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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.
Grace Akhrem is a designâ€‹er inspired by color, texture, and fashion who loves working with vibrant and saturated colorsâ€‹. Graceâ€™s main goal as a designer is to â€‹create patterns that â€‹are wearable and fashionable while maintaining a focus on construction and techniqueâ€‹. Although she does stress short-row techniqueâ€‹s,â€‹ her designs can range from beginner to advanced and everything in-between.â€‹ Her designs can be found in various magazine publications, books, and her own line of self-published patterns on Ravelry.â€‹
Grace, a Los Angeles native, has been working in the industry since 2004, so when she was asked by Barry Klein to join the Trendsetter Yarn Group team as the company's Creative Director, it was a no-brainer!â€‹
STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1115 Easy Russian Speed Knitting: a Twist on Continental
This twist on continental knitting (pun intended) may be one of the fastest ways to knit, This combined continental technique minimizes hand motions for increased efficiency.
We will practice knit, purl, increase, and decrease stitches and discuss how this simple change of direction and motion can help you make the most of your knitting time.
Note: Should be comfortable with the following: continental knitting, cast on, knit, purl, bind off, k2tog, and ssk.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1076 Intermediate Converting Basic Garment Patterns to include Short-row Shaping
Learn the basics of short rows and the difference between traditional short rows and Japanese short rows. We will discuss and learn how to include short-row shaping at the shoulder and neckline to create a nice clean edge as opposed to a jagged one. It makes seaming and picking up stitches easier and neater. Together we will convert a basic pattern to include short-rows shaping. After this class every student should be able to work at least two kinds of short rows and convert the neck or shoulder shaping of any pattern to include short rows.
Note: must be familiar with cast on, knit, purl, ssk, k2tog, and yo.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1084 Intermediate Triangles, Diamonds and Squares...Oh My! Blanket
Make a garter-stitch blanket full of short-row, half-square triangles. The fabric looks much like an assembly of mitered squares, but is rather a study in decreasing short rows in one triangle, followed by increasing short rows in a second triangleâ€”and a second color.
Learn how to work slip-stitch selvages and wrap-and-turn short rows as you make your sample blocks. Grace will discuss ways various layouts for the finished blocks, how to alter the size of the squares, and show you how to seam the blocks together. You will go home ready to start your own blanket.
Note: Must be able to cast on, knit and bind off.