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New Spring Classes!

Patti Waters

KNITTING 101

Apr 1st at 6:30pm, OR May 17th at 6:30pm, OR June 6th at 1pm, OR June 8th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

If you have never knit before and want to get started, this is the class for you! We will learn the basics – the knit stitch, the purl stitch and how to cast on and off – and talk about different ways of knitting and terminology. A light coloured worsted or Aran weight yarn in is recommended, plus needles to match – come by for suggestions! $40

NEXT STEPS: KNITTING 102

Apr 18th at 10am, OR Apr 20th at 6:30pm, OR May 25th at 6:30pm, OR May 30th at 1pm, OR June 6th at 10am, OR June 24th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

Have you learned the basics of knitting and purling but are stumped by how to read a pattern? Do you find yourself asking questions such as what is an ssk? A kfb? How do I pick up stitches? This is the class designed for a beginner who is ready to start working with patterns and learn about how knitting is shaped through increases and decreases.  Please bring to class any questions you have about patterns, patterns you might like to try, as well as some worsted or Aran weight yarn with appropriate size needles for a practice swatch. $40

INTRODUCTION TO CABLES

 May 16th at 1pm, OR June 13th at 1pm, OR June 27th at 1pm (Two hours total)

Are you intimidated by cables? In this class we will reveal a knitter’s secret... cables are easy! Perfect for knitters who can knit, purl, cast on, and off, we will learn the basics of cables and get you started on a mug cozy. You will need worsted weight yarn, 5.0 mm needles and a cable needle. $40

TWO AT A TIME MAGIC LOOP SOCKS: TOE UP

This class is two sessions of two hours each

Apr 11th at 10am AND Apr 25th at 10am or

May 2nd at 10am AND May 16th at 10am

In this class we’ll work through the basics of knitting a toe up sock using the magic loop technique! In the first class we will learn how to do the magic loop, learn a seamless cast on for the toe, how to increase for the toe and how to place waste yarn for the heel. In class two we will troubleshoot any problems and talk about how do a stretchy bind off for the cuff and how to knit the afterthought heel. Materials: 2.5 mm 32” circular needle, sock weight yarn. $80 includes patterns; other materials sold separately.

    TOP DOWN SOCKS

Apr 27th at 6:30pm AND May 11th at 6:30pm (Four hours total, two classes)

Learn to make socks one at a time from the cuff down, a great introduction to sock knitting. In the first class you will knit the cuff and gusset. In the second, learn how to  turn a heel and shape the toes. Students must be comfortable knitting, purling, and knitting in the round, as well as have experience with increasing and decreasing stitches. Supplies: worsted weight yarn and 3.25 and 4mm double pointed needles.

 $80   

INTRODUCTION TO FAIR ISLE

Apr 4th at 10am, OR May 9th at 1pm, OR June 27th at 10am (Two hours total)     

Fair isle or stranded colourwork is a technique in which two yarns are used at once to develop patterns in your knitting. This class will help you get on your way to discovering how fun working with two or more colours can be! We will make a cup cozy. Materials: fingering weight yarn in 2-3 colours, a total of 55 yards. 3 mm needles for working in the round. Students must know how to knit in the round with dpns or the magic loop technique.  $40

BUNNY NUGGETS: LEARN THE MAGIC LOOP

Apr 4th at 1pm, OR Apr 18th at 1pm, OR May 30th at 10am, OR June 20th at 10am (Two hours total)

In this fun class learn the magic loop technique for knitting in the round while making an adorable bunny nugget! This pattern for a toy bunny is a perfect way to learn how to use a long circular needle to knit in the round. These finished toys would make a great gift, or you can string a few together to make a mobile, or a give them to your favourite cat for hours of play. You will need 30-40 yards of worsted weight yarn in your main colour and a 32” 4.0 mm circular needle. $40

INTRODUCTION TO SHORT ROWS: SPECTRA SCARF

Apr 25th at 1pm, OR May 9th at 10am, OR June 13th at 10am (Two hours total)

In this class we will be making the beautiful Spectra Scarf by Stephen West while learning three different techniques to create short rows. Then you can finish the scarf using your favourite or a combination for practice. Skills required for this class include knit, purl, casting on and binding off. Materials needed: Spectra pattern, two 100g skeins of fingering weight yarn: one in a solid colour and one self striping (eg Noro), and 3.75mm needles. $40

    INTRODUCTION TO ENTRELAC

Apr 11th at 1pm, OR May 2nd at 1pm, OR June 20th at 1pm (Two hours total)

