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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 2016 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
3135 Intermediate Customizing Sweater Patterns
How many times have you thought, â€ťIâ€™d like that sweater but I wish it had . . . â€ś. Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew-neck to a V-neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
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 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3139 Intermediate Fundamentals of Sweater Design
Whether you have designs on a sketch pad and want to turn them into patterns, or you always want to modify patterns and want to know how, take out your calculator and letâ€™s get started! From the very beginning, we will go through how to design a basic drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder and set-in sleeve sweater. We will cover a variety of neck options as well as learn side shaping and more. Learn about ease and the importance of getting your measurements just right and get a garment that fits you like a custom-made sweater (which it is!) NOTE: Math is used in sweater design. A solid understanding of the math of gauge and some previous sweater knitting experience is needed.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5260 Easy Improve Your Knitting Technique
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? Thereâ€™s always room for improvement! Does your knitting 'row out' (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? Weâ€™ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-on and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the â€śbag of whyâ€ť), so come with your questions and letâ€™s explore our knitting.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5259 Easy Knitting ER: Tragedy & Treatments
It's happened to everyone. The one thing that can stop our knitting and cause us to put our projects into a time-outâ€”MISTAKES. Never fear simple mistakes again, as you learn how to take control of your knitting. You'll learn how to read your knitting and master the basics that every knitter needs to know: how to unknit, how to pick up a dropped stitch in stockinette, how to fix garter, how to fix a mistake in a stitch pattern such as rib or seed, and how to fix your stitch mounts to avoid twisted stitches. We'll also learn a few fancy tricks like picking up a dropped stitch at the end of your row or inserting a small needle to safely rip down to. Everyone makes mistakes, now learn that it doesn't have to ruin your knitting.