STITCHES SoCal 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1121 Intermediate Pure Magic Lorilee Beltman
Estonians have been using it since the 1970s. Americans were turned on to it when Judy Becker taught us via Knitty in 2006. If you haven't learned it yet, here's a perfect opportunity to learn and apply the Magic Cast-On. What’s exciting is all the possibilities it offers to knitters! We will learn it, then work our way through ways to apply it.

Symmetrical lace scarves? You don't have to use and pick out waste yarn. Shawls that start with a garter-stitch tab? You don't have to pick up stitches on that icky cast-on edge. Toe-up socks? You don't have to tighten up loose stitches from Turkish or figure-8 cast-on, plus we will learn a common wedge toe and a rounded toe version. Infinity loop cowls? You don't have to pick out the waste yarn of a provisional cast-on. Hems? You don't have to sew down, and you don't have to pick up bumps of a long-tail cast-on and wonder if you're in the right column. This is general knitting knowledge you will apply to many areas of your knitting life.

Instructor can work with conventional knitters, mirror-image left-hand knitters, and combination knitters in a way that suits you.

Note: If you have taken my Professional-Looking Cuffs class in the past, there will be some overlap.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8098 Easy Crochet Crocodile Stitch Marly Bird
Crochet a fabric that's just full of texture! Marly will introduce the basic technique, show how to shape this decorative stitch, then share some practical applications. Crocodile stitch can accent or be all-over fabric for home decor, accessories, even garment design. Imagine the fun this technique can bring to your repertoire!

Note: Must have a strong understanding of basic crochet skills.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5393 Intermediate Brioche: The Basics and Beyond Gwen Bortner
​Brioche is a very popular technique right now!  It has several characteristics that make it great for lots of projects. It is a great choice for scarves or blankets as the finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides. Learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative ​techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain ​an understanding of this unique fabric that just might become one of your favorites.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1145 Advanced Darting the Issue Lily Chin
Darts are traditionally a technique used in sewing. In this class, get a grasp of how to translate these shaping methods into knitting. Even if you aren’t buxom, darts will help a garment hang and fit better. 

Learn how to plan and chart for both horizontal and vertical darts. Find out, through measuring, just how much to add or subtract and where. See the various ways to incorporate the darts, even if you’re knitting in a patterned stitch!

The use of short rows will be reviewed as will different ways to increase and decrease. By the end of the class, you will have finished a quarter-scale torso with both horizontal and vertical darts plus a few extra swatch samples.

Note: Must be familiar with basic pattern drafting or have experience altering existing patterns successfully.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2010 Easy Button It Up! Crocheted Buttonholes Edie Eckman
Crocheted buttonbands are more than just functional; they can also be fun, decorative, and beautiful. From simple openings to more challenging and complex edgings, you'll see how decorative edgings can include a custom buttonhole for any button. And if you can't find the perfect button, you'll learn methods to make your own. This class is for both crocheters AND knitters who want to create beautiful buttonbands that can become an important design element.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1133 Easy Freestyle Flower Applique: An Introduction to Hand Applique Lynn Harris
Learn to design your own pot or vase of flowers. We'll start by folding and free cutting different kinds of flowers. Then on to the applique; Lynn's needle-turn technique makes it easy to achieve perfect circles and smooth curves. Points and corners are not a problem either. As you stitch your bouquet, you'll learn the techniques needed to master applique on inside curves, outside curves, inside corners, and outside corners. Lynn will also show an easy way to applique vines and stems.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5275 Intermediate Twice the Fun, Half the Work Patty Lyons
Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working a pair of socks, sleeves, or wristers in the round, at once! Getting both pieces done at the same time means you'll never suffer from "second syndrome" again! First, we will go over the basics of working in the round with magic loop and with two circulars. Then we'll move on to the specifics of casting on to work the two items with magic loop or two circulars. We'll also go over professional tips for improving the look of your work made in the round.

Note: Must know long-tail cast-on and how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Confident enough with Magic Loop to work it without supervision. 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1013 Easy Folk Dress Cal Patch
In just a day, you can sew this simple folk blouse, tunic or dress inspired by the iconic Mexican wedding dress! The options are all yours: make it with or without sleeves, design your own neckline, and add pockets if you'd like. Cal will supply the easily customized pattern, and guide you through the process, then you can make it again and again. This classic style is ripe for embellishment, so you may embroider, applique or print on it once complete, or incorporate a piece that you've already made into a garment. 
Note: Should have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Machine will be provided for in-class use.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 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?
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire. In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.

Note: This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9017 Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments using your Sewing Machine Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you're new to sewing clothes for yourself, this class is for you. Work with a variety of fabrics and notions following Jennifer's step-by-step guidance to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.
Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray. Built-in stretch makes them easy to fit. We'll start by discussing the best needles and notions to use, then talk about a variety of knits and how to use them. You will leave class with a reference binder full of knit samples that include a variety of seam treatments and finishing techniques. Your reference guide will take the mystery out of working with knits at home.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5387 Intermediate Pleasing Plaits, Beautiful Braids Beth Whiteside
Braids on fabric?!? Yes! The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid appears on hats, mittens, and garments from across northern Europe and the Baltic. How do you make these colorful plaits on the edge and in the middle of knit fabric? In this class you'll learn how to work several types of braided cast-ons, place braids across the middle of fabric using chain stitch and stranding techniques, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class you’ll be planning pleasing plaits for all your projects.

Note: Must know how to execute the long-tail. Familiarity with stranded color is helpful but not essential. 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1070 Intermediate Gradient Magic Myra Wood
Gradient yarns are known for their long repeats where the colors change slowly and form bands of color across the fabric as you knit. You can create stunning fabric with little effort–and probably have already–but there are ways to knit them into even more stunning color results.

