JC Briar

A self-confessed ‘technique freak’ and ‘skill junkie,’ JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it’s sure to catch her eye. JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty. For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com

Classes

Slick Set-in Sleeves

Slick Set-in Sleeves

With JC Briar Nov 6 1:00-3:10pm AND Nov 7 1:00-3:10pm CST Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can’t beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach, or to design according to your measurements.
Cast-on Trickery

Cast-on Trickery

With JC Briar Nov 6 4:00-6:10pm CST It’s a shame that many knitters aren’t familiar with provisional cast-ons. They permit all sorts of trickery: no-sew hems, scarves with identical ends, seamless underarms in top-down sweaters, and much more. Try a few provisional cast-ons, and find your new favorite.
Exploring with Stitch Maps

Exploring with Stitch Maps

With JC Briar Nov 7 4:00-6:10pm CST Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain “no stitch” symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts reveal the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Discover how to take advantage of stitch maps: how to learn from and knit from them, and how to create them. Practice in class by starting a simple lace scarf.
Stretchy Bind-offs

Stretchy Bind-offs

With JC Briar Nov 8 1:00-3:10pm CST How do you keep your bind-off edge from being too tight? With a stretchy bind-off! Try options with bigger bind-off loops, with more elaborate loops, and simply with more loops. Learn about sewn bind-offs, sideways bind-offs, and bind-offs that use a crochet hook in novel ways.
Tink Drop Frog

Tink Drop Frog

With JC Briar Nov 8 4:00-6:10pm CST Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.

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