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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 with basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patterns and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, design of all kinds, and words and numbers into her own business, Beth Whiteside Design. She is originally from New England but currently lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. A STITCHES Expo teacher since 2005, she can now also be found online at Annieâ€™s Attic and Craftsy. What she loves most about teaching is making light bulbs pop on in her studentsâ€™ heads and giving them the confidence to continue forward on their own!
For more about Beth, go to www.bethwhitesidedesign.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7068 Intermediate Through, On, & Around: KLITCH your Knits!
Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques!
That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), cinch in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in class, as well as get ideas for using and developing them further. Come learn to KLITCH!
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming
Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SP5 Easy Edgier Edges
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CC5 No skills required Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
XT9 No skills required Cords with a Twist
Call it plying, throwing, cordspinning or whatever, twisting cords is one of the oldest and most basic textile techniquesâ€”look at many yarns close up, and what do you see? Spun lengths twisted together. Twist several lengths of yarn together, and the resulting cords can become drawstrings, straps, and ties. Create trim to perfectly match your garment Ăˇ la Chanel from project yarn or jewelry to wear with it.
In class youâ€™ll learn how to make basic 2-ply cords, as well as how to cable cords. See how your choice of materials and combinations can influence the end results in unexpected ways putting a new twist on twisted cord.
Materials: Odds and ends of yarn, any type, in complementary colors; scissors; sharp needle for whipstitching.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
XT8 No skills required MacramĂ© Friendship Bracelets
Got friends? Got leftover yarn? Make your friends some bracelets with your leftovers! Youâ€™ll learn how your leftover lengths of cotton, linen, or other firm fiber yarns can become colorful macramĂ© friendship bracelets. Class will cover the basic half hitch knots, their variations, and how to read friendship bracelet charts.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out
Are you used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, youâ€™ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). Weâ€™ll
talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles).
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
PP3 No skills required Knit One Below Scarf
Columns of color on one side, blended swallowtails on the other! The column pattern makes a fabulous fabric produced by working only 1 color per row. Learn the best cast-on for K1B fabrics, how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide manuever to get the yarn you need next. This class will get you started; you won't want to stop.
Materials: 2 balls (110 yds each) #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in coordinating colors (one ball can be variegated) and US 9 or 10 circular needle.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT28 Basic Knitting a toe-up sock: Short-row heels
Learn to make a toe-up sock in just a few sessions, over one event or several; or just refresh yourself on one part. Short rows create a heel like those most often found on commercially made socks. Learn to create a heel using short rows. This heel can be used on toe-up or cuff-down socks.