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Gayle Roehm
Gayle Roehm is a former management consultant who now devotes herself to knitting and other fiber arts. She teaches nationally for knitting events, guilds and yarn shops. Her designs have been featured in Knitter's, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells her work at a fiber arts gallery. Gayle has traveled throughout the world, lived in Japan, speaks Japanese and has knitted with Japanese designs for many years. She is the translator of the "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible" and "250 Japanese Knitting Stitches" by Hitomi Shida, "Japanese Knitting" by michiyo, and two more upcoming books. She published the first information in English about Japanese patterns in 1997, she prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and she has translated patterns for Diakeito Yarns/Sunrise Fibers.


STITCHES Salt Lake 2019 Classes
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Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1148 Advanced Hitomi Shida's Lace Mini-scarf Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns are delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. This class focuses on the scarf that's one of the book's introductory projects. We'll start the body of the scarf with a provisional cast-on, then continue to practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to ensure that you'll be able to complete the scarf at home. You'll gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. If time permits, we'll remove the waste yarn cast-on to complete the "frill" at one end. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.

Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts. Some lace experience needed.
Wednesday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
1150 Advanced Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Exploration

From easy to mind-bending! The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible has it all!

We'll start with a stitch pattern that gives you a lot of "bang for the buck": lovely and relatively easy to knit. Then we'll move on to more-challenging stitch patterns with patterning on both right- and wrong-side rows and some with complex combinations. You'll get plenty of practice with author Shida Himoti's style and with the charts and symbols. 


Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Every knitter loves to discover new and interesting stitch patterns. This class will give you a chance to try a few unusual stitches that I've found in Japanese garment patterns. We'll review the standard symbols used in these designs, then swatch four or five stitches that you may not have seen before. You don't need to know how to read a Japanese pattern, but you do need to be comfortable knitting from charts. Some of the charts are difficult to interpret, and some of the stitches may be complicated to execute, so bring an adventuresome attitude - they're all fun! You may find them useful in your own designs. The class aims to remove the fear from tackling complex charts, so you can approach just about any Japanese chart with confidence.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1147 Advanced A Japanese Hat with Traveling Stitches and Lace Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns will be delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English.

Join Gayle (the translator) to knit the lacy cabled hat from this book, and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols of Japanese patterns.

This is a good first project because it's worked in the round, and you won't have to worry about wrong-side patterning. We'll start the body with a provisional cast-on, then practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later at home.

The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.


Note: You MUSTbe comfortable working from a chart.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8032 Advanced Getting Started with Japanese Crochet Patterns Expand your Japanese knitting experience with crochet. Japanese designers are creating some of the most beautiful crochet garments around, and many designs combine knitting with crochet. Crocheters are lucky, too, because Japanese crochet symbols have been adopted around the world as the standard for representing crochet stitches. In this class we'll learn the basics of understanding the schematics and stitch charts that form the basis for a crochet pattern. We'll cover hook sizes, gauge, yarn requirements, garment shaping, and the other basic information you need, as well as where to go for help when you're not sure. We'll swatch an overall pattern, a center-out motif, and an edging to practice crocheting from charts.