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No skill required
Basic Know basic stitches (knit, purl or single crochet, double crochet).
Easy You should know the basics, how to increase and decrease, and have made at least one project.
Intermediate You should have worked with a few stitch patterns and should be familiar with basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patterns and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
Merike Saarniit has been teaching workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing for over 20 years, and at most STITCHES events since 2000. The combination of her traditional Estonian heritage (including serious research of Estonian knitting) and her contemporary degree in Studio Art contribute to her unique designs and workshop presentations.
For more about Merike, go to Liisu.com
STITCHES East 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
687-3 Easy Very Simple, Very Sensational
We will swatch knit and purl combinations that result in truly fabulous stitch patterns found in old Estonian stitch libraries. While these stitches can be adapted to most anything you knit, the class swatch can be continued to result in a lovely cap, cowl, or even a panel for a sweater or vest because of the addition of the lovely selvedges you'll learn as you knit the swatch.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
663-6 Advanced Knitting Lace; Estonian Style
While working a swatch that can grow into a lovely scarf, we'll explore those unusual stitch manipulations (including simultaneous decrease/increase elements and nupps of course) that can make any lace project even more special. Participants will be provided both traditional and contemporary edging choices along with a pattern adapted from a traditional shawl. The swatch itself can be used to sew onto a canvas tote for a lovely project bag. Worked in multiple repeats, the same stitch pattern provided can also be worked into a shawl.
Both heirloom traditional Haapsalu style shawls and scarves as well as contemporary examples of lace knit Estonian style from the instructor's collection will be displayed during class.
Note: Must be comfortable with lace knitting (increases, decreases and working from charts).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
697-6 Advanced Beyond Fiendishly Difficult Stitches
Whether or not you've ever taken Merike's popular Fiendishly Difficult Stitches 3-hour class, this class provides an even more fascinating assortment of stitches as well as working with two different selvedge treatments that are a delight in themselves. This class could have a few subtitles: "The Unchartables" or "When a YO is not just a YO". If you choose to continue your swatch until it is long enough to fit around your head, you'll have a fabulous headwarmer. Add a crown for a hat. Or, turn it into a cowl. You will want to use some of these stitches in your future projects.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
765-3 No skills required Microwave Rainbow Dyeing
Minimum fuss and mess, maximum fun and gratification! This class will provide hands-on yarn painting experience using the SOP method (Seat of Pants). You choose and mix your combination of colors, paint your yarns, and set the dyes using a microwave oven. We'll cover some basic color theory, safety precautions, and then go straight to dyeing.
Materials Fee: $10 for yarn, dyes, etc.