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Brooke Nico
Brooke began her designing activities by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost 10 years ago, first exploring modular construction, then lace. In 2006 Brooke became part owner of Kirkwood Knittery. As a dedicated teacher, Brooke guides knitters through the intricacies of techniques to make their projects as polished as possible.

STITCHES Midwest 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
669-3 Intermediate Around the World: Estonian and Shetland Lace Lace motifs and stitch patterns from different regions of the world share many aesthetic qualities, yet each region has its own special focus. Look at Shetland and Estonian lace and receive tips and tricks to help in knitting nupps and gathered stitches so predominant in Estonian Lace.  Leave class with great swatches and ideas for several projects.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
399-3 Advanced Pizza and Pi Join us as we explore the ins and outs of circular shawls. Learn several easy ways to begin a center out shawl, avoiding the dreaded "cast on 4 stitches to dpns"! We'll discuss the 2 most popular ways to shape a circular shawl, wedges and concentric circles, as well as the math involved to design your own shawl. In addition, you'll learn how to turn your favorite triangle shawl into a circle or square!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
651-3 Easy Introduction to Lace Knitting Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class, we are going to de-mystify the techniques of lace knitting. Learn how to work yarn overs in a variety of combinations, including double yarn overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how the two techniques combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
690-3 Intermediate Introduction to Estonian Lace Estonian lace is gaining popularity. In this class, we will learn the tricks of all those wonderful textural stitch patterns prevalent in Estonian shawls. Great tricks for creating and blocking nupps will be discussed at length and practiced.
Note: Must be familiar with basic lace knitting including yo's, decreases and knitting from charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
528-3 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a life line, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a life line, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them? In this class, we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact and re-knitting only those stitches.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.

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