Cindy learned to knit while chaperoning Girl Scouts in Norway. As a self-professed knitting geek, she enjoys exploring the technical side of knitting and tinkering with new skills, stitch patterns, knitting patterns, and concepts. Cindy has been teaching professionally in yarn shops, guild events, and knitting shows for more than 10 years. She is the author of The Kids Knitting Notebook and has designs published in Knitter's Magazine, Knitting Today, and Red Heart, in addition to many self-published patterns.
Cindy is the manager of The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint where she loves helping students learn to knit or crochet â€‰and is very skilled at getting students unstuck. She knits everywhere she goes and frequently answers knitting questions on the sidelines of the soccer field, at PTA meetings, or at Scouting events.
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 so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 5 or 5.5mm/US8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
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.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends
Don't let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Please bring smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color & US 7 needle.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasing,â€‰combined with color and texture,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.
Please bring 100 yards #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors & 2 double-pointed US 9 or 10 needles.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm SOLD OUT
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
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.
Materials: 100 yards each #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and US 8 or 9 needles.
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.