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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.
Although Denise always performed some kind of handwork growing up, she came to knitting in her mid-forties and was instantly addicted.
She's very good at seeing things in patterns which is why she gravitates towards designing lace. She teaches at a variety of shops and festivals including STITCHES Expos, DFW Fiber Fest, and the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza. Travel and spending time in the natural world are two of the ways Denise is most inspired, and she recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting.
Denise Bell offers hand-dyed, fine yarns and creates original designs through her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm.
When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home.
For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com
STITCHES East 2014 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am CANCELED
6113 Advanced Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers
The Estonian style of lacework involves several stitches that many lace knitters are unfamiliar with or intimidated by. A nupp, unlike a bobble, lies flat and has little surface disruption. A starflower begins with the same first step as the nupp, but rather than building inwards it blooms into an open feature.
Students will see examples of nupps and starflowers in finished projects and will work on a sample swatch to learn the techniques to execute them.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am CANCELED
5140 Easy See Jane Knit, Knit Jane Knit! A primer for learning to read stitches
In addition to good yarn and good tools, the most important component to
advancing your knitting skills is learning to 'read stitches'. Many knitters know how to execute the stitches beyond knit and purl but struggle with losing their place once they have put a project down and picked it up again.
In this hands-on class, we'll work through a swatch using basic stitches and increases and decreases to learn to see the stitches as they sit on the needle and within the fabric created. We'll also discuss tools that will help keep track of stitches on the needle and when reading charts.