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Carolinas Machine Knitters Guild Seminar 2017
Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th, 2017

*** Mary Anne Oger *** Mike Becker *** April Mills ***
Scroll down to read each of their biographies and view the list of classes being offered.

Hotel group rate ENDS Wednesday, April 12
Seminar registration ENDS Sunday, April 23

Agenda: Friday
Early morning registration will be followed by shopping and two morning demonstration sessions.
Buffet lunch will be followed by drawings for door prizes and more shopping then two afternoon demonstration sessions.
An evening banquet dinner will be the highlight of our first day. Share your machine knitted garment(s) for a chance to win prizes. All banquet registrants are eligible to win.

8:00 am Registration and Shopping
8:30 am Class Descriptions
9:00 am Morning Classes Begin
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Shopping and Door Prizes
1:15 pm Afternoon Classes Begin
4:15 pm Afternoon Social and Shopping
5:30 pm Shopping Closes
6:30 pm Evening Banquet Dinner and Fashion Show (Pre-Registration Required)

Agenda: Saturday
Similar to Friday, early morning registration will be followed by shopping and two morning demonstration sessions.
Buffet lunch will be followed by more drawings for door prizes and shopping then two afternoon demonstration sessions.
We'll bring our seminar to a close with last minute shopping.

8:00 am Registration and Shopping
8:30 am Class Descriptions
9:00 am Morning Classes Begin
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Shopping and Door Prizes
1:15 pm Afternoon Classes Begin
4:15 pm Afternoon Social and Shopping
5:00 pm Conference Comes to an End (until next time)
We're sure you'll find a wealth of helpful information, regardless of your skill level.
Demonstrators will have sample garments on display and will have various patterns, books, CDs and machine knitting items available to purchase.


Friday OR Saturday (One Day) Seminar Registration with Lunch
Friday AND Saturday (Two Days) Seminar Registration with Lunch    
Friday Banquet Dinner and Fashion Show (Optional)

Seminar Location:
DoubleTree by Hilton
4810 Page Creek Lane
Durham, North Carolina, USA

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel accommodations are available at a group rate of $99 per night. Mention the “Carolinas Machine Knitting Guild Seminar” to receive the group rate. The group rate ends April 12, 2017.
To make reservations, call 919-941-6000 or 800-222-TREE (800-222-8733) or click on the link below. You can change the check-in and check-out dates as needed and still get the $99 daily rate!
Two daily, hot breakfasts are included with each room reservation.
The hotel offers a free airport shuttle. The Raleigh Durham Airport "RDU" is just 6 minutes from the hotel.


Demonstrator Biographies:

Mary Anne Oger, instructor-designer, from Thunder Bay, Canada, is a creative, self-taught machine knitter, well-known for her classic, wearable designs and her knack for adding common sense and humour to machine knitting. She is adept in textures and great finishing techniques which can be used by all machine knitters, any gauge, all machines. As editor/publisher of ‘KNITWORDS’ magazine for 13 years, she set high industry standards for quality work in machine knitting. She also has a popular machine knitting blog, 'Needles To Say...' (, providing hints, tips, patterns and inspiration for all machine knitters. Contact her through her website at

Mike Becker is Director of Design at Distinctive Knits, and has had a highly distinguished career in the field of machine knitting. Mike's specialties are Passap knitting machines, DesignaKnit software, and flat pattern drafting. He has instructed in several countries throughout North and South America. Mike is in high demand as a lecturer and instructor.

Mike is currently focusing on design and graphic work for the Artisan Knitting Machines.

Mike's publishing credits include his latest, DesignaKnit Pants Drafting, an outstanding workbook for developing a personal pants pattern using DesignaKnit software. Also, his highly popular Instant Afghan series has gained him international acclaim for both Passap and Asian type knitting machines. He has written regular features for KnitWords magazine and DesignaKnit Link, and has had articles and patterns published in Duette and Joella magazines. Mike is well known for his highly sophisticated design work, no doubt a result of his advanced artistic training.

