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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3 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
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!
3-4 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 The size of our stitches in width and height is determined largely by the size of the needles we use. But there are some neat tricks we can use to make stitches bigger, to elongate them either across an entire row or in isolation on a stitch-by-stitch basis, and show off the … Continue reading The Beauty of Long Stitches
3-6 class hours. Love knitting in the round, but have trouble with small circumferences? Never tried it because you are intimidated by that cord connecting the sticks? We’ll go over the basics of knitting around on circular needles of all lengths for making knitwear of all sizes. Learn how stitch patterns are worked when you go … Continue reading Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit In the Round
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!
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
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
3-4 class hours Intarsia is awesome. And its 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
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
1-2 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 simple to learn. Their complex appearance comes about because of the many ways stitches can be grouped, arranged, and intertwined with other groups. Learn the basics of … Continue reading Criss… Cross… Cable!
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
1-2 class hours. Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty, no-cast-on beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast on/cast off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as … Continue reading Edgier Edges
2-4 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
1-2 class hours. Learn the basics of patchwork technique and explore log cabin knitting! Rectangles called logs are worked in tiers around a center square. We’ll make a basic garter stitch block in class, then talk about different ways to size, color, arrange, and join blocks. Intrigued? Come play with patchwork! Like the quilting technique … Continue reading Playing with Patchwork
1-2 class hours. Try double knitting! Magically create 2 layers of fabric from 1 row of knitting with this method for working pairs of stitches. You’ll learn how to cast on and bind off as well as keep your edges closed (or not!) working our sample coaster project. Once you master the basics, you’ll find … Continue reading A Taste of Double 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
3-6 class hours. Design your own cowl! Keep it simple, or make it complex, class concepts will help you decide how much you’re ready to take on. You’ll learn about types of stitch patterns, pattern repeats (“multiple of 6 sts”) and balancing stitches (the + 2 in “multiple of 6 sts + 2”), selvedge stitches, … Continue reading Cowl-o-rama!
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
3-6 class hours. Liven up your garments with loops, or turn them into faux fringe! You’ll learn how to mimic a frayed woven edge, work single & double loops, add bows, I-cord loops and corkscrews. Apply some after-the-fact fringe, and learn a few tricks for going beyond basic overhand knots. Practice the techniques by making … Continue reading Loops with Fringe Benefits
3-6 class hours. Ready to go beyond scarves & hats? Take the terror out of sweater-making and learn how to read a pattern, shape an underarm and neckline, and sew things together. In this class we will read through a sleeveless sweater pattern, first building an understanding of materials and measurements, then continuing to construction. … 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. Tiers of triangles and rectangles create the interlaced appearance of entrelac fabric. The basic techniques for casting on, working rectangles, picking up stitches and joining units are covered as we start a simple scarf. Then we’ll explore entrelac triangles and their use for “squaring up” entrelac edges in some simple swatch projects. … Continue reading Entrelac Beginnings
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. Yarn overs and decreases interact to give lace patterns shape and form. Switch decrease type or placement, and the character of the lace can change completely. Why is this so? We’ll review the characteristics of lace building blocks, and look at how their placement affects the resulting lace piece. Never used charts? … Continue reading Lace Experiments
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 using homework squares that represent important areas of a sweater. Topics covered paired decreases and their placement invisible … Continue reading Finish It! Putting Pieces Together
3-6 class hours. Moebii are in! A circular scarf with a twist in it, it is more than just a mis-joined circle. Learn 2 ways to knit these magical single-surface miracles, including from the spine outward. Topics covered 2 types of temporary cast-ons grafting live stitches 2 moebius cast-on (for working from the spine out) … Continue reading Moebius Madness