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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.
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked
back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.
She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus.
Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and Craftsy.com.
In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enough--has three dogs.
For more about Marly, go to www.marlybird.com.
STITCHES East 2012 Classes
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Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
814-3 Intermediate Crochet Chart Sampler
Are you a beginner ready to take your skills to the next level but not ready to jump into garments? Have you ever looked at a pattern and seen a crochet chart and thought it was some sort of Klingon language? Then this is the class for you! In this class you will learn how to read a crochet stitch chart for 9 different stitches varying from simple to complex. Learning how to read a crochet stitch chart makes the question "where do I put that stitch" no longer just guess work.
Don't let those swatches go to waste! As you learn the stitches in class, Marly shows you how to take that knowledge and put it into action by making a Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket. Instructions are given in the handout for full size sample stitch squares that can be seamed together to make a blanket.
That's not all! Leave the class with a coupon to receive a FREE digital copy of the Crochet Stitch Sampler Blanket that has all the charts in full color as well as the written instructions for each that you can use as a safety blanket.
Take the skills you learn in this class and apply to them to many future projects. This is a great way for any crocheter to learn something that will make crocheting even easier and more fun!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
546-3 Intermediate Thrummed Mittens: Crochet & Knit
Heard about thrumming but not sure what it is all about? This is the perfect and exciting class to learn this fun technique. Available for both crochet and knit making, this skill adds a big value to any crafter. Leave class with a comprehensive knowledge of thrumming and the start of a mitten.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
384-3 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain.
In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting, you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline and other trouble spots. You'll learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use for a perfect fit and finish every time.
Note: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease and read a pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
815-3 Easy Bead Crochet Necklace
Add a new tool to your crochet bag and learn how to add beads to a project. Get hands on instruction for making your very own crochet beaded necklace. This fun and fast project is a great way to venture into the world of beaded crochet. Learn two different methods of adding beads to any crochet project, and BEST of all, you will finish the project in class and can wear it around the market all weekend to show off your beautiful work. This is the class for you to become a capital C crocheter and add a little pizzazz to your work.
STITCHES East 2012 Market Session Classes
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Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR9 No skills required Knooking: Knitting with a Crochet Hook
Knooking is the new knitting! The Knook is a specialized crochet hook that creates true knitted fabric while the attached cord completely prevents dropped stitches! It is a great way for crocheters and true beginners to learn to knit the easy way. No more fiddling with two sticks...one hook and a cord is all you need.
In this course Marly will teach basic techniques for both the right-hand and left-hand stitcher including: knook basics, basic stitches, decreases, increases and understanding instructions. Each student will leave with a sample swatch with everything they learned and a pattern for a scarf to complete at home.
Yarn lovers everywhere are discovering that the Knook makes knitting fun!