarves, shawls, and other garments can be created.
Note: Must be able to work chain stitch and single crochet.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7014 No skills required Movement for Knitters Ann McCauley
Your body is your most important knitting tool. Explore how awareness, alignment, body mechanics, and self-help hand care can play an active role in allowing us to knit, and engage in all types of handwork, with comfort, ease, and well being. We will practice techniques and acquire take-home skills that dynamically improve posture and the movement of energy throughout the body.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6051 Easy Introduction to Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class, we are going to demystify the techniques of lace knitting.
Learn how to work yarn-overs in a variety of combinations, including double yarn-overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how the two techniques combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1052 Intermediate Fair Isle Patterning with Hand-dyed Yarns Kellie Nuss
Learn how to use all the gorgeous hand-dyed yarns of today in this traditional technique. Kellie will take you from the basics of the Fair Isle style of stranded knitting to choosing yarns, analyzing colors, using solids, and combining colorways.
Note: Must be able to accurately follow written instructions and knit circularly with confidence.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 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
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
4082 Intermediate Downside Up Socks Sarah Peasley
Turn tradition on its head! Use one long circular needle 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7080 No skills required Simply Fabulous Clothing Design for Rigid Heddle and Other Weavers Judith Shangold
Are you a weaver, or are you thinking about learning to weave and wondering what you can make? Explore easy-to-make, stylish clothing designs woven on a 20” or wider loom.
The session will start with a slide presentation on working with rectangles, simple loom shaping, seaming, and adding knit elements to create easy-to-wear garments that require minimal cutting and sewing. We will discuss good cloth, and how to design fabrics with pizazz on rigid-heddle and multi-shaft looms. Garments will be available to touch, examine, and try on.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3116 Intermediate Designing Sweaters from Side to Side Leslye Solomon
You already know the sweaters that start from the bottom up and some that start from the neck down, but if you want to find out about side-to-side knitting, you’ll like this class! Sideways knitting gives us a chance to knit stripes, use tons of colors, place a line of texture, do Fair Isle, and have it all go vertical—not unflatteringly horizontal. Learn how to map every stitch of this plan on a knitter’s grid and design your own cuff-to-cuff cardigan, pullover, or vest.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6205 Easy Geometric Openwork Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
While knitting the idea of knitting shaped holes sounds exciting, the idea of weaving in ends does not!!! During this workshop, you will learn geometric openwork Cornelia's new method for creating holes in knitting without breaking the yarn. You will have time to swatch different geometric openwork shapes. The Square Hole scarf pattern is provided. A basic understanding of knit and purl is all you need to know.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7068 Intermediate Through, On, & Around: KLITCH your Knits! Beth Whiteside
Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques! That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), cinch in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in class, as well as get ideas for using and extending them. Come learn to KLITCH!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5008 Intermediate Crazy Lace Borders and Edgings Myra Wood
Beautiful borders add so much to simple lace shawls. Learn how to knit or sew a border onto any triangular or circular shawl using traditional and improvisational methods. Charts for borders will be explored as well.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     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.
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 many lace knitters are unfamiliar with or intimidated by. 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 see examples of nupps and starflowers in finished projects and will work on a sample swatch to learn the techniques to execute them.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6074 Intermediate Vertically Stranded Color Work Lorilee Beltman
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history. Vertically stranded color work is used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class, apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
1042 Easy Annetarsia: Intarsia in the Round Anne Berk
Knit intarsia in the round with no visible seam. Learn techniques to manage yarn supplies, bury ends, and read charts when working in the round with non-stranded colorwork. We will work with a simple motif, and you will be amazed at how quickly and easily you will produce professional results.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5116 Intermediate Lacy Miters Jill Bigelow Suttell
Mitered squares provide a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn while adding color and texture to your project. Adding a little lace will totally change the look of your mitered-square projects.
Learn to read and create lacy mitered charts and tips, and learn tricks for making great lacy squares. We'll discuss using lace miters as accents for triangle or rectangle shawls and shaped garments like sweaters.
Note: Previous miter experience is necessary.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer Marly Bird
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer but are not sure where to start.
Have I got the class for you! Learn from Marly Bird, crochet and knitwear designer and creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch, how to take your design from an idea to a full proposal. This is a comprehensive class that will benefit all levels of designers and will make you ready to venture into design.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple J C Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like.
Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols, and to use them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4085 Intermediate Color Twined Mittens Beth Brown-Reinsel
In Sweden, as long ago as the 17th century, a form of knitting was practiced called Tvåändsstickning or two-end knitting. Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn, wound of either one or two colors of yarn, the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability as well as firm elasticity. This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, moderate speed, and lovely garments. The classic Morning Glory motif in these mittens was knitted in garments for both men and women in the area of Hälsingland. One mitten will be knitted in class to learn and understand a twined knitting cast-on, yarn management, twined knitting, twined purling for a half-braid, working the chart, creating a thumb gusset, shaping the mitten tip, and completing the thumb.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting, yet many knitters feel uncertain about how to approach it. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception.
Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel-based formulas. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting.
You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3022 Advanced Design in a Day Christine Bylsma
Want to turn that idea floating around in your head into a functional pattern with stitches on your needle by the end of the day? Or maybe you just wish you could change the neckline or sizing. You CAN do it!
Spend the day with Chris Bylsma, a creative yet practical designer, who has honed her skills through experience. Learn practical, perhaps unconventional, ways to demystify gauge, sizing, style, measurements, swatch, and yarn choice. The result is a personalized pattern for you and a new sense of empowerment. Whether you are adventurous or have never ventured from a pattern before, learn to take control of your knitting.
