STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1089 Easy Shorty the Short Row Bear or 3 Bears Laura Barker
Shorty is a colorful 4" teddy bear which uses German short rows to create a big round tummy, a bottom so the bear can sit, no-sew ears, pointed toes, curved arms, and contrasting colored pads on the hands and feet. This miniature (baby bear) version, can be mostly completed in class, using approximately 5g of each of 5 colors of yarn found in a mini pack (or 25g of a single color). The class handout includes instructions for the mama bear (9"), using the remainder of the mini pack, and the papa bear (11") with a second mini pack. The body is worked sideways then stitches are picked up and appendages knit onto the body. 

Note: Prior experience with short rows (not necessarily German) is recommended. 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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
5381 Easy 'Be Basics: Short Rows Steven Berg
Steven introduces another popular knitting technique that will take your projects to the next level. If you’ve ever admired any of the fabulous short-row shawls with sweeping curves of color or texture but felt intimidated by the technique, this workshop is for you! Steven will make you comfortable with the basics of short rows. Learn his signature Lazy Short Rows in a cowl that will give you plenty of practice!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6095 Easy Slipped Stitch Mania Jill Bigelow Suttell
Slipped-stitch patterns allow you to add texture or to create the look of 2-color knitting while only using 1 color per row. Mosaic knitting (one form of slipped-stitch patterning) can bring to mind beautiful, Native American fiber art. There is no stranding, bobbins, or changing color within the row. We will explore different techniques, the do's and don'ts of this method of knitting, and how to read two types of charts.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery J C Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4043 Easy Fair Isle Tams Beth Brown-Reinsel
This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven't had the chance. A small tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knit on double points or a circular needle in four colors, although never more than two in a round.
Techniques included in the workshop are: Knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion on designing a tam.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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
5060 Intermediate Knit Fix Cindy Craig
Let's face it. We all have a favorite garment or socks that we have just about worn out but can't bear to part with, don't throw it out, let's salvage it for a few more seasons! We will work on repairing holes that result from different problems. We will practice in stockinette stitch and ribbing. This class will increase your understanding of how knit and purl stitches are created and how they relate to each other when mixed in a row.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6229 Intermediate Reimagining Ripples Edie Eckman
Everybody loves a good ripple stitch. They are repetitive yet interesting, soothing yet engaging. But what happens when you bend the rules? Change the size of the ripples, mix up the increases and decreases, combine stitch patterns and yarn textures for a whole new way of looking at a familiar technique. Let's take what you already know and love about ripple stitches and reimagine them. Note: Must be comfortable with knitting and purling, increases and decreases. It is helpful to be able to read your knitting for this class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Lab fee: $10.00
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5380 Intermediate Combining Fabrics with Knit and Crochet Susan Lazear
Learn how to combine a fabric with yarn to create a mixed-media project. This hands-on class will teach you how to measure and create a square-armhole-style garment. Bring fleece, wool, or other fabric of similar weight. We will plan knit or crochet sleeves and a collar or scarf to complete it. Students will measure each other, draft their pattern, then combine yarn and stitch pattern (knit or crochet) to coordinate with the fabric. Various design concepts and combination techniques will be discussed in class.
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
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1210 Intermediate Try-on then Cast-on Cardi Sarah Peasley
Designing your own cardigan will be easy with an informed advantage—the Try-on then Cast-on approach. Let's begin with knit jersey samples made exclusively for sizing. These samples include options for standard and full figures and the combo sizes (smaller backs and larger fronts) that work well for many women. Once you decide which sample fits best, you will trace a life-size schematic and get to work—plugging numbers from your pre-knit gauge swatch into the schematic's pattern. We will discuss ease, armhole and neck shaping, sleeve construction, and finishing. This will be a go-to pattern for your wardrobe, as Sarah shares how to tweak it for sweaters and vests.
Note: Must have completed at least one sweater before taking this class. 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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 NEW
9058 No skills required Introduction to Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
Start by learning or being reminded of some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler. Then learn some novel embellishment techniques that add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark-colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1148 Advanced Hitomi Shida’s Mini-Scarf Gayle Roehm
The "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida," recently published in English, includes five practice projects, one of which is an exquisite scarf with a ruffle. As we knit the scarf, we’ll gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. We'll start the body of the scarf with a provisional cast-on, then continue to practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers. Toward the end of the class, we’ll remove the provisional cast-on to complete the “frill” at one end. The pattern will be provided; you don't need to purchase the book.
Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts. Lace experience is helpful. 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4036 Easy My First Sweater Beth Whiteside
Ready to go beyond scarves & hats? Take the terror out of sweater-making with this sleeveless teddy-size shell. You will learn about garment types (drop-shoulder, inset, and set-in sleeve sweaters, cardigans, etc) and ways in which they can be constructed (top-down, bottom-up, in seamed pieces or seamlessly). You'll learn how to read pattern instructions that translate the inches of a garment into the stitches and rows of knitting. And you'll apply what you have learned by knitting up and seaming together the pieces of a small sample. Let's make your first sweater together!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1160 Intermediate Basics of Brioche Knitting Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
Portuguese Knitters are always interested in expanding their stitch library and knitting skills. After receiving so many requests, we have now this class that will show you how to work Brioche Knitting using Portuguese Style. The difference is to work with the yarn in front at all times instead of having it on the back of the work. This class is not intended to teach you Portuguese Knitting, but to improve the skill you already have. If you have not worked Brioche, that’s OK. We are going to go over all skills to make the adorable hat you see in the picture. Pattern will be given to you during class.
Thursday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1198 Easy Super Duper Dupe Stitch Myra Wood
Learn how to add color and pattern to plain stockinette using duplicate stitch and simple charts. I'll show you lots of tips and tricks about changing colors, traveling from one area to another, making your own patterns, and more. Dupe stitch is a great way to transform a simple edge into something spectacular or to hide a knitting boo-boo. Great for weaving in ends, too. 
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1199 Intermediate Inside Out, Casting on in the Center Laura Barker
Some projects are best (or can only be) worked out from the center; we'll look at several ways to cast on for them. The Pinhole Cast-on, worked into a slip knot, is perfect when a few stitches are needed at the very center of a project. The Provisional Cord Cast-on (PCCO), creates stitches for working in both directions. The Crochet Cast-on is very versatile: it mirrors a standard bind-off for a polished edge; it is easily added mid-project where a long-tail cast-on is not an option; and when worked with waste yarn, it can unzip to reveal provisional stitches. As a bonus, we will cover the crochet cast-on for righties and lefties.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2057 Intermediate Magic Blocking with Wires, Pins, and Frames Denise Bell
Every shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking lace. Turning a puddle of lace into a striking shawl takes more than just the wave of a magic wand; it takes tools and attention to detail. We will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, a yard stick, and Shetland dressing frames to stretch and pin them for maximum effect. A variety of shawls will be on hand, but students are welcome to bring a lace shawl to facilitate discussion and demonstration.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
4115 Easy Ponchini 101 Steven Berg
The ponchini is the new shawl: a versatile garment with so many design possibilities. This is your chance to cast on one with the help of the Ponchini Master himself. Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique wrap. Use one of the patterns from Ponchini Vol. 1 and learn its structure, seaming, and wearability. Steven will teach you his favorite tips and tricks as he guides you through your first ponchini.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1041 Easy Intarsia Garter Stitch Anne Berk
Intarsia allows knitters to paint pictures on their knitting and control color, while making a single layer fabric. Have you ever wondered why intarsia is always done in stockinette? Intarsia garter stitch is tricky but a lot of fun to knit! Learn to break that rule, so the benefits of garter stitch (reversible fabric that does not curl, and row gauge that equals stitch gauge) can be incorporated into your intarsia designs.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6094 Intermediate Twisted Color Jill Bigelow Suttell
Take your cables to the next level by adding color. There are more ways than you might think. Slipped stitches, Fair Isle, and intarsia can all be used to make cables with color. In this class we will explore them all.
Note: You must have experience with cables.
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 - 3:00 pm
2066 Intermediate Loving Your Lace Edgings J C Briar
Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks – or any other kind of project! In this class, you’ll learn where to find edging patterns, and how you can customize them. You’ll pick up tips for working tricky stitches – such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row — and for blocking. We’ll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you’ll have the chance to practice on a sample piece.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

