Four experts taught at the Astoria StitchFest



Mary is a Knitter, Spinner, Writer, Designer, Teacher, Motorcyclist, Wife, Mommy and amateur Scottish Terrier Groomer. Not necessarily in that order.  A native of the Pacific Northwest, a classically trained actor, a fiber artist, she lives with her husband and children in Portland, Oregon. There may also be a few skeins of yarn at their house.  Mary is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork:  Techniques and Patterns for Vibrant Knitters  and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting.  Her book, Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit:  Animals, Monsters and Other Favorites for Kids and Grownups was just published in June and Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit:  Flora, Fauna, and Iconic Styles for Kids and Grownups is being released in Dec. 2014.    Late summer/early fall she is leading a  Follow the Leader Aran Knitalong (FLAK)  through Ravelry using Janet Szabo's F.L.A.K. recipe with Janet's blessing.

102 - Knitting - Start to Finish

Begin your next knitting project by making decisions about how you will finish it before ever starting the knitting. Exclusive worksheet helps students determine the yarn, shaping, knitting techniques and blocking best for each project, and plan for them at the outset for a beautiful finish.  For all skill levels.  [3 hrs]

106 - Sassy Selbuvotter

Learn the history and traditions behind Norway's famous stranded colorwork mittens.  Students will receive an exclusive class pattern.  For Intermediate/Advanced Knitters.  [3 hrs]

109 - Knitting Behind the Wheel -  Introduction to Color Theory

Students receive a pocket color wheel, pattern and yarn kit for class project.  Students complete a modular felted bag which functions as a living dictionary of the different color combinations explored in class.  For all skill levels.  [6 hrs]

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Sivia has worked with fiber and art ever since she can remember.  At 14 she had fiber pieces shown in the High Museum of Atlanta's gift shop and at 16 she was chosen to attend the prestigious Governor's Honors summer program in fiber art.  By adulthood, she was a weaver, spinner and dabbler in dyeing and other modalities, but only became a knitter in her mid-forties.  Almost immediately she began to design her own lace patterns and is now a well-known knitwear designer for her work with beads and lace.  Sivia's teaching appeals to the creative spirit, and technique, though important, is a means to an end:  the delight of following the joyful knitting muse wherever it may lead.    

103 - Shapes of Lace

This class is a presentation of basic knitted geography. Ever want to knit half-circles, center-out squares, and everything in between? We delve into the fascinating world of knitted shapes, and we don’t stop there. We start there and end up outside the box in an open-ended destination. We foray into inserting lace patterns into our chosen shapes with an eye to aesthetics and flow, and talk about modulation between patterns, graceful endings, borders, and edgings. Many samples of shaped lace garments are shown as inspiration.  [6 hrs]

110 - Sideways Lace Design

Side-to-side crescent shaped shawls are great fun to knit and provide an easy introduction to designing.  Choose between a few basic options to begin your crescent shape, then explore side-to side knitted lace edgings, choosing one to showcase in your shawl.  We will discuss lace edgings, rates of increase and decrease, charts and also adding beads to lace, including choosing the perfect bead and placements for beads within a lace design.  For Intermediate/Advanced Knitters.  Must know how to knit and purl, perform basic increases and decreases including yarn overs, and be comfortable with working from charts.  [6 hrs]

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Michele has taught locally at yarn stores in Portland and Corvallis, and at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.  She loves teaching and feels it's really important for knitters to know what they're doing, and why. "It's not just about making the motions of knitting; it's important to see how stitches are formed so you can reverse the process and undo them!"  Michele designed Rosaria, the mystery knitalong shawlette for the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl, a local event in Portland in which 18 yarn shops participated.

104 - Cast Ons/Bind Offs

How many cast ons do you know? Why do you use the one that you use? Tired of running out of yarn with your long tail cast on? Come to class and learn some new tricks! We’ll cover long tail, knitting on, cable cast on, crochet provisional cast on, and more depending on time. We’ll also talk about when/why you might choose one over another, and some bind offs that go well with your new cast ons.  [3 hrs]

Materials: Bring smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn, and straight or 24” circular needles in the appropriate size for your yarn. (It will be easier to learn with a thicker yarn and a slightly longer needle tip.)  Materials fee: $2 for handout covering cast ons/bind offs.

