STITCHES South 2015 Classes
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Tuesday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
No skills required Inaugural STITCHES Texas Project Bag  
Preorder and reserve your bag at the special price of $25... and it will be waiting for you in September when you check in at the registration desk.

Lovingly crafted by our friends at Erin.Lane.Bags, this drawstring Sock Bag is designed to fix the fiber enthusiasts’ transportation problems! This thoughtfully engineered bag is the only self-locking project bag on the market. It does not come open until you pull it open. Also, it is fully lined to ensure that your knitting needles and knitting projects stay safely inside: undamaged and untangled. Featuring a flat, square bottom and a snapping belt clip, this bag makes it easy to carry your project with you on a handbag or on your belt. Measuring approximately 5" square on the bottom 7" high, it will go anywhere you do and clip on to any other bag with a strap, hoop, or hook.
Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Nicky Epstein
Knitting Reimagined: 30 years of knitwear design

It’s fitting that designer Nicky Epstein’s latest book is titled Knitting Reimagined. Never believing that “everything has been done,” Nicky disproves that adage with each new design. She has actively held the knitting world’s interest throughout her extensive career.

Surprises come in different ways—sometimes it’s a matter of scale, other times a mix of materials, bold stitches, or ingenious details. Whether you’re a beginner, an experienced knitter, or a designer, you won’t want to miss this close-up look at knitwear design through the eyes of an expert.

Join us as Nicky discusses her design transitions and explores unconventional constructions and innovative techniques from Knitting Reimagined. Her unique approach will influence your knitting in unexpected ways.

You can also purchase the Spotlight with the Teachers a la Carte Luncheon and save.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Nicky Epstein
Knitting Reimagined: 30 years of knitwear design

It’s fitting that designer Nicky Epstein’s latest book is titled Knitting Reimagined. Never believing that “everything has been done,” Nicky disproves that adage with each new design. She has actively held the knitting world’s interest throughout her extensive career.

Surprises come in different ways—sometimes it’s a matter of scale, other times a mix of materials, bold stitches, or ingenious details. Whether you’re a beginner, an experienced knitter, or a designer, you won’t want to miss this close-up look at knitwear design through the eyes of an expert.

Join us as Nicky discusses her design transitions and explores unconventional constructions and innovative techniques from Knitting Reimagined. Her unique approach will influence your knitting in unexpected ways.

You can also purchase the Spotlight without the Luncheon.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Teachers a la Carte Luncheon  
Enjoy this fast, fun, table-side Meet & Greet event with the STITCHES teachers.

