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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.
Edie Eckman is a popular author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. Just don't ask her to choose one over the other!
Her comfortable and encouraging teaching style empowers students to gain the skills they need to confidently and enthusiastically take on any crochet or knitting challenge.
Edie teaches online at Craftsy.com and Creativebug.com and she serves as a Master Teacher for the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program, helping train others to become knitting and crochet teachers. She has written a number of best-selling crochet books including The Crochet Answer Book and Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders.
For more about Edie, go to www.edieeckman.com
STITCHES West 2017 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5244 Intermediate Mastering Mosaics
Dramatic colorwork using only one color at a time, easy enough for beginners but intriguing to experienced knitters-what could be more appealing? Mosaic knitting does just that and more. It's forgiving of uneven tension, doesn't require exact stitch counts to match multiples, and allows you to go on auto-pilot every other row. Furthermore, you can switch up stitch patterns without affecting the gauge. The downside? Understanding this fascinating technique can be somewhat confusing at first glance. Banish that bewilderment as you learn to read mosaic charts, play with garter-stitch and stockinette-stitch variations, and maybe even get started designing your own mosaic patterns.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
8068 Easy Crochet Confidence
You've got the basic crochet stitches down pat, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Why are my edges crooked? How do I decrease without making a hole? How do I weave in ends invisibly and securely? How do I read a pattern? If these and similar questions plague your crochet, now's the time to clear up the confusion. No matter your level of crochet experience, if you have questions, then this is the class for you! You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had. Crocheters of all experience levels are welcome. Leave class ready to tackle your next project with confidence! (Students enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program will find this class helpful.)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3143 Advanced Pattern Writing Workshop
Designers, make yourself understood! Knitters and crocheters, decipher those cryptic patterns! Do you struggle with the wording of patterns? Do you spend lots of time answering (or asking) questions? Is it possible to have too many words in a pattern, or too few? How do tech editors and test stitchers help clarify pattern language? What happens when designers don't really know how to make themselves understood? We will look at specific pattern examples for both knit and crochet and examine what works best in various situations. Students will have the opportunity to have their own patterns reviewed anonymously, and will receive suggestions to improve their pattern-writing skills. The benefit of having an entire class working together is that we get a variety of viewpoints!
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
8072 Easy Understanding Symbol Crochet
More and more crochet patterns are using international crochet symbols. With symbol crochet, you can see what your stitch pattern is supposed to look like and see the relationship of stitches to one another. Many crocheters find this way of presenting patterns easier to follow than written-out instructions, allowing them to avoid mistakes before they happen! Learn the fundamentals of symbol crochet and see how this universal crochet "language" makes it easy to read patterns from any country.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5226 Easy UnLearn to Knit
You learned the rules: Put your needle in this way, wrap your yarn that way. Now unlearn those rules to gain control of your knitting.
No matter how long you've been knitting or what your knitting style, understanding the structure of the knitted fabric and how the stitches are related to one another is the key to becoming an expert knitter. We'll have fun exploring what it really means to take a length of string and turn it into a fabric. You'll leave class with the confidence and ability to fix mistakes, take shortcuts, and be the master of your stitches.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5137 Easy No-longer-a-novice Knitting Knowledge
You know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Do I slip knitwise or purlwise? Why are my stitches twisted? How do I increase without making a hole? How do I weave in ends without having them come undone? If these and similar questions plague your knitting, now's the time to clear up the confusion.
Whether you are an inexperienced knitter, a longtime knitter, or just have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm CANCELED
4084 Intermediate No-wrong-side Scarves
Problem: You love to knit scarves, but you hate when the wrong side shows. You detest garter stitch. You want good-looking reversible patterns so you can relax and look fabulous, no matter which side is 'up.'
Solution: Take this class! Move beyond garter stitch to explore fun-to-knit stitch patterns that have 2 right sides and self-edging selvedges. You'll be casting on, knitting, and binding off to create a mini scarf with no wrong sides.