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Courtney Spainhower
Courtney began in fine art as a ceramicist however, as a stay-at-home mother, she discovered knitting - the perfect blend of child-friendly and portable while fulfilling her need to keep her fidgeting hands busy creating utilitarian pieces. She began designing full-time as Pink Brutus Knits in 2009 and teaching in 2013. Since then, Courtney has contributed work to many books and magazines including Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Berroco Yarn Co, and Pom Pom Quarterly. She released her first book, Family-Friendly Knits in 2015 and is currently in the thick of her second.

For more about Courtney, go topinkbrutus.com.

STITCHES Midwest 2019 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1405 Intermediate No-wrap Short Rows Short rows are one of the most useful skills any knitter could use for shaping--they can ensure a neatly fitted sweater, neck, or sleeve.

Many knitters still struggle to obtain a tidy turn. Courtney will introduce knitters to her favorite way to work short rows--the one exclusively used in her designs.

When working these no-wrap short rows, students will learn to execute the technique for fabrics worked flat or in the round, and to read the fabric so that stitch markers aren't needed to mark turns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1414 Intermediate Brioche and Beyond In part one of this 6-hour class, we will review the abbreviations commonly used in brioche knitting and decipher them in a way that removes the mystery of BRK and BRP, then learn how to execute basic brioche stitches working flat. You will learn to complete simple increases along with right- and left-leaning decreases in Brioche. We will also discuss casting on and binding of in one color brioche and why different methods might be used.

With this basic understanding of the abbreviations and how to execute brioche stitches, you are now ready to come back and, in the second half of the class, learn how to work Brioche in rounds in one color, practicing paired sl1yo or BRK and BRP stitches at the start and end of each round. Next, we will add the contrasting color and work rounds for a 2-color reversible fabric. Finally, we will close the class with a brief lesson on casting on for 2-color brioche and working flat in 2 colors.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1276 Advanced Stretchy Techniques to Enhance Your Knitting What are the best cast-ons and bind-offs for scalloped, lacy, or chevron edges on a sweater, shawl or even sock cuff when the pattern doesn't give specific instructions? You want beautiful and stretchy edges that never bind or distort your work.

Courtney suggests the Channel Island Cast-on does the job for a cast-on edge: it's stretchy while maintaining a tidy look. Through demonstration, discussion, and practice, the class will add this unusual method to their skills.

When working top-down or center-out pieces, which the bind-off is loose enough for a perfect edge? The Frilled Standard Bind-off is perfect and we'll learn it next. While we are at it, we will cover a stretchy 3-needle Bind-off that can be used both for its practicality and it's even, balanced look. Finally, we will learn to make a folded hem--say for a folded picot edge--that retains the fabric's elasticity.

Each method can be used for any yarn in any weight, but they are particularly useful when working with cotton, linen, silk, or any other fiber that doesn't have natural springiness. If these skills are new to you, you'll want to add them to your knitting arsenal.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1404 Intermediate Take Brioche to Another Level: Mix Yarn Weights and Fibers Once you've mastered the basics of brioche knitting--2-color brioche flat or in round--what's next?

Brioche creates a lovely, stretchy, squishy, and highly textured fabric, but if you use different fibers or combine yarn weights, a whole new dimension opens up in your knitting.

Discover how plant fibers, mohair, and silk can change the look and feel of brioche fabric. See how the fibers' innate qualities can be enhanced by the brioche stitch. We'll also address potential pitfalls of using fibers that lack natural elasticity.

We will swatch, combining two yarn weights and two yarn textures. And we will begin to see how vast and pleasing brioche fabrics can be when pushed to another level.

Must be able to knit and understand basic Brioche Stitch.