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Knitting in Both Direction for Color Work

Instructor: Gwen Bortner       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Knitting in Both Direction for Color Work

Knitting in both directions may seem like a parlor trick or a technique with limited  usefulness, but one of its best applications is with various color work techniques. Begin by learning (or getting a refresher) on the basics of knitting in both directions. Next, see how knitting in both directions always simplifies intarsia, usually assists in slip stitch patterns, and can be valuable in stranded knitting patterns. The secret is in the reading of the charts. If you love color but aren't knitting in both directions, you might be missing out on the best technique ever!  Now is the time to add a new tool to your color work knitting tool box.


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Make It Match - Matching Cast On and Bind Offs

Instructor: Gwen Bortner       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Make It Match - Matching Cast On and Bind Offs

If you think your cast-on and your bind-off can’t match, think again!  Although there may not be a match for every technique, there are several different pairs of cast-ons and bind-offs that are very similar in appearance. Students will gain hands on experience while they learn 2 - 4 pairs of matching cast-ons and bind-offs. In addition, gain insights on which options are best and other tips and tricks associated with the start and finish of a project.


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The Perfect Pick-up

Instructor: Gwen Bortner       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Easy/Beginner      

Description ~ The Perfect Pick-up

For most knitters, the thought of picking up stitches is not a happy one. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few hints, a couple of tricks, and a little bit of  practice, picking up stitches can become no more of a worry than casting on or  binding off. Come to class to learn the trick to creating a smooth even line along your picked-up edge. Discover the secret to ensuring that your picked-up edging matches perfectly with the rest of the fabric (no pulls or bulges). Practice the  surprisingly simple technique for making a picked-up edging almost perfectly reversible. Everyone appreciates a perfectly picked-up, beautiful edging. Now you can pick up perfectly too!


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Steeks Before, During, and After

Instructor: Gwen Bortner       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Steeks Before, During, and After

Steek: a shortcut used to knit garments such as sweaters in the round without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end. Steeks hold great mystery and intrigue in the world of knitting. Can you really cut your knitting and not have it just fall apart? YES!! But not without working through each of the steps. Begin by learning the optimal way to knit the steek for the best results. Next discover the secret for securing the stitches before cutting. Finally, discuss options for managing the raw edge for a flawless finish. Steeks may seem scary, but they don't have to be!


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Stitch Swatch: A Technician's Guide to All Things Cabled

Instructor: Gwen Bortner       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Stitch Swatch: A Technician's Guide to All Things Cabled

 Most everyone, knitters and non-knitters alike, appreciate the beauty of an intricately cabled, deeply textured sweater. And although they look difficult, they are relatively easy to knit, once you understand the basics.  Class will cover many aspects of cables including learning the secret to creating cables, how to cable without a cable needle and basic overview of charts. In addition students will practice creating simple cables, reversible cables, and ring cables (the basis for Celtic knots). Become a cable technician and open up your knitting world to all the cabled possibilities.


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Mad for Plaid

Instructor: Gwen Bortner       Class Capacity: 25
Class Level: Intermediate      

Description ~ Mad for Plaid

Plaid fabrics are a classic of a wonderful intermingling of color. Although relatively easy to create in weaving, a true plaid in knitting is significantly more difficult…or is it? Want to know the secret to creating your own plaid knitted fabric? It is working double stranded! Come to class to learn the technical knitting tricks for creating a plaid fabric, methods for designing your own plaid, and get started with your own custom designed swatch. Plaids can be fun and can add a whole new range of color into your knitting repertoire--surprisingly easily.


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