STITCHES United 2018 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters Sarah Peasley
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.
Friday 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.

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
TT1 Basic Short Rows Sarah Peasley
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.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends Sarah Peasley
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).
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!
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
XT12 No skills required Rigid-heddle Weaving Deborah Jarchow
Rigid-heddle weaving. Have you wondered what all the excitement is about? 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 things that can be created with the rigid-heddle looms.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 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
CR23 Easy Crochet a Mat with Fabric Strips Sheila Rolfer
Want to get it on with your creative self and bust your fabric stash at the same time? You're in luck. Learn to transform your “old” fabric pieces into continuous strip segments and crochet them into a beautiful and charming rug. You can rely on either a random creative result or set out for a pre-planned design. Using your favorite fabrics and a Clover jumbo crochet hook, you can set your imagination free and create a masterpiece. It's fun, fast and very cool.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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.
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 2 circular needles might be your answer! In one quick hour, you'll learn the basic technique for casting on and knitting with 2 circular needles. You'll never need double points, again!
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 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.

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
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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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.
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