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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.
Cindy learned to knit while chaperoning Girl Scouts in Norway. As a self-professed knitting geek, she enjoys exploring the technical side of knitting and tinkering with new skills, stitch patterns, knitting patterns, and concepts. Cindy has been teaching professionally in yarn shops, guild events, and knitting shows for more than 10 years. She is the author of The Kids Knitting Notebook and has designs published in Knitter's Magazine, Knitting Today, and Red Heart, in addition to many self-published patterns.
Cindy is the manager of The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint since 2002 where she loves helping students learn to knit or crochetâ€‰and is very skilled at getting students unstuck. She knits everywhere she goes and frequently answers knitting questions on the sidelines of the soccer field, at PTA meetings, or Scouting events.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2036 Intermediate Seams Made Simple
The seams of your garment provide structure and showcase your overall knitting skills. Good seams improve the look of any project. Learn to identify your stitches and rows so you can execute precise seaming techniques. You'll also learn to do perfect shoulder seams, invisible side seams, and sleeve seams.
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet
A cross between knitting and crochet, this
fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Materials: One skein #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, tunisian crochet hook in a size appropriate for your yarn.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SP2 No skills required Entrelac Intro
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Materials: 100 yards each #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and US 8 or 9 needles.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT25 No skills required Magical Reversible Cables
I love when my scarves donâ€™t have
a wrong side. Youâ€™ll learn to make a cable that looks the same on both
sides. It is perfect for scarves and other applications where both sides are
showing. You should already be familiar with cables before taking this class.
Materials: Light colored #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, needles to go with yarn, cable needle.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 No skills required Charts Can Be Your Friends
Donâ€™t let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. Weâ€™ll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF5 Easy Blocking 101
Blocking is one of the final steps to finishing that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Demo only no materials needed.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT18 No skills required Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes
All knitters make mistakes. It can be frustrating when you canâ€™t fix them yourself, so you rip out and start over numerous times. This class focuses on the most common skills beginners need: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. These skills will help you relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT13 No skills required Invisible Joins â€” Well Nearly Invisible
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you canâ€™t wait to get to the end of the ball to try
your new skills.
Materials: 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasingâ€‰â€”â€‰combined with color and textureâ€‰â€”â€‰create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of todayâ€™s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Materials: 100 yards #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and 2 US 9 or 10 needles.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT1 No skills required Short Rows
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible. Included in this class is a pattern for a Curly Q Scarf that we will begin.