Note: You need to have knit a wearable garment such as a sweater or jacket.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Note: Students enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program will find this class helpful.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 NEW
3122 Advanced Demystifying Set-in Sleeves Margaret Fisher
Sweaters with set-in sleeves have an attractive silhouette and fit the body well, but the caps can be tricky to shape and seam.
 
Learn the shape and construction of a sleeve cap which is knit from bottom to top (underarm to shoulder) and how it fits into the body of a sweater. Knit a sample cap, using the shaping calculations and techniques, decrease placement, and refinements that ensure a perfect fit. Learn and practice the seaming techniques which make your set-in sleeves look beautiful.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4021 Intermediate 2-at-a-Time Socks on 2 Circulars Cuff-Down Antje Gillingham
Practice the anatomy of a sock in sections, and get comfortable knitting socks two at a time on two circular needles from the cuff down. No more counting rows or experiencing the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome!
While we won't be able to finish a complete adult pair of socks in one day, we will have a lot of fun during this innovative workshop. By the time you get back to your hotel room, you will be ready to apply your class pattern and cast on your very own awesome pair of 2-at-a-time socks.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6027 Advanced Bohus Stickning Susanna Hansson
The story of Bohus is a story of couture knitting, sociology, women's history, social justice, and cultural legacy all in one.

Learn more about the Bohus movement, its background, and history. Discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques, and discover what it is that makes the Bohus patterns 'sing'. Participants will be able to examine in detail several vintage pieces from Susanna's collection.
The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in a 50% merino/50% angora yarn from Sweden.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Materials fee: $25.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5052 Intermediate Betsy's Beaded Bracelet Betsy Hershberg
Learn all of the techniques and receive all of the materials you need to design and knit your own bead-knitted bracelet.
You'll explore combinations of beads and yarn, choose or create an original bead placement design, and learn about bead stringing, chart reading, and finishing, including a new kind of graft that results in a seamless join for bead-knitted fabric. While you create your own design for a bracelet, string the beads, and knit it in class, we'll discuss how the same or similar techniques can be used for necklaces, earrings, or other accessories.
This is a great knit gift item that family and friends will truly love to receive!
Materials fee: $15 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3124 Intermediate Pencil Me In! Michelle Hunter
A simple, straight skirt is always in fashion and is so easy to knit. This shape flatters the figure and paves the way for great stitch patterns and yarns to provide interest.
Learn to create a skirt template that will allow you to utilize the design with many gauges and stitches. This formula will give you an expert fit and can easily be adapted for everyone, from toddlers to teens to adults.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if you'd like to try weaving, but feel confused about it and don't know if you'd like it or not? In this class, you will see three of the top brands of looms and find out how they work. You will learn about setting up the looms to prepare for weaving, and then you will weave on them.
This class gives you an overview of how weaving can expand your fiber skills. It is the perfect opportunity to give weaving a try without purchasing the equipment. See just how easy weaving can be!
Note: Schacht, Glimakra, and Ashford looms provided for class use.
Materials Fee: $5
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8050 Easy Mix It Up with Miters Jenny King
Learn how to make a square from the outside in and then build modules onto it in 4 different directions. Mitered squares are not new to the knitter, but now there is a wonderful crochet version that actually looks like its knit counterpart. Learn all the techniques needed to master mitered crochet, and be inspired to step outside the squares. Students will learn to work in 2 different directions using a modular mitered technique that is similar to but not like any other, and then the fun begins.
Why not try it in double crochet too, and let's leave out the center stitches and see what happens. Let's take the basic technique and mix it all up. And what about self striping yarn? Now we're talking!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5089 Easy The Excitement of Accessories and More Barry Klein
There are so many really fun yarns out there and special ways to knit them so that they look their best and work to an advantage. We will spend time playing with these yarns, looking at how they knit up and talking about designs that make them amazing.
Lots of accessory scarves, shawls, wraps, shoulder cozies, and more will be shown as we knit up different swatches and look at the application of the yarns in each of the ideas. Be prepared for laughs and lots of fun.
Materials fee: $10.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6024 Intermediate Cable Variations: The Next Tier Melissa Leapman
Thinking about adding a new tier to your basic cable package? Join author/designer Melissa Leapman as she expands your options! You'll knit several fun and unusual cable stitch patterns and motifs, including some that include color and lace techniques.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5024 Intermediate Module Magic: Triangles Ginger Luters
Tame those tricky triangles with Ginger's detailed approach to this basic modular shape. Tips on joining, shaping, and color play help bring those modules to life!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2048 Intermediate Finishing Tips Ann McCauley
We will cover lots of little details related to finishing that contribute to having a more professional-looking finished garments. The list includes blocking, picking up stitches, buttonhole choices, seaming choices, edges, and what's left to do when you think you might be finished.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5239 Intermediate Charting Lace Patterns Brooke Nico
In this class we'll demystify those lace charts. By the end of the session, you will be comfortable reading and knitting with charts, and you will be able to turn a written lace stitch motif into a charted one.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7016 No skills required Nuno-felted Scarf Judy Pascale
Use an ancient Japanese art form to create a featherweight, contemporary, Nuno-felted scarf that drapes beautifully. Coax fibers to easily penetrate a piece of silk, and the result is a highly-textured accessory scarf. You will also learn to accent this scarf using hand-dyed silk hankies.
Note: Must be able to stand for much of the class.
Materials fee: $10 for rovings and $15 for a hand-dyed silk scarf.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5044 Easy Take Time to Save Time Sarah Peasley
Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. Gauge really IS that important, and this class will tell you why.
Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to make a garment that actually fits. Blocking and successful yarn substitution will also be discussed.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7081 Intermediate Tapestry Technique 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3031 Easy Design Your Dream Sweater Leslye Solomon
This easy-to-understand class on basic pattern writing enables you to pursue your design ideas. Learn how to make successful changes to existing patterns for exactly what you envision. Learn the secrets to understanding your gauge, which is the sample fabric of your project.
Learn to predict how your sweater will change after it is knit. Learn specific body points to measure and how much ease to add using advanced gauge information. Understand the secrets to shaping armholes, how they start, how much to decrease, and how long to make them. See how easy it is to shape any kind of neck to either create your own design or change an existing pattern. Learn how to measure certain parts of your arm to be able to write a pattern for the sleeves for any length and an easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit into that armhole you chose.
Let's turn you into a sweater designer!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5134 Intermediate Tops, Locks & Handspun...Creative Surface Applications for Fanciful Fibers Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
No one can escape noticing the abundance of gorgeous hand-spun yarns, tops and locks on the market! One more beautiful and interesting than the next... Of course you can knit with them, but why not try something different? During this workshop you will be exposed to innovative knitting applications for these exciting fibers! You will have time to swatch different ideas or start on the free Ipad cover pattern provided!
Materials fee: $5.00.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3052 Intermediate Creative Knitting: Crazy Quilt Style Myra Wood
Learn how to design and knit in different directions to make a unique fabric based on an overall template rather than a specific pattern. A basic template will be provided to make a pillow or purse, but you'll learn how to make your own clothing templates as well.
Learn to combine triangles, squares, and rectangles to fill your shape like a jigsaw puzzle or traditional crazy quilt. We'll discuss how to knit shapes to exact sizes, ways to join as you go, and finishing and embellishing to complete your wearable work of art. You'll never look at your knitting (or your stash) the same way again!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2024 Easy Embroider Your Knitting Anna Zilboorg
Embroidery has been used always and everywhere to embellish fabric, while knitting has been left bare save for a few lazy daisies and french knots. In this class we'll integrate simple embroidery stitches into simple knitted stitches to create many different effects, new and wonderful.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6121 Advanced The Unst Effect: Shetland Shawls Denise Bell
The northern-most reaches of Scotland are the Shetland Islands, renowned for their wool and knitting traditions. By the time one travels north to the Shetland island of Unst, one is quickly running out of Scotland. The lace there, however, is worth the trek.
Shetland lace was once presented to Queen Victoria, whose excitement over the garment sparked aristocratic interest and brought the Shetland lace industry into its most popular era.
In this class we will discuss traditional methods used in Shetland shawls and consider current techniques for their construction, including both 'inward' and 'outward' progressions. Denise's photographs of Shetland lace will be available, and students will knit a swatch using lace-weight yarn (provided).
Note: This class begins Friday PM and concludes Saturday AM.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2047 Easy Perfect Edgings: Necklines and Collars Anne Berk
Necklines frame the face and are a focal point of any sweater. Multiple neckline options—from simple to more complex—will be covered. V-neck, boat-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and collared necklines give your garments a professional appearance.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5131 Easy Cables Decoded Jill Bigelow Suttell
Adding a cable instantly brings a new dimension to your project. Decoding the terms and reading the charts often leaves knitters uneasy about attempting them. Cables are simple once you uncover the mystery. In this class, we will try different types of cables, learn to interpret all those abbreviations, and read a chart.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master Double-Pointed Needles Marly Bird
If you have always knit flat but never circularly, it's time you take the next step and learn this fantastic skill. Knitting circularly makes it possible for you to always work on the right side of the fabric; so, if you're knitting stockinette you will never have to purl! Do I have your attention now?
Learn about circular knitting tools, techniques, and tricks. You'll be able to use your new circular knitting skills to make hats, mittens, gloves, cowls, socks, and sweaters! Join Marly and learn the essential techniques to master knitting in the round.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5109 Easy Provisional Cast-Ons: The How and Why Gwen Bortner
At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And, in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons.
During the first half of class, you will learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, we'll explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6122 Intermediate Wedge Shawl Design J C Briar
Stunning shawls are often formed of lace wedges, sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of two wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of three or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer’s shoulders.
Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings and a spine to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you’ll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.
Note: This class begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Saturday morning.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6110 Easy Captivating Chevrons Laura Bryant
Made iconically famous by the Italian design house Missoni, chevron stitches are wonderfully dynamic and easily manipulated by hand knitters.
Laura will lead you through several variations on how to form chevrons, and then will discuss gauge, design application, and color selection. Your hands-on swatch will be a permanent record of how each type of chevron appears, so future project application will be a snap.
Note: Must know how to work both k2tog and SSK and what the difference is between them.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5007 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck where the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7006 No skills required Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
'Just one more row' may be all it takes to cause a repetitive strain injury. Learn what causes those aches and pains in your hands, arms, and spine. More importantly, learn how to prevent them through risk-factor identification and techniques to reduce the risk.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3108 Intermediate Scallops: They're Not Just for Dinner Candace Eisner Strick
You've done mitered squares, you've done diamonds, and now you're looking for some curves, right? Scallops have arrived, and they have nestled into a beautifully shaped shawl. Any yarn, any size needle, and you can customize the colors too. Add some nice techniques to your repertoire along the way.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
1051 Easy Two Colors = Too Much Fun! Michelle Hunter
What's better than a gorgeous color of yarn? Two colors, of course! Discover the joys of knitting with two colors in this class chock-full of color techniques.
