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3065 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns Franklin Habit
Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class just a knitter with a curious mind.

5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting Franklin Habit
Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called “illusion”) knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view–perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.

5270 Intermediate A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting without Tapes and Rulers Franklin Habit
A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast-on to finished garment using neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body, and of the knitting itself, to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit. Through lecture, and practice students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you'll need a tape measure…but not for long.
Thursday 10:00 am - 11:59 am
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only  
No Strings Attached: Working the fiber arts into your wardrobe

Our panel of experts was presented with a wardrobe capsule from a Mystery Client.

Their challenge?

Design a garment to fit into this mix of clothing from a real woman’s closet.

The client?

She is not a model or celebrity. She has a passion for the fiber arts, is skilled in most, and, like many of us, welcomes advice and ideas on how to enhance her wardrobe.

No strings?

Of course, this challenge does have strings attached—parameters to help our panel design and create items that will perform for our client.

The client’s parameters?

Her favorite and core wardrobe pieces
Personal preferences
Her specs and sizes
Her coloring and color palette
Lifestyle and climate

The results!

Join our panel and learn as they share their processes—hurdles, breakthroughs, and results. Take home information and ideas to use as you work fiber-art elements—knit, woven, felted, and sewn—into your days and your wardrobe.

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  
No Strings Attached: Working the fiber arts into your wardrobe

Our panel of experts was presented with a wardrobe capsule from a Mystery Client.

Their challenge?

Design a garment to fit into this mix of clothing from a real woman’s closet.

The client?

She is not a model or celebrity. She has a passion for the fiber arts, is skilled in most, and, like many of us, welcomes advice and ideas on how to enhance her wardrobe.

No strings?

Of course, this challenge does have strings attached—parameters to help our panel design and create items that will perform for our client.

The client’s parameters?

Her favorite and core wardrobe pieces
Personal preferences
Her specs and sizes
Her coloring and color palette
Lifestyle and climate

The results!

Join our panel and learn as they share their processes—hurdles, breakthroughs, and results. Take home information and ideas to use as you work fiber-art elements—knit, woven, felted, and sewn—into your days and your wardrobe.


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     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 speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2053 Easy Blocking Party Anne Berk
You carefully chose your fiber, spend hours creating a knitted item, and then what? Learn to choose the best blocking method for your fiber and project, and practice in class. We will also discuss how to store and care for your hand-knits over time.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5006 Intermediate Stashology 201 Christine Bylsma
You have 'archived' those countless balls of yarn that you could not pass up. Find new inspiration in what you already have, and use your stash to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Be prepared to be amazed.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5247 Intermediate Knit-in, No-sew Pockets Lily Chin
Women never have enough pockets if any at all. Furthermore, most knitters avoid seaming like the plague. Learn this innovative and revolutionary way of applying inset pockets to any garment or accessory as it is being worked. Work up a miniature sample in class. Plan placements perfectly beforehand. Never lose a cell phone or scrounge around for lipstick or a tissue ever again.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
2036 Intermediate Seams Made Simple Cindy Craig
The seams of your garment provide structure and showcase your overall knitting skills. Good seams improve the look of any project. Learn to identify your stitches and rows so you can execute precise seaming techniques. You'll also learn to do perfect shoulder seams, invisible side seams, and sleeve seams.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
3108 Intermediate Scallops: They're Not Just for Dinner Candace Eisner Strick
You've done mitered squares, you've done diamonds, and now you're looking for some curves, right? Scallops have arrived, and they have nestled into a beautifully shaped shawl. Any yarn, any size needle, and you can customize the colors too. Add some nice techniques to your repertoire along the way.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
4091 Intermediate Entrelac Capelet Margaret Fisher
Use entrelac to knit a cute and stylish capelet. Start with a review of entrelac basics, then expand your entrelac knowledge as you knit a miniature capelet in garter stitch. This design is great for variegated yarns or multiple solid-color yarns. Class discussion will cover the adult-size version of the capelet, plus the use of entrelac in other garments and accessories. (Adult-size pattern is included in class materials.)
Note: Must be able to knit basic entrelac.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5051 Easy Lovers and Runders Susanna Hansson
Many knitters are familiar with the knitted braids that are typical decorative elements on mitten cuffs from the Baltic and Nordic countries. However, they can make a great design element on a sock cuff as well as on the brim of a hat. Worked in bright colors they can add a pop of color to the sleeve cuff of an otherwise plain sweater.
Learn about the 'anatomy' of the braids and then build your own multicolor versions. Depending on how you use your colors, your braids can look rounded or pointed like chevrons. Susanna developed some special tricks for creating balanced braids, and she'll share all of them with you so you can create perfect-looking braids every time.
The class title is a mnemonic to help you remember how they are made—you'll never have to refer back to word explanations again!
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if you'd like to try weaving, but feel confused about it and don't know if you'd like it or not? In this class you will see 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     SOLD OUT
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8063 Easy Non-stick Lace: a contemporary twist on a classic stitch Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Fabric made from broomstick lace is mesmerizing with all of its swirling loops and curls. Garments, accessories and home décor items made from broomstick lace always bring out the gush factor with stitchers who recognize the skill involved with creating this unique form of lace. You don’t have an extra broomstick, dowel or huge knitting needle lying around? Never fear! We will show you how to create this gorgeous lace stitch with one hook. It’s broomstick with out the stick (Get it? “Non-Stick”). Now you can duplicate this stunning stitch using only one hook in any size! Imagine this same beautiful stitch done using any size yarn in any size stitches. The results are magic as you turn out row after row of Non-Stick Lace to create different fabrics with different drape and texture. And you won’t have to carry such a big stick!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
6131 No skills required 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     SOLD OUT
4047 Intermediate Beaded Vine Lace Scarf Judy Pascale
The no pre-stringing technique allows the bead to slip onto an SSK or a k2tog to create a unique fashion accessory. You will complete critical segments of the Vine Lace and Eyelet Lace patterns in a mini version of the full-scale scarf. While attractive on their own, the patterns are enhanced when combined. Value added: Experiment with ways to wear scarves, including Judy's favorite-a braided technique that works with any scarf all day long.
Materials fee: $3
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 Gayle Roehm
Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I’ve found in Japanese garment patterns. We’ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don’t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude — they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7095 No skills required Artfelt®; What is it really good for? Karin Skacel
Artfelt®, a felting method based on a special paper, is the newest and most rapidly growing method of felting in the marketplace. But what exactly is it, and how is it done? Through lecture, demonstration and the examination of finished samples, you will learn all there is to know about this new method. Experience from start to finish how the Artfelt® paper can speed up your felting technique through the use of the special Artfelt® paper and your clothes dryer. Learn how this method can create, without a lot of physical energy on your behalf, wafer-thin and bathmat- thick pieces of felt, all the while allowing for very precise details. Go home with enough knowledge to experience the Artfelt® method successfully on your own, with confidence and gusto!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
3031 Easy Design Your Dream Sweater Leslye Solomon
This easy-to-understand class on basic pattern writing enables you to pursue your design ideas. Learn how to make successful changes to existing patterns for exactly what you envision. Learn the secrets to understanding your gauge, which is the sample fabric of your project.

