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To view a list of all our Winter and Spring classes, click here: Winter and Spring 2018 Class List

To read Class Descriptions, click here: Class Descriptions


Private Lessons: One on one lessons are available year round. Please call or stop in to schedule a lesson. If a project or technique has you stumped, this is your opportunity to get assistance.
Skill levels
  • Novice: No knitting knowledge or skills needed.
  • Beginner: Can knit, purl, cast on and cast off.
  • Intermediate: Beginner level skills plus increase, decrease, and follow simple patterns.
  • Advanced: Intermediate level skills plus yarn over patterns, cables, ribbing, comfortable with pattern interpretation.
  • All levels: This class is of interest regardless of knitting skill level.

Class Policies: Please stop in or call the shop to register for a class. Payment guarantees your place in the class. Unless otherwise indicated, class fees do not include patterns or supplies; please have your supplies and yarns before arriving for your class. We offer a 10% discount on materials purchased for one of our classes.

Cancellation policy: Full refunds will be given for cancellations up to one week prior to the beginning of a class; no refunds will be given if cancellation is less than 7 days before the class is scheduled to begin. Refund of any purchased class materials will be based on the shop return policy. No partial refund will be issued for sessions not attended. If you must miss a class, please talk with your instructor about whether it is possible to reschedule the missed class; missed classes are rescheduled at the discretion of the instructor.


Class Descriptions

Here are some of our class descriptions. Please check the schedule for an up-to-date list of current classes. Click on the class name to jump to its description.

*Class appears on Winter & Spring 2018 Schedule

Brioche Basics
Design Your Own Cowl
Design Your Own Scarf
Dreambird Shawl
*Entrelac
Extreme Double Knitting
Favorite Cast-On Fun
*Fingerless Mitts or Mittens
Galaxy Capelet
*Knitting in the Round: More Than Double Points
Lace & Bead Scarf
Last Minute Gifts: Beaded Bracelet
Learn to Knit
Learn to Crochet
Knit One Below – Can Cozy
Knit to Flatter and Fit
Knit U: Color Theory
Knit U: Color Technique
Knit U: Color Stranding and Steeking
*Knit U: Fixing Mistakes
*No Fear, Cables and Cable Charts
*Reading Charts
*Sampler Shawl Class (7 sessions)
Simple Garter Fingerless Mitts
*Socks, Two-at-a-Time
*What Comes Next?

Brioche Basics

Many people allow brioche stitch to get the better of them. Part of the problem is that the terminology can be confusing. In class we will work at a slow pace focusing on mastering the basic Brioche stitch worked flat first and then focus on the Brioche Purl stitch knit flat. If and when you feel comfortable with both of these stitches, we will add a second color working flat. At a later time, we will add an advanced class to help you move on to working two colors in the round and increasing and decreasing in Brioche. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Design Your Own Cowl

A cowl is a great place to start designing your own projects, as it does not need to be properly fitted or shaped. In our Design Your Own Cowl class, learn how to use stitch pattern books to create your own work of art. Some students may be interested in designing projects other than a cowl and are asked to let the shop know prior to class what they are interested in designing so that the instructor may prepare the information specific to the requested projects. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*Design Your Own Scarf

Have you ever wandered what it would be like to design your own knitting pattern? As a designer I enjoy spending my time thumbing through my many stitch dictionaries looking for interesting stitch patterns and inspiration for my designs. In this class you will use my books to find a stitch pattern you love, swatch the pattern and learn the formula for creating a scarf using the stitch pattern. I will also share my tips, learned through experience, for troubleshooting your design as well as pattern writing tips.

Materials – yarn of your choice and knitting needles appropriate for that weight of yarn. Required yardage – Fingering weight 100 gr (approximately 450 yards), Worsted weight minimum of 200 grams (440 yards), DK & sport would fall around the same yardage of 450 yards. Skill Level: All Levels

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Dreambird Shawl

Being taught with the written permission of designer Nadita Swings.

Being taught with the written permission of designer Nadita Swings.

