STITCHES Midwest 2018 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC8 Easy Getting Started: Mosaic Knitting Jill Bigelow Suttell
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.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters Cindy Craig
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasing, combined with color and texture, create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of today’s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
XT27 No skills required Macrame Madness Carol Mesimer
"Everything old is new again," or so the saying goes, and the 70's are definitely back with macrame. Remember? It was a cool way to make wall hangings, clothing accessories or home decor items with just cords and knots. The trick was to get all of those knots in just the right place. In this class, Clover will teach you how to put all of those knots in just the right place to make an amazing macrame wall hanging. You'll learn all the basics needed to unleash your inner macrame genius.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet Cindy Craig
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT28 Easy Short-row Heels for Any Sock Jill Bigelow Suttell
Short-row heels are most often found on commercially made socks. This heel can be used on toe-up or cuff-down construction. Refresh your skills or learn new ones in an hour!
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FF5 Easy Blocking 101 Cindy Craig
Blocking is one of the final steps that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Jill Bigelow Suttell
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.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT1 Basic Short Rows Cindy Craig
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible.
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!
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP2 No skills required Entrelac Intro Cindy Craig
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT47 Easy No-wrap Short Rows Barry Klein
Let's play with short rows! We’ll work them simply, without wraps. Then we'll talk about why it works and when to use them. See how effective they can be when you use the right yarns! This class is perfect for beginners and knitters who just want to have fun.

Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC2 Easy Double Knit in Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Double knitting in color creates a two-sided, double-thick fabric with an image on one side and the exact negative of the image on the other side. In class, we will learn the basic steps and get started on a coaster-sized sample with a simple motif. This will require concentration and experience in reading patterns and instructions comfortably.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Cindy Craig
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Jill Bigelow Suttell
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!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Cindy Craig
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT58 Easy Can't Face Lace? Jill Bigelow Suttell
Knitting lace can be intimidating for beginners and some more experienced knitters. Spend an hour trying out the basics of lace — yarn-over/decrease combinations, the correct needle choice, and the importance of blocking.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends Cindy Craig
Don't let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
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!
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CR10 Basic Crocodile-stitch Crochet Cindy Craig
This fun, textured stitch has been popping up in lots of patterns recently. Learn to crochet overlapping scales so you can adorn your next project.
Note: Must be comfortable with both single and double crochet.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elaine Rowley
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.

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!
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