Learn to predict how your sweater will change after it is knit. Learn specific body points to measure and how much ease to add using advanced gauge information. Understand the secrets to shaping armholes: how they start, how much to decrease, and how long to make them. See how easy it is to shape any kind of neck to either create your own design or change an existing pattern. Learn how to measure certain parts of your arm to be able to write a pattern for the sleeves for any length and for an easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit into that armhole you chose.
Let's turn you into a sweater designer!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5256 Easy Mix Your Six: A Game of Modifications Stephen (West) & Steven(Be)
You've heard Steven say it, now experience it: a pattern is only a guideline! Pick six things from our playlist to create your custom Mixify Menu and find playful ways to incorporate them into a base pattern from a StevenBe accessory or garment pattern. Free yourself from the traditional boundaries of the pattern by learning to modify the written instructions to make your imagination come to life. Steven will teach you his famous tips and tricks while you learn to let go and knit with wild creative abandon.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5025 Easy Yarn Substitution Made Easy Carol Sulcoski
Master the mysteries of yarn substitution! We'll start with gauge, discuss the various weights of yarn (fingering to super bulky) and weight/yardage/plies, and look at fiber and yarn characteristics that affect substitution (e.g. drape, elasticity, weight, halo). We will also consider color choice and buying quantities of the substitute yarn. We'll finish by walking through some real-life examples by selecting potential substitute yarns for real patterns.
Note: Class focuses on how to substitute yarns the same weight/gauge as called for by the pattern and does not include rewriting patterns to use a yarn with a different gauge.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5251 Intermediate Intarsia Ins and Outs Beth Whiteside
Intarsia is awesome, and it's easier than you might think, when you know just a few of its ins and outs. 'Picture knitting' can be used to add geometric shapes to a plain sweater, or put Santa’s face on a stocking. Learn how to plan for your elements, wind butterflies, and minimize tangles. Our class project will lead us through joining yarns, interlocking colors to prevent holes, and what to do when yarn needs to move diagonally. We’ll finish up with some tips on using duplicate stitch and weaving in ends. Get in with intarsia!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     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.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
No skills required Stephen & Steven in Three Acts Stephen (West) & Steven(Be)
Experience a fabulous runway show with a trunk show of Stephen West’s brand new, cutting-edge designs, direct from Amsterdam to Santa Clara, their Flip N’ Favorites in the world of knit fashion, plus some handsome gentlemen in booty shorts, including the enticing Skacel boxer collection up close and personal.

See the West Coast premiere of the brand new StevenBe reality show—you’ll get an exclusive viewing of episode 3 and more. Be prepared to roll in the aisles laughing at the blooper reel assembled just for you. 

The final act will be a half-hour pop up shop with Stephen and Steven, and several of their favorite yarn brands. Be the first to collect these one-of-a-kind yarns and create your own Stephen and Steven inspired creations.

Kick off your STITCHES West weekend in the company of Stephen & Steven—they’re ready to show you a life-changing time!

