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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 with basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patterns and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
Carol J. Sulcoski is a former attorney turned knitting designer and hand-dyer. Her newest book, Knitting Ephemera, will be published in early 2016. She's also written Lace Yarn Studio, Sock Yarn Studio, andÂ Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarns. Her work has been published in variousÂ books and magazines. She also founded Black Bunny Fibers, (www.blackbunnyfibers.com), an independent dyeing business creating unique handpainted yarns and fibers, and her indie patterns can be found on Ravelry and Patternfish. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.
STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5025 Easy Yarn Substitution Made Easy
Master the mysteries of yarn substitution! We'll start with gauge, then discuss the various weights of yarn (fingering to super bulky), weight/yardage/plies, and look at fiber and yarn characteristics that affect substitution (e.g. drape, elasticity, weight, halo). We will also consider color choice and buying quantities of the substitute yarn. We'll finish by walking through some real-life examples by selecting potential substitute yarns for real patterns. Note: Class focuses on how to substitute yarns the same weight/gauge as called for by the pattern and does not include rewriting patterns to use a yarn with a different gauge.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5073 No skills required Socknitter's Seminar: Going Beyond the Basics
You know the basics of knitting a sock: now take your sock knitting to the next level. In this class, we'll cover techniques and tricks for making your socks spectacular, including adjusting patterns for fit; tips for working with self-patterning and handpainted yarns; different toe and heel styles; mastering kitchener stitch (grafting); and more. Students are expected to be familiar with the basics of sock knitting and are encouraged to bring questions they may have.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5120 Easy Ruffles, Ruching, and Pleats, Oh My!
This hands-on class looks at various easy forms of knitted embellishments and edgings, specifically ruffles, ruching, and pleats. Learn at least one version of each, including how to work it, tips and tricks, and yarn choices. If time permits we will continue to picot edging, twisted ruffles, and hems.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
6102 Easy Ribbing Roundup
We all have an "old faithful" ribbing we use on nearly every project. In this class, we'll break out of our ribbing rut. We'll start with some simple and sturdy options, then try out some ribbings with decorative elements like eyelets and mock cables. Learn to transition from ribbing to other stitch patterns, to increase and decrease in ribbing, and see how ribbing choice can affect the look of the finished garment. Weâ€™ll finish by investigating some alternatives to ribbing.