STITCHES West 2018 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Materials: 50 yards of smooth, plain #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in two STRONGLY contrasting solid colors—wool or wool-blend preferred and US 7 needle.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     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.

Sponsored by XRX Books.

Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am 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.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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!

Friday 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.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
TT45 Basic The Second Steps: How to Read a Pattern Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter.Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session or you learned last week from a friend last week, you may either be impatient to learn more or feeling a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you learn to navigate this new world.

A knitting pattern can seem to be written in a different language. Jill will help you decipher all the code. For practice, sample patterns will be provided but feel free to bring along one of your choosing.
Materials: Notebook, pen or pencil with eraser.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT58 Easy Can't Face Lace? Jill Bigelow Suttell
Knitting lace can be intimidating for beginners and some experienced knitters. Spend an hour trying out the lace basics of lace — yarn-over/decrease combinations,  the right needle choice, and the importance of blocking.
Friday 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.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 NEW
TT57 Basic Choose Your Selvage Beth Whiteside
Selvage is the name we give to the first and last stitches of a row. These stitches are the transition stitches between one row and the next, and often not as nice and neat as their sisters in the middle. What’s a knitter to do? Learn more about them! There are methods both practical and decorative for working those edge stitches, and reasons for choosing one method over another. In class you will learn when to use a garter instead of stockinette selvage, how to work a chain or slipped-stitch selvage, and how yarn overs can be used to make a pretty decorative edge.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 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 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP2 No skills required Entrelac Intro Cindy Craig
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Materials: 100 yards each #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and US 8 or 9 needles.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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.


Sponsored by XRX Books.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     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.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC2 No skills required Double Knit in Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Materials: 50 yards of smooth, plain #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in two STRONGLY contrasting solid colors—wool or wool-blend preferred and US 7 needle.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 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.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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.


Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
XT11 Easy Split Rings Using Clover's New Bobbin Tatting Shuttle Carol Mesimer
You’ve made rings and chains, and combined the two, now you’re ready for a new challenge.  Add Split Rings to your skills by making these sweet little roses.  You’ll find lots of other uses for split rings, from bridging one round to another, to adding decorative elements to otherwise simple designs.  But here's the bonus — you can do all of this with Clover's new Bobbin Tatting Shuttle. You can pre-wind all of your bobbins and simply insert them into the shuttle as needed for smooth, uninterrupted tatting. Join us and explore this useful trick to make your tatting patterns blossom!
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
TT41 Easy Starting a Toe-up Sock: The Toe Jill Bigelow Suttell
Learn to make a toe-up sock Judy's Magic cast-on and 2 different increase options. We will discuss the benefits of starting with the toes for a well-fitting sock. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
TT46 Easy My New Miter Barry Klein
Normally miters begin with a cast-on. Barry jazzes it up by picking-up into the border of a special yarn. The result is a fun edge treatment that completely eliminates any problem of too-tight cast-ons. Learn how to use this exciting trim yarn, work decreases that create a visual element that flows from miter to miter, and emphasize the diamond shapes with easy color changes.

Materials Fee: $5 for an assortment of yarns.
Supplies: Straight or circular needles in US 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Sponsored by Trendsetter Group and Great Yarns
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT1 Basic Short Rows Beth Whiteside
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.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
TT28 Easy Short-row heels for Any Sock Jill Bigelow Suttell
Short row heels are most often found on commercially made socks. This heel can be used on toe-up or cuff-down construction. This class combines with TT41, so you can learn to make a toe-up sock in two sessions or = refresh your skills in an hour or two! 
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 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 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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 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
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
CC8 Easy Getting Started: Mosaic Knitting Beth Whiteside
Learn to knit with color without the fuss of having to use bobbins or carry more than one color throughout the row. You can create some beautiful patterns using Mosaic Knitting, both in garter and stockinette stitch. In this class we will knit a cuff for take-out coffee cups. Must be able to knit and purl.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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.

Sponsored by XRX Books.

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