STITCHES Texas 2015 Classes
Back To STITCHES Texas 2015 Class List

Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Anna Zilboorg
Knitting a life in wild times

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

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

Are you planning to attend the Teachers a al Carte Luncheon, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Anna Zilboorg
Knitting a life in wild times

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

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


Then, join us for lunch teachers a la carte style.
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
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
1040 Easy Inside Annetarsia: A New Approach to Intarsia Knitting Anne Berk
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. No previous experience with intarsia is required! Learn ways to manage multiple yarns, to read colorwork charts, and to deal efficiently with the ends. You'll develop confidence as you link the yarns between sections and create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color. You won't believe how easily you will knit motifs and produce professional results.
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
5137 Easy No-longer-a-novice Knitting Knowledge Edie Eckman
You know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Do I slip knitwise or purlwise? Why are my stitches twisted? How do I increase without making a hole? How do I weave in ends without having them come undone? If these and similar questions plague your knitting, now's the time to clear up the confusion.
Whether you are an inexperienced knitter, a longtime knitter, or just have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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
5129 Intermediate Sock Bucket List Michelle Hunter
Does your knitting Bucket List include Magic Loop, toe-up socks, and an afterthought heel? Master all of these techniques in one class! The Magic Loop is the slickest way to knit socks using one long circular needle and is preferred by the legion of toe-up sock knitters. The afterthought heel is a great way to add contrasting-colored or striped heels. This heel may be removed after many wearings and reknit, making it a perfect choice for those who tend to wear holes through their heels. Students will create a sample sock using all the skills needed to knit a full-sized sock.
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
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
2037 Easy Fabulous Finishing Barry Klein
This hands-on class takes you through the complete process of putting together a sweater. We will talk about weaving techniques as we begin to assemble the sweater pieces or swatches you bring. Once we complete this process, we will discuss neck pick-ups, trims, edges, and collars. We will pick up stitches and talk about curves, proper rib finishes, and buttons and buttonholes.
Since we always learn something new when working together, this is a great class for the advanced as well as beginning knitters.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3131 Intermediate Shawl Shaping: Design Your Own Shawl from Start to Finish without Charts or Math Jennifer Miller
If you are ready to design your own shawl, this class is for you. We will tackle the basics of shawl shaping, texture, and combining color. Learn the basic geometry of the triangle, cresent, and heart-shaped shawl while focusing on personal design. You will create the shawl size and features you prefer. Class covers several shawl starting methods including garter tab, creating texture, and striping/gradation. Learn some easy lace, picot, and other edgings.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6051 Easy Introduction to Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class we are going to demystify the techniques of lace knitting.
Learn how to work yarn-overs in a variety of combinations including double yarn-overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how yarn-overs and decreases combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Must know basic decreases.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6131 Intermediate Infinity Cables Daniela Nii
We all love the look of the traditional cables and have successfully made a project or two (or more) and are ready to spice things up a bit. Let's break the mold of vertical cable panels and learn how to create horizontally connected infinity cables without changing the knitting direction, and how to start and stop a cable in the middle of the fabric. Many more cable possibilities will become possible with this technique, including knitting raised rings.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
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
8060 Easy Turkish Crochet Andrea Wong
Turkish bead crochet is not yet widespread in this country. It consists of a simple crochet technique resembling bead crochet, but the effects and possibilities are quite different. It only uses 2 crochet stitches, and they are the simplest ones: slip stitch and single crochet. The execution is easy and quick and it makes a great way to get rid of bead stashes (or start one!). The design itself is made by combining at least 2 different kinds of beads. Once you learn the principles of this method, it is very hard to stop making necklaces and bracelets, purse handles, and much more. The applications are endless!
Note: A basic knowledge of crochet is required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5008 Intermediate Crazy Lace Borders and Edgings Myra Wood
Beautiful borders add so much to simple lace shawls. Learn how to knit or sew a border onto any triangular or circular shawl using traditional and improvisational methods. Charts for borders will be explored as well.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6122 Intermediate 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
2051 Easy Teddy Bear Sweater: Finishing Fun! Anne Berk
Knitting is fun, but finishing is where a project comes together and the magic happens. Learn essential tips and useful tricks while putting together a sweater to fit a teddy bear. You will knit the back, fronts, and a sleeve from bottom up at home. In class, we will learn 2 ways to do shoulder seams, knit the other sleeve from the top down, pick up stitches for button bands, make buttonholes, and assemble this adorable sweater with invisible seams. It's fast, and it's fun!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 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.
