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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.
This former yarn shop owner's experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class! She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.
Lorilee is the Techniques columnist for Knitty.com, a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com and Interweave.
Lorilee's continental knitting video has over a million views on Youtube. While she enjoys teaching continental to those who want to learn it, she appreciates all knitting styles. She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.
Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Vogue Knitting Magazine, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National and Provincial Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent 30 years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.
STITCHES West 2013 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
582-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction
When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It's not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
518-3 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Expanded
After checking our hand positions and fixing troublesome habits, we'll launch into using our Continental style to go beyond the knit and purl stitch. We'll learn ways to enlist 'helper' fingers to accomplish trickier maneuvers including increases, decreases, slip-stitch patterning, cables, lace, and bobbles. Each student will get individual attention. The goal is to cement your learning by having more time with the teacher's eyes on your hands, and to realize that all knitting maneuvers can be achieved in your new style.
Note: You must have taken Convert to Continental with Lorilee/Pick Your Knits and Purls (582-3) at either this event or a prior event.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
517-3 Intermediate Professional Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast-on
Learn to knit professional looking cuffs and hems without crochet hooks or waste yarn. Class begins by learning Judy's Magic Cast-on and proceeds to knitting in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast can look like. Next we work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot without waste yarn or sewing down bulky edges. Finally, create the professional and tidy tubular cast-on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn or a crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new "go-to" skills for provisional starts and for sweater, hat, and mitten cuffs.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
674-6 Intermediate Vertically Stranded Color Work
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. We'll explore its sketchy history. It is used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3