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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.
A TKGA Master Knitter and past co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee, Margaret Fisher is a nationally known knitting instructor and a designer of one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.
She learned to knit at the age of ten and was self-taught for many years, driven by her teenage enthusiasm for knitting colorful, stylish, and trendy clothing. She is still passionate about knitting garments, focusing on well-made, well-fitting, contemporary clothing that has a timeless appeal. Many of Margaretâ€™s classes give students practical skills and techniques used in garment knitting. She believes that when knitters understand the 'how' and the 'why' of techniques, it allows them to make choices in their own projects. Her classes focus on teaching techniques that empower knitters and increase their confidence.
She is the author of Seven Things that can â€śMake or Breakâ€ť a Sweater,Â® a knitting technique book.
For more information on Margaret, go to margaretfisher.com.
STITCHES West 2017 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2025 Intermediate Advanced Seaming: Texture, Color, Pattern
Do you know how to seam stockinette stitch, but find other stitch patterns challenging? Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles to seaming textured stitch patterns and colorwork.
The key to seaming is understanding stitch pattern structure and recognizing where to place the sewing needle. We will work with two simple textured stitch patternsâ€”garter stitch and seed stitchâ€”Â”to learn how to identify 'where to sew.' These two patterns are representative of many textured patterns and by seaming them, you will understand many aspects of seaming others. You will practice seaming vertical, horizontal, and horizontal-to-vertical seams in garter stitch and seed stitch.
Also, you will learn how to adjust textured and colorwork stitch patterns so they match at the side-seams of a garment. Charts and knitted samples will be used to examine the stitch patterns and determine how to adjust them. The class includes a discussion of using selvedge stitches with colorwork and textured stitch patterns.
The last part of the class focuses on the knitting and seaming techniques used for set-in sleeves. All of the steps for sewing set-in sleeves will be reviewed, and you will practice seaming the diagonal section of a set-in sleeve on seed stitch swatches.
Note: Must be able to sew vertical, horizontal, horizontal-to-vertical, and diagonal seams in stockinette stitch and vertical seams in reverse stockinette stitch (or must have taken Superb Seams class). Must be able to identify the structure of knit and purl stitches in handknits.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5013 Easy Seven Things that can 'Make or Break' a Sweater
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact: increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast-on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking.
You will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous.
Note: This is an advanced beginner level class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2044 Intermediate Zip, Button, Tie: Creative Closures
Learn a number of attractive and functional closures for garments. Start by practicing and mastering all of the steps of placing a zipper in a fabric. Understand how to avoid puckers and make sure the zipper fits the opening. Then have fun making I-cord and crocheted buttons. See how they can add a nice visual touch, especially when worked in fancy yarns. Finally, focus on using drawstrings and ties as fastenings. See how zippers, buttons, and ties can accent your work and make it special.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
3122 Advanced Demystifying Set-in Sleeves
Sweaters with set-in sleeves have an attractive silhouette and fit the body well, but the caps can be tricky to shape and seam.
Learn the shape and construction of a sleeve cap which is knit from bottom to top (underarm to shoulder) and how it fits into the body of a sweater. Knit a sample cap using the shaping calculations and techniques, decrease placement, and refinements that ensure a perfect fit. Learn and practice the seaming techniques which make your set-in sleeves look beautiful.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2006 Easy Superb Seams
Seaming is one of the most important finishing steps for a knit garment. In this class you will master all the seaming techniques used to assemble a sweater and understand how to make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette, and ribbing. Find out how selvedge stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5249 Intermediate Stripes and Steeks
Do you love variegated yarn with long color repeats? Are you unhappy with the uneven and mismatched striping that can occur in garments knit with these yarns? Learn several knitting techniques that produce beautiful results. See how to tame the stripes by planning your garment layout. Understand how to create steeks, a band of vertical stitches which are cut to create armholes, necklines, or the front opening on a sweater. We will talk strategy and practice cutting steeks. This class will help you create garments with beautifully balanced and matching stripes when using yarns with long repeat variegation.