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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.
Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the 'why' not just the 'how' in her pursuit of training the 'mindful knitter.' She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.
Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country, and her popular classes can also be found online and on DVD at Interweave, Annie's, and Craftsy where one of her classes was named most popular class of 2013!
Patty's designs and articles have been published by various yarn companies and in Knitterâ€™s, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Cast On, Knit 'n Style, and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitterâ€™s advice column called â€śPattyâ€™s Purls of Wisdomâ€ť.
For more about Patty, go to pattylyons.com
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 am
2050 Easy Best Buttonholes and Button Bands!
Are you never happy with your buttonholes? Does the ratio for picking up stitches for the perfect button band elude you? In this workshop weâ€™ll practice a variety of buttonholes including 1-row and 2-row, and my own trick for neatening up the 2-row buttonhole. We'll look at how to make the perfect button band and make sure the cardigan's final step doesn't lead to disappointment. Let's close up those sweaters with pride!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decreases as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5167 Intermediate Short-row Magic
Youâ€™ve learned how to short row, youâ€™ve even done it in a pattern, but how do you apply it to your own knitting? Learn how to use this little bit of knitting magic to adapt patterns to fit you better. Learn how you can replace existing pattern elements such as neck shaping, armhole bind-offs, and shoulder shaping. We will also explore how you can add functional elements to your garment such as creating bust darts or raising the back of a yoke sweater, as well as adding decorative elements to existing patterns such as shawl collars and shirt-tail hems. Short rows truly are magic!
Note: Short rows will not be taught in this class. Knowledge of any short-row technique is required.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5145 No skills required Magic of Perfect Blocking
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. Weâ€™ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, donâ€™t stop short of the perfect finish!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5163 Easy Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply arenâ€™t crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time itâ€™s time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5165 Intermediate Shape Up!
Do the words 'shape, staying in pattern' strike fear into your heart? Have you been dissatisfied with the look of your shaping in cables, or worse, been baffled by shaping a lace pattern. We will explore all the ins and outs of shaping your garment while keeping your stitch count correct and staying in pattern. Weâ€™ll begin by exploring increase and decrease options for knit-purl patterns, move on to cables, and finally tackle shaping in lace, both charted and not. Youâ€™ll learn how to read your knitting and use visual cues to shape perfectly. Youâ€™ll never look at your knitting the same way again!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5147 Easy Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks
There are so many knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I've accumulated quite a few fantastic ones. I love it when I'm teaching a class and a student declares 'I love that tip!' So, I've decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YO's, avoid the gap at the end of a bind-off, tighten your first stitch, make better neck divides, and more...get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases
and decrease as well as having completed one project by following a