Myra shares the magic!
Learn how to make the best of these ombre and self-striping yarns by breaking them apart into smaller balls. It will appear like you have many different colors of the same yarn. You will practice different techniques and stitch patterns to see how much power these colorful yarns pack in just a single ball.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 a speedier way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8073 Intermediate Layered Grannies Edie Eckman
Crocheted motifs don't have to be two-dimensional. In this hands-on class, you'll practice different ways of layering and intermeshing crocheted motifs for decorative and useful placemats, hotpads, rugs, and scarves.
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
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.
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5163 Easy Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards Patty Lyons
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, we've been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle...TA DAAA!!! A lot has changed since the days of sticks and rocks but one thing that has remained the same is how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right! Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we're gonna grab some fluff, and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick), and make yarn! This class is a hands-on experience for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with talking about the basics of how to transform fluff into yarn, then we'll dive right in and play with the fuzzy stuff. WOOHOO! Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn't know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5161 Intermediate 2-pattern Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
So you’ve learned to love the reversible magic that is double-knitting, and perhaps you want to make a gift with a unique personal touch. You chart out the name of that special someone, but when you double-knit it, the opposite side is all in mirror-image letters! With planning and a little bending of the rules, you can avoid this. In this workshop you’ll learn how to build, follow and knit a two-pattern double-knit chart so that you can make letters readable on either side – or even make two completely different patterns. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the structure of double-knit fabric and learn the possibilities (and limitations) of two-pattern double-knitting, along with a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7125 No skills required How, What, Why, and When of Yarn! Natalie Redding
This in-depth and comprehensive look at fleece, fiber, and yarns focuses on the protein fibers that constitute most of them. Learn: How the major fiber producing breeds (or species) originated to become major contributors of fiber for textiles and yarns; What the properties (micron, elasticity, ability to uptake dye) of these fibers makes them suitable for specific finished items; Why these fibers are economically significant and the reasons they are regional in origination and manufacturing; and When you should use certain fibers/combination of fibers as well as yarn weight, composition, stitch type for your end use.

During class, there will be extensive examination of the raw fleeces and fiber types which make up the most popular protein-fiber yarn types. Students will be able to handle and really see components in their rawest form. Further, they’ll be shown the physics of yarn twist and plying via demonstration of these fibers. This hands-on flleece and fiber education crucial for teaching knitters, crocheters and weavers the basics of the animal fibers they work with.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9009 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you have ever wanted to sew for yourself, but felt that you needed a little help along the way, this class is perfect. Using my Easy Fit and Sew One-Piece Yoga Pant Pattern, you'll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size. Then I’ll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite yoga pants.

I’ve taken the guess work out of choosing the right fabric; black 4-way stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results to sew knit garments with your sewing machine .
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.

Materials fee: $40 includes pattern, tracing paper, black knit fabric, and step-by-step instructions
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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. Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler and apply them to your next self-designed project!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4127 Easy Swing and Swag Beaded Necklace Myra Wood
Easy to make and fun to wear, this knit necklace is definitely a potato-chip project—you can’t make just one! Learn to string beads and cast on for the swag effect. See different ways to knit with beads so they swag and produce different effects. Our necklace can be made in no time and has 3 variations so you can make plans for more. I’ll also show you how to finish the necklace and add the findings. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach Denise Bell
Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, read a basic chart, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1117 Intermediate Revolutionize Your Knitting with Magic Loop Lorilee Beltman
If you and double-pointed needles just don’t get along, it’s time to try the Magic Loop technique. It allows you to knit at any circumference using only long circular needles. We’ll learn a little knitting history as we go round and round – getting our stitches just right. No ladders from loose stitches. No tight stitches at the edges.

Learn tips for working the technique comfortably and quickly with beautiful results. Once you understand how to manipulate the needles we will make sure you know where to use it. Obvious? Socks and mittens. Not so obvious? Circular shawls. Afghan squares that are worked from the middle out but are flat pieces of knitting. Sweater sleeves. Glove fingers. Toys.

Learn how to work magic loop on a hat – which starts with an opening, that closes at the bind off – and a top-down mitten or center-out flat square or shawl which start closed and grow outward. Lastly we’ll be sure we understand that this new-found magic loop knowledge shortens those long lists of needles required for some patterns, especially sweaters and circular shawls. Do you have a pattern that calls for a long circular, a short circular, and DPNs? Forget that. Magic loop is the answer.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8100 Easy 10 Secrets to Crochet Perfect Planned Pooling Argyle Marly Bird
Variegated yarns can be stunning when you learn how to control the colors into an argyle pattern.This seemingly magical technique can be tricky but Marly Bird teaches you how to find success by sharing her secrets. Soon you'll be able to master multicolor yarns and recognize if one will not work for argyle pooling.

Note: Must have a strong understanding of basic crochet skills
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1100 Intermediate Brioche Wristers: Brioche in the Round J C Briar
Brioche rib worked in two colors is an amazing fabric. Even though you work one-row stripes, you get vertical ribs of color in a squishy, cozy, reversible fabric. And when worked in the round, it's a simple two-round pattern. Learn all the basics in this class by starting a pair of wristers: working brioche slip stitches on both knit rounds and on purl rounds; casting on and binding off effectively; keeping your yarns from tangling; and fixing mistakes.

Note: Need the ability to work in small rounds using dpns, two circs, or Magic Loop.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6009 Intermediate Reversible Cables Lily Chin
Simple to execute, cables are almost always worked over stockinette stitch, producing a 'wrong' side that may show on scarves or blankets. Learn how cables work, which stitches, yarns and needles are ideal for reversible cables, and how to chart reversible cables so you can imagine the finished product.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1123 No skills required What not to Knit Jeane deCoster
"I don't like rules about body types because no matter what, we can all find something wrong with our body – and attaching labels just makes it worse. But if our hand-knit garments don't fit or flatter us, we won't feel good when we wear them and we might not feel like trying again. Then they get "gifted" or stashed in a drawer somewhere." Jeane deCoster will help you know what not to knit. 

This class starts with a personalized fit analysis for each student. Along the way, Jeane will share guidelines (not rules) about ease, length, neck and shoulder lines that you can use to make your next garment knitting project a success!

All sizes, genders, curves, and knitting experience levels welcome!
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
8080 Easy Foundation Crochet Stitches Edie Eckman
Frustrated by your too-tight foundation chains? Wish you knew a way to start your crochet without that little wormy chain? Foundation crochet stitches are beautifully flexible and serve as a great alternative to the standard foundation chain. Learn how to make single and double foundation stitches, and how to use them. It will change your crocheting life!

