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Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong has been teaching The Portuguese Style of Knitting for 16 years now. She has named the technique since it had no official name before. This style is very ergonomic, easier on your hands and develops a nice rhythm when practice on plain Garter Stitch or Ribbing.
The difference between the Portuguese Style and the other styles more common in this country is how the yarn is tensioned around the neck (or around a pin), taking away the work from your hands. It makes Garter Stitch, Ribbing and Stranded Knitting a breeze!

For more about Andrea, go to andreawongknits.com.

STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1160 Intermediate Basics of Brioche Knitting Portuguese Style Portuguese Knitters are always interested in expanding their stitch library and knitting skills. After receiving so many requests, we have now this class that will show you how to work Brioche Knitting using Portuguese Style. The difference is to work with the yarn in front at all times instead of having it on the back of the work. This class is not intended to teach you Portuguese Knitting, but to improve the skill you already have. If you have not worked Brioche, that’s OK. We are going to go over all skills to make the adorable hat you see in the picture. Pattern will be given to you during class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1209 Intermediate 2-color Knitting Portuguese Style The Portuguese style of knitting makes the purl stitch very easy. For this reason, when knitting circularly I prefer to knit garments inside out. This technique makes two-color knitting very smooth: where the two colors of yarn do not tangle and the tension of the fabric is very even. In this class we are going to learn all the basics of this style of knitting and then make a two-color knitting hat, learning the basics skills for many knitting projects: Fair Isle, double knitting and Bohus knitting.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5002 Easy Learn to Knit Portuguese Style During this workshop knitters will have the opportunity to learn about the history and practice the style of knitting which is in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, and Turkey. The main characteristic is that the yarn is either wrapped behind the neck or looped the through a pin attached to the shoulder in order to maintain a constant tension. Students will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, increases, decreases, cast on and bind off. A project will be given to practice all techniques described in class for complete understanding.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1159 Intermediate Orenburg Lace Portuguese Style Orenburg Lace originated in Russia, and it is famous for its beauty and simplicity. The design uses Garter Stitch decorated with yarn overs showing patterns like flowers, fruits, paws, etc. Since Garter Stitch is very simple and efficient in Portuguese knitting, we are going to combine them both! This class will include Portuguese knit, purl and yarn over, comments about Orenburg lace and its designs, and a hands on project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
8060 Easy Turkish Bead Crochet Turkish bead crochet is not yet widespread in this country. It consists of a simple crochet technique resembling bead crochet, but the effects and possibilities are quite different. It only uses 2 crochet stitches, and they are the simplest ones: slip stitch and single crochet. The execution is easy and quick and it makes a great way to get rid of bead stashes (or start one!). The design itself is made by combining at least 2 different kinds of beads. Once you learn the principles of this method, it is very hard to stop making necklaces and bracelets, purse handles, and much more. The applications are endless!
Note: A basic knowledge of crochet is required.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5242 Intermediate Peruvian Purl, Puntas, Picas, and Popcorn When Andrea had the privilege of traveling around Peru, she visited many villages and learned first-hand about knitting Peruvian style, comparing and contrasting it with the Portuguese style of knitting.
Andrea makes this comparison as she points out what makes the Peruvian style of knitting different and especially efficient, how much is inspired in woven textiles, how beautiful the patterns are, and what some of their motifs mean. The construction details exclusive to the Peruvian style will be taught including how they purl, how they work on the non-public side of the work, how they knit the puntas or picas as borders, and how they purl using 2 (or more) colors of yarn. As a bonus, you are going to learn how to make the popcorn stitch and how to apply it to your own designs. A pattern for a small bag is included in the class along with several traditional motifs to create your own if you wish.