STITCHES Texas 2016 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon  
MAKE YOUR MOVE To Sustainable Knitting
with Lorilee Beltman and Carson Demers

The message is simple: Knitting is a process that involves the whole body.


Sure, knitting is color and texture formed with needles and yarn into amazing patterns and flexible fabrics.

While your hands are busy making this magic happen, it's easy to forget that they connect to the rest of your body—until something hurts. A minor irritation—an ache here, a pain there, tingling fingers, or stiffness in your neck or elbow—can advance to a full-blown revolt.

The body is saying, “Whoa! This is NOT working.”

After explaining the fundamentals of how the body uses any tool, Carson will apply those rules to knitting. Video-cam close-ups on the big screen and interactive demonstrations make it easy to see what to do and what not to do.

On to the knitting! Carson and Lorilee both believe there is no one right way to knit. As long as you apply ergonomics, it doesn’t matter which hand holds the yarn or what needles you choose: any style can be healthy and efficient. Since this is about YOU making the moves, bring needles to experience how it feels when your hands and fingers have the support of your whole body. Soon you'll recognize how your body should feel and move as new muscle memories replace old patterns.

Your body is as much a tool as are needles and yarn. Learn to use these tools correctly, and you will knit comfortably, efficiently, and productively —regardless of your knitting style.

Whether we’ve knit for 25 minutes or 25 years, we all want to knit for at least 25 more!

Join us!


Then, join us for lunch teachers a la carte style.
Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only  
MAKE YOUR MOVE To Sustainable Knitting
with Lorilee Beltman and Carson Demers

The message is simple: Knitting is a process that involves the whole body.


Sure, knitting is color and texture formed with needles and yarn into amazing patterns and flexible fabrics.

While your hands are busy making this magic happen, it's easy to forget that they connect to the rest of your body—until something hurts. A minor irritation—an ache here, a pain there, tingling fingers, or stiffness in your neck or elbow—can advance to a full-blown revolt.

The body is saying, “Whoa! This is NOT working.”

After explaining the fundamentals of how the body uses any tool, Carson will apply those rules to knitting. Video-cam close-ups on the big screen and interactive demonstrations make it easy to see what to do and what not to do.

On to the knitting! Carson and Lorilee both believe there is no one right way to knit. As long as you apply ergonomics, it doesn’t matter which hand holds the yarn or what needles you choose: any style can be healthy and efficient. Since this is about YOU making the moves, bring needles to experience how it feels when your hands and fingers have the support of your whole body. Soon you'll recognize how your body should feel and move as new muscle memories replace old patterns.

Your body is as much a tool as are needles and yarn. Learn to use these tools correctly, and you will knit comfortably, efficiently, and productively —regardless of your knitting style.

Whether we’ve knit for 25 minutes or 25 years, we all want to knit for at least 25 more!

Are you planning to attend the Teachers a al Carte Luncheon, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No skills required Teachers a la Carte Luncheon  
Food, fun, and first impressions: Wonder what a class is all about? Join us for lunch and table-side visits from STITCHES instructors.

Are you planning to attend the Opening Day Spotlight, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
4098 Easy Sharves: StevenBe Shawl and Accessory Extravaganza Steven Berg
View many of SteveBe's accessory patterns made up in a true trunk show. Experience Westknits as presented by SteveBe for a recap from our recent tour taught with Stephen West. Pick your favorite Westknits shawl and StevenBe accessory and begin your inspired knitting adventure. Receive hands-on tips and tricks. Steven will consult with each student to pick the perfect yarn combinations to create their own masterpieces. Students can expect a wonderful artistic class with a variety of projects to experience.
Steven uses popular shawl designs to talk about shape, construction, and drape. Students will knit a small triangular swatch while topics such as cast-ons, increases, bind-offs, and blocking are discussed.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1063 Intermediate Designing and Charting Your Own Original Cables Lily Chin
You've done many cables before and want to get into more complex cable patterns. Maybe you even want to design your own. Learn how cable patterns are actually formed: what are the basic traits, characteristics, and manipulations? When you get a better understanding of how cable patterns work, not only can you follow the directions a whole lot better, but fewer mistakes are made. You may even be able to look at a cable pattern and figure out how to work it even without written directions!
Note: Must be comfortable reading knitting symbols or reading stitch charts. Must have worked several cables before.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5272 Intermediate Bead Knitting 101 Judith Durant
Bead knitting is the way to go for creating pictorial designs. String beads following a charted design, then watch the pattern come alive as you knit (and purl) your piece. You can also use a random mix of beads to create a colorful and luscious beaded fabric. In this class you'll string beads onto your knitting yarn or thread, knit with a bead, purl with a bead and work a crochet beaded border.