Note: Must know chain, single and double crochet.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1109 No skills required Yarn Dyeing using Botanicals from the Garden Rhonda Fargnoli
Color has been an inspiration through the ages. Fiber artists spend a great deal of time choosing the right hues to create beautiful garments and accessories. Rhonda will introduce you to the magic of natural dying with Cochineal, Saxon blue, Madder root, and Logwood. Learn the basics that make it work: fiber content, dye stuffs, mordants, and methods. Then it's hands-on as you paint a skein of yarn.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1043 Intermediate Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting Franklin Habit
At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work–but it's not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch, and hybrids thereof. And amazingly–you'll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us, and bring your imagination.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1134 Easy Intuitive Piecing with Solids Lynn Harris
When using solids, the emphasis is placed on the shape of each piece of fabric. The lines and shapes become the focus of the quilt rather than the print of a fabric. The mood of the quilt is set by your piecing and color choice, not by a style of print. Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using easy-to-learn design concepts and techniques including curves, triangles, small wedge shapes, and more! This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional, modern, and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Lynn shows you easy methods for creating your own original quilts.

Note: Must have basic sewing machine knowledge.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This practical technique can be used in multiple ways – to create flares, build extra fabric, refine body shape – for wonderful results which make your knitting easier to assemble. We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you more than you can imagine! Create sweaters that fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5276 Intermediate Fantastic Cast-ons & Bind-offs Patty Lyons
How you start and end a project is an important decision. There are so many amazing cast-ons and bind-offs, I've gathered some of my favorite and most practical. We will go over great cast-ons and bind-offs for lace, for rib, and more. We will also look at pairing cast-ons and bind-offs that look great together. Let's start and end with a bang!
Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position) and how to knit and purl.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1140 Easy One Day Skirt Cal Patch
Make a skirt in one day! In this 6-hour class, Cal will show you how to cut from a pattern and sew a classic, flattering A-line skirt. You will learn how to sew darts, seams and seam finishes, hems, invisible zippers and bias-tape facings, all elements you need to begin making your own clothes. The pattern will be provided.
Note: Must have a basic knowledge of how to use the sewing machine.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
5379 Easy Reading Your Knitting Sarah Peasley
Have you ever taken the time to LOOK at your knitting? Which way do your stitches face? Are you on the right side or the wrong side? How many rows have you worked? Did you remember to decrease in the previous row? Let's SLOW DOWN and learn the anatomy of a stitch, then study the fabric below the needles. Sarah has some tricks to help you discover what you've done and where you are, and to keep track going forward. In no time at all, you'll be a smarter, more confident knitter!

Note: Must be comfortable with knitting and purling. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
Want to learn the secret to knitting Fox Paws? The real secret is that it's not a difficult pattern once you get the basics of stacking stitches down. Xandy uses this increase-and-decrease technique to create vertical movement within a row. Unusual shapes result, forming extreme waves within striped colorwork – without strands on the wrong side of the piece.
In the morning, we will learn the stacked-stitch technique with some cool swatches. Then in the afternoon, we will pick our color order and cast on a swatch of the Fox Paw motif. You'll learn to read your knitting and troubleshoot your work to fix mistakes. You'll also learn a trick for weaving in loose ends as you knit, saving you from sewing them in later.
Note: Patterns will be provided.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1137 No skills required Color Theory for Crafters Anne Podlesak
Great Color combinations are important for any handicraft.
We will explore color theory basics with the color wheel and color chips for interesting and pleasing results.

We will build color pallettes. Play with ways to add color pop to a project. Discuss the importance of tone and value.

Since color is critical in all crafts, we will discuss specifics for knitters and crocheters, weavers and spinners, quilters and sewists.

Join Anne Podlesak and build your color confidence.

Materials fee: $5.00 for color card samples to use in class and take home.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5302 Advanced Double-knitting Intarsia Alasdair Post-Quinn
Have you been wanting to add more color to your double-knitting, but feeling like you don’t have enough hands when doing multi-color double-knitting? With double-knit intarsia, you can work with a theoretically unlimited number of colors without changing the thickness or flexibility of the double-knit fabric – and you only need to deal with two strands at a time. In addition, all those unattractive intarsia twists are completely hidden inside the work. Learn to combine double-knitting colorwork and intarsia to add an exciting twist to your creative repertoire. As with most of my other workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with standard knitted intarsia.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7123 No skills required Redding Method of Dyeing Nabori: Creating Patterns on Silk Natalie Redding
Hand-dyeing silk fabric into lovely patterns and colors is an art! The Redding Method Nabori combines multicultural methods of tying and binding the silk to result in visually interesting and creative dyed patterns. Natalie shows you the different types of silk, their history and make-up, and the most suitable methods for resist dyeing. You will create a variety of lovely fabrics and develop ideas for more when you return home.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer as she takes you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be. Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I'll show you simple pattern adjustments including a full-bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short or 3/4 length sleeves. Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We'll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You'll leave class with a pattern that’s ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5386 Intermediate Intro to Twined Knitting Jeffrey Wall
Twined knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique using two strands of yarn in either a single color or multiple colors. It is fun and it is easy. As you knit or purl, you twist (twine) the yarn with the strand last used, creating braids and crook stitches that pattern on the surface of the fabric. Learn why a z-twist yarn is ideal for Twined Knitting. A note for hand spinners: Twined Knitting projects are great for you; spin a s-twist yarn and ply it with a z-twist.

Note: Should be comfortable knitting in the round. Experience in 2-color knitting is NOT required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8075 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 1: Making Motifs Myra Wood
The popularity of Irish Crochet has exploded around the globe in recent years! Magazines like Duplet from Russia feature the long-treasured technique with a modern twist; multi-color versions that rival any paintbox. Rather then use tiny hooks and cobweb threads to create these motifs, we will use size 10 thread and a B or C crochet hook. We will learn how to interpret Russian charts and symbols, as we try out select motifs (to join later*). Tons of motifs will be shown on their own and combined into finished projects.

*Note: We are focusing on the motifs in this class; to connect them, Modern Irish Crochet II: Putting it all Together will teach you what you need to know.

Note: Must be comfortable reading crochet charts.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
5201 Intermediate Care to Join Me? Sarah Peasley
The end of the skein. Changing to a new color. A knot or a thin spot in the yarn. You can't avoid it—at some point you'll have to join a new strand of yarn to your knitting. What's the best way to do that? How do you avoid join-related issues, like knots, bumps, jogs, or twisted stitches? What works best for stockinette, cables, or Fair Isle? Practice a variety of joins, then compare and contrast the effects and discuss the pros and cons of each. Weaving in ends will be mentioned in passing, but is not the main focus of this class. Join the ranks of smarter, more confident knitters, with Sarah as your guide!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1119 Easy Cabling Without a Cable Needle Lorilee Beltman
Don't you love gorgeous textured knits teaming with cables? Do you find that working cables slows you down too much? This class is for you even if you are new to cabling. We will learn how to cross those cables in many configurations without the assistance of a cable needle.