Mike has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Design.

Prior to his tenure at Distinctive Knits, Mike was founder and owner of Creative Odyssey Knitting Machines in Ottawa, Canada, distinguishing himself as one of the top Passap knitting machine dealers in Canada.

Mike has also worked extensively in the field of publishing.

Mike graduated from the prestigious Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1976 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, with emphasis in sculpture and graphic design.

APRIL MILLS - “The Knitting Mills”
April Mills, of Lynnwood, Washington, started machine knitting in 1974. She borrowed a 301 from her Aunt in 1967 and fell in love with machine knitting, but then had to return the machine. Two children later, she found another Studio 301 for sale, bought it, and has traded up constantly to the newest electronic models. April now has Studio (3), Brother (3), and a Passap E6000 machine in her studio.

“The Knitting Mills” has published designs in knitting publications since 1980, and has sold garments at juried Arts and Crafts Shows since 1984. Individual patterns designed by April have been on the market since 1993. She has written 13 books and there are presently 13 patterns for 18” dolls, and 2 for the 15” baby doll, and many craft patterns (string bag, Bargello vest, sweater ornaments, Christmas balls etc.). More books and patterns are in the works! Check it out at

April was the technical editor for the Machine Knitters Source magazine. Her job included checking each garment and pattern for 'knittability,' accurate math, and charting errors.

In 1994, she coordinated 30 production knitters to produce 8,000 Christmas stockings for a nationwide chain of stores. Contract knitting services for hat companies, sweater manufacturers, and Christmas stocking companies have been provided for five years.

April was one of three overseas tutors at the 1999 New Zealand Machine Knitting Festival and has taught at all of the Technical and Design Forums, and Brit-Am 1996 and 1998, as well as seminars in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Switzerland and Norway, as well as from California to Florida and Michigan to Texas. April was a teacher at the Knitting Machine Center in Seattle for five years.

Class Offerings:

Mary Anne Oger

  • Double Bed Stuff! Level - beginner to advanced, any gauge with ribber. Improve your cast-on edge, methods for 1X1 and 2X2 ribs for bands and cuffs, use of waste yarn, planning and layout of needle arrangements, increasing and decreasing, partial knitting tips.
  • Making the perfect garment - How to begin, which cast-on, when and why. Add an extra stitch for seam or band? - where and why and how. Choosing the right band, sleeve styles, fitting, altering, shortrowing sleeve cap for beautiful smooth seam lines.
  • Knitting for warm weather - Topics include Lace Knitting - tips on knitting, designing and planning lace work using the lace carriage. Other options, including thread or punch lace and hand transferred lace. Design, plan, choice of yarns, shapes and many tips for getting that cooler feel without baring it all.
  • Taking a new look at Sideways Knitting! - Level - beginner to advanced, any gauge. Why make a sideways garment? Sizing, planning and layout, using waste yarn effectively for increasing and decreasing methods, seaming, shortrowing for shaping, bands, yarns, all the good stuff.
  • For the ‘Crochet-impaired!’ hand selected, manual patterning, single bed edges and trims for beginning or finishing, all done on the machine. Level - beginner to advanced, all single bed machines, any gauge. Start or finish; stitch to stitch or added to selvedge edges.
  • Tuck Lace Rib - Level - beginner to advanced, any gauge with ribber. Planning and layout of needle arrangements, increasing and decreasing methods, seaming, shortrowing secrets, set-up and quick transfers between beds.
  • Finding Closure - Buttonholes, buttonloops, zippers. Single and double bed options, beginner to advanced, any machine, any gauge. Demo of single bed and double bed buttonhole option, no sew/no finishing required technique.
  • Seaming on the machine - Joining open stitches to closed edge; selvedge edge to closed edge, using waste yarn effectively, adding yarn marks for consistency in seaming, etc.