Note: If you have purchased a Works or Almost the Works package, this event will be automatically be included on your badge.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
1040 Easy Inside Annetarsia: A New Approach to Intarsia Knitting Anne Berk
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. No previous experience with intarsia 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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5234 Intermediate Cables Front and Back Jill Bigelow Suttell
Cables make a beautifully textured fabric on the front—but what about the back? With little effort, you can make the back look just as pretty as the front. Try several different reversible cables and even design your own.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That Marly Bird
Learn how to knit the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it can be a staple in your knitter's toolbox. These magical mitered squares are knit in a variety of stitches. Learn how to make one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette as well as centered-decrease options for the center miter. These are joined-as-you-go squares make miters the perfect traveling project.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen Gwen Bortner
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that it is actually laziness! As a 'lazy knitter' I have developed a number of tricks and techniques that I use regularly to either speed up my progress, simplify my knitting, or ultimately make it neater with no additional effort. My best hacks do all three! Join me to learn the various hacks I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency in some manner.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple J C Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like.
Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols, and to use them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4070 Intermediate Norwegian Mittens Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn Norwegian mitten construction by knitting one of a pair of mittens in two colors on double-pointed needles. Topics to be covered include striped ribbing, the Norwegian thumb gusset, seam stitches, pointed tip, and different patterning on the front and back of the mitten. In addition, yarn dominance and different styles of knitting will be covered in class.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
5246 Intermediate From the Beginning... Christine Bylsma
Ribbing doesn’t have to be your only option for starting a garment when there are so many fun and lovely alternatives. Learn these amazing yet hard-working cast-ons, hems, and decorative starts to give your garments new personality and admiring comments of “How did you do that?”
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5253 Advanced Directional Knitting Lily Chin
Most of our garments have traditionally been knit from the bottom up in pieces: back, front(s), and sleeves, then sewn together. Working in other directions, however, may prove to be more aesthetic and/or advantageous. Furthermore, for those who like 'puzzles' or problem solving, different directions may be a fun challenge. Learn the 'standard' side-to-side and from-the-neck-down constructions as well as some unusual and intriguing other constructions like biases and multi-directionals.
Friday 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!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5255 Intermediate Non-ribbing Edges and Pocket Tricks Bente Geil
In my designing work I like to use non-ribbing edges, because ribbing edges are very common. I like to do something else – something uncommon. So in the first half of this class you can, among other things, learn how to do cable cast-on, both plain, 1/1 and 2/2 ribbing plus horizontal stitches and tucks, used as starter for the rest of the work. In the second half you will get comfy with pockets. You will learn how to make a pocket that is not planned and one that is. For the one that is not planned you need the knitting swatch, needle, and scissor. For the one that is planned you need some stitch markers. In the end you will have learned to use some of the starters in the pockets and you will be able to do some pocket tricks.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
4049 Easy Jogless Fibonacci Stripes Susanna Hansson
Your swatch for this class becomes a cute baby hat, striped to perfection! We will cover how to add rhythm to stripes including using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, and will practice the four steps necessary for creating perfect 'jogless' stripes every time you knit in the round.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
4067 Intermediate Moonrise Necklace Sivia Harding
This necklace gets lots of attention, mostly from knitters who cannot believe it was knit! A garden of beads is randomly strung onto lace-weight yarn to produce a luscious, densely beaded necklace. Students develop bead-stringing skills, learn to easily manage strung beads, and work the easiest short rows ever to shape this remarkably comfortable and very beautiful neckpiece. Guaranteed to be an addictive knit and a fabulous, unique gift!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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).
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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3015 Intermediate Perfect the Fit Barry Klein
When patterns are written, generic sizing does not allow the perfect fit. Learn to remove size labels and worry only about the finished size for your body. Explore swatching for gauge, changing needle sizes, and playing with pattern stitches. Work backwards from an existing pattern and forwards from a stitch gauge to create a design that will fit your actual body measurements.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
8062 Easy The Joy of Ribbing Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Ribbing with a hook is definitely different than ribbing with two sticks. In fact, there are FIVE main types of crochet ribbing and we will make them all! We will explore crochet ribbing ‘round the front and back, sideways and inside out using post, slip, single, half, and double stitches. We'll even learn how to shape Horizontal Ribbing using short rows! Strong and firm or stretchy and shapely, your ribbing will never be the same again.
Topics include Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Ribbing, One-Sided Vertical Post Stitch Ribbing, Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Ribbing, One-Sided Horizontal Post Stitch Ribbing, Horizontal tbl Ribbing, and Horizontal tbl Ribbing with Short Row Shaping.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7016 No skills required Nuno-felted Scarf Judy Pascale
Use an ancient Japanese art form to create a featherweight, contemporary, Nuno-felted scarf that drapes beautifully. Coax fibers to easily penetrate a piece of silk, and the result is a highly-textured accessory scarf. You will also learn to accent this scarf using hand-dyed silk hankies.
Note: Must be able to stand for much of the class.
Materials fee: $10 for rovings and $15 for a hand-dyed silk scarf 
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Ready for a real challenge? Join me to experience some new, complex, and (possibly) daunting stitch patterns drawn from Japanese garment designs. Each pattern presents an unusual challenge in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. We’ll review the standardized symbols used in the selected patterns, with further explanation for a few that require clarification. We’ll go on to swatch at least eight stitch patterns. For each one we’ll consider what’s unusual about the chart and we'll take a look at the original garment. These are really fun to knit, and you’ll have several new techniques for your repertoire or to use in your own designing. The goal of the class is to demystify complex charts so you won't fear tackling any Japanese stitch pattern. Bring an adventurous spirit. You don’t need experience with Japanese patterns, but you should be comfortable knitting from charts.
Note: These patterns are not part of 6017 (previously 617-3) Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts, and familiarity with Japanese symbols is helpful.
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
5256 Easy Mix Your Six: A Game of Modifications Stephen (West) & Steven(Be)
You've heard Steven say it, now experience it: a pattern is only a guideline! Pick six things from our playlist to create your custom Mixify Menu and find playful ways to incorporate them into a base pattern from a StevenBe accessory or garment pattern. Free yourself from the traditional boundaries of the pattern by learning to modify the written instructions to make your imagination come to life. Steven will teach you his famous tips and tricks while you learn to let go and knit with wild creative abandon.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6140 Easy Multicolor Magic: Stitch Patterns & Tips for Multicolored Yarns Carol Sulcoski
We love our multicolor and variegated yarns, but sometimes it's tough to find just the right stitch patterns to show them off. In this class we'll learn all about multicolored yarns, whether space-dyed, hand-dyed, or self-striping. We'll also play with some stitch patterns designed to work beautifully with multicolored yarns, including a few unusual (but not hard to work!) stitch patterns that will help move the colors of your yarn around. Bring any multicolored skeins in worsted weight that you'd like to work with.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5002 Easy Portuguese Style of Knitting Andrea Wong
During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to learn the history and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped 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 described in class for complete understanding.
Optional
materials fee: $5.00 for knitting pin.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm NEW
No skills required Knitting Below the Belt Candace Eisner Strick
Join Candace Eisner Strick as she takes you on a guided tour of her new book, Knit My Skirt. She will share some of the 25+ skirts knitted top down, bottom up or side to side.

