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Gayle Roehm
Gayle Roehm has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy Japanese knitting and crochet designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan. She began to teach knitting after a long career as a management consultant focusing on development consulting, and worked in many countries all over the world. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years.

Her own designs have been featured in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original designs through a local fiber arts gallery. Her article about Japanese patterns appeared in Knitter’s Magazine in 1997, and was one of the first to appear in English on the topic. She also prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and for several years translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito).

STITCHES South 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 One of the fun things about knitting Japanese designs is discovering new stitch patterns. We’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
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Japanese designers are known for creating beautiful, intricate patterns for crocheted garments and accessories. If you’re familiar with international crochet symbols, this class will provide the tools and information you need to get started. We’ll learn how to find the key information for the pattern such as hook size, gauge, yarn requirements, and finished measurements. We’ll review how to work from charted patterns and where to get help with unfamiliar symbols or maneuvers. We’ll also look at sources of free and purchased patterns. Because many Japanese designs combine both knitting and crochet, knitters who want to expand their skills may also be interested in learning the basics of Japanese crochet.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3104 Advanced Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries Knitters are finding that stitch dictionaries from Japan offer a wealth of beautiful stitch patterns. We’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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     CANCELED
6104 Advanced Knit a Japanese Sock Japanese knitters are discovering the joys of knitting socks, and more sock patterns are appearing in Japanese publications. Try your hand at a Japanese sock from a charted pattern. Like all Japanese patterns, it’s almost entirely graphic and easy to follow once you’ve mastered interpreting the schematics and charts. We’ll use (with permission) a free pattern to get you started. It’s a cuff-down basic sock, with a short-row heel that you may not have seen before. We’ll swatch a heel and a toe, and review the conventions of other kinds of heels and toes that you may encounter. You'll be able to finish the sock at home. These techniques are not new to experienced sock knitters, but you’ll be interested by the way they’re charted, rather than written out. Bring in any Japanese sock or slipper design that you may have questions about.

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