Materials fee: $5 for beads and thread.
Thursday 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if you'd like to try weaving, but feel confused about it and don't know if you'd like it or not? In this class you will see 3 of the top brands of rigid-heddle looms and find out how they work. You will learn about setting up the looms to prepare for weaving, and then you will weave on them.

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

Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This fun technique can be used in multiple ways to create flares, extra fabric, body style details, and in wonderful ways to make your knitting easier to assemble. We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you in ways you can't imagine, to create sweaters that feel and fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Master sewists and finishers work for years to perfect their finishing skills and they are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finishes it deserves. Likewise, you’ve worked hard to make your stitching skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it’s time to bring those finishing skills up to the next level.

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that have that extra little something that makes them stand out from the crowd. In our Couture Finishing class, we will share with you the professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home décor. We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and will take the drudgery out of finishing to help make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing techniques that make your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!

Yup… we’re going to share it all… our professional finishing secrets learned from yearns and years of couture hand sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these professional finishing techniques to take your skills from good to great… even FAB!
Goals
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques:
• Blocking
• End Cap Finishing Stitch
• Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
• Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
• Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length

Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6112 Intermediate Basic Double Knitting Techniques Sarah Peasley
Double knitting is pure magic. Using one method, a piece worked back and forth opens up as if it had been knit in the round. Using another method, the image created on the front of the fabric will appear in reverse image on the back. Learn both methods to create a small bag and a two-sided coaster while practicing appropriate cast-on, bind-off, and chart-reading techniques.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6134 Easy Stripes of All Types Beth Whiteside
Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suits, Dr. Who scarves to Baby Surprise jackets, stripes are all around us.

In class we’ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to cut and when to carry, how to mix stripes with stitch patterns and knitting techniques like short rows. We’ll stretch the definition of stripes just a bit to include patterns using only 1 color per row, whether the end result looks like a stripe or not (mosaics!). Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler, and apply them to your next self-designed project!
Thursday 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm NEW
No skills required Fantasy Fashion Bingo Steven Berg
Get ready for a night of fabulous fashion and bawdy bingo with your host, StevenBe at STITCHES Texas 2016! A wild prequel companion to the STITCHES Texas fashion show (on Friday night), this Thursday evening event features a runway show of the unusual and unexpected―Steven's specialty! In between our models strutting their stuff, sit up and get your daubers ready for some StevenBe-I-N-G-O with fabulous prizes from your favorite brands.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
6209 Intermediate Get the Skinny on Lace Denise Bell
While it's true that any type of yarn can be used to make lace and that there are many wonderful works made from heavier yarns, there is something special about a lace shawl made from true lace weight yarn. There is no need to be lace-phobic!
If you've admired light-weight shawls that lift with a gentle breeze and weigh next to nothing but felt intimidated by wispy yarn, it's time to get your skinny on. Learn the basics of triangle shawl knitting from a self-acknowledged lace junkie and the confidence to complete it.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5098 Intermediate Argyle Socks Anne Berk
Argyle Socks are classic and have a timeless appeal especially for men. They have a unique construction, because they are most efficiently knit flat using the intarsia technique, and then joined and knit in the round following the gussets. Mattress stitch is used to invisibly join the leg and the instep seams. This class will have samples, charts and instructions for all sizes, from baby socks to adult male, and will show how to modernize the Argyle using new yarns and fun color combinations. Learn to do intarsia, read a color chart, work duplicate stitch, invisible seaming, how to knit a gusset heel flat, ways to knit and close a toe, and how to weave in ends efficiently.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's Marly Bird
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5264 Easy Knitting without Wool Gwen Bortner
As far back as history records, wool and knitting have gone together. But even with all of its wonderful knitting properties, wool does not always work for every project or every knitter. Learn about the challenges and opportunities that come with using a non-wool yarn in your knitting. Experience several different yarns that do not contain sheep fiber. Learn how to work with these yarns to maximize their advantages while minimizing what have traditionally been considered short-comings. Whether you are allergic to wool, live in warm climates, or just want to expand your understanding of yarn, this class is for you.
Materials fee: $10 for sample amounts of non-wool yarns to be tried in class.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

