For each class, length is given as a range of class hours. Class material can be customized to fit the desired number of sessions and/or time available: a store might want 2 2-hour sessions while an event will have only 3-hour slots. Major topics covered and prerequisites are given, as are necessary materials and homework to be completed before class.
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6 class hours. Braids on fabric?!? Yes! The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid appears on hats, mittens, and garments from across northern Europe and the Baltic. How do you make these colorful plaits on the edge and in the middle of knit fabric? In this class you’ll learn how to work … Continue reading Pleasing Plaits, Beautiful Braids
2-4 class hours. What’s better than a comfy lapghan for the sofa or blanket for the bed? Build a blanket from easy and portable log cabin blocks. You will learn how to make a basic log cabin block, working in garter stitch “logs” around a center square or “chimney.” We’ll examine the myriad possibilities log … Continue reading Build A Blanket: Log Cabin Blocks
3-6 class hours Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suites, Dr. Who scarf to Baby Surprise jacket, stripes are all around us. In class we’ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to … Continue reading Stripes of All Types
3-6 class hours Elongated stitches can be used in rows to create fabric that highlights the texture of a tweed, the iridescence of a ribbon, the variations in a variegated. But their long and flexible nature allows us to do so much more with them, from simple twisting and slipping to crossing and criss-crossing, to … Continue reading New Tricks for Long Stitches
3-6 class hours. Stripes add pizzazz to everything they adorn. So let’s put them on our hats, socks, skirts—all the things we make in the round, not just projects worked flat back and forth. In this follow up class to Stripes of All Types, you’ll learn how to carry yarns not in use neatly on … Continue reading Stripes of the Circular Type
3-6 class hours. Colorwork. Love the look, but daunted by how complicated it appears? Mosaic knitting is the answer. Working with only one yarn at a time in two-row stripes, the pattern on mosaic fabric is created by slipping stitches just so from row to row. Practicing your skills with several sample stitch patterns, you … Continue reading Piecing Together Mosaic Knitting
3-6 class hours. Love knitting in the round, but have trouble with small circumferences? Tried it a few times but still intimidated by that cord connecting the sticks? We’ll delve deep into the basics of knitting around on circular needles of all lengths for making knitwear of all sizes. Learn how stitch patterns are worked … Continue reading Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit In the Round
3-6 class hours. Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux), Hemstitching: amp up your knitting with these 6 afterthought embellishing techniques! That single skein of pretty sitting in your stash can add pizzazz to plain knitting (hand-made or store-bought!), lace in a waist taper, or cover up an extended edging. You will practice all these techniques in … Continue reading KLITCH Your Knits!
3-6 class hours. Keep it simple or go deep into design, it’s your choice! You’ll begin by drawing a simple schematic representation for your cowl. Using homework swatches, you will learn how to evaluate fabric for suitability, and how to measure stitch and row gauge. Class exercises will explore the character of different stitch patterns, … Continue reading Cowl-O-Rama! Design Your Own Cowl
3-6 class hours. Used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out: no more running out of yarn before you hit the middle! Working on double-pointed needles, try different ways of starting in the center … Continue reading Circular from the Inside Out
3 class hours. Learn to work holding two colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the wrong side of the work lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small project you’ll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too … Continue reading Get Started Stranding
3-6 class hours. Tiers of triangles and rectangles create the intricate interlaced appearance of entrelac fabric. The basic techniques for casting on, working rectangles, picking up stitches and joining units are covered as you start a simple scarf. You’ll learn how to read an entrelac pattern while you practice zig-zagging back and forth in tiers, … Continue reading Entrelac Beginnings
3-6 class hours. Take a rectangular strip of paper, flip one end 180 degrees, and what do you get? The magical, mystical moebius (or “Möbius,” to use the proper spelling!), a strip with but a single surface. Learn how to take a rectangular strip of knitting and do the same thing in this class on … Continue reading The Möbius Cowl: A Circle With A Twist
2 class hours. Short rows: those partial rows that let us create sock heels that curve to fit our feet, work shoulder shaping minus the ugly stepped bind offs, and put darts or gussets so garments can better match our bodies. In this class you’ll learn the basics of working short rows using the classic … Continue reading Wrap & Turn: Basic Short Rows
3-6 class hours Intarsia is awesome. And it’s easier than you might think, when you know just a few of its ins and outs. “Picture knitting” can be used to add geometric shapes to a plain sweater, or put Santa’s face on a stocking. Learn how to plan for your elements, wind butterflies, and minimize … Continue reading Intarsia Ins and Outs
3-6 class hours. At its most basic, a cable is a group of stitches whose parts swap position every few rows. The maneuvering required to swap stitches is actually quite simple to learn—the complex appearance comes about because of the many ways stitches can be grouped, arranged, and intertwined. Learn how to swap stitches with … Continue reading Criss… Cross… Cable!