Learn several two-color cast-ons and bind-offs to create beautiful edges to complement any colorwork. Sample a few delightful stitch patterns sure to whet your appetite for more color knitting. Experiment with increases and decreases that enhance rather than disrupt colorwork. Take the 'fiddly' out of colorwork with expert tips to manage, carry, and tame multiple yarns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5132 Intermediate Techniques to Make Fair Isle Knitting a Breeze Sheila Joynes
Do your attempts at Fair Isle knitting create a puckered project? The technique taught in this class will show you how to let your stitches breathe—to keep your knitting even without those puckers. You will learn the basics of two-handed stranded technique. Sheila will share a cast-on technique for corrugated ribbing to help prevent those unsightly puckers in your purls.
Do you know where and how to join yarns to prevent having to weave in the endless ends created in Fair Isle? Sheila teaches you the exact spot to add a spit splice so it ends up in the right place for your color change. And when wrapping those carries, Sheila's technique will make your Fair Isle knitting flow like a gentle breeze.
Materials fee: $5.00 for yarn for class project.
Note: This class begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Saturday morning.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8051 Easy Bavarian to Go Jenny King
Traditional Bavarian crochet is multi-colored and it looks amazing that way. Students will learn a square, triangle, and circular Bavarian stitch in the 3-hour class. Jenny will share her skills with this technique, and each student will receive an autographed copy of Jenny's new Bavarian-to-go book.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6026 Intermediate Colorful Cables Melissa Leapman
Savvy knitters know that cables add beautiful texture to knitted fabrics without much effort. Just imagine the awesome effects you can achieve by incorporating colorwork into them! Discover several easy ways to make cables even more exciting and fun-to-knit.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8039 Intermediate Double-ended Tunisian Crochet: Design Your Own Scarf Ginger Luters
Doubled-ended Tunisian crochet is worked with a double-ended crochet hook and creates a truly reversible fabric with many color and texture possibilities. It is usually worked with two colors, where one of these colors predominates on each side.

We'll make a sample swatch, learning the basic stitches, and then go on to explore several advanced stitches. Finally, you'll choose one or two of your favorites, calculate stitch numbers, and begin to create your own one-of-a-kind scarf.
Note: A knowledge of basic Tunisian crochet is necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3021 Intermediate Delightful Details Ann McCauley
Focus on techniques that add a little something special to any knit project. Learn versatile lace stitches, interesting cable details, ribbing and alternatives to ribbing, attached I-cord, and approaches to finishing.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3126 Intermediate Your Custom Fit Jacket: A Passport to Elegance Dawn McCormick
You deserve to feel elegant in your daily life. Beautiful knit jackets, created by you, can be your way to achieve this. The core to your success in creating that perfect knit jacket is developing a master pattern—like the famous fashion houses—that will map out a custom jacket which will fit you perfectly. Jean Frost knew this and provided us with a methodology for creating this master pattern.
In this course, you will follow Jean’s process for developing a personal master pattern so that when you leave class you will have a blueprint for elegance.
Note: This class begins Friday afternoon and concludes Saturday morning.

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5028 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a lifeline, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a lifeline, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them?
In this class we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact, and re-knitting only those stitches.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no 'wrong' side and with a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.
In this workshop, you'll learn Alasdair's 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. By the end of the workshop, you should have a completed motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 10:01 pm - 11:30 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers and join Marly Bird and her co-hosts for an evening of games, prizes, laughter and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you have to work it? Learn this essential skill then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together.
We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then to ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting! You can do it.
Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3123 Intermediate Intarsia Motifs: Design and Development Anne Berk
This is the class where you do the designing! You will create a motif, make a template and a chart, determine how much yardage is used, and figure out how to make your design easy and enjoyable to knit. From graph paper to software programs, you will learn how to design so you are confident with your idea before you swatch the motif, which will save time and energy. Copyright issues, estimating needed yardage, practical tips and tricks of design, and use of charts will be covered.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6095 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped-stitch patterns allow you add texture or to create the look of 2-color knitting while only using 1 color per row. Mosaic knitting (one form of slipped-stitch patterning) can bring to mind beautiful, Native American fiber art. There is no stranding, bobbins, or changing color within the row.
We will explore different techniques as well as the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting and how to read two types of charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5236 No skills required Good Reading Gwen Bortner
What is the best way to save time and improve your knitting? Learn to read what is on your needles.
Begin by reviewing basic stitch construction, then learn how to determine where you are in your pattern and how to identify (and fix) mistakes before having to rip. Finally, with your new-found knowledge, convert finished stitch patterns into words. These are valuable skills for knitters of all experience.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4043 Easy Fair Isle Tams Beth Brown-Reinsel
This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven't had the chance. A small tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knit on double points or a circular needle in four colors, although never more than two in a round.
Techniques included in the workshop are: Knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion on designing a tam.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5232 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn Laura Bryant
Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn but didn't know who to ask: Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a bouclé? Why are some yarns limp when knit?
Develop a notebook of yarn types, with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.
Materials fee: $5 for notebook materials and yarns.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2002 Intermediate Joy of Finishing Christine Bylsma
Learn the joy of sleek shoulder lines, invisible seams, picking up the perfect number of stitches without counting, beautiful buttonholes, 'shortening' sleeves, taming sleeveless armholes, and other finishing touches. If it is worth knitting, it is worth finishing beautifully.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5230 Intermediate The Savvy Pick-Up Lily Chin
Many knitters have trouble picking up stitches from an existing knit piece. How many stitches do you pick up? Where do you pick up from?
Learn simple solutions for easing around curves. Make smoother transitions from cast-on edges. See how picking up stitches ahead of time can aid seaming! And get an idea for creative uses of picking up after the fact within the fabric.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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. You'll have other knitters asking "How did you do that?"
