This is our class schedule! It is always changing as we add classes throughout the year. Please check in often!
Because space is limited, you must reserve your spot by signing up and paying the class fee. Call us to sign up! 508-457-9513
SPRING SPECIAL EVENT
Knitwear designer and teacher SALLY MELVILLE will be visiting us in May. We will be hosting her for a book signing, talk, and a day of classes. Check out her website at sallymelvilleknits.com, her designs on Ravelry, and stay tuned for details!
Classes and Workshops *updated 03/03/2014*
We will be adding classes, workshops and events as the season progresses. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date announcements.
Classes require a minimum of 2 people to run or they will be cancelled (so sign up with a friend!). Your non-refundable class fee must be paid at least 24 hours prior to the date of your class in order to reserve your spot. In the case of a teacher cancellation or inclement weather, we will reschedule the class so you won’t miss it! Credit cards welcome – 508-457-9513
Hang out with your project and some new friends. Monday afternoons 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday evenings, 5:00-7:00pm, FREE
Spin with friends! Wheels & spindles, beginners to advanced. First Sunday of the month, 1:00-3:00pm, FREE
Our classes fall into four different difficulty levels:
Beginner: first-time and newer knitters welcome! Knitting, purling, and very minimal shaping skills will be taught.
Advanced Beginner: expect to see patterns that use easy, repetitive stitch patterns, knitting in the round, basic colorwork, basic shaping, and simple finishing techniques.
Intermediate: expect more involved patterning and colorwork, basic cables, lace, stranded and intarsia knitting, as well as more advanced shaping and more involved finishing requirements.
Advanced: expect larger, skill-heavy projects, including short rows, more intricate designs, more combinations of stitch patterns and more color changes. Finishing requirements will vary from project to project.
With Jen – Beginning – 2 sessions – 1.5 hours each, $30 – requires 2 students to run, so sign up with a friend!
Do you feel like you’re all thumbs and written knitting instructions look like a foreign language? This is the class for you! We’ll start from the very beginning with just two needles and some yarn.
Supplies Needed: US size 8 needles; one ball of worsted weight yarn.
Dates: Saturdays, March 15 & 22, 10:30am-12:00pm; Tuesdays, March 11 & 18, 10:30-12:00pm; Thursdays, April 10 & 17, 4:30-6:00pm; Fridays, May 2 & 9, 10:30am-12:00pm.
With Jane – Beginning – 1 session – 2 hours, $20 – requires 2 students to run, so sign up with a friend!
Get started in crochet with this fun beginning crochet clinic! Jane will guide you through the basic crochet stitches and give you a good starting foundation for future projects.
Supplies Needed: A US size G or H hook; a ball of light-colored, medium/worsted weight yarn.
Dates: Tuesday, March 11, 1:30-3:30pm; Thursday, April 10, 2-4:00pm
Lacy Cowl – Knit
With Carol – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 1.5 hours – $20
Tackle knitting in the round and the most basic lace knitting stitch in this pretty little cowl. One skein of chunky yarn will do it!
Supplies Needed: A US size 11, 16” circular needle; one skein of Baby Alpaca Grande or comparable chunky yarn; one stitch marker
Dates: Friday, February 28, 4:00-5:30pm; Sunday, March 9, 10:30am-12:00pm;
Cabled Neck Warmer – My First Cables – Knit
With Carol – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 1.5 hours – $20
Cables look much more complex than they really are! Join Carol for a cable clinic and get started on a wonderful chunky scarf in the process. Pretty soon, you’ll be churning out Aran sweaters!
Supplies Needed: Choose approx 110 yards of chunky weight yarn and US size 10.5 needles or approx 65 yards of super bulky yarn and US size 13 needles; pattern provided in class.
Dates: Friday, March 7, 4:00-5:30
Spring Chick – Knit
With Carol – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $25 (includes materials kit)
Hide your Easter eggs in an extra special place this year! This little chickie holds a plastic egg filled with goodies, or a Cadbury cream egg! We’ll cover pattern reading and just a little bit of shaping for this beginner project.
Materials Required: small kits of yarn and felt will be provided; bring one pair of US 4 knitting needles and a darning needle.
Homework: None – the designer requests that you post your finished project to Ravelry so everyone can see!
Dates: Saturday, March 29, 1:00-3:00pm; Saturday, April 5, 1:00-3:00pm
Fixing Mistakes – Knit
With Jen – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $20
The key to having confidence in your knitting is knowing that you can fix a mistake when you make one. Mess around with a swatch, making mistakes and fixing them under Jen’s watchful eye.
Supplies Needed: a darning needle, scissors, a swatch, scrap yarn in a contrasting color to your swatch, a crochet hook to match your needles
Homework: Using a light colored worsted weight wool, Cast on 22 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for 4 inches. Do not bind off. Bring your swatch on the needles to class.
