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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.
Candace Eisner Strick
Candace Eisner Strick has immersed herself in music and knitting most of her life. Now retired from 16 years of teaching cello, she concentrates on designing, writing, and teaching knitting.
Her book, Strick-ly Socks, features a revolutionary and amazingly simple way of knitting socks. Candace is the author of 6 other books, has been published in numerous magazines, and has taught nationally and internationally since 1998. She is the creator of her own line of yarn, Merging Colors, and her own line of patterns under the name of Strickwear (www.strickwear.com).
Candace's students say they not only love learning from her classes, but thoroughly enjoy her sense of humor as well. Appropriately, strick means to knit.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5021 Intermediate Two Colors, Two Hands, Two Directions
Now you CAN knit with two colors with the right side always facing. Learn how to knit with one color in each hand, and how to go back and forth without turning your work. Helpful to those who wish to knit continental, helpful to those who wish to learn to hold the yarn in their right hand, and helpful to those who are deathly afraid of steeking! Come one, come all; there is something for everybody.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
6202 Advanced Introduction to Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs but actually are done using only two basic techniques, without the use of a cable needle. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right hand needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3108 Intermediate Scallops: They're Not Just for Dinner
You've done mitered squares, you've done diamonds, and now you're looking for some curves, right? Scallops have arrived, and they have nestled into a beautifully shaped shawl. Any yarn, any size needle, and you can customize the colors too. Add some nice techniques to your repertoire along the way.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6103 Intermediate Secrets from the Past: Unusual Stitch Patterns from Historic Counterpanes
Antique counterpanes (bedspreads) used many unusual knitting patterns such as knobs, wheat ears, bells, scallop shells, fans, and bay leaves. These beautiful stitch patterns are rarely used in today's knitting, but can be successfully incorporated into contemporary garments and accessories, adding new dimension to your knitting.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2040 No skills required Couture Cast-on and Bind-off for Ribbing: Two Ways
The simple techniques of cast-on and bind-off can soar to new heights of perfection and make your knitting look machine-perfect. Learn 2 ways of achieving the most beautiful ribbing in history, whether it be k1, p1 or k2, p2. You will never go back to the old standard way!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5138 Intermediate Ten Things Your Mother Never Taught You
Chances are you're still doing the cast on, decreasing, and other techniques that your mother taught you umpteen years ago. No matter how long you've been knitting, you can still refine your techniques to make your knitting look neater and more professional.
We will cover 10 techniques that will take you through the millenium: cable edge cast-on, 1-row buttonhole, how to rip, picking up stitches neatly, the best increases and decreases and where to use them, delayed bind-off, grafting, 3-needle bind-off, sewing a seam, and provisional cast-on.