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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.
A TKGA Master Knitter, 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 â€śhowâ€ť and the â€śwhyâ€ť 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.
Margaret is a former co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and has written magazine articles on knitting and knitting techniques. She is the author of Seven Things that can â€śMake or Breakâ€ť a SweaterÂ® a knitting technique book.
For more information on Margaret, go to margaretfisher.com
STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
2044 Intermediate Zip, Button, Tie: Creative Closures
Learn a number of attractive and functional closures for garments. Start by practicing and mastering all of the steps of placing a zipper in a fabric. Understand how to avoid puckers and make sure the zipper fits the opening. Then have fun making I-cord and crocheted buttons. See how they can add a nice visual touch, especially when worked in fancy yarns. Finally, focus on using drawstrings and ties as fastenings. See how zippers, buttons and ties can accent your work and make it special.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3122 Advanced Demystifying Set-in Sleeves
Sweaters with set-in sleeves have an attractive silhouette and fit the body well, but the caps can be tricky to shape and seam.
Learn the shape and construction of a sleeve cap which is knit from bottom to top (underarm to shoulder) and how it fits into the body of a sweater. Knit a sample cap, using the shaping calculations and techniques, decrease placement, and refinements that ensure a perfect fit. Learn and practice the seaming techniques which make your set-in sleeves look beautiful.
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 SweaterÂ®
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
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.
Sunday 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.