STITCHES Midwest 2015 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP2 Basic Entrelac Intro Gwen Bortner
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT34 Intermediate Lace Borders 101 Jen Lucas
Top-down shawls are loads of fun to knit, but binding them off? No, thank you. Learn how to add a knit-on lace edging to your knitting, so you can continue knitting and have far fewer stitches to bind off. This technique is not just for shawls! You can apply it to all kinds of pieces, and we will cover how to use knit-on borders in a variety of ways!

Note: You need to be able to read a pattern and have completed one lace project.
Materials: 40-50 yards of a smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light, solid color; US 7 or 8 knitting needles; tapestry needle; stitch markers; small scissors; pen or pencil
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP5 Basic Edgier Edges Beth Whiteside
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: 20-30 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a solid, light, or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band.

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
TT33 Basic Introducing I-cord Beth Whiteside
What is I-cord, you ask? Only the most versatile cord ever unvented! In this class you’ll learn how to make basic Stockinette stitch I-cord, how to scale it up and down, and how to add color with 1-row stripes. From practical handles and drawstrings to decorative fringe and jewelry, versatile I-cord is a great addition to your knitting toolbox.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 20 yds each in 2 light or bright colors; set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PP9 Basic Almost Instant Necklace Scarf Kellie Nuss
Make some chains, cords, twists, or braids. Add beads. Put it all together into a unique piece that bridges the gap between scarf and jewelry. Kellie gets more compliments on these simple pieces than anything else she wears at STITCHES! For knit or crochet.

Materials: 20-30 yards of any yarn or harmonious combination of yarn, needles or hooks appropriate to yarn, large-holed beads similar to 'Pandora-style' bracelet collectible beads.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT2 Basic Continental Knitting Beth Whiteside
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
CR17 No skills required Finger Crochet Marty Miller
Did you know that you don't have to use a crochet hook to crochet? You can use your fingers on one hand – 1, 2, 3, or all of them, including your thumb. Learn to master finger crochet, and you can quickly make scarves, shawls, afghans, and anything you want! You can use one strand or multiple strands and any weight yarn. In fact, if you don't know how to crochet, finger crochet is a great way to learn.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
FF7 No skills required What Every Knitter Should Know About Blocking Leslye Solomon
Imagine all of your garments fitting perfectly, looking extremely well-made, and staying that way. In this class, learn when and why 'before-you-knit and after-you-knit blocking' is so important for every knit project. See dramatic differences between blocked and unblocked hand-knit fabrics and learn how you should approach all your knit projects. Prevent unexpected results related to gauge, shrinking, stretching, and dimensions. See the tools available to help shape your garments to give the best finished appearance. If you think blocking is just pinning in place and wetting when you’re finished knitting, this class promises to elevate your skill level.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP12 Basic Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet Beth Whiteside
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.

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Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC5 Intermediate Stranded Color Beth Whiteside
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CC2 Intermediate Double Knit in Color Kellie Nuss
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
XT11 Basic Split Rings Using Clover's New Bobbin Tatting Shuttle Beth Whiteside
You’ve made rings and chains, and combined the two, now you’re ready for a new challenge.  Add Split Rings to your skills by making these sweet little roses.  You’ll find lots of other uses for split rings, from bridging one round to another, to adding decorative elements to otherwise simple designs.  But here's the bonus — you can do all of this with Clover's new Bobbin Tatting Shuttle. You can pre-wind all of your bobbins and simply insert them into the shuttle as needed for smooth, uninterrupted tatting. Join us and explore this useful trick to make your tatting patterns blossom!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT13 No skills required Invisible Joins — Well Nearly Invisible Gwen Bortner
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you can’t wait to get to the end of the ball to try your new skills.
Materials: 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
FF6 Basic Decorative Bind-offs Jen Lucas
Decorative bind-offs are a great way to add a little pizzazz to your finished piece. In this session, we will be covering two different bind-offs—the picot bind-off and a faux crochet bind-off. Both are fun to work and look beautiful!

Note: Should have completed one lace project.

Materials: 40-50 yards of a smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light, solid color; US 7 or 8 needles; tapestry needle; stitch markers; small scissors; pen or pencil
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
TT32 Basic I-cord on the Edge Beth Whiteside
Edge your knitting as you work it! In class you'll create a swatch with I-cord edges worked at the same time, learn how to turn a corner, execute an I-cord bind-off, and create I-cord button loops. We'll discuss additional ways to edge with I-cord, as well as how to handle gauge considerations. Turn your swatch into a cuff or a coin purse!
Note: Must know how to work a basic stockinette stitch I-cord.
Materials: 20 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Gwen Bortner
All knitters make mistakes. It can be frustrating when you can’t fix them yourself, so you rip out and start over numerous times. This class focuses on the most common skills beginners need: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. These skills will help you relax when an 'oops' comes along.

Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, US 8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT35 Basic Customize Your Ribbing Jen Lucas
Whether you love knitting sweaters or socks, hats or mittens, you have likely incorporated ribbing into your knitting. In this market session, discuss how to take ribbing and turn it up a notch. Rather than using a traditional rib pattern, we will discuss how to work the rib so that it flows into the pattern beautifully. Students will be working with charts to decide how to construct their own, unique ribbing and will create a swatch with customized ribbing all their own!

Note: You must be comfortable understanding and working from a chart.

Materials: 40-50 yards of a smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light, solid color; US 7 or 8 needles; tapestry needle; stitch markers; small scissors; pen or pencil
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out Beth Whiteside
Are you used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, you’ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). We’ll talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles).
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Marty Miller
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Materials: One skein #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, I/9 ( or J/10 (6mm) tunisian crochet hook.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Beth Whiteside
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
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