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Beth Whiteside
Beth is a knitting teacher, designer, and technical editor whose curiosity has led her to visit many countries (stranded color, EPS, k1b, lace, ...) on the knitting-world map. Originally from New England, she now lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. What she loves most about teaching is finding ways to make light bulbs pop on in her students' heads and helping them grow as knitters. www.bethwhitesidedesign.com.


STITCHES West 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
595-3 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round Circle the wagons! Explore ways to knit round and round, from the standard circular and double-pointed needles to the revolutionary 2-circulars and Magic Loop methods. We'll practice each technique while working a neckwarmer; when class is over you can use your favorite method to work the matching fingerless mitts at home! We'll also touch on joining tips, converting directions from flat to circular and working stitch patterns in the round.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
442-3 Easy Loops with Fringe Benefits Liven up your garments with loops, or turn them into faux fringe! You'll learn how to mimic a frayed woven edge, work single and double loops, add bows, I-cord loops and corkscrews. Apply some after-the-fact fringe, and learn a few tricks for going beyond basic overhand knots. Practice the techniques by making the class sampler bag, or use them in your own fun projects.



STITCHES West 2013 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT5 No skills required Intarsia Vertical stripes with out stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives us the means for painting with color across a fabric that remains a single thickness. This class will get you started painting your own simple intarsia picture, teaching you how to prevent holes at color changes and giving you tips to keep yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg’s book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You’ll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
XT3 Easy Playing with Patchwork Learn the basics of patchwork technique and explore log cabin knitting! Rectangles called logs are worked in tiers around a center square. We’ll make a basic garter stitch block in class, then talk about different ways to size, color, arrange, and join blocks. Intrigued? Come play with patchwork! Like the quilting technique of the same name, log cabin knitting is an excellent way to be thrifty AND creative!

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
PP3 No skills required Knit One Below Scarf Columns of color on one side, blended swallowtails on the other! The column pattern makes a fabulous fabric produced by working only 1 color per row. Learn the best cast-on for K1B fabrics, how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide manuever to get the yarn you need next. This class will get you started; you won't want to stop.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR8 Easy Crochet a Classic: The Granny Square The granny square — crochet rite of passage and icon of the 60s. And more fun than a barrel of monkeys, given how quickly you can turn odds and ends of yarn into cute motifs to applique on jeans, join together for a scarf, or assemble into an afghan. This class is geared for those who have never worked in the round: we’ll join and work into a center ring, change colors, and weave in ends as we go.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT22 Easy A Taste of Tucks Interested in taking your knit fabric into the 3rd dimension? Tucks can take you there! You’ll learn 2 methods for working a tuck and explore its use in creating fabric with horizontal welts or ridges. We’ll discuss variations in color and stitch pattern and ways you can use tucks to create fabric. Take a taste of tucks!
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg’s book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You’ll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CC5 No skills required Stranded Color Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!

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