STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 11:59 am
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Rick Mondragon
Your Swatch is TALKING. Indulge your inner knitter, LISTEN.

For knitters and crocheters, it all begins with the swatch.
Actually, it begins with yarn and needles . . . or an idea . . . or a pattern. No matter — you need a swatch.

But that swatch isn't just about getting gauge. It’s about creating a 3-D fabric where stitch pattern, color placement, and even technique take you far beyond stitches and rows per inch.

Swatches — a lot of them — are often all that separate failure from success, and develop each of us into satisfied, fulfilled knitters.

When you ask, “What if?”— your swatch has the answers. Learn to love, understand, and value your swatch.

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Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Rick Mondragon
Your Swatch is TALKING. Indulge your inner knitter, LISTEN.

For knitters and crocheters, it all begins with the swatch.
Actually, it begins with yarn and needles . . . or an idea . . . or a pattern. No matter — you need a swatch.

But that swatch isn't just about getting gauge. It’s about creating a 3-D fabric where stitch pattern, color placement, and even technique take you far beyond stitches and rows per inch.

Swatches — a lot of them — are often all that separate failure from success, and develop each of us into satisfied, fulfilled knitters.

When you ask, “What if?”— your swatch has the answers. Learn to love, understand, and value your swatch.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Teachers a la Carte Luncheon  
Food, fun, and first impressions: Wonder what a class is all about? Join us for lunch and table-side visits from STITCHES instructors.

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 NEW
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 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 work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.

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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
4088 Easy Instant Knits for Weekend Gratification Steven Berg
No-rules, fun, fast, and furious knits with StevenBe! Capture this fall's hot trends right off the runway and make them this weekend! Explore the use of large circular knitting needles with uber-chunky yarns and combinations of fibers that will blow your mind.
You'll have the opportunity to choose a quick knit project and work with Steven to create your own unique accessory as your STITCHES Midwest trophy.
This workshop is intended to power up your creative juices and boost your imagination into overdrive. Steven will review current trends and hot projects like the super-chunky knits you've been swooning over on Pinterest. This fashion and art presentation is interjected with anecdotes of Steven's past in the world of high fashion and his travels around the world. You will be inspired by his unconventional use of both traditional and non-traditional fibers.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
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 resizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe.
Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6202 Advanced Introduction to Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria Candace Eisner Strick
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs but actually are done using only 2 basic techniques without the use of a cable needle. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5015 Easy Bead Knitting Sampler Betsy Hershberg
Expand your horizons by joining the ranks of happy knitters who have learned how to enhance their knitting with beads of all kinds.
As you learn 9 different methods to include beads in stockinette fabric, you'll create a wonderful sampler that coordinates with written instructions to provide the perfect take-home reference guide. We'll use large beads and worsted-weight yarn, so no worries about eye strain or managing tiny beads.
This is the class in which to begin your adventures in bead knitting! Materials fee: $2 (assorted beads).
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if you'd like to try weaving, but feel confused about it and don't know if you'd like it or not? In this class you will see 3 of the top brands of rigid-heddle looms and find out how they work. You will learn about setting up the looms to prepare for weaving, and then you will weave on them.

This class gives you an overview of how weaving can expand your fiber skills. It's the perfect opportunity to give weaving a try without purchasing the equipment. See just how easy weaving can be!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.

