Teaching at Stitches WestEdie delights in teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She is happy to talk to guild representatives, shop owners and conference organizers about customizing class selections to fit specific needs. Information including teaching fees and a complete listing of current classes will be emailed upon request. All classes are 3 hours, unless otherwise stated. Some classes require homework, and some classes have a maximum number of students to allow one-on-one teaching time.

Browse the workshop descriptions below and see what interests you. If you don’t see something you like, just ask; there may be a new class in the works. Please email Edie with any questions, or for a complete list in printable format. 


5 Knit Buttonholes You Need to Know Now
Knit (3 hours)

Buttonholes can be tricky things. Getting them just right–tidy and tight–can be a challenge. One type of buttonhole doesn’t work for all situations. What do you do with giant buttons? Tiny buttons? Yarn that won’t hold its shape? These five buttonholes will see you through almost every situation and give you what you need to achieve symbiosis among the button, the band, and the design of the thing you want to button up.

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Around the Corner Crochet Borders
Crochet (3 hours)
Add punch to an afghan or make those plain sweaters into something special with a unique crocheted border! Discover the secrets to make crocheted edgings continue around square corners, incorporating the edging design into the corner shaping for an unbroken pattern. We’ll practice a number of fun and unique crocheted edgings, including 3-dimensional borders, ruffles and unique crocheted fringe. (Need to be familiar with the basic crochet stitches: ch, sc, hdc, dc.)

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Button It Up! (formerly Crochet: Buttonbands and Buttonholes)
Crochet (3 hours)
Crocheted buttonbands are more than just functional–they can be fun and beautiful as well, incorporating buttonholes into the overall design elements.  From the simplest openings to more challenging and complex edgings, you’ll see how decorative edgings can include a custom buttonholes for any button–and if you can’t find the perfect button, you’ll learn a variety of methods to make your own. This class is for both crocheters AND knitters who want to create beautiful buttonbands.

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Crochet Confidence smallCrochet Confidence
Crochet (3 hours)

You’ve got the basic crochet stitches down pat, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Why are my edges crooked? How do I decrease without making a hole? How do I weave in ends invisibly and securely? How do I read a pattern? If these and similar questions plague your crochet, now’s the time to clear up the confusion. No matter your level of crochet experience, if you have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn’t know you had. Crocheters of all experience levels are welcome. Leave class ready to tackle your next project with confidence! (Students enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program will find this class helpful.)

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Crochet for Knitters
Knit (3 hours)
Knitters can appreciate the use of basic crochet techniques for edgings and finishing details. This is a basic how-to class for those who have little or no crochet experience. Learn basic crochet stitches and quickly review pattern reading.

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Crochet Stitch Workshop
Crochet (3 hours)
See how crochet uses cables, lace, texture and openwork to create beautiful fabric. Try your hand at a variety of stitch families. Play with color and texture while learning to read crochet text and charts.

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Double-Stuff Grannies
Crochet (3 hours)

Crocheted motifs don’t have to be two-dimensional. In this hands-on class, you’ll practice different ways of layering and intermeshing crocheted motifs for decorative and useful placemats, hotpads, rugs, and scarves.

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Easy Sts publicity image Easy Stitches for Impatient Knitters
Knit (3 hours)
Bored with stockinette stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Learn these quick-and-easy stitch patterns to keep your interest–and allow you to watch the ball game at the same time!

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F&F image for publicity1Fringes & Furbelows
Knit and crochet (3 hours)

Fancy up your fringe! Class up your cord! Prettify your pompoms! Spiffy finishing details can make a ho-hum project into something special. We’ll practice simple and fancy fringes, braids, pompoms, and other embellishments in this *fun* hands-on class. For knitters, crocheters and weavers; knowledge of crochet helpful but not necessary.

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From Start to Finish publicity photoFrom Start to Finish: Finishing Techniques
Knit (3 or 6 hours)

You’ve taken the time to choose the best yarn, get gauge, and make perfectly formed stitches. Why stop now? Make sure that your finishing techniques are the best they can be! Learn steps to take (from the moment you pick up the needles) to create beautifully finished sweaters. We’ll cover best practices for blocking, seaming, weaving in ends, and picking up stitches.

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Go Bi-Textural: Combine Knitting and Crochet
Knit/Crochet (3 hours)

Break out of your knitting rut by blending techniques. We’ll combine the best properties of knitting with the best properties of crochet to get designs that wow and knits that fit! See how to use crochet techniques to make your knits fit better, create the perfect buttonhole, insert a crocheted motif into a knitting fabric, and other tips.