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     SOLD OUT
5017 Intermediate Professional Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast-on Lorilee Beltman
Learn to knit professional looking cuffs and hems without crochet hooks or waste yarn. Class begins by learning Judy's Magic Cast-on and proceeds to knitting in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast-on can look like. Next we work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot without waste yarn or sewing down bulky edges. Finally, create the professional and tidy tubular cast-on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn or a crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new "go-to" skills for provisional starts for a sweater, hat, and mitten cuffs.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6007 Easy Lace Basics J C Briar
Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that's all lace is. An incredible variety of patterns stems from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-overs. Learn to work these decreases, to knit into a yarn-over, and to keep track of your lace knitting while working sample swatches. Pick up tips for choosing yarn and needles, handling mistakes, and blocking.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3118 Advanced Knocking Off a Garment Lily Chin
Have a ready-to-wear garment that you love? Does this garment fit you like a glove? Would you like to interpret it as a handknit or hand-crochet? See how to copy this garment and create a pattern from the original. Learn how easy it is to translate it as a knit (or crochet) without even doing much math!
Materials fee: $5.
Thursday 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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
2028 Easy Edging Magic & Flower Power Class Nicky Epstein
Don't miss this chance to experience Nicky's design thought process on edging and flower design. If you have never taken a class from Nicky...take this one!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5012 Intermediate Long and Short of Knit Alterations Margaret Fisher
You've finished your sweater, but the sleeves are too long or the body is too short. Learn how to fix these common fit problems after-the-fact. In this class, you will cut your knitting, and learn how to alter the length of a garment piece. Practice cutting and unraveling in the middle of a knitted piece, knitting down or up from there, and grafting stockinette stitch and garter stitch. Learn a number of strategies for achieving a good fit without re-knitting. And, in the end, learn how to avoid all of this by using a provisional cast on. Bring a sweater to class for discussion of lengthening or shortening strategies.
Note: Class focus is on lengthening and shortening sweaters knit from bottom-to-top (or top-down), not on width problems in sweaters knit from bottom-to-top.
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 NEW
8051 Easy Bavarian-to-Go Jenny King
Traditional Bavarian crochet is multi-colored and it looks amazing. Students will learn a square, trianglular, and circular Bavarian stitch in this class. Jenny will share her skills with this technique, and each student will receive an autographed copy of Jenny's new Bavarian-to-go book.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6034 Advanced Amazing Couture Stitches Dawn McCormick
One of the unique things about couture clothing is the fabric. In this class we will work with some little-known stitch patterns to produce amazing textures using ordinary yarns. By manipulating the stitches and combining yarns and colors, wonderful fabrics come to life. With these stitches, you can turn a simple garment into a masterpiece.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3063 Intermediate Design Your Own Triangle Shawl Brooke Nico
Learn the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns. Discuss several ways of shaping a simple triangle shawl. Graph out a lace pattern in the body of the shawl, adding repeats in the most effective and aesthetic way as the shawl grows.
Note: Must be familiar with basic knitting including yarn overs and decreases and comfortable working with charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 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. 
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3028 Intermediate A Well-Executed Sleeve Cap Sarah Peasley
Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with no unsightly seams!
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 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 my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Note: This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6019 Advanced Exotic Estonian 'Patent' Stitches Merike Saarniit
Here's the fast and efficient Estonian method of creating those luscious brioche-stitch patterns that are so rich in texture. This technique is also used for unique cables and ribs that are sure to evoke "How'd you DO that?" comments. We'll swatch all-over patterns, 2-color patterns (where one color 'net' seems to float on a different color ground), and exotic-looking cables that don't require a cable needle.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7080 No skills required Weave Simply Fabulous Clothing on a Rigid Heddle or other Loom Judith Shangold
Are you a weaver, or are you thinking about learning to weave and wondering what you can make? Explore easy-to-make, stylish clothing designs woven on a 20” or wider loom.
The session will start with a slide presentation on working with rectangles, simple loom shaping, seaming, and adding knit elements to create easy-to-wear garments that require minimal cutting and sewing. We will discuss good cloth, and how to design fabrics with pizazz on rigid-heddle and multi-shaft looms. Garments will be available to touch, examine, and try on.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
No skills required I've got your number Laura Bryant
How I learned to stop worrying and love math

A creative type who thought math wasn't for her, Laura Bryant has come to appreciate its impact on the artistic side of her practice.

Knitting is not alone in having fabulous applications for math concepts; the entire world is elegantly described by mathematics.

Join Laura as she explores the many ways mathematics inform and enrich knitting.

And no—this isn't about calculating stitch counts.

Laura promises to pique your interest—and maybe even turn you math-curious, if not downright math-friendly!

This is a free event.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 island of Unst, one is quickly running out of Scotland. However, the lace there is worth the trek.
When Shetland lace was presented to Queen Victoria, her excitement sparked aristocratic interest and launched the most popular era for the Shetland lace industry.
In this class we will discuss the 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.
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.

