It’s only knit and purl, but we like it.

Yes, shelves may groan under the weight of stitch dictionaries, but all those bobbles and cables come down to only two stitches, however they may be slipped, dropped, picked up, or twisted. An upcoming class at the shop, Knit & Purl Sampler Scarf/Afghan, is a great way to get to know those stitches much, much better, whether you’re a new knitter who has just mastered knit and purl or ready to start designing your own stitch patterns. Let Felicia Ryan show you what every knitter should know about knitting and purling.

The class will be held on two Saturdays, February 26th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. and March 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m. It’s your choice to knit either a spectacular scarf like Felicia’s original design, created as our shop sample in chocolate brown Louet Gems Sport Merino, or make individual squares for an afghan. The class is $45; cost of materials is additional. Call or stop by to register soon; enrollment limited to 6.

Speaking of classes, there is an exciting addition to our March calendar: Leaf Lace Shawl, a project-based lace class with Gina Thackara, beginning March 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. and finishing up on April 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Leaf Lace Shawl is a classic Evelyn A. Clark design – 693 Ravelry projects can’t be wrong! – incorporating an all-over Estonian leaf motif and featuring both written directions and charts. The sample in the shop is in a DK yarn, but designer Clark has written the pattern for two sizes and four weights: lace, fingering, sport, and DK/light worsted. If this would be your first adventure with triangular lace shawls, that means you have a lot of great yarns to choose from! The pattern is an ideal introduction to shawl knitting, and Gina will be working right along with you. Class cost is $60, supplies not included.

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