2020 Class Descriptions

2020 is our biggest year ever for top-notch classes. This year, we have not one, not two, but THREE nationally-recognized teachers and highly-experienced local teachers available to share their skills. We have something for everyone, in fact, the challenge might be finding enough time in your schedule to take everything you want.

Please remember to check back for the homework and supply lists for classes you're taking. Being prepared for class provides the best experience for you, your classmates and the instructor.

Regarding Homework and Supplies

We are continuing to update the site with the homework and supplies needed for each class as we receive them. We will send an email to all registered students once all information has been updated. Thanks for your patience!

ADVANCED CROCHET STITCHES

Emma Fahrlander

Add some interest to your crochet! Learn the moss stitch, bobbles, cables, lace, internet favorites like the Catherine Wheel and star stitch, and more! You’ll also learn how to read a crochet chart so you can read crochet patterns from all over the world.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55

REQUIRED SKILLS: Chain, single, half double, and double crochet.

SUPPLIES: Worsted weight yarn in two lighter colors. Size I crochet hook.

HOMEWORK: None

THE AFTERTHOUGHT HEEL

Ann Weaver

***THIS IS A TWO-HOUR CLASS***

There are several methods of turning the heel when knitting socks. The afterthought method enables you to place and knit a heel after the body of the sock—essentially a tube—is complete. By working an afterthought heel, you can knit mindlessly on your sock tube while traveling or watching movies and work the part that requires concentration—the heel—at the end. It also enables you to fit the sock perfectly to the intended wearer’s foot, eliminating the need to try on the sock while you are knitting it or have the recipient’s foot measurements handy. In this workshop, we’ll work afterthought heels on worsted-weight tubes to learn the skill before you apply it to a pair of socks you’ve knit.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 24

CLASS FEE: $50

REQUIRED SKILLS: Sock knitting experience of any kind (toe-up or top-down). Comfort with picking up stitches.

TECHNIQUES COVERED: Afterthought heels—the no-waste-yarn method • Kitchener stitch • Other technical details of knitting socks

SUPPLIES: US Size 7, set of 4 double-pointed needles or 32-inch circular needle for magic loop • Removable stitch marker • Tapestry needle • Tape measure • Small, sharp scissors • Small amount (20 grams is plenty) of worsted-weight yarn in each of two colors: one color for knitting the practice tube and one color for knitting the heel. I recommend smooth yarn in light, solid colors.

HOMEWORK: Knit your practice tube as follows: Using US Size 7 needles and worsted weight yarn, CO 64 sts. Knit in the round until tube measures approximately 6 inches. Bind off.

BEGINNING LACE AND CHART READING

Carol Eddington

Wendy's Fern shawl by Princesse Grenouille (on Ravelry) combines relaxing garter stitch with a modern eyelet lace design. Open a new facet to your knitting life as you learn how to read a knitting chart. Other techniques you will learn include asymmetrical shawl shaping, increases, decreases, yarnovers and tips on blocking your finished piece. 

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55

REQUIRED SKILLS

SUPPLIES--#6 24" bamboo circular needle, 437 yards of fingering weight yarn, Post-it notes or a short ruler, a row counter, and a copy of Wendy's Fern by Princesse Grenouille (free on Ravelry).

HOMEWORK--Before class, complete the Instructions on page 1. 

- Cast on

- Knit Setup rows

- Generic Garter Stitch rows. Repeat these two rows until you have 47 sts.

BEGINNING SPINDLE SPINNING

Meagan Condon

Are you a passionate knitter ready to deepen your understanding of yarn?  Have you woven your way to the end of your stash? In this class, you will learn to make your own yarn using a drop spindle. Create unique yarns you can’t buy in the store and become a better knitter as you explore why and how yarn behaves the way it  does.  

 MAX CLASS SIZE: ​ 25 

CLASS FEE:  $55, Plus $20 class materials ​(includes spindle, bag and fleece for class and home practice.)

REQUIRED SKILLS: geared toward individuals who have never spun or for those who have tried and failed. 

SUPPLIES: None. A top-whorl spindle and fiber will be provided.​

HOMEWORK: None

BRAID-O-RAMA: LATVIAN BRAIDS AND VARIATIONS

Ann Weaver

In this workshop, participants will learn how to work Latvian braids and multiple variations using the technique: braids with long floats, clumps of braids, multiple-color braids, dense layers of braids, and a twisted two-color cast-on. Students will leave the workshop with a host of techniques and inspiration for braiding!