Presented in tangible and visual terms, Laura illustrates why color combinations work or fail. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class offers a new way of sorting and building color relationships.

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6224 Easy Mosaic Madness Cindy Craig
Mosaic knitting is a great way to jump into 2-color knitting or using one color per pair of rows. Simple stripes become so much more with the addition of slip-stitches. Here's a chance to expand your color work skills. We will explore the concept of mosaic knitting as well as a little history. Students will be exposed to mosaic charts for knitting and use the chart to begin a mosaic cowl.
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
5274 Easy Learn From Your Swatch Karen Frisa
Your swatch can save you from investing a lot of time in a garment only to realize that the hand isn't right, you're about to run out of yarn, or the dye has run. Learn how to make a swatch that will help you to foresee these problems and overcome them. Learn how to take accurate gauge measurements from your swatch, and what to do with those measurements to insure that your garment will fit. Find out what you can learn from your swatch and make it work for you!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3147 Intermediate Mastering Necklines Barry Klein
A lovely sweater ends in a great neck treatment. Or is it the beginning? The collar frames the face letting the wearer shine. Let's approach neck shaping—from turtleneck to open-V and find the best placement, shape, and how to achieve them.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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 Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5152 Intermediate Multi-color Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Bored with only two colors in your double-knitting? Add a third – or a fourth! With more than two colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit – learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a three-color pattern. In this workshop, you’ll get to play with three-color single-pattern as well as two-pattern double-knitting – and open new doors to design possibilities that were previously impossible (or at least improbable). You’ll also learn how to integrate the third color into a foolproof 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 NEW
1211 Intermediate A False Start Tracy Purtscher
Question: When is a cast-on not the beginning of a project? Answer: When a provisional cast on is used.
A provisional cast-on is temporary and will eventually be removed to release live stitches so knitting or grafting can continue from there. The reasons may vary from project to project—but most commonly to cosmetically hide the cast on, for pliability, or to blend the beginning to the end of a knit invisibly—think socks toe-up, a center out design, maybe a long scarf grafted into a cowl.
You will learn several ways to cast-on provisionally. From there we will consider when, where, why, and the circumstances which might be beneficial to choose a false start.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7125 No skills required The 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 NEW
9059 Easy The Wool Applique Experience Catherine Redford
Learn the techniques required for successful whip-stitch wool applique while working on a small piece that can be finished into a needle case or pin cushion. You'll discover how easy it is to embellish and add further dimension to your project with beautiful embroidery stitches.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1150 Advanced Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Exploration Gayle Roehm
From easy to brain-bending! We'll start with a stitch pattern from JKSB that gives you a lot of "bang for the buck": it’s lovely and relatively easy to knit. Then we'll move on to other stitch patterns with more challenge: patterning on both right and wrong sides, with complex combinations. You'll get plenty of practice with Shida's style and with the charts and symbols. Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
1158 No skills required Embellish with Embroidery & Felting Eloise Wagers
Multi-media is on trend, mixing fibers, textures, and techniques in a single design is the current rage. We will embellish a tote bag with needle-felting and hand embroidery. To produce something with personal character is very cool and rewarding,ut better yet, you will depart class with a head full of ideas of how these techniques can extend to home decor and fashion accessories.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1197 Easy Addictive Argyle! Hat Class Harry Wells
Love those classic diamond shapes called Argyle, but mystified about how to knit them? You will learn the classic technique of knitting the Argyle flat, and a nearly invisible seaming method that is not bulky. Harry teaches a traditional argyle pattern on his hat design and will cover the mathematics to figure out your own variations based on different gauges.
Note: You must be able to cast-on (long-tail cast-on preferable) and work knit, purl, K2tog, and SSK without assistance. 
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1209 Intermediate 2-color Knitting Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
The Portuguese style of knitting makes the purl stitch very easy. For this reason, when knitting circularly I prefer to knit garments inside out. This technique makes two-color knitting very smooth: where the two colors of yarn do not tangle and the tension of the fabric is very even. In this class we are going to learn all the basics of this style of knitting and then make a two-color knitting hat, learning the basics skills for many knitting projects: Fair Isle, double knitting and Bohus knitting.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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. 
Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2061 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs J C Briar
How do you keep your bind-off edge from being too tight? With a stretchy bind-off! Try options with bigger bind-off loops, with more elaborate loops, and simply with more loops. Learn about sewn bind-offs, sideways bind-offs, and bind-offs that use a crochet hook in novel ways.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4122 Easy Rising Tides Mini Laura Barker
The Rising Tides scarf graced the cover of Knitter's Magazine 125, Winter 2016. Although it looks like a complicated series of waves, it is the result of repeating short rows across the length. You will create a mini version to learn the crochet cast-on, and the T&DS (turn and double stitch) short row, sometimes known as a German short row.
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
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1075 Easy Know Your Colors, Know Your Self Steven Berg
What do your knits and color choices say about you? Longtime knitter and professional yarn whisperer Steven Berg will guide you through a quiz that will show you which colors truly represent you. Explore techniques to create gradients using your colors and experiment with methods of combining colors to their greatest effect. Bring your favorite hand-knit (or crochet) and share it with Steven for a peek into your personal fiber future—he knows all, sees all, tells all!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1040 Easy Inside Annetarsia: A New Approach to Intarsia Knitting Anne Berk
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. No previous experience with intarsia is required! Learn ways to manage multiple yarns, to read colorwork charts, and to deal efficiently with the ends. You'll develop confidence as you link the yarns between sections and create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color. You won't believe how easily you will knit motifs and produce professional results.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5101 Easy Mobius Mysteries Untangled Gwen Bortner
The mobius has long been held as one of the unique forms in geometry, as a three-dimensional object with only one side. But create it in a simple knitted fabric and it can become a beautiful project. The secret to creating a mobius is found at the beginning of the project. Students will gain an understanding of each of the three different methods for creating this mysterious shape while at the same time gaining insights of how knitted fabric is created. A simple cowl will be started during class.
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2075 Easy Traditional Beginnings: Cast-ons from Long Ago Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn eight of the most beautiful, and practical, cast-ons in our knitting history. From the UK, we will cover the Channel Island Cast-on, the Knotted Cast-on, and the Multi-Strand Cast-on. Included are two basic go-to cast-ons, the LongTail and Old Norwegian, that are the basis for two decorative cast-ons from the Twined Knitting tradition in Sweden. Last, the wonderful Braided Cast-on from Finland will be taught in 3 colors! In addition, we'll practice a couple bind-offs to complete your swatches.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1003 Intermediate Planned Pooling Laura Bryant
Planned pooling or intentional patterning is just that—taking those unexpected patterns that form when knitting with hand-dyed yarns and making them repeatable! Learn how to find the repeat and Magic Number in a hand-dyed skein of yarn, then spend time learning how to make argyles, stacks and other visual effects from that skein. A longer class will allow experimentation with pattern stitches as we introduce solid colored yarns. Whether you have tried Magic Number knitting before or not, this class will have you creating magic in no time!

