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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.
Best known as the creator of the knitting education website, Knit Purl Hunter, Michelleâ€™s videos have been viewed by millions of knitters. Her books, Building Blocks and Building in Color, are skill building series designed to progress the knitter through the major knitting principles. Michelle divides her time between teaching classes nationwide and online instruction. Her designs have been featured in various publications and are all supported with video tutorials. She considers herself the luckiest person alive to be able to combine her passion for teaching with her love of knitting.
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STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5230 Intermediate Short Row Round Up
Do you avoid patterns with short rows? Do you know only one method of working short rows? Are you unhappy with the appearance of your short rows? Join me for a round up of short row techniques that will give you the confidence and expertise to short row like a pro!
In class we will work a multiple of short rows methods, including garter Japanese and German short rows, discovering which one is best suited to your tension and/or project. We will also learn ways to sneak short rows into your knitting with surprising results.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
5128 Easy Navajo Knitting
Magically turn lace weight yarn into worsted-weight yarn with Navajo knitting, also known as chain plying. Navajo knitting triple plies yarn from one skein without cutting or dividing the skein. This is a perfect use for that large skein of lace yarn hiding in your stash, or that cone of handspun that is begging to be knit!
Learn the basics of the technique plus how to alternate triple and single plies within a project to create sheer stripes, a big trend in today's fashion. Begin a beautiful scarf using all of the above methods. WARNING: This technique is addicting!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5280 Intermediate Bottoms Up! Toe-up Socks
Prepare yourself for a new obsessionâ€”toe up socks! By popular demand, the majority of todayâ€™s sock patterns are written from the bottom up. Toe up socks take the guesswork out of measuring and always leave you with ample yarn. This class will cover all of the skills needed to knit these addicting beauties â€“ cast on, magic loop, short row heel and elastic bind off. Iâ€™ve helped thousands to knit successful socks and I canâ€™t wait to count you among them. In class we will make a small demo sock to learn the techniques. Lastly, bring a skein of sock weight yarn and cast on for your very own pair of full size socks (pattern included). Sock yarns are amazing and shopping for it is just half of the fun!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
4104 Intermediate Navajo Intarsia
This magical technique combines Navajo Knitting and Intarsia to create opaque motifs on a sheer background. Unlike traditional Intarsia, only one skein is used at a time with no interlocking or ends to weave in. It's fast, fun and easy to learn! Previous experience with Navajo knitting and Intarsia are not required.
All of the basics of Navajo Intarsia will be covered while creating a swatch for the stunning shawl, Spotted Fever. The whimsical wrap features opaque polka dots dancing on a sheer background. Using fingering weight yarn, the pattern is available in two sizes -both perfect for warming the shoulders on a chilly evening. During the session we will be swatching and beginning the shawl - be sure to bring a fabulous yarn to showcase the design!
We will also explore ways to incorporate the technique into an endless array of design possibilities.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1051 Easy Two Colors = Too Much Fun!
What's better than a gorgeous color of yarn? Two colors, of course! Discover the joys of knitting with two colors in this class chock-full of color techniques.Â
Take the fiddly out of color work with expert tips to manage, carry and tame multiple yarns.Â Learn several two-color cast on and bind off techniques to create beautiful edges that complement any color work.Â Experiment with increases and decreases that enhance rather than disrupt color work.Â Sample a few delightful stitch patterns sure to whet your appetite for more color knitting.Â Class covers advanced striping, double ended knitting, intarsia, stranded knitting, slip stitch patterns, and more.