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How to Say It: Technical Writing for Knitters and Crocheters 
Knit/Crochet (3 or 6 hours)

If you have a design you’d like to get published, or even if you just want to share your design with other knitters or crocheters, you need to be able to write it so others can read it. Learn how to craft a well-written pattern, avoiding typical mistakes along the way. Explore the joys and pitfalls of describing instructions for a number of different sizes, and pick up tips for getting your designs accepted for publication. Go home with a pattern template you can use for writing your own patterns. For knitters AND crocheters. (In the longer version of class, practice writing your own sweater pattern.)

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Intarsia Without Fear image_smallIntarsia Without Fear
Knit (3 hours)

Many knitters avoid patterns requiring blocks of color work, fearing that the many different looks that can be achieved with this technique are too difficult.  Not so!  Intarsia and its baby cousin, duplicate stitch, will be conquered in this hands-on class.  We will learn when to choose the intarsia method vs. fair-isle, how to avoid holes, how to handle multiple colors in a row, and what to do with all those ends.

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Join Together: Six Join-as-you-go Crochet Methods
Crochet (3 hours)

Join-as-you-go (JAYGo) methods may be the easiest way to put your crocheted motifs together, but which method is best for which situations? How do you maintain maximum portability while adding more and more motifs? What’s the best way to join different shapes? How do you minimize the number of ends? What do seven bridges in Königsberg have to do with crochet? Learn the answers to these and many other questions in this fun hands-on class. You’ll be amazed at how many fast-and-fun ways there are to connect those shapes!

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Mastering Mosaics promo image smallMastering Mosaics
Knit (3 hours)

Dramatic colorwork using only one color at a time, easy enough for beginners but intriguing to experienced knitters–what could be more appealing? Mosaic knitting does just that and more. It’s forgiving of uneven tension, doesn’t require exact stitch counts to match multiples, and allows you to go on auto-pilot every other row. Furthermore, you can switch up stitch patterns without affecting the gauge. The downside? Understanding this fascinating technique can be somewhat confusing at first glance. Banish that bewilderment as you learn to read mosaic charts, play with garter stitch and stockinette stitch variations, and mayb even get started designing your own mosaic designs.


Math for Knitters (or: Where Do They Get Those Numbers?)
Knit (3 hours)
This class will take the mystery out of those pesky math calculations you have to do when designing or altering a sweater. Math-phobics are welcome, and you don’t have to raise your hand in class. We will draft a basic sweater and discuss calculating yarn amounts, V-neck shaping, rates of increase/decrease, stitch pattern placement. It will NOT cover sleeve cap shaping.

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Mix-It-Up MitersMix-It-Up Miters
Knit (3 hours)
This class comes with a warning: knitting mitered squares is addictive. While it can be calming and repetitive, it can also be endless fascinating for knitters of all skill levels, and it’s a perfect way to use up odd balls. Learn techniques for basic types of mitered squares and rectangles, then move on to incorporating stitch patterns and colorwork into your shapes. We’ll explore ways to seamlessly arrange your modules into finished garments, accessories, and home décor. You’ll be captivated. But don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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pouch diagram_labeledNo-Longer-a-Novice Knitting Knowledge
Knit (3 hours)

You know how to knit and purl, cast on and bind off, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Do I slip knitwise or purlwise? Why are my stitches twisted? How do I increase without making a hole? How do I weave in ends without having them come undone? If these and similar questions plague your knitting, now’s the time to clear up the confusion. Whether you are an inexperienced knitter, a longtime knitter, or just have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn’t know you had. Knitters of all experience levels are welcome. (Students enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program will find this class helpful.)

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No Wrong Sides Scarves publicity imageNo Wrong Side Scarves
Knit (3 hours)

Problem: You love to knit scarves, but you hate to have the wrong side showing. You detest garter stitch. You want good-looking reversible patterns so you can relax and look fabulous, no matter which side is “up”. Solution: Take this class. Move beyond garter stitch to explore fun-to-knit stitch patterns that have two right sides and self-edging selvedges. You’ll be casting on, knitting, and binding off to create a mini scarf with no-wrong-sides. Problem solved!

