With Vogue Knitting LIVE coming to Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton this Friday through Sunday, knitters have a unique opportunity to learn skills from master teachers on topics ranging from casting on to binding off, and everything in between. While many classes have already sold out, there is still time to register for several master classes with openings, and also gaining free access to the Marketplace with your class registration.
Classes are sold in bundles, where students can select their classes and lectures and also receive a Gala Dinner ticket as a discounted package, or they can register for individual classes. Below is a smattering of classes still available at Vogue Knitting LIVE. Interested students can check the class registration page for the full list and class descriptions:
Friday morning session: Washington-based Rebecca Danger’s Build a Better Monster: Tips and Tricks to Make Amazing Toys still has a few spots left. Danger’s class is suitable for beginners and will explore toymaking without all of the fuss of knitting several monster parts to sew together. Brooke Nico, owner of Kirkwood Knittery in Saint Louis, is offering an Intro to Lace Knitting class suited for intermediate-level knitters, which will offer not just a practice session, but the “why” behind the tools and knitting techniques used to create the elaborate designs in lace. Menswear specialist Josh Bennett will be offering a Tips and Tricks class to make garments look more professional in the morning session as well, including the best ways to cast on and increase and decrease for the desired look. Required materials for the class include a calculator, so be sure to read the class description to prepare for the class.
Friday afternoon session: A Joy Ride With Brioche Stitches, taught by Amsterdam-based brioche expert Nancy Marchant, is an intermediate-level class designed to help knitters explore two-color knitting in brioche and how to manipulate the stitches for shaping and patterning. Cully Swansen will be teaching The Classic Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket, a design made for him by his grandmother, Elizabeth Zimmerman. This class does require homework, so be sure to check the class description upon registration. Also, former Lion Brand Yarn Studio director Patty Lyons will be teaching a Secrets of Gauge class for all levels, to help students understand how to read and measure gauge in addition to its importance in knitting. This class requires knitting gauge swatches as homework.
Friday evening session: Author and publisher Shannon Okey is teaching Five Ways to Felt in the evening session, and while there is a materials fee and homework, students will learn valuable lessons on the different ways to change the fabric of knitting using everything from hot water to needles. Nelkin Designs mastermind Laura Nelkin will also be teaching a Knitting Jewelry class, where students will learn to use fingering weight yarn, beads, and needles they bring to the class to make strands which hold together as necklaces and bracelets.
Saturday morning session: Author and designer Melissa Leapman will be teaching a Celtic Cables class for all levels, showing students with their three gauge swatches of homework that cables are not only easy to knit, but their patterns are easy to design as well. Master Amy Detjen will also be teaching a Through the Looking Glass class, designed to teach even beginner-level students to knit and purl backward so knitters will never have to turn their work. Math for Knitters Demystified, taught by vintage knitwear designer Kristen Rengren, is an intermediate-level class designed to help even the most numbers-numb students alter patterns based on the number of stitches and rows per inch.
Saturday afternoon session: While this session is the most popular time slot for students, there is still room in Amy Detjen’s Cable Tips class, Make a Mama and Baby Monster with Rebecca Danger, and Brooke Nico’s Pinwheels and Pie Shawls class. Melissa Leapman will also offer her Stashbuster Magic class, which involves learning to use your leftover bits of yarn to create a one-of-a-kind jacket.
Saturday evening session: Both classes available on Saturday evening still have openings. Seams Like Surgery, taught by designer John Brinegar, will teach students to make garments look seamless and neat instead of sloppy and beat. Mary Beth Temple’s Tunisian Crochet Basics class will offer insight to a long-ago technique that is again gaining popularity with both knitters and designers.
Sunday morning session: Bargello Knitting Basics, taught by knitwear designer Patty Nance, offers students ideas on how to control the pooling and placement of color in variegated yarns within projects. Popular instructor and designer Lily Chin will be teaching Draping a Pattern, which will show students how to use a sewing pattern to adapt garments for knitting by using volunteers from the class. Knitspeaker founder Leslye Solomon’s The Secrets to Solving Mistakes, Mishaps, and the Disappointing Project class will show how to fix even the most seemingly devastating mistakes, such as ill fit or a cable twisting the wrong way six inches down.
Sunday afternoon session: Sunday afternoon’s session offers a unique group of classes, including Teaching Classes the Rock, taught by Vogue Knitting editor Trisha Malcolm. The event ends with John Brinegar’s last scheduled lecture in the agenda called It’s Just Yarn, Ladies!, where Brinegar will share his experiences managing a yarn shop in New York.
No matter what students want to learn, Vogue Knitting LIVE offers a related class with a fun atmosphere, focused instructors, and a group of other eager students as the best three-day support system in the business.
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