This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

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

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3022 Advanced Design in a Day Christine Bylsma
Want to turn that idea floating around in your head into a functional pattern with stitches on your needle by the end of the day? Or maybe you just wish you could change the neckline or sizing. You CAN do it!
Spend the day with Chris Bylsma, a creative yet practical designer, who has honed her skills through experience. Learn practical, perhaps unconventional, ways to demystify gauge, sizing, style, measurements, swatch, and yarn choice. The result is a personalized pattern for you and a new sense of empowerment. Whether you are adventurous or have never ventured from a pattern before, learn to take control of your knitting.
Note: You need to have knit a wearable garment such as a sweater or jacket.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6116 Intermediate Weaving Techniques as Applied to Knits Lily Chin
By combining another yarn with your knitting via methods borrowed from weaving, many aesthetic possibilities become apparent, certain problems may be solved, and a new technique is added to your repertoire. Textures are easily obtainable, colors may be used to your advantage, and patterning is more accessible. Novelty yarns are handled better, less yarn might be used, gorgeous but uncomfortable fibers need not touch your skin, and stretching can be minimized.
Topics covered include:
*The 'in/out' method method of applying a separate yarn onto knits
* The slip-stitch method of using the same yarn as a 'weft' thread
*Vertical weaves, color weaves, smocking weaves, and much more.
The applications of these techniques include:
*What kinds of yarns are best suited for these fibers
*What kinds of garments are best suited for these fibers
*How to chart these weaves so you'll know what you'll be getting beforehand
By the end of this workshop, you will have a sample of knitted 'woven' fabrics, plus enough ideas to keep you in stitches for a very long time.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2006 Easy Superb Seams Margaret Fisher
Seaming is one of the most important finishing steps for a knit garment. In this class you will master all the seaming techniques used to assemble a sweater and understand how to make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette, and ribbing. Find out how selvedge stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.
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 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 method of crochet with 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3019 Advanced Fully Fashioned and Fabulous Melissa Leapman
It's all in the details! Explore fun and easy ways to work garment shapings with style and finesse. Discover designer tricks that use full-fashion techniques for figure-flattering results.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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 two-pattern double-knit chart so that you can make letters readable on either side – or even make two completely different patterns. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the structure of double-knit fabric and learn the possibilities (and limitations) of two-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
6031 Intermediate 3-2-1: Three 2-color patterns, One color at a time Merike Saarniit
Three fun techniques for intriguing 2-color stitch patterns worked in the round with just one color at a time. We'll start a fingerless glove with a 2-color cast-on and explore 1 or 2 stitch patterns in each of 3 techniques suitable for socks, mittens, hats, or other items knit in the round. These are among many unusual stitch patterns found in old Estonian stitch libraries.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7087 Easy Weave a Log Cabin Cowl Judith Shangold
Learn how to design and thread your loom for this 2-color, plain weave cowl. By alternating the color sequence in different blocks you will create complex-looking patterns using the simple rigid-heddle loom. Bring your loom and yarns; we will warp in class and then begin to weave. Finishing and seaming will be covered so that you can complete your cowl at home.
Note: Some weaving experience is helpful but not essential. Must come to class with a loom.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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
5158 Intermediate Cuff-down Socks Stacey Trock
Socks have a reputation for being scary, but they don't have to be! Learn how to knit a cuff-down sock! How can we do that in 3 hours? Because we'll be knitting a mini-sock!
Learn all of the techniques you need to know: how to work a heel flap, turn a heel, decrease for gusset and toe stitches, and the kitchener stitch. By the time you leave class, you'll have a minature sock and feel confident about casting on a pair of socks for you!
Note: Should feel comfortable using double-point needles.
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 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.
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
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3125 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.
Students must be comfortable reading charts and knitting lace.
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
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     SOLD OUT
3035 Easy Designing A'cording to Nicky Epstein Nicky Epstein
In this class, you'll discover I-cord (aka "Idiot Cord") can be taken to a whole new and fascinating medium with Nicky. You will start by making a knit cord sampler of Nicky's original cord designs. Then, you will learn to make a few fabulous cord frogs, buttons, closures, cables and gorgeous celtic knots. Then discover how to stitch the cord to a knit piece.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8053 Easy Read the Signs Jenny King
