Classes

2019 CLASS SCHEDULE

Class tickets are tentatively set to go on sale at the end of April.


FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cat Bordhi – Seven Super Skills Cowl

Denise Bell – Icelandic Yokes: The Sweater Class

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Margaret Radcliffe – Finishing Essentials for Handknitters

Laura Nelkin – Beading 101

Sony Hartley – Criss Cross Applesauce Stitches

2:00 am – 5:00 pm

Margaret Radcliffe – Circular Knitting Five Ways

Laura Nelkin – Getting Your Lace On!

Joyce Hazlerig – Felted Sheep Head Brooches


SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cat Bordhi – Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Sock

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Margaret Radcliffe – Seaming Without Sewing: 9 Ways to Perfectly Join Your Knitting Without Sewing a Single Stitch

Laura Nelkin – Shetland Lace Basics

Denise Bell – The Possibilities of Pi

Anita Wilburn Darras – Filet: The Jigsaw Puzzle of Crochet

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Elizabeth Spies – Beginner Brioche

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Margaret Radcliffe – Slip Stitch Patterns

Laura Nelkin – Save Your Stitches: Fixing Lace Mistakes

Anita Wilburn Darras – Create Your Family Tartan in Crochet


SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cat Bordhi – Cat’s Toy Box of Fingerless Mitts and Cuffs

Anita Wilburn Darras – How to Build a Sweater

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Margaret Radcliffe – Bring Out the Best in Your Variegated Yarn

Laura Nelkin – The Craft of Casting On

Denise Bell – Magic Tricks with Wires, Pins, and Frames

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Elizabeth Spies – Advanced Brioche

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Margaret Radcliffe – Bind Offs for All Occasions

Laura Nelkin – Knitting Jewelry

 



2019 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

Seven Super Skills Cowl

Teacher: Cat Bordhi

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour break at 1:00 pm)

Cost: $130

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In any class I teach, I always find myself spontaneously adding various useful techniques from my rather large bag of tricks and have gotten used to hearing knitters say, “This one thing is worth the price of the workshop!” This class combines tutorials on seven of my most appreciated techniques with a versatile cowl project, which will make you proud of your new-found ability to finesse your knitting. The cowl itself is one of my favorite designs because it goes with everything, has become my blankie (I wore it all through Peru and you cannot imagine how many indigenous knitters’ hands reached out to examine it), and I get more admiring questions about it from complete strangers than anything else I have ever designed, except for my Anemone Hat. The skills I will teach you include my stretchy Crocodile Cast-On; a method for determining cast-on tail length; guidance on digesting illustrations and charts; how to use one of my favorite innovations ever—Hungry Stitch—to smooth and snug up SSK lines; nifty moves to cross pairs of stitches; several methods for learning to read your knitting so you cease to be dependent on instructions; Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, and how to finish a circular edge with a continuous chain. The workshop will take you beyond the material in the pattern.

Skills required: Must be able to do the following without supervision: knit in the round on a circular needle; knit two together (k2tog), slip slip knit (SSK), slip a stitch purlwise, pick up and restore a dropped stitch, any style of long-tail cast-on, and be curious and eager to learn new things!

Class supplies: Participants should bring their usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia plus their own copy of the Seven Super Skills Cowl pattern ($12 at catbordhi.com/patterns/seven-super-skills-cowl), bulky or DK weight yarn as specified in the pattern (please do not bring acrylic yarn, as it will sabotage your ability to learn successfully; I have seen this drama played out numerous times and quickly resolved by replacing crummy yarn with high quality yarn), and 24” circular needle in a size that will get gauge in your chosen yarn. If you choose a bulky yarn, you may even be able to complete the cowl in class and then be ready to choose a finer yarn for your next one. We will also discuss how to modify the pattern for almost any weight of yarn.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Icelandic Yokes: The Sweater Class

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour break at 1:00 pm)

Teacher: Denise Bell

Cost: $100

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They’re colorful, popular, relatively simple, and, as you’ll discover in this six-hour class, it’s easy to make your own. Traditional Icelandic yoke sweaters use unspun Plötulopi yarns from native sheep that feature wool of different staple lengths and make for a lightweight but warm and insulated sweater We will learn about knitting with this unusual fiber and create original motifs. Many Americans may be unfamiliar with Plötulopi, but it’s so common in Iceland that it’s found in grocery stores. Students will draw and swatch several yoke options using Plötulopi yarn (supplied by the instructor), do a bit of gauge math, and discuss how to move forward to knit an Iceland yoke sweater.

