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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.
Karen has worked as a knitting instructor since 1998, teaching for local guilds and shops as well as at regional and national knitting conferences. She worked as the Knit Doctor at STITCHES events for several years and especially enjoys working one-on-one with students, helping them with specific questions about their knitting. Her day job as a knitting technical editor, working mostly for Interweave, exposes her to a wide range of knitting techniques, methods of garment construction, and pattern-writing styles, which in turn informs her teaching. She likes to explain the "why" of what's happening, not just the "how." Her articles have been published in Knitscene and Sockupied magazines. In her free time, she enjoys spinning, sewing, and playing with beads.
STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5274 Easy Learn From Your Swatch
Your swatch can save you from investing a lot of time in a garment only to realize that the hand isn't right, you're about to run out of yarn, or the dye has run. Learn how to make a swatch that will help you to foresee these problems and overcome them. Learn how to take accurate gauge measurements from your swatch, and what to do with those measurements to insure that your garment will fit. Find out what you can learn from your swatch and make it work for you!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1071 Intermediate Fabulous Fair Isle
Fair Isle knitting is a traditional method for creating beautiful garments using only two colors per round. Knitting it is like eating candy: just one more piece; just one more round. Learn to hold a yarn in each hand to create the lovely patterns while starting a winter hat. We will also cover tacking floats on the wrong side of the piece, discuss steeking, and, if time permits, discuss some ways to disguise the "jog" that can happen at the beginning of round.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6143 Advanced Infinite Cables
Do you love working standard cables but want to try something different? Rather than starting at the bottom of a piece and going all the way to the top, infinite cables begin out of nowhere and end before the top of the fabric. These cables, also called circular cables, continuous cables, and closed-ring cables, are unusual but make striking designs. We will learn to make both rounded and pointed beginnings and endings while working on a bag in class.
Note: Students should be comfortable working standard cables.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5208 Intermediate Mysterious Illusion Knitting
Unlock the mysteries of illusion knitting (also called shadow knitting). This fabric looks like stripes, but can reveal a secret image when viewed from the side. Using garter stitch and stockinette stitch, we'll learn to create the fabric's interesting textureâ€”which is what creates the image. We'll look at two different ways to chart illusion patterns while working a swatch to practice the techniques.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5273 Easy Floating Away
Simple, pretty, and effective, floats are the strands of yarn that go in front of or behind stitches when you slip them. In this class we'll learn several different stitch patterns that use floats in unusual ways. The stitch patterns are easy to do and look beautiful! They can be a nice way to show off a variegated yarn by mixing up the colors, but they also look great with solids.