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JC Briar
A self-confessed 'technique freak' and 'skill junkie,' JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.

JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.

For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com

STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
2066 Intermediate Loving Your Lace Edgings Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks - or any other kind of project! In this class, you'll learn where to find edging patterns, how you can use them, and how you can customize them. You'll pick up tips for working tricky stitches - such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row - and for blocking. We'll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you'll have the chance to practice on a sample piece.

Note: Experience knitting lace is required; experience reading charts helpful but not required
Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2061 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs How do you keep your bind-off edge from being too tight? With a stretchy bind-off! Try options with bigger bind-off loops, with more elaborate loops, and simply with more loops. Learn about sewn bind-offs, sideways bind-offs, and bind-offs that use a crochet hook in novel ways.
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
1324 Intermediate Exploring with Stitch Maps: Grid-free Lace Charts Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain "no stitch" symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts reveal the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Discover how to take advantage of stitch maps: how to learn from and knit from them, and how to create them. Practice in class by starting a simple lace scarf.

Note: Need some familiarity with following charts and knitting lace.
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you how the knitted fabric should look.

Learn to read charts, make sense of their symbols, and use them to keep your knitting on track and minimize mistakes.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1100 Intermediate Brioche Wristers: Brioche in the Round Brioche rib worked in two colors is an amazing fabric. Even though you work one-row stripes, you get vertical ribs of color in a squishy, cozy, reversible fabric. And when worked in the round, it's a simple two-round pattern. Learn all the basics in this class by starting a pair of wristers: working brioche slip stitches on both knit rounds and on purl rounds; casting on and binding off effectively; keeping your yarns from tangling; and fixing mistakes.

Note: Need the ability to work in small rounds using dpns, two circs, or Magic Loop.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
2076 Easy Not Your Grandma's Long-tail Cast-on Did you know the long-tail cast-on comes in many flavors? Learn variations that create superior sproing (yes, that's a technical term), a comfy rounded edge, and extra decorative appeal. Find out how to cast on so that you can work your first row as a right-side row, and still get the smooth side of the cast-on on the outside of your work. Discover ways of getting the long-tail cast-on to blend in with ribbing.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
2060 Easy Cast-on Trickery It's a shame that many knitters aren't familiar with provisional and tubular cast-ons. They permit all sorts of trickery: no-sew hems, scarves with identical ends, seamless underarms in top-down sweaters, ribbing that appears to flow from one side of the fabric to the other, and much more. Try a few provisional cast-ons, and find your new favorite. Discover options for creating the perfect tubular cast-on.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1096 Intermediate Lace That Grows: Easy Shawl Design with Wedges Imagine starting a lace shawl with just a few stitches, and "growing" in pattern until your shawl is big enough, with no worries about matching gauge or loosely casting on oodles of stitches. Picture choosing from a variety of shapes - triangles, squares, circles, semi-circles, and more - each composed of a series of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses.

Take this class to learn how to grow a shawl of your own design. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, and see what shapes you can create by knitting your shawl from the top down or the center out. Learn how to estimate how much yarn you'll need, or - if your yarn supply is limited - how large a shawl you can create from the yarn you have. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Note: Need experience following charts and knitting lace.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1098 Intermediate Getting Started with Patterned Brioche Take plain brioche rib, add increases and decreases and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five!) and decreasing from three (or five!) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the right decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience is necessary. You'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.

Note: No prior experience with brioche is required.