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6202 Advanced Introduction to Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria Candace Eisner Strick
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs but actually are done using only two basic techniques, without the use of a cable needle. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right hand needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
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
4049 Easy Jogless Fibonacci Stripes Susanna Hansson
Your swatch for this class becomes a cute baby hatstriped to perfection! We will cover how to add rhythm to stripes including using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, and will practice the four steps necessary for creating perfect 'jogless' stripes every time you knit in the round.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4079 Easy Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting Betsy Hershberg
Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead-knitting bandwagon and make unique bead knit jewelry but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well, here is a brand new technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze. You'll learn all of my ABACUS bead knitting secrets while starting to create your own bracelet.
Once you learn the basic technique, you'll find yourself with more ideas than you know what to do with. The technique is deceptively simple, lots of fun, and NEW!! Give it a try.
Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.
Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5128 Easy Navajo Knitting Michelle Hunter
Magically turn lace weight yarn into worsted-weight yarn with Navajo knitting, also known as chain plying. Navajo knitting triple plies yarn from one skein without cutting or dividing the skein. This is a perfect use for that large skein of lace yarn hiding in your stash, or that cone of handspun that is begging to be knit!

Learn the basics of the technique plus how to alternate triple and single plies within a project to create sheer stripes, a big trend in today's fashion. Begin a beautiful scarf using all of the above methods. WARNING: This technique is addicting!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7086 No skills required Zig Zag Scarf Deborah Jarchow
If you already know the basics on your rigid-heddle loom, you can learn to create beautiful lace patterns using pick-up sticks. The intricate patterns can be achieved with relative ease. Complete this beautiful scarf with the zigzag pattern that teaches you how to manipulate your warp threads. You will also learn how to use a slow color-change yarn in weaving to preserve the color sequencing.
Note: Rigid heddle looms available for use in class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3015 Intermediate Perfect the Fit Barry Klein
When patterns are written, generic sizing does not allow the perfect fit. Learn to remove size labels and worry only about the finished size for your body. Explore swatching for gauge, changing needle sizes, and playing with pattern stitches. Work backwards from an existing pattern and forwards from a stitch gauge to create a design that will fit your actual body measurements.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 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!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!)
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
8013 Intermediate Advanced Tunisian Crochet Ginger Luters
After learning the basics of Tunisian Crochet, it's fun to explore some of the many additional possibilities with this fascinating technique.
In this advanced class, we'll work with lace stitches, textured pattern stitches, and color work. Entrelac, double-ended reversible, and modular techniques will also be discussed.
Note: Should know basic Tunisian crochet including creating a foundation row and Tunisian simple stitch.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2015 Easy Enviable Invisible Seams Ann McCauley
Learn seaming details that make the difference in having a professional-looking finished garment and learn which seaming techniques are appropriate for different areas in a garment. We will cover how to begin seaming, invisible horizontal, invisible vertical, and invisible vertical to horizontal seaming methods, as well as the whipstitch for use with hems and facings.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6204 Intermediate Insertion Infusion: Adding Lace Insertions to Your Knitting Brooke Nico
Panels of lace worked vertically or horizontally are a great way to dip your toes into the world of lace. On their own, these insertions make great scarves. In Victorian times, these panels were used to decorate linens, and even now make a great hostess gift. Recently we have seen a resurgence of lace insertions in sweater design—a great way to pop a simple design.
In this class, we'll swatch several insertions of varying widths. Learn how to finish the edges for a simple join to a hand towel or pillow case. We'll learn several ways to attach insertions to your knitting. We'll also discuss pattern adjustments necessary to add a vertical insertion to your favorite sweater pattern.
Note: Must be familiar with basic lace knitting including yo's and decreases.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5032 Intermediate Cut and Paste Sarah Peasley
Does the very thought of Kitchener Stitch make you queasy? Get over it! Practice grafting a variety of stitch patterns, then apply what you've learned to an elegant hem and a flawless seam.
Discover ways to modify your knitting: Sleeves too long? Wish you'd started with garter stitch instead of ribbing? Hate the colors in that band of Fair Isle? Cut out the bad and graft in the good.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5152 Intermediate Multi-Color Double-Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
This workshop will get you comfortable with some of the 'extreme' double-knitting techniques that I have developed. In a single swatch, you'll learn three-color single-pattern and three-color two-pattern double-knitting. You'll also learn how to integrate the third color into a really clean double-knit edge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5038 Easy Switch to Continental Style Knitting Leslye Solomon
It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed—Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically, and to create a more even fabric.
As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric will improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5120 Easy Ruffles, Ruching, and Pleats, Oh My! Carol Sulcoski
This hands-on class looks at various easy forms of knitted embellishment and edging, 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
5133 Intermediate Windfall: 7 Knitting Techniques From the Booklet Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
With every new book that I do I try to include new techniques for my knitting audience... this one is no exception with seven distinct stitch patterns to explore! During this workshop you will learn surface weaving, slip stitching for texture, yarnovers with twisted ribbing, working with two different weights of yarn in the same garment, large scale mitering and a lace stitch. We will be looking at the garments from the book and swatching the techniques.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5149 Intermediate A Different Angle Myra Wood
Discover triangles! Modular knitting isn’t just for square—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!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5112 Intermediate Knitting in the Round — On Two Straight Needles! Daniel Yuhas
Picture yourself stranded on the most luxurious desert island imaginable, where you find a lifetime supply of cashmere-infused sock yarn, the complete Barbara Walker treasuries, but — alas! — only straight knitting needles, and no tapestry needle to be found anywhere. How will you make socks? In this class we'll learn to use single-strand double-knitting to knit a pair of socks seamlessly, toe-up, and in the round — using straight needles and our wits. The result looks identical to a sock knit circularly, but the bragging rights are beyond compare.
