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JC Briar
A self-confessed 'technique freak' and 'skill junkie,' JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.

JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.

For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com

STITCHES SoCal 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1100 Intermediate Brioche Wristers: Brioche in the Round Brioche rib worked in two colors is an amazing fabric. Even though you work one-row stripes, you get vertical ribs of color in a squishy, cozy, reversible fabric. And when worked in the round, it's a simple two-round pattern. Learn all the basics in this class by starting a pair of wristers: working brioche slip stitches on both knit rounds and on purl rounds; casting on and binding off effectively; keeping your yarns from tangling; and fixing mistakes.

Note: Need the ability to work in small rounds using dpns, two circs, or Magic Loop.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1097 Advanced Next Steps in Brioche Maybe you've done one or two simple brioche projects, enough to know you like knitting brioche. What's next? Take this class to expand your options: See what's involved in knitting two-color brioche flat. (Hint: it's a four-row pattern!) Add patterning via increases and decreases. Try a super-slick I-cord selvedge. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.

Note: Prior experience working brioche rib is required. Completing the homework assignment before class is an excellent way to ensure you have the requisite skills and experience..
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
1324 Intermediate Exploring with Stitch Maps: Grid-free Lace Charts Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain "no stitch" symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts reveal the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Discover how to take advantage of stitch maps: how to learn from and knit from them, and how to create them. Practice in class by starting a simple lace scarf.

Note: Need some familiarity with following charts and knitting lace.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1098 Intermediate Getting Started with Patterned Brioche Take plain brioche rib, add increases and decreases and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five!) and decreasing from three (or five!) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the right decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience is necessary. You'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.

Note: No prior experience with brioche is required.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1096 Intermediate Lace That Grows: Easy Shawl Design with Wedges Imagine starting a lace shawl with just a few stitches, and "growing" in pattern until your shawl is big enough, with no worries about matching gauge or loosely casting on oodles of stitches. Picture choosing from a variety of shapes - triangles, squares, circles, semi-circles, and more - each composed of a series of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses.

Take this class to learn how to grow a shawl of your own design. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, and see what shapes you can create by knitting your shawl from the top down or the center out. Learn how to estimate how much yarn you'll need, or - if your yarn supply is limited - how large a shawl you can create from the yarn you have. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Note: Need experience following charts and knitting lace.