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Tracy Purtscher
Tracy Purtscher is the author of Dimensional Tuck Knitting An Innovative Technique For Creating Surface Design. She has been a finalist in The Fiber Factor knitwear competition sponsored by Skacel and the winner of Vogue Knitting design competition; her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Simply Knitting, knit.purl, and Noro Knitting. Tracy honed her teaching skills in her past life experience as a Jr. High Math and Science teacher.

STITCHES United 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: the Basics and Beyond Transform simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth -- bend it, fold it, or double it back on itself with Dimensional Tuck Knitting.

Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches.

Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1014 Easy Macro Yubinuki Yubinuki are Japanese thimbles with a centuries old history and rich tradition. Akin in concept to Tamari Balls, it is the cross layering of colorful threads that creates the beautiful geometric designs and traditionally worked in fine silk threads,

Students will learn Yubinuki history while combining this ancient technique with modern materials, in a much larger scale, to create their own thimble, ring, or bangle bracelet

Note: Basic knowledge of buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch is helpful.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5397 Easy If...Then: Self Generating Stitch Patterns Have you ever had the urge to just cast on and knit but didn't have access to any patterns? Does an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere-with nothing but the yarn and needles-seem appealing to you?

You will learn how to create a dynamic knitted fabric using self-generating stitch patterns with repeating or evolving motifs. We will make knit/purl textured fabrics as samples to learn the principles.

Once understood, you will be ready to work self-generating patterns in other types of knit-twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. The options are limited only by your desires and imagination.

After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork, we will discuss ways to create your own patterns and what to do if the pattern expires or morphs and no longer is self-generating. Self-generating patterns make Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting- extremely portabile with unique results.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1211 Intermediate A False Start Question: When is a cast-on not the beginning of a project? Answer: When a provisional cast on is used.
A provisional cast-on is temporary and will eventually be removed to release live stitches so knitting or grafting can continue from there. The reasons may vary from project to project but the most common ones hide the cast-on, add pliability, or invisibly blend the beginning to the end of a knit -think toe-up socks, a center-out design, maybe a long strip grafted into a cowl.

You will learn several ways to cast-on provisionally. Then we will consider circumstances in which it may be beneficial to choose a false start-when, where, and why.