2-3 class hours The foundation loops of knit fabric, cast-on stitches are fixed in size and shape. But wouldn’t be nice if they weren’t? What if we could reactivate them, work down in the other direction smoothly with no perceptible change in the fabric? Temporary (aka provisional) cast-ons give knitters this flexibility, making all sorts … Continue reading Temporary Cast-Ons: 4 Ways to Begin Provisionally
3-6 class hours. Become a more informed and proficient knitter. Acquire a better understanding of stitch anatomy and fabric, try new working methods (English? Continental? Combination?), and add more tools to your skill and technique toolbox. You’ll learn several ways to cast-on, how to join new yarn and weave in ends as you go, and … Continue reading Understand Your Knitting
6 class hours. Stranded color is one of the classic color work techniques, including as it does the well-known subgroup known as Fair Isle knitting. This class is for the knitter who has worked a few stranded projects and is eager to learn more, including how to successfully wield scissors on knit fabric. Class begins with a … Continue reading Steek and Strand!
1-2 class hours. Double knitting magically create two layers of fabric from one row of knitting. You’ll learn one way to cast on for double knitting, how to work in pairs of stitches, and how to bind off said pairs neatly. The class will also cover ways to neaten the selvage, switch colors to make … Continue reading A Taste of Double Knitting
1-2 class hours. Come learn how to knit with the yarn controlled by the left hand! This method involves tensioning the working yarn and “picking” it to pull through stitches, rather than “throwing” yarn for the new loop. It can be a most useful addition to your knitting repertoire, making complicated stitch manipulations easier, or … Continue reading Continental Knitting
1-2 class hours. The granny square—crochet rite of passage and icon of the 60s. And more fun than a barrel of monkeys, given how quickly you can turn odds and ends of yarn into cute motifs to applique on jeans, join together for a scarf, or assemble into an afghan. The class is geared for … Continue reading Crochet a Classic!
1-2 class hours. Vertical stripes without stranding—how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives us the means for painting with color across a fabric that remains a single thickness. This class will get you started painting your own simple intarsia picture, teaching you how to prevent holes at color changes and giving you tips … Continue reading Intarsia Intro
1-2 class hours. What is I-cord, you ask? Only the most versatile cord ever unvented! In this class you’ll learn how to make basic Stockinette stitch I-cord, how to scale it up and down, and how to add color with 1-row stripes. From practical handles and drawstrings to decorative fringe and jewelry, versatile I-cord is … Continue reading Introducing I-Cord
1-2 class hours. Edge your knitting as you work it! In class you’ll create a swatch with I-cord edges worked at the same time, learn how to turn a corner, execute an I-cord bind-off and create I-cord button loops. We’ll discuss additional ways to edge with I-cord, as well as how to handle gauge considerations. … Continue reading I-Cord on the Edge
1-2 class hours. Knitting is a two-handed sport, and most of us play by making new stitches on the right-hand needle from old stitches held on the left-hand needle. We turn our work around, and repeat, knitting from the left needle onto the right needle. There are times when it would be so much more … Continue reading Working in Both Directions
3-6 class hours. Pleat and welt (tuck) techniques fold fabric back on itself, creating flaps and corded ridges. They can be used to add or eliminate volume, shaping a peplum or neckline, giving texture to a stitch pattern or room to walk in a skirt. Learn how to create basic left and right pleats, and … Continue reading Playful Pleats, Wondrous Welts
1-2 class hours. Seaming is one of those basic skills, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We’ll make small swatches in class and practice the basic techniques of seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we’ll talk about how these techniques are used to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn … Continue reading Simple Seaming
3-6 class hours. Ready to go beyond scarves & hats? Take the terror out of sweater-making with this sleeveless teddy-size shell. You will learn about garment types (drop-shoulder, inset, and set-in sleeve sweaters, cardigans, etc) and ways in which they can be constructed (top-down, bottom-up, in seamed pieces or seamlessly). You’ll learn how to read … Continue reading My First Sweater!
3-6 class hours. Sometimes a knitted sweater or shawl needs just a little something to really finish it. Learn the spit-n-polish crochet moves that will make your knitwear shine! Designed for those who know nothing about crochet, it is not, however, a crochet primer. But you will learn enough to make cords to tie those … Continue reading Just Enough Crochet
3-6 class hours. Put a lid on it! Make your first hat and keep your head warm this winter with either a cute beanie or classic watchcap. Pick your yarn, grab appropriate needles, and let’s get started! Topics covered Swatching and gauge Knitting in the round Decreasing Finishing Materials 100 yds #4 medium weight yarn … Continue reading Hats 101: Basic Headgear
3-6 class hours. Stop feeling like all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, and learn how to put sweater pieces together! This class covers all the basic skills for putting together and finishing a sweater. You will learn about the structure of fabric, purpose of selvage stitches, and how paired decreases are placed at underarm, … Continue reading Finish It! Putting Pieces Together