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Lorilee Beltman
Lorilee happily sees no end to where your knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. Since 2009, this former yarn shop owner has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and Craftsy.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.

For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.

STITCHES Texas 2017 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction When you learn continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2059 Easy Totally Tubular For crisp, professional edges to your knitted ribbing, tubular is the way to go. Students will learn and practice a tubular cast-on for both k1, p1 and k2, p2 ribbing. We will learn the method that requires no waste yarn nor crochet hook, which means no picking out waste yarn. On our swatches, we then learn and practice the tubular bind-off for each, so that our sweater beginnings and endings can look fabulous and match exactly.

The teacher's goal is to have the student understand and practice to the point of no longer needing to look up instructions. Skills learned in class: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Tubular Cast-on, Tubular Bind-off, Kitchener Stitch graft.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2067 Intermediate Colorful Cast-ons When knitting a project do you feel you're not getting to the fun part until well after the cast on? Try these colorful cast-ons to add interest to the project, and to add extra entertainment value for you, the knitter.

In class we'll make swatches. After class you'll be able to apply the techniques learned to add a modern touch of color to a solid color garment. Or, by adding colors to the cast-on edge, you can introduce colors that appear later in piece. The options are so plentiful that there is more in the handout than we have time to get to, but we'll choose our favorites and proceed at a good clip.

The instructor will bring labels for your swatches so you can keep them for reference.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6208 Intermediate Fun Fabrics for Continental Knitters Any style of knitting is equally valid. One should always knit in the style that pleases them. If you are a continental knitter, I invite you to explore with me some knitting textures and patterns that are, if I may be frank, a bit easier or more swiftly accomplished in the continental style. We're talking about textures that involve lots of needle gymnastics, or lots of bringing the yarn forward and backward.
I've hunted for textures and colorwork that you are unlikely to have tried before. Among them: Tunisian knit stitch, Estonian lace with nupps, and colorwork variations. Come ready to play.
Note: You must be comfortable knitting in continental style.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. In this class we'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one motif we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.

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