Skill level: Intermediate; students should be able to work increases and decreases independently.

Class supplies: Participants should bring 16- and 24-inch circular needles in US Size 5 (3.75 mm) and 6 (4 mm) or whatever size you generally use with worsted weight yarn, a stitch dictionary for colorwork, colored pencils, your imagination, and the usual knitting kit, including stitch markers and scissors.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Finishing Essentials for Handknitters

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Cost: $65

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Learn to complete your knits like a pro. We’ll cover how to prepare and shape the pieces for easier, more consistent, and more attractive finishing; how to join shoulders, side seams, and sleeves; picking up stitches to add borders along straight and shaped edges; working successful buttonholes and sewing on buttons. This is a hands-on workshop where you’ll practice all the techniques needed to complete a sweater, while making a small bag.

Skills required: Experienced beginner; must be able to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and work knit two together (k2tog) and slip slip knit (SSK) decreases in order to complete the homework.

Class supplies: Participants will need:

  • 1.75 oz. (50 g) plain, smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn (stretchy wool or wool blend preferred) for completing the homework and for finishing in class
  • A 16-inch circular needle in a size that results in a gauge of 5 stitches and 6-7 rows per inch; please note that the 16-inch length is important; a longer needle will not work for this class.
  • An extra needle in the same size, any length
  • A tapestry needle
  • Three safety pins or stitch markers that open and close
  • Scissors or yarn cutter
  • Four ¾-inch buttons with holes or a shank large enough for yarn to pass through

Homework: To be announced. Detailed instructions will be emailed to registered students.

Ages: 15 +


Beading 101

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Laura Nelkin

Cost: $65

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This class teaches multiple ways of working with beads. It is the perfect introductory class! You will learn how to place beads with a crochet hook or superfloss, how to work with pre-strung beads in a variety of ways, and how to work with beads on bind-offs and i-cord. We’ll discuss choosing beads and yarn, along with how to look at an existing pattern in your library and how to add beads to it. This is a class for those with basic knitting skills who are ready to add a little bling to their knitting! Skills gained in this class will translate to many of the patterns in Laura’s new book “Knockout Knits”.

Skills required: Participants must know how to knit and purl and have the desire to learn!

Class supplies: Participants should bring approximately 40 yards of fingering weight yarn, US Size 3 (3.25 mm) needles, and approximately 10 grams of size 6/0 beads to match their yarn.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Criss Cross Applesauce Stitches

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Sony Hartley

Cost: $40

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Learn to create a variety of criss-cross knitting stitches that can be added to any of your regular patterns for fun and interest, all while knitting a sampler scarf.

Skills required: Intermediate level; students should have mastered basic knitting skills.

Class supplies: Participants should bring a skein (200+ yards) of DK weight yarn, US Size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles, and a size D or F crochet hook.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Circular Knitting Five Ways

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Cost: $65

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This class is a hands-on survey of the five major approaches to circular knitting: one circular needle, two circular needles, double pointed needles, magic loop, and i-cord. If you’ve never knitted in the round, or you’re only familiar with one or two of these methods, this class is a chance to broaden your knitting horizons and get comfortable with all of them. You’ll learn to cast on, join the beginning and end of round, work comfortably, and bind off all five ways. Along the way, we’ll address your individual questions and solve problems, like stitches that are too tight or too loose, and discuss what kinds of projects are best made using each method.

Skills required: Adventurous beginner and up; must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Class supplies: Participants should bring plain, smooth, light-colored worsted weight wool yarn (a stretchy wool is best), a set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles, two circular needles 16 inches long, and a circular needle at least 40 inches long with a very flexible cable. All needles should be the same size (US Size 10 (6 mm) or 11 (8 mm). Also, a yarn needle and scissors.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Getting Your Lace On!

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Laura Nelkin

Cost: $65

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Have you always wanted to tackle a lace project but have been unsure where to start? Or maybe you have knit lace but not understood the why and how behind this simple and fascinating knitting technique? Join Laura as she demystifies lace, stitch by stitch. The class will cover basic increases and decreases, walk you through chart reading, and get you on your way to becoming an independent lace knitter! Skills gained in this class will translate to many of the patterns in Laura’s new book “Knockout Knits”.

Skills required: Know how to knit and purl and have the desire to learn!

