Date: June 14-16 (Wed - Fri)
Instructor: Gayle Roehm
Join us for three full days exploring the best of Japanese knitting stitches. We’ll focus on mastering a range of beautiful stitches, with time to develop a design of your own using them as well. Japanese designers are known for their beautiful stitchwork, and this is your chance to experiment with a wide range of pattern stitches. You’ll gain practice in complex charted stitches, and you’ll stop worrying about complicated symbols. Over three days, you’ll work through four of Gayle’s popular classes, then move on to create a design of your own.
We’ll start by reviewing chart basics, and where to find information on symbols and patterns. Then we’ll work our way through “Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries” and “Challenging Stitches from Japanese Designs.” On the second day, we’ll cover “Lace Stitches from Japan” and “Even More Challenging Japanese Stitches.” During the third day, knitters can choose to design a garment or to work on additional challenging swatches. Every stitch pattern we’ll look at is charted, so you should be very comfortable knitting from charts. This class is best suited for the experienced knitter. Bring any stitch pattern charts, stitch dictionaries or garment patterns that you may want help with, or any you’d like to share.
About the Instructor
Gayle Roehm majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and has lived in Japan. She comes to teaching after a career as a management consultant. With the rise of the internet, knitters anywhere can find a wide range of Japanese books and patterns, and her classes have been very popular at events such as Stitches, Interweave Knitting Lab, Vogue Knitting Live, Yarnover, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Sock Summit and many more. Gayle’s designs have been featured in Knitter’s, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original hand knit items through a local fiber arts gallery.