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Remember that class sizes are limited, so don’t delay in contacting us at 773-800-9276 (yarn).

Knitting

Beginning Knitting
Saturdays 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: January 10, 17, 24, 31
Wednesdays TBD
Cost: $100, includes beginning materials.
Skills required: none.

In this class students will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off.  Students will learn how to choose the right yarns and needles; read gauge; and other information that is necessary to get started knitting.  At the end of the four weeks, students will have the skills necessary to complete a project (a scarf).  Time permitting, we will also cover decreases, increases, and have a look at knitting in the round.

Robins Egg Blue Hat
Saturdays 1-3pm: November 15 and 22
Cost: $50
Skills required: cast on, knit, purl
Materials: 121 yards Chunky wool yarn, size 10 straight or size 10 – 16” circular needles, size 10 double pointed needles, stitch markers, 1 button (approx 2” diameter), tapestry needle. Student must also bring a copy of the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/robins-egg-blue-hat

This is a quick and easy hat made with chunky yarn. A cute button makes it stylish, too! Students will learn knitting in the round, making increases and decreases, and using double pointed needles.

Next Step: Simple Hat
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 PM: November 25 and 12/2
Cost: $40
Skills required: you must know how to knit and purl
Materials*: Students must print out a copy of the pattern to bring to class.  Students must being a copy of the pattern to class: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hats-from-the-heart.  You will also need 16” circular US 8, and about 200 yards of worsted weight yarn.

This class is designed as the next step for those of you who are looking at how to get beyond the square.  If you’ve never knit in the round before, come take this class, and you will lose all fear in the face of a circular needle.

Next Step: Knitted Mittens
TBD
Cost: $75
Skills required: knit, purl, and some knowledge of knitting on double pointed needles or circular needles.
Materials: The pattern calls for 200 yards of worsted weight yarn and sizes US 6 and US 8 double pointed needles, or US 6 and US 8 32″ circulars for magic loop.
Students must also bring a copy of the pattern http://kelbournewoolens.com/patterns-free/lychee-mittens.

Mittens are a wonderful gift to make for yourself or a friend.  They are fun and fast to knit, but can be done in so many variations that they never get boring.  In this class you will learn how to knit in the round; shape with increases and decreases; do a gusset; set aside stitches; and pick up stitches. Students may choose to do stripes or knit their mittens in one color.

Beginning Sock Knitting
Saturdays
from 1 PM – 2:30 PM: November 8, 15, and 22
Cost: $65, materials are not included.*
Skills required: knit, purl, and some knowledge of knitting on double pointed needles or circular needles.
Materials: Sport weight or fingering weight yarn (students’ preference) and double point needles in the size to obtain gauge. Students must also bring a copy of the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-sock-3
Come to the first class with the following preparation: work cuff to desired length. Come to class ready to work the heel flap.

For those who know how to knit, but are ready to move beyond scarves and other flat, square projects, come learn the joy of sock knitting!  This three week class will walk students through the steps of knitting a sock from cuff to toe! Students must know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off. Double pointed needled will be used by the instructor but students can be guided in using two circulars or Magic Loop methods. For students that are unfamiliar with knitting in the round, a class will be offered on 9/20/14 to get the cuff started.

Sheep Carousel Tea Cosy
Saturdays from 2:30PM-4:30PM: October 11, 18, November 1, 8. Please note there is a break between the 2nd and 3rd sessions.
Cost:$100
Materials needed: US 2.5 16” circular needle, US 2.5 dpns OR 30”- 40” circular needle, US 4 16” circular needle, 4 stitch markers (2 each of 2 types), waste yarn in a contrasting color, size C or D crochet hook, and a tapestry needle.  Jamieson and Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight, the recommended yarn, is available for purchase in store.
Students must also bring a copy of the pattern http://www.raverly.com/patterns/library/sheep-carousel, which is available for purchase in store or online.
Students who wish to work a gauge swatch should do so prior to the first class.  Gauge:  7 sts and 8.5 rounds to 1” worked in stockinette stitch in-the-round on US 2.5 needles.
Skills needed: Knitting basics including increases, decreases, and familiarity with knitting in the round.

Students can build their repertoire of knitting techniques while adding a bit of whimsy to teatime. The Sheep Carousel tea cosy, designed by Kate Davies, incorporates a variety of techniques in small, manageable bites.  The cosy in worked in-the-round and includes provisional cast-on, stranded colorwork, steeks, vikkel braids, corrugated ribbing, i-cord, and centered double decreases. This class is packed with skills that can be used in other projects to add a detailed finish to any work.

Turkish Bed Socks
Saturdays from 10AM-1PM: October 25 and November 1
Cost:$75
Materials needed: Fingering weight yarn and size 3 double point needles, scissors, darning needle, row counter, measuring tape. Students must also bring a copy of the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/turkish-bed-socks , which can be purchased in store or online.
Skills needed: cast on, knit, purl

Turkish Bed Socks are perfect for students who have knit socks and are looking for a nee challenge, or students wanting to learn to knit socks but want to start with something cuffless and fancy-free? Join us for this class and knit these delightful slippers for yourself or get a jump on your holiday gift knitting!

