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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
(Fees payable in cash to the teacher in class.)
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.
Having taught at STITCHES events for more than 20 years and at a variety of knitting seminars from England to Alaska, Leslye Solomon is an enthusiastic, energetic, and empathetic teacher with extensive knitwear training.
Leslye owns Woolstock Yarn Shop in Glyndon, Maryland. She shares her experience and knowledge in instructional videos, DVDs and books. Subjects covered include sweater finishing, making socks using double points and a single circular needle, techniques in buttonholes and bands, a wonderful method of continental knitting, bead knitting, and machine knitting, including a book entitled The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine. Leslye has also created KnitSpeaker, an iPhone, iPad, iPod timed-audio pattern-repeating app for knitters.
A class with Leslye is an experience that will arm students with valuable knowledge. Their only concern is whether they will remember it all!
For more about Lesyle, go to woolstock.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
538-3 Easy Switch to Continental Style Knitting
It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed, Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically and create a more even fabric. As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric will improve and become more even. Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you will find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
331-3 Easy Design Your Dream Sweater
This easy-to-understand class on basic pattern writing enables you to pursue your design ideas. Learn how to make successful changes to existing patterns for exactly what you envision. Learn the secrets to understanding your gauge which is the sample fabric of your project. Learn to predict how your sweater will change after it is knit. Learn specific body points to measure and how much ease to add using advanced, gauge information. Understand the secrets to shaping armholes, how they start, how much to decrease, and how long to make them. See how easy it is to shape any kind of neck to either create your own design or change an existing pattern. Learn how to measure certain parts of your arm to be able to write a pattern for the sleeves for any length and an easy-to-design, beautifully shaped sleeve cap to fit in that armhole you chose. Let's turn you into a sweater designer.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
383-3 Intermediate Design Your Dream Sweater: Beyond the Basics
If you've taken Design Your Dream Sweater in the past, you may want to continue adding to your knowledge of sweater designing by going beyond the basics. Practice the easy-to-learn tricks to map every stitch and row of two versions of a sleeve cap. Learn how to create a fitted look by shaping from the hips to the waist. Be able to map an asymmetrical bottom edge. Learn how easy it is to design a lapel or shawl collar and gain confidence in choosing colors and mixing various fibers together to create your own fabric design. Discuss planning knit and purl or color-pattern repeats, and how to plan a sculptural Aran-style sweater, intarsia design, and plaids.
Note: Must have taken Design Your Dream Sweater (331-3) sometime previously.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
212-3 Easy Sweater Finishing
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process? Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the two methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.