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Brooke Nico
Brooke began her designing activities by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost 10 years ago, first exploring modular construct, then lace. In 2006 Brooke became part owner of Kirkwood Knittery. As a dedicated teacher, Brooke guides knitters through the intricacies of techniques to make their projects as polished as possible.


STITCHES East 2012 Classes
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Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
528-3 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a life line, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a life line, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them? In this class, we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact and re-knitting only those stitches.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
363-3 Intermediate Design Your Own Triangle Shawl Learn the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns. Discuss several ways of shaping a simple triangle shawl. Graph out a lace pattern in the body of the shawl, adding repeats in the most effective and aesthetic way as the shawl grows.
Note: Must be familiar with basic knitting including yarn overs and decreases and comfortable working with charts.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
651-3 Easy Introduction to Lace Knitting Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class, we are going to de-mystify the techniques of lace knitting. Learn how to work yarn overs in a variety of combinations, including double yarn overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how the two techniques combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
669-3 Intermediate Around the World: Estonian and Shetland Lace Lace motifs and stitch patterns from different regions of the world share many aesthetic qualities, yet each region has its own special focus. Look at Shetland and Estonian lace and receive tips and tricks to help in knitting nupps and gathered stitches so predominant in Estonian Lace.  Leave class with great swatches and ideas for several projects.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
652-3 Easy Lace Edging Adding a lace edge to even the simplest of garments takes it from nice to beautiful. We'll discuss the various types of edgings and ways to attach them. We'll talk about ways to deal with corners when knitting-on edgings including mitered corners and ruffling the edge for a smoother finish.



STITCHES East 2012 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm     CANCELED
ETC Intermediate Designing with Lace The difference between a good lace design and a great one is the trick of incorporating the lace motifs into the shaping of the finished piece. Lace motifs can gently change and grow into larger motifs, or even whole new patterns. All of this can work with your garment shapes to create a unified, visually pleasing whole. In this class, we will learn how to chart lace patterns, then how to shape your knitting within a lace motif. On day 1, we’ll talk about exploding, or enlarging, a single motif, transitioning to a new motif, and adding more repeats within a knitted piece. On day 2, we’ll move on to discussing the common shaping lines and methods for various shawl shapes (circle, triangle, and rectangle), and for several garments (raglan, yoke, and capelet). Then, the fun begins as we work in small groups and each student begins designing a lace garment of his or her choice.



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