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Susanna Hansson
Susanna grew up in Sweden and learned to knit in the fifth grade, as did all young Swedish girls in the early 1960s. She has been an instrumental influence in the renaissance of interest in the unique patterned colorwork Bohus Stickning sweaters, and her collection of vintage garments was the centerpiece of a highly successful exhibit at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in 2009.
In addition to teaching at all four STITCHES events, Susanna takes her workshops on the road to guilds, retreats, and shops in North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and the UK. Her work is grounded in her love of technique, detail, history, and culture. She loves to teach as much as she loves to knit!

For more information about Susanna, please visit her website at www.oneofsusannas.com.



STITCHES West 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
449-3 Easy Jogless Fibonacci Stripes Your swatch for this class becomes a cute baby hat—striped to perfection! We will cover how to add rhythm to stripes including using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and practice the four steps necessary for creating perfect 'jogless' stripes every time you knit in the round.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
466-3 Intermediate Off the Cuff Are they accessories or jewelry? Hard to say. Either way, they knit up quickly, make great gifts and fun additions to a winter wardrobe. And, if someone is cold, there is nothing more effective than keeping the pulse points warm.
Basic knitting skills are required, but there's nothing complicated about this type of bead knitting. Learn an easy way to calculate how many beads to string and then begin knitting the cuff with a provisional cast-on that will allow you to complete it with a three-needle bind-off rather than having to sew it together.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
627-6 Advanced Bohus Stickning The story of Bohus is a story of couture knitting, sociology, women's history, social justice, and cultural legacy all in one. Learn more about the Bohus movement, its background and history. Discuss differences between this and other multi-color techniques and discover what it is that makes the Bohus patterns 'sing'. Participants will be able to examine in detail several vintage pieces from Susanna's collection. The class project is a pair of wristlets worked in a 50% merino/50% angora yarn from Sweden.
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Materials fee: $25.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
551-3 Easy Lovers and Runders Many knitters are familiar with the knitted braids that are typical decorative elements on mitten cuffs from the Baltic and Nordic countries. However, they can make a great design element on a sock cuff as well as on the brim of a hat. Worked in bright colors they can add a pop of color to the sleeve cuff of an otherwise plain sweater.
Learn about the 'anatomy' of the braids and then build your own multicolor versions. Depending on how you use your colors, your braids can look rounded or pointed like chevrons. Susanna developed some special tricks for creating balanced braids and she'll share all of them with you so you can create perfect looking braids every time.
The class title is a mnemonic to help you remember how they are made—you'll never have to refer back to word explanations again!
Note: You are expected to know how to knit in the round.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
313-3 Intermediate Japanese Short Rows Short rows are an elegant way to shape your knitting and are the perfect way to finish off shoulders and build collars that lay flat. Japanese short rows are done without using the wrap-and-turn. Although they are a little tricky to learn, 'stair-step' shoulder bind-offs will be a distant memory once you master this technique. Complete your short rows with an elegant Japanese bind-off.



STITCHES West 2013 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm     CANCELED
ETC Intermediate Lapland Hand Garments: The Mittens from Rovaniemi Learn the colorwork technique used to create the patterning on mittens from northern Finland (similar patterns are found in northern Norway as well). The mittens that inspired this workshop are named after the city of Rovaniemi that sits on the Arctic Circle and is considered the gateway to Finnish Lapland.
The zig-zag pattern appears only on the top of the mitten while the palm side is plain. The design is created in a most unusual way using a main color and three pattern colors. I tend to describe the technique used as a combination of stranded knitting, true intarsia-in-the-round, and woven knitting. Each ‘path’ of the pattern colors has its own skein of yarn so part of the process is learning to keep track of and manipulate your 11 skeins of pattern colors. Once you know how, it’s easy!
To get everyone comfortable with the technique, we will spend time practicing on worsted weight yarn with a few pattern colors before launching into the actual class project which is a pair of wristlets.
As you plan your wristlets, you will have an opportunity to choose from many pattern colors and think about color placement and ‘swatch’ different placements using colored pencils (much quicker than knitting!). We will also discuss several decorative multi-color cast-ons, how to create braids and half-braids, and learn how to make a finger knitted cord, as well as a great looking tassel. Some decorative elements can be crocheted on afterwards and we will cover some of those options as well, time permitting.
Materials fee:$20. This includes sufficient yarn in off-white (your main color) and three pattern colors for a pair of wristlets. The yarn, called Satakieli, is from Finland. It is a 2-ply wool (360 yards/3.5 oz) with a relatively tight twist.



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