Classes for Apr/May/Jun 2012

To register or for more information, contact Gosh Yarn It!, 570.287.9999, or
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 ♦.

♦ KNITTING MORE OR LESS / 1 Session, $25 / Ann Ross
“S2KP” and “SK2P” have you cross-eyed?  When the pattern says to “make one,” what does it really mean? This technique-based class covers numerous useful single/double increases and decreases.
Class A: Friday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, May 19, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Supplies & Homework: Approx. 1.5 oz. (43g) worsted weight yarn; straight or circular needles in your preferred size for worsted weight, i.e. US #6, 7 or 8.  Make a swatch: CO 20 sts, knit 5 rows and begin stockinette by purling the next row and all even-numbered rows and knitting odd-numbered rows until swatch is at least 2” long; leave yarn attached to ball (don’t bind-off).

SHORT ROWS 4 WAYS / 1 Session, $30 / Ann Ross
Short rows seem to be showing up everywhere, from ruffled accessories to well-fitting shaped garments.  Learn the wrap & turn, Japanese, yarn-over, and Cat Bordhi methods to find the one you like best.
Class A: Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, May 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Supplies: Approx. 1.5 oz. (43g) each of 2 colors worsted weight yarn; straight or circular needles in your preferred size for worsted weight, i.e. US #6, 7 or 8.  Make a swatch: CO 25 sts, knit 3 rows, purl 1 row; leave yarn attached to ball (don’t bind-off).

** MASTERING MAGIC-LOOP / 2 Sessions, $30 / Catherine Molski
The Magic Loop technique, which uses one 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 how Magic Loop works, as well as how to adapt a pattern for Magic Loop. After casting on in the first class, your homework will prepare you to decrease and cast off by the end of the second class. Pattern purchase required.
Saturday, April 21 & 28, 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 your needle size)
Note: If you’re interested in knitting socks using Magic Loop, we recommend you take this class before taking one of our top down or toe up sock classes, which you will then be able to adapt to this technique.

OTTO THE POLAR BEAR / 2 Sessions, $50 / Kathy Hahn
Otto is a cute baby polar bear toy knit without seams on double pointed needles (DPNs). You’ll learn how to pick up stitches and work the Kitchener Stitch to graft stitches together.  It will be helpful to have had previous experience using DPNs. Pattern purchase required.
Thursday, April 26 & May 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy Otto pattern by Ysolda Teague; 230 yds worsted weight yarn (Universal Cotton Supreme was used for sample); small amount darker yarn for embroidering eyes & nose; set of 5 US #6 DPNs; tapestry needle; toy stuffing.


STARTING TO FINISH / 1 Session, $45 / Carolyn Kern
Learn to make perfect garment seams, how to pick up stitches for bands and edgings, and create just-right buttonholes. There is no project, but there is pre-class homework.
Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Supplies & Homework:  For all swatches use a light colored worsted weight yarn – wool or wool blends are preferable, with no nubs or color changes; straight or circular needles in your preferred size for worsted weight, i.e. US #6, 7 or 8; basic knitting supplies, including scissors, ruler or tape measure, and tapestry needles. Swatches to be made:

  • (Make 2) Cast on 16 stitches and leave a tail of about 24”.  Work 20 rows in stockinette stitch.  Bind off.
  • (Make 2) Cast on 16 stitches.  Work 14 rows in stockinette stitch.  Bind off.
  • (Make 1) Cast on 20 stitches.  Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.  Bind off.
  • (Make 2) Cast on 12 stitches and leave a tail of about 24”.  Work 20 rows (10 ridges) in garter stitch.  Bind off.

♦ LOG CABIN / 1 Session, $30 / Ann Ross
Log cabin construction, with “blocks” of color worked in garter stitch (every row knit) added one after another, is ideal for everything from washcloths to afghans. Class project will be a 12” pillow cover. Class fee includes pattern.
Class A: Friday, May 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, June 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 skein each of 3 or 4 colors (your choice) worsted weight yarn (Lamb’s Pride Superwash was used for sample); straight or circular needles in your preferred size for worsted weight, i.e. US #6, 7 or 8; pillow insert.

♦ OOPS! / 1 Session, $20 / Kathy Hahn or Ann Ross
What do you do when you know you’ve done something wrong but you’re not sure what?  Learn how to rescue and repair common mistakes such as dropped or split stitches. There is no class project, but there is pre-class homework.
Class A: Thursday, May 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Kathy)
Class B: Saturday, June 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Ann)
Supplies & Homework: Approx. 1.5 oz. (43g) worsted weight yarn; straight or circular needles in your preferred size for worsted weight, i.e. US #6, 7 or 8; “Fixer” or crochet hook.  Instructions for making an 8×8” swatch will be provided in advance.