Note: Students must have knit at least one pair of socks in the conventional manner, whether top-down or toe-up.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she might have imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole—and it is a perfect buttonhole. There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with two colors—never purl Fair Isle again, plus other hints which are more or less arcane.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 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     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5227 Easy Yarn gauge: Control Your Yarn Supply Anne Berk
You know how important stitch gauge is to manage the fit and size of a garment. But knowing your Yarn Gauge (how many inches you need per stitch) allows you to measure out the correct amount of yarn for your needs. In class you will learn how to do the easy swatch needed for measurement and calculation. You will measure out and knit an intarsia project with the correct amount of yarn for every color used.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5234 Intermediate Cables Front and Back Jill Bigelow Suttell
Cables make a beautifully textured fabric on the front... but what about the back? With little effort, you can make the back look just as pretty as the front. Try several different reversible cables and even design your own.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8048 Intermediate Single Crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
How about learning how to crochet a fabric that resembles basket-woven stripes?
But entrelac is only for knitters, you say. NOPE! Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook instead of knitting needles. This class doesn’t use the Tunisian technique to complete each square or diamond and triangle respectively—simple single crochet is all you need.
Amaze all your friends with your newfound crochet skill and create amazing blankets, accessories, and garments!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
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
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci Laura Bryant
Fibonacci numbers describe a mathematical sequence that occurs repeatedly in nature. This relationship is particularly pleasing to the eye, and artists and designers have used these numbers throughout civilization. Learn the history while you explore this fascinating tool for designing knitted stripes, blocks, and perfect shading. Learn a method for controlling color combinations. Hands-on swatching with fun yarns and colors.
Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7085 No skills required My Aching Hands (and Wrists)! Carson Demers
Few knitters don't complain about discomfort in their hands and wrists at some point in their knitting journey. New knitters, beware!
Learn what contributes to knitter's discomfort and, most importantly, how to avoid it. Unlearn techniques that don't serve to keep you knitting comfortably, learn to make choices to ease the work your hands do, and get some tips for making them better.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2040 Intermediate 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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5037 Intermediate A Fair Isle Cowl Antje Gillingham
Fair Isle or stranded knitting is the technique used to work patterns with multiple yarns and colors in a row or round.
There are several ways to work a Fair Isle pattern but we will specifically explore holding a yarn in each hand and weaving in (tacking) the yarn floats behind the pattern as we go along. Once conquered, this is one of the fastest and smoothest ways to knit Fair Isle. The magic word to success: Practice, practice, practice.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2045 Easy Zip Me Up! Michelle Hunter
Is a zippered garment on your knitting bucket list? Learn to simply and expertly place a zipper into knitted fabric all while creating a darling small pouch.
The simple pattern can be adapted for pouches of any size. Class includes essential finishing and embroidery techniques to elevate almost any project. The pouches are a great use for leftover yarn and make fabulous gifts!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5228 Easy Techniques To Make Your Knitting Journey A Peaceful, But Exciting, Ride! Sheila Joynes
Are you a beginning knitter and want to know the secrets of knitting that sometimes take years for knitters to figure out? Sheila has been knitting for decades and wants to share her knowledge of the techniques she considers to be life savers. She will cover the most common and useful cast-on techniques, yarn standards, gauge, correcting mistakes, increases, decreases, backward knitting, and basic seaming.
You will gain knowledge in this class that will save you many hours of frustration, making your journey in knitting peaceful, yet exciting!
Optional materials fee: $2 for Handi Tool
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8052 Easy Master Solomon's Knot Jenny King
This elusive stitch can be the best way to use a small amount of yarn for a project or to highlight the luxury of certain yarns. Or it can make a recycler's dream shopping bag. The stitch is very versatile but is not that easy to master from most instructions. Learn the stitch Jenny used to churn out shawl after shawl when she was only 15 years old. Once mastered, it is super quick to do and it has a delicacy that is just so lovely. Work in the round, in a triangle, or straight.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6082 Intermediate Magical Mosaics Ginger Luters
Mosaic knitting is a special form of slipped stitch knitting, a fun and easy way to introduce color and geometric pattern into your knitting. Although the finished patterns often look complicated, the technique is fairly simple, using only one color in any one row. We’ll knit some maze-like patterns and then consider ways in which we can vary them, both by changing the charts and by playing with color.
Note: Should know basic Tunisian crochet including creating a foundation row and Tunisian simple stitch.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5031 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes Sarah Peasley
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting without losing your cool.
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 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.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 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 for a perfect fit and finish every time.
Note: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease and read a pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1033 Easy Multi-directional Scarves J C Briar
Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up stitches.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5233 Advanced Stranding Techniques for Color Knitting Beth Brown-Reinsel
Become proficient in your two-color technique, working on the right side and the wrong side of the work. Learn the Norwegian Purl and how it will enable you to purl on the wrong side in two colors with ease! Working with two yarns in the right hand, one yarn in each hand, and two yarns in the left hand are covered in this class, as well as how to purl on the wrong side in each of those styles. Master the ability to work with three or four colors in a row on the right side and the wrong side. Corrugated Ribbing will also be included. Weaving (or catching) the yarns will be demonstrated for each knitting style.
A tiny pillow sampler will be made in class to learn all the techniques.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
1054 Intermediate Ikat Knitting Laura Bryant
If you have ever wanted to fool around with patterning hand-dyed yarn, Ikat knitting is the easiest introduction. You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns with several different approaches to design, and along the way you will gain skill at manipulating colors, forcing them to do your will. Lots of design options will be discussed and illustrated.
