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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.
Long-retired model, fashion designer, and never-retired yarn and knitting junky, Jeane deCoster started her yarn company (Elemental Affects) over a decade ago. She tells people that she just wanted to make a better yarn, but she secretly wants to convert every sock knitter to a garment knitter and loves sharing her experience of how a sweater that fits properly can flatter any figure. To do this, she has developed several techniques that make it easy to be confident that you CAN knit (and assemble) a sweater that fits and flatters.
For more about Jeane, go to elementalaffects.com
STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1123 No skills required What Not to Knit
"I don't like rules about body types because no matter what, we can each find something wrong with our body. Attaching labels just makes it worse. If our hand-knit garments don't fit or flatter us, we don't feel good wearing them. So we gift them or stash them away and may not feel like trying again.
Let's decide "What not to knit (or crochet)" with a personalized fit analysis for each student. Along the way, I will share guidelines (not rules) about ease, length, neck, and shoulder lines that you might use to knit to crochet a more successful garment for yourself.
All sizes, genders, shapes and curves are welcome! Any level knitting and crochet experience will benefit from this class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
1261 Easy Confident Yarn Substitution
There are so-o-o-o-o many yarns available and so-o-o-o-o many patterns to knit (and love), but there is no way for your LYS to stock them all, and for the shop pro to guide you through your substitutions choices. What to do?
The minute you substitute a yarn in an existing pattern you become your own designer. And, although you may not want to hear it, the second* biggest secret to being a designer is that ...sh-h-h-h, here it comes ...We SWATCH! A LOT!
For success, you need to understand what your knit cloth will do when it hangs on your body. There's no magic formula to know this, other than experience. Get a jump-start for useful techniques that make it easier to substitute yarns. This is a crash course in evaluating your swatches before you start knitting the full-sized piece. You'll leave class with charts and numbers you can apply to your next substitution and learn some tricks to make your swatches more re-useful.
Hand-spinners are welcome. These techniques will make it possible for you to successfully knit sweaters from your hand-spun yarn.
*The biggest secret is that we need to be good at math, even if we do not want to be. ;)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1124 Easy Easy Fit
Make sure your garments will fit before you cast on!
Jean shares easy tips and how to apply them for sweaters you will wear proudly.
We will begin with the schematic; it is a valuable part of any printed pattern.
Because it is so small, it is often overlooked. We will turn it into a full-size
rendition, analyze it, and then insert knitter's graph paper at the armhole, neck
and shoulder to understand the shaping. We will see which measurements
matter, and how this varies by style: drop, modified, set-in, and raglan.
You'll learn how to make that full-size schematic into a quick mock-up to test the
fit . We will discuss how gauge, ease, and drape play into the mix for sweater
Note this is not a knit-your-first-sweater class. Students must be able to work from and understand a pattern.