MAX CLASS SIZE: 24

CLASS FEE: $70, Plus $5 pattern on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/braid-o-rama

REQUIRED SKILLS: Knitting, purling, knitting in the round on a circular needle, basic stranded knitting (knitting with two colors per round)

SUPPLIES: US Size 6, 24-inch circular needle • One stitch marker. • Worsted-weight yarn in five colors, approximately 100 yards of each. You can mix and match different worsted-weight yarns if you like! • A copy of the pattern Braid-o-Rama (available for purchase online through Ravelry for $5)

HOMEWORK: None! Come with two colors of yarn wound, ready to knit, or arrive to class 15 to 30 minutes early to choose yarns and have them wound. I’ll be available for color consultations during this time.

COLOR THEORY AND LOG CABIN KNITTING: THE ALBERS COWL

Ann Weaver

Whether doing stranded knitting, intarsia, stripes, or modular patterns, knitters are constantly faced with color choices. The Albers Cowl, one of my designs, is a perfect opportunity to experiment with color by using small amounts of yarn and simple techniques. The goals of this workshop are to expand the knitter’s color vocabulary and confidence in color combination choices and to teach Log Cabin knitting techniques like picking up and knitting stitches. This workshop will present the basics of color theory, like lightness, hue, and complimentary colors. Each student will receive a color wheel for future use. The different interactions of color (for example, complimentary colors) will be explored using my extensive collection of swatches and yarns from the shop (if available). Students will have a chance to shop from the shop’s selection of yarns after the color theory portion of the class, so they’ll have a chance to get some new colors for their Albers Cowls if they like. After a discussion of color theory, the workshop will focus on the Albers Cowl. Knitters will learn how to measure gauge in garter stitch, neatly pick up stitches from both horizontal and vertical edges, and keep it all really square. If time allows, the workshop will also cover the sewn bind off and mattress stitch (used to join the three squares of the Albers Cowl). Although the only stitch used is the knit stitch, this class is a great chance for knitters to learn and improve finishing techniques while beginning an Albers project.

 

MAX CLASS SIZE: 24

CLASS FEE: $70, Plus $5 pattern on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/albers-cowl

REQUIRED SKILLS: Casting on and knitting garter stitch: experience knitting with fine (fingering weight) yarn on small needles.

SUPPLIES: Craft Work Knit, or the individual pattern for the Albers Cowl (this is available for individual purchase online for $5 through Ravelry or my website, annweaverknits.com. • US Size 2 straight or circular needles (any length). • Fingering weight yarn for the first square (at least two colors)

HOMEWORK: Knitters should have the center square of one of the cowl blocks completed. Homework: Knit the center square of one of the blocks (cast on 30 sts and knit 59 rows, then bind off).

CONSIDERING COLOR

Bea Bonanno

Selecting the right colors for a project is a challenge that many fiber artists find
daunting. In this class we will discuss the nature of color interaction as well as the
psychological impact colors have on us. Discussion prompts and activities will help give
you the tools to look at color in a new way and help you plan projects with confidence!

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55, plus $5 for paper and fiber materials

REQUIRED SKILLS: Great for all skill levels

SUPPLIES: Photograph or other visual reference with colors that you enjoy, scissors and scotch tape

HOMEWORK: None

CUSTOMIZING SWEATER PATTERNS

Patty Lyons

How many times have you thought, ”I’d like that sweater but I wish it had . . . “. Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew neck to a V neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own! NOTE: Math is used in sweater design

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS:  A solid knowledge of gauge required. Have knit at least one sweater and are not afraid of math.

SUPPLIES

HOMEWORK

ENTRELAC FOR ALL LEVELS

Ann Weaver

Learn to knit entrelac, a technique that creates a textured diamond pattern. The workshop will start with basic instructions on how to set up for and knit entrelac. Then, I’ll demonstrate how to knit and purl backward to work entrelac without turning. Students can work at their own pace and comfort level— there’s no pressure to knit and purl backward! Knitters from adventurous beginner to advanced are welcome, and everyone will learn something new. Students will leave with a good start on an entrelac scarf.