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 am NEW
2050 Easy Best Buttonholes and Button Bands! Patty Lyons
Are you never happy with your buttonholes? Does the ratio for picking up stitches for the perfect button band elude you? In this workshop we’ll practice a variety of buttonholes including 1-row and 2-row, and my own trick for neatening up the 2-row buttonhole. We'll look at how to make the perfect button band and make sure the cardigan's final step doesn't lead to disappointment. Let's close up those sweaters with pride!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decreases as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8043 Easy Tunisian Crochet 101 Marty Miller
Tunisian Crochet (once called Afghan Stitch or Afghan Crochet) is a happy marriage between knit and crochet. Whether you know how to knit or know how to crochet, you will soon be able to work Tunisian Crochet. And if you know how to knit but don't know how to crochet, it's a great way to learn crochet. You'll learn the basic stitches of Tunisian Crochet, some intermediate stitches, shaping techniques, and more. You'll work a beginner project and find out what all the buzz is about. You, too, will "go Tunisian"!
Note: Must know how to knit or crochet.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6126 Easy Simply Beautiful Lace Knitting Kellie Nuss
If you want to learn lace knitting, this class is for you! Kellie will take you from Zero to On Your Way in one class! You will choose one of three classic lace patterns and begin a pair of lovely wrist warmers. The construction is simple so you can focus on learning to read charts and patterns as well as reading the ebb and flow of the shaped stitches themselves. There will be time to relax and ease into ripping, fixing mistakes, and using a lifeline. Come and make something beautiful, useful, and timeless!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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 a built-in capacity for reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork, double-knitting is labor-intensive but a wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.
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 completed a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 Gayle Roehm
Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I’ve found in Japanese garment patterns. We’ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don’t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude — they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5038 Easy Switch to Continental-style Knitting Leslye Solomon
It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed, Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically.
As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric may improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7068 Intermediate KLITCH your Knits! Beth Whiteside
Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques! That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), cinch in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in class, as well as get ideas for using and developing them further. Come learn to KLITCH!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5149 Intermediate A Different Angle Myra Wood
Discover triangles! Modular knitting isn’t just for squares—triangles offer exciting opportunities, too!
Start with a simple template and formula for equilateral triangles and discover ways to combine them to make creative fabrics. Learn how to combine different stitch patterns, work half triangles, and join them to form one larger piece. Lots of fun, without a lot of counting! And even better, no gauge swatch is required!
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Five Women, Five Shawls Franklin Habit
A person’s “creative lineage” is something like a family tree; only instead of telling you who married whom and why you’ve inherited brown eyes and curly hair, it suggests reasons you may have a fondness for fine handwork or a knack for perfect set-in sleeves. It traces the passions, lives, and talents of those who helped to make you the creative soul you are–and researching it can be fascinating, illuminating, and sometimes shocking. In this talk, Franklin Habit tells the funny, romantic, heartbreaking stories of his first teachers–all women in his family—and demonstrates the creative process behind the series of shawl designs they inspired.

Note: This presentation is free to registered attendees (anyone paying for a class or special event). Your badge will get you in.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6122 Advanced Shetland Sky and Sea Denise Bell
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?
In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 2 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye and the Cockleshell. Both stitches involve patterning on every row and require a bit of concentration, but are well worth the effort!
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart
reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 am
6074 Intermediate Vertically-stranded Color Work Lorilee Beltman
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history: it's used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class, apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5116 Intermediate Lacy Miters Jill Bigelow Suttell
Mitered squares provide a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn while adding color and texture to your project. Adding a little lace will totally change the look of your mitered-square projects.
Learn to read and create lacy mitered charts, and learn tips and tricks for making great lacy squares. We'll discuss using lace miters as accents for trianglular or rectanglular shawls and for shaped garments like sweaters.
Note: Previous miter experience is necessary.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's Marly Bird
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

