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Laura Barker
Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining all the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter's Magazine, Knitty, Knit Edge Magazine and on Ravelry. Her work may also be found at www.CathedralKnits.com and on Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She is a founder of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.

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STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1089 Easy Shorty the Short-row Bear Shorty is a colorful 4″ teddy bear which uses German short rows to create a big round tummy, a bottom so the bear can sit, no-sew ears, pointed toes, curved arms, and contrasting colored pads on the hands and feet. The body is worked sideways then stitches are picked up to add the appendages. Shorty is the Baby from my Three Shorty Bears pattern, and can be substantially completed in class, using approximately 4g of each of 5 colors of worsted yarn found in a mini pack or selected individually. The class includes full Three Shorty Bears pattern as a free download with instructions for the Mama & Papa bears, using the remainder of the mini pack, about 100g total.
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1199 Intermediate Inside Out, Casting on in the Center Some projects are worked best from the inside out, and we'll look at several ways to cast on in the middle of your work. The Pinhole Cast-on, worked into a slip knot, is perfect for when just a few stitches are needed at the very center of a project. The provisional cord cast-on (PCCO), creates stitches, directly onto your needle(s), for working in both directions. Judy's Magic Cast-on is truly magic, and may often replace the PCCO and other cast-ons. The crochet cast-on is very versatile; it mirrors a standard bind-off for a polished edge, it is easily added mid project where a long-tail cast-on is not an option, and when worked with waste yarn unzips later to reveal provisional stitches. We will cover the crochet cast-on for lefties and righties. Class will involve a small amount of knitting in the round, but it is not necessary to learn cast-ons.
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4122 Easy Rising Tides Mini The Rising Tides scarf graced the cover of Knitter's Magazine 125, Winter 2016. Although it looks like a complicated series of waves, it is the result of repeating short rows across the length. You will create a mini version to learn the crochet cast-on, and the T&DS (turn and double stitch) short row, sometimes known as a German short row.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5388 Easy German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei German short rows involve no wraps, pins, or other accessories. At the short-row turn, we create a double stitch. This double stitch is visibly bigger than the surrounding stitches, but when worked in a subsequent row,it is transformed, filling the short-row gap beautifully on the front and back of your work. Class will also cover places to use German short rows, how they compare to other short-row methods, and how to substitute them in patterns. Finally, you'll learn how to fix a double stitch that goes rogue.
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Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4121 Intermediate Upstairs and Down, Short-tier Entrelac Yarn pooling is fascinating—socks, short-row scarves, and entrelac all come to mind. How about entrelac short rows! Or should that be short tiers? The result; "Upstairs and Down" published in Knitter's Magazine 115, Summer 2014, is a reversible scarf of ribbed entrelac rectangles, no triangles, in a mostly rectangular shape. The woven nature of entrelac is highlighted by this orientation, but the colors form stairs in the pattern, emphasized at the ends of the scarf.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1162 Intermediate Petite Lace Pinwheel Shawl Pinwheel is a rectangular shawl that begins in the center with a provisional cast-on that appeared in Knitty, Spring 2015. Modifying Barbara Walker's Vortex creates a stitch pattern that looks the same every time it rotates 90 degrees, making the provisional cast-on a seamless part of the design, and giving the illusion of being worked in one direction while actually rotating 360 degrees. The pattern up close resembles lace bowties, but viewed from farther away, the solid areas become pinwheels. Thinking about how pinwheels spin and still look the same, it was the perfect name. A sideways knit-on border that mimics the alternating lace and solid triangles completes the shawl. This class uses a miniature version to cover the cast-on, cord management, and special increases to create the corner increases.
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1213 Easy Edgy, Easiest Entrelac Ever Have you been wanting to learn entrelac, or tried and been confused by triangles and different slants? The Edgy scarf takes full advantage of the intrinsic shape of the rectangles to create a zig-zag edge, with no need for triangles. The rectangles are all worked in k1, p1 ribbing, and stitches are picked up using my 'double half stitch pickup' method for a fully reversible scarf. Because there is no right side or wrong side, all rectangles slant in the same direction, so most of them are identical, and the few rectangles with slight variations are easy to learn. If you want to master the basic structure of entrelac, this is the easiest way! Edgy debuted at Rhinebeck 2014 and quickly shot to #1 on Ravelry’s “Hot Right Now” list. Join the fun.