MAX CLASS SIZE: 24

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS: Knitting, purling, basic increases and decreases

SUPPLIES--Approximately 400 yards of worsted-weight yarn. I recommend Noro Silk Garden, Noro Kureyon, or another gradient yarn for maximum effect. • Size 8 needles, either straight or circular, any length. • A copy of the pattern Entrelac Scarf by Allison LoCicero, available for free on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/entrelac-scarf).

HOMEWORK--None!

Patty Lyons

FINISHING SEAMS SIMPLE!

Has the fear of finishing stopped you from knitting a sweater, or are you unhappy with your seams on accessories? Proper finishing is the difference between hand made and home made. Master the simple skills needed for the perfect finish. We will learn all the basic seaming techniques such as mattress stitch, shoulder graft and more. We’ll also look at picking up stitches horizontally, vertically and around a neck line. Don’t stop short of the perfect finish!

MAX CLASS SIZE--25

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS--Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off

SUPPLIES

HOMEWORK

THE FIX IS IN

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to fix (mostly) damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.  

MAX CLASS SIZE:  22

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS--Best for intermediate knitters. Must be able to read your knitting (identify knit and purl on the needle) execute a simple chart and understand a simple cable. 

SUPPLIES:  the completed swatch (see homework below) , a small quantity of smooth worsted weight yarn, similar to the one you worked the swatch with- but in a contrasting colour, a darning needle, a crochet hook appropriate for the yarn, two DPNs a size or two smaller than the ones you’re using for the swatch, and a pair of scissors or snips.

HOMEWORK : You’ll need a small swatch of knitting, about 20 stitches, worked in Stockinette (knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows)  to a square. Please use smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn, and needles you feel are appropriate. Do not cast off - bring the work still on the needles.  

GROK THE SOCK

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Grok is a word from the classic book “Stranger in a Strange Land” that means “to understand something

completely. This class is designed to leave the student with a really complete understanding of the construction

of socks and (usually) the ability to knit a great sock that truly fits, without any pattern at all.  

MAX CLASS SIZE:22

CLASS FEE:$70

REQUIRED SKILLS--basics, plus must have experience working in the round.

SUPPLIES--a small quantity of sock yarn, and needles to match. (Needles can be dpns, or 2 circs. If a student would like to use Magic Loop, they should be experienced in its use.)

HOMEWORK:

INHIBITION-FREE DYEING (DYEING SOCK BLANKS)

Christa Keltner and Ester Boff

*****THIS IS A FOUR-HOUR CLASS****

Learn from the pros at Show Me Yarn in this introduction to color theory, dye safety and various dyeing techniques. Students will be given the opportunity to apply these techniques on a sock blank. Students will leave with at least one finished sock blank.

 

MAX CLASS SIZE: 16

CLASS FEE: $55, plus a $20 (includes sock blank)

REQUIRED SKILLS--No prior experience needed.

SUPPLIES--All materials are covered in the class fee. Additional sock blanks will be available to purchase during class, if time allows.

HOMEWORK--None

INTRODUCTION TO BRIOCHE STITCH

Ann Weaver

Intrigued by brioche stitch projects but intimidated or confused by instructions? In this workshop, you’ll learn one-color and two-color brioche stitch. After two hours of doing brioche, you will feel like a master and will be ready to take on more complex brioche projects if you like. The workshop includes a detailed photo tutorial on working brioche stitch and suggestions for avoiding and fixing mistakes in brioche stitch. We also will discuss how colors interact in brioche stitch. The workshop is based on the Rothko Cowl pattern, which showcases the interactions among three colors in brioche stitch.


MAX CLASS SIZE: 24

CLASS FEE: $70, plus $5 pattern on Ravelry  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/project-rothko-the-cowl

REQUIRED SKILLS--Knitting, purling and working in the round

SUPPLIES--Three colors of worsted-weight yarn: 100 yards, 150 yards, and 200 yards • 24-inch circular needles in Size 6, 7, and 8. We will use only the Size 8 in class. • Stitch marker • A copy of the pattern Rothko Cowl (available for purchase online through Ravelry for $5) • Tapestry needle (for lifelines and troubleshooting)

HOMEWORK--Come with at least one color of yarn wound, ready to knit! If you would like to choose your second and third colors at the shop after you see examples of color interaction, no problem! Or, bring a bunch of yarns from your stash.

