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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
A TKGA Master Knitter and past co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee, Margaret Fisher is a nationally known knitting instructor and a designer of one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.
She learned to knit at the age of ten and was self-taught for many years, driven by her teenage enthusiasm for knitting colorful, stylish, and trendy clothing. She is still passionate about knitting garments, focusing on well-made, well-fitting, contemporary clothing that has a timeless appeal. Many of Margaretâ€™s classes give students practical skills and techniques used in garment knitting. She believes that when knitters understand the 'how' and the 'why' of techniques, it allows them to make choices in their own projects. Her classes focus on teaching techniques that empower knitters and increase their confidence.
She is the author of Seven Things that can â€śMake or Breakâ€ť a Sweater,Â® a knitting technique book.
For more information on Margaret, go to margaretfisher.com.
STITCHES East 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2043 Easy Buttonholes and Bands
In this class, you will focus on an important finishing stepâ€”working bands and making buttonholes. Master the techniques for picking up stitches as you understand how to make bands look flat and smooth. Learn how to space buttonholes evenly on a band. Practice several different buttonholes and learn how to place them in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 ribs and in seed stitch.
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
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5013 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a Sweater
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.
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
6117 Easy Mosaics
Learn how to create beautiful two-color designs by knitting Mosaic patterns. Mosaics, a type of slip-stitch pattern, have a special charting system. Learn how to read the charts, knit the patterns in stockinette and garter stitch, and use these designs in garments and accessories. Have fun exploring a number of wonderful Mosaic patterns.