Holiday Stockings
Saturdays from 2PM-5PM: October 25 and November 1
Cost:$75
Materials needed: Bulky weight yarn in two or three colors of your choice and needles to obtain gauge. Students must also bring a copy of the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/class-christmas-sock
Skills needed: knit, purl, cast on, bind off and have familiarity with knitting in the round

Join us for this class to learn basic sock construction hidden in a charming stocking pattern that is highly customizable to suit your own style! Choose to knit in two colors as the pattern is written or three as the sample in the store. Choose to knit a folded cuff at the top for a finished look. This class will introduce stranded knitting, reading a chart, and a short row heel. Take this class and have a stocking ready to hang on your mantle or give as a gift! Instructor will demonstrate Magic Loop in this class but students can choose to knit this with double pointed needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars depending on comfort level.

 

Crochet

Crochet: Beyond the Basics
Saturdays 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: November 22, December 6, 13, and 20
Cost: $100
Materials: DK weight yarn and 5mm(H) hook OR Worsted weight yarn and a 6mm(J) hook
Skills required: crochet basics including single crochet, double crochet, familiarity with granny squares.

In this class students will learn different types of crochet techniques including: C2C (corner-to-corner), joining motifs as you go, Solomon’s Knot, and more!

Snowflake
Sunday 12:15-3:15 PM: December 7
Cost: $40
Materials: Any weight yarn, worsted or lighter, and corresponding hook. The Cotton Glace by Rowan, or Cascade Ultra Pima are recommended.
Skills required: crochet basics including single crochet, double crochet, familiarity with granny squares. Pattern will be provided.

Easy to learn and quick to crochet, these snowflakes make great decorations, ornaments or embellishments for gifts!

Snowman
Sunday 12:15-3:15 PM: December 14
Cost: $40
Materials: Worsted weight yarn and size G (4mm) hook
Skills required: crochet basics including single crochet, double crochet, familiarity with granny squares. Students must also bring a copy of the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snowman-ornament-7

Easy to learn and quick to crochet! These adorable snowmen make great ornaments, gifts, and gift embellishments! So cute and irresistible, who could stop after just one snowman?

Corner-to-Corner
Saturday 1 PM – 3 PM: October 18
Cost: $25
Skills required: basic crochet techniques
Materials: Any weight yarn and corresponding hook

The C2C Afghan is the latest craze in the crochet world.  Learn this deceptively simple technique that works up quickly and looks really impressive. This technique can be used for baby blankets, afghans, scarves, table clothes, or just about anything else!  It’s a great way to whip up some quick holiday crochet gifts.

Broomstick Lace Cowl
Sundays 12:15PM-2:15PM November 2, 9
Cost: $50
Skills required: basic crochet techniques.
Materials: Worsted weight yarn in one, two or three colors, 6 mm (J) crochet hook, and size 35 knitting needle. Recommended yarns are Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, or Berroco Comfort.
OR
Sport or DK weight yarn in one, two or three colors, 4.5 mm hook, and size 19 knitting needle. Recommended yarns are Classic Elite’s Classic Silk, or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport.

Broomstick lace, also called Jiffy Lace or Peacock-Eye Stitch, is a crochet technique developed in the 19th Century, using a crochet hook and a actual broomstick.  Today, we use a crochet hook and a very wide gauge knitting needle. In this class, students will learn this technique and use it to make the “Witch’s Broom Cowl” designed by our crochet instructor.
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One on One Classes in knitting or crochet are also available upon request, for $30 per hour.

*Students receive a certificate for a one time 10% discount on class materials for most classes.
** Payment of 50% is required for placement in class.  Final 50% is due by 7 days before the class.  For our regular classes, class fees are refundable up to 48 hours in advance of the first class, otherwise there will be a $20 fee for cancellation, and the remainder will stay as store credit.  No refunds will be given once the class has started.  Special events may be subject to different rules.
***All classes must have a minimum number enrolled and are subject to cancellation if not.
**** Class fees not applicable to loyalty program.

 

Stephen West and StevenBe National Tour is Coming to Windy Knitty August 1 & 2!!

 

We are honored and so excited to be hosting Stephen West and StevenBe on their national tour!  Please join us for the crazy, wonderful, creative ride that this event will be.  What is this thing?  In their words, “Two of knitting’s hottest rock stars, together for the first time, on a national tour. Fourteen stops in twelve states. Staying just long enough to inspire, amaze, and ignite new knitting passion. You can get a front row seat to the action.”

Many of you know Stephen West’s work (thousands have knit his creations, from the Daybreak to Rockefeller to any of his newest designs) and StevenBe is an accomplished knitwear designer as well, who, in addition to the knitting experience, brings with him a background of having worked in major international design houses.  Together they bring not only a lot of experience and excellent design, but a whole lot of fun.  If you want to meet two guys who are going to encourage you to your creative edge while still making you feel comfortable, and letting you have lots of fun, these are your guys.  Below are the opportunities available for working with them.  Note that all events will be hosted by both StevenBe and Stephen West, so this is an amazing opportunity to get to know and get insight from both designers.

