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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.
Sarah is a designer, teacher, and technical editor. She teaches at local yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy.
Sarah's passion is making knitting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches, for the relevance and detail of her class notes, and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills.
For more about Sarah, go to sarahpeasley.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2017 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6108 Easy Basic Cable Techniques
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order.
Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4108 Intermediate Old School Cuff-to-toe Socks
Plain old vanilla socks may sound boring, but traditional, cuff-down, heel-flap socks are an excellent first sock project, an ideal choice for on-the-go knitting, and a great way to connect to knitters of yore (although sock yarn is WAY more fun now than it used to be!). Use double-pointed needles to knit a sock from the cuff down. Start with a ribbed cuff, turn a perfect heel (without that pesky hole at the corner!), and finish with a round toe. You'll make a mini sock in class, but you'll leave with the information needed to make your own custom-fit cuff-down socks!
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
5174 Intermediate Graft a Toe Like a Pro!
Do you flat out refuse to knit socks from the cuff down because of the dreaded Kitchener Stitch? That eensy weensy little bit of grafting at the very end of the toe, on hardly any stitches? Suck it up, buttercup! Sarah gets you going step by step, then shares some awesome hints that will make you toss your cheat sheet aside and Kitchener like nobody's business. Be the boss of those sock toes, one grafted stitch at a time!
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm SOLD OUT
5201 Intermediate Care to Join Me?
The end of the skein. Changing to a new color. A knot or a thin spot in the yarn. You can't avoid it â€“ at some point you'll have to join a new strand of yarn to your knitting. What's the best way to do that? How do you avoid join-related issues, like knots, bumps, jogs, or twisted stitches? What works best for different projects, like stockinette, cables, or Fair Isle? Practice a variety of joins, then compare and contrast the effects and discuss the pros and cons of each. Weaving in ends will be mentioned in passing, but is not the main focus of this class. Join the ranks of smarter, more confident knitters, with Sarah as your guide!
Friday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2062 Intermediate BLOCK PARTY!
How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? Participate in an eye-opening demo and a practical discussion about options for laundering and blocking your hand knits; including tools, techniques, interpretation of those cryptic laundry symbols, and a basic tutorial on different types of fiber.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
3145 Intermediate No-Sew Set-in Sleeves
Are you tired of trying to figure out how to sew in a set-in sleeve? Have you ever tried to design one from scratch? Those bell curves and ratios can drive you nutty! Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with very little math, and no unsightly seams! Armhole shaping variations, alternative stitch patterns, and sleeve decrease calculations will also be discussed.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.