9/27/16: Classes for Fall

DESIGN YOUR OWN CLASS: Private Instruction
What would you like to learn? Now you can design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or the techniques. Register for a single hour-long lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time.
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40


S A T U R D A Y   C L A S S E S

LEARN TO KNIT
Get started knitting! Progressing at your own pace, you’ll master casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. All materials provided for first class. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit to be used either for the purchase of yarn and needles for take-home practice the day of your class or registration for a second session.
Saturday, October 1; 10:00-11:00am (also Saturday, November 5; 10:00-11:00am)
Fee: $20

swoopSWOOP
Have you ever read a pattern that calls for familiar techniques and stitches, but has a construction method that you can’t quite figure out? Using Romi Hill’s strikingly graphic 2- or 3-color shawl Swoop, you’ll learn to read a pattern to preview a project from start to finish. Wrap & turn short rows will be demonstrated, and we will cast on and knit as far into the pattern as time allows.
Saturday, October 15; 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $30

silvermist

SILVERMIST BATH SET
A delicate lace washcloth and soap sack from designer Romi Hill make an elegant and quick one-skein gift. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up seamlessly. In this class several circular and no-graft cast ons will be demonstrated, and you will practice knitting lace in the round from both written and charted directions. (Warning: these projects are like potato chips; you may not be able to stop after making just one!) Previous experience working in the round on DPNs required.
Saturday, October 15; 2:00-4:00pm (also Wednesday, December 7; 1:30-3:30pm)
Fee: $30

ckknitbaa-ble

THE BAA-BLE HAT: Tips & Techniques for Stranded Knitting with Carolyn Kern
Donna Smith’s design for Shetland Wool Week 2015 was the #1 queued pattern on Ravelry last year, with over 5600 projects posted. The pattern is written using an unusually tight gauge for a worsted/aran weight yarn, though, and many knitters ended up with hats that didn’t fit. Don’t let that happen to you; let Carolyn teach you all about getting gauge in Fair Isle knitting. You’ll make a colorwork swatch that simulates working in the round. She will review two-handed stranded colorwork technique; and, as time permits, demonstrate making a two color pompom with a Clover pompom maker.
Saturday, October 22; 10:00am-12:30pm
Fee: $45

puerperiumPUERPERIUM: Seamless Sweater Basics
A big name for a tiny top down cardigan sweater, Puerperium is designed to fit newborns up to 6 weeks old. It may be small, but it is an adorable introduction to seamless sweater knitting. You’ll learn the same techniques needed to make adult garments in just a few hours of knitting. (Designer Kelly Brooker also offers Beyond Puerperium, a pattern sized up to 2 years. You can easily make one for an older child after practicing on the newborn size.)
Saturday, October 22; 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $45

LEARN TO KNIT
Get started knitting! Progressing at your own pace, you’ll master casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. All materials provided for first class. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit to be used either for the purchase of yarn and needles for take-home practice the day of your class or registration for a second session.
Saturday, November 5; 10:00-11:00am (also Saturday, October 1; 10:00-11:00am)
Fee: $20

briochevron2

BRIOCHEVRON COWL & SCARF
Love brioche knitting? You’ll love learning the brioche increases and decreases in Stephen West’s Briochevron Cowl & Scarf. Make it with two colors or a main color and up to six contrast stripes. Knit flat, the I-cord cast on and bound off edges are sewn together for the cowl. Even with a short pattern motif that is easy to memorize, brioche knitting requires extra concentration, so this class includes a lunch break!
Saturday, November 5; 12:00-1:00pm/lunch break/2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $45

 

boilermaker

BOILERMAKER COWL
Designer Anne Hanson says, “here is a stash-busting, super cozy cowl to knit now for yourself and again in different shades for holiday giving—the perfect chill chaser for anyone on your list. Its intricate patterning and texture hold a little secret—in real life, it is extremely quick, easy, and entertaining to work in the round using two or three colors. Pattern includes instructions for two lengths and several color arrangements.”
Saturday, November 12; 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $30

thompson_river_socks

THOMPSON RIVER SOCKS with Carolyn Kern
Carolyn’s pattern for worsted weight socks was published in Interweave Knits Fall 2016. It is worked toe up and incorporates some of her favorite knitting techniques: gansey patterns, colorwork, and cables. This class is an excellent choice for a knitter who has only made cuff down socks and wants to try the toe up.  It also could be a first sock class if you have mastered knitting in the round using DPNs, 2 circular needles, or magic loop method. This is a 2-session class. The first class will cover Judy’s Magic Cast-On and beginning the chart. The second class will focus on the heel (short rows) and the cuff (colorwork), and a demonstration of a tubular bind off. Carolyn recommends using Hikoo Sueño worsted yarn. A kit will be available for an additional cost.
(2) Saturdays, November 12 & 19; 1:00-3:00pm
Fee: $60

