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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.
Edie Eckman is a designer, author, and popular teacher who loves both knit and crochet. She teaches around the country and is the author of a number of best-selling crochet and knitting titles including The Crochet Answer Book, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, and most recently, Christmas Crochet.
As a teacher, designer, and technical editor, Edie is on a mission to ensure that patterns are as clear as possible to the greatest number of knitters and crocheters. She is a lifelong learner and considers her students the best teachers.
For more about Edie, go to edieeckman.com.
STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3058 Easy Swatching for Fun and Profit
This class is for knitters and crocheters who don't think they need to swatch. Even if you 'always' get gauge, a properly worked swatch can give crucial information about the project you are about to start, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes. Learn how to accurately measure your gauge. Discover the benefits of a larger-than-usual swatch, and find out what to do with the swatch when you have finished.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3086 Intermediate The Well-Rounded Designer
How many times have you had a great idea but couldn't actually stitch it? How often have you created something but then not been able to re-create it for yourself or others? Concept, Execution and Communication are all vital parts of design, and each aspect requires a certain skill set. Successful designers understand how these parts are interconnected and the subtly different ways of thinking that are required for each. This overview will help you identify the skills you need to take your idea from thoughts to action, and then on to sharing it with others. Note: This is not a design-your-own-sweater class, but a way of thinking about the design process which should make you a more efficient and well-rounded designer.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3010 Intermediate Where Do They Get Those Numbers?
Take the mystery out of those pesky math calculations required when designing or altering a sweater! Draft a basic sweater and discuss calculating yarn amounts, V-neck shaping, rates of increase/decrease, stitch pattern placement, and re-engineering a pattern.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7067 Intermediate Spreadsheet Savvy
Let your computer handle the math! Spreadsheets are perhaps the most powerful tool for a knit or crochet pattern writer or tech editor. In this hands-on introduction to spreadsheets, we'll use Microsoft Excel to learn the basics of how spreadsheets work, including naming cells, completing metric conversions, rounding numbers, and setting up basic formulas that calculate stitches, rows, stitch multiples and yarn amounts. You'll begin setting up a powerful, multi-use "calculator" that can save you hours of work.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5110 Easy Mix-it Up Miters
This class comes with a warning: knitting mitered squares is addictive. While it can be calming and repetitive, it can also be endlessly fascinating, and it's a perfect way to use up odd balls. Learn techniques for basic types of mitered squares and rectangles. Faster knitters may move on to incorporating stitch patterns and colorwork into your shapes. We'll explore ways to seamlessly arrange your modules into finished garments, accessories, and home dÃ©cor. You'll be captivated. But don't say you haven't been warned!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8040 Intermediate Around the Corner Crochet Borders
Add punch to an afghan or make those plain sweaters into something special with a unique crocheted border. Discover the secrets to make crocheted edgings continue around square corners, incorporating the edging design into the corner shaping for an unbroken pattern. We'll practice a number of fun and unique crocheted edgings, including 3-dimensional borders, ruffles and unique crocheted fringe.
Note: Must be familiar with ch, sc, hdc and dc.