Entrelac is a technique that creates a finished product that looks like strips of knitting that have been woven together, but the fabric is actually created all in one piece. Using knit, purl, m1, kfb, p2tog and k2tog you can create this lovely textured fabric to make beautiful scarves, blankets and more! $40

    SLOUCHY SPRING HAT

Apr 12th at 6:30pm, OR May 11th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

Learn to knit in the round while making a lovely  slouchy spring hat. The Maui hat is made from a cotton yarn, perfect for spring mornings. You will learn to knit in the round with circular needles and DPN’s as well as be introduced to a simple lace pattern. Students must be comfortable knitting and purling as well as have experience with increasing and decreasing stitches. Supplies: two balls of Sublime Evie yarn, 4mm 16” circular needle, 4.5 mm 16” circular needle, and 4.5mm DPN needle. $40         

    KNIT YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Apr 8th, Apr 29th, AND June 3rd at 6:30pm (Six hours total, 3 classes)

Have a project you would love to tackle, but don’t know where to start? In this three session class each student brings in a pattern and the teacher gets them started with supplies and gauge help, then there is two more classes of project support. This is a great class if you want to knit your first sweater or a larger project.  $120    

    CONTINENTAL KNITTING

Apr 15th at 6:30pm, OR May 31st at 6:30pm, OR June 29th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

Learn a new way to knit! With continental knitting the working yarn is held in the left hand and stitches are picked not thrown. Continental knitting reduces hand fatigue as it lessen the number of movements needed to create a stitch and is a great skill to use with colour work  projects. In this class you will learn the difference between picking and throwing stitches, as well as  how to work yarn overs and increases and decreases. This class is not for beginners, it assumes you are comfortable with the knit and purl stitches. Please bring or buy worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles to the class. $40    

FINISHING TECHNIQUES

Apr 22nd at 6:30pm, OR May 27th at 6:30pm, OR  June 14th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

This is a hands-on workshop to teach practical finishing skills for all your knitted items. We’ll try different seaming methods and discuss how and where to use them. We’ll practice two key skills that are essential for knitters of all experience levels: grafting (Kitchener stitch) and picking up. We’ll also discuss blocking, how to weave in your ends and how to use simple crochet stitches to polish a knit item. Supplies: Either bring in an item that you are working on to apply the techniques directly to OR knit up 2-3 swatches in st st, in DK or Worsted weight yarn, 4”x 4”. Also, please bring knitting needles in the size to match your yarn and/or project and a darning needle, for seaming. $40

    INTRODUCTION TO LACE

Apr 26th at 6:30pm, OR May 3rd at 6:30pm, OR June 22nd at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

Join us for this class and knit a beautiful lace cowl. We will discuss all of the common stitches used in lace knitting, and talk about how to 'read' your knitting to make sure you are following the pattern correctly. We'll also look at what a lifeline is, how to put one in your work and why it is an invaluable part of any lace project. Supplies: Lace Edged Cowl pattern and 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace yarn. You will also need a pair of 4mm knitting needles and a stitch marker. $40

CROCHET 101

Apr 5th at 6:30pm, OR May 18th at 6:30pm, OR June 7th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

If you have never crocheted before or if you want a refresher, this class is for you. We will learn all the basic crochet stitches and work up a swatch by practicing all of them, while learning crochet terminology. A light coloured worsted or Aran yarn is recommended and a 5 mm hook. $40

CROCHET 102

Apr 13th at 6:30pm, OR May 10th at 6:30pm, OR June 15th at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

Know the basics of crochet and want to expand your knowledge? In this class we will learn how to follow crochet patterns, learn shaping techniques and go over the differences in terminology. Will we also practice basic Tunisian crochet stitches. A light coloured worsted or Aran yarn is recommended and a 5 mm hook. $40

Granny Squares and more!

Apr 19th at 6:30pm, OR May 24th at 6:30pm, OR June 21st at 6:30pm (Two hours total)

Learn how to make granny squares, flowers and other pretty motifs, using the skills you have learned in Crochet 101 and 102. We will work up a few pretty samples and go over joining techniques and shaping so you can use your creations as stand alone pieces or combine them to create a larger piece, such as a bag, pillow or blanket. Do you also knit? We will  learn how to use crochet to give a polished finish to your knitting project. Two light colours of worsted or Aran yarn is recommended and a 5 mm hook. $40

 

 


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