Nadita, in describing her inspiration, said, “The rich coloring of birds is something wonderful, and I felt I wanted to express this in knitting. I had the Kingfisher before my eyes when I did this, but there are no limits of what you can do, hence the name Dreambird!” This shawl looks more complicated than it is, leaving your friends guessing, “How did you do that?” The shaping is done using the German Short Row technique, which I will explain in detail so that you don’t need to be an advanced knitter to knit this stunning piece. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*Entrelac

Entrelac Headband

Entrelac Headband

Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern. While the result resembles basket-woven strips, the fabric is composed of tiers of blocks that are set on their points, forming diamond shapes. Each block is worked individually and joined to its neighbor as it is being knit. Entrelac can be worked in one, two or more colors (great for using up leftover yarn). Self-striping or long color changing yarns work beautifully. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Extreme Double Knitting – Deer hat

So you have learned how to double knit, and you can make lovely items with the same image in reverse colors on the opposite side. That works great until you decide you want to double knit a project using someone’s name or favorite expression. The reverse side will read backwards. Now learn extreme double knitting working two different images on each side. Skill Level: Advanced

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Favorite Cast-On Fun

We all have our standard go to cast on that we use over and over again. But is this the best cast on for every project we do? Some projects need a cast on that creates a firm edge, sometimes the edge needs to have stretch, or it may need to be removeable, and sometimes we just want our edge to look pretty. Come to this class and we will explore at least 10 different ways to cast on your next project, and add some new favorites to your cast on repertoire. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*Fingerless Mitts or Mittens

Learn to knit fingerless mitts or mittens in the round using a basic pattern. I will demonstrate different methods for knitting in the round (DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars, or two at a time), and you can choose your favorite technique. The pattern is similar to Cathy’s sock card, in that you can use any weight yarn and needle size, you just need to know your gauge. In class we will be using worsted weight yarn so that most students will be able to knit a full mitt in class. Future mitts or mittens can then be knit in any weight yarn. This is a great way to use up some of your leftover sock yarn. For our more advanced knitters, I will also include instruction on how to customize your mitts by adding textured stitch patterns. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Galaxy Capelet

The Galaxy Capelet is a design by the talented local fiber artist, Cathy Briscoe. Cathy will be teaching the class for this striking garment and says the pattern is fun for both the beginner knitter and those more advanced knitters. The bottom edge of this lovely creation is highlighted with tiny beads. This simple light layer works with both casual and dressy outfits. The class fee includes one skein of a fingering weight yarn in a gradient or a self striping colorway. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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*Knitting in the Round: More Than Double Points

As they say there is always more than one way to skin a cat (sorry no offense to cats, I actually love cats). Come learn different options for knitting in the round, including double points, magic loop, traveling loop, using straight needles, the new flexneedles, and my preferred technique using two circulars. I will have samples set up so that you can practice all of the various techniques in class and to help you find your preferred technique. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Knit to Flatter and Fit

This is one of our favorite Knitting University classes, so we have decided to add it as a stand-alone class. How often do you buy clothes or knit a sweater for yourself and never wear them becaus they aren’t flattering? In class we will be analyzing different body shapes, explanding our awareness of our own body type, and learning how to select clothing/patterns that will flatter our own bodies. We will then cover how to take proper body measurements so that you can select the proper pattern size to knit for yourself. Note: This is a good prerequesite class to the customize sweater class that we are working on for the Winter/Spring 2018 class schedule. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Lace & Bead Scarf

Lace & Bead ScarfIn this class we will be knitting a scarf pattern (Trellis & Ivy) I designed specifically for teaching knitted lace, simple beading, and chart reading. You will be learning skills that will help take the fear out of knitting lace and will even make lace knitting more enjoyable. Some of the skills covered in class are how to read your work, how to read and simplify reading charts, how to easily add beads to any project, how to graft lace, and many other useful tips and shortcuts. Students will be starting and working on the scarf in class. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Last Minute Gifts: Beaded Bracelet

This is a great way to use up some of your leftover luxury yarn that was too precious to throw away. We will be knitting some lace and bead bracelets from my own pattern designs using leftover sock weight yarn. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Learn to Knit

Knitting NeedlesIn our Learn to Knit class, you will learn how to read a simple knitting pattern, execute a simple cast on and bind off technique, learn basic knit and purl stitches by completing a sample swatch which can be used as a coaster, and start a basic knitting project. Skill Level: Novice

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Learn to Crochet

Crochet HooksIn our Learn to Crochet class, you will learn the 6 basic crochet stitches (chain, single, half double, double, triple, and slip). In this class we will begin work with practice swatches, which can be used as coasters, to learn the basic stitches. When you feel comfortable working the stitches you can move on to a small project: a soap sachet or face cloth. Skill Level: Novice

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Knit One Below – Can Cozy

Knit 1 Below Can CozyLearn the art of Knit One Below, which is a technique which give you a look similar to brioche stitch, but much easier to knit. Sometimes you get tired of making scarves for the men in your life. The can cozy will make a great quick gift for the man in your life. You can use his favorite sports team’s colors to create a special gift. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Knit U: Color Theory