Class supplies: Participants should bring approximately 30 yards of fingering or sport-weight yarn, US size 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4 mm) needles, and stitch markers.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Felted Sheep Head Brooches

Craft: Needle Felting

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Joyce Hazlerig

Cost: $40

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Students will learn to needle felt a 2″-3″ Sheep Head, using wool and sheep locks. We will twist wire armatures and use needle felting techniques to create these charming brooches. Student can make one or two Sheep or Goat brooches. Felt your favorite breeds and wear them! Registration cost includes a $15 materials fee. Teacher will provide each student with one 5″x 5″ felting pad and two felting needles, plus wire and fiber for the project.

Skill level: Beginner

Class supplies: Participants should bring any felting multi-tool they may already have.

Homework: Watch Joyce Hazlerig’s basic felting technique video, found here: https://youtu.be/_AD1VG6hE2I

Ages: 15 +

 


SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Sock

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour break at 1:00 pm)

Teacher: Cat Bordhi

Cost: $130

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When this new heel emerged on my needles in December, 2010, I thought I was dreaming. I had by chance done one small thing, and suddenly a smooth round heel (simple and clean like a tomato) came into being. The sock is pleasant and rhythmic to work, and can be toe up or top down, with the heel in stockinette, heel stitch, in a twisted stitch variation, or even with a small intarsia motif. Once the process is understood, the average knitter can apply it to any size sock and proceed without written directions. In this workshop, you will learn to knit a Sweet Tomato Heel, how to fit different shapes of feet, and be inspired by the ease of adding designs. My goal is that you will be able to join the chorus of knitters who tell me that this is the easiest sock they’ve ever knit and that now they can grab yarn and needles and run out of the house, knowing they can knit socks to fit. The class will include an assortment of my favorite related tips and techniques, including ways to use the Sweet Tomato Heel method for shaping sweaters, hoods, and other garments.

Skills required: Must be able to do the following without supervision: knit in the round with your choice of DPNs, two circular needles, or one long circular needle; knit two together (k2tog), slip a stitch purlwise, knit into front and back of a stitch (kfb), long-tail cast-on, and standard bind off.

Class Supplies: Participants should bring their usual kit of knitting supplies, plus the DK or worsted weight yarn and needles used for their homework. I ask you not to bring acrylic yarn, as it will sabotage your ability to learn successfully (I have seen this drama play out numerous times, quickly resolved by replacing crummy yarn with high quality yarn). Wool or a wool blend is usually a fine choice; look for yarns which have some spring and three or more plies with good twist. DPN users will also need one 24-inch or longer circular needle in a size as small or smaller than their working needles, for trying on the sock. Please do not bring cheap circulars with stiff cables or poor joins unless you like to wrestle; my preferred needles are Addi Turbo Lace. Please bring needles in several smaller sizes, in case your fabric needs to be denser.

Homework: Before class, knit a tube with DK or worsted-weight yarn (to enable you to see exactly what you are doing when we use it for practicing and perfecting the heel technique) and your preferred needles by following these instructions: Cast on 32 stitches, join in the round, and knit a few inches. Once you learn the heel, you will need yarn to knit a sock to fit your own foot (if you are not a fast knitter, consider a sport, DK, or worsted-weight yarn so you accomplish more in class). Bring needles small enough to give you a nice sock fabric (dense yet elastic). Please also watch my video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=IRc3309JUyc

Ages: 15 +


Seaming Without Sewing: 9 Ways to Perfectly Join Your Knitting Without Sewing a Single Stitch

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Cost: $65

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Love to knit but hate to seam? Knit beautiful garments, but hate the way they look when they’re finished? Finishing can make the difference between “professionally handcrafted” and “homemade.” If you have sweaters in pieces just waiting to be finished because you find sewing annoying, have trouble seeing to sew, difficulty holding a sewing needle, or just plain hate to sew, this class is for you. Learn to use crochet, binding off, picking up, and knitting on to make perfect seams, plus perfect afterthought pockets.

Skills required: Experienced beginner; participants should be comfortable casting on and binding off, working knits and purls.

Class supplies: Participants should bring plain, worsted weight yarn in two light colors, a set of DPNs in US Size 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm), a crochet hook in the same size, and their basic knitting supplies.

Homework: Make eight swatches as follows: Cast on 20 stitches, work in stockinette for 5 inches. Bind off three of the swatches; leave the other five swatches on needles or holders.