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Spreadsheet SavvySpreadsheet Savvy
Knit (6 or 3 hours)

Let your computer handle the math! Spreadsheets are perhaps the most powerful tool for a knit or crochet pattern writer or tech editor. In this hands-on introduction to spreadsheets, we’ll use Microsoft Excel to learn the basics of how spreadsheets work, including naming cells, completing metric conversions, rounding numbers, and setting up basic formulas that calculate stitches, rows, stitch multiples and yarn amounts. You’ll begin setting up a powerful, multi-use “calculator” that can save you hours of work. (In the 6-hour version of the class, we’ll have time to do additional exercises and have more time for hands-on experience with creating a custom spreadsheet.)

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Swatching for Fun & Profit (was Watch that Swatch!)
Knit/Crochet (3 hours)

Swatching is about gauge, of course, but it’s so much more! Even if you “always” knit/crochet to gauge, a properly worked swatch can give crucial information about the project you are about to start.  Save time and avoid costly mistakes by learning from your swatches.  Learn how to accurately measure your gauge. Learn the benefits of doing a larger-than-usual swatch, and find out what to do with the swatch when you have finished.

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Swatch Sacks
Knit and Crochet (3 hours)

If you swatch like you (know you) should, chances are you have a collection of beautiful swatches just lying around looking pretty. Or maybe you have a half-finished sweater that just never got finished. Upcycle those raw materials into something beautiful AND useful by creating a Swatch Sack. This is your chance to design a bag without a lot of effort! We’ll combine and share our swatches to create the perfect small (or large) bag, learning tips for handles, closures and lining along the way. Leave class with your own custom Swatch Sack!

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Textured Treats_publicity imageTextured Treats Stitch Sampler
Knit (3 hours)
Let’s learn some new stitches! There’s more to knitted texture than cables, seed stitch and bobbles. Explore more than a dozen unusual stitch patterns that add depth and pizazz to your knits, simply by manipulating the basic knit stitches.

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The Well-Rounded Designer
Knit/Crochet (3 hours)
How many times have you had a great idea but couldn’t actually stitch it? How often have you created something but then not been able to re-create it for yourself or others? Concept, Execution and Communication are all vital parts of design, and each aspect requires a certain skill set. Successful designers understand how these pare are interconnected and the subtly different ways of thinking that are required for each. This overview will help you identify the skills you need to take your idea from thoughts to action, and then on to sharing it with others. Please note that this is not a design-your-own sweater class, but rather a way of thinking about the design process which should make you a more efficient and well-rounded designer.

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Top Ten Tips Sweater_smallTop Ten Tips
Knit (6 hours)

In this survey of useful techniques, learn a variety of knitting and finishing techniques for beautiful sweaters. While knitting a sweater for an 18” doll, practice provisional cast-on, short rowing, kitchener stitch, mattress stitch, duplicate stitch, three-needle bind-off, braiding, applied I-cord, and picking up stitches. If you’ve been wondering how to improve your finishing skills, take this class!

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Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries_promo image smallTreasuring Stitch Dictionaries
Knit (3 hours)

Stitch dictionaries. You’ve seen them: books filled with intriguing stitch patterns, rows of baffling text and perhaps charts that look unfamiliar. Maybe you even own one or three. But what to do with such a book? Learn how to go about turning a stitch pattern on a page into a finished object, and how to choose a pattern. Find out what multiples are all about, why charts are your friends, and how to adapt back-and-forth directions into knitting-in-the-round directions. We’ll look at examples of many different stitch dictionaries. You’ll leave ready to delve into that untapped treasure on your bookshelf.


Un-Learn to Knit
Knit (3 hours)
You learned the rules: Put your needle in this way, wrap your yarn that way. Now unlearn those rules to gain control of your knitting. No matter how long you’ve been knitting or what your knitting style, understanding the structure of the knitted fabric and how the stitches are related to one another is the key to becoming an expert knitter. We’ll have fun exploring what it really means to take a length of string and turn it into a fabric. You’ll leave class with the confidence and ability to fix mistakes, take shortcuts, and be the master of your stitches.

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Understanding Symbol Crochet
Crochet (3 hours)
More and more crochet patterns are using international crochet symbols. With symbol crochet, you can see what your stitch pattern is supposed to look like and see the relationship of stitches to one another. Many crocheters find this way of presenting patterns easier to follow than written-out instructions, allowing them to avoid mistakes before they happen! Learn the fundamentals of symbol crochet and see how this universal crochet “language” makes it easy to read patterns from any country. We’ll also talk about and see a demonstration of ways to create your own crochet diagrams.

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