Class Descriptions

Below you will find comprehensive descriptions for many of the classes we offer. If a date for a specific class is not listed on our class schedule section, private sessions are available. Call 717/699-1600 for details.

Continuing Education 

As an extension of the very popular Knitting University we are adding continuing education classes to the schedule. This session will expand on some of the techniques covered briefly in Knitting University and based on student requested topics. Prior attendance in Knitting University is not required to participate as all topics are stand alone. 

Increasing your Knitting Speed  

During this session Cathy will be covering different knitting styles as well as helpful tips for increasing your speed in your current style of knitting.

 Making Buttonholes

During this class will practice both vertical and horizontal buttonholes including one and two row construction.

 Next Level for beginning knitters (formerly called 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 selecting and reading a pattern and selecting a 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 leftover 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. 

 Beginning Knitter’s Group and Help Night

Joining an already established knitting group can be intimidating for new knitters.  I remember trying to hide in the back of the room so that those “expert knitters” sitting around the table wouldn’t judge my lack of skill.  Knitting in a group is a great way to build your knitting skills and confidence.  Unlike other knitting groups these sessions will be lead by an instructor who can help you with problems and answer your questions. The instructor can also recommend classes, books and videos that will be helpful to build your skill.  As well as sharing a wealth of tips learned over years of experience. In order to equally provide help to all knitters, if help requires more than 15 min. to be addressed in-group you may be asked to schedule a separate private or a group lesson (2 or more students) at the regular class rate ($15/hr.) or private lesson rate ($25/hr.).

 Tips for a Well Fitting Sweater

We all have spent weeks knitting what we think is the perfect sweater.  After knitting, seaming and blocking it just is not flattering and the sweater is sent to the dead zone at the back of the closet.  Never to be seen in public and only worn while curled up on the couch on a cold winter night.  Come and learn some tips for selecting a well fitting pattern, what size to knit, modifications you can make to help a sweater fit better and how yarn selection effects the fit.

 Understanding “while at the same time” and “keeping in pattern”

I’m frequently asked what does, while at the same time or work keeping in pattern mean.  Both of these instructions are intimidating, cause confusion and require some thought on the knitter’s part.  I remember the fear when coming across this type of instruction while knitting my first cable sweater with set in sleeves (armhole shaping).  The problem; some of the cable stitches were disappearing into the armhole decreases so how do I cross the cable when I no longer have enough stitches.  This can also be difficult with decreasing to partial lace repeats.  In this class we will practice working these types of instructions and I will provide you with tips and tricks for making these instructions a little easier to work.

2 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.