Ages: 15 +


Shetland Lace Basics

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Laura Nelkin

Cost: $65

What is Shetland Lace? How does it differ from other lace styles? What are the tips and tricks you need to know to work it successfully? Laura will cover some history of Shetland Lace and then delve into techniques to help you knit it with confidence. The class will cover basic increases and decreases, walk you through chart reading, and get you on your way to becoming a more advanced lace knitter! Skills gained in this class will translate to many patterns that use lace stitches.

Skills required: Must have basic lace knitting skills

Class supplies: Participants should bring approximately 30 yards of fingering weight or sport weight yarn, US Size 5 (3.75 mm) or 6 (4 mm) needles, and stitch markers.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


The Possibilities of Pi

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Denise Bell

Cost: $55

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Whether you learned about Pi shawls from reading an Elizabeth Zimmermann book, from seeing them on Ravelry, or admiring them on display in a museum, you already know they are round and use the precision of the mathematical formula Pi for increasing the size of the shawl. Don’t let that math scare you! When knitting a square, rectangle, or triangle shawl you have numerous options for how to begin, including bottom-up, side-to-side, and top-down. A Pi shawl, on the other hand, always starts in the center and grows in circumference. In this class, we’ll start by learning the Emily Ocker cast on, then use an easy-to-understand mathematical formula and stitch dictionaries. Circular shawls are particularly fun because they are knit in the round. The “rest” rounds are knit rather than purled, so progress goes quickly. We’ll start on double-pointed needles and move to a small circular needle as we progress in class. You’ll learn the Pi shawl formula and tips for choosing stitch patterns to enlarge your swatch. We’ll talk a little bit at the end of class about blocking and various ways to wear a circular shawl.   

Skills required: Intermediate; students should be able to work increases and decreases independently.

Class supplies: Participants should bring 200-500 yards of fingering weight wool in a light solid color, a set of US Size 5 (3.75 mm) or 6 (4 mm) DPNs and a 24-inch circular needle in the same size. All class needles need sharp tips! In addition, please bring a small crochet hook (Size E or F), stitch markers, scissors, and your regular knitting kit.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Filet: The Jigsaw Puzzle of Crochet

Craft: Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Anita Wilburn Darras

Cost: $55

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Students create a monogrammed bookmark while learning to read a Filet chart. Stitch techniques taught are mesh, block, lacet, increase and decrease. Filet is excellent for early crocheters, as only chain and double crochet are used. Graphing tools, a ball of size 5 crochet thread, a size 00 steel crochet hook, and a charted alphabet will be provided.

Skills level: Beginner; must know how to chain and double crochet

Class supplies: None

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Beginner Brioche

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 2:00 am – 4:00 pm

Teacher: Elizabeth Spies

Cost: $30

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Brioche is an amazing technique that creates squishy, warm knits. In this class, you’ll learn how to knit both single-color and two-color brioche! Two-color brioche creates a reversible garment that shows off both colors of yarn.

Skills required: Intermediate; must know how to knit, purl, and work knit two together (k2tog) and slip slip knit (SSK) decreases.

Class supplies: Participants should bring two skeins of smooth worsted weight yarn in light solid colors (no fuzzy yarn or variegated yarns, also no dark solid colors such as black or dark blue). Please choose two contrasting colors, e.g. white and red. In addition, you’ll need US Size 6 (4 mm) needles that are either double points or circulars.

Homework: None

Ages: 18 +


Slip Stitch Patterns

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Cost: $65

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A survey of the wide variety of pattern stitches created using slipped stitch techniques and just one color at a time, including a brief foray into the mysteries of mosaic knitting. We’ll also spend some time on other stitch manipulations used in conjunction with slipped stitches, such as extra wraps, swapping stitch positions and twisting multiple stitches. Students will receive a handout with instructions, charts, and pictures for each pattern stitch, and they will swatch these patterns during class. Details such as whether to slip knitwise or purlwise, where to position the yarn, the difference between YOs and extra wraps, and special stitch manipulations will be discussed and practiced. We will also discuss how to determine needle size and appropriate uses for the fabrics created.

Skills required: Advanced beginner; participants should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and work simple pattern stitches.

