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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.
With a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color and hand-dyed yarns and has published over 70 pattern booklets for Prism.
Laura has written six books including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Her newest book is Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books.
Laura teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1002 No skills required Intro to Color
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting, yet many knitters feel uncertain about how to approach it. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception.
Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel-based formulas. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting.
You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3114 Intermediate Holistic Knitting Design
Every design has many facets that provide success (or failure). Work with Laura in an intimate, free-ranging class as we examine design from the perspective of an artist. Journey far beyond charting, pattern stitch and fit: we'll examine design from the ground up, creating a path for consideration of every detail. Even if you are not an experienced designer, examining knitting through an artistâ€™s methods can lead to innovations and details that really create Wow! You will learn to find inspiration from unusual sources, and the emphasis will be on the artistry behind each decision every step of the way.. Whether working to an existing pattern or creating your own, this class will assist you in creating great garments, every time.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1039 Intermediate Magic Number Knitting Expanded
If you have fooled around with patterning hand-dyed yarn and want to go further, this class is for you! You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching different approaches to intentional patterning, and gain skill at manipulating your knitting to force colors to do your will.
Note: You must know how to find a Magic Number. You must have experience in Intentional Patterning.
Materials fee: $5.00.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1003 Intermediate Intentional Patterning with Hand-Dyed Yarns
Ever knit with hand-dyed yarn and noticed a particular pattern forming? Want to be able to do that reliably? This class is for you! We will cover the different styles of hand-dyeing, with examples of how they pattern. Learn how to read the color repeat in a hand-dyed yarn and then how to harness that repeat into reliable patterning, producing columns of color, flashes and argyles. Weâ€™ll examine how to turn those patterns into usable sized pieces for actual garments. Lots of hands-on swatching for 'repeatable' results!
Materials fee: $8.
Note: This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6110 Easy Captivating Chevrons
Made iconically famous by the Italian design house Missoni, chevron stitches are wonderfully dynamic and easily manipulated by hand knitters.
Laura will lead you through several variations on how to form chevrons, and then will discuss gauge, design application, and color selection. Your hands-on swatch will be a permanent record of how each type of chevron appears, so future project application will be a snap.
Note: Must know how to work both k2tog and SSK and what the difference is between them.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarns.