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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.
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 25 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She has made three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves with Beth Brown-Reinsel. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major US magazines, as well as The Knitter, a magazine of the UK. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions.
She lives in Vermont and loves winter!
For more about Beth, go to www.KnittingTraditions.com.
STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5005 Intermediate The Norwegian Purl
The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl, and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work.
Note: It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental (working yarn in the left hand) but not necessary.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4080 Intermediate Saami Mittens
Learn the special details of mitten construction of the nomadic Saami peoples, by knitting a mitten in multiple colors circularly on double-pointed needles. Make a three-color braided cast-on, create the classic afterthought thumb (without a gusset), work different bands of patterning, and finish off the mitten with pointed tip shaping. Working with three yarns in a round will be discussed as some of the motifs require this skill. A simple finger braiding technique will be demonstrated for the traditional cord.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5074 Intermediate Knit a Traditional Gansey
Discover the history, construction techniques, and design details of the British Gansey â€” a
beautiful 19th century fisherman's garment. Make a mini-pullover while
learning the traditional techniques: Channel Island cast-on, split
welts, stitch patterns, underarm gussets, shoulder straps, and
Note: Must be proficient with double pointed needles or 2 circulars.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5043 Intermediate Cowboy Up: Reverse Intarsia
Knitting can resemble Southwest-woven tapestries and rugs when you use this technique. We will explore intarsia fabrics which feature the 'purl' side of the fabric as the right side. This interesting option to intarsia provides a look that is different, refreshing, and fun. You just need to know the rules, secrets, and theory.