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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.
Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research, and writing. She is the author of several knitting books including Arctic Lace and Successful Lace Knitting. Donna also writes regularly for Piecework magazine, and has a column on ethnic knitting traditions on Knitty.com. Donna gives talks and teaches knitting workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has just finished writing a book about knitting in Lithuania, and her new pattern line, Stories in Stitches, features historical and ethnic patterns along with essays and fictional stories about knitting. She lives in Vermont with her husband, mother, and three cats who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items. Visit Donna's website at www.sheeptoshawl.com.
STITCHES East 2014 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6114 Easy Artic Lace 1-2-3
For years I tried to learn how to knit lace, and was frustrated as I failed each time. I finally gave up because I wanted enjoy my hobby. I could knit cables, Fair Isle, intarsia, and even entrelac with no problems, but lace stymied me over and over again. I thought I would never be able to knit lace until I stumbled onto Dorothy Readeâ€™s simple techniques.
Working from charts, understanding decreases, and knitting with worsted-weight yarn and larger needles gave me the confidence and practice I needed to ease into lace knitting.
In this workshop, we will discuss the tools and yarns used to knit lace, learn how to follow lace charts, and make one swatch in worsted-weight yarn and one in sport-weight yarn. Students will then be ready to knit a lace-weight swatch on their own and move on to making a simple project such as a lace scarf or hat.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6115 Advanced Design Your Own Lace Stitches
Eskimo women in Alaska have been knitting qiviut (musk ox down) into lace since the 1960s. We will examine their unique pattern stitches, inspired by Eskimo artifacts, and learn how to chart our own custom lace patterns by adapting designs from other art forms. We will start by charting a basic diamond using yarn overs, then we will study several types of decreases and learn how each decrease creates a different result with the same arrangement of yarn overs. We will also learn how to accentuate lace patterns with an outline stitch.
Each student will then design and chart several lace patterns, and knit a swatch of each to see does works and doesnâ€™t work. Finally, we will review basic patterns for lace projects such as scarves, stoles, and ponchos. Each student will work on designing a project.