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Gayle Roehm
Gayle Roehm has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy Japanese knitting and crochet designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan. She began to teach knitting after a long career as a management consultant focusing on development consulting, and worked in many countries all over the world. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years.

Her own designs have been featured in Knitter’s magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original designs through a local fiber arts gallery. Her article about Japanese patterns appeared in Knitter’s in 1997, and was one of the first to appear in English on the topic. She also prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and for several years translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito).



STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we’ll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We’ll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you’re not sure. We’ll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I’ve found in Japanese garment patterns. We’ll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don’t need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude — they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5033 Advanced Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns Many knitters have recently discovered the intriguing world of Japanese hand-knitting patterns. Japanese designers are creative and innovative, and their designs use beautiful stitchwork and impeccable details. You’ll see that a Japanese pattern is presented in an almost entirely graphic format, which is quite accessible to a western knitter once certain conventions are explained.

This full-day class is aimed at those who would like to make a garment from a Japanese pattern. We’ll learn how to 'read' a schematic, including how to interpret shaping notation. We'll cover how to find basic information such as gauge, yarn requirements, and needle sizing. We’ll also examine the symbols used in stitch charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers, and we’ll make some swatches to become familiar with Japanese symbology. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5233 Intermediate A Sampler of Japanese Tips and Techniques Japanese knitting patterns often include an interesting and useful technique. This class will introduce you to an assortment of techniques from Japanese patterns or technique books. The techniques aren't exclusively Japanese, but you'll probably find them useful additions to your skill set. We'll work through: two tubular cast-ons; a vertical buttonhole; Japanese crocheted bobbles; and several variations on the three-needle bindoff. (This class doesn't cover how to read Japanese patterns.)
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4116 Advanced Japanese Fingerless Mitts by Hitomi Shida Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns are delighted with the "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida," recently published in English. Join the translator to knit the fingerless mitts from this book, and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. We'll start the first mitt in class, practicing chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later at home. The pattern will be provided; you don't need to purchase the book ahead of time.
Note: You must be comfortable knitting in the round from charts.



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