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

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
7006 Easy Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
7089 No skills required Photographing Your Fiber Franklin Habit
Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling, and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition, and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap! No prior knowledge of photography necessary. The emphasis will be on getting the best possible shots using your camera.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4087 Intermediate Go Big or Go Home—XL Bead Balls Betsy Hershberg
In this combination technique-and-project class, students learn to create bead-knit wrappers for XL wooden beads (measuring 1” in diameter). With strong, fine-gauge, solid and hand-painted tencel fibers and small US 00 needles, you can knit fabric that will have lots of beautiful little stitches. And lots of beautiful stitches provide seemingly endless options for stunning bead-placement patterns. As you work on your own series of beads, your personal gauge is used to plan the perfect-sized wrapper and bead design. You'll learn techniques including multicolor bead stringing, how to knit beads between stitches (the easiest way to place pre-strung beads), and options for grafting plain and bead-knit fabric. An alternative tubular method for encasing these beads will also be presented.
Note: Must be able to work a long-tail cast-on and be prepared to work with very small needles and small (Size 8) beads.
Materials Fee: $10 (for fiber, beading needle, and wooden bead balls). Students will supply their own beads; details provided with homework.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
Use up those leftover balls of yarn, this method of weaving is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6111 Easy Slip Sliding Away Barry Klein
Slip-stitch knitting is a fantastic way to play with color and texture and create a piece of fabric that is unique to the yarns you've selected. We will work on multiple slip-stitch variations and talk about yarn selection, color placement, and details that will allow you to use this technique to create something truly fantastic. This technique is simple, easy, and really fun.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3080 Intermediate Flatter Yourself: Fully Fashioned Secrets of the Pros Melissa Leapman
In this fun hands-on workshop, learn how designers use fully fashioned shaping to create flattering sweaters. No matter your shape, use your knitting prowess to create knockout pieces that fit and flatter.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5167 Intermediate Short-row Magic Patty Lyons
You've learned how to short row, you've even done it in a pattern, but how do you apply it to your own knitting? Learn how to use this little bit of knitting magic to adapt patterns to fit you better. Learn how you can replace existing pattern elements such as neck, armhole , and shoulder shaping. We will also explore how you can add functional elements to your garment such as creating bust darts or raising the back of a yoke sweater, as well as adding decorative elements to existing patterns such as shawl collars and shirt-tail hems. Short rows truly are magic!
Note: Short rows will not be taught in this class. Working knowledge of one of the short-row techniques is required.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8042 Easy Foundation Stitches 101: the Basics Marty Miller
The most difficult part of a crochet pattern is working into the foundation chain. Learn how to avoid the foundation chain by making the chain AND the first row of stitches at the same time. You already know how to make the basic stitches (sc, hdc, and dc). Now learn the basic foundation stitches (fsc, fhdc, and fdc) and how to use them in all your patterns and designs. You'll also learn why they are, as one student called them, 'a Lifesaver.' Some people call these foundation stitches "chainless foundation," or "no-chain foundation," or "chain-free foundation" stitches.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6124-1 Easy Weave the Center, Knit the Edge: The Ligeia Stole Workshop (Part 1) John Mullarkey
The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient arts, weaving and knitting, to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant. In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging. You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together. No previous weaving experience is required!
Note: This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 6124-2 with Franklin Habit on Saturday PM. You cannot take one part without the other.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5161 Intermediate 2-pattern Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
So you’ve learned to love the reversible magic that is double-knitting, and perhaps you want to make a gift with a unique personal touch. You chart out the name of that special someone, but when you double-knit it, the opposite side is all in mirror-image letters! With planning and a little bending of the rules, you can avoid this. In this workshop you’ll learn how to build, follow, and knit a 2-pattern double-knit chart so that you can make letters readable on either side—or even make 2 completely different patterns. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the structure of double-knit fabric and learn the possibilities (and limitations) of 2-pattern double-knitting, along with a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5033 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns Gayle Roehm
Many knitters have recently discovered the intriguing world of Japanese hand-knitting patterns. Japanese designers are creative and innovative, and their designs use beautiful stitchwork and impeccable details. You’ll see that a Japanese pattern is presented in an almost entirely graphic format, which is quite accessible to a western knitter once certain conventions are explained.

This full-day class is aimed at those who would like to make a garment from a Japanese pattern. We’ll learn how to 'read' a schematic, including how to interpret shaping notation. We'll cover how to find basic information such as gauge, yarn requirements, and needle sizing. We’ll also examine the symbols used in stitch charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers, and we’ll make some swatches to become familiar with Japanese symbology. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7088 No skills required Curious about Machine Knitting? Leslye Solomon
Do you ever wish you could whip up a sweater after dinner? Would you like to be able to make the back of a sweater in about 25 minutes, the front in about 30 minutes, and each sleeve in about 20 minutes? It's possible, and in this demo class Leslye Solomon,  author of The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine, shows you how it's done. No... it's not cheating. It's exciting, creative, and helps use up all that yarn you never seem to have enough time to consume. Learn the functions of the buttons and levers. See how to choose and measure your swatch. Using that information, learn how to plan the width and length you desire and to accurately achieve it. Watch how to cast on, increase, decrease, bind off, and shape armholes, necks, sleeves, and sleeve caps. See finishing using the machine and learn what to do by hand. Whether you have a machine already or are just interested, this class will introduce you to a whole new world of knitting.
Friday 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!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
6064 Advanced Twisted Traveling Stitches Anna Zilboorg
Austrian twisted travelling stitches create patterns in high relief that resemble woodcarvings. They can also provide a wonderful base for embroidery. They require a few special techniques (among them, how to interpret the special charts), careful knitting, and some practice, but are well worth the effort. This class will focus on flat knitting, which is much harder than working these patterns in the round but gives the greatest flexibility for usage. After a few exercises, we'll make a cell-phone cover that could easily turn into cuffs for an elegant sweater.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
No skills required Splendid Apparel Anna Zilboorg
Listen and watch as Anna takes you through the pages and between the lines of her newest book, Splendid Apparel: a Handbook of Embroidered Knits.

