Classes for Jan/Feb/Mar 2012

To register or for more information, call 570.287.9999 or email

Please bring basic knitting skills to all our classes; you should know how to cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off.  If you’d like some help mastering the fundamentals before taking a class, please drop in for a Knitting 101 session (see below). Classes suitable for very new knitters are marked by a ♦.

Ann Ross
Master double pointed needles by making a quick pair of mittens. You should even be able to finish the first mitten in class. Class fee includes pattern.
Class A: Thursday, January 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, February 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 ball Cascade Yarns Lana Grande; set US #11 DPNs; locking stitch markers

KNIT, SWIRL! / 4 Saturday Sessions – $95
Carolyn Kern
Sandra McIver’s designs from her book Knit, Swirl! fit and flatter every figure.  Over four Saturday afternoons, you’ll complete your very own Swirl sweater. It would be helpful to have attended Carolyn’s December class, Starting Your Swirl, but not necessary.  You must have all yarn and supplies your choice of design calls for, your own copy of McIver’s book (available at the shop), and completed your gauge swatch prior to first class.
Saturday, January 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; February 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.; March 17 & 31, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

BUBBLE WRAP COWL / 1 Session – $20
Ann Ross
A clever drop-stitch pattern produces “bubbles” when you choose two contrasting shades of madelinetosh Tosh DK for this show-stopper cowl knit in the round from Antonia Shankland. Class fee includes pattern.
Class A: Saturday, January 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Class B: Wednesday, February 29, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 hank madelinetosh Tosh DK for main color and 2 hanks for contrast color (or equivalent DK yarns); 1-32” US #7 circular needle; ring stitch marker.

♦ FOUR SEASONS THROW: 12 in 2012
Ann Ross & Jill Schwartz
This beautiful throw will be an ongoing project for 2012. Begin whenever you like, set your own pace, and work through 12 simple knit/purl stitch patterns to make a 41×52” throw in the Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica color scheme of your choice. There will be a Four Seasons Throw “clinic” held monthly on the last Saturday, offering pattern support and assembly tips. Come to as many/few as you like; no advance registration needed. When you purchase 11 hanks of Wool Clasica, you will get your 12th free.
Saturday, January 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.; February 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m.; March 31, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy of Four Seasons Throws pattern book; 12 hanks Manos Del Uruguay Wool Clasica or approx. 1650 yds. equivalent worsted weight yarn; US #9 needles

COLONNADE SHAWL / 2 Sessions – $30
Jill Schwartz
This shapely shawl from Stephen West is a nice contrast to rectangles, squares, and triangles. It can be fastened with a toggle and I-cord closure or wrapped around your neck. Stockinette stitch and a simple lace pattern worked in worsted weight yarn means you’ll finish in plenty of time to ward off the winter chill.
Wednesday, February 1 & 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 (free) copy of Colonnade pattern from; Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, 1 hank for main color and 2 hanks for contrast color (or approx. 415 yds. equivalent worsted weight yarn); 1-40” US #10 circular needle; 1 set US #10 DPNs (optional, used only for I-Cord loop closure); 3 stitch markers; yarn needle; 1 toggle or button (optional)

** BEGINNER CROCHET / 1 Session – $40
Catherine Molski
Learn the fundamentals of crochet: foundation chain, single, and double crochet. You’ll make a simple baby cap and learn to work a ripple pattern and a granny square. Class fee includes patterns.
Saturday, February 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 skein EllaRae Classic or approx. 100 yds. worsted weight yarn; 1-G or H crochet hook

The following has been postponed and will be offered in the spring:
** BEGINNER MAGIC LOOP / 2 Sessions – $30
Catherine Molski
The Magic Loop technique, which uses one very long circular needle, can be used for any small diameter knitting: hats, socks, sleeve cuffs, etc. The project will be Ann Norling’s Head Hugger hat. Choose a size (infant, child, or adult) and a size yarn (bulky, worsted, or DK).  You’ll learn why and how Magic Loop works, as well as figuring gauge and adapting a pattern for Magic Loop. After casting on in the first class, there will be homework to get you ready to decrease and cast off by the end of the second class.
Saturday, February 11 & 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy of the Head Hugger pattern by Ann Norling; 100-200 yds yarn (amount will depend on cap size and yarn chosen; see pattern for details); 1-32” or longer circular needle (yarn size will determine needle size)

