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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 West 2017 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like.
Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols, and to use them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7093 Advanced Manage Those Numbers! What’s the best way to manage all the numbers in the patterns you write? With a spreadsheet! Learn spreadsheet basics for organizing gauges, measurements, and notes. Make friends with functions and formulas for determining stitch counts, figuring sleeve increases, estimating yardage requirements, and more. Pick up tips for ensuring your patterns are as error-free as possible.
Note: This is NOT a class on design. Students must already be familiar with basic design concepts, such as calculating stitch counts from gauge without the help of a spreadsheet. Familiarity with spreadsheets is helpful but not required.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3140 Intermediate Mapping Lace Scarves Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain “no-stitch” symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts unlock the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Learn about stitch maps, and become skilled in using them to minimize mistakes while knitting. Practice in class by designing and starting a simple lace scarf.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3125 Intermediate Wedge Shawl Design Stunning shawls are often formed of lace 'wedges,' 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 wearer’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 Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6210 Easy Beginning Brioche Brioche knitting creates cushy fabric suitable for comfy garments and all sorts of cozy accessories. Done in two colors, it creates vertical stripes, even though only one color is used at a time. Take this class to learn all the basics: working brioche rib in one or two colors; maintaining tidy selvedges; fixing mistakes; working pretty increases and decreases; and casting on and binding off effectively. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.



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