This is a free event.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5131 Easy Cables Decoded Jill Bigelow Suttell
Adding a cable instantly brings a new dimension to your project, but 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 learn to read a chart.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Try something different. Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave! Entrelac isn't only for knitters.
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook and single crochet! Amaze your friends with your new-found crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5236 Easy 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 newfound knowledge, convert finished stitch patterns into words. These are valuable skills for knitters of all experience.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3125 Advanced Wedge Shawl Design J C Briar
Stunning shawls are often formed with lace 'wedge,' sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed with 2 wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of 3 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: Must be comfortable reading charts and knitting lace.
This class begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Saturday morning.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6110 Easy Captivating Chevrons Laura Bryant
Made iconically famous by the Italian design house of Missoni, chevron stitches are wonderfully dynamic and easily manipulated by hand knitters. Laura will lead you through several variations on how to form chevrons, and then will discuss gauge, design applications, and color selection. Your hands-on swatch will be a permanent record of how each type of chevron appears, so future project application will be a snap.
Note: Must know how to work both k2tog and SSK and what the difference between them is.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarns.
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
2034 Intermediate The Edge of Knit Candace Eisner Strick
You have to bind off anyway, right? So let's make a border at the same time! From sophisticated to funky, you can do two things at one time! Sample six border bind-offs: crochet picot, attached I-cord, applied lace, knit picot, I-cord fringe, and one more mysterious teaser!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6124-2 Easy Weave the Center, Knit the Edge: The Ligeia Stole Workshop (Part 2) Franklin Habit
The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient arts, weaving and knitting, to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant. In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging. You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together. No previous weaving experience is required!
Note: This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 6124-1 with John Mullarkey on Saturday AM. You cannot take one part without the other.
You must be comfortable knitting from lace charts.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3128 Intermediate Nifty Necklines Melissa Leapman
Tired of the same ol’ crewneck sweater pattern? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore several fun and innovative necklines, including many that are created as you knit the main garment for easy finishing!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6125 Easy Switch a (Lace) Stitch Jen Lucas
Ever wonder why a designer picks one increase or decrease over another in a lace pattern? Let’s demystify lace stitches! In this class we will be exploring how subtle changes in your lace make a big difference in the overall look of a piece. We will be working several swatches in class to demonstrate how you can change the look of your lace just by changing a stitch or two. We will also be exploring how placement of increases and decreases can change the overall fabric. A great class for beginner and experienced lace knitters alike!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5031 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes Sarah Peasley
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting—without losing your cool.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5152 Intermediate Multi-color Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Bored with only 2 colors in your double-knitting? Add a third—or a fourth! With more than 2 colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit. Learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a 3-color pattern. In this workshop you’ll get to play with 3-color single-pattern as well as 2-pattern double-knitting – and open new doors to design possibilities that were previously impossible (or at least improbable). You’ll also learn how to integrate the third color into a foolproof double-knit selvedge, and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party  
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us 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
6113 Advanced Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers Denise Bell
The Estonian style of lacework involves several stitches that may be unfamiliar or intimidating to many lace knitters . A nupp, unlike a bobble, lies flat and has little surface disruption. A starflower begins with the same first step as the nupp, but rather than building inwards it blooms into an open feature.
Students will learn the techniques for nupps and starflowers and examine finished projects using both.
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4058 Intermediate Felted Loafer Slippers Lorilee Beltman
These sturdy slippers are real people pleasers. You'll be making them for all your loved ones! The double sole makes them long wearing, and the shaping of the heel keeps them on comfortably. Knit seamlessly using great techniques: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Magic Loop knitting, short-row shaping, a clever technique for joining the soles, and felting tricks. Many students will complete aslipper, 9"-11" long, in class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5162 Easy New Perspectives on Knitting with StevenBe Steven Berg
Broaden your knitting horizon and change your life with StevenBe. This dynamic class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning StevenBe's and Westknits' favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from working patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and design decisions.

Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment. Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern—making it truly yours.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach Gwen Bortner
Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, read a basic chart, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1054 Intermediate Intro to Ikat Knitting or Crochet Laura Bryant
If you have ever wanted to fool around with patterning hand-dyed yarn, Ikat knitting or crochet is the easiest introduction. Spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns using several different approaches to design; 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: $10.00 for Ikat-dyed yarn.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7085 Easy 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5160 Intermediate Breaking Baa-d Candace Eisner Strick
Let's get cooking! It's time to break bad from those same old techniques. There are easier and better ways of doing things. Learn innovative new ideas from Candace’s kitchen, such as taking the old and almost-useless e-loop cast-on and turning it into a thing of beauty, how to do a painless 8-stitch cast-on for a center start, a buttonhole so easy it’s disgraceful, and many others. With crystal-clear instructions, a little humor, and a lot of cool tricks, come and get high with your knitting!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6129 Intermediate Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch Franklin Habit
The intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of "Bayerisches Stricken"—"Peasant Knitting"—but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded.
Prerequisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Prior familiarity and comfort with working from charted patterns will be helpful.
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 are ready to 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 in a way that preserves 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 NEW
3120 Intermediate It's a Swing Thing Barry Klein
Take a regular sweater or jacket pattern and add swing by means of short rows or increase/decrease shaping. Learn the different methods for doing this and how the placement and choice of the shaping can make all the difference. We will experiment with different stitch patterns, style choices, and fashion options, so it will be clear how to make this work on the garments you create. Lots of finished projects will be in class to show how it all works. This is a great hands-on class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6128 Intermediate Two-faced Knitting: Stitch Patterns that Look Great on Both Sides Melissa Leapman
Want to add more reversible stitch patterns to your knitting backpack? Discover several fun fabrics that are perfect for scarves, blankets, or any project that is seen on both sides. Learn how to look good both coming and going!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5145 No skills required Magic of Perfect Blocking Patty Lyons
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don't stop short of the perfect finish!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8058 Intermediate Design Your Own Crochet Stitch Pattern Marty Miller
Yes—you can be a designer, too! In this workshop, you will learn (or practice) a few stitch patterns, and then we will discuss how to change them to make them uniquely your own. You will learn how the size of certain stitches affects your pattern, how you can increase or decrease the size of the pattern, how you can incorporate shaping into your pattern, and many other variations that you can use.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5159 Easy Grow-With-Me: Knitting for Babies & Kids Kate Oates
Hand knits for children are quickly outgrown. This class reviews the basics on how children's bodies grow and offers the best ways to get more wear out of each garment. It provides a description of growth patterns, guides knitters through the little math necessary to make adjustments in patterns and also gives an overview of schematic interpretation. Included are several math worksheets for adjusting stitches or rows in particular sections of a sweater. We finish up by practicing some grow-with-me tips and tricks for knitting long-fitting sweaters. 
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
4082 Intermediate Downside Up Socks Sarah Peasley
Turn tradition on its head! Use 2 circular needles to knit a sock from the toe up. Start with an unconventional cast-on, form a perfect heel without picking up any stitches (and without that pesky hole, too!), and finish with your choice of a ribbed or a hemmed cuff.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5155 Advanced Double-knitting Lace Alasdair Post-Quinn
Alasdair says it best: "The more I double-knit, the more possibilities open up before me. I love the possibilities of lace—the elegant shapes and flowing forms can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. As I push the boundaries of double-knitting, how could I not try double-knit lace? It turns out that there are myriad ways to do it."

Learn 3 double-knit openwork methods and the pros and cons of each. You'll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting 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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Ready for a real challenge? Join me to experience some new, complex, and (possibly) daunting stitch patterns drawn from Japanese garment designs. Each pattern presents an unusual challenge in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. We’ll review the standardized symbols used in the selected patterns, with further explanation for a few that require clarification. We’ll go on to swatch at least eight stitch patterns. For each one we’ll consider what’s unusual about the chart and we'll take a look at the original garment. These are really fun to knit, and you’ll have several new techniques for your repertoire or to use in your own designing. The goal of the class is to demystify complex charts so you won't fear tackling any Japanese stitch pattern. Bring an adventurous spirit. You don’t need experience with Japanese patterns, but you should be comfortable knitting from charts.
Note: These patterns are not part of 6017 (previously 617-3) Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts, and familiarity with Japanese symbols is helpful.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3130 Easy Designing Knitting Projects from Sewing Patterns Leslye Solomon
Sewing patterns come in a huge variety of design ideas and sizes and are a great source for your next knitting project! Did you know you can take the shape of a paper pattern piece and turn it into stitches and rows to knit?

