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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 wtih basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patters and should comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
A software professional as well as knitting teacher, designer and technical editor, Beth's curiosity has led her to visit many countries (stranded color, EPS, k1b, lace, ...) on the knitting world map. Originally from New England, she now lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. What she loves most about teaching is finding ways to make light bulbs pop on in her student's head and helping them grow as knitters.
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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.
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
Begin Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershbergâ€™s book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. Youâ€™ll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT5 Easy Intarsia
Create blocks of color in your knitting with intarsia! Each area of color is knit with its own length of yarn. We'll teach you the tricks
that will make this technique as easy as it is beautiful.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SP3 Easy Fabrics for Jackets
What stitch patterns work well for jackets and are fun and interesting to knit? Weâ€™ll examine 3 categories of stitch patterns often used to make jackets and look at the effect needle size can have on making appropriate fabric. Weâ€™ll swatch, talking about the information a swatch can give you when properly coaxed and how it leads to a better quality end result: a garment you enjoy wearing. Our experiments will be limited to patterns in a single color, but multi-color variations will be discussed.
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!
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! Mysterious mixes! And always, fabulous fabric, easily produced with only 1 color per row. Begin this scarf and learn the basics of this wondrous and versatile stitch.