STITCHES Texas 2017 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT52 Intermediate Jogless Stripes Jeffrey Wall
When knitting stripes in the round (think socks, hats, mittens, pullovers), you want the colors to join smoothly with no jog. Practice the secret to jogless stripes as you work a small sample. Seamless AND jogless is a beautiful thing!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Supplies: DK or fingering-weight 100% wool yarn will be provided. If  allergic to wool, please bring practice amounts of at least 2 colors.
Please bring a set of DPNs or circular needles
in size 3.0mm/US2.5 for fingering OR 4.0mm/US6 for DK-weight yarns for your preferred method of knitting in the round over a small number of stitches.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT5 No skills required 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.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Beth Whiteside
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
XT26 No skills required 5 Basic Embroidery Stitches Katie Hebblewhite
Students will explore hand embroidery to embellish a hand-stitched needle case. Several basic stitches will be taught in class: blanket, chain, stem, lazy daisy, and French knot. Embellish anything with these simple stitches!
Supplies: A small scissors.
Materials fee: $5 for kit with pattern, needle, and thread.

Sponsored by Granny's Legacy Patterns
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
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 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
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 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT54 Intermediate Steeks Demystified Jeffrey Wall
Steeks are the way to put openings into knitted tubes (necks, armholes, cardigan openings, etc.). Yes, they do involve cutting your piece of knitting, but fear not! This lecture/demo will cover the process step-by-step from how to cast on, different ways to work the steek stitches, blocking, sewing or crocheting to secure the stitches, cutting, picking up stitches for steek bands, and finishing. You'll work on a single-color sample in class. A bonus stranded pattern is provided to try out the full technique at home.
Materials: DK or fingering-weight 100% wool yarn will be provided. (If allergic to wool, please bring your own yarn.) A set of DPNs or circular needles in size 3.0mm/US 2.5 for fingering OR 4.0mm/US 6 for DK-weight yarns for your preferred method of knitting in the round over a small number of stitches.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT51 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 6.5mm/US10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 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
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
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).
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
TT56 Easy Stripes.....It's as easy as ABC Barry Klein
Join Barry to see how to work 1-row stripes using 3 different yarns. Once conquered, we will talk about 2-row stripes with one row stripes added for fun.
Materials fee: $5.00

Supplies: Yarn will be provided in market session. Please bring circular needles 4.5mm, 5mm, and 5.5mm/US7, 8, and 9.
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 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT55 Easy Simple No-wrap Short Rows....the Creative Approach Barry Klein
Join Barry to learn how to create waves of color and wonderful shape through the clever use of Short rows in a method designed for beginners but creative enough for advanced knitters.
Materials fee: $5.00
Supplies: Yarn will be provided. Please bring 6mm/US10 needles.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CR21 Easy Crochet a Granny Square Stacey Trock
The granny square is a classic crochet pattern that's made a huge comeback, and it's no wonder. This traditional favorite is easy to do and incredibly versatile!

In this class, we'll learn how to crochet a basic granny square. We will work from a written pattern, so it's a great chance to learn some pattern-reading skills, even if you're familiar with the stitches! We will also cover how to change colors in crochet so you can create some colorful grannies!
Note: Must be comfortable with both single and double crochet.
Materials: Two colors of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and appropriately-sized (F-H) hook.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
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.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
TT53 Easy Techniques for Knitting in the Round Jeffrey Wall
Knitting in the round is an efficient way to approach many projects. Jeffrey introduces you to the 3 popular methods: using DPNS (5 double-pointed needles), 2 circulars, or 1 long circular for the Magic Loop technique. Learn advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to avoid ladders at needle changes. Whether you have experience with knitting in the round or this is your first try, this class will help you find YOUR way. 
Materials: Needles and yarn supplied OR you may bring your own needles: a set of 5 DPN, 2 sets of 24" circular, 1 set 40" circular, all in 4.0mm/US 6.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
FF1 Easy Basic Buttonholes Beth Whiteside
These holes are intentional! Buttonholes in knit fabric are created with eyelets or with bind-offs/cast-ons. Learn how three basic buttonholes are created and how they can be varied. We'll discuss advantages and disadvantages of each type, and how to space them horizontally and vertically. Learn the basics of buttonholes!
Materials: 20 yards of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color; needles appropriate for yarn.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
SP5 Easy Edgier Edges Beth Whiteside
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: 20-30 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a solid, light, or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band.

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