In this class, you will learn how to choose your yarn and pattern size and the stitch that would best flatter your design. Find the stitch and row gauge of your selected yarn and stitch. Extract the measurements of the pattern piece and easily calculate the shaping into the stitches and rows to duplicate the shape in knitting. Learn how to take the angles and curves of hems and the curves of armholes, necks, sleeves, and sleeve caps found in sewing patterns and calculate the increases and decreases involved to shape your knitting in the same way. Tap into this vast resource that could result in your next multi-size original sweater pattern.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 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!
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 ever 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 2 colors (never purl Fair Isle again); plus other hints which are more or less arcane but no less useful.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required From the pages of Knitter's Magazine Rick Mondragon
Join Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter's, as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter's Magazine. Gain insight on how it all comes together—stitch, color, and silhouette—along with logical approaches to what appears on the page and why.

Find inspiration for a full season of knitting with Rick as your guide.

From the pages of Knitter's Magazine is a FREE event. Saturday at Noon.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 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 on Saturday afternoon and concludes Sunday morning.

Students must be skilled at executing standard increases and decreases and be proficient at chart reading. Experience with lace-weight yarn is required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6095 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped-stitch patterns allow you to 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, the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting, and how to read two types of charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6119 Intermediate Twist and Turns: Cables Marly Bird
Knitted cables and braids make some of the prettiest and most complex-looking knit stitch patterns. The secret? They're easier than they look!
Learn about the history of cables while knitting samples that can be turned into a hat or scarf. You'll leave with the confidence and understanding of the importance of gauge, how to create cables with and without a cable needle, and how to read cable charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5003 Easy Cast-on Cornucopia J C Briar
Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: 1-strand or 2-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class, try variations on old favorites, and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci Laura Bryant
Learn a method for controlling color combinations successfully while swatching with fun colors and yarns. Laura shares the history of Fibonacci numbers while you explore color proportions in stripes, blocks, and even shading. This mathematical relationship is evident in nature. Artists, sculptors, and designers have used it throughout time and civilization because it is so pleasing to the eye. This creative exercise is one you will revisit time and again.
Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7009 Easy Applying Ergonomic Techniques to Your Knitting Carson Demers
Learn the basics of knitting’s ergonomics and the put them into practice in this unique class. You’ll learn everything from neutral postures to optimal tensioning techniques to help you be a comfortable, lifelong knitter. We’ll apply various strategies that can improve your productivity, efficiency and comfort. Working in small groups you’ll examine your 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 to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3127 Intermediate Plug it in, Plug it in Candace Eisner Strick
Freshen up your knitting and make it all your own. Learn Candace's unique approach for a crescent-shaped scarf. You can make it your own by plugging in a stitch pattern of your choice. Will the geometry dictate the pattern, or will the pattern dictate the geometry? What about those increases and decreases? Hmmm...come and find out.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers Franklin Habit
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting-in-the-round and stranded 2-color work (Fair Isle Knitting).
Materials fee: $5
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4079 Intermediate Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting Betsy Hershberg
Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead-knitting bandwagon and make unique bead-knit jewelry, but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time, only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well, here is a technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead-knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze.