Ann Ross
The Elisbeth Headband is a great first cable knitting project. It’s one of a design collection that also includes a coordinated cap and cowl.
Wednesday, February 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy The Elisbeth Collection by Chic Knits; 70 yds. Aran weight yarn (such as Tahki Donegal Tweed or Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran); 24” circular US #8 needles, ring stitch markers; cable needle

YOUR FIRST PAIR OF SOCKS / 3 Sessions – $60
Ann Ross
Make an adult size top-down sock in sport weight yarn on double point needles (DPNs), still the best way to learn “sock anatomy” before trying Magic Loop, 2 circular needles, or toe-up construction. We’ll cover good DPN technique, heel flap and gusset construction, and Kitchener (grafted) bind-off. Class fee includes pattern.
Friday, February 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; February 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.; March 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Supplies: 2 hanks Louet Gems Sport; US #3 DPNs; locking stitch markers

BANDANA COWL / 1 Session – $30
Ann Ross
Be both warm and chic for the rest of the winter with this fashionable cowl from Purl Soho. If you’ve never knit in the round before, this pattern will get you going.  With a few short rows for added shaping, it’s a fast one-skein project.
Class A: Saturday, February 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Class B: Thursday, February 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 (free) copy of Bandana Cowl pattern from ; 1 hank Cascade Cloud, Eco Cloud, or Eco Duo; 16” circular US #10.5 needles; locking stitch markers

GLAMOUR LACE SCARF / 1 Session – $20
Ann Ross
A simple but spectacular design, adaptable for lace/mohair, fingering, and sport weight yarns. Glamour is ideal for lace knitters looking for an easy “next” project. The directions are written only in chart form.
Saturday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy of Glamour pattern, found in CEY Panache book; 2 balls Debbie Bliss Angel and 1-32” or longer US #5 circular needle or 2 hanks Classic Elite Vail and 1-32” or longer US #5 circular needle or 3 balls Classic Elite Firefly and1-32” or longer US #6 circular needle; ring stitch markers

Ann Ross
This clever bias pattern really shows off self-shading yarns, regardless of gauge. A great project for beginners because while the pattern is simple, the finished scarf looks complicated.
Class A: Tuesday, February 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m
Class B: Saturday: March 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy Short Row Multi-Directional Scarf by Ann Norling; 1 hank Noro Iro and US #9 needles (for scarf as sampled) or 400 yds. fingering/sport weight yarn; 200 yds. worsted weight yarn; or 175 yds. bulky weight yarn and needles recommended for your yarn

♦ ZEST RUFFLED SCARF / 1 Session – $20
Jill Schwartz
An easy garter stitch scarf, knit on the diagonal, with as many rows of ruffles as you like.
Class A: Friday, February 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy Zest pattern, found in CEY Panache book; 3 hanks Classic Elite Vail and US #3 needles or 2 hanks Alpaca Sox and US #4 needles

SEAMING / 1 Session – $15
Ann Ross
Seaming is the finishing touch to your completed knit garment. Learn mattress stitch for stockinette, garter, and ribbed fabric and how to join cross grain fabric, often found at shoulder and sleeve seams.
Sunday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Please bring to class: (4) swatches made from worsted weight wool yarn: CO 18 sts. on US #8 needles, work 24 rows, BO, and block to be flat and square. Make 2 swatches in garter stitch and 2 in stockinette; US #8 needles; yarn needle; scissors

♦ KNITTING MORE OR LESS / 1 Session – $20
Ann Ross
If  “S2KP” and “M1R” aren’t already in your knitting vocabulary, it may be time to learn these and other useful decrease and increase stitches.
Class A: Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Class B: Friday, March 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Please bring to class: Swatch made from worsted weight wool yarn: CO 18 sts., work 4 rows in garter and 4 rows in stockinette; leave yarn attached to ball and do not bind-off; US #8 needles.