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1154 Easy Sequence Knitting: 1-row Patterns Cecelia Campochiaro
When Cecelia realized that textured knit fabrics could be created not only with multi-rowed patterns, but also by the simple repetition of a sequence of stitches, sequence knitting was born.
In the world of knitting, this sequence is a 1-row pattern repeat. What may sound like a limitation, opens up a world of easy and mindful knitting. The repeats can be easily memorized and are infinitely variable; the fabrics are reversible, require no edge finish, and are pool-resistant. Learn the concept, how to read sequence charts and instructions, and the keys to getting great results. In-class swatching will give you a feeling for the range of possibilities. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5007 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck so the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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     SOLD OUT
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
5209 Advanced Double Knitting Tubes Karen Frisa
Learn to knit tubes on straight needles! This fascinating technique can be used to make open tubes such as glove fingers or mitten thumbs without having to work in the round. We'll even make a double-knit pocket!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
3065 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns Franklin Habit
Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class just a knitter with a curious mind.
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.
Lab fee: $10.00
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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1179 Easy The Creative Process: From Inspiration to Planned Garment Susan Lazear
This workshop will take you through the creative process, from storyboarding ideas to developing a plan for a group of garments that work with your figure and your sense of style. No art background necessary! Learn how to ideate and create. You will develop an inspiration board of ideas, and then move on to plan the fabrication (knit, crocheted, or sewn), color story, styles, and fabrics/swatches for a group of garments. This is the process typically used to design a line of clothing.
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
1143 No skills required Beginner Shuttle Tatting: Learning the Basics Carol Mesimer
Taking the mystery out of tatting is easier than you imagined. There is only one two-step knot used to make this intricate lacework. Students will learn how to make chains, rings and read modern patterns.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am     SOLD OUT
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
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: the Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Dimensional Tuck Knitting transforms simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth — one that bends, folds, or doubles back on itself. Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches. Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
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 - 10:30 am NEW
1201 Easy Embellished Embroidery Stitches Catherine Redford
Start with basic chain, back and running stitches and take them from good to great with some fun embellishment techniques.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Gayle Roehm
Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I’ve found in Japanese garment patterns. We’ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don’t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude — they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7111 No skills required Dye Your Own Yarn Jennifer Vancalcar
Try your hand at dyeing your own yarn! Learn how to hand-paint yarn to produce beautiful tonal, variegated, or pooling effects when knit. Along the way, you will also learn some color theory. At the end of the class, you will walk away with a beautiful skein of one-of-a-kind sock yarn created by you!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5305 Easy Stunning Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting Harry Wells
Slip-stitch knits can boast amazing colorwork without the hassle of stranding or working with multiple colors in a row! Stunning results such as intricate mosaic designs, textural colorwork like houndstooth, and more are in your future. Along with the basic technique, learn to predict when combinations of variegated and solid color yarn work together and when they will not, how charts are written and read differently for mosaics. Practical tips about navigating the technique and advice regarding the best uses for mosaic knitting are included. Once you learn the technique, and as time permits, you will begin a hat or a scarf (your choice) designed by the instructor, or use the reference books to chart your own mosaic pattern onto a scarf.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5002 Easy Learn to Knit Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to learn about the history and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped the through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Students will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, increases, decreases, cast on and bind off. A project will be given to practice all techniques described in class for complete understanding.
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
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.
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
7119 No skills required Choosing your Seat: Fit before you Sit Carson Demers
LECTURE/DEMO
Crafters, your chair is one of your most important tools because it impacts the posture of your entire body. Its selection should be done mindfully and not left to chance or based on what’s available. In this class you’ll learn neutral seated postures, why they’re important and whether they’re possible for your craft. More importantly you’ll learn what to do if they aren’t! The class will instruct you in what to look for in a chair for doing everything from fiber and fabric work to using your computer. You’ll learn how your chair impacts the mechanics of your spine and upper body. Don’t risk back pain or other ergonomic discomfort that can result from using the wrong chair.
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 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
1104 Easy Dorset Buttons: the Basics Catherine Redford
Dorset buttons have a history dating back to the seventeenth century in the UK. Learn the basics to create your own buttons you can use to embellish your next knitting project, a purse or even make into unique jewelry.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5388 Easy German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei Laura Barker
German short rows involve no wraps, pins, or other accessories. At the short-row turn, we create a double stitch. This double stitch is visibly bigger than the surrounding stitches, but when worked in a subsequent row,it is transformed, filling the short-row gap beautifully on the front and back of your work. Class will also cover places to use German short rows, how they compare to other short-row methods, and how to substitute them in patterns. Finally, you'll learn how to fix a double stitch that goes rogue.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 - 3:30 pm     SOLD OUT
