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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.
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for 30 years. Her book,Knitting Ganseys, has been deemed a classic and the new, revised, and expanded edition was released in July 2018. She has completed three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves and a Bluprint class on Swedish Twined Knitting. She loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted things for inspiration for her patterns and classes which are well known for the tiny sampler sweater projects which teach technique within the context of a garment. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line. She lives in Vermont and loves New England winters!
For more about Beth, go to www.KnittingTraditions.com.
STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4043 Easy Fair Isle Tams
This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven't had the chance. A small tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knit on double points or a circular needle in four colors, although never more than two in a round.
Techniques included in the workshop are: Knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion on designing a tam.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
2075 Easy Traditional Beginnings: Cast-ons from Long Ago
Learn eight of the most beautiful, and practical, cast-ons in our knitting history. From the UK, we will cover the Channel Island Cast-on, the Knotted Cast-on, and the Multi-Strand Cast-on. Included are two basic go-to cast-ons, the LongTail and Old Norwegian, that are the basis for two decorative cast-ons from the Twined Knitting tradition in Sweden. Last, the wonderful Braided Cast-on from Finland will be taught in 3 colors! In addition, we'll practice a couple bind-offs to complete your swatches.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
4050 Intermediate Latvian Wristers
Using wristers as a template, learn beautiful Latvian mitten cuff techniques that can be applied to socks, hats, sweaters, and gloves. We will cover a scalloped cuff, a herringbone braid, a variation of the half-braid, traditional motifs in the main part of the wrister, and a picot hem. We'll cover three ways to manage two yarns in a round and discuss yarn dominance.
Note: Must know how to work in the round on dpn, Magic Loop, or 2 circular needles.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5025 Advanced Stranding Techniques for Color Knitting
Become proficient in your two-color technique whether working on the right-side or the wrong-side of the work. Learn the Norwegian Purl and how it will enable you to purl in two colors on the wrong side with ease! Working with two yarns in the right hand, one yarn in each hand, AND two yarns in the left hand are covered in this class, as well as how to purl on the wrong side in each of those styles. Weaving (or catching) the yarns will be demonstrated for each knitting style.
Note: The ability to knit in two colors in any style is helpful but not mandatory.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
5005 Intermediate The Norwegian Purl
The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knit in class to practice this technique and its applications: proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl, and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work.
Note: It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental (working yarn in the left hand).