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Jim Cox
Outnumbered by a mother and three sisters who knit for fun in his home state of Kansas, James picked up his first knitting needles almost 40 years ago to see what it was that so captivated the women in his family. And the first thing he knitted was a Fair Isle sweater of his own design. At that time James was in the midst of a successful career in advertising as a creative director at major agencies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. While enjoying himself creating ad campaigns (he was part of the team that launched Apple's Mac computer and his work for Northrop is in the Smithsonian's permanent collection), he was also teaching at the Art Center School of Design. Then at night and on weekends he was teaching himself how to design sweaters and write patterns. It thankfully provided balance to his hectic life. Then one day, the pastime produced an epiphany.

During a vacation to Paris and while shopping at a men's boutique filled with designer clothing, the owner complimented James on the sweater he was wearing. When he explained that he had designed and made it himself, the owner handed him a business card and said: "When you're ready to launch your line, please call me."

That's when James decided to launch a collection of fashionable hand knits that can be worn by both men and women. Since then he has created a line of patterns, kits and an e-commerce (jamescoxknits.com), designed collections for Skacel and Trendsetter Yarns, showcased his patterns on ravelry.com, been included in the Oscar's celebrity gift bags, and featured in Vogue Knitting. He focuses mainly on seamless sweater designs that, require no sewing and have the potential for custom tailoring. The inspiration that comes from what James sees on the street, the world's leading fashion designers and the environs of his two favorite places— Palm Springs and St John in the US Virgin Islands—results in contemporary knitwear that is sophisticated, fun and sometimes sexy.

STITCHES West 2020 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF8 Intermediate Forget that "Darn"ing Needle for Knit Hems Learn how to hem garments without the fuss of sewing with that "darn" tapestry needle. The knit hem works on either the cast-on or bind-off edge, and Jim will show different ways todo it so you can choose the technique that works best for the garment. Bring double point, straight or circular needles in size US 7, and a ball of classic worsted-weight yarn in a pastel color. 

Note: Comfort with knit, purl, yarn over stitches, as well as picking up stitches and a 3-needle bind off required.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT64 Intermediate Four Paired Increases for Raglans Learn how paired increase can be tailored to match your stitch pattern. Perfect in top-down raglans, or in ripple patterns. Jim will share 4 options that will improve your knitting, and enhance your repertoire. 

Note: Required to be comfortable with knit, purl and knitting into the stitch below.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT70 Intermediate Three More Paired Increases Jim Cox shows you 3 paired increases to make your top-down raglans and  ripple projects even more lovely. 

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl and knitting into the stitch below.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT63 Advanced Invisible Cast-on For 2-color Knits Discover a 2-color cast-on that magically hides your cast on edge. It is the ideal way to start 2-color work or double knitting projects. It is beautiful, and perfectly matches the kitchener bind-off.

Note: Ability to handle 2 different yarns at the same time required.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT65 Intermediate Interwoven Necktie Visions of Annie Hall—this unique necktie concept is perfect for ladies...and gentleman. Learn how to work a single-row button hole that results in a fun and creative way to wear a neck tie. It also eliminates the need for tie clasps.  

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, and cast on stitches.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT66 Intermediate Designing with Floats When 2-color knitting hiding the floats can be a problem, so why not celebrate them and showcase them on the right side of your work? Knit  or weave the strands into decorative distinctive patterns. Or maybe you could create reversible patterns?  

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, yarn over and slip stitches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT71 Intermediate Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle Knit cables without using a cable needle. In this hands-on class discover ways to work mock cables that knit up faster and look beautiful. Bring size US 7 needles and one ball of classic, worsted-weight yarn in a pale color.

Note: Must be comfortable with knit, purl, and knit through the back loop stitches.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT69 Easy A Better Basketweave Stitch Discover a simple adjustment to the basic basket-weave stitch that results in a more appealing effect. 

Note: Must know how to make a knit and purl stitch.