When someone asks "What should I knit?" Candace says, "Knit my skirt!"
 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
4090 Intermediate A New Line-up for Socks Lorilee Beltman
Let's spice up your sock-knitting! Pump up the color and design with some vertically stranded color work. It's fitting for socks because it does not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. Learn how to add and manage the strands to allow for carefree knitting. Then, using the instructor's pattern provided, we'll spend half of our class time starting the sock and getting as far as possible under the teacher's care to feel confident finishing at home. You'll find your creative juices flowing as you realize the many applications of this technique.
Note: You must have knit a sock.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6095 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped-stitch patterns allow you to add texture or to create the look of 2-color knitting while only using 1 color per row. Mosaic knitting (one form of slipped-stitch patterning) can bring to mind beautiful, Native American fiber art. There is no stranding, bobbins, or changing color within the row. We will explore different techniques, the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting, and how to read two types of charts.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Try something different. Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave! Entrelac isn't only for knitters.
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook and single crochet! Amaze your friends with your new-found crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 NEW
1056 Intermediate Color Snapshots Laura Bryant
The world around us is filled with existing color combinations. Learn to identify them, then practice turning them into usable themes that can inform your knitting or crochet. Our basic understanding of color (from Intro to Color) is refined and put to use in this class that helps to train our eyes. Several basic tools will become part of your creative repertoire.
Note: Should have taken Laura's Intro to Color class.
Materials fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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     SOLD OUT
3013 Intermediate Japanese Short Rows Susanna Hansson
Short rows are an elegant way to shape your knitting and are the perfect way to finish off shoulders and build collars that lie flat. Japanese short rows are done without using the wrap-and-turn. Although they are a little tricky to learn, 'stair-step' shoulder bind-offs will be a distant memory once you master this technique. Complete your short rows with an elegant Japanese bind-off.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4059 Intermediate Aquitaine Beaded Cuffs Sivia Harding
This class is a virtual cornucopia of beaded knitting techniques. Aquitaine is an elegant mitt with a heavily beaded hand covering (but no thumb) and a slim, ribbed cuff that can be wrist or elbow length. Up to three different kinds of seed beads may be used to embellish the stitches in the pattern. Students will come away with much bead know-how and the skills to make this darling pair of mitts.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6107 Intermediate Be a Bead-knitting 'Show Off!' Betsy Hershberg
Once you've learned basic bead-knitting techniques for stockinette knitting, it's time to take your bead knitting to the next level. Your favorite projects don't always 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3128 Intermediate Nifty Necklines Melissa Leapman
Tired of the same ol’ crewneck sweater pattern? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore several fun and innovative necklines, including many that are created as you knit the main garment for easy finishing!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3040 Intermediate Secrets of the Sleeve Cap Patty Lyons
A properly sized sleeve cap can make or break a garment. Learn the math to design a traditional sleeve cap and how to redesign one should your row gauge be different than the pattern's. After exploring the domino effect of changing parts of a sweater pattern, we will learn how to design a fixed-height and a variable-height sleeve cap that will fit you perfectly. Once we have cracked the code of the sleeve cap, we will explore the four seaming zones that will allow you to perfectly sew in your set-in sleeve. You will never look at sleeves the same again!
NOTE: Math is used in sweater design.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     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
3099 Advanced Pizza and Pi Brooke Nico
Join us as we explore the ins and outs of circular shawls. Learn several easy ways to begin a center out shawl, avoiding the dreaded "cast on 4 stitches to dpns!" We'll discuss the 2 most popular ways to shape a circular shawl, wedges and concentric circles, as well as the math involved to design your own shawl. In addition, you'll learn how to turn your favorite triangle shawl into a circle or square!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 NEW
5155 Advanced Double-knitting Lace Alasdair Post-Quinn
Alasdair says it best: "The more I double-knit, the more possibilities open up before me. I love the possibilities of lace—the elegant shapes and flowing forms can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. As I push the boundaries of double-knitting, how could I not try double-knit lace? It turns out that there are myriad ways to do it."

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

Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1058 Intermediate Digital Swatching for Planned Pooling in Knits Karla Stuebing
Planned pooling stands our standard approach to knitting on its head. Instead of starting a project with a given stitch count, we determine what patterns we can achieve by using different stitch counts for an individual skein of yarn. Swatching is required to determine how the tempo of the color changes interacts with your own knitting style, tension and stitch choice. Once an initial swatch is made, designs can be explored using readily available digital tools such as cameras, cell phones, and free paint programs which allow for explorations of pattern via tiling, rotation and repetition. This class will be a combination lecture and demonstration.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5258 Easy Elegant Increases, Delightful Decreases Carol Sulcoski
Are you dissatisfied with the way your shaping looks in finished garments? Confused by different increases and decreases, and not sure when to use which one? Or do you use only one method of increasing and decreasing and would like to learn more? In this class we'll cover a variety of methods which can be used to increase and decrease stitches, the different appearance that each has, how to increase on the wrong (private) side of the work, and what it means to do fully fashioned shaping. We'll also talk about ways to increase and decrease within a pattern stitch.
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:00 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     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 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5250 Easy Sock Toes 101 Jill Bigelow Suttell
When learning to knit socks, we all start out making one style of toe and heel; usually the type your instructor prefers. Many of us get comfortable with one toe and never try different toe styles. Be it style or fit, you may find you a toe you like better than your old standby. In class, we'll look at different styles of toes and the pros and cons of each style. This class will be mostly lecture and demonstration with only a little hands-on work.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5166 Easy The Language of Patterns Gwen Bortner
Knitting patterns use a language all their own, and there is more to it than just understanding the abbreviations. Learn tricks for translating the language of knitting, clues for decoding the 'secret messages,' and hints for making educated guesses when nothing else seems to work. Students will gain experience locating key information and understanding the real intention of actual patterns as the class works through examples written in a variety of styles.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5050 Intermediate Twined Textured Fingerless Mitts Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn and apply the Swedish techniques of Tvaandsstickning or twined knitting, by knitting a fingerless mitten using worsted weight yarn. The mitt is worked circularly on double-pointed needles and includes many techniques: the 'O' stitch, chain path, knit deep stitch, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, Magic Loop or working with 2 circulars.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6137 Advanced Beyond Basic Chevrons Laura Bryant
Chevron stitches present great possibilities for dramatic movement of color and line in both knitting and crochet. Once you have mastered the basic increases and decreases (there are multiple styles taught in Captivating Chevrons), you are ready to move on to more creative endeavors. In this class we'll cover asymmetrical or eccentric chevrons, chevrons with built-in shape or architecture, traveling chevrons, and more. Lots of hands-on work including formulas for designing your own unique chevron stitches.
Materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarn.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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
6206 Easy Introduction to Sequence Knitting Cecelia Campochiaro
"Sequence Knitting is just like it sounds: Knit a sequence of stitches repeatedly using some kind of rule to create a fabric." Learn about the amazing and fun world of Sequence Knitting from the author of the groundbreaking book. Discover the power and appeal of this new way of looking what, at its simplest, uses 1-row repeats, easily memorized and infinitely variable, to create fabrics that are reversible, require no edge finish, and are pool-resistant. This class will feed your creative juices and stimulate you to think about new ways to use your stash to make beautiful accessories. In this hands-on class, you will learn how to use the concept, when Sequence Knitting makes sense, how to read Sequence Knitting instructions, and how to Sequence Knit. OR . . . several ways to Sequence Knit.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3008 Intermediate Custom Fitting Existing Patterns Lily Chin
Many patterns are available, but often you want to change the neckline, lengthen the sleeves, etc. Find out how to personalize the fit of a pattern for yourself or those you knit for. See how small alterations can make a garment hang better. Learn easy alternatives to drop shoulders. These simple refinements don't require extensive pattern re-writes but produce great results.
Note: This class does not cover extensive pattern sizing and fit alterations.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
6202 Advanced Introduction to Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria Candace Eisner Strick
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs but actually are done using only 2 basic techniques without the use of a cable needle. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5254 Intermediate Extended stitches used in flowers, cables and as travelling stitiches Bente Geil
Learn how to knit with extended stitches, and explore how they can be used to make new textures and patterns. An extended stitch is a stitch that, on the one row, is knit with an extra wrap or up to 10 extra wraps, and, on the next row, it will extend while knitting it. It could be very useful, if you want to knit cables without the cable needle – mine is always gone and not to be found. Or if you want to use the stitch as an extra layer upon the knitted work, a travelling stitch. It is a kind of double knitting and slipstitch pattern. It is funny and exiting to design with an extra set of stiches. I have used extended stiches in my shawl pattern “Blooms”. You will be knitting this particular Blooms flower and get a free pattern of a hat, where the flower is used.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6027 Advanced Bohus Stickning Susanna Hansson
The story of Bohus is a story of couture knitting, sociology, women's history, social justice, and cultural legacy all in one.