107 - Athena Entrelac Cowl

Athena is an entrelac cowl knit in the round.  We’ll have an introduction to entrelac knitting and we'll even talk about purling back without turning your work!  You will go home with all the skills you need to complete this project.  [3 hrs]

Materials: 100g worsted weight yarn with a long slow color change, like Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, or 50g each of two coordinating colors if you’d prefer contrasting rows of entrelac. (Wind yarn before class, if purchased in hanks.)  16 inch (40 cm) US size 8 (5.0 mm) circular needle, or size that gives you a pleasing fabric with your yarn.  Materials Fee: $5 for Athena pattern and flat entrelac handout.

111 - Slip Stitch Designing

Colorwork using slipped stitches can look complicated, but only one color is worked per row. In this class, you’ll learn several slipped stitch patterns using two or three colors (but only one per row!). Play with color and texture and experiment with your own ideas, too. Next, design a cowl using simple formulas and the slip stitch pattern of your choice. You’re the designer in this project!

Materials: Please bring two or three 100g skeins of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors, one variegated if you’d like, but the others should be semi-solid or solid. (Wind your yarn before class.) 16 inch (40 cm) US size 8 (5.0 mm) circular needle, or size that gives you a pleasing fabric with your yarn. Materials fee: $5 for handout covering slip stitch patterns and pattern for cowls. [3 hrs]

112 - Blocking - It's Magic!

Most knits need some blocking to make them look their very best. We’ll discuss why, when, and how to block your knits. Topics will include steam blocking and wet blocking, blocking swatches and blocking as you go, and tools needed for blocking. We’ll have several hands on blocking demonstrations. You will be amazed at the difference blocking makes! [3 hrs]

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Laurinda has been crocheting for nearly 30 years and has taught crochet for over a decade.  Her designs have won awards at the Crochet Guild of America's annual design competitions, including the Grand Prize in 2012 for her Reversible Rowan Tree Vest.  She has had published various designs and articles in various publications including Interweave Crochet, Vogue Crochet, Crochet Today and Crochet!  She is the author of ReCrochetions Presents:  Rowan's Learn to Crochet Sampler and Reversible Color Crochet, A New Technique, recently published by Interweave Press. 

101 - Beyond Basic Crochet - Where to Stick It!

Are you ready for the next step after learning basic crochet?  The hardest part about learning to crochet (and read crochet patterns) is knowing where to stick your hook!  As you create a small Sampler Cowl, you will learn the many options: the back bump of a chain, front loop only, back loop only, in a chain space, in between stitches, front post, back post and you will be given tips on working evenly into the edges of a finished piece.

Prerequisite skills:  Basic crochet stitches.

Materials:  Bring a  Size J or K crochet hook, 100g smooth bulky weight yarn, yarn needle, scissors, two 1 1/4 - 1 1/2" buttons, coordinating thread and a sewing needle. Materials fee: $5 for detailed handouts including pattern and all stitches taught. [3 hrs]

105 - Crocheted Cables Over the Edge - Edgeless and Reversible Cables

Most crocheted cables are worked on a background of solid stitches which certainly do not look the same on both sides. But what if you want just the cable, right up to the edge, no extra stitches on either side?  What if you want a cable fabric that is truly reversible?  We will begin with a basic understanding of how cables work in crochet, then learn how to break away from those flat boring edges to create cable scallops along the edges, and even make them reversible. You will learn how to use front and back post stitches to create edgeless cables of various sizes, and the trick for smoother cables along the edges that look good on both sides. You will make 2-3 Braided Cable Cuff Bracelets (or use as Coffee Cozies), and walk away ready to tackle any crocheted cable project.  [3 hrs]

Prerequisite skills:  Front and back post stitches in double crochet and treble crochet. 

Materials:  Bring a size H or I crochet hook, 50g dk weight yarn (solid or semi-solid), yarn needle, and scissors. Materials fee: $5 for detailed handouts including patterns and all stitches taught.

108 - Introduction to Reversible Intarsia Crochet

If you are frustrated by colorwork that only looks good on one side or want to avoid the little bits of the wrong colors bleeding between your color changes making your shapes blurry around the edges, then Reversible Intarsia Crochet is just the class for you.  Using only half double crochet stitches, this class will teach how to avoid vertical stranding when changing colors between straight stitches before exploring how to create smooth diagonal lines between color changes, "late color changes", and when to carry the yarn to avoid diagonal stranding.  We will discuss the basics of yarn management when working with multiple colors and applying these techniques to your own projects.  [6 hrs]

Prerequisite skills:  Basic crochet skills including how to join a new color in crochet.

Materials:  Bring a size H or I crochet hook, 2-3 colors of smooth worsted weight yarn in a solid color, yarn needle and scissors. Materials fee:  $5 for detailed handouts including all stitches taught.


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