If you have ever wondered what those squiggles in a symbol crochet pattern mean and would like to be gently walked through the process, then this is the class for you. Perhaps you have seen a gorgeous design but can't read the words because it is in a foreign publication, or English is not your first language? Symbol reading will help. OR if you hate reading regular patterns and want a shortcut, Jenny can help.
Learn what the symbols mean and practice working a simple pattern done only in symbols before leaving class. Once you have tried symbols you may never want to go back to the words!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6004 Intermediate Celtic Cables Melissa Leapman
Learn how to use basic cabling techniques to create Celtic-inspired knots, panels, and motifs. These special designs include unusual circular elements rather than the typical vertical alignment of most cables. (Shhh don't tell anyone, but these gorgeous cables are much easier than they look!)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6105 Advanced Elegant Knit Ribbon Fabric for Jackets Dawn McCormick
With the abundance of ribbon available to us today, it is time to revisit vintage patterns. Knitting ribbon with today's techniques typically produces a bulky fabric which can be appropriate for some garments. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the option to create a thinner fabric giving us more design options? In this course, we will review vintage patterns and their construction. A selection of knit jacket appropriate stitch patterns will be provided so that the class can practice constructing these fabrics. The class will close with a discussion of how to finish the ribbon fabric once knitted.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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?
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5152 Intermediate Multi-color Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Bored with only two colors in your double-knitting? Add a third – or a fourth! With more than two colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit – learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a three-color pattern. In this workshop, you’ll get to play with three-color single-pattern as well as two-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 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     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn continental knitting, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5058 Easy Knitting in Both Directions Gwen Bortner
Most of us knit in one direction, but what would happen if you could knit in EITHER direction? Bobbles would pop out faster, entrelac would be even more fun, edgings could be added more quickly, and your yarn would tangle less.
Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it's a great skill to have in your knitting arsenal. You can learn the basics to knitting (and purling) in 'the other direction' regardless of the way you knit now! All it takes, as with most things, is a little bit of practice. Learn the how and the why, and get started with what some students have called "the coolest thing they have ever learned in knitting."
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
2026 Intermediate Steeks to the Rescue Christine Bylsma
Knitters often think scissors are the enemy of yarn, but actually they are great enablers. Learn three different non-machine ways to anchor and cut your knitting (yes!) to change a pullover to a cardigan, shape a neckline, re-size a garment, add armholes, and put you in charge.
Note: You need to be comfortable with a basic crochet chain.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
4014 Easy Knitting Block Party Nicky Epstein
Nicky will teach a variety of unique designs you can make with knitted blocks from her blockbuster block book. Make animals, bags, toys, mitts, hats, and much more! Fun! Fun! Fun!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6101 Intermediate Ha, Fooled You! Melissa Leapman
Explore interesting stitch patterns that fool the eye. In class you'll learn how to create huge embossed cables that seem to sit on top of the fabric—with no cabling involved! Also learn to knit beautiful faux Fair-Isle patterns using (yes) just one color per row. And if you've always wanted to play with mitered squares but hate the idea of all those pesky yarn tails, come and learn an easy way to make faux ones using simple slipped stitches.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
You will leave class with a blueprint for elegance.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6097 Advanced Beyond Fiendishly Difficult Stitches Merike Saarniit
Whether or not you've ever taken Merike's popular Fiendishly Difficult Stitches 3-hour class, this class provides an even more fascinating assortment of stitches as well as working with two different selvedge treatments that are a delight in themselves. This class could have a few subtitles: "The Unchartables" or "When a YO is not just a YO". If you choose to continue your swatch until it is long enough to fit around your head, you'll have a fabulous headwarmer. Add a crown for a hat. Or, turn it into a cowl. You will want to use some of these stitches in your future projects.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7081 Intermediate Tapestry Weaving for Wearable Textiles Judith Shangold
Learn to paint with yarn using tapestry techniques. We usually think of tapestries as densely woven, weft-faced weaves used for wall hangings and rugs. The same techniques can be used with finer yarns and balanced weaves, however, to create textiles suitable for clothing and accessories.
You will come to class with your rigid-heddle or multi-harness loom warped for a cowl. After learning various ways to join colors, you will weave your cowl. Finishing and seaming will be demonstrated so that you can complete your project at home.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5157 Easy Shape Shoulders with Short Rows Leslye Solomon
Shape shoulders with short rows, and you'll say "So long." to stair-stepped shoulder seams!

