Stitches United; Hartford, CT; March 22-25, 2018

STITCHES United is a time to learn for multi-crafters; knitters, quilters, weavers. 32 expert instructors lead 132 classes that inspire all interests. Discover a stimulating market feeds the senses. For one weekend in March, this gathering celebrates creativity and community!
Laura will be teaching German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei; Upstairs and Down, Short-tier Entrelac; and Rising Tides Mini.

Capitol Hill Knitting Guild

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Rising Tides Mini Class

Rising Tides Mini is being offered at Stitches United; March 24, 2013; Hartford, CT

The Rising Tides scarf graced the cover of Knitter’s Magazine 125, Winter 2016. Although it looks like a complicated series of waves, it is the result of repeating short rows across the length. You will create a mini version to learn the crochet cast-on, and the T&DS (turn and double stitch) short row, sometimes known as a German short row.

Short Tier Entrelac Class

Upstairs and Down, Short-tier Entrelac is being offered at Stitched United; March 23, 2013; Hartford, CT

The new work being done with yarn pooling fascinates me, and I started thinking about how knitters pooled yarn before it was called pooling and became a science. Sock yarn, short row scarves, and entrelac all came to mind. I started playing with the concept of entrelac short rows, or should that be short tiers? Two wrongs may not make a right, but two diagonals do become straight. The result; “Upstairs and Down” published in Knitter’s Magazine 115, Summer 2014; is a reversible scarf of ribbed entrelac rectangles, no triangles, in a mostly rectangular shape. The woven nature of entrelac is highlighted by this orientation, but the colors form stairs in the pattern, emphasized at the ends of the scarf. The ribbed rectangles also form a crenulated edge that looks like a lattice pie crust.

German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei

German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei is being offered at Stitches United; March 23, 2018; Hartford, CT

German short rows involve no wraps, pins, or other accessories. At the short-row turn, we create a double stitch. This double stitch is visibly bigger than the surrounding stitches, but when worked in a subsequent row,it is transformed, filling the short-row gap beautifully on the front and back of your work. Class will also cover places to use German short rows, how they compare to other short-row methods, and how to substitute them in patterns. Finally, you’ll learn how to fix a double stitch that goes rogue.

Petite Pinwheel Class

Pinwheel is a rectangular shawl that begins in the center with a provisional cast-on that appeared in Knitty, Spring 2015. Modifying Barbara Walker’s Vortex creates a stitch pattern that looks the same every time it rotates 90 degrees, making the provisional cast-on a seamless part of the design, and giving the illusion of being worked in one direction while actually rotating 360 degrees. The pattern up close resembles lace bowties, but viewed from farther away, the solid areas become pinwheels. Thinking about how pinwheels spin and still look the same, it was the perfect name. A sideways knit-on border that mimics the alternating lace and solid triangles completes the shawl. This class uses a miniature version to cover the provisional cord cast-on (PCCO), cord management, and special increases to create the corner increases.

Zipping Entrelac Class, a No-sew Way to Join Entrelac

An entrelac zipper is worked over two tiers of entrelac, alternating blocks from each tier. This new technique was first published in Éclair in Knitter’s 125, winter 2016. Class will teach the zipping technique by joining two swatches, and will include ‘Zippy’ a new scarf pattern. Students will also learn my ‘double half stitch pickup’ method for a tiny and gap-free transition between blocks.

Sew an Heirloom T-Shirt Quilt Class

Do you have a T-shirt drawer crammed with special shirts, but never time to wear them all? Choose 12 T-shirts from schools, family reunions, travel, or whatever you want to create a one-of-a-kind, cuddly memento. This quilt will not stabilize the T-shirts, but instead use knit fabrics to compliment your T-shirts for a quilt that is as relaxed as your favorite old sweater. Class will cover cutting the shirts and complimentary fabrics, and begin sewing (by hand or machine) the quilt pieces, as well as instructions on how to finish the quilt.

Mitered Entrelac Shawl Class

Mitered entrelac is an exciting new technique that takes two or more tiers of entrelac around corners as seen in Laura’s new book, “Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner.” The precise matching at the corners is reminiscent of mitered frames. Learn to turn a corner, begin a triangle shawl, a new method of picking up stitches for tight and tiny transitions between blocks, and everything else you need to finish this reversible and versatile accessory.

Mitered Entrelac Square Class

Work a coaster or begin a dishcloth to learn all the skills needed to work full rounds of mitered entrelac and be ready to knit the patterns in Laura’s book. Class will cover the center setup round, all the rectangles needed for clockwise and counterclockwise rounds, a new method of picking up stitches for tight […]