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

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

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6050 Easy Mosaic Knitting: Colorful Knitting the Easy Way Melissa Leapman
You like the look of intricate colorwork but hate the thought of all those bobbins and tangled yarns? Learn the ins and outs of this deceptively easy technique.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5163 Easy Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards Patty Lyons
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8059 Intermediate Foundation Stitches-Beyond the Basics Marty Miller
You know how to do foundation single crochet Stitches (fsc), foundation double crochet stitches (fdc), foundation half double crochet stitches (fhdc), and foundation treble (triple) crochet stitches (ftr). Now go beyond the basics and learn how to make foundation filet stitches, foundation shell stitches, and many more foundation stitches and patterns. Learn ways you can use foundation stitches to start all of your projects.
Note: Must have taken 8042 or know stitches taught there.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5154 Intermediate Something from Nothing Sarah Peasley
(Formerly: Casting On for Toe-up Socks) Hats from the top down. Socks from the toe up. Gloves from the finger tips. Circular shawls, seamless bags, pouches, and toys. What do these things have in common? Each can be worked from the 'center' out! Learn to knit your way out of the middle of nowhere with a sampling of closed cast-ons. Included are the Figure Eight Cast-on, Judy's Magic Cast-on, the Turkish Cast-on, Emily Ocker's Cast-on, and more.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn continental knitting, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5235 Easy Hooked on Knitting Jill Bigelow Suttell
Let's explore knitting as it was invented! Mary Thomas reported in her book the discovery of a half finish sock and five hooked needles in a 12th century Turkish tomb. Since early age until nowadays, knitting is done on hooked needles. Countries like Peru, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal among others still take advantage of a hooked needle to work. Andrea is going to teach you how to knit using knitting needles with hooks at the ends, show you the traditions of their use in different countries, and contrast advantages and disadvantages when knitting with them. A small project pattern will be given to you to practice as well.
Materials fee: $16 includes 1 set of hooked needles, one knitting pin, and a pattern.
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. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5109 Easy Provisional Cast-ons: The How and Why Gwen Bortner
At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And, in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons.
During the first half of class, you will learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, we'll explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
5232 Easy Double-knitting Off the Grid Laura Bryant
Knitting is so often just one row of stitches on top of another – and double-knitting doubly so. In the pursuit of more interesting shapes, sometimes you need to go … off the grid. In this workshop, you’ll learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases – you can use them for shaping later, but I prefer to use them to make colorwork that almost seems to be embroidered onto the fabric. If you combine this technique with double-knit cables, whole new worlds will open up before you. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge 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. You should also be comfortable with standard knitted increases and decreases.)
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7006 Easy Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
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. These cast-on, bind-off, picking up, buttonholes and spacing, short-row shoulders, and seaming techniques will guarantee a beautifully finished garment.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6130 Intermediate Cavalcade of Color Work Franklin Habit
A playful, joyful introduction to three types of color work. We will discuss the nature and practice of jacquard/Fair Isle/stranded work, intarsia, and the little-known but intriguing garter-stitch jacquard, which allows for the introduction of color patterns into garter stitch! Prerequisites: Fluency in the basics of single-color knitting, including casting on, knitting, and purling. Best suited to advanced beginners and intermediate knitters looking to expand their repertoire of color techniques.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6107 Intermediate Be a Bead-knitting 'Show Off!' Betsy Hershberg
Once you've learned basic bead-knitting techniques for stockinette knitting, it's time to take your bead knitting to the next level. Your favorite projects don't always use stockinette stitch. Knitters love interesting stitch patterns! They bring great texture and stunning variety to our work.
This class will help you learn to evaluate the 'beadability' of some of your stitch pattern favorites and perhaps one or two with which you are not yet familiar. Learn how to use some wonderful bead-knitting and bead-weaving techniques to show off just what makes your favorite stitch patterns so fabulous. Use a little or use a lot-it's up to you-but do show off those special knitted stitch patterns with beads!
Note: You should have experience with bead knitting before taking this class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7077 No skills required Open Weave Felted Scarf Deborah Jarchow
Make a scarf with a lovely open pattern using a rigid-heddle loom and wool. You can create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated but is really very easy. If you've taken beginning rigid-heddle weaving, enhance your skills. If you still haven't tried this exciting fiber technique, now is the time to begin. This type of weaving is portable, easy, and fun. No experience necessary!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms available for use in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This fun technique can be used in multiple ways to create flares, extra fabric, body style details, and in wonderful ways to make your knitting easier to assemble. We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you in ways you can't imagine, to create sweaters that feel and fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6101 Intermediate Ha, Fooled You! Melissa Leapman
Explore interesting stitch patterns that fool the eye. In class you'll learn how to create huge embossed cables that seem to sit on top of the fabric—with no cabling involved! Also learn to knit beautiful faux Fair-Isle patterns using (yes) just one color per row. And if you've always wanted to play with mitered squares but hate the idea of all those pesky yarn tails, come and learn an easy way to make faux ones using simple slipped stitches.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5164 Intermediate Lovely Lace Borders Jen Lucas
