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NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue knitting fulltime, including teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals. He managed the Northcoast Knittery, a destination yarn shop, from 2010-2017. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. He enjoys designing knitwear for men and accessories for both men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. His designs have been published in knitting magazines and can be found at https://www.ravelry.com/designers/harry-wells. Check out his knitting blog and website at www.goodforaboy.com
STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4006 Intermediate Addictive Argyle! (and Other Retro Designs): Sock
Love those classic diamond shapes called Argyle, but mystified about how to accomplish them? In this workshop, you will learn the key tips for mastering the classic technique of knitting Argyle flat with bobbins, and a seaming method that makes the seams nearly invisible and not bulky. Each stage of the construction of an argyle sock will be covered, which is both similar and different to the traditional top down heel flap sock. Also covered will be how to chart your own Argyle patterns for different gauges, very cool retro and contemporary variations on Argyle, other intarsia retro sock designs, and designing with Argyle patterns in garments and accessories.
Note: Prerequisite Skill Level: Participants must be able to cast on (long tail cast-on preferable) and work knit, purl, K2 tog, and SSK without assistance. Also must have experience and be able to knit in the round with double points without assistance. Knowledge of top down sock design with basic heel flap technique will be helpful, but not necessary; pattern will be written in detail to accomplish the design.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
5305 Easy Stunning Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting
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.
Note: Participants must be able to cast on (long tail cast-on preferable) and work knit, purl, K2 tog, and SSK without assistance.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1585 Easy I'll Put a Hex on You!: Hexagon Stitch and Other K1 Below Textures
Knitting in the Stitch Below is a technique that can create a wide variety of textural interest, checkered patterns, and embossed ribs in a knitted fabric that is thick, soft, and supple. As we cover all those variations and their characteristics, you will learn the techniques and practice them. One-color and two-color versions will be covered. You will have the choice of starting a hexagon-stitch cowl in the round or a scarf knitted flat using any of the textures learned.
Note: Must be able to accomplish the following without assistance: long tail cast-on, basic stitches (K, P, SSK, k2tog), and knitting in the round on circular needles.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1586 Intermediate Vertical Stripes! K1 Below Cowl Project
Knitting in the Stitch below can produce a variety of effects, including creating stunning vertical stripes with a thick, soft, supple fabric while knitting with only one color per row or round. In this class, we will cover and practice the K1B technique to create the column stitch with both flat knitting and knitting in the round. The column stitch becomes vertical stripes when using two colors. Participants will work on creating a two-color vertical striped cowl with a picot hem. Completing homework in advance will allow participants to move directly to completing the hem and practicing the stripes in the cowl in class. The instructor guides students through a step by step worksheet that can be used for planning future cowls with various weight yarns.
Note: Participants must be able to cast on (long tail cast on preferable) and work knit, purl, K2 tog, and SSK without assistance and be able to work in the round on circular needles.