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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the 'why' not just the 'how' in her pursuit of training the 'mindful knitter.' She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.
Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country, and her popular classes can also be found online and on DVD at Interweave, Annie's, and Craftsy where one of her classes was named most popular class of 2013!
Patty's designs and articles have been published by various yarn companies and in Knitterâ€™s, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Cast On, Knit 'n Style, and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitterâ€™s advice column called â€śPattyâ€™s Purls of Wisdomâ€ť.
For more about Patty, go to pattylyons.com
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3040 Intermediate Secrets of the Sleeve Cap
A properly sized sleeve cap can make or break a garment. Learn the math to design a traditional sleeve cap and how to redesign a patternâ€™s sleeve cap if your row gauge is not perfect. After exploring the domino effect of changing parts of a sweater pattern, we will learn how to design a fixed-height and a variable-height sleeve cap that will fit you perfectly. Once we have cracked the code of the sleeve cap, we will finish off by exploring the four seaming zones that will allow you to perfectly sew in your set-in sleeve. You will never look at sleeves the same again!
NOTE: Math is used in sweater design.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5206 Intermediate Take it From the Top: Short-row, Set-in Sleeve Cap
We all know the hardest part about a set in sleeve is setting it in! A traditional set in sleeve is knit from the bottom up and then you sew the sleeve cap into place. If your sleeve cap isnâ€™t perfect, your sleeve doesnâ€™t fit. Learn how to create a sleeve cap from the top with no seaming required! We will learn how to create this little piece of short row magic by knitting a mini version and then we will finish the class by going over how to convert an existing pattern into a top down, short row set in sleeve.
Note: Must know how to do wrap and turn short rows, pick up stitches and do the mattress stitch.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3115 Intermediate If You Can Draw It, You Can Design It!
Learn how to design any shape no matter how complex. Weâ€™ll start by going over my five steps to the basics of design. Weâ€™ll learn how to calculate the rate of increase and decrease and weâ€™ll start with some simple shapes. Then weâ€™ll move on to more complex compound shaping. Using a dolman sweater as an example, weâ€™ll learn how to break things down into shaping zones to figure out how to knit them. Finally weâ€™ll go over the use of short rows to create things like shirt tail hems and shawl collars. Remember, if you can draw it, you can design it!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5225 Intermediate Reading Between the Lines: What the Pattern Doesn't Tell You
Thereâ€™s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally weâ€™ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesnâ€™t tell you how. Weâ€™ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as "reverse shaping" and â€śat the same timeâ€ť as well as "pick up evenly across the row". Learn the secrets hiding inside every knitting pattern!
Note: Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns or having knit at least one sweater is helpful but not required. This is not a pattern reading class.