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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.
J C Briar
A self-confessed 'technique freak' and 'skill junkie,' JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.
JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6055 Advanced Socktastic Stitch Patterns
You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks, but for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough 'give' for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy resizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe.
Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3125 Advanced Wedge Shawl Design
Stunning shawls are often formed with lace 'wedge,' sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed with 2 wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of 3 or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearerâ€™s shoulders.
Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings and a spine to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.
Note: Must be comfortable reading charts and knitting lace.
This class begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Saturday morning.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5003 Easy Cast-on Cornucopia
Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: 1-strand or 2-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class, try variations on old favorites, and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1033 Easy Multi-directional Scarves
Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up stitches.