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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 wtih basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patters and should comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
Margaret Fisher is a TKGA Master Knitter and nationally known knitting instructor who teaches across the country at conventions, shops and guilds. She loves colorful, textured fabric and well-fitting sweaters with contemporary style. She designs and makes one-of-a-kind garments and accessories. Margaret is a former co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and has written magazine articles on knitting and knitting techniques. She is the author of Seven Things that can "Make or Break" a SweaterÂ®.
STITCHES East 2013 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
233-3 Easy Creative Crochet Edgings for Knitters
Certain styles of garments look elegant with crocheted rather than handknit edgings. Just as ribbings look great on Fair Isle sweaters, crochet edgings look fabulous on jackets, vests, and tops. In this class, you will learn how to customize your handknits and give them a contemporary look with beautiful crochet edgings worked directly onto the knit fabric. Start by learning how to work a single crochet foundation row on horizontal and vertical knitted edges. Then, learn several attractive edgings including picots and backwards single crochet. Practice working buttonholes on edgings and bands. Yes, knitters, YOU will master and learn to love beautiful, simple, crochet edgings.
Note: Participants must be proficient at working single crochet.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
924-3 Intermediate Use Grafting to Fix Mistakes
If you find a mistake in your knitting, don't immediately rip out rows and rows of your work to get back to a boo-boo. Learn how to cut and remove a "mistake row", then create the correct stitches by grafting. Grafting is a sewing technique that creates a partial or full row of stitches. Learn to cut, remove, and graft stitches in stockinette stitch, garter stitch, 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib, and seed stitch. Class discussion will include grafting other stitch patterns.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
225-3 Intermediate Advanced Seaming: Texture, Color, Pattern
Do you know how to seam stockinette stitch, but find other stitch patterns challenging? Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles to seaming textured stitch patterns and colorwork.
The key to seaming is understanding stitch pattern structure and recognizing where to place the sewing needle. We will work with two simple textured stitch patternsâ€”garter stitch and seed stitchâ€”Â”to learn how to identify "where to sew." These two patterns are representative of many textured patterns and by seaming them, you will understand many aspects of seaming others. You will practice seaming vertical, horizontal, and horizontal-to-vertical seams in garter stitch and seed stitch.
Also, you will learn how to adjust textured and colorwork stitch patterns so they match at the side-seams of a garment. Charts and knitted samples will be used to examine the stitch patterns and determine how to adjust them. The class includes a discussion of using selvedge stitches with colorwork and textured stitch patterns.
The last part of the class focuses on the knitting and seaming techniques used for set-in sleeves. All of the steps for sewing set-in sleeves will be reviewed, and you will practice seaming the diagonal section of a set-in sleeve on seed stitch swatches.
Note: Must be able to sew vertical, horizontal, horizontal-to-vertical, and diagonal seams in stockinette stitch and vertical seams in reverse stockinette stitch (or must have taken Superb Seams class). Must be able to identify the structure of knit and purl stitches in handknits.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
613-3 Easy Intro to Entrelac
Entrelac knitting creates a fabric with a wonderful basket weave or quilted appearance. Although it looks complex, the knitting is easy and lots of fun to do. In this class, you will create an entrelac sampler as you learn all the steps of this fascinating technique. Class discussion will cover the use of entrelac in garments and accessories, and the effects achieved with various types of yarn.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
513-3 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a SweaterÂ®
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact: increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking. In this class, you will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous.
Note: This is an advanced beginner level class.