2064 Easy Perfect Edgings: Borders and Buttonholes Anne Berk
Adding an edging to a piece of fabric increases stability, as well as creating an opportunity for embellishment. Learn how to pick up stitches properly, so that the edging is firm, secure, and beautiful. Explore the best stitch patterns for edging a garment, and use I-cord to create both edging and buttonholes.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
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
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple J C Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like.
Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols, and to use them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4050 Intermediate Latvian Wristers Beth Brown-Reinsel
Using wristers as a template, learn beautiful Latvian mitten cuff techniques that can be applied to socks, hats, sweaters, and gloves. We will cover a scalloped cuff, a herringbone braid, a variation of the half-braid, traditional motifs in the main part of the wrister, and a picot hem. We'll cover three ways to manage two yarns in a round and discuss yarn dominance.
Note: Must know how to work in the round on dpn, Magic Loop, or 2 circular needles.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2013 Easy Borderline Personalities Lily Chin
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1194 Easy Save that Sweater! Jeane deCoster
When we knit a sweater and it doesn't look fabulous once we wear it, we think we've knit a disaster and are ready to abandon it. *Nine out of ten times, the problem is how it fits—or even more simply— how you wear or style it. Before you rip it out or give it away, come to class, and bring up to 3 of those “disasters" for salvation. With one-on-one attention and group participation, everybody will learn how to fix disasters and avoid repeating them. That's right! Have an open mind and you'll leave class prepared to start knitting with the confidence to evaluate the problems before they arise. The results will be fabulous looking sweaters made with a couple of tweaks and a more seasoned eye. (*Of course, the 10th time may be an actual technical problem but don't worry – we can learn to fix it, too!)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6076 Intermediate Textured Treats Stitch Sampler Edie Eckman
Let's learn some new stitches! There's more to knitted texture than cables, seed stitch, and bobbles.
Explore more than a dozen unusual stitch patterns that add depth and pizazz to your knits, simply by manipulating the basic knit stitches. Show them off and you'll have other knitters asking "How did you do that?"
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6143 Advanced Infinite Cables Karen Frisa
Do you love working standard cables but want to try something different? Rather than starting at the bottom of a piece and going all the way to the top, infinite cables begin out of nowhere and end before the top of the fabric. These cables, also called circular cables, continuous cables, and closed-ring cables, are unusual but make striking designs. We will learn to make both rounded and pointed beginnings and endings while working on a bag in class.
Note: Students should be comfortable working standard cables.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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).
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     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
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
5156 Advanced Double-knitting Cables Alasdair Post-Quinn
Back in 2011 when I came out with my book “Extreme Double-Knitting”, I created one hat called “Vasily” to showcase double-knit cables. At the time, I was limited by my perception that double-knit cables weren’t as flexible as standard cables, and you couldn’t use negative space to allow the cable to travel across a background. Only a short while after the book came out, I discovered a way to do double-knit cables that was elegant and clever – and opened up new possibilities for the technique. In this workshop, you’ll learn several different techniques for double-knit twisted and traveling cables – and understand why you’d use one method over another in any given location. If we have time, you’ll learn how to make the background show up as purls rather than knits for that extra “pop”. 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.)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5397 Easy If...Then: Self Generating Stitch Patterns Tracy Purtscher
Have you ever had the urge to just cast on but didn't have access to any patterns? Does an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere—with nothing but the yarn and needles—seem appealing to you? You will learn how to create a dynamic knitted fabric using self-generating stitch patterns with repeating or evolving motifs. We will make knit/purl textured fabrics as samples to learn the principles . Once understood you will be ready to work these self-generating patterns in other types of knitting—twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. Your optionsare limited only by your desires. After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork we will discuss ways in which you can create your own stitch patterns and what to do if the pattern expires or morphs and no longer is self-generating. Given how easy it is to knit self-generating stitch patterns without having to follow a written pattern or chart, makes Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting with extreme portability— and unique results.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9058 No skills required Introduction to Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
Start by learning or being reminded of some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler. Then learn some novel embellishment techniques that add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark-colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1147 Advanced A Japanese Hat with Traveling Stitches and Lace Gayle Roehm
The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English, includes five practice projects, one of which is a hat with traveling twisted stitches and lace. Join the translator to knit the hat and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. We'll start the body of the hat with a provisional cast-on, then practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers to be sure you can finish the project later at home. The pattern will be provided; you don't need to purchase the book.
Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting in the round from charts. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 am NEW
8091 No skills required Tunisian Crochet 101 Sheila Rolfer
Tunisian crochet is almost a hybrid of crochet and knitting but only requires only one hook as you create fabric. One row worked a row of stitches onto the hook, then next row crochets them off for a texture unique to this technique. Sheila will demonstrate the basic techniques as you practice using Clover's new interchangeable Tunisian Crochet hooks and cords.
Note: Knowledge of basic crochet stitches helpful.

