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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.
Gayle Roehm has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy Japanese knitting and crochet designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan. She began to teach knitting after a long career as a management consultant focusing on development consulting, and worked in many countries all over the world. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years.
Her own designs have been featured in Knitterâ€™s magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original designs through a local fiber arts gallery. Her article about Japanese patterns appeared in Knitterâ€™s in 1997, and was one of the first to appear in English on the topic. She also prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and for several years translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito).
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1
Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that Iâ€™ve found in Japanese garment patterns. Weâ€™ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You donâ€™t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude â€” they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some
familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5033 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns
Many knitters have recently discovered the intriguing world of Japanese hand-knitting patterns. Japanese designers are creative and innovative, and their designs use beautiful stitchwork and impeccable details. Youâ€™ll see that a Japanese pattern is presented in an almost entirely graphic format, which is quite accessible to a western knitter once certain conventions are explained.
This full-day class is aimed at those who would like to make a garment from a Japanese pattern. Weâ€™ll learn how to 'read' a schematic, including how to interpret shaping notation. We'll cover how to find basic information such as gauge, yarn requirements, and needle sizing. Weâ€™ll also examine the symbols used in stitch charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers, and weâ€™ll make some swatches to become familiar with Japanese symbology. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs
Ready for a real challenge? Join me to experience some new, complex, and (possibly) daunting stitch patterns drawn from Japanese garment designs. Each pattern presents an unusual challenge in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. Weâ€™ll review the standardized symbols used in the selected patterns, with further explanation for a few that require clarification. Weâ€™ll go on to swatch at least eight stitch patterns. For each one weâ€™ll consider whatâ€™s unusual about the chart and we'll take a look at the original garment. These are really fun to knit, and youâ€™ll have several new techniques for your repertoire or to use in your own designing. The goal of the class is to demystify complex charts so you won't fear tackling any Japanese stitch pattern. Bring an adventurous spirit. You donâ€™t need experience with Japanese patterns, but you should be comfortable knitting from charts.
Note: These patterns are not part of 6017 (previously 617-3) Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts, and familiarity with Japanese symbols is helpful.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches.
In this class weâ€™ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. Weâ€™ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when youâ€™re not sure. Weâ€™ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.