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Louis Boria
After going viral for knitting during his daily subway commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan late 2017, Knitwear Designer/Philanthropist Louis Boria aka "Brooklyn Boy Knits", has turned his passion for fiber arts into a platform where he now works with the community. Louis has been involved with the Fiber Arts for over 10 years, when he was first introduced by his late grandmother. In 2018, Boria joined the "Hat Not Hate" anti-bully campaign, to help bring awareness to children across the country. Boria has been featured on media as varied as The New York Times, NY1, CBS News and Telemundo. He uses his platform to break down gender norms and tackle issues related to diversity and inclusion within the fiber arts community. Throughout his journey from novice knitter to designer to Tedx speaker and influencer, he has focused on helping others. He believes that creativity can help heal wounds, both our own and society's. Boria has collaborated with fiber artists, fiber industry leaders, community partners, and schools districts to provide an interactive, engaging and fun program that teaches young students to value differences.

Louis Boria, aka Brooklyn Boy Knits, is helping students create a new mindset on acceptance - one stitch at a time.



STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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NEW
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1690 Intermediate Designing Your Own Hat In this class Louis shares his process for designing your own hat using simple templates. Each area of the hat presents design considerations.

Brim work:
- The best cast-on for hats (Long tail vs. German Twist).
- Hat fit (fitted vs. slouchy) and how many stitches to cast on.
- Benefits of knitting with elastic thread.
- Striped brims; 1x1 vs. 2x2 ribbing. 
- Brim length.

 Body of the hat:
- Deciding on the construction.
- Selecting stitches; how to determine what stitches work well together.
- The importance of pairing stitches based on stitch sequence.
- Adding simple cables.
- How to translate stitch instruction from knitting flat to knitting in the round.
- Determining body length.

Working the crown and finishes:
- Using simple math to determine your decreases for the crown.
- Explaining why we knit a row in between our decrease rows.
- Weaving in ends.

And more:
- Combining different fibers and different weights to create those special hats.
- What to do when your brim becomes over-stretched.
- Adding pom-poms, tassels, patches.
NEW
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1690 Intermediate Designing Your Own Hat In this class Louis shares his process for designing your own hat using simple templates. Each area of the hat presents design considerations.

Brim work:
- The best cast-on for hats (Long tail vs. German Twist).
- Hat fit (fitted vs. slouchy) and how many stitches to cast on.
- Benefits of knitting with elastic thread.
- Striped brims; 1x1 vs. 2x2 ribbing. 
- Brim length.

 Body of the hat:
- Deciding on the construction.
- Selecting stitches; how to determine what stitches work well together.
- The importance of pairing stitches based on stitch sequence.
- Adding simple cables.
- How to translate stitch instruction from knitting flat to knitting in the round.
- Determining body length.

Working the crown and finishes:
- Using simple math to determine your decreases for the crown.
- Explaining why we knit a row in between our decrease rows.
- Weaving in ends.

And more:
- Combining different fibers and different weights to create those special hats.
- What to do when your brim becomes over-stretched.
- Adding pom-poms, tassels, patches.