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

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
7009 No skills required Applying Ergonomic Techniques to Your Knitting Carson Demers
Learn the basics of knitting’s ergonomics and the put them into practice in this unique class. You’ll learn everything from neutral postures to optimal tensioning techniques to help you be a comfortable, lifelong knitter. We’ll apply various strategies that can improve your productivity, efficiency and comfort. Working in small groups you’ll examine your yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5266 Intermediate Dress Up Your Cables Judith Durant
Cables can certainly stand on their own, but why not bring even more interest to your cable knitting by adding texture, color, or beads? Learn to customize your cables by making variations of the basic cables found in many knitting books. We'll work several swatches that incorporate knit and purl stitches, contrasting colors, and beads.
Material fee: $2 for 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 NEW
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
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!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5031 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes Sarah Peasley
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting—without losing your cool.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
6064 Advanced Twisted Traveling Stitches Anna Zilboorg
Austrian twisted travelling stitches create patterns in high relief that resemble woodcarvings. They can also provide a wonderful base for embroidery. They require a few special techniques (among them, how to interpret the special charts), careful knitting, and some practice, but are well worth the effort. This class will focus on flat knitting, which is much harder than working these patterns in the round but gives the greatest flexibility for usage. After a few exercises, we'll make a cell-phone cover that could easily turn into cuffs for an elegant sweater.
Friday 12:00 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
6208 Intermediate Fun Fabrics for Continental Knitters Lorilee Beltman
Any style of knitting is equally valid. One should always knit in the style that pleases them. If you are a continental knitter, I invite you to explore with me some knitting textures and patterns that are, if I may be frank, a bit easier or more swiftly accomplished in the continental style. We're talking about textures that involve lots of needle gymnastics, or lots of bringing the yarn forward and backward.
I've hunted for textures and colorwork that you are unlikely to have tried before. Among them: Tunisian knit stitch, Estonian lace with nupps, and colorwork variations. Come ready to play.
Note: You must be comfortable knitting in continental style.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4088 Easy Instant Knits for Weekend Gratification Steven Berg
No-rules, fun, fast, and furious knits with StevenBe! Capture this fall's hot trends right off the runway and make them this weekend! Explore the use of large circular knitting needles with uber-chunky yarns and combinations of fibers that will blow your mind.
You'll have the opportunity to choose a quick knit project and work with Steven to create your own unique accessory as your STITCHES Midwest trophy.
This workshop is intended to power up your creative juices and boost your imagination into overdrive. Steven will review current trends and hot projects like the super-chunky knits you've been swooning over on Pinterest. This fashion and art presentation is interjected with anecdotes of Steven's past in the world of high fashion and his travels around the world. You will be inspired by his unconventional use of both traditional and non-traditional fibers.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6086 Easy Get Twisted! J C Briar
Cables and other twisted knit stitches make for some of the most captivating knitting patterns. Though they look intricate, they are surprisingly easy to create. Learn how while knitting samplers that you can later turn into a drawstring tote bag. Along the way, you'll pick up tips for reading charts, reading your knitting, and fixing mistakes.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6032 Intermediate Stitch Strategies for Hand-dyed Yarns Laura Bryant
If you have ever fallen in love with a hand-dyed yarn, only to be disappointed in the finished fabric, this class is for you. We'll explore stitch strategies to avoid the often undesired pooling, patterning, and striping of hand dyed yarns. Learn to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, the different types of dyeing, and then explore the stitches that will help you coax the inherent beauty from even the most difficult color combinations. Some hands-on swatching during class.

Optional materials fee: $3 for hand-dyed yarn
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5265 Intermediate Increase, Decrease Judith Durant
Based on her new book Increase, Decrease: 99 Step-by-Step Methods, Judith will teach you what to consider when choosing a shaping method and how to execute the chosen technique. Increase and decrease stitches can be decorative or nearly invisible, and using them intentionally can bring your knitting to a whole new level. We'll also look at shaping in both textured and multicolored patterns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6202 Advanced Introduction to Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria Candace Eisner Strick
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs but actually are done using only 2 basic techniques without the use of a cable needle. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
5268 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn Denise Bell
Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn, but didn’t know who to ask!! Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a boucle? Why are some yarns are limp when knit or crocheted? Develop a notebook of yarn types with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.

