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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.
Jane Slicer-Smith, author of 'Swing,Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia, joins STITCHES from her Signatur Handknits studio in Sydney Australia. Jane has a flair for style with garment styling and colors and has created classes themed around her winter 2014 design range. Let her bring some colors to your needles, from simple striped Miters, a color trim for a touch of Chanel style, or easy steps of intarsia and Fair Isle (stranded). She uses cables within many of her designs not just for texture but also styling and loves to take texture into new directions. Jane generously shares hints, tips and techniques which she applies to her ready to wear collections and knitting kit designs each year.
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STITCHES West 2012 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
118-3 Intermediate Swing into Style
With Jane as your guide, learn the basics of shaping A-line and swing coats, understand garment structure, and make smart color and styling choices.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
112-6 Intermediate Intarsia: An Introduction to a World of Color
Join Jane in her world of color as she guides you through the basics of simple Intarsia and Fair Isle, reading graphs, reading your knitting, and joining colors. Jane will talk about proportion and color balance within a design, as well as her use of swing and drape when designing.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
536-3 Intermediate Miters by Design
Miters have to be one of the simplest ways of achieving rewarding and colorful results. It is simply a basic garter stitch with a decrease, worked in two color stripes. Learn to pick up stitches and join colors as well as to weave in ends as you knit. Jane will demonstrate her use of miters from Capelets to A-line coats and as garment trims.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
715-3 No skills required Button Making
Hand-made buttons are the perfect complement for a hand knit. Try making very simple, 1-color clay buttons: round, square, or triangle. Learn tips and tricks to create evenly shaped and sized buttons. Discover easy ways to add texture or color to match your knits.
STITCHES West 2012 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Easy Color, Style, and Silhouette
From color selection and knitting techniques to garment shaping and fit, Jane shares the processes that make her designs uniquely wearable: graduated miters, shaped panels, intarsia, and embellishment. Jane knows fit. As you knit, she will discuss the keys to successful garment design for all shapes and sizesâ€”changing needle sizes and A-line silhouettes. You will work with your own body measurements as you explore the Swing Swagger Drape fit.