Learn more about the Bohus movement, its background, and its history. Discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques, and discover what it is that makes the Bohus patterns 'sing.' Participants will be able to examine in detail several vintage pieces from Susanna's collection.
The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in a 50% merino/50% angora yarn from Sweden.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Materials fee: $25.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7075 No skills required Color and Weave Sampler Scarf Deborah Jarchow
Learn to get outstanding color-pattern effects using a rigid heddle loom. Make a sampler scarf that looks like complicated patterns with very little effort. By using two contrasting colors of yarn you can achieve a houndstooth check, color blocks, and more! Some weaving experience is helpful.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6139 Intermediate Knitting with Heart Melissa Leapman
Everyone knows that knitters put love into every stitch! In this hands-on workshop, explore stitch patterns such as embossed heart motifs and the familiar cancer awareness ribbon that allow you to wear your heart on your sleeve. (Or on your afghan. )
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5147 Intermediate 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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read on… We will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form, and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a "virtual try on" to KNOW if it's going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment. When you come to class you'll receive a copy of "The Shibaguyz' FAB Fit System for Altering and Designing Crochet and Knit Patterns", a comprehensive series of easy-to-follow fit worksheets and templates that include the formulas we use every day to go from concept to finished pattern. We'll walk you through this step-by-step process for taking proper measurements and applying them to your pattern. We'll also give you our magic shaping formula that will ensure you can make any alteration to any pattern with ease. We'll even show you how to order the right amount of yarn for your newly personalized project. By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body!
Materials fee: $5 includes cardi pattern template with measurement and sizing charts, calculation worksheet.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4092 Intermediate Jeweled Scarf with Felt Closure Judy Pascale
This mini beaded scarf is the perfect size to complement any look. Done with a non-prestringing beading technique nestled within a few knitted lace repeats, the scarf can be worn alone or is perfect with any jacket. The distinctive V-Shape with its graceful flow embellished with beads creates an extraordinary and very versatile neck piece. Due to its sleek size and design potential for creative beading, this scarf could also be a stunning alternative to other forms of neck jewelry enriching either casual or elegant outfits.
Next, spark your creativity by making a wet-felted, unique, free-form shape as your scarf closure. While laying out thin layers of wool roving, you will cleverly include a hidden magnet which allows your closure to be very versatile. By using contrasting colors or re-introducing a few beads, you can create a chic contemporary scarf closure. The short time requirement for this project makes it a fun “knit-it-anytime” activity and a perfect gift for any occasion.
Materials fee: $5 includes beads, beading tool, 4 magnets, and wool roving.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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?
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5033 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns Gayle Roehm
Many knitters have recently discovered the intriguing world of Japanese hand-knitting patterns. Japanese designers are creative and innovative, and their designs use beautiful stitchwork and impeccable details. You’ll see that a Japanese pattern is presented in an almost entirely graphic format, which is quite accessible to a western knitter once certain conventions are explained.

