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Gayle Roehm
Gayle Roehm has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy Japanese knitting and crochet designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan. She began to teach knitting after a long career as a management consultant focusing on development consulting, and worked in many countries all over the world. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years.

Her own designs have been featured in Knitter’s magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original designs through a local fiber arts gallery. Her article about Japanese patterns appeared in Knitter’s in 1997, and was one of the first to appear in English on the topic. She also prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and for several years translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito).

STITCHES East 2012 Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
832-3 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Japanese designers are known for creating beautiful, intricate patterns for crocheted garments and accessories. If you’re familiar with international crochet symbols, this class will provide the tools and information you need to get started. We’ll learn how to find the key information for the pattern, such as hook size, gauge, yarn requirements and finished measurements. We’ll review how to work from charted patterns, and where to get help with unfamiliar symbols or maneuvers. We’ll also look at sources of free and purchased patterns. Because many Japanese designs combine both knitting and crochet, knitters who want to expand their skills may also be interested in learning the basics of Japanese crochet.

STITCHES East 2012 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Japanese Sweater Boot Camp If you'd like to get started on a Japanese design that you love, and you're familiar with the graphic format of Japanese hand knitting patterns, these two days will give you a chance to make some real progress. Gayle will help with notation, sizing, symbols and any other problems that you've found. We'll do a quick review of key information and symbols, and work through the steps to resize for your personal measurements. You'll have time to make a good start on a sweater for yourself. Bring something you've always wanted to knit or choose from several free patterns that are available.

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