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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
Tuesdays 9:30AM – 11:30 AM: June 24, July 1, 8 and 15
Saturdays 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: July 12, 19, 26, and August 9
Tuesdays 6:30PM – 8:30 PM: August 5, 12, 19, 26
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.

First Pair of Knitted Mittens
Saturdays 3-5 PM: September 6, 13, 20
Cost: $75
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.com/lycheemittens.html.  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.

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 – 3 PM: July 12, 19, & 26
Cost: $75, materials are not included.*
Skills required: knit, purl, and some knowledge of knitting on double pointed needles or circular needles.

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!  Socks are perfect for summer knitting because they are small, lightweight, and easily portable for your summer trips and visits to the beach.  They are also a perfect year-round project for commuting!  There is nothing like the feel of hand-knit socks — they are so cushy and dreamy.  In this class students will learn the pros and cons of toe-up or cuff-down sock construction; shaping with increases and decreases; short-row heels and toes; and measuring for the properly fitting sock.

 

Crochet

Beginning Crochet
Saturdays 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: July 19, 26, August 9, and 16
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.

Amigurumi Octopus!
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm 6/17, 6/24, 7/1
Cost: $75
Skills required: single crochet and have some familiarity with increases and decreases (as in chevrons or granny squares)
Materials needed: worsted weight yarn (Berroco Comfort or Cascade 220 Superwash suggested), size F or G crochet hook, fiber fill, safety eyes, contrasting color yarn to embroider mouth (optional), darning needle, and a print out of the pattern. The pattern link can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amigurumi-octopus-2

In this class students will crochet an adorable octopus! This class will also teach students how to change a pattern to make the finished object larger or smaller.

Design Your Own Doily
Saturdays 1:15-3:15 July 19, 26, August 9, and 16
Cost: $100
Prerequisites:  Either Beginning Crochet, or basic knowledge of crochet stitches, including how to construct a traditional granny square.
Materials:  graph paper and pencil; #4 crochet hook; Rowan Cotton Glace (1 skein)

Crocheted doilies, table linens and curtains seem to be showing up everywhere.  Students learn how to design their own unique doilies and use them to decorate their home or add a touch of lacey elegance to a purse or hair ornament.  Once students get the hang of it, the possibilities are as endless as their imagination.  In this class students will learn two techniques to design and create their own unique lace pieces: lace crochet in the round, and filet crochet.
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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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