New San Francisco PoM & Workshop Classes

I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered with ImagiKnit to offer monthly project-based classes here in San Francisco. The Project of the Month  (PoM) classes are single-session two-hour classes designed to give you a jump start on making the selected project. Workshop classes are two or more sessions, and tackle larger projects with more moving parts. Both are designed to get you started on your project as well as give you the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete it.

To reserve your spot in a class, call ImagiKnit: 415-621-6642. Got a project you’d like to see featured as a class? Get in touch!


Build A Blanket Workshop: Log Cabin Blocks

Date: Wednesday January 16 and February 6, 2019 7-9pm

Build A Blanket class

Build A Blanket at ImagiKnit

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 cabin knitting presents, from using different yarn weights to varying color and size to arranging blocks in different ways. Choose a block style from among the provided templates or design your own. Like the quilting technique of the same name, log cabin knitting is an excellent way to creative and thrifty—let’s build a blanket together!

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off.

Materials

  • #4 (worsted) yarn, ~30 yds in 3 solid light or bright coordinating colors A, B, and C. You will use A for the center square of your class block.
  • Knitting needles 1 size smaller than listed on ball band
  • third needle in same size for joining technique
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

With A, cast on 5 stitches. Knit 9 rows; place stitches on hold.


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Build A Blanket Workshop: Log Cabin Blocks

Date: Wednesday Nov 7 and Nov. 28, 2018 7-9pm

Build A Blanket class

Build A Blanket at ImagiKnit

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 cabin knitting presents, from using different yarn weights to varying color and size to arranging blocks in different ways. Choose a block style from among the provided templates or design your own. Like the quilting technique of the same name, log cabin knitting is an excellent way to creative and thrifty—let’s build a blanket together!

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off.

Materials

  • #4 (worsted) yarn, ~30 yds in 3 solid light or bright coordinating colors A, B, and C. You will use A for the center square of your class block.
  • Knitting needles 1 size smaller than listed on ball band
  • third needle in same size for joining technique
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

With A, cast on 5 stitches. Knit 9 rows; place stitches on hold.


November PoM: Round Up Wristers

Date: Monday November 12, 2018 7-9pm

PoM November Round Up WristersFingerless mitts are perfect for winter’s Bay Area weather: no wind up your sleeve AND no fumble fingers searching for that MUNI card. Hone your skill with double-pointed needles, the classic tool used to work small circumferences, while making the Round Up Wristers in your favorite bulky weight yarn. Learn how to create a thumb opening, work loops off scrap yarn, and how stitch repeats change when worked circularly. Make just one pair of mitts, or make ’em in all the colors for your friends this holiday season!

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Should have some familiarity with using double-pointed needles (e.g. for shaping top of a hat).

Materials

  • 110-125 yds bulky weight yarn such as Madeline Tosh Home or Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky
  • US 11 [8.0 mm] double-pointed knitting needles
  • Scrap yarn (~10-12 inches) in similar weight and high contrast color
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

Using one double-pointed needle, cast on 20 sts.


October PoM: Boyfriend Scarf

Date: Wednesday Oct 24, 2018 7-9pm

boyfriend scarf pattern

ImagiKnit Project of the Month, Oct: Boyfriend Scarf. Photo courtesy of Urth Yarns

A cable scarf that is reversible—yup, reversible. It’s the perfect project to learn how to work columns of color using the intarsia technique and how to cross groups of stitches over each other to form a gently twining cable. This scarf will make a great gift for that special person in your life while giving yourself the gift of knitting know-how.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off.

Materials

  • 1 Boyfriend Scarf kit (contains pattern and yarns MC and CC, with MC divided into two balls)
  • US 9 [4.0 mm] knitting needles
  • cable needle (any type) or short dpn approximately same size as knitting needle
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

With MC, cast on 46 sts. Work Set up Row 1 from pattern as follows:
Row 1 (RS): K1, * k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.


September PoM: Halloween Bowls

Date: Wednesdays Sept 26 and Oct 3, 2018 7-9pm

Samples knit in Plymouth Encore 217 black, 479 orange, 477 neon green.

Trick or treat! Give them something good to eat from a spooky skull, Great Pumpkin, or scary stripes Halloween bowl. This Project of the Month is a two-parter in which you’ll make one (or more!) of these knit-from-the-bottom-out bowls. The first session focusses on getting started, on building your pattern reading skills and knowledge of increase types. You’ll learn how to work in a circle from the center out, why you need to use double-pointed needles, and when you can switch to a short circular. In the second session you’ll start working upward, learning how to read a color chart as you work with more than one color to make either pumpkins or skulls. Find that too challenging? Work some scary stripes instead! Work the rim, weave in ends, block, and BOO! You’ll be ready for those costumed candy-seeking crusaders!

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Has worked several projects in the round and used double-pointed needles at least a few times..

