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Lorilee Beltman
Lorilee happily sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. For the past ten years she has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Lorilee is patient with every student and packs her classes with content and lots of extra tips you can really use.

Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a 2018 Knit Star teacher, the former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy where her classes are consistent best-sellers.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.

For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.



STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1121 Intermediate The Cast-on That's Pure Magic Estonians have been using it since the 1970s. Americans were turned on to it when Judy Becker taught us via Knitty in 2006. If you haven't learned it yet, here's a perfect opportunity to learn and apply the Magic Cast-On. What's exciting is all the possibilities it offers to knitters! We will learn it, then work our way through ways to apply it.

Symmetrical lace scarves? You don't have to use and pick out waste yarn. Shawls that start with a garter-stitch tab? You don't have to pick up stitches on that icky cast-on edge. Toe-up socks? You don't have to tighten up loose stitches from Turkish or figure-8 cast-on, plus we will learn a common wedge-toe and a rounded-toe version. Infinity loop cowls? You don't have to pick out the waste yarn of a provisional cast-on. Hems? You don't have to sew down, and you don't have to pick up bumps of a long-tail cast-on and wonder if you're in the right column. This is general knitting knowledge you will apply to many areas of your knitting life.
Lorilee can work with conventional knitters, mirror-image left-hand knitters, and combination knitters in a way that suits you.
Note: If you have taken Lorilee's Professional-Looking Cuffs class in the past, there will be some overlap.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.

Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Do you look up instructions for grafting the Kitchener Stitch every time you have to work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it with economized moves while training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll graft stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work an option for grafting ribbing.

Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at understanding the basics and memorizing the moves.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1119 Easy Cabling Without a Cable Needle Do you love gorgeous cable knits? Do you find that working cables slows you down a lot? Even if you are new to cable knitting, this class is for you.

We will learn how to cross those cables in various configurations without the assistance of a cable needle.

Once you learn this technique you can cut out that step where you have to look up the text translation of the charted symbol. Imagine cabling without glancing over at the words to get them done! You may even encounter fewer errors as you work.

A tidy appearance is important, too. Have you noticed, in your ribbing and cables that the left-most knit stitch looks sloppy? Are you familiar with the term "man-spreading"? Well, this stitch looks like it has taken its seat and done just that. We will learn why it happens and then teach that stitch some manners! Class also includes tips for keeping track of when it's time for that cabling action row.

What we'll learn is nothing new to knitting. The photo includes an illustration from a decades-old Estonian knitting book. Fascinating!

Note: Should be comfortable knitting, purling and following pattern directions, but prior experience with cables is not necessary.
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Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1116 Advanced Colors that Climb Stranding color vertically in your knitting offers new possibilities where many colors can be worked at once! We will learn how to introduce the new color strands to our work, how to work with them so they are user friendly, and how to adequately anchor the stitches without overdoing it.

Once you learn the tricks in class, the technique is easy to execute and repeat. Everyone can do it.

The beauty happens in creative applications. We will work one simple stockinette motif to learn the rules, then a lace and purled version as pictured.

Lastly knitters will work their choice of the many motifs remaining in the handout. Any of the motifs can be worked into existing plain patterns without ruining the gauge nor the elasticity of the fabric. I'll show you how and inspire you with stacks of samples. Class demonstrations are done in both in English and Continental styles.

Note: Must be comfortable working in the round at a small circumference as for a mitten or sock. You may use DPNs, two circulars, or Magic Loop but must be able to do so unassisted. Some experience with two-handed color work is a plus, but not necessary.

Materials fee: $4 wool yarn in multiple colors for a variety and to achieve consistent results.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.

Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. We'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one swatch, we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2059 Easy Totally Tubular For crisp, professional edges on your knitted ribbing, tubular is the way to go. Students will learn and practice a tubular cast-on for both k1, p1 and k2, p2 ribbing. We will learn the method that requires no waste yarn nor crochet hook. On our swatches, we then learn and practice the tubular bind-off for each, so that our sweater beginnings and endings can look fabulous and match exactly.

The teacher's goal is to have the student understand and practice to the point of no longer needing to look up instructions. Skills learned in class: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Tubular Cast-on, Tubular Bind-off, Kitchener Stitch graft.