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NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Cindy learned to knit while chaperoning Girl Scouts in Norway. As a self-professed knitting geek, she enjoys exploring the technical side of knitting and tinkering with new skills, stitch patterns, knitting patterns, and concepts. Cindy has been teaching professionally in yarn shops, guild events, and knitting shows for more than 10 years. She is the author of The Kids Knitting Notebook and has designs published in Knitter's Magazine, Knitting Today, and Red Heart, in addition to many self-published patterns.
Cindy is the manager of The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint where she loves helping students learn to knit or crochet â€‰and is very skilled at getting students unstuck. She knits everywhere she goes and frequently answers knitting questions on the sidelines of the soccer field, at PTA meetings, or at Scouting events.
STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7092 Easy Zippy Zippers
Adding a zipper to a sweater can change the whole lookâ€”from ho-hum to awesome. We will explore 2 different ways to attach a zipper to knit fabric as well as how to shorten a zipper to fit your desired length. There will be plenty of time to practice both with lots of support. Dive in and tackle these techniques, and you'll be putting zippers on everything.
STITCHES Midwest 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
CR12 Basic Tunisian Crochet
A cross between knitting and crochet, this fabric looks woven. Let's play with some stitches while making a business card holder.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FF5 Easy Blocking 101
Blocking is one of the final steps that transforms your knit or crochet piece into a work of art. In this class you will learn when and how to wet block, steam block, and spray block. You will learn about different fibers and which blocking method is best suited for each. You will also learn about some of the tools used including blocking wires, boards, and pins. Discussion will also cover the importance of blocking your swatch.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP2 No skills required Entrelac Intro
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Saturday 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.
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
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).
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CR10 Basic Crocodile-stitch Crochet
This fun, textured stitch has been popping up in lots of patterns recently. Learn to crochet overlapping scales so you can adorn your next project.
Note: Must be comfortable with both single and double crochet.