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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.
Stacey has been bringing cuteness into the crochet-world with her adorable stuffed animals since 2008. She is the author of Cuddly Crochet and Crocheted Softies and has self-published over 100 irresistibly cute animal patterns through her website, FreshStitches.
Stacey firmly believes that there's no 'right way' to crochet and enthusiastically experiments with a variety of techniques (even less-popular ones!) to achieve the desired finished product. This philosophy spills over into her teaching style: she encourages students to discover what works best for their own crocheting style for maximum crochet enjoyment!
For more about Stacey, go to freshstitches.com
STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
8035 Easy Pattern Reading for Crocheters
Have you learned to crochet from a friendâ€¦ and feel like you 'know how to crochet', but feel like you 'don't get' patterns? In this class, you'll learn how to read crochet patterns by tackling more difficult stitch patterns gradually, and you'll end up making a fabulous sampler cowl! We'll also discuss things you need to know to make your crochet project a success: like picking the right hook size and yarn weights.
In no time, youâ€™ll be crocheting with ease and feel confident picking up a new book to crochet the patterns inside!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
7071 No skills required Fun with Needle Felting
Did you know that with just one needle, you can turn a fluff of wool into an adorable animal? It's called needle felting!
The scales on wool make it naturally want to cling to itself or 'felt' (a lesson you've probably learned if you've accidentally thrown a sweater into the washing machine!) Learn how to harness this property of wool to make an adorable bear.
You'll discover the basic technique of needle felting (which requires no water!) and how to add embelishments like beads and embroidery. Not only will you leave with a cutie, but you'll have the skills to tackle larger projects on your own.
The best news? No experience in crocheting or knitting is required!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8036 Easy Make a Stuffed Animal
Not only are stuffed animals cute and cuddly, theyâ€™re fantastic crochet projects because they donâ€™t take long to make and they donâ€™t need to fit anybody! Plus, once you know some basic techniques, you'll be able to tackle almost any animal pattern that's out there... what could be better?
This class will cover selecting yarn and appropriate hook size, how to do a sorta-gauge swatch (no measuring required!), how to begin working in the round, a refresher on crochet pattern variations you may encounter, techniques for attaching pieces, child-safety, and tips for stuffing.
We'll crochet a super-adorable ladybug, which will teach you the variety of basic techniques you'll need. By the end of this class, you'll not only have a cutie nearly done... but you'll be confidently trained in animal-making!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
5123 Easy Conquer your Fear of Double Points!
Double point needles don't need to be scary!
In this class, you'll learn the tips and tricks for using double-point needles, which are very handy for knitting small pieces in the round (such as thumbs of mittens, socks, and tops of hats). You may even end up LIKING them!
We'll knit a miniature hat in the course of this class. You'll learn to cast on over multiple double points, rearrange your stitches, and prevent laddering (those ugly gaps that happen in between needles). We'll also discuss how many needles to use, talk about reading patterns with double points, and review tips for making sure your stitches stay put while knitting and transporting your work.
Ready to conquer your fear?
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Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid!
Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'Â™ll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'Â™ll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank, a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein.
Optional: rubber gloves and a zip lock bag for taking the yarn home.