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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.
Jane Slicer Smith
Jane Slicer-Smith, author of 'Swing,Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia, joins STITCHES from her Signatur Handknits studio in Sydney Australia. Jane has a flair for style with garment styling and colors and has created classes themed around her winter 2014 design range. Let her bring some colors to your needles, from simple striped Miters, a color trim for a touch of Chanel style, or easy steps of intarsia and Fair Isle (stranded). She uses cables within many of her designs not just for texture but also styling and loves to take texture into new directions. Jane generously shares hints, tips and techniques which she applies to her ready to wear collections and knitting kit designs each year.
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STITCHES East 2014 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1047 Intermediate Color with Simple Intarsia
Discover how simple intarsia can be when you hold the keys to success. Linking (twisting) colors at verticals joins, introducing colors mid row, what happens when you no longer need that color, and what to avoid when picking your first project! The class will show you how to bring color options to your projects from very simple, to contemplating a little adventure, and you'll fall in love with color work. Check out designs using techniques in Swing, Swagger, Drape â€“ Knit the Colors of Australia, Jindabyne coat and Metro A-line coat both with colored cables and front band knit with the body of the coat.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6084 Easy Cables and Zig Zags
This class is for students ready to use their cable needle for more than cablesâ€”traveling stitches! Great things can happen once we get the stitches traveling across the knittingâ€”diamonds even! Join Jane and learn to not just read the pattern but to read your knitting, too! Jane will show sample garments and show how texture is involved with shaping garments for A-line and swing coat. Be sure not to forget your cable needle!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6085 Easy Traveling Textures with Bobbles and Bells
Explore and understand simple textures from moss stitch to cables. Learn how to read your knitting in relation to instructions and simple graphs and how cables, bobbles, and bells bring dimension to the surface of the knitting. Jane will show garments and demonstrate how she uses textures within most of her designs. This class brings many elements together from knitting texture to understanding how texture is used by designers.
STITCHES East 2014 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate STYLIN', styling, restylingâ€¦
This 2-day class is the perfect opportunity to take a designer's advice in creating something new.
Jane's work is defined by style, color, fit, and look, and yours can be as well.
First, we'll examine 3 or 4 knits you have made and evaluate them with a critical eyeâ€”finding
successes and failures in eachâ€”then discuss changes to insure your next project is perfect for you.
You will be directed on how a garment can be personalized to suit your needs and desires.
And it won't take a math degree or involve the fashion police!
Be ready to start a new projectâ€” something totally different or a re-knit of a previous designâ€”
the discoveries and inspiration will have you ready to take on the world (of knitting) a sweater at a time.
Bring inspiring yarns and plenty of enthusiasm! Creating something wonderful is only limited by
your imagination! Get ready to think about your lookâ€” style, color, and fit!