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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
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 Knitterâ€™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 Knitterâ€™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 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.