The Knit U: Color Theory class will focus on learning how to use a color wheel to help choose color combinations. Learning about shade and values and how they affect the finished look of a garment. General color tips for working with multiple colors will also be reviewed. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Knit U: Color Technique

The Knit U: Color Technique class will cover color techniques that knit with one color at a time, for example stripes and jogless stripes in the round, carrying colors from one row to the next, intarsia, slip stitch patterns such as linen stitch and mosaic knitting, double knitting, etc. Skill Level: Intermediate

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Knit U: Color Stranding and Steeking

The Knit U: Color Stranding and Steeking class will cover multiple strand knitting techniques commonly known as stranded knitting or Fair Isle knitting. When knitting Fair Isle, you will at some point come in contact with the very scary thought of cutting steeks (cutting your knitted work). This class will help you get past your fear. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*Knit U: Fixing Mistakes

In this very popular class you will learn how to fix mistakes without tearing out your entire project and also learn tips to help avoid mistakes. We will cover fixing dropped stitches, knit stitches that should have been purled and vice versa, mis-crossed cables, and dropped yarn overs. This class will also help with any problems not listed here, so bring your mistakes along to class. There will be some homework knitting small swatches with deliberate errors. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*No Fear, Cables or Cable Charts

Knitting cables can seem intimidating to many new knitters, but they are actually easier than you think. I will teach you how to read and work from both written and charted patterns. We will begin with simple practice swatches to get you comfortable with cabling. Bring a cable pattern you have wanted to knit and I will help you interpret and get started on your project.

Materials List: Worsted weight yarn, US size 7 or 8 needles, cable needle, optional cable pattern of choice. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*Reading Charts

Charts can be very intimidating, but once you learn how to read them you will never want to go back to working with line-by-line written patterns. We will review my many tips and trips for taming your charts. I have also created several mini practice charts in different styles and for different knitting stitches. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*Sampler Shawl Class

Take your knitting to the next level. This Shawl pattern has been custom designed as a teaching tool; encompassing 6 different increase stitches, 3 different decrease stitches, how to knit 2 simple lace patterns, knitting mock cables and bobbles. The shawl begins with 20 rows of simple garter stitch and builds through 7 different stitch patterns; each new stitch pattern was selected to gently move the knitter to the next skill level.
Supplies: 500 yards of worsted weight yarn Circular needle size 9 US Skill Level: All Levels

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Simple Garter Fingerless Mitts

The Simple Garter Stitch Mitt was designed to create a quick project that could be knit in an evening while relaxing in front of the TV. The lack of thumb shaping helps to speed the knitting process. The use of a provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch bind off give the mitts a seamless appearance, which is a nice finishing touch. Once you learn this pattern, you will be able to knit quick last minute gifts for everyone on your gift list. Don’t allow your fear of grafting scare you away. I have an easy way to learn to graft and will also be showing you 2 other methods for finishing off your mitts: 3 needle bind off and Russian grafting. Skill Level: Beginner

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*Socks, Two at a Time on Magic Loop or Two Circular Needles

Prerequisite – must be familiar with the mechanics of knitting a sock, i.e. turning a heel and working the toe.

Do you suffer from second sock syndrome or have a fear of knitting with double point needles? I have knit more pairs of socks than I can count. At first, like you, I knitted my socks one at a time, but I found that knitting two at a time saves time. If you are still apprehensive, I will have some socks cast on so that you can practice on mine, once you master the skill you can cast on and begin working your own pair.

Materials:
Sock Yarn of choice – 2 skeins of approximately 225 yards or 1 skein approximately 450 yards divided into two balls (if making a single sock the yarn does not need to be divided). Pattern of choice (pattern can be selected in class). 2 circular needles of the same size to fit your pattern gauge (I find 20-24″ length works best). Tapestry needle. Skill Level: Intermediate

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*What Comes Next?

Congratulations, you have learned how to knit and purl, but you are getting a little tired of making garter or Stockinette stitch scarves. Perhaps you are still struggling to understand gauge, or how to read a pattern. Come spend some time with me and I will take the mystery out of reading and selecting a pattern and yarn (including what all that stuff on the yarn ball band means). This class is designed to build your confidence as a new knitter and to progress to combining your knits and purls to create interesting textured stitches. Bring some scrap yarn and needles so that we can spend time playing and practicing some new stitch combinations. This is also a good time to ask, and get answers to, all of those “dumb” questions you have been afraid to ask. Skill Level: Beginner

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