STITCHES West 2017 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT1 Basic Short Rows Cindy Craig
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible. Included in this class is a pattern for a Curly Q Scarf that we will begin.

Please bring: 210 yards of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn & US 9 needles.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
XT14 No skills required Weaving Sticks Scarf Sheila Rolfer
A traditional art form is made modern with Clover Weaving Sticks. Stick weaving is fun and fast and versatile. Learn the basic techniques as you weave a scarf. No previous experience is necessary!

Anyone can make accessories like bags, belts, hats, sashes, or scarves. You can even make afghans, blankets, rugs, or wall hangings. Carol will show many woven items to stimulate your imagination. Come try this contemporary twist on an ancient art form.

Supplies: Weavings sticks provided for in class use.

Sponsored by Clover.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elaine Rowley
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.
Please bring a small amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color for your practice piece AND 5 or 5.5mm/US 8 or 9 circular needle

Sponsored by XRX Books.

Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Beth Whiteside
Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!

Materials: 25 yds #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in a light or bright color, 6.5mm/US10½ knitting needles, and tapestry needle.

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Cindy Craig
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Please bring one skein #4 (worsted-weight) yarn & Tunisian crochet hook in a size appropriate for your yarn.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
XT12 No skills required Rigid-heddle Weaving Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered what all the excitement is about weaving? Have you heard that warping the loom is difficult and complicated? During this demonstration you will see just how easy it is to set up a rigid-heddle loom and begin weaving. With very little experience, you can easily weave beautiful fabric for scarves, bags, pillows, and so much more. Learn a new way to use your yarn and see examples of  many different things that can be created with the rigid-heddle looms.
Materials: Demo only no supplies required.

Sponsored by XRX Books.


Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Beth Whiteside
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Cindy Craig
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 5 or 5.5mm/US8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
XT17 No skills required For the Love of Wool Applique Katie Hebblewhite
Share our passion for wool applique as you stitch an ornament. Learn from our “Oopsie” and “Oh, no!” moments. Katie shares helpful hints for the beginner to the veteran.
Materials fee: $5 for a wool applique kit with pattern, needle, and thread.
Please bring a small sharp scissors and a fine tip BLACK Sharpie marker

Sponsored by Granny's Legacy Patterns
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT38 Easy Pleasing Plaits Beth Whiteside
The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid is seen on garments and accessories across northern Europe and the Baltic. In this class you'll learn how to work an easy braided cast-on, work braids within the fabric, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class, you'll be planning to add pleasing plaits to all your projects!
Materials: 20 yds each #4 (worsted-weight ) yarn in 2 complementary light or bright colors, 4.5mm/US7 needle, basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc).
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT13 Basic Invisible Joins — Well Nearly Invisible Cindy Craig
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you can't wait to get to the end of the ball to try your new skills.
Please bring 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Stacey Trock
Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank and a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein. Optional: rubber gloves and a Ziplock bag for taking the yarn home.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT39 Easy Criss... Cross... Cable! Beth Whiteside
At its most basic, a cable is a group of stitches whose parts swap position every few rows. The maneuvering required to swap stitches is simple to learn. Their complex appearance comes about because of the many ways stitches can be grouped, arranged, and intertwined with other groups. Learn the basics of crossing cables, terminology, and how to work them from written instructions and from a chart.
Materials: 50 yards #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color; US 7 needle; cable needle, any type; basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc)
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
XT16 No skills required Mindful Knitting Anna Zilboorg
Everyone knows that meditation is good for us, but knitters generally do not meditate; we would rather knit. This workshop is an attempt to integrate knitting with mindfulness, the first step in meditation and the hardest one. I have lived this practice for many years, but have not attempted to teach others how to go about it. If you are adventurous, join me in an hour of peaceful experimentation.

Supplies: Bring a beautiful ball of yarn and some friendly needles.
Sponsored by XRX Books   
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters Cindy Craig
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasing, combined with color and texture, create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of today’s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Please bring 100 yards #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors & 2 double-pointed US 9 or 10 needles.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
CC10 Easy Embroider Your Knits: The Basics Elaine Rowley
Anna Zilboorg’s Splendid Apparel introduced the knitting world to a new way of adding color and emphasizing pattern to your knitting with a little embroidery. Let’s keep it simple, learning 4 stitches and playing with color and placement on k2, p2 ribbing. If you have embroidered for years, but never added it to your knitting . . . or never threaded a needle, this basic cuff will get you started.
Please bring 1 completed cuff to class.