Sponsored by Clover.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1205 No skills required Dye a Knit Flat: Sock Blank Jennifer Vancalcar
Learn to create your own self-striping or one-of-a-kind gradient on a knitted flat—often known as sock blank. Jennifer will help you understand how to dye stripes, gradients, and even random-color abstracts as she shares simple approaches to color theory for dyers. At the end of the class, you will take home a beautiful one-of-a-kind flat created by you and be ready to knit your next pair of socks, hat, or shawlette.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4006 Easy Addictive Argyle! (and Other Retro Designs) Harry Wells
Do you love those classic diamond Argyle diamond socks, but are mystified about how to knit them? You will learn the classic technique of knitting Argyle flat, and a nearly invisible seaming method that isn't bulky. Each stage of argyle-sock construction will be addressed, which is similar yet different to the traditional top-down heel-flap sock. We will get started on how to chart your own Argyle patterns for different gauges, see very cool retro and contemporary variations, explore other intarsia sock ideas, and discuss incorporating Argyle patterns into garments and accessories.
Note: Class begins on Friday afternoon and concludes Saturday morning. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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.
Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
2065 Easy Perfect Edgings: Zippers Anne Berk
Learn a four-step process which will give you a perfectly flat and secure zipped border every time! Knitted and crocheted fabric is flexible and sometimes fragile, and zippers are not. A properly inserted zipper will function beautifully without distorting your fabric. You decide whether it will be a design element or remain invisible.
Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
1122 No skills required An Intro 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 10:30 pm - 12:01 pm
No skills required Pajama Party  
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 NEW
4121 Intermediate Upstairs and Down, Short-tier Entrelac Laura Barker
Yarn pooling is fascinating—socks, short-row scarves, and entrelac all come to mind. How about entrelac short rows! Or should that be short tiers? The result; "Upstairs and Down" published in Knitter's Magazine 115, Summer 2014, is a reversible scarf of ribbed entrelac rectangles, no triangles, in a mostly rectangular shape. The woven nature of entrelac is highlighted by this orientation, but the colors form stairs in the pattern, emphasized at the ends of the scarf.
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 NEW
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
5391 Easy Be Basics: Brioche Steven Berg
Steven introduces another popular knitting technique that will take your projects to the next level. If you’ve ever admired any of the beautiful brioche knits dominating Ravelry right now and thought "I could never do that,” this is the workshop for you! Steven will ease you into the basics of brioche knitting with one and then two colors all while creating a cowl to keep you warm.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5241 No skills required Gauge Master Class Anne Berk
You know the importance of stitch gauge to manage the fit and size of a garment, but do you know how to gain and use that knowledge? This class will give you tips to efficiently knit and measure your gauge swatches to reveal their secrets for successful knitting results. Stitch, row, and yarn gauges will all be covered, using multiple weights of yarn and needles of different sizes. You will knit swatches and compare your results with classmates to see how gauge differs from knitter to knitter. Learn to use gauge to calculate the amount of yarn needed for any section of your project. Gauge mastery is fun, and you will be amazed at how much you will learn in the process of swatching!
Saturday 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5025 Advanced Stranding Techniques for Color Knitting Beth Brown-Reinsel
Become proficient in your two-color technique working on the right side and the wrong side of the work in this class. Learn the Norwegian Purl and how it will enable you to purl on the wrong side in two colors with ease! Working with two yarns in the right hand, one yarn in each hand, and two yarns in the left hand are covered in this class as well as how to purl on the wrong side in each of those styles. Corrugated Ribbing will also be included. Weaving (or catching) the yarns will be demonstrated for each knitting style. A tiny pillow sampler will be made in class to learn all the techniques. Note: The ability to knit in two colors in any style is helpful but not mandatory. 
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6032 Intermediate Stitch Strategies for Hand-dyed Yarns Laura Bryant
If you have ever fallen in love with a hand-dyed yarn, only to be disappointed in the finished fabric, this class is for you. We'll explore stitch strategies to avoid the often undesired pooling, patterning, and striping of hand dyed yarns. Learn to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, the different types of dyeing, and then explore the stitches that will help you coax the inherent beauty from even the most difficult color combinations. Some hands-on swatching during class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8086 Intermediate Easy, Effective Crochet Edgings Lily Chin
Have problems trimming your projects without puckers or ripples? Want more ideas for some trims? Trims put a "frame" around any project so this finishing touch is that final touch that can take something from home-made to hand-made. Get the skinny on some interesting, new and different ways to dress up all kinds of crochet. There is no need to go through contortions for fancy-schmancy intricacies that can overwhelm a project. There is no need for really large stitch multiples for huge pattern repeats. These are fun and simple, yet accessible.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.
Note: Must know chain, single and double crochet. 
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5273 Easy Floating Away Karen Frisa
Simple, pretty, and effective, floats are the strands of yarn that go in front of or behind stitches when you slip them. In this class we'll learn several different stitch patterns that use floats in unusual ways. The stitch patterns are easy to do and look beautiful! They can be a nice way to show off a variegated yarn by mixing up the colors, but they also look great with solids.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting Franklin Habit
Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called “illusion”) knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view–perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.
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 NEW
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.
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
3040 Intermediate Secrets of the Sleeve Cap Patty Lyons
A properly sized sleeve cap can make or break a garment. Learn the math to design a traditional sleeve cap and how to redesign one should your row gauge be different than the pattern's. After exploring the domino effect of changing parts of a sweater pattern, we will learn how to design a fixed-height and a variable-height sleeve cap that will fit you perfectly. Once we have cracked the code of the sleeve cap, we will explore the four seaming zones that will allow you to perfectly sew in your set-in sleeve. You will never look at sleeves the same again!
NOTE: Math is used in sweater design.
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
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     SOLD OUT
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
1014 Easy Macro Yubinuki Tracy Purtscher
Yubinuki are Japanese thimbles, traditionally worked in fine silk threads, with a centuries old history and rich tradition. Akin in concept to tamari balls it is the cross layering of colorful threads that create the beautiful geometric designs.
In class, students will learn of the history while employing this ancient technique using modern materials, in a much larger scale, to create their own thimble, ring, or bangle. 
Note: Basic hand sewing, buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch knowledge is helpful. 
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 NEW
9084 Intermediate Further Steps in Folk Embroidery Catherine Redford
You've got the basic embroidery stitches mastered, now it’s time to add to your stitch vocabulary. We'll work on a pre-printed sampler as we learn crested chain, bullion stitch, drizzle stitch, and lots more that will enhance your next embroidery project. We'll also discuss how Catherine includes her embroideries in her quilts.
Note: Need to have taken class #9058 Intro to Folk Art Embroidery or have knowledge of the basics.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5233 Intermediate A Sampler of Japanese Tips and Techniques Gayle Roehm
Japanese knitting patterns often include an interesting and useful technique. This class will introduce you to an assortment of techniques from Japanese patterns or technique books. The techniques aren't exclusively Japanese, but you'll probably find them useful additions to your skill set. We'll work through: two tubular cast-ons; a vertical buttonhole; Japanese crocheted bobbles; and several variations on the three-needle bindoff. (This class doesn't cover how to read Japanese patterns.)
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7111 No skills required Dye Your Own Yarn Jennifer Vancalcar
Try your hand at dyeing your own yarn! Learn how to hand-paint yarn to produce beautiful tonal, variegated, or pooling effects when knit. Along the way, you will also learn some color theory. At the end of the class, you will walk away with a beautiful skein of one-of-a-kind sock yarn created by you!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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
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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1159 Intermediate Orenburg Lace Portuguese Style Andrea Wong
Orenburg Lace originated in Russia, and it is famous for its beauty and simplicity. The design uses Garter Stitch decorated with yarn overs showing patterns like flowers, fruits, paws, etc. Since Garter Stitch is very simple and efficient in Portuguese knitting, we are going to combine them both! This class will include Portuguese knit, purl and yarn over, comments about Orenburg lace and its designs, and a hands on project.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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, ssk, k2tog, and yo. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1162 Intermediate Petite Lace Pinwheel Shawl Laura Barker
Pinwheel is a rectangular shawl that begins in the center (Knitty, Spring 2015). This take on Barbara Walker's Vortex creates a stitch pattern that looks the same every time it rotates 90 degrees. The provisional cast-on becomes a seamless part of the design, creating the illusion that the piece is worked in one direction instead of in rounds. Thinking about how pinwheels spin and still look the same, that seemed the perfect name. A sideways knit-on border alternates lace and solid triangles. We'll learn the provisional cord cast-on (PCCO), cord management, and special corner increases on a miniature version so you will be confident to work the full-size Pinwheel. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1144 Intermediate Stratocumulus Capelet Class Denise Bell
Unspun Icelandic Plötulopi wool yarn is soft and airy, but knitters unfamiliar with working without twist in their yarn might find it intimidating. Its unspun strands are a delight once one discovers how they behaves and learns a few ways to handle this unique yarn. We’ll spend some time learning the ins and outs of how best to handle the Plötulopi wool yarn, swatch for gauge, take a few measurements to ensure a good fit, and cast on for the Stratocumulus Capelet.

