Remember that class sizes are limited, so don’t delay in contacting us at 773-800-9276 (yarn).
Saturdays 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: February 15, 22, March 1, and March 8
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM: February 25, March 4, 11, and 18
Cost: $100, includes beginning materials.
Skills required: none.
In this class you will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. You 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, you 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.
Top-Down Baby Sweater
Saturdays 1 PM – 3 PM: January 11, 18, 25, and February 1
Skills required: knit, purl, cast on, and bind off
Materials: This class uses the “Baby Sophisticate” pattern, which can be found on Ravelry at:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-sophisticate—free, and should be printed out for the first class. In addition to the pattern, you will need to bring 255-300 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn (15 stitches over 4″ in this case), the appropriate needles, stitch markers, and whatever else the pattern recommends.
If you’ve always wanted to do a sweater, but you’re afraid of the scale of the project, this class is for you. Doing a baby-sized project allows you to get the skills to make a sweater while working at a scale that will allow you to finish in four weeks. In this class you will learn to read and follow a pattern; do shaping; pick up and knit on button bands and collar; and basic shaping and finishing skills.
Next Step: Simple Hat
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM: February 12 and 26 ** Note that this class skips a week
Skills required: you must know how to knit and purl
Materials*: Students must print out a copy of the pattern to bring to class. The pattern for this hat is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/
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.
Saturday 1 PM – 3 PM: February 15 and 22
Skills required: knit and purl
Materials*: Students should print both patterns and bring them to the first session:
Fingering weight yarn (one or two colors), US 1.5 and US 2.5 double pointed needles, US 1.5 (2.5mm) and 2.5 (3mm) 16 inch circular needles. However, if you choose to do the magic loop method, bring 32” - 40” circular needle in US 1.5 and US 2.5 (dpns would be optional). Students will also need tapestry/darning needle, scissors, ribbon for cap (optional), 4 small buttons, sewing needle and thread.
Build your skills while you knit a sweet hat and booties set. Saartje’s Bootees and Djevellue Cap are classic designs that will make an impressive gift or keep your own baby snug and warm. Both patterns can be worked in either one or two colors, so pick the perfect colors for the lucky baby girl or boy. The cap is worked in-the-round and can be secured with ribbon or I-cord. The bootees are worked flat, then seamed and secured with buttons. Skills and techniques that you will use include increasing, decreasing, seaming, working in-the-round, and creating button loops.
First Pair of Knitted Mittens
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM: March 12, 19, and 26
Skills required: knit, purl, and some knowledge of knitting on double pointed needles or circular needles.
Materials*: You will need to download the “Lychee Mittens” pdf, which can be found on Ravelry, or at http://www.kelbournewoolens.
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.
Saturdays 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: February 15, 22, March 1, and 8
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM: December 3, 10, 17, and MONDAY December 30
Cost: $100, includes beginning materials.
Skills required: none.
In this class you will learn how to select the appropriate yarn for a project; how crocheted fabric differs from knitted fabric; the basic abbreviations and symbols used in crochet; how to make a foundation chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet; and how to crochet in the round (for a granny square). After learning these skills, students will choose whether to make a granny square scarf or a rufﬂe scarf.
Knit to Flatter Workshop with Amy Herzog
Saturday 9AM – 4 PM (includes 1 hour break for lunch): March 1
Skills: Adventurous knitters of all skill levels who want great sweaters
Materials: Measuring tape, bring/wear a tight-fitting top (best if it’s light colored)
Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, I’ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. Topics covered in class include:
- Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
- How clothing changes the appearance of the body’s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
- Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
- Personalized shape analysis and detailed measurements for every student
- How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns
- General sweater tips and tricks
- Student-brought questions and discussion topics
We take pictures of everyone’s shape during class, so please come wearing or willing to change into a tight-fitting top and relatively well-fitted pants/skirt. Please also bring along a measuring tape, sweaters you’ve knit, patterns you’re interested in, and your adventurous inner knitter!
Mastering Mindful Modifications with Amy Herzog
Sunday 9AM – 12 PM: March 2
Skills: Intermediate or adventurous beginning knitters who are comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing. Basic familiarity with patterns is required.
Materials: Calculator, pencil/paper are required. A simple bottom-up, set-in sleeve pattern that you are interested in knitting is very helpful.
It’s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you’re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:
- Bust darts of all kinds
- Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
- Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
- Neckline modifications
This class is aimed at intermediate knitters, or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator. Students should feel comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing. Basic familiarity with short rows is a plus but definitely not required. (I don’t recommend using them in most cases!)
Finishing with Amy Herzog
Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM: March 2
Skills: Adventurous knitters of all skill levels.
Materials: Please bring light-colored, non-fuzzy worsted or aran weight yarn, needles, four swatches as described in homework handout.
Homework: Make four swatches as described in handout (to be provided after you’ve signed up for the class).
Over the years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve noticed a distinct and pervasive aversion to finishing. As a dedicated finishing geek, I find this very sad! Finishing may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it is the single most important thing you can to do improve the quality of your FOs. This class covers the following crucial topics:
- Cast ons and bind-offs
- Perfect seams
- Setting in sleeves
- Picking up stitches
- Faced hems
Exquisitely finished garments are soon to be yours!
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.