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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.
Margaret Fisher is a TKGA Master Knitter and nationally known knitting instructor who teaches across the country at conventions, shops and guilds. She loves colorful, textured fabric, and well-fitting sweaters with contemporary style. She designs and makes one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.
Margaret is a former co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and has written magazine articles on knitting and knitting techniques. She is the author of Seven Things that can "Make or Break" a SweaterÂ®.
For more information on Margaret, go to margaretfisher.com
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5013 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a SweaterÂ®
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact: increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast-on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking.
You will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous.
Note: This is an advanced beginner level class.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5053 Intermediate Special Techniques for Beautiful Sweaters
This class covers several knitting techniques that give your sweaters a nicely finished appearance.
Tubular cast-ons and bind-offs are attractive and elastic, look exactly the same, and look especially nice with 1 x 1 rib. In class, you will learn and practice all the steps for working the tubular cast-on and bind-off.
Short rows are used to shape knit fabrics without increasing and/or decreasing. We will review the uses of short rows, then work them in swatches. The swatch exercises will represent the use of short rows for shoulder shaping in a handknit sweater. Class instruction covers how to convert your pattern's difficult-to-seam, stair-step, shoulder bind-off to short-row shaping.
Next, you will learn and practice duplicate stitch and see how it can be used. The class ends with a discussion and demonstration of cutting and separating a knit fabric and then grafting the pieces back together. These techniques can be used to make sweater alterations and to fix mistakes or small moth holes in knits.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2041 Easy More Crochet Edgings for Knitters
Learn more beautiful crochet edgings that you can work directly on your handknits. See how crocheted stripes, shells, and bobbles can add just the right touch to your tops, sweaters, vests, and other projects.
Note: Must have taken Creative Crochet Edgings for Knitters or be proficient at working single crochet and backwards single crochet.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am CANCELED
5124 Intermediate Use Kitchener Stitch to Fix Mistakes
If you find a mistake in your knitting, don't immediately rip out rows and rows of your work to get back to a boo-boo. Learn how to cut and remove a "mistake row", then create the correct stitches by grafting. Grafting is a sewing technique that creates a partial or full row of stitches. Learn to cut, remove, and graft stitches in stockinette stitch, garter stitch, 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib, and seed stitch. Class discussion will include grafting other stitch patterns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6013 Easy Intro to Entrelac
Entrelac knitting creates a fabric with a wonderful basket weave or quilted appearance. Although it looks complex, the knitting is easy and lots of fun to do. In this class, you will create an entrelac sampler as you learn all the steps of this fascinating technique. Class discussion will cover the use of entrelac in garments and accessories, and the effects achieved with various types of yarn.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2006 Easy Superb Seams
Seaming is one of the most important finishing steps for a knit garment. In this class you will master all the seaming techniques used to assemble a sweater and understand how to make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette, and ribbing. Find out how selvedge stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.