Materials fee: $5.00.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate All Things Cabled Christine Bylsma
Whether you have never cabled before or you are already proficient, there will be cabling fun for everyone. We will explore all types of cables — basic, traveling, non-committal, reversible, complex, and even faux cables as we all become comfortable with the charts and the terminology.
Explore creating your own cables armed with some unconventional design tools, charting basics, and stitch book examples and photos for inspiration. Create design teams if you like. Then swatch your creations to see how they look in real life.
If you love jigsaw puzzles you will love designing your own custom Aran sweater, scarf, wrap, hat — whatever you like. Put all those cable designs and swatches you created to work as you learn to combine motifs, measure gauge, add filler stitches, and develop your own pattern. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and so much fun.
Cables present their own unique issues when it comes to finishing. Learn when to end a cable (or not), how to bind off cables so they don’t flare, seaming to match cables, blocking and other finishing techniques so important to enhancing your beautiful knitting.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6116 Intermediate Weaving Techniques as Applied to Knits Lily Chin
By combining another yarn to 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7009 Easy Swatchbuckling Carson Demers
Avast ye maties! Let's bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique.
We'll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. We'll examine yarn tensioning techniques and all phases of stitch creation, first with simple, then more challenging swatches and stitches. We'll also look at ways to add movement to knitting and to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4072 Intermediate Beaded Bag with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Learn the knit-one-below technique as you complete this versatile project to add to your collection. Carry it as an elegant small purse, fill it with potpourri, or put it into your knitting basket and enjoy it on a daily basis as the ultimate yarn cozy. Beads are optional, and you can use a thicker yarn to make a larger bag.
Note: Must have experience with dpns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
2046 Easy From Start to Finish Edie Eckman
You've taken the time to choose the best yarn, get gauge, and make perfectly formed stitches. Why stop now? Make sure that your finishing techniques are the best they can be!
Learn steps to take (from the moment you pick up the needles) to create beautifully finished sweaters. We'll cover best practices for blocking, seaming, weaving in ends, and picking up stitches.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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. Cast-on, bind-off, picking up, buttonholes and spacing, short-row shoulders, and seaming techniques will all guarantee a beautifully finished garment.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4020 Intermediate 2-at-a-Time Socks on 2 Circulars Toe-Up Antje Gillingham
Try a new take on knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles, and work them from the toe up! Take the guess work out of how much yarn you'll need for your socks by trying them on as you go! No more counting rows or stitches and no more single socks in your drawer!
Practice each section of the sock anatomy from toe to cuff during this workshop. We won't be able to knit a complete adult pair in one day, but at the end of our time in class you'll be able to go back to your hotel room, cast on and start working on your very own spectacular pair of completely identical socks at the same time.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     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 utilize stockinette knitting. Knitters love interesting stitch patterns. They bring great texture and stunning variety to our work.
This class will help you learn to evaluate the 'beadability' of some of your stitch pattern favorites and perhaps one or two with which you are not yet familiar. Learn how to use some wonderful bead-knitting and bead-weaving techniques to show off just what makes your favorite stitch patterns so fabulous. Use a little or use a lot—it's up to you—but do show off those special knitted stitch patterns with beads.
Note: Some bead-knitting experience is helpful but not required for taking this class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC No skills required Pucker Up: Fabulous Effects with Differential Shrinkage in your Handwoven Fabric Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered what happens if you weave wool with yarns that do not felt? Don’t be surprised if your fibers shrink at different rates and cause the cloth to pucker. By planning what fibers to weave together in specific patterns, you can achieve some very exciting effects in your fabric. When the wool shrinks and the cotton, rayon or silk does not, the woven fabric ends up with puckers, puffs, or bumps that can give a unique look to your project. Learn how to plan for the textures that will take your hand-wovens to a whole new level. You will weave the puffy pillow and sew it together in class. We will explore the proper felting process to achieve the effect you want. During the two days, we will discuss various fibers to combine and projects that take advantage of this exciting technique.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for use in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Perfect Fit in Crochet Jenny King
Perfect fit from the top down no matter what size you are. This garment will be customized, flattering and unique. Over 2 days, you will have the opportunity to construct a garment you will love to wear in any shape you desire. Explore the most familiar stitch in crochet and learn the technique needed to make it into a perfect fitted stylish wardrobe essential. Take part in fashion show/dress up time to choose a garment style. If you are inclined, sketching will be involved and design elements, yarn choice, sleeve sizing, shaping techniques, and garment embellishment will be investigated. You will receive a workbook that can be completed in class as work progresses.
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Designing...The Art, The Science and the Fun Barry Klein
Part of the enjoyment of knitting is being able to wear what we make. What stops us from wearing what we make is that we don't take the time to know our bodies, understand what it takes to make things fit, and just how easy it is to find the secrets to our needs.
In this class, we will go from start to finish in understanding our bodies. Yes...we are going to take a fine look at shape, size, angles, and structure. We're going to figure out what we like and don't like about fit, style, ease and more.
Once we've figured out our bodies, we'll look at yarns and yarn choices, what yarns work and what yarns don't work as we experiment with stitch patterns.
As we bring this all home, we'll work on going from picture to reality as we put the talk, the theory, and the knitting to the test.
