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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.
Having taught at STITCHES events for more than 20 years and at a numerous variety of knitting seminars from England to Alaska, Leslye Solomon is an enthusiastic, energetic, and empathetic teacher with extensive knitwear training.
Leslye owns Woolstock Yarn Shop in Glyndon, Maryland. She shares her experience and knowledge in instructional videos, DVDs and books. Subjects covered include sweater finishing, making socks using double points and a single circular needle, techniques in buttonholes and bands, a wonderful method of continental knitting, bead knitting, and machine knitting, including a book entitled The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine. Leslye has also created KnitSpeaker, an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch timed-audio pattern-repeating app for knitters.
A class with Leslye is an experience that will arm students with valuable knowledge. Their only concern is whether they will remember it all!
For more about Lesyle, go to woolstock.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3116 Intermediate Designing Sweaters from Side to Side
Tired of the same old thing? Same old reality tv shows, that guaranteed back-up on the way home, the way you bake chicken, same antacid commercial during dinner and what's his name? Or maybe, your tired of the direction of your knitting? You know how we always 'cast on and rib' then 'work until piece measures...?' So, why not think about trying a new direction? Try knitting sideways!
It's really a simple process, although it might cause you to turn your head sideways. You already know the sweaters that start from the bottom and go up, some that start from the neck and go down, now, find out about knitting those sweaters from side to side. Sideways knitting gives us a chance to knit stripes, use multitudes of colors, place a line of texture, and do vertical Fair Isle. Learn how to map every stitch of this plan on a knitter's grid and design your own cuff to cuff cardigan, pull-over or vest. Â Â Â
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5011 Intermediate Turn Mistakes and Mishaps into Knowledge and Experience
Mistakes â€” we all have made them. Some are very obvious from the beginning; when your stitches accidentally fall off the needle, a single or multi-row dropped stitch in stockinette stitch, garter stitch or seed; a knit where you should have purled; a cable in the wrong direction, a lost yarn-over; and more. Through practice in this class, you will be able to fix a list of common mistakes possibly avoiding the need to start over or throw a garment away.
Some mistakes insidiously get noticed after the sweater is finished, because there was more information to be learned in that swatch you unraveled. Know the information which can help you avoid the problems of stretching or growing, and/or shrinking. Think of that sweater you once made and choose to not wear. This important class promises to arm you with the best information to prevent and fix a variety of mishaps and disappointing results that appear immediately or long after the garment is complete. Instead of consequences being your teacher, this problem-ending class will arm you with techniques to turn you into a confident, successful, target-oriented, and fearless knitter.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
5038 Easy Switch to Continental-style Knitting
It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed, Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically.
As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric may improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro
Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the 2 methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.