This full-day class is aimed at those who would like to make a garment from a Japanese pattern. We’ll learn how to 'read' a schematic, including how to interpret shaping notation. We'll cover how to find basic information such as gauge, yarn requirements, and needle sizing. We’ll also examine the symbols used in stitch charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers, and we’ll make some swatches to become familiar with Japanese symbology. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7096 No skills required Artfelt: Learn-the-basics-in-a-day Workshop Karin Skacel
Artfelt®, a felting method based on a special paper, is the newest and most rapidly growing method of felting in the marketplace. But what exactly is it, and how is it done? One of the best ways to learn Artfelt® is through trial and error. That is what this Artfelt® workshop is all about. It is for those who would like to learn all there is about Artfelt® in one day. The first few hours will be an interactive tutorial and demonstration on the different ways the Artfelt ® method can be used, with lots of samples to examine. The remaining time will be used to make small samples utilizing these different methods. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different layering techniques, various roving, the inclusion of locks and beads and ribbons, and even three-dimensional items. Although no one particular project will be made, through the creation of these small samples, students will go home with the knowledge of the many uses of the Artfelt® paper, and will be fully capable of getting creative with it on their own.
Materials fee: $20 includes materials needed to experience a number of different Artfelt® techniques.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3130 Easy Designing Knitting Projects from Sewing Patterns Leslye Solomon
Sewing patterns come in a huge variety of design ideas and sizes and are a great source for your next knitting project! Did you know you can take the shape of a paper pattern piece and turn it into stitches and rows to knit?

In this class, you will learn how to choose your yarn and pattern size and the stitch that would best flatter your design. Find the stitch and row gauge of your selected yarn and stitch. Extract the measurements of the pattern piece and easily calculate the shaping into the stitches and rows to duplicate the shape in knitting. Learn how to take the angles and curves of hems and the curves of armholes, necks, sleeves, and sleeve caps found in sewing patterns and calculate the increases and decreases involved to shape your knitting in the same way. Tap into this vast resource that could result in your next multi-size original sweater pattern.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5257 Easy Color Play the Flip ‘N Wear Way! Stephen (West) & Steven(Be)
This workshop is all about showing off beautiful yarns with simple techniques combined in clever ways. Techniques like stripes, slipped stitches, cabling, and intarsia will be explored and combined to create bold architectural fabrics. The Ste(ph)vens will also open your world up to the magic of mixification: combining yarns with different fiber contents to create a totally unique fabric.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1057 Intermediate Fine Tuning Your Planned Pooling Technique Karla Stuebing
In this highly hands on class, individuals who want to learn planned pooling or refine their technique will be instructed in the specific skills required to control the patterning in their hand dyed yarns. Fundamental concepts will be presented in a brief introductory section. Class members will analyze their own yarn for its color pattern, will construct a 'cheat sheet' to help them manage the color changes as they knit. Class members will swatch their own yarn through various exercises developed to enhance awareness of both the yarn and each knitters own knitting style and tension, as well as the patterning potential for their chosen yarn.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6141 Easy Ridiculously Easy But Astonishingly Useful Stitch Patterns Carol Sulcoski
Expand your repertoire of stitch patterns with this class full of easy-to-work stitches that are versatile and astonishingly useful. There's no reason why you have to work every project in stockinette or garter stitch when there's a world of other stitch patterns out there. We'll look at what makes certain patterns curl and find non-curling options to go beyond garter stitch. We'll look at patterns that are attractive on both sides for items like shawls and stoles, textured pattern stitches that are a good substitute for stockinette, and options for edgings that go beyond plain ribbing.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
8035 Easy Pattern Reading for Crocheters Stacey Trock
Have you learned to crochet from a friend and feel like you 'know how to crochet,' but feel like you 'don't get' patterns? In this class, you'll learn how to read crochet patterns by tackling more difficult stitch patterns gradually, and you'll end up making a fabulous sampler cowl! We'll also discuss things you need to know to make your crochet project a success—like picking the right hook size and yarn weights.

In no time you’ll be crocheting with ease and feel confident picking up a new book to crochet the patterns inside!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
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     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 speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2047 No skills required 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5235 Easy Hooked on Knitting Jill Bigelow Suttell
Let's explore knitting as it was invented! Mary Thomas reported in her book the discovery of a half finish sock and five hooked needles in a 12th century Turkish tomb. Since early age until nowadays, knitting is done on hooked needles. Countries like Peru, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal among others still take advantage of a hooked needle to work. Andrea is going to teach you how to knit using knitting needles with hooks at the ends, show you the traditions of their use in different countries, and contrast advantages and disadvantages when knitting with them. A small project pattern will be given to you to practice as well.
Materials fee: $16 includes 1 set of hooked needles, one knitting pin, and a pattern.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's Marly Bird
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach Gwen Bortner
Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, read a basic chart, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7093 Advanced Manage Those Numbers! J C Briar
What’s the best way to manage all the numbers in the patterns you write? With a spreadsheet! Learn spreadsheet basics for organizing gauges, measurements, and notes. Make friends with functions and formulas for determining stitch counts, figuring sleeve increases, estimating yardage requirements, and more. Pick up tips for ensuring your patterns are as error-free as possible.
Note: This is NOT a class on design. Students must already be familiar with basic design concepts, such as calculating stitch counts from gauge without the help of a spreadsheet. Familiarity with spreadsheets is helpful but not required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5244 Intermediate Mastering Mosaics Edie Eckman
Dramatic colorwork using only one color at a time, easy enough for beginners but intriguing to experienced knitters-what could be more appealing? Mosaic knitting does just that and more. It's forgiving of uneven tension, doesn't require exact stitch counts to match multiples, and allows you to go on auto-pilot every other row. Furthermore, you can switch up stitch patterns without affecting the gauge. The downside? Understanding this fascinating technique can be somewhat confusing at first glance. Banish that bewilderment as you learn to read mosaic charts, play with garter-stitch and stockinette-stitch variations, and maybe even get started designing your own mosaic patterns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5013 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a Sweater Margaret Fisher
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact: increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast-on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking.
You will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous.
Note: This is an advanced beginner level class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4061 Easy River Rock Scarf Sivia Harding
This decadently beaded scarf, first seen in the book No Sheep for You, creates nests of beads that create the illusion of natural 'rocks' embedded in a flowing 'river' of 2"x2" rib. A bit of lace at the edges provides the perfect backdrop for this imaginative bead treatment.

