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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.
J C Briar
A self-confessed 'technique freak' and 'skill junkie,' JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.
JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com
STITCHES West 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
503-3 Easy Cast-on Cornucopia
Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: 1-strand or 2-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class, try variations on old favorites, and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
504-3 Easy Charts Made Simple
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like. Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols,
and to use them to keep your knitting on track and minimize mistakes.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
548-3 Easy Bind-off Bonanza
Creating a firm and sturdy bind-off edge is child's play; you just keep a secure grip on the yarn as you bind off. But what if you need some other kind of bind-off edge? Take this class and learn about supple and seamless bind-offs for sock tops, bind-offs that blend into ribbing, and decorative bind-offs.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
607-3 Easy Lace Basics
Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that's all lace is. An incredible variety of patterns stem from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-overs. Learn to work these decreases, to knit into a yarn-over, and to keep track of your lace knitting while working sample swatches. Pick up tips for choosing yarn and needles, handling mistakes, and blocking.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
655-3 Advanced Socktastic Stitch Patterns
You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks. But for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough 'give' for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy re-sizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe. Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
347-3 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your measurements.