Class supplies: Students should bring a small amount of worsted weight yarn in each of three colors, needles in a size appropriate for worsted weight (about US Size 8 (5 mm) or 9 (5.5 mm)) plus needles one size and two sizes larger, and their basic knitting supplies. Optional: Post-it notes or highlighter tape to keep place in the instructions and tags for labeling swatches.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Save Your Stitches: Fixing Lace Mistakes

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 2:00 am – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Laura Nelkin

Cost: $65

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Do you want to knit lace but have no idea what to do when you make a mistake? Laura will demystify the anatomy of your lace with you and teach you how to know when you can fix and when you have to rip (or perform surgery). You’ll learn how to replace yarnovers, insert missing decreases, rebuild sections of your knitting, and–most importantly–how to avoid making mistakes in the first place! This class is 3/4 technique and 1/4 philosophy. It will make you a better, more knowledgeable, and less fearful lace knitter!

Skills required: Must be able to knit, purl, and know lace knitting basics.

Class supplies: Participants should bring approximately 30 yards of smooth, light or bright colored sport weight yarn, US Size 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles, two US Size 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles, and one 4 mm crochet hook.

Homework: Students will work four lace swatches, following Laura’s detailed instructions, which will be emailed to registered students.

Ages: 15 +


Create Your Family Tartan in Crochet

Craft: Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Anita Wilburn Darras

Cost: $55

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In this class, students will research tartans using the Scottish Tartan Authority then translate a tartan color scheme into a crochet pattern. If no known tartan exists, learn how to create an original tartan color scheme! A small sample tartan is created in class to learn the stitches and techniques required to make a tartan afghan. Anita’s book “Military Tartan Throws” (Annie’s, c 2016) is used as a textbook. The book, plus three skeins of Red Heart yarn, and a Size J crochet hook will be provided.

Skills required: Intermediate; students must know how to chain and double crochet.

Class supplies: None

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +

 


SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

Cat’s Toy Box of Fingerless Mitts and Cuffs

Teacher: Cat Bordhi

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour break at 1:00 pm)

Cost: $130

 

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I am smitten with this garter stitch fingerless mitt template and its affinity for design variations. Since I developed the basic template several years ago, I have filled four storage boxes with variations and am hungry to keep playing and exploring; I think you will feel similarly. The mitts are very easy to fit (my students often remark that these are the first fingerless mitts they’ve made that fit so well), evoke a deep sense of contentment in the knitting, and are lovely to wear or to gift. You will learn several invaluable techniques, including a nearly invisible garter stitch three-needle bind-off and Judy’s Magic Cast-On. I’ll show you how to modify any fingerless mitt design to become cuffs, which make a quick gift. The design collection also lends itself to a wide variety of other applications, such as baby blankets, sweaters, and vests; as time permits, we shall consider these options, too.

Skills required: Must be able to do the following without supervision: basic knitting; distinguish between inserting the needle purlwise or knitwise, slip a stitch, pick up and restore a dropped stitch, and be curious and eager to learn new things!

Class supplies: Participants should bring their usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia plus 100 g of DK to light worsted weight yarn and a 40-inch circular needle in a size that will give you an unstretched garter stitch gauge of 22 stitches or 44 rows per 4 inches in your yarn.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


How to Build a Sweater

Craft: Crochet

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour break at 1:00 pm)

Teacher: Anita Wilburn Darras

Cost: $85

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Afraid of making a garment? Do shaping and seaming scare you? While creating a baby cardigan, students will learn techniques of garment construction, including shaping of armholes, joining sleeves and creating buttonholes. How to read a pattern will be reviewed. After this class, students should feel confident enough to tackle adult-size garments. A large skein of baby weight yarn, a Size F crochet hook, tapestry needle, stitch markers, ruler, and buttons will be provided.

Skills required: Intermediate; must already know how to chain, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.  

Class supplies: None; however, students are welcome to bring their own crochet hooks, if they prefer, including larger and smaller hooks for matching project gauge.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Bring Out the Best in Your Variegated Yarn

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Cost: $65

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Love that multicolor yarn? Hate the way it looks when knit? Whip those handpainted and variegated yarns into submission! Learn to avoid striping and pooling, highlight desired colors, and emphasize texture. Review a variety of yarns and learn their properties, while knitting swatches to experiment with textured pattern stitches, multiple strands, and varying stitch count. Also learn how to recognize which garments will work best with variegated yarn.

Skills required: Experienced beginner and up; participants should know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease.

Class supplies: Students should bring worsted weight variegated yarn and a matching or contrasting solid color yarn and needles in a size appropriate to the yarn, plus a circular needle or set of DPNs in the same size and needles 2 sizes and 4 sizes larger.