To Knit Cuff:
With 110 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yanr and 3.75mm/US 5 needles, cast on 38 stitches. Row 1 (RS) [K2, p2] to last 2 stitches, k2. Row 2 [P2, k2] to last 2 stitches, p2. Continue to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches until piece measures 4" x 6" from cast-on. Bind off in pattern. Do not seam. If you want to make a wine cozy instead of a cuff, do not bind off. We will work the embroidery, then you will transfer the stitches to double-pointed needles and work the base.


Please bring small amounts of sock or sport-weight yarn (variegated or handpaints can be fun) or Persian or tapestry needlepoint yarn in at least 3 contrasting colors. We will provide tapestry needles.


Sponsored by XRX Books.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
TT29 No skills required How to Knit with Two Circulars Stacey Trock
Do you want to knit socks and hats, but double points are driving you batty? Knitting on two circular needles might be your answer! In one quick hour, you'll learn the basic technique for casting on and knitting with two circular needles. You'll never need double points, again!
Materials: 1 ball of yarn, 2 pairs of circular needles in a size appropriate for yarn. Both needles should be the same size but either different lengths (16 and 24") or different needle colors for the easiest results.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT25 Basic Magical Reversible Cables Cindy Craig
I love when my scarves don't have a wrong side. You'll learn to make a cable that looks the same on both sides. It is perfect for scarves and other applications where both sides are showing. You should already be familiar with cables before taking this class.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color, appropriately sized knitting needles, cable needle.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elaine Rowley
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.
Please bring a small amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color for your practice piece AND 5 or 5.5mm/US 8 or 9 circular needle

Sponsored by XRX Books.

Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Beth Whiteside
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.

Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends Cindy Craig
Don't let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Please bring smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color & US 7 needle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
XT10 No skills required Scraptastic Magic Ball Stacey Trock
Do you have a lot of little bits of leftover yarn and don't know what to do with them? Make a super-fun magic ball! By learning the Russian Join technique (a way of joining yarn without knots!), you'll turn all of your scraps into a beautiful ball of yarn, suitable for a variety of projects!
Materials: Your scraps (preferably the same weight), tapestry needle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Beth Whiteside
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CR10 Basic Crocodile Stitch Crochet Joyce Wyatt
This is a fun, textured stitch that's been popping up in lots of patterns recently. Learn the technique in this session!
Note: Must be comfortable with both single and double crochet.
Materials: 4 oz. one color of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in one color, tapestry needle, scissors, and H crochet hook.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
FF5 Easy Blocking 101 Cindy Craig
Blocking is one of the final steps to finishing that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
No materials needed.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Stacey Trock
Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank and a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein. Optional: rubber gloves and a Ziplock bag for taking the yarn home.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC5 Intermediate Getting Started Stranded Color Beth Whiteside
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CR13 Easy Entrelac Crochet Joyce Wyatt
Entrelac crochet is a way of doing Tunisian crochet so you end up with little blocks that form a complete row. This is the crocheter's version of Entrelac knitting. It can usually be done with a regular crochet hook and any size yarn. You will learn this stitch technique while making a small mat/coaster.
Materials: 1 oz. each #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in two colors, G crochet hook, scissors, tapestry needle.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Cindy Craig
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Please bring one skein #4 (worsted-weight) yarn & Tunisian crochet hook in a size appropriate for your yarn.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet Elaine Rowley
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.

Sponsored by XRX Books Booth 601.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT5 Basic Getting Started: Intarsia Beth Whiteside
Vertical stripes without stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.

Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
XT17 No skills required For the Love of Wool Applique Katie Hebblewhite
Share our passion for wool applique as you stitch an ornament. Learn from our “Oopsie” and “Oh, no!” moments. Katie shares helpful hints for the beginner to the veteran.
Materials fee: $5 for a wool applique kit with pattern, needle, and thread.
Please bring a small sharp scissors and a fine tip BLACK Sharpie marker

Sponsored by Granny's Legacy Patterns
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
XT14 No skills required Weaving Sticks Scarf Sheila Rolfer
A traditional art form is made modern with Clover Weaving Sticks. Stick weaving is fun and fast and versatile. Learn the basic techniques as you weave a scarf. No previous experience is necessary!

Anyone can make accessories like bags, belts, hats, sashes, or scarves. You can even make afghans, blankets, rugs, or wall hangings. Carol will show many woven items to stimulate your imagination. Come try this contemporary twist on an ancient art form.

Supplies: Weavings sticks provided for in class use.

Sponsored by Clover.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elaine Rowley
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.
Please bring a small amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color for your practice piece AND 5 or 5.5mm/US 8 or 9 circular needle

Sponsored by XRX Books.

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