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Leslye Solomon
Having taught at STITCHES events for more than 20 years and at a variety of knitting seminars from England to Alaska, Leslye Solomon is an enthusiastic, energetic, and empathetic teacher with extensive knitwear training.

Leslye owns Woolstock Yarn Shop in Glyndon, Maryland. She shares her experience and knowledge in instructional videos, DVDs and books. Subjects covered include sweater finishing, making socks using double points and a single circular needle, techniques in buttonholes and bands, a wonderful method of continental knitting, bead knitting, and machine knitting, including a book entitled The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine. Leslye has also created KnitSpeaker, an iPhone, iPad, iPod timed-audio pattern-repeating app for knitters.

A class with Leslye is an experience that will arm students with valuable knowledge. Their only concern is whether they will remember it all!

For more about Lesyle, go to woolstock.com.

STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5038 Easy Switch to Continental-style Knitting It doesn't matter how old you were when you learned to knit or if you are left or right handed, Leslye has a proven technique that will help you quickly and easily change your style to knit faster and more ergonomically.
As a result of this easy-to-learn technique, students begin to fly through and love ribbing and seed stitch. Besides becoming more productive through speed, the quality of the knit fabric may improve and become more even.
Enjoy renewed knitting confidence as you find yourself attempting more complicated stitch projects.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7088 No skills required Curious about Machine Knitting? Do you ever wish you could whip up a sweater after dinner? Would you like to be able to make the back of a sweater in about 25 minutes, the front in about 30 minutes, and each sleeve in about 20 minutes? It's possible, and in this demo class Leslye Solomon,  author of The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine, shows you how it's done. No... it's not cheating. It's exciting, creative, and helps use up all that yarn you never seem to have enough time to consume. Learn the functions of the buttons and levers. See how to choose and measure your swatch. Using that information, learn how to plan the width and length you desire and to accurately achieve it. Watch how to cast on, increase, decrease, bind off, and shape armholes, necks, sleeves, and sleeve caps. See finishing using the machine and learn what to do by hand. Whether you have a machine already or are just interested, this class will introduce you to a whole new world of knitting.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3130 Easy Designing Knitting Projects from Sewing Patterns Sewing patterns come in a huge variety of design ideas and sizes and are a great source for your next knitting project! Did you know you can take the shape of a paper pattern piece and turn it into stitches and rows to knit?

In this class, you will learn how to choose your yarn and pattern size and the stitch that would best flatter your design. Find the stitch and row gauge of your selected yarn and stitch. Extract the measurements of the pattern piece and easily calculate the shaping into the stitches and rows to duplicate the shape in knitting. Learn how to take the angles and curves of hems and the curves of armholes, necks, sleeves, and sleeve caps found in sewing patterns and calculate the increases and decreases involved to shape your knitting in the same way. Tap into this vast resource that could result in your next multi-size original sweater pattern.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
2012 Easy Finish Sweaters Like a Pro Do you feel that sinking sense of uncertainty when you are faced with completing your sweaters? Do you pay someone else to do something you should be able to accomplish like a pro? Do you look for sweaters knit in the round just to avoid the finishing process?
Learn tips to help you love finishing as much as you love knitting. Learn how blocking can help you get the results you want. Practice creating invisible shoulder and side seams. See an amazing way to graft ribbing. Watch the 2 methods of sewing set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Learn how to pick up neck stitches by knowing exactly where to insert the needle and where to avoid. Learn what to do with all those yarn tails to safely make them disappear. Learn important crochet edges every knitter should know.

STITCHES Midwest 2015 Market Session Classes
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Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
FF7 No skills required What Every Knitter Should Know About Blocking Imagine all of your garments fitting perfectly, looking extremely well-made, and staying that way. In this class, learn when and why 'before-you-knit and after-you-knit blocking' is so important for every knit project. See dramatic differences between blocked and unblocked hand-knit fabrics and learn how you should approach all your knit projects. Prevent unexpected results related to gauge, shrinking, stretching, and dimensions. See the tools available to help shape your garments to give the best finished appearance. If you think blocking is just pinning in place and wetting when you’re finished knitting, this class promises to elevate your skill level.
Color & Creativity Finishing Finesse Garment Shaping & Designing Projects & More Projects Techniques & Tips for Knitters Stitch Patters & Textures Extras Crochet