Please note that all of the classes/events listed below will be hosted by both Stephen and Steven, so you will get to experience and enjoy both perspectives in any class!

Westknits Workshop
Friday, August 1:  3pm – 6pm
Cost: $75
Materials: to be announced.

Let Stephen West’s vibrant personality guide you through a colorful rainbow of shawls that you can make using simple techniques like yarn-overs and easy increases. Stephen starts with a garter tab cast-on and shows you different methods of creating angles and edges, encouraging creativity along the way. With unique combinations of yarn-overs, increases, shaping and color variation, this class will show you the different outcomes of these stitches before you even put the yarn on your needles. Combine these different methods to customize your own design or use his Boneyard pattern to make a basic shawl!

Evening Presentation and Wine & Cheese Trunk Show
Friday, August 1: 7 – 8:30pm
Cost: $30 ** 10% of profits from this event will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository

During this event, Stephen West and StevenBe will be giving a presentation in which not only do they show and tell about their designs, but they will also be revealing their true non-Hollywood stories.  Join us for the stories and stay for the chance to get your hands on many of their most imaginative designs.  It is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening!

Shawl & Accessory Extravaganza
Saturday, August 2: 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: $75
Materials: to be announced

View many of Stephen & Steven’s shawl and accessory patterns made up — a true trunk show. Pick your favorite and begin. Hands on tips and tricks from the two inspiration masters. Steven and Stephen will consult with each student to pick the perfect yarn combinations to create their own masterpiece. This is a wonderful artistic class where not every student is working on the same project.

Knit it in a Minute
Saturday, August 2: 2:30 – 5:30pm
Cost: $75
Materials: to be announced

Join Steven and Stephen to capture this fall’s hot trends right off the runway and make them this weekend! Explore the use of large circular knitting needles and Tunisian crochet hooks with uber chunky yarns and combinations of fibers that will blow your mind. You will have the opportunity to choose a quick knit project and work with Steven to create your own unique accessory as your Stephen & Steven Tour trophy 2014. Take it home with you, create more for gifts, and sport it around like the proud peacock you are.

 

** Please note that due to the fact that this is a special event involving travel, etc., you will need to notify us of any cancellations at least two weeks in advance and cancellations will result in your fee being changed to store credit, rather than refund.  (No refunds given within 2 weeks of the event.)  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

More info on the rockstars:
About Stephen West:
Stephen West is currently based in Amsterdam. His shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer around the world. Stephen’s designs have been published in Knitty.com, Malabrigo Book 3 and in Jared Flood’s Wool People. He also self-publishes his own series of popular knitting books.

Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana, IL. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing knitting patterns and he was quickly featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue with his Colonnade Shawl. Soon after, he began publishing more patterns and launched a series of pattern books under the name Westknits. He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit-alongs each year like the Mystery Shawl Knit Along and Westknits Shawl Club. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world. Stephen recently moved to Amsterdam to study Choreography at the School for New Dance Development.

Stephen has taught workshops at yarn shops throughout the United States in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle among many other cities (in the U.S.) and internationally in Reykjavik, Glasgow, London and Amsterdam.

About StevenBe:
“Be inspired. Be brilliant. Be limitless.”
Steven Berg is a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries.

Berg began his career as a young boy, furiously knitting lines of sequin dresses for a discerning clientele of Barbies in Wisconsin. This naturally led him to become a star student in fashion design at both Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City as a young adult.

Following graduation, Berg found inspiration in the beautiful, fashion capitals of the world for many years, as a VP of design at Munsingwear, Perry Ellis and other [international design houses]. His creative work experiences brought him back to his favorite medium again, the one that always inspired him the most, the imaginative world of fiber arts.

Today, you will find Steven in a 6,000 square foot, restored 1800’s Firehouse, among a treasure trove of objects devoted to the fiber arts, [adorned with chandeliers, animal prints, and his eclectic collection of objets d’art from his international travels]. On any given day you’ll see him encouraging his knit-crochet-fiber loving friends to push the limits, hosting a party at his fantasmagorical store and always pouring out his latest designs. (Steven has changed the definition of “yarn shop” forever.) Steven’s ‘chunky funky’ knitwear designs have caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and stylists. His creations are regularly featured in national publications, and are available on popular knitting websites.

Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: ‘The possibilities are endless.’ ‘There are no mistakes, only variations.’ And always remember to ‘Glam it up!’

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  • Jennifer says:

    Hello,

    For the ‘first pair of knitted mittens’ class is it one of the 3 Wednesdays in March or all 3 Wednesdays?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jennifer

    • windyknitty says:

      Hi Jennifer, the class is both: the 12th and the 26th. We normally run them consecutively, but were unable to do that this month.

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