Materials

  • Neon Pumpkin and Skulls pattern from Universal Yarns
  • Worsted (#4) weight yarn such as Universal Yarns Uptown (180 yds/100 g), 1 ball each in black (A), orange (B), and green (C).
  • US 6 [4.0 mm] double-pointed knitting needles, set of 5 preferably
  • US 6 [4.0 mm] 16˝ [40 cm] circular knitting needles; longer needles will not work!
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

Make sure you are comfortable working in the round and using double-pointed needles before the first class!


August PoM: The Ariana Wrap

Date: Monday August 13, 2018 7-9pm

ImagiKnit August PoM Ariana Wrap

Like the hexagons of a beehive, the stitch pattern of the Ariana wrap adds a geometric overlay on two alternating background colors. Choose your favorite colors of Araucania Ñuble for overlay and background, and in this single-session class you’ll learn how to read the pattern, work the slipped-stitch abbreviations, carry yarns not in use up the side, and how to prevent and fix mistakes. You’ll also learn more about fabric structure and how to count stitches and rows, skills you can apply to every project you work from this point on!

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Knows how to decrease (k2tog) and increase (any type).

Materials

  • Superfine (#1) weight yarn such as Araucania Ñuble (272 yds/skein) in A (544 yds), B (272 yds), and C (272 yds)
  • US 3 [3.25 mm] needle
  • US 4 [3.5 mm] needle
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

Wind project yarn if not already in a ball. With A and smaller needles, cast on 28 stitches. Knit 5 rows. Set aside for now.


July PoM: The Naomi Shawl

Date: Monday July 23, 2018 7-9pm

ImagiKnit Project of the Month, July: The Naomi Shawl

ImagiKnit Project of the Month, July: The Naomi Shawl

The Naomi shawl is a perfect introduction to lace knitting. A simple lace pattern alternates with bands of stockinette back and forth across a long rectangle. You’ll learn how to read lace instructions, both those written out and in chart form. You’ll learn about stitch and row structure, a great skill that can help keep you on track in a pattern with many rows. And you’ll learn tips and tricks for preventing mistakes and fixing them when they happen.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Knows how to decrease (k2tog) and increase (any type).

Materials

  • 750 yds #1 weight yarn (sock/fingering) such as Queensland Uluru Rainbow for shawl (A)
  • US 4 [3.5 mm] needle
  • Approx. 30 yds of #1 weight scrap yarn (sock/fingering) for class swatch (B)
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

Wind project yarn if not already in a ball. With B, cast on 25 stitches. Knit two rows; set aside.


July Workshop: The Linaza Shawl

Date: Mondays July 9 and 16, 2018 7-9pm

Workshop: The Linaza Shawl

Workshop: The Linaza Shawl. A shawl in the classic triangular shape, the Linaza is worked in wedges from the center of the long side outward. In this two-session workshop you’ll learn how to begin your Linaza with a garter tab start and shape wedges with strategically placed increases. You’ll learn how to read the instructions and charts for the Laced Arches stitch pattern used along the bottom of the shawl. And you’ll learn how to shape the edging and work the pretty picot bind-off. Along the way we’ll discuss shawl shapes in general, other ways to start, and how to prevent and fix mistakes.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Knows how to decrease (k2tog) and increase (any type).

Materials

  • 440 yds #2 weight (sock) yarn such as Plymouth Linaza for shawl (A)
  • US 6 [4.0 mm] 24″[ cm] circular needle
  • Approx. 30 yds of #2 weight scrap yarn (sock) for class swatch (B)
  • US 6 [4.0 mm] needle, any type, for class swatch
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

Wind project yarn if it is not already in a ball. Make project gauge swatch as follows: With A, cast on 30 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) until piece measures 5 inches. Bind off loosely. Block.


June PoM: The Taina Shawl

Monday June 25, 2018 7-9pm

ImagiKnit Project of the Month, June: Taina Shawl

ImagiKnit Project of the Month, June: Taina ShawlThe Taina Shawl is a triangular shawl begun with just a few stitches in one corner that increases in width across rows of garter stitch and eyelet patterning. Worked until you run out of yarn, it can be as small or large as you like. In class you’ll learn how to read and work the pattern from cast-on to bind off. You’ll learn about kfb increases, yarn overs and their accompanying decreases, as well as how to stay on track and prevent (and fix) mistakes. After working through these skills on a sample swatch, you’ll be all set to start your own Taina!

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Knows how to decrease (k2tog) and increase (any type).

Materials

  • 400-550 yds #1 weight yarn (sock/fingering) for shawl (A)
  • US 6 [4.0 mm] 24-36˝ [60-90 cm] circular needle (note: you do NOT need the larger needle specified in the pattern)
  • Approx. 30 yds of #1 weight scrap yarn (sock/fingering) for class swatch (B)
  • Ruler (preferably metal)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Basic knitting toolkit (scissors, stitch markers, ring markers, tapestry needle, etc)

Homework

Wind project yarn if it is not already in a ball. Make project gauge swatch as follows: With A, cast on 26 stitches. Knit until piece measures 5 inches. Bind off loosely.

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