Note: You should have basic knitting skills and experience reading charts. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1066 Intermediate Stranded/Fair Isle Knitting: Improve Your Efficiency Anne Berk
Working with 2 colors on the same row can seem slow and confusing. In this class, explore different methods of knitting with 2 yarns at once to find the best technique for you. While practicing, we will also explore color combinations and design elements that will allow you to customize your knitting and express your creativity. 
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 - 3:30 pm
2076 Easy Not Your Grandma's Long-tail Cast-on J C Briar
Did you know the long-tail cast-on comes in many flavors? Learn variations that create superior sproing (yes, that’s a technical term), a comfy rounded edge, and extra decorative appeal. Find out how to cast on so that you can work your first row as a right-side row, and still get the smooth side of the cast-on on the outside of your work. Discover ways of getting the long-tail cast-on to blend in with ribbing.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5268 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn Laura Bryant
Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn, but didn’t know who to ask!! Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a boucle? Why are some yarns limp when knit or crocheted? Develop a notebook of yarn types with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5171 No skills required Giving You the Slip Lily Chin
Most of the time, we think of slipped stitches in color, forming patterns know as Mosaic Knitting. Yet slipped stitches can also yield effects in texture as well. Explore single color slip stitching for raised surface interest. Slipped stitches can also neaten the side edges of the knitting. See how versatile this little action is. Sample several swatches and see the slipped stitch in action.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1195 Easy Seam Busters! Jeane deCoster
Who's afraid of a little ole' seam?! In all honesty seams are a true blessing in sweater design, they make fitting sweaters much less stressful, and provide opportunity for easier alterations and tweaks to a pattern. Come learn (and try) some easy tricks that make seaming simple. We'll practice on a variety of swatches and yarns and you'll go home with notes and skills for (simple) changes you can make to any sweater pattern to make seaming easier. And yes, we'll even talk about how and when eliminating a seam or two might be a good thing! Soon you will look at seams as a friendly approach to alterations, after all that's how the pros customize fit.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7009 No skills required Applying Ergonomic Techniques to Your Knitting Carson Demers
Learn the basics of knitting’s ergonomics and the put them into practice in this unique class. You’ll learn everything from neutral postures to optimal tensioning techniques to help you be a comfortable, lifelong knitter. We’ll apply various strategies that can improve your productivity, efficiency and comfort. Working in small groups you’ll examine your yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 am NEW     SOLD OUT
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
4073 Intermediate Mobius Scarves Karen Frisa
Learn the magic of a moebius scarf! This intriguing scarf is worked from the center out. It can be worn in several different ways, including as a hood/headscarf. We will learn what a moebius is, a quick and invisible cast-on, and some variations for the bind-off. Students will start a full-sized moebius in class, to be finished at home.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6129 Intermediate Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch Franklin Habit
The intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of "Bayerisches Stricken"—"Peasant Knitting"—but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded.
Prerequisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Prior familiarity and comfort with working from charted patterns will be helpful.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3049 Easy It is all about Me! Susan Lazear
Through a series of exercises and activities Susan will help you determine what styles and which knit or crochet fabrics work with your figure, face, and lifestyle. Working through this process in a classroom filled with other real bodies is empowering. You'll see beyond measurements, to proportion, and discover the magic of garment shape and line. We'll explore a variety of topics that will help you make better design decisions and allow you to actually wear the garments you knit or crochet!
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
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 NEW
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.
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 NEW
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: the Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Dimensional Tuck Knitting transforms simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth — one that bends, folds, or doubles back on itself. Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches. Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
1202 No skills required Choose and Transfer Motifs for Embroidery Catherine Redford
Learn how Catherine chooses motifs for her hand embroidery, makes them suitable for use, and transfers them to light and dark fabrics. You'll go home with a design all ready to stitch!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1151 Advanced Japanese Knitting Patterns: Getting Started Gayle Roehm
Do you want to try your hand at a Japanese knitting pattern that doesn’t have a translation? Japanese patterns are presented in a graphic format, with drawings and charts that knitters can decipher without knowing the language. In this three-hour class, we cover the basics of understanding such a pattern. You'll learn where to find important information such as gauge, needle size and shaping. You'll also learn a few key vocabulary words and basic stitch symbols. We'll discuss where to get help when you encounter something unfamiliar. If time permits, we'll practice a swatch to strengthen your chart-reading skills.
Note: You should have knit at least one sweater and be comfortable knitting from charts. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1206 No skills required Over-dye a Skein or Item Jennifer Vancalcar
You own a skein of wool or a single-skein project in an unfortunate color or unappealing variegation. You hate the color? Don’t like the shade? It’s unattractive in the finished piece? All is not lost! We'll overdye it!