Students learn how to manage large numbers of pre-strung beads with ease and explore the creative possibilities of this technique, along with conquering any fear of knitting with beads. Students can choose to either follow one of four charted designs or throw caution to the wind and create their own unique freeform piece.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6058 Easy Look, Ma, No Cable Needle! Melissa Leapman
Want to knit an Aran pattern lickety-split? Learn to cross your cables without a cable needle. After some hands-on practice in class, you'll wonder why those pesky little things were ever even invented!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5167 Intermediate Short-row Magic Patty Lyons
You've learned how to short row, you've even done it in a pattern, but how do you apply it to your own knitting? Learn how to use this little bit of knitting magic to adapt patterns to fit you better. Learn how you can replace existing pattern elements such as neck, armhole , and shoulder shaping. We will also explore how you can add functional elements to your garment such as creating bust darts or raising the back of a yoke sweater, as well as adding decorative elements to existing patterns such as shawl collars and shirt-tail hems. Short rows truly are magic!
Note: Short rows will not be taught in this class. Working knowledge of one of the short-row techniques is required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8061 Easy FAB Foundations for Crocheters Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
You've picked the PERFECT pattern and you've searched for and picked out the PERFECT yarn (not necessarily in that order!). Now your fingers and hook are twitching and you are ready to dive in!

STOP!! Before you make that first stitch, let us share with you a few basics that will get you started on a solid foundation that will make sure your work is just as PERFECT as the choices you've made up to this point.

We will cover 4 types of Foundation Stitches and explore how to use them in a wide range of projects from garments to accessories and home décor. Foundation stitches aren't just for borders anymore! Innovative project construction is easier than ever once you learn how to use Foundation Stitches then move on to using the Extending Foundation Stitch for creating garment sleeves and armholes, for making easier than ever button bands that don't gap and sag, and for creating innovative shaping in your accessories and garments. We'll also get into our special techniques for the Knotless Starting Chain and some First-Stitches that will make sure your edges do not look wonky! You will leave class with a FAB new skill to experiment with in your own projects and which will change the way you crochet forever!

Topics include learning four different foundation stitches and how to use them in projects; using Extending Foundation Stitches in innovative ways for sleeves, armholes, button bands, and learning to use Extending Foundation Stitches to create fun new shapes in your projects.

Note: Must know how to make basic crochet stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6138 Intermediate Meshing Around Brooke Nico
Mesh lace stitches, or faggot lace patterns, are often used as ground fabrics in a larger lace motif. They also make a great and beautiful allover pattern. Faggot lace patterns are usually made up of one or two columns of eyelets with matching decreases, which gives them a wonderfully simple appeal. Quite often mesh stitches are made up of a 1-row repeat-an easy to remember knit! In this class we'll explore several mesh lace patterns, as well as appropriate uses for them. We'll talk about which stitches are stable enough for a larger knitted piece and which are best for smaller accessories. We'll also discuss how to read your knitting to avoid mistakes, as well as how to repair mistakes in mesh when they occur.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 NEW
2054 Intermediate Seamingly Simple Judy Pascale
Using the right technique to seam together a garment, vest, or the top of an arm sleeve into position will be 'seamingly simple.' Emphasis is on producing a smooth, nearly invisible, transition-a trick accomplished by selecting the most appropriate seaming process to join particular stitch patterns and to determine the precise location to insert the sewing needle for optimum results. Ultimately, the goal is to create the illusion that the garment was created in one continuous piece.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4082 Intermediate Downside Up Socks Sarah Peasley
Turn tradition on its head! Use 2 circular needles to knit a sock from the toe up. Start with an unconventional cast-on, form a perfect heel without picking up any stitches (and without that pesky hole, too!), and finish with your choice of a ribbed or a hemmed cuff.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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 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 Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
4093 Intermediate Argyle Socks Using Planned Pooling Karla Stuebing
Hand-dyed yarn will be used to produce argyle socks from a single skein of yarn. The basics of planned pooling will be presented in a lecture format with ample pictures and finished objects. Building on this information, the class will begin knitting a simple argyle anklet. Instruction and demonstration to add the heel will begin the second half of the class. Finally, a lecture on locating or dying yarns that will work with this technique will be presented.
This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning.
Note: Experience with planned pooling and basic sock knitting is recommended.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5120 Easy Ruffles, Ruching, and Pleats, Oh My! Carol Sulcoski
This hands-on class looks at various easy forms of knitted embellishments and edgings, specifically ruffles, ruching, and pleats. Learn at least one version of each, including how to work it, tips and tricks, and yarn choices. If time permits we will continue to picot edging, twisted ruffles, and hems.
Saturday 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 Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6074 Intermediate Vertically-stranded Color Work Lorilee Beltman
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history: 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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3132 Intermediate Customizing Your Mitered Squares Jill Bigelow Suttell
Expand your knowledge of mitered squares. Add color for a stash-busting project, lace for an airy shawl, texture for depth or a combination of the three. We will discuss re-sizing of squares, different ways of picking up stitches, using multiple-sized squares, and different ways of building squares upon one another.
Note: Mitered square experience necessary.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain. In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5074 Intermediate Knit a Traditional Gansey Beth Brown-Reinsel
Discover the history, construction techniques, and design details of the British Gansey a beautiful 19th century fisherman's garment. Make a mini-pullover while learning the traditional techniques: Channel Island cast-on, split welts, stitch patterns, underarm gussets, shoulder straps, and picked-up sleeves.

