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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.
I learned to knit while chaperoning Girl Scouts in Norway. While in our hospitality home, I asked the mom to teach me how to knit, and because I was pregnant with my first son, we started a baby sweater. She had the back finished in two nights, and I was still on the ribbing!
I have learned so much since then and now spend my days managing Studio Knitting & Needlepoint, Kansas City, MO. I love helping people learn to knit or crochetâ€‰â€”â€‰especially, when they get stuck! I knit everywhere I go and am frequently questioned on the sidelines of the soccer field and at PTA and Cub Scout meetings.
I love to design and write patterns.
STITCHES South 2012 Classes
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm CANCELED
560-3 Intermediate Knit Fix
Let's face it. We all have a favorite garment or socks that we have just about worn out but can't bear to part with, don't throw it out, let's salvage it for a few more seasons! We will work on repairing holes that result from different problems. We will practice in stockinette stitch and ribbing. This class will increase your understanding of how knit and purl stitches are created and how they relate to each other when mixed in a row.
STITCHES South 2012 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes
All knitters make mistakes. It can be frustrating when you canâ€™t fix them yourself so you rip out and start over numerous times. This class focuses on the most common skills beginners need: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. These skills will help you relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting
Continental knitting involves tensioning the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and using the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. It is a great technique to have in your knitting repetoire. It can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. Your instructor will teach the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. We will learn the knit andÂ purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT1 Basic Short Rows
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible. Included in this class is a pattern for a Wavy Scarf that we will begin.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends
Donâ€™t let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts over written directions. Charts can make knitting a lot easier once you get the hang of them. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. Weâ€™ll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasingâ€‰â€”â€‰combined with color and textureâ€‰â€”â€‰create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of todayâ€™s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm SOLD OUT
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to always be looking at the right side, even if you are knitting flat. The work is never turned, and the knitter cleverly works both knit and purl stitches from the same side. This saves time when working on a very small number of stitches as for bobbles or entrelac, and it saves effort when working on a very large number of stitches. Your instructor will teach the basics of working knit and purl stitches from the right side of the work. There is time for practice and a discussion of how to use this technique in your every-day knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CR3 Basic Crochet Buttons
How many hours have you spent searching to no avail for buttons for your project? Consider making buttons that are a perfect match for your garment. Crochet buttons are simple to make and will look good, too. Learn to make two different kinds of buttons using only basic crochet skills.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
SP2 Basic Entrelac Intro
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT12 Basic Judy's Magic Cast-on
Judy's Magic Cast-on has spread to much of the knitting world and for good reasonâ€”it is a wonderful way to begin perfect toe-up socks. This class offers an introduction to this seamless, two sided cast-on. We will discuss how to read the instructions, work the cast-on and practice several times before learning how to move on in a pattern.