We will address wool, silk, or other animal fiber (no cottons/ rayons/ cellulose fibers) as we experiment with colors and dyes to fix it and make it work. Students will have access to a large array of colors mixed for the class.

We’ll discuss color theory, what works and what doesn’t , overdye issues and concerns*, and things to avoid. Students will come away with the basic knowledge and understanding to overdye other yarns and projects down the road in their crafting career AND with a ‘new’ skein to knit or a newly colored project to love.

* Note that black, brown, and extremely dark blues and greens can be difficult to overdye. Bring more than one skein or project just in case.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
5009 No skills required Working in the Round: How to Knit the Magic Loop Eloise Wagers
Knitting in the round for large garment pieces is a life saver! But what about smaller projects like an accessories case? Join us and we’ll show you just how easy it is to use the magic loop technique using the Clover Takumi Interchangeables. You can’t afford to miss this class!

Sponsored by Clover.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5061 Easy Stunning Colorwork the Easy Way: Knit one Below Harry Wells
Want amazing looking colorwork without the hassle of stranding or working with multiple colors in a row? You can have it with the Knit One Below technique. It requires knitting with only one color per row. Our focus will be on making vertical stripes easily as we follow step-by-step instructions. We'll start with simple swatches and as time permits, continue with hands-on work in the creation of a hemmed cowl or scarf (flat or tubular).
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8060 Easy Turkish Bead Crochet Andrea Wong
Turkish bead crochet is not yet widespread in this country. It consists of a simple crochet technique resembling bead crochet, but the effects and possibilities are quite different. It only uses 2 crochet stitches, and they are the simplest ones: slip stitch and single crochet. The execution is easy and quick and it makes a great way to get rid of bead stashes (or start one!). The design itself is made by combining at least 2 different kinds of beads. Once you learn the principles of this method, it is very hard to stop making necklaces and bracelets, purse handles, and much more. The applications are endless!
Note: A basic knowledge of crochet is required.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5172 Easy Making the Most of Mitered Squares Myra Wood
Mitered squares are so much fun and so easy to knit! Let's explore! Try a wonderful join-as-you-go technique that includes squares, rectangles, right-angle/L shapes, and 4 squares at a time. We'll also work squares on point and create patterns with different color placements and layouts. See what a difference color choice and stitch pattern can make.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
2060 Easy Cast-on Trickery J C Briar
It's a shame that many knitters aren't familiar with provisional and tubular cast-ons. They permit all sorts of trickery: no-sew hems, scarves with identical ends, seamless underarms in top-down sweaters, ribbing that appears to flow from one side of the fabric to the other, and much more. Try a few provisional cast-ons, and find your new favorite. Discover options for creating the perfect tubular cast-on.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
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 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
1200 No skills required Needle Weaving for Beginners Catherine Redford
Recycle a few favorite yarn scraps as you learn how to do traditional needle weaving. Your class project is this handy little case for hand-sewing needles.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
7127 No skills required Wool-on-wool Felting Sheila Rolfer
Needle felting is an age-old art form that is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. This technique allows you to create wool-on-wool felted layers painting and sculpting with wool fiber—so easy, and without the wet felting efforts and clean-up. With this basic felting technique primer and the right tools you'll have the skills to create most any project you wish. .

Sponsored by Clover.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 wrap-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 NEW
1213 Easy Edgy, Easiest Entrelac Ever Laura Barker
Have you been wanting to learn entrelac, or tried and been confused by triangles and different slants? The Edgy scarf takes full advantage of the intrinsic shape of the rectangles to create a zig-zag edge, with no need for triangles. The rectangles are all worked in k1, p1 ribbing, and stitches are picked up using my 'double half stitch pickup' method for a fully reversible scarf. Because there is no right side or wrong side, all rectangles slant in the same direction, so most of them are identical, and the few rectangles with slight variations are easy to learn. If you want to master the basic structure of entrelac, this is the easiest way! Edgy debuted at Rhinebeck 2014 and quickly shot to #1 on Ravelry’s “Hot Right Now” list. Join the fun.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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
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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3141 Easy Big City Knits in a Hot Minute Steven Berg
No rules fun, fast, and furious knit and crochet with StevenBe! Capture this season's hot trends right off the runway and make them this weekend! Explore the use of large circular knitting needles and with uber chunky yarns and combinations of fibers that will blow your mind. You will be inspired by his creative use of both traditional and non-traditional fibers and how to use them in unconventional ways.
This workshop is intended to power up your creative juices and boost your imagination into overdrive. You will become comfortable using unconventional yarns with unconventional gauges and needle sizes and cast on simple knits with unusual techniques and Glitter Knitter flair that capture the concept of relaxing and thoroughly enjoying your knitting. Steven will review current trends and hot projects from his designer collections. This fashion and art presentation is interjected with anecdotes from Steven's past in the world of high fashion and the inspiration he finds in his travels around the world. Break free from the rules of the pattern because there's no such thing as mistakes, only variations!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6216 Advanced Bohus Knitting Techniques Anne Berk
The Bohus Knitting collective created a unique style in the 1960's using yoke construction, stranded knitting technique, and custom fingering-weight yarn in a merino-angora blend. Original sweaters have become collector's items, and modern knitters seek to emulate the rich colorwork and subtle shading achieved with the fine yarns and use of both knit and purl stitches in the stranded charts.

This class covers how to read and design charts in the Bohus style, how to strand with more than two yarns at a time, the merits of pullovers versus cardigans (to steek or not to steek?), what modern yarns are suitable for Bohus-style knitting, and buttonhole choices for cardigans.

We'll examine sweaters knit from original Bohus patterns and swatch a Bohus-style chart. This is not a history class, but it will give knitters the tools to navigate this challenging style with confidence.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns Gwen Bortner
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?

Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5005 Intermediate The Norwegian Purl Beth Brown-Reinsel
The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl, and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work.
Note: It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental (working yarn in the left hand) but not necessary.

Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci Laura Bryant
Learn a method for controlling color combinations successfully while swatching with fun colors and yarns. Laura shares the history of Fibonacci numbers while you explore color proportions in stripes, blocks, and even shading. This mathematical relationship is evident in nature. Artists, sculptors, and designers have used it throughout time and civilization because it is so pleasing to the eye. This creative exercise is one you will revisit time and again.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1154 Easy Sequence Knitting: 1-row Patterns Cecelia Campochiaro
When Cecelia realized that textured knit fabrics could be created not only with multi-rowed patterns, but also by the simple repetition of a sequence of stitches, sequence knitting was born.
In the world of knitting, this sequence is a 1-row pattern repeat. What may sound like a limitation, opens up a world of easy and mindful knitting. The repeats can be easily memorized and are infinitely variable; the fabrics are reversible, require no edge finish, and are pool-resistant. Learn the concept, how to read sequence charts and instructions, and the keys to getting great results. In-class swatching will give you a feeling for the range of possibilities. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5231 Intermediate The Savvy Pick-up Lily Chin
Many Knitters have trouble picking up stitches from an existing knit piece. How many stitches do you pick up? Where do you pick up? Learn simple solutions for easing around curves. Make smoother transitions from cast on edges. See how picking up stitches ahead of time can even aid seaming! Even get an idea for creative uses of picking up after the fact within the fabric.
In class we will work a multiple of short rows methods, including garter, Japanese and German short rows, discovering which one is best suited to your tension and/or project. We will also learn ways to sneak short rows into your knitting with surprising results.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7085 No skills required My Aching Hands (and Wrists)! Carson Demers
Few knitters don't complain about discomfort in their hands and wrists at some point in their knitting journey. New knitters, beware!
Learn what contributes to knitter's discomfort and, most importantly, how to avoid it. Unlearn techniques that don't serve to keep you knitting comfortably, learn to make choices to ease the work your hands do, and get some tips for making them better.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5066 Intermediate Miters and the Magic of Moving Stitches Barry Klein
Miters can be used to create boxes, rectangles and diamonds by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches you are working. During class you will create the first section of your piece. Then discover how to add to the piece by picking up stitches along one side, along two sides or all the way around (to create frame). We will learn about the placement of increase or decrease stitches to make the various miter shapes, and you will learn how to continue to expand the piece until it is completed. Course work will include conversations regarding color and yarn choice. We will play with fashion yarns, classic yarns and textures and how to make them dance around on your garment or accessory piece. This class is perfect for the creative knitter.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1212 No skills required Shop Your Closet: Build Your Wardrobe Susan Lazear
The fashion industry uses a MOOD BOARD as a tool to build a seasonal collection—silhouettes, colors, fabrications, trims, and accessories. It is a library of ideas that keeps the design direction focused and production on task.
Learn to build a MOOD BOARD from your wardrobe. Shop your closet and collect photos, samples, yarns, and swatches of the things you love and bring them to class. Susan will assist you in developing a plan based on your style and tastes.Understanding what you love and why will give you added confidence as you plan projects for the future. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3115 Intermediate If You Can Draw It, You Can Design It! Patty Lyons
Learn how to design any shape no matter how complex. We’ll start by going over my five steps to the basics of design. We’ll learn how to calculate the rate of increase and decrease and we’ll start with some simple shapes. Then we’ll move on to more complex compound shaping. Using a dolman sweater as an example, we’ll learn how to break things down into shaping zones to figure out how to knit them. Finally we’ll go over the use of short rows to create things like shirt tail hems and shawl collars. Remember, if you can draw it, you can design it!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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
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?
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7132 No skills required Blending Boards: Landscapes of Color and Texture Natalie Redding
Learn to use the fiber arts industries most popular “new” tool; the blending board. Blending boards have reached such popularity due to their portability, affordability and ease of use. They are a viable alternative to the drum carder and have quickly become “all the rage.” During this course, students will learn how to make beautiful rolags, art roving (with a diz) and art batts. Included during the class are tips and secrets to making this 3 hour instructional journey beneficial in all aspects of fiber prep.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1203 Easy Beading on Fabric Catherine Redford
Learn how to add sparkle and pizzazz to your quilts, clothing, and home dec projects! This class will include the techniques that form the basics of beading on fabric, including curved and straight line beading and scatter stitches. We will also explore several beaded edge treatments, dangles, and fringes.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1149 Advanced Japanese Knitted Slippers from michiyo Gayle Roehm
The new book Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More, by michiyo, includes a pair of cleverly-constructed cabled slippers, in aran or worsted weight yarn, easily adaptable to a range of sizes. The slippers are knit flat and seamed. In this class, we'll look at how they're put together, and create a foot template to adapt the pattern to each person's individual size. We'll knit as far as we can during class to be sure that you'll be able to complete them at home. The pattern will be provided; you don’t need to purchase the book.
Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1207 No skills required Dye Silk Scarves or Shawl Jennifer Vancalcar
Try your hand at dyeing your own silk scarves and shawl in your color choices. Jennifer will discuss some basic color theory and the dye process for protein fibers. You will have the opportunity to dye 2 scarves and a shawl (Christmas shopping completed early!) with access to a variety of colors for variegated, layered colors.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1196 Intermediate Fits Like a Glove!: Designing Fingerless Gloves and Mitts from Start to Finish Harry Wells
Knitting gloves and fingerless mitts involves many design choices—options for the wrist, different gusset configurations, how to insert a stitch pattern on the top only or as an allover design, and how to adjust stitch patterns for different sizes. Once you master the conceptual framework of these choices, you can create an array of looks to keep your hands warm!

Harry will share insights on how to make these choices at the many transition points that make a piece of knitting "fit like a glove" while still accomplishing a design with a sense of flow and making a fashion statement.

You will develop a design in class, planning its overall construction and continuing through bringing it to life on the needles.

Harry provides extensive pattern templates with stitch counts for 5 different gauges, each with 7 hand sizes, for the three gussets. With these templates, you can create your own unique mitt or glove!

Note: Need experience working in the round on double-point needles.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5242 Intermediate Peruvian Purl, Puntas, Picas, and Popcorn Andrea Wong
When Andrea had the privilege of traveling around Peru, she visited many villages and learned first-hand about knitting Peruvian style, comparing and contrasting it with the Portuguese style of knitting.
Andrea makes this comparison as she points out what makes the Peruvian style of knitting different and especially efficient, how much is inspired in woven textiles, how beautiful the patterns are, and what some of their motifs mean. The construction details exclusive to the Peruvian style will be taught including how they purl, how they work on the non-public side of the work, how they knit the puntas or picas as borders, and how they purl using 2 (or more) colors of yarn. As a bonus, you are going to learn how to make the popcorn stitch and how to apply it to your own designs. A pattern for a small bag is included in the class along with several traditional motifs to create your own if you wish.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1037 Intermediate Creative Multi-directional Knitting Myra Wood
Ever thought to yourself, “I’m just not creative?” or found yourself in a creative slump? This energizing hands-on workshop and lecture will dispel the myths and rekindle your creative fire. Even if you don't think of yourself as an artist, you'll learn how to unleash your creativity using a step-by-step process of color, texture and simple design to take your knitting in different directions. Spend a day exploring a new approach to multi-directional knitting and discover how with just a few measurements and some quick plans, you’ll be off on a true knitting adventure. Starting with a simple T-shirt design that can be modified into a drop sleeve sweater, you’ll learn the steps it takes to create your own spectacular fabric. Stitch your way through different techniques and stitch patterns and go home with a plan and solutions for finishing your own unique design without a written pattern. Be prepared for some serious fun!
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
2059 Easy Totally Tubular Lorilee Beltman
For crisp, professional edges on your knitted ribbing, tubular is the way to go. Students will learn and practice a tubular cast-on for both k1, p1 and k2, p2 ribbing. We will learn the method that requires no waste yarn nor crochet hook. On our swatches, we then learn and practice the tubular bind-off for each, so that our sweater beginnings and endings can look fabulous and match exactly.

The teacher's goal is to have the student understand and practice to the point of no longer needing to look up instructions. Skills learned in class: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Tubular Cast-on, Tubular Bind-off, Kitchener Stitch graft.
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
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 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
2072 Easy Easy Embellishing Laura Bryant
Learn a clever technique for embellishing fabric after it has been knit, woven, or crocheted. Adding simple crochet slip stitch through the fabric allows the artist in you to shine! It's so easy that there's time to experiment on your swatches with a variety of yarns.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1204 No skills required Introduction to English Paper Piecing Catherine Redford
Learn the time honored technique of English paper piecing using pre-cut card templates. Stitch hexagons, diamonds, and clamshells. We’ll cover fussy cutting, basting techniques, making even whip stitches, and appliquéing to a background...all the basics necessary for successful EPP.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Gayle Roehm
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we’ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We’ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you’re not sure. We’ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1208 No skills required Dye Your Roving Jennifer Vancalcar
Start or expand your dye skills on roving! You will learn basic color theory and the dye process for protein fibers as we dye Superwash BFL roving, as well as 100% silk roving. Dye them completely differently, or matching for use in a larger project! 4oz of each will be provided. You will come away with unique, hand dyed rovings in one-of-a-kind colors of your very own!



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