Dates: Sunday, March 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
Finishing Techniques – Knit
With Jen – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2.5 hours – $25
Using swatches, we will practice seaming in several situations and weaving in ends. You will learn many tips and tricks that will carry over into your larger projects, such as sweaters and afghan squares.
Supplies Needed: Scrap yarn in a contrasting color to your swatches; a yarn needle; scissors.
Homework: Using light colored worsted weight yarn, knit 4 swatches 20 stitches wide by 4 inches long.
Dates: Saturday, March 15, 1:00-3:30pm
Round Ripple Blanket – Crochet
Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2.5 hours – $25
This ripple blanket is crocheted in the round to create a 12-pointed star. Whether you use pastels, rainbow or gradients, this blanket will be a classic addition to your crochet repertoire!
Materials Required: Worsted weight yarn in a color combination you love (check pattern for breakdown of baby blanket size colors); US G or H crochet hook; pattern provided in class or you can download it from Ravelry for free.
Dates: Thursday, March 13, 5:00-7:30pm
Over the Willamette, Lacy Shawl – Crochet
With Jane – Advanced Beginner – 2 sessions 1.5 hours each – $35
This lightweight triangular shawl features a simple mesh lace with a lovely patterned border. This is an advanced beginner class – know how to chain, single crochet and double crochet – you will learn crochet lace basics and reading a charted crochet pattern.
Supplies Needed: A purchased and printed copy of Over the Willamette by Jenn Wolfe Kaiser, available as a Ravelry Dowload; a skein of fingering/sock weight yarn, approx 420 yards; a size E crochet hook; a locking stitch marker or safety pin.
Homework: Work your gauge swatch to determine your hook size
Dates: Tuesdays, April 1 & 15, 10:30am-12:00pm
Crocheted Edge – finishing for your knitting – Crochet
With Jane – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $25
So you’ve created a beautifully knitted garment, yet the edges are not as ‘finished’ as you would like. Crocheting over the edges creates a polished and lovely finish to your projects. No knowledge of crochet needed, only the desire to ‘step up’ your finished work.
Supplies: about 150 yards total worsted weight yarn [2 colors-1 for swatch, 1 for crochet]; I hook; tapestry needle
Homework: two 8” x 10” swatches on size 8 needles in stockinette stitch of 1 of the colors chosen [reserve 2nd color for crocheting]
Dates: Tuesday, May 20, 1:00-3:00pm
Create Your Own Art Yarn
Any level, any age – 1 session – 2 hours – $10 materials fee
Mix up texture and color in this ”art class” style workshop. Bring in some stash and we’ll have some dazzle, fizz, and sparkle to help you mix up a skein of designer art yarn! We’ll also provide pattern suggestions for your finished yarn.
Materials Required: scrap or interesting yarn from your stash that you’d like to cut up into something else; a pair of scissors.
Homework: go stash diving!
Dates: Saturday, April 26, 10:00am-12:00pm; Saturday, April 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Flowers for Mom – Crochet
With Jane – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $30 yarn included
Sign up for this one-session class and go home with some flowers for mom! Crochet flowers are fun and can add a little something special to an otherwise plain project.
Materials Required: US size G or H crochet hook (feel free to bring a variety of hooks to play with the flower sizes); a yarn needle; scissors; patterns provided in class.
Dates: Saturday, May 3, 10:00am-12:00pm
Flowers for Mom – Knit
With Jen – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $30 yarn included
Sign up for this one-session class and go home with some flowers for mom! Knit flowers are fun and can add a little something special to an otherwise plain project. Materials Required: One pair of straight US 8 knitting needles; one set of double pointed US 8 knitting needles (feel free to bring a variety of needles to play with the flower sizes); a yarn needle; scissors; patterns provided in class.
Dates: Saturday, May 3, 1:00-3:00pm.
Knitting with Beads – Necklace
With Carol – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2.5 hours – $10 with the purchase of a kit
Whip up a pretty beaded necklace in this one-session workshop with Carol! We will have a selection of necklace kits available from designer Laura Nelkin, featuring beauiful bead and yarn combinations.
Materials Required: a ”Butin” necklace kit ($17, includes hand-dyed fingering weight yarn, beads, bead threader and a copy of the pattern); US size 2 needles for knitting back and forth; a small yarn needle
Dates: Friday, April 25, 3:30 – 6:00pm; Sunday, May 4, 1:30-4:00pm
Crocodile Stitch Slipper – Crochet
With Jane – Intermediate – 2 sessions – 1.5 hours each – $35
How FUN is this stitch pattern?! In this two session class you’ll review shaping
techniques for the top of the slipper and learn how to master the crocodile stitch. Choose a striping yarn to get the effect shown, or a solid color for a more textured look.
Materials Required: A purchased and printed copy of the Crocodile Stitch Boot pattern by Bonita Patterns, available on Ravelry; approximately 500 yards of worsted weight yarn; US size F crochet hook; movable stitch markers or safety pins.