Materials fee $3.00 includes notebook materials and yarns.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5241 No skills required 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!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am 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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 NEW
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4099 Intermediate Bead up Your Knitting Judith Durant
Add some sparkle to your knits! In this class you’ll make a small sampler bag that uses five different methods for incorporating beads into your knitting. You’ll learn three methods using beads strung on your knitting yarn, one method using beads strung on a separate strand of yarn, and one method for adding beads individually with a crochet hook. In class we'll complete half of the sampler bag, incorporating all five techniques, which you can finish on your own. Once learned, you can bring these techniques into any knitting project.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
3134 Intermediate Basically Yours: Custom Skirts Candace Eisner Strick
Make yourself a custom-fit skirt that is completely yours. It will fit, it will drape, it will flatter, and it will look good whether you are sitting, standing, or dancing. With just a smidgeon of math and some beautiful yarn, you can enter the zone of skirt knitting. You will plan out a basic A-line skirt to custom fit you. Once you have the basics, a myriad of variations are within your reach, along with some charming hemline special effects. Come in curious; leave skirt obsessed.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
7097 No skills required Wow! Weave a Wall Hanging! Deborah Jarchow
With absolutely no prior experience, you can weave a beautiful wall hanging in this 3 hour class. Learn how to get the loom set up and then let your imagination run wild while you create your own small piece of art. At the end of class you’ll be able to take home your individual creation to decorate your wall. Using a variety of special yarns that make this project easy will unleash your inner creative genius!
Materials fee: $20 for yarn for project.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8070 Easy Tunisian Crochet from Beginning to End Barry Klein
This class will take you through all of the basic techniques of Tunisian Crochet. We'll begin with yarn selection, proceed to changing directions, and explore variations from there. We will look at accessories for the home, wearable garments, and different styles of Tunisian Crochet and how they will fit into your future.
Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 NEW
3028 Intermediate A Well-Executed Sleeve Cap Sarah Peasley
Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with no unsightly seams!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
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.
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
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     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.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5263 Easy Fun with Fine Yarns Gwen Bortner
Love the beauty of fine weight yarns, but looking for alternatives to socks and shawls? Love the feel of fine yarn, but dread knitting with tiny needles? Gain hands-on experience as you explore a variety of techniques and methods to use fine yarns on not-so-fine needles. Gain insights on picking yarns and colors to create your own gradients. Use a spinning techinque to bulk up your yarn without having to manage multiple balls. Uncover the advantages of using fine yarn even when a heavier yarn is required. Knitting with fine yarn can be fun, even if you don't like knitting with tiny needles.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6007 Easy Lace Basics J C Briar
Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that's all lace is. An incredible variety of patterns stems from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-overs. Learn to work these decreases, to knit into a yarn-over, and to keep track of your lace knitting while working sample swatches. Pick up tips for choosing yarn and needles, handling mistakes, and blocking.
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 NEW
5269 Intermediate Ins and Outs of I-Cord Lily Chin
I-cord is a circular tube of stockinette stitch, usually comprised of 4 stitches. It produces the same result as the knitting Nancy or knitting spool but uses two double-pointed needles. Learn how to make this simple and useful strand and its applications. More importantly, see how easy it is to trim knitting with it as a fun and functional trim or border. Try some of the manipulations like using it to bind off pieces or even to seam pieces together. Look at a few other uses for this versatile bit of knitting. I-cord stands for Idiot Cord, but Elizabeth Zimmerman said it really should be Ingenious Cord.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5261 Intermediate Ground Hog Day: Backwards Candace Eisner Strick
Will he see his shadow? Definitely yes, but it might not be a shadow of a ground hog! By knowing where to use knits and purls, you can make a fabric that will magically show designs when viewed from a certain angle. Sometimes called shadow knitting, this technique is fun and mysterious, and can be applied to almost all shapes of knit garments. The added bonus is that it is easiest to do if you know how to knit backwards!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
3138 Intermediate Possibilities of Pi Denise Bell
Whether you learned about Pi Shawls from reading an Elizabeth Zimmermann book, from seeing them in Ravelry, or admiring them on display in a museum, you already know they are round and use the precision of the mathematical ratio Pi for increasing the size of the shawl. Don't let that math scare you! When knitting a square, rectangle, or triangle shawl you have numerous options on how to begin, including bottom up, side to side, and top down. A Pi Shawl, on the other hand, always starts in the center and grows in circumference. In this class we'll start by learning the Emily Ocker cast-on, then using an easy-to-understand mathematical formula and stitch dictionaries, we'll begin a shawl swatch using lace weight merino.
What's fun about circular shawls? They are knit in the round, sometimes with an attached border which is knit flat. You'll knit the majority of a Pi Shawl on a circular needle. Instead of long purled rest rows, you’ll enjoy long knit rest rows.
We'll start on double-pointed needles and move to a shorter circular needle as we progress in class. You'll learn the Pi Shawl formula and tips on choosing stitch patterns to enlarge your swatch. We'll talk a little bit at the end of class about blocking and various ways to wear a circular shawl.
Note: If you are proficient using the Magic Loop method, feel free to bring a circular needle the appropriate size and length although we will NOT be learning or discussing Magic Loop in this class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5162 Easy New Perspectives on Knitting with StevenBe Steven Berg
Broaden your knitting horizon and change your life with StevenBe. This dynamic class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning StevenBe's and Westknits' favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from working patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and design decisions.

Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment. Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern—making it truly yours.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6119 Intermediate Twist and Turns: Cables Marly Bird
Knitted cables and braids make some of the prettiest and most complex-looking knit stitch patterns. The secret? They're easier than they look!
Learn about the history of cables while knitting samples that can be turned into a hat or scarf. You'll leave with the confidence and understanding of the importance of gauge, how to create cables with and without a cable needle, and how to read cable charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
1060 Easy Color Gradations Laura Bryant
Join Laura and learn how to control a large group of colors, shading artfully and gradually from one color to another. We’ll employ Half Linen Stitch to create small dots of color that allow for optical mixture. Shift from light to dark or from hue to hue or any which way you choose. Laura’s tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!

Materials fee: $5.00 instructor-supplied yarn
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5007 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck so the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
5001 Intermediate Tapas Candace Eisner Strick
Sample little bites of the best knitting has to offer: try one fabulous cast-on that gives you instant k1, p1 set-up for ribbing, one unusual bind-off that requires no passing-over of stitches, one unusually beautiful stitch pattern, how to pick up perfectly, yarn-over increases that slant in both directions, a perfectly painless beginning for a circular shawl, a picot bind-off, and a few more delicious little tastes.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6111 Easy Slip Sliding Away Barry Klein
Slip-stitch knitting is a fantastic way to play with color and texture and create a piece of fabric that is unique to the yarns you've selected. We will work on multiple slip-stitch variations and talk about yarn selection, color placement, and details that will allow you to use this technique to create something truly fantastic. This technique is simple, easy, and really fun.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Gayle Roehm
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we’ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We’ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you’re not sure. We’ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
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     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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
5058 Easy Knitting in Both Directions Gwen Bortner
Most of us knit in one direction, but what would happen if you could knit in EITHER direction? Bobbles would pop out faster, entrelac would be even more fun, edgings could be added more quickly, and your yarn would tangle less.
Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it's a great skill to have in your knitting arsenal. You can learn the basics to knitting (and purling) in 'the other direction' regardless of the way you knit now! All it takes, as with most things, is a little bit of practice. Learn the how and the why, and get started with what some students have called "the coolest thing they have ever learned in knitting."
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci Laura Bryant
Learn a method for controlling color combinations successfully while swatching with fun colors and yarns. Laura shares the history of Fibonacci numbers while you explore color proportions in stripes, blocks, and even shading. This mathematical relationship is evident in nature. Artists, sculptors, and designers have used it throughout time and civilization because it is so pleasing to the eye. This creative exercise is one you will revisit time and again.
Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2034 Intermediate The Edge of Knit Candace Eisner Strick
You have to bind off anyway, right? So let's make a border at the same time! From sophisticated to funky, you can do two things at one time! Sample six border bind-offs: crochet picot, attached I-cord, applied lace, knit picot, I-cord fringe, and one more mysterious teaser!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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!



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