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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 Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I’ve found in Japanese garment patterns. We’ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don’t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude — they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: 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 Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we’ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We’ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you’re not sure. We’ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3104 Advanced Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries More and more knitters and designers are finding inspiration in Japanese stitch dictionaries. They’re entirely accessible to any knitter, even if you don’t know a word of Japanese, because they’re charted with a set of standardized symbols. If you want to expand your horizons with some of these beautiful stitches, come learn the ins and outs of using the books in your own knitting.

We’ll look at the format of the available dictionaries, then explore the features and intricacies of some of these stitches. The class covers charting conventions, identifying stitch repeats, demystifying complex symbols, where to get help when you’re stuck, and more. We’ll also swatch two or three patterns from a selection of stitch dictionaries.

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 Ready for a real challenge? Join me to experience some new, complex, and (possibly) daunting stitch patterns drawn from Japanese garment designs. Each pattern presents an unusual challenge in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. We’ll review the standardized symbols used in the selected patterns, with further explanation for a few that require clarification. We’ll go on to swatch at least eight stitch patterns. For each one we’ll consider what’s unusual about the chart and we'll take a look at the original garment. These are really fun to knit, and you’ll have several new techniques for your repertoire or to use in your own designing. The goal of the class is to demystify complex charts so you won't fear tackling any Japanese stitch pattern. Bring an adventurous spirit. You don’t need experience with Japanese patterns, but you should be comfortable knitting from charts.
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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