If you learn this technique you can cut out that step where you have to look up the text translation of the charted symbol. Imagine cabling without having to glance over at the words all the time. You may even introduce fewer errors as you work.

A tidy appearance is important, too. In your ribbing and cables have you noticed that the left-most knit stitch looks sloppy? Are you familiar with the term "man-spreading"? Well, this stitch looks like it has taken its seat and done just that. We will learn why it happens and then teach that stitch some manners! Class also includes tips for keeping track of when it's time for that cabling action row.

What we'll learn is nothing new to knitting. The photo accompanying this class shows some cables and an illustration from a decades-old Estonian knitting book. Fascinating!

Note: Should be comfortable knitting, purling and following pattern directions, but experience cabling is not necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8082 Intermediate Interwoven Crochet Marly Bird
Discover crocheters answer to double knitting-Interwoven Crochet. Learn to work with two different yarns. Marly shares how to layer lacy stitches with other techniques. You'll create reversible fabric, but it's up to you whether both sides match!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1118 Easy Knitting & Crocheting with Alternative Fibers Gwen Bortner
Have you tried knitting or crocheting with all the typical yarns but long for something fun and new? This is your chance to play with a variety of alternatives not found in your local yarn shop. In most cases you can't even technically call what we are talking about even string. We are not talking bamboo or soy, we are talking REALLY alternative! Discover the pros and cons of knitting with non-traditional fibers! Basic skills in either knitting or crochet are all that are needed but even experts might discover something new. This class is about exploring and having fun while adding a new dimension to your favorite hobby.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1097 Advanced Next Steps in Brioche J C Briar
Maybe you’ve done one or two simple brioche projects, enough to know you like knitting brioche. What’s next? Take this class to expand your options: See what’s involved in knitting two-color brioche flat. (Hint: it’s a four-row pattern!) Add patterning via increases and decreases. Try a super-slick I-cord selvedge. You’ll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.

Note: Prior experience working brioche rib; please bring a sample (or photo) of something you have knit in brioche.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1126 Intermediate (You Want Me To) Put My Hook Where? Edie Eckman
No more "insert hook in next stitch" for you! It's time to go fishing in other waters by putting your hook into usual places. We'll explore making fabric with post stitches, third loop stitches, split stitches, long stitches, folding stitches, linked stitches and other beyond-the-ordinary places to put that hook.

Note: Should be comfortable with ch, sc, hdc, and dc.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1110 No skills required Dyeing and Printmaking with Flowers on Silk Fabric Rhonda Fargnoli
Learn how to create Eco Prints on fabric using flowers and leaves. You will create two beautiful scarves as Rhonda shows you how to prep the fabric, collect flowers and leaves, and create bundles with silk fabric. You'll never look at flowers or plain white fabrics the same again!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6092 Intermediate Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-cord!) Franklin Habit
Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We’ll work charted garter jacquard patterns both flat and in the round, look at possible applications for it in sock knitting, and perhaps even chart our own patterns to play with.
Note: Previous experience of stranded (aka jacquard or Fair Isle colorwork) may be helpful, but is not essential.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3014 Intermediate Top Down and All Around Barry Klein
Learn the basic techniques for knitting from the top down. We will jump right in and start working on a small garment and during the process, we will talk about different variations, different techniques, and different ways to knit from the top down. When class is over, you will understand the full process and be prepared to design from scratch.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3135 Intermediate Customizing Sweater Patterns Patty Lyons
How many times have you thought, "I'd like that sweater but I wish it had ..." Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew-neck to a V-neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3145 Intermediate No-Sew Set-in Sleeves Sarah Peasley
Are you tired of trying to figure out how to sew in a set-in sleeve? Have you ever tried to design one from scratch? Those bell curves and ratios can drive you nutty! 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 very little math, and no unsightly seams! Armhole shaping variations, alternative stitch patterns, and sleeve decrease calculations will also be discussed.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5232 Advanced Double-knitting Off the Grid Alasdair Post-Quinn
Knitting is so often just one row of stitches on top of another – and double-knitting doubly so. In the pursuit of more interesting shapes, sometimes you need to go … off the grid. In this workshop, you’ll learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases – you can use them for shaping later, but I prefer to use them to make colorwork that almost seems to be embroidered onto the fabric. If you combine this technique with double-knit cables, whole new worlds will open up before you. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on. Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with standard knitted increases and decreases.)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5281 Intermediate Knitting with Beads, Every Which Way But Loose Myra Wood
Bead Knitting and Beaded Knitting; what’s the difference? Find out, along with learning how to add beads to your knitting using different pre-strung bead techniques. Bling up your knitting and make jewelry too. We’ll start by learning how to add beads to yarn from pre-strung beads and how to pre-string beads for multi-color patterns. We move on to the logic of knitting with beads – the easiest methods and then build up to more intricate patterning, and how to place it into circular and lace knitting. We’ll work on a sampler so you can experiment with the various methods in class and you’ll leave with complete directions and a pattern for knitting a scarf with beads.
Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
1122 No skills required An Introductory Taste to Kumihimo Gwen Bortner
The ancient Japanese craft of Kumihimo creates a beautiful unique cord, perfect for using up left over bits from various fiber art projects. Class is focused on learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. A variety of samples showing the possibilities of combining of colors, fibers will also be provided. Discuss options for using the cords to create buttons, ties, frogs and other custom closures. Get a taste of the basics of Kumihimo and leave inspired by the boundless possibilities for those small amounts of leftover fiber!
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:59 pm
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
LIVE ON STAGE! See the best of the STITCHES Market and the knitting universe live on stage. Knitter's Magazine editor Rick Mondragon hosts this exciting, full-runway show. Be inspired as our professional models take to the catwalk wearing the most beautiful garments you've ever seen. Following the Fashion Show, join us for a great dinner, where winners walk out the door with prizes galore!

You can also purchase the Fashion Show with out the dinner.

Friday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
No skills required Fashion Show only  
LIVE ON STAGE!See the best of the STITCHES Market and the knitting universe live on stage.Knitter's Magazineeditor Rick Mondragon hosts this exciting, full-runway show. Be inspired as our professional models take to the catwalk wearing the most beautiful garments you've ever seen.

You can also purchase the Fashion Show with the dinner.

Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers or sleeper socks, and join us for an energetic after-hours evening of games, prizes, and laughter! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1115 Easy Russian Speed Knitting: a Twist on Continental Grace Akhrem
This twist on continental knitting (pun intended) may be one of the fastest ways to knit, This combined continental technique minimizes hand motions for increased efficiency.

