Cindy learned to knit while chaperoning Girl Scouts in Norway. As a self-professed knitting geek, she enjoys exploring the technical side of knitting and tinkering with new skills, stitch patterns, knitting patterns, and concepts. Cindy has been teaching professionally in yarn shops, guild events, and knitting shows for more than 10 years. She is the author of The Kids Knitting Notebook and has designs published in Knitter's Magazine, Knitting Today, and Red Heart, in addition to many self-published patterns.
Cindy is the manager of The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint where she loves helping students learn to knit or crochet â€‰and is very skilled at getting students unstuck. She knits everywhere she goes and frequently answers knitting questions on the sidelines of the soccer field, at PTA meetings, or at Scouting events.
STITCHES Midwest 2016 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT25 Basic Magical Reversible Cables
I love when my scarves don't have a wrong side. You'll learn to make a cable that looks the same on both sides. It is perfect for scarves and other applications where both sides are showing. You should already be familiar with cables before taking this class.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light color, appropriately sized knitting needles, cable needle.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CR13 Easy Entrelac Crochet
Entrelac crochet is a way of doing Tunisian crochet so you end up with little blocks that form a complete row. This is the crocheter's version of Entrelac knitting. It can usually be done with a regular crochet hook and any size yarn. You will learn this stitch technique while making a small mat/coaster.
Materials: 1 oz. each #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in two colors, G crochet hook, scissors, tapestry needle.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends
Don't let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CR22 Easy Shell Stitch Cowl
Start expanding your crochet skills with this quick and easy cowl. You will learn to correctly join in the round, go on to learn the Double V stitch, and discover how to manage the ending and beginning of the rows as the motif shifts over on each row.
Supplies: 1 skein of bulky yarn and N crochet hook
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
FF5 Easy Blocking 101
Blocking is one of the final steps that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting
Continental knitting involves tensioning the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and using the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. It is a great technique to have in your knitting repetoire. It can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. Your instructor will teach the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT13 Basic Invisible Joins Well Nearly Invisible
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you can't wait to get to the end of the ball to try
your new skills.
Please bring 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
SP2 Easy Entrelac Intro
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.