April Mills
  • Making pullovers into cardigans the easy way: This uses a garter bar, the double slip technique and the Norwegian sweater way of using steeks in your knitting. As machine knitters we usually don’t actually knit a steek in a sweater, but the use of this idea will enable us to remodel our knits easily.
  • Knitting garments sideways for all sizes: The first thing knitters think of for knitting a garment sideways is to be able to make garments for larger customers. Actually there are many reasons to use this knitting technique. Using horizontal motifs to become vertical elements in a design, dolman sweaters, knit skirts and swirl sweaters makes your designs unique,
  • Instant Aran sweaters using tucks: The idea for these “Irish” tuck and slip garments came from a Japanese Itobchi magazine many years ago. With tucks you can get texture and diagonals very easily, and with slip stitches you get horizontal bars. This class will talk about the preferred style for ’Irish’ sweaters. You can use either electronic or punch card machines to kni9t these garments.
  • Knitting waterfall garments of all types: The idea for these garments has been around for a long time, but they have become very popular in the last few years. These garments can be knit in almost any machine knitting technique such as tuck, cables, fairisle or jacquard. The shaping of the fronts and the additions to the fronts is the whole idea behind this style.
  • Remodeling purchased garments for fit and style: The sizing and fit of purchased garments depends of the company that makes them from the designer’s ideas and fabrics. Knits are probably the easiest to remodel because they stretch and usually don’t have bias built in. With your knitting machine you can recreate the motifs with similar yarns, or knit something completely different to shape YOUR garment.
  • Knitting flowers for any occasion: On your knitting machine it is easy to knit flowers from Anemone to Zinnia and the leaves that go with each flower. There are a total of 33 flowers and 15 leaves to knit in your choice of color and yarn type. A ribber is not required to make any of these fun things to do. You can make a bouquet, a single bloom or a vase full of knit flowers.
  • Designing and knitting Fairisle sweaters: The ‘look’ for this fall is Nordic. Come and learn how to research and make your own designs. Use the techniques that Dale of Norway uses to finish shoulders and make trims. Become an advertisement to your knitting skills by wearing your own Nordic sweater, tunics or vests. Unique hems, trims and buttonhole treatments to finish your garments beautifully will be discussed. The methods of shaping including traditional and Cut & Sew will be covered.
  • Necklines made easy: Teach yourself how easy it is to make various types of necklines that work every time. Choose any neckline from keyhole to draped to boat neck, round and square and do them without trauma. All necklines are easy one step at a time and I’ll show you how to do them to make your garments unique and stylish.

Michael Becker
  • Clean Your Machine - Maintaining your Japanese machine and some common repairs.
  • Lace for Pre-Selecting Pattern Machines That Do Not Have Lace Carriages - For Brother and Passap (If you have a lace carriage, learn the way lace works on a machine) - Learn to convert lace patterns from various sources to make lace fabrics on patterning machines that do not have lace carriages using quicker method to hand transfer. Brother bulky electronic and punch card, Passap Electronic and Duo 80. (Only for machines that pre-select needles for patterning).
  • DAK 8 Color Pallette - The color pallette has a lot more to offer than before. Understand transparent vs opaque and a whole lot of helpful color techniques.
  • Circular Entrelac on Your Knitting Machine - Make circular diagonally knitted basket weave patterns with any single bed knitting machine. This is for all knitting machines.
  • DAK 8 Pattern Tracing - DAK 8 Only - Capture garment shapes from various sources like magazines and dress making patterns to create garment shapes for more interesting and stylish garments. Get away from T-shirt shaped sweaters.
  • Collection of “This and That” Techniques (For most machines) - Handy bits of information that will make knitting easier and more fun. Very Easy Kitchener Stitch on the machine, Bullion fringe, Invisible thread knitting, more as time permits.
  • Japanese Magazine Knitting Patterns - It’s a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees. Find out what is important and how to make a Japanese knitting machine pattern work for you.
  • Taking Measurements And Alterations For Knitwear - Taking accurate measurements is essential to getting the correct fit for any garment. Learn the details of this important basic process. Making alterations to existing garments and resizing existing garments and thrift shop finds.

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