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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. She 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.


STITCHES Midwest 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
133-3 Easy Multi-directional Scarves Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up stitches.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
686-3 Easy Get Twisted! Cables and other twisted knit stitches make for some of the most captivating knitting patterns. Though they look intricate, they are surprisingly easy to create. Learn how while knitting samplers that you can later turn into a drawstring tote bag. Along the way, you'll pick up tips for reading charts, reading your knitting, and fixing mistakes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Sunday 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.



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