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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.
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 SoCal 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round
There's more than 2 ways to knit round and round! We'll go over the old standbys, circular and double-points, plus try out 2 new ways, 2 circulars and the Magic Loop. We'll get warmed up on a neckwarmer, then test drive our techniques on the small diameter of a fingerless glove.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1401 Intermediate Alternative Brioche: Knit One Below
Brioche, Fisherman's rib, Shawl stitch, Oriental rib or whatever they are called, these fabrics are thick, fluffy, stretchy, and often wonderfully colorful to boot. Come explore the Knit-one-below method of working these stitch patterns! Learn the basic moves for both knit- and purl- one-below, the best cast-ons and bind-offs for this fabric, options for edge stitches, and how to read and work several stitch "k1b" stitch patterns. Gain an understanding of the stitch structure as you practice knitting and un-knitting k1b/p1b stitches, and learn other ways to fix mistakes. This alternative brioche option is a practical and valuable for your stitchmaking stockpile!
Note: Students should be able to long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, yarn over (yo), and bind off before taking this class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1638 Intermediate Circular From the Inside Out
Used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out: no more running out of yarn before you hit the middle! Working on double-pointed needles, try different ways of starting in the center while knitting up a cute coaster or two. Weâ€™ll talk about increase types, and placement options for both design (spokes, spirals and concentric circles) and construction (flat circular shawl, dome-shaped hat, hexagonal afghan block) purposes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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!