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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.
Gayle Roehm is a former management consultant who now devotes herself to knitting, spinning and other fiber arts. Her designs have appeared in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original garments in a local fiber arts gallery. She has traveled throughout the world, speaks Japanese and has knitted with Japanese designs for many years.
STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1
One of the fun things about knitting Japanese designs is discovering new stitch patterns. Weâ€™ll explore some interesting charted stitches which will be new to even the experienced knitter. They're challenging because the chart may be hard to interpret (with composite symbols or Japanese footnotes) or the execution of the stitch may be unusual. We'll do a quick review of Japanese stitch symbology, then swatch four or five stitch patterns.
Note: Students must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some
familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4081 Advanced Knit a Japanese Sock
Japanese knitters are discovering the joys of knitting socks, and sock patterns are appearing in Japanese publications. Weâ€™ll use a free pattern (with permission) to understand the structure of a Japanese sock schematic and the accompanying stitch pattern charts. Weâ€™ll swatch one heel and one toe, and review the conventions of other kinds of heels and toes that you may encounter. None of these techniques are new to experienced sock knitters, but youâ€™ll be interested by the way theyâ€™re charted, rather than written out. Bring in any Japanese sock or slipper that you may have questions about.
Note: You must be comfortable knitting from charts; you should have knit more than one pair of socks; some familiarity with the Japanese pattern format is very helpful.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
3104 Advanced Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries
Knitters are finding that stitch dictionaries from Japan offer a wealth of beautiful stitch patterns. Weâ€™ll look at the format of the available dictionaries then explore the features and intricacies of some of these stitches. We'll swatch a few of the maneuvers that appear frequently. If time permits, you'll get started on a design of your own.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts; previous experience with Japanese charts is desirable.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs
Japanese hand-knitting patterns often use complex and interesting stitch patterns. This class will introduce you to a group of patterns that present unusual challenges in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. There are lacy stitches, textured stitches and stitches that require peculiar manipulation. Bring a really adventuresome attitude.
Note: These patterns are not part of 6017 (previously 617-3) Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts and familiarity with Japanese symbols is helpful.