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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.
Sarah is a designer, teacher, and technical editor. She teaches at local yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy.
Sarah's passion is making knitting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches, for the relevance and detail of her class notes, and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills.
For more about Sarah, go to sarahpeasley.com.
STITCHES United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5031 Easy Preventing and Fixing Mistakes
Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you've learned to correct a variety of common mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely rip back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knittingâ€”without losing your cool.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3152 Intermediate A Measure of Success
Inspired by her journey to provide a better fit for her own garments, Jean Frost developed a step-by-step process for designing her favorite Chanel-style jackets, outlined in her book, Custom Knit Jackets. The first steps involve understanding which of your measurements you need to know and how to take them. A discussion of ease is included, as well as a valuable comparison to the "standard" women's sizes so few of us actually meetâ€”valuable information to have on hand when altering an existing pattern.
With Sarah's help, each student will develop a personalized body-measurement chart which can be used to create a custom-fit Chanel-style jacket from scratch or to tweak one of the patterns from Jean's book for a better fit. You'll also learn about making a life-size schematic and a "sample" garment from store-bought fabricâ€”two valuable tools to help you customize your fit.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3154 Intermediate Sleeve Sense
A custom-fit, set-in sleeve made with simple math and simple shaping? Sign me up! Turn just a few measurements into an easy-to-knit, set-in sleeve with an easy-to-insert sleeve cap.
Bonus skills: Join your sweater's shoulders quickly and seamlessly, and learn how to create back neck shaping by doing no shaping at all.
This useful collection of handy design and finishing techniques can be found in Jean Frost's Custom Knit Jackets book. Sarah will show you how it's all done!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2078 Intermediate A Silver Lining
Lining a knit sweater or jacket transforms it from casual to couture. You don't even have to know how to sew to give this luxurious finishing technique a try! The process, as outlined in Jean Frost's Custom Knit Jackets, is a simple one when you take it step by step. Sarah will guide you through each stage as you stitch lining fabric to each of your swatches, join your swatches together with slip-stitch crochet, and then seam the lining for a clean, flawless finish. Discussion will include lining fabrics, sizing issues, and other applications, such as skirts and bags.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
STITCHES United 2018 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT6 No skills required Knitted Miters
Basic knitting skills such as casting on, picking up, and decreasing,â€‰combined with color and texture,â€‰create endless possibilities. Mitered knitting can become squares, rectangles, diamonds, or strips and is the foundation of some of todayâ€™s best designs. You will learn to make a basic square, to join squares as you go, and to build the squares into a project. You will also receive a pattern for a Kindle or iPad cover and begin the project in class.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT1 Basic Short Rows
Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT23 Basic Charts Can Be Your Friends
Don't let a chart scare you. Many knitters prefer working from charts instead of written directions. Once you get the hang of them, charts can make knitting a lot easier. In this class you will learn the basic symbols, the basic rules for chart reading, and some tricks that make it easy. We'll practice knitting from a simple chart while making a cozy for your coffee cup (or soda can).