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No skill required
Basic Know basic stitches (knit, purl or single crochet, double crochet).
Easy You should know the basics, how to increase and decrease, and have made at least one project.
Intermediate You should have worked with a few stitch patterns and should be familiar with basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patterns and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, design of all kinds, and words and numbers into her own business, Beth Whiteside Design. She is originally from New England but currently lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. A STITCHES Expo teacher since 2005, she can now also be found online at Annieâ€™s Attic and Craftsy. What she loves most about teaching is making light bulbs pop on in her studentsâ€™ heads and giving them the confidence to continue forward on their own!
For more about Beth, go to www.bethwhitesidedesign.com
STITCHES West 2012 Classes
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
128-3 Easy Stranded Color: Just Beyond the Basics
Interested in color techniques? Stranded color (of which Fair Isle is a subgroup) is one of the classics. We're going to go over and just beyond the basics, working in the round with a steek you'll cut and later secure. Our practice project can be turned into a coffee pot cosy, neck warmer, yoga mat holderâ€”lots of possibilities! In addition to covering several ways to secure a steek, the class touches on traditional garment construction, color, and patterns. Note: It covers the same basic ground as the Market Session of the same name, then expands on that material.
STITCHES West 2012 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
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Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT5 Easy Intarsia
Vertical stripes with out strandingâ€” how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives us the means for painting with color across a fabric that remains a single thickness. This class will get you started painting your own simple intarsia picture, teaching you how to prevent holes at color changes and giving you tips to keep yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SP3 Easy Just One Row
One row stripes can make your project POP. Learn how dramatic they are and how to make one row stripes with 2 colors and with 3 colors. Youâ€™ll be addicted in no time.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
XT3 Easy Playing with Patchwork
Learn the basics of patchwork technique and explore log cabin knitting! Rectangles called logs are worked in tiers around a center square. Weâ€™ll make a basic garter stitch block in class, then talk about different ways to size, color, arrange, and join blocks. Intrigued? Come play with patchwork! Like the quilting technique of the same name, log cabin knitting is an excellent way to be thrifty AND creative!
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC5 Easy Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR8 Easy Crochet a Classic: The Granny Square
The granny square â€” crochet rite of passage and icon of the 60s. And more fun than a barrel of monkeys, given how quickly you can turn odds and ends of yarn into cute motifs to applique on jeans, join together for a scarf, or assemble into an afghan. This class is geared for those who have never worked in the round: weâ€™ll join and work into a center ring, change colors, and weave in ends as we go.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming
Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT22 Easy A Taste of Tucks
Interested in taking your knit fabric into the 3rd dimension? Tucks can take you there! Youâ€™ll learn 2 methods for working a tuck and explore its use in creating fabric with horizontal welts or ridges. Weâ€™ll discuss variations in color and stitch pattern and ways you can use tucks to create fabric. Take a taste of tucks!
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
PP3 Easy Knit One Below Scarf
Columns of color on one side, blended swallowtails on the other! The column pattern makes a fabulous fabric produced by working only 1 color per row. Learn the best cast-on for K1B fabrics, how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide manuever to get the yarn you need next. This class will get you started; you won't want to stop.
Materials: 2 balls (110 yds each) #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in coordinating colors (one ball can be variegated) and US 9 or 10 circular needle.