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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 former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, design of all kinds, and words and numbers into Beth Whiteside Design. Originally from New England she currently lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are good sources of inspiration. A STITCHES Expo teacher since 2005, what Beth loves most about teaching is making light bulbs pop on in her students' heads and giving them the confidence to continue forward on their own! She can be found online at Annie's Attic and Craftsy.
For more about Beth, go to bethwhitesidedesign.com
STITCHES Midwest 2017 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6221 Intermediate The Beauty of Long Stitches
The size of our stitches in width and height is determined largely by the size of the needles we use. But there are some neat tricks we can use to make stitches bigger, to elongate them either across an entire row or in isolation on a stitch-by-stitch basis, and show off the color and texture of the yarn itself. In this class we'll look at several ways of making stitches longer and discuss when you might choose one technique over another. Then we'll look at how these long beautiful stitches can be slipped, twisted, crossed, wrapped and threaded to create fabulous fabric.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6134 Easy Stripes of All Types
Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suits, Dr. Who scarves to Baby Surprise jackets, stripes are all around us.
In class weâ€™ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to cut and when to carry, how to mix stripes with stitch patterns and knitting techniques like short rows. Weâ€™ll stretch the definition of stripes just a bit to include patterns using only 1 color per row, whether the end result looks like a stripe or not (mosaics!). Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler, and apply them to your next self-designed project!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round
Love knitting in the round, but have trouble with small circumferences? Tried it a few times but still intimidated by that cord connecting the sticks? We'll go over the basics of knitting around on circular needles of all lengths for making knitwear of all sizes. Learn how stitch patterns are worked when you go round and round and round. Once you've practiced the old standard techniques (16 and 24" circulars and double-points), we'll go over two newer methods, the 2-circulars and Magic Loop. When you head home, you'll be ready to finish our class projects, a neck warmer and fingerless mitts!
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT5 Easy Getting Started: Intarsia
Vertical stripes without strandingâ€” how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.
Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 5 or 5.5mm/US8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming
Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Materials: 25 yds #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in a light or bright color, 6.5mm/US10Â˝ knitting needles, and tapestry needle.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT51 Intermediate Getting Started: Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding the unworked color across the back lets you create multi-colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to keep those 2 yarns from twisting, and try different ways to hold them. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT38 Easy Pleasing Plaits
The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid is seen on garments and accessories across northern Europe and the Baltic. In this class you'll learn how to work an easy braided cast-on, work braids within the fabric, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class, you'll be planning to add pleasing plaits to all your projects!
Materials: 20 yds each #4 (worsted-weight ) yarn in 2 complementary light or bright colors, 4.5mm/US7 needle, basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc).
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.