The next time your pattern tells you to shape your shoulders by binding off, ignore it. Learn how to replace those directions with short-row shoulder shaping. Typical directions to "bind off X numbers of stitches at the beginning of the next X number of rows" can result in an awkward edge which is always difficult to sew together successfully. Learn how to keep some stitches active on the needle while some become inactive; gain confidence by practicing the short-row technique in class. You'll produce the shoulder shaping your pattern requires while you eliminate the stair-step bind-off. Finally, learn the trick to invisibly sew the long, smooth, perfectly shaped and angled shoulders so they look as if the front and back are one continuous piece.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5123 Easy Conquer your Fear of Double Points! Stacey Trock
Double point needles don't need to be scary!

In this class, you'll learn the tips and tricks for using double-point needles, which are very handy for knitting small pieces in the round (such as thumbs of mittens, socks, and tops of hats). You may even end up LIKING them!

We'll knit a miniature hat in the course of this class. You'll learn to cast on over multiple double points, rearrange your stitches, and prevent laddering (those ugly gaps that happen in between needles). We'll also discuss how many needles to use, talk about reading patterns with double points, and review tips for making sure your stitches stay put while knitting and transporting your work. Ready to conquer your fear?
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required From the pages of Knitter's Magazine Rick Mondragon
Join Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitter's, as he takes you into the pages and between the lines of Knitter's Magazine. Gain insight on how it all comes together—stitch, color, and silhouette—along with logical approaches to what appears on the page and why.

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

From the pages of Knitter's Magazine is a FREE event. Saturday at Noon.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns Gwen Bortner
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?

Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2038 Easy Devilish Designer Details Christine Bylsma
Details can often make or break a garment. Fingercord (not finger knitting) is one of those elements that can add just the perfect touch and is so versatile—but so unknown—that requires only your fingers, yarn, and a will to play! Learn how to create ties, drawstrings, frogs, loop closures, swirled buttons, and more. Then master the secrets of a designer swirl, a lettuce edge, and a faux fringed pocket to add full designer impact to your creations.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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 so the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
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 NEW
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
5117 Easy Chart Smart Melissa Leapman
Are you mystified by the 'foreign language" of knitting charts? This hands-on workshop will teach you all the vocabulary you need in order to translate them and make your knitting easier, quicker, and more fun! (I promise.)
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5044 Easy Take Time to Save Time Sarah Peasley
Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. Gauge really IS that important, and this class will tell you why.
Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to make a garment that actually fits. Blocking and successful yarn substitution will also be discussed.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5155 Advanced Double-knitting Lace Alasdair Post-Quinn
The more I double-knit, the more possibilities I see opening up before me. I love the possibilities of lace – the elegant shapes and flowing forms that 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 several ways to do it – and not all of them are interchangeable. In this workshop, you’ll learn 3 of the methods of double-knit openwork that I’ve discovered, and the pros and cons of each. 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 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.) You should also be comfortable with basic single-layer, lace kniting (decreases and yarn overs) and working from charts. 
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
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
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
5022 Intermediate Beyond the Pattern: Knitting 'Purls' of Wisdom Christine Bylsma
Long before 'cast on' and even after 'sew seams' there are numerous details, tricks, and techniques that can make knitting better looking but are never spelled out in patterns. These are a dozen of my most essential 'purls' of wisdom for knitting success—from winding a pull-skein by hand to wearing the garment out the door. Each nugget of information can make knitting more enjoyable and produce more professional results.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5230 Intermediate Short-Row Round-Up Lily Chin
Do you avoid patterns with short rows? Do you know only one method of working short rows? Are you unhappy with the appearance of your short rows? Join me for a round up of short row techniques that will give you the confidence and expertise to short row like a pro!
In class we will work a multiple of short rows methods, including garter Japanese and German short rows, discovering which one is best suited to your tension and/or project. We will also learn ways to sneak short rows into your knitting with surprising results.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6117 Easy Mosaics Margaret Fisher
Learn how to create beautiful two-color designs by knitting Mosaic patterns. Mosaics, a type of slip-stitch pattern, have a special charting system. Learn how to read the charts, knit the patterns in stockinette and garter stitch, and use these designs in garments and accessories. Have fun exploring a number of wonderful Mosaic patterns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5026 Easy Stashbuster Magic Melissa Leapman
Got yarn? Transform even your tiniest bits and pieces into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind jacket! In this hands-on workshop, learn designer secrets for creating and using a magic ball of yarn while knitting a mini version of this one-piece wonder. Best of all, no one will ever suspect it was crafted from leftovers! Magic, indeed.
Note: Must be comfortable working in the round on double-pointed needles or proficient at Magic Loop or knitting in the round with 2 circular needles on as few as 8 stitches.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5028 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a lifeline, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a lifeline, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them?
In this class we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact, and re-knitting only those stitches. These are skills you will find invaluable in your lace—and other—knitting.
Note: Students must be comfortable with basic lace knitting including yo's, decreases, and knitting from charts. 
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7020 Easy Spinning for Knitting Merike Saarniit
Spin your own yarn and then develop unique 'gourmet yarns' in silk, alpaca, angora, and the most luscious wools. Learn tips and tricks to ensure gorgeous handspun yarns, perfect for your special projects. Great for both those who want to learn the art of spinning and those who want to develop their spinning skills.
Material fee: $10 for assorted fibers and drop spindles for use in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro (Solomon) Leslye Solomon
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the 2 methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7071 No skills required Fun with Needle Felting Stacey Trock
Did you know that with just one needle, you can turn a fluff of wool into an adorable animal? It's called needle felting! The scales on wool make it naturally want to cling to itself or 'felt.' (A lesson you've probably learned if you've accidentally thrown a sweater into the washing machine!) Learn how to harness this property of wool to make an adorable bear. You'll discover the basic technique of needle felting (which requires no water!) and how to add embellishments like beads and embroidery. Not only will you leave with a cutie, but you'll have the skills to tackle larger projects on your own. The best news? No experience in crocheting or knitting is required!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole—and it IS a perfect buttonhole. It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close. There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters—once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with 2 colors (never purl Fair Isle again); plus other hints which are more or less arcane but no less useful.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5109 Easy Provisional Cast-ons: The How and Why Gwen Bortner
At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And, in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons.
During the first half of class, you will learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, we'll explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.
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
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 NEW
8057 Easy Tartans, Tartans, Tartans Jenny King
Jenny's woven crochet technique was featured in the book, Crochet Master Class. Learn why Jenny IS the master of this technique, as you crochet a striped mesh then transform it into a Tartan placemat. Even a beginning crocheter can expand the technique to create their own family-heritage tartan afghan.
Woven crochet is a very classy crochet style which is deceptively simple. And who doesn't love that? Receive an autographed copy of USA and Canadian Plaid Afghans.
All yarn for this class will be supplied by Coats and Clark; students only need to bring their hooks.
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
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7065 No skills required Microwave Rainbow Dyeing Merike Saarniit
Minimum fuss and mess, maximum fun and gratification! This class will provide hands-on yarn painting experience using the SOP method (Seat of Pants). You choose and mix your combination of colors, paint your yarns, and set the dyes using a microwave oven. We'll cover some basic color theory, safety precautions, and then go straight to dyeing.
Materials fee: $10 for yarn, dyes, etc.
Sunday 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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