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
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
5226 Easy UnLearn to Knit Edie Eckman
You learned the rules: Put your needle in this way, wrap your yarn that way. Now unlearn those rules to gain control of your knitting.
No matter how long you've been knitting or what your knitting style, understanding the structure of the knitted fabric and how the stitches are related to one another is the key to becoming an expert knitter. We'll have fun exploring what it really means to take a length of string and turn it into a fabric. You'll leave class with the confidence and ability to fix mistakes, take shortcuts, and be the master of your stitches.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
2045 Easy Zip Me Up! Michelle Hunter
Is a zippered garment on your knitting bucket list? Learn to simply and expertly place a zipper into knitted fabric all while creating a darling small pouch.
The simple pattern can be adapted for pouches of any size. Class includes essential finishing and embroidery techniques to elevate almost any project. The pouches are a great use for leftover yarn and make fabulous gifts!
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
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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3120 Intermediate It's a Swing Thing Barry Klein
Take a regular sweater or jacket pattern and add swing by means of short rows or increase/decrease shaping. Learn the different methods for doing this and how the placement and choice of the shaping can make all the difference. We will experiment with different stitch patterns, style choices, and fashion options, so it will be clear how to make this work on the garments you create. Lots of finished projects will be in class to show how it all works. This is a great hands-on class.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4089 Easy Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket Explicated! Jennifer Miller
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket is a very charming, adaptable, and useful pattern that works, as written, for newborns through toddlers. This famous pattern must be easy to knit since tens of thousands of them have been made over the years—and that counts only those posted on Ravelry! EZ's pattern and writing style is famously conversational but not particularly linear. With this class and the basic pattern, you will be able to make it quickly! In fact, it's quite easy and lends itself to endless creativity. Jennifer has constructed dozens of the jackets in all sizes and will share her own annotation to the basic instructions.
Note: Must have the Baby Surprise Jacket instructions from Schoolhouse Press.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2052 Intermediate Grafting Invisibly: Knits and Purls Daniela Nii
Not satisfied with the look of your 3-needle bind-off or Kitchener-stitch seam? Want the seam to become as invisible as possible and hard to detect? Then join Daniela in this class to learn about the ins and outs of grafting stockinette stitch (a.k.a. Kitchener stitch), reverse stockinette stitch, garter stitch, and k1, p1 and k2, p2 ribbing,and knit and purl stitch patterns as invisibly as possible. Learn to join live stitches top-to-bottom (no change in knitting direction) and learn how to handle the half-stitch jog when joining live stitches top-to-top in ribbing. You will leave this class with a deeper understanding of the grafting process and will feel confident in using your new grafting skills in place of the Kitchener stitch or the 3-needle bind-off for your knitting projects.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5038 Easy Switch to Continental-style Knitting Leslye Solomon
It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed, Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically.
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5025 Easy Yarn Substitution Made Easy Carol Sulcoski
Master the mysteries of yarn substitution! We'll start with gauge, then discuss the various weights of yarn from fingering to super bulky, evaluate weight/yardage/ply consideration, and look at fiber and yarn characteristics that affect substitution such as drape, elasticity, weight, and halo. We will also consider color choice and quantities of the substitute yarn to buy. We'll finish by walking through some real-life examples by selecting potential substitute yarns for real patterns.
Note: Class focuses on how to substitute yarns the same weight/gauge as called for by the pattern and does not include rewriting patterns to use a yarn with a different gauge.
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1042 Easy Annetarsia: Intarsia in the Round Anne Berk
Yes, you can knit intarsia in the round—with no seam! This can be the answer for working a motif on knit socks or hats. Learn techniques to manage yarns, bury ends, and read charts when working non-stranded color work in the round. We will practice with a simple motif. You will be amazed at how quickly and easily you will produce professional results.
Note: Some experience with traditional intarsia and working from color charts will be helpful but is not required.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain. In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3125 Intermediate 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
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
2018 Intermediate Skirts For Every Body Candace Eisner Strick
Most knit skirts use a turned-down waistband with elastic. This creates bulk right where most people don't want it! With Candace's unique method you can banish that bulk. Also learn all the necessary techniques to knit a custom-fit skirt. Sample some fun and flirty design options: from ruffles, to inserts, to handkerchief hemlines.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7090 Easy Spinmania: Easy Art Yarns Sonja Hartley
Spinning art yarns can be crazy and fun but challenging at times. We will learn some easy ways to create one of a kind yarns that are useful and creative. We will be learning to work with corespun yarns and plyed art yarns, adding in beads, silk flowers, felted items, and mohair locks during spinning and after. Finishing techniques and uses will be discussed.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1051 Easy Two Colors = Too Much Fun! Michelle Hunter
What's better than a gorgeous color of yarn? Two colors, of course! Discover the joys of knitting with two colors in this class chock-full of color techniques. 