Homework: Using a worsted weight variegated or handpainted yarn where each color is between 1 inch and 9 inches long, cast on 20 stitches. Work in stockinette until the colors seem to repeat somewhat regularly in your swatch. Increase or decrease a stitch or two and continue knitting until the colors begin to repeat again. Do this one more time. If your yarn doesn’t repeat, don’t despair, just work at least 5 inches total and then stop. Don’t bind off. Bring your swatch to class.

Ages: 15 +


The Craft of Casting On

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Laura Nelkin

Cost: $65

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There are dozens of ways to cast on for your knitting! This comprehensive class will refresh your technique, teach you new cast ons, and, best of all, help you understand where and when each cast on is best used.   

Skills required: Only basic knitting skills required.

Class supplies:  Participants should bring approximately 20 yards of smooth, light colored DK or worsted weight yarn, 20 yards of smooth, bright colored DK or worsted weight yarn, US Size 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm) straight or circular needles, two double pointed needles in the same size, and one 4 mm – 5 mm crochet hook.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Magic Tricks with Wires, Pins, and Frames

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Denise Bell

Cost: $55

 

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Every experienced lace shawl knitter talks about the “magic” of blocking. Turning a puddle of finished lace knitting into a striking shawl takes more than just the waving of a magic wand, though. It also takes tools and attention to detail. In this class we will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, a yard stick, and Shetland dressing frames to stretch and pin them for maximum jaw-dropping lace effect.

Skill level: All

Class supplies: None; however, students are encouraged to bring their knitted shawls and scarves to facilitate discussion.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +


Advanced Brioche

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Teacher: Elizabeth Spies

Cost: $30

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You’ve mastered single and two-color brioche. Now you want to knit something more than a simple rectangle. Come learn how to increase and decrease in the brioche stitch, and you’ll be on your way to making fabulous brioche projects with shaping.

 

Skills required: Advanced; Students must be comfortable working both single-color and two-color brioche (those stitches will not be taught in this class). Those who have previously taken Elizabeth’s Beginner Brioche class will be well prepared for this class.

Class supplies: Participants should bring two skeins of smooth worsted weight yarn in light solid colors (no fuzzy yarn or variegated yarns, also no dark solid colors such as black or dark blue). Please choose two contrasting colors, e.g. white and red. In addition, you’ll need US Size 6 (4 mm) needles that are either double points or circulars.

Homework: None

Ages: 18 +


Bind Offs for All Occasions

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Cost: $65

Bored using the same old bind off? Does it look too tight or just plain ugly? Learn bind offs to use when shaping or seaming, to make gathers or add fringes, in textured patterns, cables and multiple colors. Fix problems with bind offs that are too tight or too loose and learn to make that last loop look neat. Class provides hands-on practice in all of these techniques with ample opportunity to ask questions. Be prepared for any terminal knitting situation.

Skills required: Advanced beginner; participants must be comfortable working in garter stitch, stockinette stitch and K1, P1 ribbing in order to complete the necessary homework.

Class supplies: Participants will need worsted weight yarn and needles in an appropriate size (probably US Size 6 (4 mm), 7 (4.5 mm), or 8 (5 mm)) for working the homework swatches and for class work. Also bring a crochet hook in the same size as your needles and a yarn needle for sewing.

Homework: Students will work about a dozen 4-row swatches, following Margaret’s detailed instructions, which will be emailed to registered students.

Ages: 15 +


Knitting Jewelry

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Laura Nelkin

Cost: $65

In this comprehensive knitted jewelry workshop, you will learn a variety of techniques that will help you incorporate beads, clasps and jewelry techniques into your knitting. This class will be a great booster to your gift knitting repertoire, as most knit jewelry designs can be made in just a few hours. You will have a wonderful time playing with Laura, beads, and your knitting to create unique wearable knitted jewelry. After we have gone over the techniques and skills, students will be able to make an in-classroom purchase of a kit, if desired, to begin knitting their own piece of jewelry in class.

Skills required: Students should know how to knit, purl, read a pattern, and have the desire to learn!

Class supplies: Participants should bring knitting needles with sharp tips in a variety of sizes, ranging from US 2 (2.75 mm) to US 5 (3.75 mm). Kits made available for purchase in class range in price from $17 to $24 (cash only; exact amounts appreciated). Alternatively, students who wish to may purchase any of Laura’s knitted jewelry patterns in advance and bring that pattern to class along with the supplies specified in the pattern.

Homework: None

Ages: 15 +