KNIT SMART

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This lecture-style class (that means mostly talking, like at University) deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes and (mostly) fix them. Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want? This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you’re doing less work, and creating better stuff. This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favorite to teach. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a lecture class, we will not be knitting.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 70

CLASS FEE: $60

SUPPLIES: None, except note-taking materials, if you’re the type to take notes. 

HOMEWORK: None

KNITTING FOR SPEED AND EFFICIENCY

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.  

 

MAX CLASS SIZE: 22

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS: A good grip on the basics: cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.

HOMEWORK:

THE LITTLE HOUSE

Mary Lee Duff

The Little House is one of my all-time favorite knitting projects! This pattern is fun to knit with worsted weight yarn. Bits of wool felt and DMC embroidery floss add the finishing details. Add a piece of yarn through the rooftop to make a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament. Class time will include demonstration of all the steps for finishing this project including: increasing and decreasing stitches, picking up stitches, sewing up seams and basic embroidery stitches for stitching on felt pieces. Bring at least two colors of stash worsted weight yarn and I’ll supply various colors of nice quality felt, embroidery floss and fiber-fill stuffing. In a couple hours we’ll construct a ‘neighborhood’ of little houses.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55, plus $8 to cover class materials

REQUIRED SKILLS: Participants need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, work seed stitch, read a row-by-row knitting pattern, cast off stitches and have some basic hand sewing experience.

SUPPLIES: Printed copy of The Little House knitting pattern (or access to it on your tablet or device), US size 5 knitting needles (or size to obtain gauge), Worsted w eight yarn: 25 yards house color and 5 yards roof color, 
Stitch markers (clip-on style),
Tapestry needle, Scissors for cutting paper. scissors for cutting fabric (sharp)
A few sewing pins

HOMEWORK: Knit the "roof" piece in seed stitch, following the directions in "The Little House" knitting pattern.  (A digital copy of the pattern will be provided with the registration fee).  

MEASURE UP! GAUGE BASICS

Patty Lyons

You keep hearing about gauge, but you’re not quite sure what all the fuss is about. If the fear of “not getting gauge” is stopping you from moving into sweater knitting, fear no more. In this class we’ll cover all the basics of gauge: how to make and measure a swatch, explore how needle size, as well as needle material can change your gauge, and learn about blocking and hanging your swatch. We’ll have hands on practice for measuring and experiment with needle size changes on your knitting. We will also look at more complex gauge issues such as gauge in a pattern stitch and look at pattern examples to figure out how to make an “in pattern” gauge swatch. Finally we’ll learn some easy math so you can figure out if your gauge will work for your pattern. Don’t let gauge scare you away from knitting the sweater of your dreams.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS--Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off.
SUPPLIES:

HOMEWORK:

MITTENS OF NORWAY

Cheryl Murray

With their distinctive snowflake motifs, unique construction techniques and shaping, mittens from the Selbu region are the style most closely associated with Norway. In this class, you’ll create a mini mitten which includes all these elements in a stranded colorwork design. You’ll also learn about the history of the Selbu mittens & Norwegian knitting traditions.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55

REQUIRED SKILLS: Cast on, knit, purl, comfortable with DPNs or other small circumference circular technique, previous stranded colorwork experience recommended, but not required.

SUPPLIES--Worsted weight yarn in 2 highly contrasting colors (traditional colors: black/white, red/white)
 Size 6 DPNs (set of 5), or other small circumference technique of choice
 Scrap yarn in contrasting color 

 Stitch markers, Tapestry needle
 Sticky notes, magnet board or highlighter tape
 Row counter (optional)

Norwegian Mittens Homework:

With Main Color*, CO 32 sts. Divide evenly on DPNs (or other small  circular knitting method of choice, e.g., 2-circulars, Magic Loop, Flexi-flips, 9” circular). Place marker for beginning of round & join, being careful not to twist.

Work 1/1 Rib for 10 rows.

*NOTE: Main Color will be used for cuff & design motif. Pattern is written with the Main Color being the darker of the two colors in the design. Lighter color (Contrast Color) will be used for the background.

PATTY'S KNITTING BAG OF TRICKS

Patty Lyons

There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks. I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip!”. So, I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YOs, to how to avoid the gap at the end of a bind off, how to tighten your first stitch, how to make better neck divides, and more. Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!

MAX CLASS SIZE--25

CLASS FEE: $70

REQUIRED SKILLS-- Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and simple increases and decreases. Best for intermediate-level students.