We will practice knit, purl, increase, and decrease stitches and discuss how this simple change of direction and motion can help you make the most of your knitting time.

Note: Should be comfortable with the following: continental knitting, cast on, knit, purl, bind off, k2tog, and ssk.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6225 Easy Take Flight: Knitting your First Lace Shawl Denise Bell
A beginning knitter may tire of garter-stitch scarves, socks, and hats. When that happens, try a simple small shawl and learn a few more skills. As you begin the Monarch Shawl, you'll practice reading a chart, learn how pattern repeats work, knit simple lace, and gain an understanding of basic triangle construction.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1116 Advanced Colors that Climb Lorilee Beltman
Stranding color vertically in your knitting offers new possibilities where many colors can be worked at once! We will learn how to introduce the new color strands to our work, how to work with them so they are user friendly, and how to adequately anchor the stitches – without overdoing it. Once you learn the tricks in class, the technique is easy to execute and repeat. Everyone can do it.

The beauty happens in creative applications We will work one simple stockinette motif to learn the rules. Then on a lace and purled version as pictured. Lastly knitters will work their choice of the many motifs remaining in the handout. Any of the motifs can be worked into existing plain patterns without ruining the gauge nor the elasticity of the fabric. I’ll show you how and inspire you with stacks of samples. Class demonstrations are done in both in English and Continental styles.

Note: Must be comfortable working in the round at a small circumference as for a mitten or sock. You may use DPNs, two circulars, or Magic Loop but must be able to do so unassisted. Some experience with two-handed color work is a plus, but not necessary.


Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche: The Basics and Beyond Gwen Bortner
​Brioche is a very popular technique right now!  It has several characteristics that make it great for lots of projects. It is a great choice for scarves or blankets as the finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides. Learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative ​techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain ​an understanding of this unique fabric that just might become one of your favorites.
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
1324 Intermediate Exploring with Stitch Maps: Grid-free Lace Charts J C Briar
Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain "no stitch" symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts reveal the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Discover how to take advantage of stitch maps: how to learn from and knit from them, and how to create them. Practice in class by starting a simple lace scarf.

Note: Need some familiarity with following charts and knitting lace.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1124 No skills required Easy Fit Jeane deCoster
Learn and apply easy tips that make sure your hand-knit garments will fit – before you knit them!
* How to use knitter's graph paper and a pattern's schematic to analyze/change a pattern.
* How to make a quick garment mock-up (toile/muslin) to test fit before you knit.
* Take proper body measurements and translate them into pattern measurements.
* Discussion of width/ease and drape.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2074 Intermediate Eye-Catching Edgings Edie Eckman
Crochet in on trend in fashion and home decor, so be a part of it with crochet edgings on your linens, handwovens, clothing, and, of course, knit and crochet pieces. Learn several ways to attach crocheted edgings, when to crochet-on vs. sew-on, and best practices for choosing yarns and edgings.  You'll get hands-on practice crocheting your choice of borders, as well as plenty of ideas for quick-to-make projects with lots of oomph!

Class time allows for sampling a couple of edgings and we will cover other options that you can practice at home.

Note: Must be comfortable with basic crochet stitches: chain, single and double crochet.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1112 No skills required Printmaking on Silk Scarves Rhonda Fargnoli
Learn how to carve a stamp for printing on silk. You'll begin by sketching or choosing a design, then transferring and carving it into a rubber block using hand tools following a Japanese tradition. This simple and creative process uses water-based inks without a press for ease, portability, and quick results. Be inspired and join the fun!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers Franklin Habit
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting-in-the-round and stranded 2-color work (Fair Isle Knitting).
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1130 Easy Tiny Piecing Lynn Harris
Learn tips and tricks that make working small easier. Lynn will show you how to piece tiny stars and other small blocks as well as small-scale intuitive piecing. With Lynn's tips, you will be able to add a bit of tiny sparkle to your own quilt designs or make a quilt completely from tiny blocks like on the cover of Lynn’s book, Every Last Piece. These little units can also be incorporated into bags and other sewn projects.

Note: Must have a working knowledge of how to use a sewing machine.


Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1131 Intermediate Double Your Fun: Using Two Rigid Heddles Deborah Jarchow
Expand your weaving skills and make 2 layers of cloth on the rigid-heddle loom. While weaving, the layers can be connected along one edge to make cloth twice the width of your loom, create tubes, or pockets. During the 2-day workshop you will learn to thread the loom using two heddles and weave a sample. 

Learn how to set up and thread for double-heddle weaving. Then weave cloth at double the sett of the heddles used and explore various beautiful patterns that the extra heddle can make possible. Practice creating 2 layers of cloth, each a different color, and learn how to make pockets and tubes in the woven cloth.

This workshop is for students that have some experience with rigid heddle and want to move on to the next level.

Note: Having your own loom is ideal, but Deborah can supply the loom if you email her at Djweaves@earthlink.net
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3146 Intermediate From Sewing Pattern to Knitting Pattern Barry Klein
When you begin with a sewing pattern as your template for a sweater or cardigan much of the proportion and silhouette work is done.

We'll break into groups, open up patterns, and discuss the conversation from sewing to knitting –talking about yarn choices, pattern stitch options, swatches, and swatching, and ideas to make it all work.  Once swatches are done, we'll talk and work the math to turn the sewing pattern/template into a knitting pattern.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5392 Intermediate Seriously Sassy Stripes! Patty Lyons
Stripes can add so much to your project, and there are more tricks to stripes than you might think! We will work a sampler that will teach you all the fun striping tricks, like how to knit in your ends as you go, a better way to join a new ball of yarn, how to make the color change magically just where you want with the felted join, and more. We'll also explore more advanced tricks like the knit and slide, a trick to add stripes to your rib, and the jogless join in the round. We'll end with design inspiration ideas that will get you ready to design your own stripe project!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 decor. 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 years 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
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1015 No skills required Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters and Sewists Cal Patch
When you plan to knit, crochet, or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe. Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit! Cal will show you how to take your measurements properly and use them to draft a sloper (basic pattern) for your personal fit profile. Do think of it as a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6108 Easy Basic Cable Techniques Sarah Peasley
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order.
Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4126 Intermediate Learning Stacked Stitches with the Leaf and Star Xandy Peters
The Leaf and the Star are two fun ornaments that demonstrate different ways to use stacked stitches in small projects. Stacked stitches are increase and decrease techniques used to create vertical movement within a row. They create unusual shapes in knitting and extremely wavy striped colorwork without strands on the wrong side of the piece.You will leave the class with the confidence to move on to larger and more complex stacked-stitch projects such as the Fox Paws wrap.

