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 where she loves helping students learn to knit or crochet â€‰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 at Scouting events.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Market Session Classes
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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.
Please bring 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 don't have a wrong side. You'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: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color, appropriately sized knitting needles, cable needle.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 No skills required Charts Can Be Your Friends
Don'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. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Please bring smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color & US 7 needle.
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.
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 so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 5 or 5.5mm/US8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT13 No skills required Invisible Joins 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 can't wait to get to the end of the ball to try
your new skills.
Please bring 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 decreasing,â€‰combined with color and texture,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.
Please bring 100 yards #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors & 2 double-pointed 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.