KUDZU SHAWLETTE / 2 Sessions – $40
Ann Ross
Rachel Henry’s pretty shoulder-covering shawl can be made either 44” or 62” long. A fluid intermediate lace pattern and the drape of the wool/bamboo blend yarn provide just enough coverage for spring and summer breezes.
Wednesday, March 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.; April 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 (free) copy of the Kudzu Shawlette pattern from; (5) balls Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo; 1-24” or longer US #6 circular needle; ring stitch markers

BRADY SCARF / 1 Session – $30
Ann Ross
Make either a scarf or wrap using a pattern that shows off Kauni Effektgarn’s gradual color shading to stunning effect.  Learn binding-off and casting-on stitches row by row to create this contemporary openwork design.
Class A: Thursday, March 22, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy Brady Scarf by Sally Brandl; 2 balls Kauni Effektgarn for 14-17” wrap or 1 ball for 8-11” wide scarf; US #3 needles

Ann Ross
Let English Mesh Lace Scarf introduce you to the addictive world of lace knitting. Learn basic increase and decrease stitches, chart reading, how to “read” your lace knitting to catch mistakes before they grow, and how to add beads to your stitches. (Pattern can be worked with or without beads.)
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy of English Mesh Lace Scarf pattern by Churchmouse Classics; approx. 300 yds DK weight or 230 yds lace weight yarn; straight or circular US #7 needles or size to obtain gauge of 17 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch; (optional) 175 beads, #6 for DK-weight or #8 for lace-weight yarn (or size your yarn can be pulled through); crochet hook size US #12 (1mm) for DK-weight yarn and size 6 beads or US #13 (.9mm) for lace-weight yarn and size 8 beads (or size to fit through your beads)

DOMINO KNITTING / 1 Session – $40 (includes yarn kit)
Ann Ross
Learn the basic techniques of Domino Knitting, which starts with a single mitred square and grows, block by block, into fun patchwork patterns. Class fee includes kit of 5 colors of yarn and pattern for class practice project.
Saturday, March 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Supplies: US #8 circular needles

KNITTING 101 / FREE (Advance registration required for groups of two or more)
Ann Ross, Jill Schwartz
Ready to be a knitter?  Stop by for an hour on a Tuesday afternoon. We’ll help you with the basics: cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off.
Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Suggested supplies available for purchase: Worsted weight 100% wool yarn; 1 pair non-metal US #9 10” straight needles

Weekly Stitch & Spins / FREE
Come to a Stitch & Spin session and bring whatever project you’d like to work on for an hour or two. Enjoy the company of your fellow knitters, crocheters, and spinners. Coffee, tea, and snacks always available.
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

** If you would like to donate your finished project from the Beginner Magic Loop or Beginner Crochet class to a children’s charity, Catherine Molski will see that your knit or crocheted cap goes to the Motherless Child Foundation through the Ravelry Group, “Mittens for Akkol.”

Let us know if there are classes you would like to attend but cannot because of scheduling conflicts. We will make every effort to include the classes in future calendars.

 And now the fine print: Gosh Yarn It! Class Policies:
  • Unless otherwise noted, supplies are not included in the class fee.
  • In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount either in advance or on the day of the first class. (We really appreciate your buying all your class supplies from us!)
  • Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • Payment is due when you sign-up.  We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if at least 5 days advance notice is given that you will not be attending.  If fewer than 5 days notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student.   An un-refunded class fee is transferable and may be used to register for future classes.
  • Class size, unless otherwise noted, is 3-6 students. Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment (but we hope we’ll never need to).  A missed individual session of a class cannot be refunded or made up (but we’ll be happy to try to help you catch-up on what you missed).  Any class cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.

One response to “Classes for Jan/Feb/Mar 2012

  1. Do you teach any kids’ classes or mother-daughter classes? I’ve taught my 8-year-old how to knit on straight needles but I don’t know more than the basics myself.

    Great blog. I always look forward to your updates!

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