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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.
This former yarn shop owner's experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class! She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.
Lorilee is the Techniques columnist for Knitty.com, a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com and Interweave.
Lorilee's continental knitting video has over a million views on Youtube. While she enjoys teaching continental to those who want to learn it, she appreciates all knitting styles. She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.
Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Vogue Knitting Magazine, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National and Provincial Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent 30 years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.
STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6074 Intermediate Vertically-stranded Color Work
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round.
Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags,
intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only
columns that look like caterpillars. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history: it's used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class, apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3103 Intermediate Fitting Socks for Ample Ankles
DonÊ¼t be left out of the fun of knitting your own socks simply because your ankles and calves are more ample than average. In class we will discuss a few easy-to-apply strategies for customizing your own âplain vanillaâ sock recipe, with specific features designed to improve your comfort. Continue in class applying the strategies to your homework with the goal of making a complete ankle section of the sock which may be finished after class and saved as a personal template. Does your ankle measure between 10 and 14 inches or more? YouÊ¼ll fit right in!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1038 Easy Garter Stitch Color âBlipsâ
Garter stitch groupies get your groove on with this charming and simple technique for adding color to this fabric by carrying strands of contrasting color vertically from row to row. DonÊ¼t worry, the yarn management is easy even with multiple colors going at once. Freely add your new-found technique to garter-rich projects like EZÊ¼s Adult or Baby Surprise Jacket, or simply highlight a garter stitch detail on a garment. Students will learn to apply the technique to existing patterns. The samples wil inspire you!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction
When you learn continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5017 Intermediate Professional Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast-on
Learn to knit professional looking cuffs and hems without crochet hooks or waste yarn. Class begins by learning Judy's Magic Cast-on and proceeds to knitting in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast-on can look like. Next we work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot without waste yarn or sewing down bulky edges. Finally, create the professional and tidy tubular cast-on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn or a crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new "go-to" skills for provisional starts for a sweater, hat, and mitten cuffs.