Note: Patterns will be provided.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire. In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.

Note: This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7122 Easy Handspinning Art Yarns Natalie Redding
Become a well-rounded spinner! Learn the facts, physics, and potential of fiber while spinning beautiful, artistic yarns. Science and creativity work together. What uses are there for art yarns? Can this yarn be used as warp? Does it matter if it is an s- or z-twist? Which is better for crochet or knitting? Are all fibers suitable for add-ins? Does using damaged fiber really matter? Learn the answers to these questions plus several creative techniques: tail-spinning, add-ins, Laura Spinner's "Magic Thumb", and different plying methods including spiral, coil and chain (Navajo). This class is designed to be conceptual as well as allowing the student to complete a finished art yarn of their own design. Note: Students must be able to spin a single-ply yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9086 Easy Stretch Jeans Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Are they knit jeans…or dress pants? Update your wardrobe with the most comfortable knit jeans you’ve ever tried on.
We will work with my knit-jean pattern; it's easy to fit and sew. Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then I’ll show you how to fine-tune the fit.
Use your adjusted pattern pieces to sew a muslin. In addition to perfecting the fit of your pattern, we’ll explore different fabric and style choices. I’ll show you how to create an easy faux-front fly and how to transform the front pockets into a comfort panel.
 Then you’ll have a front-row seat for a trunk show featuring a variety of knit jeans. You’ll be amazed at how using fabrics like stretch velvet, luxe double knits, and even stretch woven fabrics can transform your comfy knit jeans into dress pants that are perfect for every occasion.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1103 No skills required Beginner Punch Needle Una Walker
Punch Needle is a simple, quick to learn technique with endless design possibilities. There is no need to stress over the design, the lines are drawn for you; just color inside them. No counting stitches and finishing is a snip of your scissors! Learn the basics of Punch Needle while completing beautiful wall art on linen.

Materials fee: $35 for the pre-stretched linen canvas with design and all the yarn needed to complete. A punch needle will be supplied to complete the project in class. 
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4119 Intermediate Selbu Mittens Jeffrey Wall
After a quick look at the history and construction of the Norwegian Selbu mittens, you'll learn the process as you knit a mini-mitten: knitting a ribbed or lace cuff, increasing for the thumb gusset, casting on new stitches after the thumb-hole opening, decreasing for the mitten tip, and picking up stitches to work the thumb. We'll also discuss color dominance and how to hold yarn when working with two colors per round.
Note: Students should be comfortable working with DPNs. Magic loop or the 2-circular method for knitting in the round are possible but not recommended for this class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5304 Intermediate Excrescences: Bobbles, Bumps, Lumps, Leaves & Ledges Anna Zilboorg
This class will explore the many possible ways of making a three-dimensional addition to a knitted surface. In doing this, we'll make a sampler of nupps, bobbles, and larger shapes. A few esoteric techniques will appear, such as making multiple i-cords at the same time, and we'll be expanding into over-all patterns and graceful leafy panels. Knitting need never be flat again.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog J C Briar
Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1076 Intermediate Converting Basic Garment Patterns to include Short-row Shaping Grace Akhrem
Learn the basics of short rows and the difference between traditional short rows and Japanese short rows. We will discuss and learn how to include short-row shaping at the shoulder and neckline to create a nice clean edge as opposed to a jagged one. It makes seaming and picking up stitches easier and neater. Together we will convert a basic pattern to include short-rows shaping. After this class every student should be able to work at least two kinds of short rows and convert the neck or shoulder shaping of any pattern to include short rows.
Note: must be familiar with cast on, knit, purl, ask, k2tog, and yo. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways Lorilee Beltman
You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. We'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one swatch, we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8097 Intermediate Crocheting with Beads Marly Bird
Marly shares tried-and-true techniques for adding beads to any crochet project. Learn two methods: pre-stringing beads and adding a bead onto a single stitch. Best of all, you can complete a beaded necklace in class! Become a capital C crocheter and add a little pizzazz to your work with beads!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5282 Intermediate Round and Round "Wee" Go: DPNs, 2 Circs and Magic Loop Gwen Bortner
Knitting in the round on small circumferences can be challenging but it is a skill most knitters need in their bag of tricks. Double points can be intimidating. Using two circulars can be confusing. And magic loop is often a mystery.

Learn pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for each of these methods designed specifically for seamlessly knitting small-circumference pieces. Cast-on challenges and what to watch for will be discussed and tried for each method. Techniques for switching from one needle to the next will be covered as well. Come to class, try all three, and decide which is your favorite.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1095 Advanced Syncopated Brioche J C Briar
Making simple switcheroos in basic brioche rib leads to fascinating fabrics. Swap your knits and purls, and you'll turn knit columns that protrude into purl columns that recede, and vice versa. Do this every few rows in one color, and you get a deep, waffle-textured fabric. Do this in two colors, and the effect is strikingly similar to shadow knitting. Explore your options in this class. Learn when and where to swap, to get the fabric you want.

Note: Prior experience working brioche rib; please bring a sample (or photo) of something you have knit in brioche.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8083 Intermediate Double-Ended, Circular Tunisian Tapestry Lily Chin
Learn this fascinatingly new technique of creating a moire effect in crochet. Create projects without seams. Make pictures or motifs in two colors without stranding. This is a ground-breaking way of using Tunisian crochet employing a short, double-ended hook.
Command of basic crochet skills is required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1127 Easy Join-as-you-go Crochet Edie Eckman
Wouldn't you love to join those granny squares without sewing? Join-As-You-Go is the technique you've been waiting for, and it's easier than you think. Learn 3 methods of joining individual motifs while crocheting granny squares and hexagons. You'll be ditching that needle and wondering why you haven't used join-as-you-go forever!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1113 Easy Hand Dyed Sashiko Sampler Rhonda Fargnoli
In this split 6-hour class, you will learn how to prepare dye cotton fabric using natural dyes, on Saturday afternoon (so it can dry overnight). On Sunday morning Rhonda will show you how to embellish your fabric by block printing with rubber blocks and adding texture using Japanese sashiko stitches.

Note: Should have basic hand-sewing skills.


Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
3066 Intermediate History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting Franklin Habit
In this session, examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Learn about the history of lace knitting and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful examples of lace, both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Note: Should be familiar with the basics of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5145 No skills required Magic of Perfect Blocking Patty Lyons
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don't stop short of the perfect finish!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9093 Easy Something Boro'd, Something New Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Boro is the hot new trend in hand sewing that embraces both sustainable fashion and the slow stitching movement. Okay... so Boro isn't a new technique by any means. In fact, it dates back to 17th Century Japan where folks repaired their garments and household items with scraps of fabric. We know this from pieces passed down through generations that were made more durable and enriched visually with each mend and additional patch.

We're going to use the fabric-piecing principles of Boro and the associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to take our own scraps of fabric and make something FAB and new! In fact, in this class we're going to create a new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable fabric remnants and odd pieces. We'll learn to match up suitable fabric pieces by embracing the principle of Wabi-sabi to create a beautifully imperfect textile. Then, we'll use the "little jabs" of Sashiko hand-sewing to bind those pieces together into fabric that can be used to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home decor item; used by itself as your own personal work of fiber art; or used as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top. We'll get you started with the skills you need to take it from there!

Beginners encouraged! No sewing experience necessary! Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! And, if you've always wanted to try but were intimidated by traditional quilting techniques, Boro is the perfect art form for you. This highly accessible technique for creating textiles is perfect for the maker who is ready to try their hand at something new and exciting that takes your creative expression to new heights.

As a one-off class, this is a unique opportunity to explore hand sewing and quilting or use this as a jumping off point to explore more and join those of us who are more than a little obsessed with the versatility of this technique when used for mending, quilting, and creating works of art.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4108 Intermediate Old School Cuff-to-toe Socks Sarah Peasley
Plain old vanilla socks may sound boring, but traditional, cuff-down, heel-flap socks are an excellent first-sock project, an ideal choice for on-the-go knitting, and a great way to connect to knitters of yore (although sock yarn is WAY more fun now than it used to be!). Use double-pointed needles to knit a sock from the cuff down. Start with a ribbed cuff, turn a perfect heel (without that pesky hole at the corner!), and finish with a round toe. You'll make a mini sock in class, and you'll leave with the information needed to make your own custom-fit cuff-down socks!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1105 Intermediate Learning Stacked Stitches Zipper Swatch Xandy Peters
Learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches. Stacked stitches are a type of increase and decrease used to create extreme, wavy stripes; shaping, or 3-dimensional texture – without stranding on the wrong side of the piece or the use of other; traditional color-work methods. We will focus on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and cast on for a scarf or swatch to practice. We will discuss several ways to troubleshoot our work and fix mistakes in this unusual and versatile technique. We will also focus on different ways to modify and change the zipper-stitch motif to fit into any shaped, flat, or circular project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1138 Intermediate Inspired Fair Isle: Fair Isle Techniques and Color Inspiration Anne Podlesak
Learn to develop your own unique color stories for Fair Isle designs. Anne will cover basic concepts including the technique of 2-handed stranded knitting and the traditional approach to coloring charted patterns. From there, you will develop a color palette based on your inspiration images, then use it to knit patterned swatches, learning to change pattern and background colors at varying intervals.

The split 6-hour format allows extra time for sampling and testing your plan with a bounty of dyed yarns Anne brings for swatching.

Note: Must have basic skills in knitting and chart-reading, as well as some understanding of working in the round and stranded knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5155 Advanced Double-knitting Lace Alasdair Post-Quinn
The more I double-knit, the more possibilities I see opening up before me. I love the possibilities of lace – the elegant shapes and flowing forms that can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. As I push the boundaries of double-knitting, how could I not try double-knit lace? It turns out that there are several ways to do it – and not all of them are interchangeable. In this workshop, you’ll learn 3 of the methods of double-knit openwork that I’ve discovered, and the pros and cons of each. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.) You should also be comfortable with basic single-layer, lace kniting (decreases and yarn overs) and working from charts. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1136 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 2: Putting it all Together Myra Wood
You have completed Irish Crochet motifs; now you need to know how to join them into a fabric.  This class is all about connecting motifs with Irish Crochet netting or “filling”. Learn how to prepare the finished motifs and arrange them confidently and creatively, and join them. Using 2 different styles of joining, 1 super-easy and 1 more complicated. Myra will explain how to construct a garment, join the front and back seamlessly and finish the edges. Her completed garments clarify the process. Bring a bunch of Irish Crochet motifs and make some beautiful Irish Crochet fabric!

Note: You must know how to make Irish Crochet motifs. Modern Irish Crochet I: Making Motifs will teach you what you need to know if you have no previous experience.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
1128 Intermediate Essential Math for Knitters & Crocheters Edie Eckman
Make your knitting and/or crocheting life easier with quick-and-dirty tips for calculating yarn amounts, figuring stitch multiples, changing gauge, and other need-to-know facts.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
STITCHES is all about sharing the crafts we love! You'll be amazed and inspired as knitters, crocheters, sewers, weavers, and quilters highlight their best pieces. You could be one of them! Everyone who shares is eligible to receive one of 4 Participation awards. Everyone attending is eligible to win the Banquet Grand Prize—a STITCHES certificate good for 4 days of classes and the special events (a $730 value). 

All ticket holders are also eligible to win one of the many Banquet Door Prizes donated by STITCHES vendors.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1084 Intermediate Triangles, Diamonds and Squares...Oh My! Blanket Grace Akhrem
Make a garter-stitch blanket full of short-row, half-square triangles. The fabric looks much like an assembly of mitered squares, but is rather a study in decreasing short rows in one triangle, followed by increasing short rows in a second triangle—and a second color. 

Learn how to work slip-stitch selvages and wrao-and-turn short rows as you make your sample blocks. Grace will discuss ways various layouts for the finished blocks, how to alter the size of the squares, and show you how to seam the blocks together. You will go home ready to start your own blanket.

Note: Must be able to cast on, knit and bind off. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5389 Intermediate Stress-free Steeking Denise Bell
You've heard about cutting your knitting, and maybe freaked out a bit about the prospect, but there's no need to stress. Learn the right wool to use, a few good ways to prep the project, how to process the stitches after you've cut them, and you'll be fine.