greemybooties2BABY BOOTIES
After making one pair, you’ll want to make lots more of these cute stay-on booties to always have some on hand for baby gifts. Greemy Baby Booties is a simple pattern that is a great introduction to Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On and magic loop knitting. (Also a great way to use up odds & ends of fingering/sock weight yarn!)
Saturday, November 19; 10:30am-12:00pm (also Wednesday, November 30; 1:30-3:00pm)
Fee: $25

spicedcocoamitts

SPICED COCOA MITTS
If we rated patterns mild, medium, or spicy, these Laura Aylor fingerless mitts would definitely be spicy! There’s plenty here to hold the interest of experienced knitters and adventurous beginners who have knit in the round before on DPNs, magic loop, or 2 circulars. All special stitches used in the design will be demonstrated.
Saturday, December 3; 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $30

LCR SocksMINI CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat – how easy is that? Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one as small as you like with smaller yarn to use as an ornament or package decoration.
Saturday, December 3; 2:30-4:00pm (also Wednesday, November 16; 1:30-3:00pm)
Fee: $25

 


W E D N E S D A Y   C L A S S E S

wee-baby-socksMAKE YOUR FIRST SOCK
We think the ideal first sock is knit cuff down on DPNs. In this class you’ll make a single baby sock in one afternoon and master all the basics of sock construction. Pattern is Churchmouse Wee Baby Socks, an addendum to the Churchmouse Basic Socks pattern.
Wednesday, October 5; 1:30-5:30pm
Fee: $60

 

welted1WELTED FINGERLESS GLOVES
If flat knitting is getting old, try something new – knitting in the round. Adventurous beginners will get great practice working in the round on DPNs or magic loop with these fashionable fingerless mitts from Churchmouse. When done, they make very welcome gifts.
Wednesday, October 19; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30

Just_Chillin

JUST CHILLIN’ HAT
Carolyn Kern’s ingenious cabled design makes a hat everyone on your gift list will love. This class is offered for newer knitters interested in learning how to knit cables and work in the round. The pattern is sized for older children, women, and men. (Pompom is optional!)
Wednesday, October 26; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30

10.28.15.01OOPS: FIXING MISTAKES IN KNITTING
Learn to see the structure of a good stitch so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up and repair dropped stitches, safely un-knit (“frog”), and how to fix stitches without ripping out your work.
Wednesday, November 2; 1:30-2:30pm
Fee: $15

grafting_kitchenerGRAFTING WITH KITCHENER STITCH
When a pattern says join with an invisible seam, it’s time to do the Kitchener stitch. It can be used for stockinette, garter, seed stitch, ribbing, etc. In this class you’ll get an introduction to the why’s and how’s of Kitchenering and plenty of time to practice seaming both on and off the needles.
Wednesday, November 9; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30

LCR Socks

MINI CHRISTMAS STOCKING ORNAMENTS
We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat – how easy is that? Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one as small as you like with smaller yarn to use as an ornament or package decoration.
Wednesday, November 16; 1:30-3:00pm (also Saturday, December 3; 2:30-4:00pm)
Fee: $25

 

greemybooties2BABY BOOTIES
After making one pair, you’ll want to make lots more of these cute stay-on booties to always have some on hand to give as baby gifts. Greemy Baby Booties is a simple pattern that is a great introduction to Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On and magic loop knitting. (Also a great way to use up odds & ends of fingering/sock weight yarn!)
Wednesday, November 30; 1:30-3:00pm  (also Saturday, November 19; 10:30am-12:00pm)
Fee: $25

silvermistSILVERMIST BATH SET
A delicate lace washcloth and soap sack from designer Romi Hill make an elegant and quick one-skein gift. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up seamlessly. In this class several circular and no-graft cast ons will be demonstrated, and you will practice knitting lace in the round from both written and charted directions. (Like eating potato chips, you may not be able to stop after making just one!) Previous experience working in the round on DPNs required.
Wednesday, December 7; 1:30-3:30pm (also Saturday, October 15; 2:00-4:00pm)
Fee: $30

Photo credits: Romi Hill, Caroline Kern, Leah Williams, westknits, David Whitfield, Interweave Knits, chopped tomatoes, Laura Aylor, little cotton rabbits, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

 

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