Take the fiddly out of color work with expert tips to manage, carry and tame multiple yarns.  Learn several two-color cast on and bind off techniques to create beautiful edges that complement any color work.  Experiment with increases and decreases that enhance rather than disrupt color work.  Sample a few delightful stitch patterns sure to whet your appetite for more color knitting.  Class covers advanced striping, double ended knitting, intarsia, stranded knitting, slip stitch patterns, and more.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1055 Intermediate Color Confidence with Handpainted Yarns Jennifer Miller
If you've got a few (or many) skeins of lovely handpainted yarn but don't know what to do with them, this class is for you! Jennifer, a designer of hand-dyed yarns, will show and teach the most spectacular ways to show off your special skeins. Learn fearless color combining, innovative ways to work with 2 or more skeins of handpaints, color theory, and more. Focus on the creation of socks and shawls as well as mitts and scarves.
Learn to visualize how a handpainted, multicolor skein will knit up and how to work with long and short-color repeats. Explore stitches that avoid unsightly color pooling and flashing. Practice several stitch patterns and their variations that show off multicolored yarn including chevron, linen stitch, feather and fan, and mitered squares. Leave with beautiful samples of knitted handpaints as well as the confidence and resources to create lovely pieces on your own!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5028 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Brooke Nico
Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a lifeline, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a lifeline, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them?
In this class we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact, and re-knitting only those stitches. 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. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6132 Easy Mock Cables Daniela Nii
The look of twisted or braided cables doesn't always have to be created by actually crossing stitches! Leave your cable needle at home and join Daniela in learning how to create 4 different types of mock cables that look amazing. Mock cables are especially well-suited for bulky-weight yarns since they don't add as much thickness to your fabric as traditional cables do.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5242 Intermediate Peruvian Purl, Puntas, Picas, and Popcorn Andrea Wong
When Andrea had the privilege of traveling around Peru, she visited many villages and learned first-hand about knitting Peruvian style, comparing and contrasting it with the Portuguese style of knitting.

Andrea makes this comparison as she points out what makes the Peruvian style of knitting different and especially efficient, how much is inspired in woven textiles, how beautiful the patterns are, and what some of their motifs mean. The construction details exclusive to the Peruvian style will be taught including how they purl, how they work on the non-public side of the work, how they knit the puntas or picas as borders, and how they purl using 2 (or more) colors of yarn. As a bonus, you are going to learn how to make the popcorn stitch and how to apply it to your own designs. A pattern for a small bag is included in the class along with several traditional motifs to create your own if you wish.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
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
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
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
2047 Easy Perfect Edgings: Necklines and Collars Anne Berk
The edging is an important design element, providing beauty and function. At the neckline, the edge also frames the face —a focal point for any sweater.

