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Lorilee Beltman
This former yarn shop owner's experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class! She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.

Lorilee is the Techniques columnist for Knitty.com, a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com and Interweave.


Lorilee's continental knitting video has over a million views on Youtube. While she enjoys teaching continental to those who want to learn it, she appreciates all knitting styles. She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.

Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Vogue Knitting Magazine, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com.


Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National and Provincial Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent 30 years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.



STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6074 Intermediate Vertically-stranded Color Work Explore various ways that color can be added when contrasting stitches climb vertically from round to round. Always working in the round, we'll play with simple zigs and zags, intersecting lines for diagonal plaid, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We'll explore its sketchy history: it's used in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and it even appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. After class, apply the coloring techniques to existing patterns worked in the round.
Materials fee: $3.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then to ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it!

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction When you learn Lorilee's brand of continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.



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