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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 Midwest 2017 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6055 Advanced Socktastic Stitch Patterns You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks, but for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough 'give' for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy resizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated patterns on the cuff, heel, and toe.
Explore Socktastic patterns, learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and see how to combine basic building blocks to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
Note: Must be comfortable with reading charts.
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Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2066 Intermediate Loving your Lace Edgings Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks – or any other kind of project! In this class, you’ll learn where to find edging patterns, and how you can customize them. You’ll pick up tips for working tricky stitches – such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row — and for blocking. We’ll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you’ll have the chance to practice on a sample piece.
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Friday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
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Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5003 Easy Cast-on Cornucopia Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: 1-strand or 2-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class, try variations on old favorites, and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.



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