Multiple neckline options—from simple to more complex—will be covered in this hands-on class: V-neck, boat-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and collared necklines. Learn the basics of each, and you'll have one more way to ensure that your garments present a professional appearance from first stitch to last!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6076 Intermediate Textured Treats Stitch Sampler Edie Eckman
Let's learn some new stitches! There's more to knitted texture than cables, seed stitch, and bobbles.
Explore more than a dozen unusual stitch patterns that add depth and pizazz to your knits, simply by manipulating the basic knit stitches. Show them off and you'll have other knitters asking "How did you do that?"
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
5128 Easy Navajo Knitting Michelle Hunter
Magically turn lace weight yarn into worsted-weight yarn with Navajo knitting, also known as chain plying. Navajo knitting triple plies yarn from one skein without cutting or dividing the skein. This is a perfect use for that large skein of lace yarn hiding in your stash, or that cone of handspun that is begging to be knit!

Learn the basics of the technique plus how to alternate triple and single plies within a project to create sheer stripes, a big trend in today's fashion. Begin a beautiful scarf using all of the above methods. WARNING: This technique is addicting!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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
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
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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
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 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
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3123 Intermediate Intarsia Motifs: Design and Development Anne Berk
This is the class where you do the designing! We will explore how to turn an idea, drawing, or photo into an intarsia chart that can be knit. Whether you prefer working with graph paper or software, the basics are the same.
You will make the chart, determine how much yardage is needed, and figure out how to make your design easy and enjoyable to knit. Learn how to design so you are confident before you swatch the motif. This will save time and energy later. Practical tips and tricks of design, use of charts, and copyright issues will be covered.
Note: Experience knitting intarsia is useful but not required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
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
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
5240 Easy Knitting with Art Yarns Sonja Hartley
Love those beautiful, textured art yarns but not sure what to do with them or how to knit them? We will learn techniques to incorporate these beautiful yarns into your patterns to add accent and interest, as well as stitch patterns that work great with handspun textured yarns. Care and tips will be discussed. Students will work hands-on with an assortment of handspun art yarns.
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
3124 Intermediate Pencil Me In! Michelle Hunter
A simple, straight skirt is always in fashion and is so easy to knit. This shape flatters the figure and paves the way for great stitch patterns and yarns to provide interest.

Learn to create a skirt template that will allow you to use the design with many gauges and stitches. This formula will give you an expert fit and can easily be adapted for everyone, from toddlers to teens to adults.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6133 Intermediate Cables with Color Daniela Nii
Garments with cables are traditionally worked in a single color, made popular by Aran sweaters or Bavarian stockings and jackets. Learn how you can add color to your cable work to highlight your cables, or create new looks while not distracting from them. You will be introduced to and will practice three cable-with-color techniques (mosaic, stranded, intarsia) that will open up new opportunities for your cable work.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5031 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes Sarah Peasley
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting—without losing your cool.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.)
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5073 Intermediate Socknitter's Seminar: Going Beyond the Basics Carol Sulcoski
You know the basics of knitting a sock: now take your sock knitting to the next level. In this class, we'll cover techniques and tricks for making your socks spectacular, including adjusting patterns for fit; tips for working with self-patterning and handpainted yarns; different toe and heel styles; mastering kitchener stitch (grafting); and more. Students are expected to be familiar with the basics of sock knitting and are encouraged to bring questions they may have.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5002 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to learn about the history and practice the style of knitting common in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped the through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Students will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, increases, decreases, cast-on and bind-off. A project will be given to practice all techniques introduced in class and make them part of your knitting tradition.
Optional
Material Fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 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
5241 Easy Gauge Master Class Anne Berk
You know the importance of stitch gauge to manage the fit and size of a garment, but do you know how to gain and use that knowledge? This class will give you tips to efficiently knit and measure your gauge swatches to reveal their secrets for successful knitting results. Stitch, row, and yarn gauges will all be covered, using multiple weights of yarn and needles of different sizes. You will knit swatches and compare your results with classmates to see how gauge differs from knitter to knitter. Learn to use gauge to calculate the amount of yarn needed for any section of your project. Gauge mastery is fun, and you will be amazed at how much you will learn in the process of swatching!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3109 No skills required Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer Marly Bird
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer, but you aren't sure where to start...or how.
This is the class for you! Learn from crochet and knitwear designer Marly Bird as she shows you how to take a design from a rough idea to a full proposal. This comprehensive, how-to class benefits designers of all levels and gives you a set of tools that you will need as you venture into design.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4084 Intermediate No-wrong-side Scarves Edie Eckman
Problem: You love to knit scarves, but you hate when the wrong side shows. You detest garter stitch. You want good-looking reversible patterns so you can relax and look fabulous, no matter which side is 'up.'

