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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.
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork, but she didn't come to knitting until her mid-fortiesâ€”and was instantly addicted.
Wherever she looks, Denise sees pattern, so it's no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace.
Travel and spending time in the natural world provide more inspiration; she recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting.
Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine, hand-dyed yarns and original designs. She also teaches at shops and festivals including STITCHES Expos, DFW Fiber Fest, and the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza.
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 may be unfamiliar or intimidating to many lace knitters . 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 learn the techniques for nupps and starflowers and examine finished projects using both.
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
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.