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Lorilee Beltman
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 2016 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4090 Intermediate A New Line-up for Socks Let's spice up your sock-knitting! Pump up the color and design with some vertically stranded color work. It's fitting for socks because it does not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. Learn how to add and manage the strands to allow for carefree knitting. Then, using the instructor's pattern provided, we'll spend half of our class time starting the sock and getting as far as possible under the teacher's care to feel confident finishing at home. You'll find your creative juices flowing as you realize the many applications of this technique.
Note: You must have already knit a sock.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6208 Intermediate Fun Fabrics for Continental Knitters Any style of knitting is equally valid. One should always knit in the style that pleases them. If you are a continental knitter, I invite you to explore with me some knitting textures and patterns that are, if I may be frank, a bit easier or more swiftly accomplished in the continental style. We're talking about textures that involve lots of needle gymnastics, or lots of bringing the yarn forward and backward.
I've hunted for textures and colorwork that you are unlikely to have tried before. Among them: Tunisian knit stitch, Estonian lace with nupps, and colorwork variations. Come ready to play.
Note: You must be comfortable knitting in continental style.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. We'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one swatch, we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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.



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