Learn the tips and tricks for adding a lace border to your knitting! In this class we will be knitting 3 swatches so you can practice the techniques for knitting a lace border onto the body of your piece without seaming. The first swatch demonstrates how to attach the border to your work as you go. The second swatch explores working the border first, then picking up stitches to work the body. In the third swatch we will be working the border and adding stitches along the edge as we go, to be worked after the border is complete. After this class, you will want to add a lace border to everything!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5165 Intermediate Shape Up! Patty Lyons
Do the words 'shape, staying in pattern' strike fear into your heart? Have you been dissatisfied with the look of your shaping in cables, or worse, been baffled by shaping a lace pattern. We will explore all the ins and outs of shaping your garment while keeping your stitch count correct and staying in pattern. We’ll begin by exploring increase and decrease options for knit-purl patterns, move on to cables, and finally tackle shaping in lace, both charted and not. You’ll learn how to read your knitting and use visual cues to shape perfectly. You’ll never look at your knitting the same way again!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3129 Intermediate The Knitter’s Way: Armholes and Sleeve Caps Rick Mondragon
We can make various types of sleeves for a sweater, but there always has to be a marriage of armhole to sleeve cap. And like all marriages, it takes a little work to make it great. We want a flattering fit in our sleeveless, dolman, drop-shoulder, modified-drop, raglan, or set-in style sweater. Let Rick Mondragon guide you through the logic and approaches used by the Knitter's Magazine editorial team to create sleeves that flatter, fit, and marry well with their armholes.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Gayle Roehm
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we’ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We’ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you’re not sure. We’ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
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 2 methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1048 Intermediate Pattern-free Possibilities Myra Wood
Simple rectangles and squares offer endless creativity. It's all in how you put them together!
Start with a rectangular template, divide the space into sections, then knit to fill each section. Experiment with combining stitch patterns, techniques, and colors to create completely unique fabrics. Techniques include mitered squares, modular pieces, log cabin, and bias knitting.
Learn a join-as-you-go method and a modified mattress stitch to create a finished piece that can be turned into a bag or even part of a sweater design.
Sunday 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 knit stitches to create many different effects, both new and wonderful. Learn to incorporate back stitch, cable chain, Palestrina knot, cross stitch flower, and others into ribs, cables, and other stitches whether you are right- or left-handed.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5166 Easy The Language of Patterns Gwen Bortner
Knitting patterns use a language all their own, and there is more to it than just understanding the abbreviations. Learn tricks for translating the language of knitting, clues for decoding the 'secret messages,' and hints for making educated guesses when nothing else seems to work. Students will gain experience locating key information and understanding the real intention of actual patterns as the class works through examples written in a variety of styles.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1050 Intermediate Accent on Color Laura Bryant
Continue your explorations in color with Laura.
We have already learned that to get WOW! we must step outside of our comfort zones and avoid predictability. Harder to achieve is selecting and adding just the right amount of an 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. Swatches can be done in knit or crochet.
Note: Must have previously taken any one color course with Laura.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2049 Intermediate Separation Anxiety Candace Eisner Strick
Do you suffer from anxiety when it comes to putting your knit pieces together? Suffer no more! There are many ways of putting your finished pieces together, and some techniques work best for certain things. Perfect seams can be executed in any number of different ways: grafting, 3-needle-bind-off, knit-and-join as you go, mattress stitch, and sewing down live stitches. Learn these as well as a little-known secret for shaping shoulders before you join them together!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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, dropped stitches, and more. The techniques are easy, but the results are dramatic!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5147 Easy Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks Patty Lyons
There are so many knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I've accumulated quite a few fantastic ones. I love it when I'm teaching a class and a student declares 'I love that tip!' So, I've decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YO's, avoid the gap at the end of a bind-off, tighten your first stitch, make better neck divides, and more...get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decrease as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8044 Intermediate Extreme Tunisian Marty Miller
You know how to do the basic Tunisian stitches, but did you know that Tunisian crochet is not just for afghans? Learn how to increase and decrease, work short rows and ruffles, make lace stitches and basketweave stitches, crochet mitered squares and rectangles, work on the diagonal and much more. You know how relaxing Tunisian crochet is. Now see how much you can do with it!
Note: Must know basic Tunisian stitches.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5029 Easy Mastering Yarn Substitution: Art, Science, or Black Magic? Kellie Nuss
Learn to predict the results of yarn substitution by understanding yarn weights, fiber content, gauge, measuring, and how these elements interact with each other. Gain confidence and prevent disappointment as you learn why things can go wrong, then spend time practicing the basic math involved with a real pattern.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5054 Easy Knitting in Circles Sarah Peasley
Tired of knitting back and forth? Ready to move on? Expand your horizons with a variety of circular-knitting techniques. Learn to knit in the round using double points, 1 circular, 2 circulars, and the Magic Loop, with I-cord and double knitting thrown in for good measure. You'll be ready to make seamless sweaters, sleeves, gloves, bags, and socks (even 2 at a time), and much, much more.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6118 Easy Cowl-o-rama! Beth Whiteside
Design your own cowl! Keep it simple or make it complex; class concepts will help you decide how much you’re ready to take on.
You’ll learn about types of stitch patterns, pattern repeats (multiple of 6 sts) and balancing stitches (the + 2 in multiple of 6 sts + 2), selvedge stitches, options for working with large stitch repeats and panels, and considerations for working methods (flat or circular? widthwise or lengthwise?), all of which influence and affect overall design possibilities. At the end of class you’ll be on your way to your own cowl designs.



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