Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Round Yoke Sweaters - Veera Välimäki

This class is dedicated to the art of round yoke sweaters. 

We go through the basic construction and math, but we also discuss different ways to add
colorwork, lace, or other patterns to this type of yoke.

The lovely look and wide ranging design possibilities make a round yoke sweater a dream to experiment with. 

During the class, you will make a mini sample yoke to learn the technique properly.

Supplies to bring: Partial skeins in 2 to 3 different colors and circular/double pointed needles suitable for your yarn to work a mini sample yoke in the round.

Homework: None

Class Level: All Levels

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Shift Cowl Knitting - Andrea Mowry

Dip your toes into colorwork with this super fun class on Mosaic knitting! This is a great way to begin your color journey (suitable even for beginners!) or to expand your knitting knowledge to freshen things up! While we master the basic rules of mosaic, we will also play with i-cord edgings, knitting on the bias, and the mattress stitch to seam up our cowl!

Autographed copy of The Shift Cowl pattern included in class fee.

Supplies: 3 colors of sport weight yarn (200 yds each) - Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool is highly recommended to achieve the desired outcome!

  • US 5/3.75 mm circular needle (24" to 32" cord is recommended)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • 2 small swatches (at least 3"/7.5 cm in height) to practice the mattress stitch. I recommend knitting them up in worsted weight yarn.
  • Waste yarn for seaming (a yard or 2 is plenty)

Class level: Advanced beginner (knitter should be comfortable with knitting, purling, casting on, binding off, increasing and decreasing.)

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Design Your Own Shawl - Joji Locatelli

A crescent shaped shawl is the perfect canvas to get your imagination and creativity going. The way these shawls are constructed is easier than most people think, and you can achieve really amazing finished objects.

In this class we’ll see in depth what different basic constructions you can use, and we’llalso talk about:

  • How different yarns behave when worked up in a crescent shawl.
  • How to include lace patterns in your design
  • How to use short rows to play around
  • How to handle different colors
  • How to block your shawls

At the end of this class we’ll discuss briefly how to write instructions for all these steps and turn them into a good shawl pattern.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a shawl before.

Homework: None

Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen. Fingering weight yarn and appropriate needles.

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Shawls/Shapes - Veera Välimäki

This Shawls/Shapes workshop begins with the basic shawl shapes like triangle and square and continues to all different new directions.

Top down, bottom up, center out, wherever you start and whatever direction you choose, you can always end up with a shawl! 

In this class you will learn the most common constructions of a shawl and how to take your shawl knitting to a whole new level.

We’ll discuss and learn:

  • Basic shawl shaping (triangle, crescent, square, circle, etc.)
  • How to add stitch pattern to a basic shape
  • How to take your shawl a step forward from the basics
  • Finishing touches

A worksheet on basic shawl construction methods will help you get the most
from this class.

Supplies to Bring:
Circular needle (approx. US7) and fingering to sport weight yarn in two colours.

Class Level: All levels

3 hour class - $120

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Shawls of the North Atlantic - Gudrun Johnston

In this full-day class we will look at 3 different shawl styles from Shetland, the Faroe islands and Iceland. We will explore the constructions and patterns used in each tradition by making mini samplers.

Supplies to bring:

Yarn: 100 yards of fingering-weight yarn in MC, 25 yards each of CC1, CC2, and CC3. 250 yards of DK weight yarn in single color. 100 yards of Lace weight yarn in MC, 25 yards each of CC1 and CC2. Note: Please avoid variegated or dark yarns and if possible choose woolly (not superwash) yarn.

Needles: US 7/4.5mm and US 8/5mm 24 inch circular needles.

Notions: Stitch markers, scrap yarn for holding stitches; highlighter tape or similar for help with keeping track of lace chart; row counter (optional).



Homework: none

Class Level: Intermediate

6 hour class - $230

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Knit Smart - Stephanie Pearl McPhee

This lecture style class 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. 

Supplies to bring: None, but students may bring failed projects, or those with mistakes. We’ll try to have a look. 

Homework: none

Class Level: All Levels

3 hour class - $120

 

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Fresh Fair Isle - Mary Jane Mucklestone

Technique requirements: Experience working in the round with stranded colorwork.

Liven up your Fair Isle knitting! Spend the day with Mary Jane, author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitters Directory, exploring fresh new colorways. This course will introduce the basics of color theory and how to use its principles to guide your color choices. We will learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing our own personal color schemes.

We’ll analyze how different color combinations can completely change how a motif looks. Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will quickly illustrate new concepts.

Supplies to bring: Between 3 and 8 colors (or more, more colors = more fun!) of fingering weight wool yarn (Shetland Wool preferred), 25-100 yds of each color; US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle; scissors; stitch markers. Graph paper and colored pencils, if desired.

Homework: With any color fingering-weight yarn you like, CO 48 sts. Place marker, join to work in the round without twisting. Work k1, p1 rib for 1" (2.5 cm)

Class Level: Intermediate

6 hour class - $230

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Approach to Sweater Design - Joji Locatelli

In this workshop, we’ll discuss my sweater design process from start to finish. This is a fun class for anyone thinking about designing their first sweater (for fun or for work), but also for those who are interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes.

We’ll talk about: 

  • How to find inspiration (Pinterest, fashion designers, brands).
  • Following trends and adjusting them to what knitters want to knit.
  • Important measurements to consider when designing (shoulder span, full bust, sleeve
  • circumference, hip measurement, etc).
  • Tables of measurements and their meaning.
  • What is ease (garments don’t always need to be the same size as the table of
  • measurements!).
  • Making notes for knitters on how to customize their garments (e.g. sleeve length, body
  • length).
  • Overview of different sweater constructions and how to choose the one that best suits
  • your idea.
  • What makes a design unique (small little details that make a design stand from others).
  • Discussing some samples and their construction techniques.
  • Basic concepts on grading patterns to different sizes.
  • Using spreadsheets to grade a very basic pattern (converting it to different sizes
  • instructions).
  • Bring your own ideas and questions and (time permitting) we’ll discuss how they can be worked out.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; have knit a whole garment

Homework: None

Supplies to Bring: Notepad and pen, tape measure. Feel free to bring a garment that you are inspired by (the actual garment or a photo).

Class Level: Intermediate

3 hour class - $120

 

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