You will work on a small sample with 2-color patterns (peerie bands), fortify the knitting, snip, snip, snip, then stabilize the cut stitches. A variety of stitch patterns are included in the class handout.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 a speedier way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 technique 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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1098 Intermediate Patterned Brioche: Getting Started with Brioche J C Briar
Take plain brioche rib, mix in some increases and decreases, and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five!) and decreasing from three (or five!) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the right decrease for the effect you want. No prior brioche experience is necessary – you'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.

Note: Just basic knitting skills; no previous experience with brioche is required.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1141 Advanced Chic, Shapely Chevrons for Knit or Crochet Lily Chin
Most of us are familiar with the zig-zag effects that stacking decreases and increases on top of one another produces. We find them most often on what is known as "ripple" afghans. Learn the many different, decorative stitches that do this from "Old Shale" lace to dynamic, colored stripes. Familiarize yourself with the different kinds of increases and decreases. Then apply these to uniquely sculptural fabrics. Find out how to plan for A-line garments, circular skirts and peplums, even yokes. Then take this technique even further to fancy floral applique's and leaves.

Note: crocheters may apply same principles so they're most welcome.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice Franklin Habit
A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

We will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student's preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1120 Easy String Theory Lynn Harris
Learn the skills needed to add string piecing to your own quilt designs. Lynn will teach her method for string piecing with no foundation. With this fool-proof technique, there is no extra layer of fabric in the quilt and no paper bits to pick out after the sewing is finished. Bring your scrap bin and prepare to have some fun!

Note: Must of a working knowledge of how to use a sewing machine.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1132 Easy Modern Grannies: Granny Squares with a Twist Rick Mondragon
Granny squares are the building blocks of crochet. Often taken for granted, they really are little gems waiting to be polished and assembled into a masterpiece. With a little skill and a few refinements, you can make it happen.

These grannies are special! They are self-contained modules ready to grow, multiply, or morph to your needs and desires. Because they are quick-to-make and portable, you can capture found moments to make sweet little blocks that will patiently wait to become more!

Rick redefines—and refines—the granny square through scale and process. Rather than using scrap yarns, specially chosen yarns in a finer weight bring them front and center. He will share assembly ideas and fill-in block options as well.

BTW, he is a lefty, so this is the perfect class for southpaw as well as right-handed crocheters.

Note: Need to know crochet basics.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1135 No skills required CSI: The Yarn Edition Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
What it’s all about!

With all possible combinations of fiber content, yarn weight, stitch patterns, and hook and needle sizes, it is a seemingly insurmountable task to know exactly what yarns to use for which projects. In fact, with just those variables alone, you could be searching and swatching forever and never get a project started! That’s where we come in. We’ll explore the unique qualities of various fiber content from synthetics to natural and everything in-between. Then we’ll see how those combinations work within the finished yarn weights to create the fabrics you crave.

We’ll bring samples and give you insider info from a design studio that specializes in creating crochet and knit fabrics. We'll tear apart skeins and deconstruct the yarns to understand what makes them special and why they act like they do. What makes one wool itchy and hard, while another is soft and squishy? You’ll be able to swatch up a storm experimenting with different yarn weights and types and using hooks and needles to create fabrics. We’ll even throw in our own patterns for “evolving stitches” that we use for testing new yarns and fabrics in our studio.

Have a question about your own yarn? Bring it on! We’ll answer your questions about the yarn you have in your stash or that you’ve spun up yourself. The more examples, the better!

Goals:
Understand how different synthetic and natural fibers react when made into yarn and the resulting fabrics they create.
Understand how different weights of yarn becomes fabric and how to create vastly different fabrics from the same yarn.
Apply that knowledge to your own projects so you can pick appropriate yarns for FAB results.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1139 Easy Studio Apron Cal Patch
As seen in Making magazine, this simple apron is a wonderful way to get comfortable with your machine as you sew a lovely and useful project! You can wear it in your studio, garden, kitchen, or wherever you need a protective layer and some extra pockets. Learn about pockets, facings, and straps, then customize it to make it your own.
Note: You must have basic machine sewing experience and a few simple projects under your belt.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
Want to learn the secret to knitting Fox Paws? The real secret is that it's not a difficult pattern once you get the basics of stacking stitches down. Xandy uses this increase-and-decrease technique to create vertical movement within a row. Unusual shapes result, forming extreme waves within striped colorwork – without strands on the wrong side of the piece.
In the morning, we will learn the stacked-stitch technique with some cool swatches. Then in the afternoon, we will pick our color order and cast on a swatch of the Fox Paw motif. You'll learn to read your knitting and troubleshoot your work to fix mistakes. You'll also learn a trick for weaving in loose ends as you knit, saving you from sewing them in later.
Note: Patterns will be provided.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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. It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close. 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
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen Gwen Bortner
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that actually laziness is! 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 what I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some methods may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1096 Intermediate Lace That Grows: Easy Shawl Design with Wedges J C Briar
Imagine starting a lace shawl with just a few stitches, and "growing" in pattern until your shawl is big enough, with no worries about matching gauge or loosely casting on oodles of stitches. Picture choosing from a variety of shapes - triangles, squares, circles, semi-circles, and more - each composed of a series of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses.
Take this class to learn how to grow a shawl of your own design. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, and see what shapes you can create by knitting your shawl from the top down or the center out. Learn how to estimate how much yarn you'll need, or - if your yarn supply is limited - how large a shawl you can create from the yarn you have. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Note: Need experience following charts and knitting lace.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1108 No skills required Learn to Create an Indigo Vat Rhonda Fargnoli
Dye from the indigo plant has a long history in many parts of the world and is best-known as the source of blue-jean blue. Rhonda shows you an easy way to prepare an organic indigo vat using just 3 steps. Then you will dye two scarves using the ancient method of shibori-resist dyeing.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8077 Intermediate Crochet Cables 101: Put a Little Twist In Your Stitches! Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
We all love the look of those luscious, sumptuous cables on sweaters, afghans, hats, scarves and...well...we just love cables! What's that? You thought cables were only for knitters? Not so! We will learn to wield our hooks to create these wonders of twisted yarn in ways previously reserved for those with pointy sticks (knitters).

We will swirl left- and right-crossing cables then work our way up to wide cables with stabilizing stitches. Finally, you'll put your cables together to create stunning fabrics .
You will leave class with the knowledge and skills necessary to add these useful and stunning design elements to your bag of stitching tricks.
Goals
* Understand the concept of cabling and how it works in crochet fabric through the use of post stitches
* Work sample block with different combinations of left twists and right twists to create beautiful cable patterns



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