What makes this class even more fun is that we are a small group, and we will be able to talk in a very honest fashion about every part of knitting. We will work on things like shaping and what makes shaping work for our body. We will look at what types of stitch patterns help with our body style. We will share everything that works for us and we will learn together.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6047 Easy Stripe It Rich Melissa Leapman
Want to play with color? In this hands-on workshop, explore several interesting multicolor stitch patterns that are based on simple stripes. Using just one color per row, you'll create tuck stitches, drop stitches, and more. The techniques are easy, but the results are dramatic!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4086 Easy A Scarf Duet: Pas de Deux Judy Pascale
Dance your way through this class which presents two scarves, each with a different look. One is a distinctive V-shape, allowing the scarf to stay on your shoulders, while the crescent- shaped scarf with its gradual transition has a graceful flow that drapes the shoulders. Both shapes are enhanced with a contoured neck-hugging technique.
Using the class techniques rather than a fancy yarn or complicated stitches, you can create a very dramatic scarf. Embellish it with beads, and now you have an extraordinary scarf. Using a non-prestringing method allows a sequence of beads to be added to a lace section or a garter section. How you select the beads defines your individual preferences. For example, silver-lined or gold-lined beads tend to add dazzle, while gunmetal beads make a chic but more subtle statement.
Materials fee: $3.00 for beading hook and beads.
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 am Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm NEW
ETC Intermediate Beyond Reversible Motifs: Double-Knitting for the Adventurous Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting no longer a challenge for you? Tired of looking at the wrong side of everything you make? Learn how to use double-knitting to translate many single-sided knitting techniques into reversible fabric! In this two-day intensive class, you'll learn several different techniques for double-knitting lace, double-knitting cables, as well as leaving the grid behind entirely with decorative double-knit increasing and decreasing colorwork. As a bonus, you'll also learn how to create standard double-knit fabric with lettering that's readable on both sides. Alasdair Post-Quinn is among those on the forefront of new double-knit technique development; aside from the regular class curriculum, he'll be happy to help you work past any double-knitting conundrums or stumbling blocks you've encountered in creating your own designs or working from other double-knitting patterns.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience is required.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro Leslye Solomon
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the two methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6081 Easy The Hole Story Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Since my very first book I’ve been fascinated with holes in knitted fabric... they are fun to knit and placed strategically can add great structural interest to any garment. During this workshop you will be able to examine firsthand garments using different hole and cutout techniques. You will have time to swatch different hole ideas or start on a scarf pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1053 Easy Knit A Quilt Myra Wood
Many traditional quilt designs can be easily translated into knitting. In this unique workshop you will create quilt blocks and learn how to arrange them in different patterns to create an heirloom knit quilt. You'll learn how to take a traditional quilt block and knit it in different colors and yarns. The sky's the limit with this incredible technique!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5034 Intermediate Freesole Socks Anna Zilboorg
For avid sock knitters, this new construction makes possible stranded socks with plain soles and socks with different yarns on the soles, insteps, and tops. But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Any part of the sole or heel can be easily removed and reknit!
The sock begins with a 2-part toe (pick-up shaping on chain technique), continues up the instep in pattern (2-handed-backwards technique), then the sole is worked, attaching as you go and shaping a gusset (strip-joining technique). Finally you turn the heel, pattern it, join the front, and knit up the leg. All this while making a sample sock large enough to hold quarters in your car.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1041 Easy Intarsia Garter Stitch Anne Berk
Intarsia allows knitters to paint pictures on their knitting and control color, while making a single layer fabric. Have you ever wondered why intarsia is always done in stockinette? Intarsia garter stitch is tricky but a lot of fun to knit! Learn to break that rule, so the benefits of garter stitch (reversible fabric that does not curl, and row gauge that equals stitch gauge) can be incorporated into your intarsia designs.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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."
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1050 Intermediate Accent on Color Laura Bryant
We have learned already that to get wow! we must step outside of our comfort zones and avoid predictability. Harder to achieve is adding just the right amount of accent without going over the visual edge.
In this class, we will explore taming wild colors and pumping up boring combinations by adjusting the quantity. A series of swatches worked in class will allow your own personal explorations, as well as learning a quick method for initial trials.
Note: Must have previously taken any one color course with Laura.
Materials fee: $3.00 for yarns.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7006 No skills required Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
'Just one more row' may be all it takes to cause a repetitive strain injury. Learn what causes those aches and pains in your hands, arms, and spine. More importantly, learn how to prevent them through risk-factor identification and techniques to reduce the risk.
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
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5026 Easy Stashbuster Magic Melissa Leapman
Got yarn? Transform even your tiniest bits and pieces into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind jacket! In this hands-on workshop, learn designer secrets for creating and using a magic ball of yarn while knitting a mini version of this one-piece wonder. Best of all, no one will ever suspect it was crafted from leftovers! Magic, indeed.
Note: Must be comfortable working in the round on double-pointed needles or proficient at Magic Loop or knitting in the round with 2 circular needles on as few as 8 stitches.
Sunday 1:30 pm - Saturday 4:30 pm
7070 No skills required Shooting Your Stitches! Kellie Nuss
Kellie Nuss, an established professional photographer as well as a knitting instructor, will walk you through the VERY BASICS of good light and composition so you can capture pleasing images of your knit pieces. Whether you are shooting with your phone, a point-and-shoot, or a DSLR, learn to show your stitchwork off to its best advantage. All you need is to know how to push your camera's shoot button and to have a can-do attitude! Kellie will do some live shooting both with her equipment and yours and give students the chance to do the same. Friendly and supportive critiquing will help you see how good light, trying a different camera angle, and taking a few chances will quickly improve your photos.
Note: This class is NOT a technical photography class. It is for anyone who wants to take better, more-fun photos of their knitting and learn how to use them in this modern, connected knitting world.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.



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