Note: Must be proficient with double pointed needles or 2 circulars.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
6206 Easy Introduction to Sequence Knitting Cecelia Campochiaro
"Sequence Knitting is just like it sounds: Knit a sequence of stitches repeatedly using some kind of rule to create a fabric." Learn about the amazing and fun world of Sequence Knitting from the author of the groundbreaking book. Discover the power and appeal of this new way of looking what, at its simplest, uses 1-row repeats, easily memorized and infinitely variable, to create fabrics that are reversible, require no edge finish, and are pool-resistant. This class will feed your creative juices and stimulate you to think about new ways to use your stash to make beautiful accessories. In this hands-on class, you will learn how to use the concept, when Sequence Knitting makes sense, how to read Sequence Knitting instructions, and how to Sequence Knit. OR . . . several ways to Sequence Knit.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6136 Intermediate Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries Edie Eckman
Stitch dictionaries. You've seen them: books filled with intriguing stitch patterns, rows of baffling text, and perhaps charts that look unfamiliar. Maybe you even own one or three. But what to do with such a book? Learn how to go about turning a stitch pattern on a page into a finished object, and how to choose a pattern. Find out what multiples are all about, why charts are your friends, and how to adapt back-and-forth directions into knitting-in-the-round directions. We'll look at examples of many different stitch dictionaries. You'll leave ready to delve into that untapped treasure on your bookshelf.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5249 Intermediate Stripes and Steeks Margaret Fisher
Do you love variegated yarn with long color repeats? Are you unhappy with the uneven and mismatched striping that can occur in garments knit with these yarns? Learn several knitting techniques that produce beautiful results. See how to tame the stripes by planning your garment layout. Understand how to create steeks, a band of vertical stitches which are cut to create armholes, necklines, or the front opening on a sweater. We will talk strategy and practice cutting steeks. This class will help you create garments with beautifully balanced and matching stripes when using yarns with long repeat variegation.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5255 Intermediate Non-ribbing Edges and Pocket Tricks Bente Geil
In my designing work I like to use non-ribbing edges, because ribbing edges are very common. I like to do something else – something uncommon. So in the first half of this class you can, among other things, learn how to do cable cast-on, both plain, 1/1 and 2/2 ribbing plus horizontal stitches and tucks, used as starter for the rest of the work. In the second half you will get comfy with pockets. You will learn how to make a pocket that is not planned and one that is. For the one that is not planned you need the knitting swatch, needle, and scissor. For the one that is planned you need some stitch markers. In the end you will have learned to use some of the starters in the pockets and you will be able to do some pocket tricks.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
4075 Easy Knotty Scarflet Sivia Harding
This small asymmetrical necklet is not as simplistic as it seems. An addictively easy lace pattern provides the basis for bias shaping, and a scalloped border adds charm. You are done in a flash. knot up a corner and you’re on your way, or incorporate a beautiful button for a different look. The crochet hook add-as-you-go bead method is introduced as an ideal embellishment for lace, and we discuss choosing the perfect bead for your project along with other fine points of this versatile technique. A fastastic first lace project, and an engaging class for all levels.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     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.

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7091 No skills required 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
5089 Easy The Excitement of Accessories and More Barry Klein
There are so many really fun yarns out there and special ways to knit them so that they look their best and work to an advantage. We will spend time playing with these yarns, looking at how they knit up and talking about designs that make them amazing.
Lots of accessory scarves, shawls, wraps, shoulder cozies, and more will be shown as we knit up different swatches and look at the application of the yarns in each of the ideas. Be prepared for laughs and lots of fun.
Materials fee: $10.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6004 Intermediate Celtic Cables Melissa Leapman
Learn how to use basic cabling techniques to create Celtic-inspired knots, panels, and motifs. These special designs include unusual circular elements rather than the typical vertical alignment of most cables. (Shhh don't tell anyone, but these gorgeous cables are much easier than they look!)
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5145 No skills required Magic of Perfect Blocking Patty Lyons
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don't stop short of the perfect finish!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5084 Easy Tackle Box for Tackling Lace Brooke Nico
Learn all about the essential tools to make your lace knitting easier and more fun. We'll discuss the various types of yarns and fibers for lace, and which fibers are best suited to which lace stitches. We'll look in depth at blocking, including a demonstration of blocking a shawl, and how to use your blocking wires and pins. We'll also discuss stitch markers, tools to keep you on track with your knitting, and some great home-made hints and tricks that I use all the time!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5245 Intermediate Kick Up Your Heels! Sarah Peasley
Tube socks are out of style. Add some heel options to your sock-knitting skill set! Work a traditional sock heel from the top down and from the toe up, without those annoying holes at the corners. Insert a short-row heel into your sock-in-progress or add it later as an afterthought. Also included: a discussion of different heel-flap stitch patterns and reinforcement options.
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Gayle Roehm
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we’ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We’ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you’re not sure. We’ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro Leslye Solomon
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the 2 methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5257 Easy Color Play the Flip ‘N Wear Way! Stephen (West) & Steven(Be)
This workshop is all about showing off beautiful yarns with simple techniques combined in clever ways. Techniques like stripes, slipped stitches, cabling, and intarsia will be explored and combined to create bold architectural fabrics. The Ste(ph)vens will also open your world up to the magic of mixification: combining yarns with different fiber contents to create a totally unique fabric.
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
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     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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer Marly Bird
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer, but 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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns Gwen Bortner
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?

Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery J C Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
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 NEW
7092 Easy Zippy Zippers Cindy Craig
Adding a zipper to a sweater can change the whole look—from ho-hum to awesome. We will explore 2 different ways to attach a zipper to knit fabric as well as how to shorten a zipper to fit your desired length. There will be plenty of time to practice both with lots of support. Dive in and tackle these techniques, and you'll be putting zippers on everything.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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?"
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7094 Easy Decorative Mending: More than Making Do! Sivia Harding
Mending and Making do is a principle we are all familiar with, usually thought of in association with the frugality of the War years in this country and in Europe. But mending and darning have traditions that are far more ancient and of far more philosophical interest to craftspeople like ourselves. For a different perspective, we look at old textiles and artifacts with new eyes, and bring mending up to present day with new interpretations of old techniques. I guarantee a beautiful, poetic presentation that will make your fingers twitch to get mending!
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
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
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.
Sunday 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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1048 Intermediate Pattern-free Possibilities Myra Wood
Simple rectangles and squares offer endless creativity. It's all in how you put them together!
Start with a rectangular template, divide the space into sections, then knit to fill each section. Experiment with combining stitch patterns, techniques, and colors to create completely unique fabrics. Techniques include mitered squares, modular pieces, log cabin, and bias knitting.
Learn a join-as-you-go method and a modified mattress stitch to create a finished piece that can be turned into a bag or even part of a sweater design.



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