SUPPLIES

HOMEWORK

READING BETWEEN THE LINES:
WHAT YOUR SWEATER PATTERN DOESN'T TELL YOU

Patty Lyons

There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as “reverse shaping” and “at the same time” as well as a better way to figure how to pick up stitches. Learn the secrets hiding inside every knitting pattern!

MAX CLASS SIZE: 40

CLASS FEE: $55

REQUIRED SKILLS--some basic knowledge of sweater patterns helpful, or knitting at least one sweater, helpful but not required.

SUPPLIES

HOMEWORK: TBA

SHORT ROW SAMPLER

Ann Weaver

Learn to knit short rows three ways: German, wrap and turn, and Japanese! In this workshop, students will work on the Short Row Sampler cowl, an easy pattern that provides students a chance to learn and practice three ways of working short rows. Then, students can compare the results of the three methods and evaluate their benefits and drawbacks. Never be intimidated by short rows again! Skills needed: Casting on and working in the round; ability to read a basic pattern Skills learned: German, Japanese, and wrap and turn short rows with full confidence and joy.


MAX CLASS SIZE:25

CLASS FEE:$70, Plus $5 pattern on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/short-row-sampler

REQUIRED SKILLS--Casting on and working in the round, ability to read a basic pattern.

SUPPLIES--Short Row Sampler Cowl pattern (available for purchase on Ravelry) • US Size 6 16-inch circular needle, or size to obtain gauge • At least 7 removable stitch markers, one distinct from the others • DK weight yarn in three colors, approximately 100 yards of each color

HOMEWORK--Begin your cowl. Follow the directions under INSTRUCTIONS on page 3 of the pattern until you have worked the 5-round welt, then knit 3 rounds. We’ll get right to the short rows in class.

SOCK YARN--NOT JUST FOR SOCKS

Christine Long-Derks

Missing out on the fun of hand dyed sock yarn because you're not a sock knitter? No worries! Come learn how to use these yarns in fun projects like scarves, cowls, hats, wrist warmers, shawlettes and leave with patterns for each of these projects. You will learn theories of how to pair sock yarn with the project to get results with crazy wild color combinations as well as semisolid tonal hand dyed yarn that takes your breath away.  We will make swatches learning new techniques and then make good progress on a cowl or shawlette to show off your new sock yarn knitting

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55, Plus $20 class fee (includes hand-dyed sock yarn, mini skeins and pattern)

REQUIRED SKILLS: Basic knitting knowledge

SUPPLIES: None.  Hand dyed sock yarn, mini skeins and patterns will be provided

HOMEWORK

TAPESTRY CROCHET

Debra Lea

Using tapestry crochet you can create fairly complex colorwork with only a few ends to weave in at the end! First introduced to us by Carol Ventura, this technique that has stood the test of time and designers are creating wonderful and exciting patterns with it today. We’ll make Carol’s Tapestry Wallet – or at least start it – in class. You won’t believe how easy it is! I’ll even show you a neat trick for inserting a zipper!

 

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE: $55

REQUIRED SKILLS: Chain and single crochet

SUPPLIES: Size 3 crochet thread in 3 colors (one ball each) *2.25 or 2.5 mm crochet hook * 6-inch zipper * standard tool kit.

HOMEWORK: None

THRUMMIN' ALONG

Cheryl Murray

What’s warmer than a pair of woolly mittens? Wool mittens lined with MORE wool, of course! In this class you’ll learn how to knit with thrums, the easy technique for adding small pieces of fleece to your mittens (slippers, hats, etc) to create extra warmth. You’ll also learn the classic method for shaping a thumb gusset & mitten top.

MAX CLASS SIZE: 25

CLASS FEE:  $55, plus $3 to cover materials

REQUIRED SKILLS: Cast on, join & work small circumference circular knitting in choice of method
(eg, DPNs, 2-circ, Magic Loop)

SUPPLIES: Worsted weight yarn (wool recommended), approx 200 yards
* DPNS or small circular method of choice, size 6 (4mm) *Stitch Markers

*Tapestry needle

Thrummin’ Along (Thrummed Mittens) Homework:

CO 40 sts. Divide evenly on DPNs (or other small  circular knitting method of choice, e.g., 2-circulars, Magic Loop, Flexi-flips, 9” circular). Place marker for beginning of round & join, being careful not to twist.

Work 2/2 Rib for 3”.

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