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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.
Lorilee happily sees no end to where your knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. Since 2009, this former yarn shop owner has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and Craftsy.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 am
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.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4058 Intermediate Felted Loafer Slippers
These sturdy slippers are real people pleasers. You'll be making them for all your loved ones! The double sole makes them long wearing, and the shaping of the heel keeps them on comfortably. Knit seamlessly using great techniques: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Magic Loop knitting, short-row shaping, a clever technique for joining the soles, and felting tricks. Many students will complete aslipper, 9"-11" long, in class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction
When you learn continental knitting, you 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.