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Gwen Bortner
Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaching at venues throughout the country and is the author of Entree to Entrelac. Her designs can be found in a variety of knitting magazines and through her business, Knitability, LLC. Education is probably the most important component of the Knitability business plan as all efforts focus on the company motto of "Taking Knitters to the Next Level". Whether teaching at a local yarn shop or at a national knitting convention, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys.

Gwen's teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, "As a teacher, my goal is to help students increase the size of their knitting 'tool box'. Although I may have a preference, experience has shown that my preferred way is rarely the only way. My mantra is 'knitting is fun' and if class isn't fun, then I am not doing my job."

STITCHES Midwest 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
385-3 Intermediate Skirt Design for All Shapes and Sizes Knitted skirts are not just for those with slender hips and model-sized dimensions. In fact, the nature of knitted fabric makes them perfect for all sorts of shapes and sizes. Learn the secrets to creating a skirt that will look good on YOUR body. Start with an exploration of fabrics to understand what works best and why. Next gather measurements needed to create a design, custom fit to your lower half. Finally, study skirt structures to see how to apply them to your own design. Leave class ready to design and knit the perfect skirt for your body.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
901-3 Easy Mobius Mysteries Untangled The mobius has long been held as one of the unique forms in geometry, as a three-dimensional object with only one side. But create it in a simple knitted fabric and it can become a beautiful project. The secret to creating a mobius is found at the beginning of the project. Students will gain an understanding of each of the three different methods for creating this mysterious shape while at the same time gaining insights of how knitted fabric is created. A simple cowl will be started during class.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
476-3 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns If you knit enough projects you have leftover yarn — a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from your travels. But the question remains, what to do with all those bits, pieces and odd skeins. Class begins by learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
606-3 Easy Entrelac Basics Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
558-3 Intermediate Knitting in Both Directions Most of us knit in one direction, but what would happen if you could knit in EITHER direction? Bobbles would pop out faster, entrelac would be even more fun, edgings would be added quicker and your yarn would be less tangled. Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it is a great skill to have in your knitting arsenal. You can learn the basics to knitting (and purling) in 'the other direction' regardless of the way you knit now! All it takes, as with most things, is a little bit of practice. Learn the how and the why and get started with what some students have called "the coolest thing they have ever learned in knitting".
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
909-3 Easy Provisional Cast-Ons: The How and Why At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons. During the first half of class learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.

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