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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.
Brooke began her designing activities by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost 10 years ago, first exploring modular construction, then lace. In 2006 Brooke became part owner of Kirkwood Knittery. As a dedicated teacher, Brooke guides knitters through the intricacies of techniques to make their projects as polished as possible.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5084 Easy Tackle Box for Tackling Lace
Learn all about the essential tools to make your lace knitting easier and more fun. We'll discuss the various types of yarns and fibers for lace, and which fibers are best suited to which lace stitches. We'll look in depth at blocking, including a demonstration of blocking a shawl, and how to use your blocking wires and pins. We'll also discuss stitch markers, tools to keep you on track with your knitting, as well as some great home-made hints and tricks that I use all the time!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6051 Easy Introduction to Lace Knitting
Lace knitting is often considered to be the ultimate goal of knitters. It is swathed in fear and excitement. In this class, we are going to demystify the techniques of lace knitting.
Learn how to work yarn-overs in a variety of combinations, including double yarn-overs; how to make those beautiful shaping lines with several important decreases; and how yarn-overs and decreases combine to create lace patterns. We will also discuss the tools of lace knitting, including weights and fibers of yarn, lace needles, markers, and charts.
Note: Students must know basic decreases.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5028 Advanced Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting
Everyone who knits lace does it eventually. While working a lace shawl, you discover a mistake several rows back. If you've inserted a lifeline, you can rip back safely, but what if you don't have a lifeline, or what if you don't want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them?
In this class we discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We'll practice laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We'll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact, and re-knitting only those stitches. These are skills you will find invaluable in your laceâ€”and otherâ€”knitting.
Note: Students must be comfortable with basic lace knitting including yo's, decreases, and knitting from charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
6093 Intermediate Around the World: Japanese and German Lace
Lace motifs and stitch patterns from different regions of the world share many aesthetic qualities, yet each region has its own special focus. Join Brooke as you explore the lesser known Japanese lace stitches.Â You will finish by looking at German doily history. Leave class with great swatches and ideas for several projects.
Note: Students must be comfortable with lace knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3063 Intermediate Design Your Own Triangle Shawl
Learn the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns. Discuss several ways of shaping a simple triangle shawl. Graph out a lace pattern in the body of the shawl, adding repeats in the most effective and aesthetic way as the shawl grows.
Note: Must be familiar with basic knitting including yarn overs and decreases and comfortable working with charts.