DAYBREAK SHAWL / 1 Session, $30 / Ann Ross
Have fun picking contrasting colors of fingering/sock weight yarn to make this semicircular striped shawl. Learn the garter tab cast on and how to decipher Stephen’s clever construction details. Pattern purchase required.
Friday, May 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy Daybreak pattern by Stephen West; 2 colors fingering weight yarn (see pattern for yardages for your size); US #4 32” circular needle; 8 stitch markers; tapestry needle.

Daybreak Shawl

MOSAIC KNITTING / 1 Session, $25 / Carolyn Kern
This class will be an introduction to mosaic knitting, a slip-stitch colorwork technique championed by Barbara Walker. You can achieve what appear to be complicated color patterns while using only one yarn at a time.  Class fee includes coaster pattern.
Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Supplies:  Small amount of two colors of worsted weight or DK weight yarn (Tahki Cotton Classic was used for sample); straight or circular needles in your preferred size for worsted weight yarn, i.e. US #6, 7 or 8.

FINISHING YOUR FIRST TOE UP SOCKS / 3 Sessions, $60 / Ann Ross
Once you go toe up, you may never go back. You’ll learn Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on for a seamless start and how to work the heel turn using wrap-and-turn short rows to make adult size toe up socks – one at a time – in sport weight yarn on 2 circular needles.  Class fee includes pattern.
Class A: Wednesday, May 16, 1:30-3:00 p.m., May 23 & 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Class B: Saturday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., June 2 & 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Supplies & Homework: 375-400 yds sport weight sock yarn; (2) US #3 24” circular needles, preferably visibly different from each another.  Before class, watch this video on of Cat Bordhi demonstrating Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on. If you’ve never watched Cat’s videos, let me warn you – it’s a little blurry, and some find her narration “over the top,” but it’s the best demonstration of this technique.

** TOP DOWN SWEATER CONSTRUCTION / 3 sessions, $75 / Kathy Hahn
Start small to ensure success with your sweater knitting! Class project is a babies’ cardigan that takes less than 600 yards of yarn and can be made with or without hood. Quickly learn the basics of top down construction and how to pick up stitches for perfect button bands before you move on to make adult size sweaters. Pattern purchase required.
Thursday, May 17 & 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and May 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy of Babies Neck Down Cardigan #982 pattern; 400-550 yds worsted weight yarn; 24” US #8 and 6 circular needles; DPNs, 1 set each US #8 and 6; stitch markers; scrap yarn; (5-7) ¾-1” buttons.

STARBOARD SCARF / 1 Session, $30 / Ann Ross
A scarf in summer? Absolutely! Classic Elite’s Seedling Handpaint yarn makes Starboard a colorful warm weather fashion accent. Easy short row turnings create its crescent shape.  Pattern purchase required.
Friday, June 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy CEY Harbor/9168 pattern book; 2 hanks Seedling Handpaint; US #6 24” circular needle.

Starboard Scarf

PAINTBOX SCARF / 1 Session, $30 / Ann Ross
Two-color double knitting makes this scarf reversible and shows off the gradient shading of Kauni Effektgarn to beautiful effect.  Learn tubular cast on and bind off and how to create negative/positive two-sided fabric.  Pattern purchase required.
Wednesday, June 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Supplies: 1 copy Paintbox Scarf pattern by Lucy Neatby; 1 skein each variegated and solid Kauni Effektgarn; straight or circular US #2-5 needles.

Paintbox Scarf

** No little ones to knit for? If you’d like to donate your finished project from the Top Down Sweater Construction or Mastering Magic Loop class to a children’s charity, we will see that your sweater or hat goes to the Motherless Child Foundation through the Ravelry Group, “Mittens for Akkol.”


Knitting 101 / FREE (Advance registration required for groups of two or more)
Instructors: Ann Ross, Jill Schwartz
Ready to be a knitter?  Come for an hour 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 in the company of fellow knitters, crocheters, and spinners. Coffee, tea, and snacks available.
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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.

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 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.

4 responses to “Classes for Apr/May/Jun 2012

  1. Do we buy the patterns referred to @the shop?

    • Hi, Joan! Yes, “Head Hugger,” “Otto,” “Daybreak,” “Starboard Scarf,” “Paintbox Scarf,” and “Babies Neck Down Cardigan” are all in stock here at the shop and, when purchased for a class, 10% off. All other patterns/directions are included in class fee.

  2. Great selection of classes. I wanted to print off a copy for a discussion with some fellow knitters, but it would only print 1 blank page. Could you please forward me a email print copy. Thanks, Loretta

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