Homework: Complete the sole portion of the slipper, through the end of the sole edging and fasten off.
Dates: Thursdays, March 20 & 27, 2:00-3:30pm
Magic Loop Clinic – Knit
With Jen – Intermediate - 1 session – 2 hours – $20
Get comfortable with magic loop! Choose your pattern (or work a swatch) and get started with the technique that sets you free from double pointed needles.
Pattern Suggestions: Bella’s Mittens, Basic Hat, Boot Sock
Materials Required: Your pattern of choice, yarn and needle in a size to match – 32” or 40” long circular needle
Dates: Saturday, March 1, 10:30-12:30; Saturday, April 5th, 10:30-12:30pm
Fiddlehead Mittens – Knit
With Jen – Intermediate – 1 session – 3 hours – $35
This fabulous colorwork mitten features a handful of fun learning opportunities. We’ll use an i-cord cast on, learn stranded knitting techniques, chart reading and increasing techniques for the thumb. The pattern also features an optional knitted-in mitten lining.
Materials Required: A purchased and printed copy of Fiddlehead Mittens pattern available on Ravelry; Light worsted or DK/sport weight yarn, approximately 140 yards of the Main Color, 40 yards each of 5 Contrasting Colors; optional mitten lining requires approximately 140 yards of a DK/sport yarn; one set of double pointed needles in a size to achieve desired gauge (see homework).
Homework: The pattern is sized using gauge – i.e. the smallest size mitten is knit at the tightest gauge, the largest at the loosest gauge. For homework, choose your mitten size and swatch to determine what size needles gets you the gauge you want. Remember to knit your swatch in the round! Check out this TECHknitter post for shortcuts on swatching in the round.
Dates: Sunday, March 16, 1-4pm; Thursday, April 3, 4:30-7:30pm.
Flat-Foot Floogie, Bunny or Sheep Buddy – Knit
With Carol – Intermediate – 2 sessions – 1.5 hours each – $35
Let us walk you through this darling little buddy from Barbara Prime! We’ll review increasing and decreasing, pattern reading and finishing techniques for all the little details.
Materials Required: A purchased and printed copy of Flat Foot Floogie pattern by Barbara Prime; chunky weight yarn in approx. 130 yards of MC, 40 yards of CC; US 8 and 9 knitting needles; movable stitch markers or safety pins; darning/yarn needle.
Dates: Sundays, April 6 & 13, 10:30am-12:00pm
With Jen – Intermediate – 1 session – 2 hours – $25
Double knitting is an interesting technique used to create a completely reversible, double-thick fabric, using just knits and purls! Learn this knitting trick in a one-session crash course. We’ll get started on a handy potholder pattern.
Materials Required: US size 6 needles, in your preference for knitting back and forth; worsted weight yarn, one skein each of two contrasting solid colors, pattern and instructions will be provided in class.
Dates: Friday, April 18, 4:00-6:00pm; Saturday, May 10, 3:00-5:00pm.
Intarsia Baby Sweater – Puppy or Posy Rabbit Pullover
With Jen – Intermediate – 1 session – 2 hours – $20
Knit pictures into your sweaters! We will practice intarsia kniting techniques, including handling bobbins and switching between colors, in this one-session workshop. Choose the puppy or posy pullover from the adorable Roo Designs pattern line. While we’ll review the whole pattern, this class will focus on only the front of the sweater, working on the intarsia piece.
Materials Required: A purchased copy of your chosen pattern, available in print at the shop or via Ravelry download; bring yarn and needles to work on the front of the sweater; bobbins (either purchased plastic ones or cardboard ones are fine); scissors; yarn needle.
Homework: do your gauge swatch to determine your needle size. Complete the front of your sweater up to where the picture knitting/instarsia starts.
Dates: Saturday, April 12, 3:00-5:00pm; Thursday, May 8, 4:30-6:30pm.
Orchid Thief Shawl – Knit Lace
With Jen – Intermediate – 2 sessions – 2 hours each – $40
Learn to knit lace while working on this gorgeous small shawl design by Ysolda Teague! It uses sock/fingering weight yarn so that you can get used to lace knitting on a little bit heavier yarn. We’ll review tips and tricks for keeping track of your work and fixing mistakes as you go, as well as a garter-tab cast on and reading charts for lace knitting.
Materials Required: a purchased copy of Orchid Thief by Ysolda Teague, avilable via Ravelry Download or in the book, Brave New Knits; approx 440 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn; 24” or longer circular needle in a size that achieves 20 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch; stitch markers.
Homework: you have two choices here – this shawl uses just about every bit of 440 yards of sock/fingering yarn. You can either buy extra yarn or knit a swatch to make sure you don’t need that second skein. If you only want to buy one skein, your homework is to knit a swatch to determine your needle size.
Dates: Saturdays, May 10 & 24, 10:30am-12:30pm
The Mystery Knitalong meetings are Sundays Feb 16, March 9, April 12, 1:00-3:00pm