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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.
Amy Herzog is passionate about sweaters people love to wear. She is the author of Knit to Flatter and designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. She is also a knitting expert on American Public Televisionâ€™s â€śKnit and Crochet Nowâ€ť. She teaches classes across the country and on craftsy.com, and her figure-flattering pattern designs have been published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty, and more.
After several years of teaching knitting classes, she realized that knitters will skip modification math if they can but would really like to wear sweaters that fit them well. So she created CustomFit, a website that produces custom sweater patterns. It can be found at customfit.makewearlove.com.
To learn more about Amy, visit www.amyherzogdesigns.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5136 Easy Sweater 'Boot Camp'
Thereâ€™s so much more to sweater knitting than just the â€śknittingâ€ť, and this class gives you the tools you need to make your next sweater a smashing success. We cover all of the things that go into making a great sweater:
â€˘ How sweaters are constructed: The different construction styles, what theyâ€™re good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.
â€˘ Schematics: What they are and how they can help you.
â€˘ What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and â€śreadâ€ť a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers
â€˘ Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a â€śgoodâ€ť fabric and how do you match it to design elements?
â€˘ Choosing the right size, and setting yourself up for fantastically easy modifications
â€˘ Different kinds of shaping: How theyâ€™re worked, what they accomplish, and when you need to add shaping to your sweaters
â€˘ When you can stray from the pattern: How to identify key elements vs. things you should feel empowered to â€śfiddle withâ€ť
â€˘ Finishing off your sweater: From blocking to seaming to edge treatments and more.
Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and letâ€™s talk sweaters!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
3117 Easy Knit to Flatter Workshop
Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, Iâ€™ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. Topics covered in class include:
â€˘ Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
â€˘ How clothing changes the appearance of the bodyâ€™s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
â€˘ Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
â€˘ Personalized shape analysis and detailed measurements for every student
â€˘ How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns
â€˘ General sweater tips and tricks
â€˘ Student-brought questions and discussion topics
We take pictures of everyoneâ€™s shape during class, so please come wearing or willing to change into a tight-fitting top and relatively fitted well-fitted pants/skirt. Please also bring along a measuring tape, sweaters youâ€™ve knit, patterns youâ€™re interested in, and your adventurous inner knitter!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
2042 Easy Finishing
Over the years that I have been teaching, I have noticed a distinct and pervasive aversion to finishing. As a dedicated finishing geek, I find this very sad! Finishing may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it is the single most important thing you can to do improve the quality of your FOs. This class covers the following crucial topics (total list depends on length of workshop):
Cast ons and bind-offs
Setting in sleeves
Picking up stitches
Exquisitely finished garments are soon to be yours!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
3113 Intermediate Mastering Mindful Modification
Itâ€™s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what youâ€™re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:
â€˘ Bust darts of all kinds
â€˘ Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
â€˘ Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
â€˘ Neckline modifications
This class is aimed at intermediate knitters or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator. Students should feel comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing. Basic familiarity with short rows is a plus but definitely not required.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm SOLD OUT
ETC Easy Super Successful Sweaters
In this two-day master class, we'll cover all of the topics you'll need to knit one great sweater after the other. From understanding your own body's shape and how clothing can affect it, through fabric and color and texture, construction styles, modifications, and more, all of your sweater questions will be answered. We'll study:
* "Knit to Flatter" shape analysis and discussion
* Deciphering schematics, patterns, and the different construction styles
* How to get the fabric you want, and match it to a pattern
* Blocking, seaming, and finishing
* Modifying existing patterns and generating your own
This class is appropriate for adventurous knitters of all levels. You should know the basics: knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off, increase, and decrease. Experience reading patterns is a plus.
We take pictures of everyone's shape during class, so please come wearing or willing to change into a tight-fitting top and relatively well-fitted pants/skirt. Please also bring along a measuring tape, sweaters you've knit, patterns you're interested in, and your adventurous inner knitter!