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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.
Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher teaching at venues throughout the country, the author of Entree to Entrelac and the past Interim Executive Director of The National Needlearts Association.
Gwen's passion is teaching. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national knitting convention, or at the local yarn shop, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys.
Gwen's teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, "My job is to make the students' toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! I believe there are lots of 'right' answers. The more options you have, the more skills you develop, and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is 'knitting is fun'. If you add something to your knitting toolbox and have fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class."
For more about Gwen, go to gwenbortner.com
STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2082 Intermediate Make it Match
If you think your cast-on and your bind-off cannot match, think again! Although there may not be a match for every technique, there are several different pairs of cast-ons and bind-offs that are very similar in appearance. Students will gain hands on experience while they learn 2 - 4 pairs of matching cast-ons and bind-offs. In addition, gain insights on which options are best and other tips and tricks associated with the start and finish of a project.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5263 Easy Fun with Fine Yarns
Love the beauty of fine weight yarns, but looking for alternatives to socks and shawls? Love the feel of fine yarn, but dread knitting with tiny needles? Gain hands-on experience as you explore a variety of techniques and methods to use fine yarns on not-so-fine needles. Gain insights on picking yarns and colors to create your own gradients. Use a spinning techinque to bulk up your yarn without having to manage multiple balls. Uncover the advantages of using fine yarn even when a heavier yarn is required. Knitting with fine yarn can be fun, even if you don't like knitting with tiny needles.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche: The Basics and Beyond
â€‹Brioche is a category of stitches that is often overlooked by many knitters, but it has
â€‹several characteristics that make is great for lots of projects. It is a great choice for
â€‹scarves or blankets as it tends to lay flat and is attractive on both side. Learn the
â€‹basics of brioche, including the classic construction as well as alternative
â€‹construction techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain
â€‹an understanding of this unique fabric that just might become one of your favorites.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5282 Intermediate Round and Round â€śWeeâ€ť Go: DPNs, 2 Circs and Magic Loop
Knitting in the round on small circumferences can be challenging but it is a skill most knitters need in their bag of tricks. Double points can be intimidating. Using two circulars can be confusing. And magic loop is often a mystery. Learn pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for each of these methods designed specifically for seamlessly knitting small circumference pieces. Cast-on challenges and what to watch for will be discussed and tried for each method. Techniques for switching from one needle to the next will be covered as well. Come to class, try and all three and decide which is your favorite.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that it is actually laziness! As a 'lazy knitter' I have developed a number of tricks and techniques that I use regularly to either speed up my progress, simplify my knitting, or ultimately make it neater with no additional effort. My best hacks do all three! Join me to learn the various hacks I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency in some manner.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?
Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.