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Beth Whiteside
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for instruction and illustration, writing and editing, and design of all kinds in the world of things made with string as Beth Whiteside Design. She's taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annie's Craft Store and Craftsy/Bluprint. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student's knowledge and skill, opening their mind to new creative possibilities. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on one another. Beth's love of teaching is driven by a search for the 'Aha!' moment and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs turn on in her student's heads.


STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4036 Easy My First Sweater Ready to go beyond scarves & hats? Take the terror out of sweater-making with this sleeveless teddy-size shell. You will learn about garment types (drop-shoulder, inset, and set-in sleeve sweaters, cardigans, etc) and ways in which they can be constructed (top-down, bottom-up, in seamed pieces or seamlessly). You'll learn how to read pattern instructions that translate the inches of a garment into the stitches and rows of knitting. And you'll apply what you have learned by knitting up and seaming together the pieces of a small sample. Let's make your first sweater together!
NEW
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5387 Intermediate Pleasing Plaits, Beautiful Braids Braids on fabric?!? Yes! The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid appears on hats, mittens, and garments from across northern Europe and the Baltic. How do you make these colorful plaits on the edge and in the middle of knit fabric? In this class you'll learn how to work several types of braided cast-ons, place braids across the middle of fabric using chain stitch and stranding techniques, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class you’ll be planning pleasing plaits for all your projects.

Note: Must know how to execute the long-tail. Familiarity with stranded color is helpful but not essential. 



STITCHES West 2019 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.

Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT1 Basic Short Rows Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT51 Intermediate Getting Started: Stranded Color Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.

Sponsored by XRX Books Booth 601.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT5 No skills required Getting Started: Intarsia Vertical stripes without stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.

Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CC10 Easy Embroider Your Knits: The Basics Anna Zilboorg’s Splendid Apparel introduced the knitting world to a new way of adding color and emphasizing pattern to your knitting with a little embroidery. Let’s keep it simple, learning 4 stitches and playing with color and placement on k2, p2 ribbing. If you have embroidered for years, but never added it to your knitting . . . or never threaded a needle, this basic cuff will get you started.
Please bring 1 completed cuff to class.

To Knit Cuff:
With 110 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yanr and 3.75mm/US 5 needles, cast on 38 stitches. Row 1 (RS) [K2, p2] to last 2 stitches, k2. Row 2 [P2, k2] to last 2 stitches, p2. Continue to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches until piece measures 4" x 6" from cast-on. Bind off in pattern. Do not seam. If you want to make a wine cozy instead of a cuff, do not bind off. We will work the embroidery, then you will transfer the stitches to double-pointed needles and work the base.


Sponsored by XRX Books.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.