Solution: Take this class! Move beyond garter stitch to explore fun-to-knit stitch patterns that have 2 right sides and self-edging selvedges. You'll be casting on, knitting, and binding off to create a mini scarf with no wrong sides.

Problem solved!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
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
7091 Easy Log Cabin Weaving Technique Deborah Jarchow
Have you admired the beautiful log cabin technique and wondered how that pattern is possible on the rigid-heddle loom? In this class the mystery behind the pattern is revealed. You will weave several samples that teach how the pattern can be changed to whatever proportions you want. Don't miss this chance to explore this beautiful technique.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 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
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5243 Intermediate Cowboy Up: Reverse Intarsia Rick Mondragon
We will explore fabrics which feature the purl side of intarsia as the right side. Knitting can resemble the texture of weft-faced woven tapestries and rugs when you use this technique. This interesting variation of intarsia provides a look that is different, refreshing, and fun. You just need to know a few rules and secrets and a bit of theory. The motifs will take you to Scandinavia, the Orient or the Southwest.
Note: Experience in knitting traditional intarsia is helpful but not necessary.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6090 Intermediate Introduction to Estonian Lace Brooke Nico
Estonian lace is gaining popularity. In this class we will learn the tricks of all those wonderful textural stitch patterns prevalent in Estonian shawls. Great tricks for creating and blocking nupps will be discussed at length and practiced.
Note: Must be familiar with basic lace knitting including yo's, decreases, and knitting from charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5032 Intermediate Cut and Paste Sarah Peasley
Does the very thought of Kitchener Stitch make you queasy? Get over it! Practice grafting a variety of stitch patterns, then apply what you've learned to an elegant hem and a flawless seam.
Discover ways to modify your knitting: Sleeves too long? Wish you'd started with garter stitch instead of ribbing? Hate the colors in that band of Fair Isle? Cut out the bad and graft in the good.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.)
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
1053 Easy Knit a Quilt Myra Wood
Many traditional quilt designs can be easily translated into knitting. In this unique workshop you will create quilt blocks and learn how to arrange them in different patterns to create an heirloom knit quilt. You'll learn how to take a traditional quilt block and knit it in different colors and yarns. The sky's the limit with this incredible technique!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
8048 Easy 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1033 Easy Multi-directional Scarves J C Briar
Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up stitches.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3080 Intermediate Flatter Yourself: Fully Fashioned Secrets of the Pros Melissa Leapman
In this fun hands-on workshop, learn how designers use fully fashioned shaping to create flattering sweaters. No matter your shape, use your knitting prowess to create knockout pieces that fit and flatter.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!
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
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?
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6134 Easy Stripes of All Types Beth Whiteside
Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suits, Dr. Who scarves to Baby Surprise jackets, stripes are all around us.

In class we’ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to cut and when to carry, how to mix stripes with stitch patterns and knitting techniques like short rows. We’ll stretch the definition of stripes just a bit to include patterns using only 1 color per row, whether the end result looks like a stripe or not (mosaics!). Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler, and apply them to your next self-designed project!



Color & Creativity Finishing Finesse Garment Shaping & Designing Projects & More Projects Techniques & Tips for Knitters Stitch Patters & Textures Extras Crochet