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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.
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for words and numbers, yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, and design of all kinds, and into Beth Whiteside Design. Sheâ€™s taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annieâ€™s Craft Store and Craftsy. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each studentâ€™s knowledge and skills, opening their mind to new creative possibilities in the world of things made with string. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn, and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on each other. Bethâ€™s love of teaching is driven by a search for the â€śaha!â€ť moment, and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs go on in her studentsâ€™ heads.
When she isnâ€™t teaching, Beth works in the fiber arts as a technical editor, writer, designer, and graphic designer. She loves trying new crafts and techniques and has recently become obsessed by knot-tying and weaving on little looms. You can find her designs in publications such as Creative Knitting and Knitterâ€™s, Magazine, by yarn companies such as Red Heart, Cascade, and Blue Sky Fibers, and in her own indie pattern line.
For more about Beth go to bethwhitesidedesignes.com
STITCHES United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round
There's more than 2 ways to knit round and round! We'll go over the old standbys, circular and double-points, plus try out 2 new ways, 2 circulars and the Magic Loop. We'll get warmed up on a neckwarmer, then test drive our techniques on the small diameter of a fingerless glove.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5387 Intermediate Pleasing Plaits, Beautiful Braids
Braids on fabric?!? Yes! The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid appears on hats, mittens, and garments from across northern Europe and the Baltic. How do you make these colorful plaits on the edge and in the middle of knit fabric? In this class you'll learn how to work several types of braided cast-ons, place braids across the middle of fabric using chain stitch and stranding techniques, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class youâ€™ll be planning pleasing plaits for all your projects.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7068 Intermediate KLITCH your Knits!
Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques!
That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), cinch in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in class, as well as get ideas for using and developing them further. Come learn to KLITCH!
STITCHES United 2018 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming
Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT5 No skills required Getting Started: Intarsia
Vertical stripes without strandingâ€” how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.
Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT57 Basic Choose Your Selvage
Selvage is the name we give to the first and last stitches of a row. These stitches are the transition stitches between one row and the next, and often not as nice and neat as their sisters in the middle. Whatâ€™s a knitter to do? Learn more about them! There are methods both practical and decorative for working those edge stitches, and reasons for choosing one method over another. In class you will learn when to use a garter instead of stockinette selvage, how to work a chain or slipped-stitch selvage, and how yarn overs can be used to make a pretty decorative edge.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT18 Basic Uh-Oh! Fixing Mistakes
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT51 Intermediate Getting Started: Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CC8 Easy Getting Started: Mosaic Knitting
Learn to knit with color without the fuss of having to use bobbins or carry more than one color throughout the row. You can create some beautiful patterns using Mosaic Knitting, both in garter and stockinette stitch. In this class we will knit a cuff for take-out coffee cups. Must be able to knit and purl.