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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.
Gayle Roehm is a former management consultant who now devotes herself to knitting and other fiber arts. She teaches nationally for knitting events, guilds and yarn shops. Her designs have been featured in Knitter's, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells her work at a fiber arts gallery. Gayle has traveled throughout the world, lived in Japan, speaks Japanese and has knitted with Japanese designs for many years. She is the translator of the "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible" and "250 Japanese Knitting Stitches" by Hitomi Shida, "Japanese Knitting" by michiyo, and two more upcoming books. She published the first information in English about Japanese patterns in 1997, she prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and she has translated patterns for Diakeito Yarns/Sunrise Fibers.
STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
1148 Advanced Hitomi Shida's Lace Mini-scarf
Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns are delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. This class focuses on the scarf that's one of the book's introductory projects. We'll start the body of the scarf with a provisional cast-on, then continue to practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to ensure that you'll be able to complete the scarf at home. You'll gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. If time permits, we'll remove the waste yarn cast-on to complete the "frill" at one end. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.
Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts. Some lace experience needed.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
1150 Advanced Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Exploration
From easy to mind-bending! The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible has it all!
We'll start with a stitch pattern that gives you a lot of "bang for the buck": lovely and relatively easy to knit. Then we'll move on to more-challenging stitch patterns with patterning on both right- and wrong-side rows and some with complex combinations. You'll get plenty of practice with author Shida Himoti's style and with the charts and symbols.
Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs
Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I've found in Japanese garment patterns. We'll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don't need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude - they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1147 Advanced A Japanese Hat with Traveling Stitches and Lace
Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns will be delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English.
Join Gayle (the translator) to knit the lacy cabled hat from this book, and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols of Japanese patterns.
This is a good first project because it's worked in the round, and you won't have to worry about wrong-side patterning. We'll start the body with a provisional cast-on, then practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later at home.
The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.
Note: You MUSTbe comfortable working from a chart.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5233 Intermediate A Sampler of Japanese Tips and Techniques
Japanese knitting patterns often include an interesting and useful technique. This class will introduce you to an assortment of techniques from Japanese patterns and technique books.
The techniques aren't exclusively Japanese, but you'll probably find them useful additions to your skill set. We'll work through: two tubular cast-ons; a vertical buttonhole; Japanese crocheted bobbles; and several variations on the three-needle bind-off.
Note:This class doesn't cover how to read Japanese patterns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1151 Advanced Japanese Knitting Patterns: Getting Started
Some Japanese knitting patterns do not have a translation but if they are presented in a graphic format, with drawings and charts that is all you need without knowing the language and a few pointers from Gayle Roehm.
Gayle will cover the basics of understanding such patterns. You'll learn where to find important information: gauge, needle size, and shaping. she will review a few key vocabulary words and basic stitch symbols to make it work, and where to get help should you encounter something unfamiliar.
If time permits, we'll practice a swatch to strengthen your chart-reading skills.
Note: You should have knit at least one sweater and be comfortable knitting from charts.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1149 Advanced Japanese Knitted Slippers from Michiyo
In the new Japanese Knitting book by Michiyo, this is a pair of cleverly-constructed, cabled slippers made in aran- or worsted-weight yarn, but are easily adaptable to a range of sizes.
The slippers are knit flat then seamed. We'll look at how to make them and how they're put together. Â Gayle will even help you create a foot template to adapt the pattern to your size.
You will knit as far as possible during class gaining enough information to complete them at home. Join the ranks of Japanese pattern knitters as you begin a great project for yourself!
The pattern will be provided; you do not need to purchase the book.
Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns
Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches.
In this class we'll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We'll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you're not sure. We'll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.