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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.
Gayle Roehm is a former management consultant who now devotes herself to knitting, spinning and other fiber arts. Her designs have appeared in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original garments in a local fiber arts gallery. She has traveled throughout the world, speaks Japanese and has knitted with Japanese designs for many years.
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STITCHES West 2013 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
832-3 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns
Japanese designers are known for creating beautiful, intricate patterns for crocheted garments and accessories. If youâ€™re familiar with international crochet symbols, this class will provide the tools and information you need to get started. Weâ€™ll learn how to find the key information for the pattern, such as hook size, gauge, yarn requirements and finished measurements. Weâ€™ll review how to work from charted patterns, and where to get help with unfamiliar symbols or maneuvers. Weâ€™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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
533-6 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns
The creative and often unusual work of Japanese designers can open up another world of knitting for you. Even without a word of Japanese, an experienced knitter can work from a Japanese pattern, once familiar with the graphic format in which theyâ€™re presented. In the morning, weâ€™ll learn how to â€śreadâ€ť a schematic, and how to find basic information such as size, gauge, shaping, yarn requirements and needles. In the afternoon, weâ€™ll focus on the stitch symbology used in pattern charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers. Weâ€™ll also swatch a few stitch patterns of varying levels of difficulty. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: You must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
617-3 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1
Many knitters are intrigued by the interesting stitchwork found in Japanese hand-knitting designs. In this class, weâ€™ll explore some charted stitches which will surely be new to the experienced knitter. How are these stitches challenging? The chart may be hard to interpret (with composite symbols or Japanese footnotes) or the execution of the stitch may be unusual. Weâ€™ll do a quick review of Japanese stitch symbology, then swatch four or five stitch patterns. Bring an adventuresome attitude!
Note: Students must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some
familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
STITCHES West 2013 ETC Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
ETC Advanced 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 with permission.