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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.
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, design of all kinds, and words and numbers into her own business, Beth Whiteside Design. She is originally from New England but currently lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. A STITCHES Expo teacher since 2005, she can now also be found online at Annieâ€™s Attic and Craftsy. What she loves most about teaching is making light bulbs pop on in her studentsâ€™ heads and giving them the confidence to continue forward on their own!
For more about Beth, go to www.bethwhitesidedesign.com.
STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7068 Intermediate KLITCH your Knits!
Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques!
That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), cinch in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in class, as well as get ideas for using and developing them further. Come learn to KLITCH!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6118 Easy Cowl-o-rama!
Design your own cowl! Keep it simple or make it complex; class concepts will help you decide
how much youâ€™re ready to take on.
Youâ€™ll learn about types of stitch patterns, pattern repeats (multiple of 6 sts) and balancing stitches (the + 2 in multiple of 6 sts + 2), selvedge stitches, options for working with large stitch repeats and panels, and considerations for working methods (flat or circular? widthwise or lengthwise?), all of which influence and affect overall design possibilities.
At the end of class youâ€™ll be on your way to your own cowl designs.
STITCHES West 2015 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming
Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm SOLD OUT
SP5 Easy Edgier Edges
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CC5 No skills required Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT33 Basic Introducing I-cord
What is I-cord, you ask? Only the most versatile cord ever unvented! In this class youâ€™ll learn how to make basic Stockinette stitch I-cord, how to scale it up and down, and how to add color with 1-row stripes. From practical handles and drawstrings to decorative fringe and jewelry, versatile I-cord is a great addition to your knitting toolbox.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 20 yds each in 2 light or bright colors; set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT28 Basic Knitting a toe-up sock: Short-row heels
Learn to make a toe-up sock in just a few sessions, over one event or several; or just refresh yourself on one part. Short rows create a heel like those most often found on commercially made socks. Learn to create a heel using short rows. This heel can be used on toe-up or cuff-down socks.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm SOLD OUT
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out
Are you used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, youâ€™ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). Weâ€™ll
talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles).
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT32 Basic I-cord on the Edge
Edge your knitting as you work it! In class you'll create a swatch with I-cord edges worked at the same time, learn how to turn a corner, execute an I-cord bind-off, and create I-cord button loops. We'll discuss additional ways to edge with I-cord, as well as how to handle gauge considerations. Turn your swatch into a cuff or a coin purse!
Note: Must know how to work a basic stockinette stitch I-cord.
Materials: 20 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP3 No skills required Knit One Below Scarf
Columns of color on one side, blended swallowtails on the other! The column pattern makes a fabulous fabric produced by working only 1 color per row. Learn the best cast-on for K1B fabrics, how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide manuever to get the yarn you need next. This class will get you started; you won't want to stop.
Materials: 2 balls (110 yds each) #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in coordinating colors (one ball can be variegated) and US 9 or 10 circular needle.