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Karen Frisa
Karen has worked as a knitting instructor since 1998, teaching for local guilds and shops as well as at regional and national knitting conferences. She worked as the Knit Doctor at STITCHES events for several years and especially enjoys working one-on-one with students, helping them with specific questions about their knitting.

Her day job as a knitting technical editor, working mostly for Interweave, exposes her to a wide range of knitting techniques, methods of garment construction, and pattern-writing styles, which in turn informs her teaching. She likes to explain the "why" of what's happening, not just the "how."

Her articles have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Sockupied magazines. In her free time, she enjoys spinning yarn, cycling, and playing her trumpet.

STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5274 Easy Learn From Your Swatch Your swatch can save you from investing a lot of time in a garment only to realize that the hand isn't right, you're about to run out of yarn, or the dye has run. Learn how to make a swatch that will help you to foresee these problems and overcome them. Learn how to take accurate gauge measurements from your swatch, and what to do with those measurements to insure that your garment will fit. Find out what you can learn from your swatch and make it work for you!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5209 Advanced Double Knitting Tubes Learn to knit tubes on straight needles! This fascinating technique can be used to make open tubes such as glove fingers or mitten thumbs without having to work in the round. We'll even make a double-knit pocket!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6143 Advanced Infinite Cables Do you love working standard cables but want to try something different? Rather than starting at the bottom of a piece and going all the way to the top, infinite cables begin out of nowhere and end before the top of the fabric. These cables, also called circular cables, continuous cables, and closed-ring cables, are unusual but make striking designs. We will learn to make both rounded and pointed beginnings and endings while working on a bag in class.
Note: Students should be comfortable working standard cables.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5273 Easy Floating Away Simple, pretty, and effective, floats are the strands of yarn that go in front of or behind stitches when you slip them. In this class we'll learn several different stitch patterns that use floats in unusual ways. The stitch patterns are easy to do and look beautiful! They can be a nice way to show off a variegated yarn by mixing up the colors, but they also look great with solids.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4073 Intermediate Mobius Scarves Learn the magic of a moebius scarf! This intriguing scarf is worked from the center out. It can be worn in several different ways, including as a hood/headscarf. We will learn what a moebius is, a quick and invisible cast-on, and some variations for the bind-off. Students will start a full-sized moebius in class, to be finished at home.