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The teachers listed here have provided their information for local guild workshops or programs.

To be added to this list: TKGA members who are currently teaching, have a design business or who have passed the Craft Yarn Council "Certified Instructor Program" or the TKGA Masters Program may submit their contact information, a BRIEF idea of the type of classes available and a web address (with more details on classes offered). When you send your email to be sure to state that you are interested in being added to the guild teacher list online.

JC Briar
JCBriar Knitting
Phone: (541)752-6582 (prefer to be contacted by e-mail)
1441 NW Terracegreen Pl.
Corvallis, OR 97330
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild
Details: JC's classes pack a wallop: looking to create little "light bulb moments" for her students, she explains concepts clearly with a mix of discussion, demonstration, and comprehensive handouts. Ample hands-on time lets understanding grow and permits one-on-one coaching. As an experienced teacher with Stitches, Knit & Crochet Shows and several regional events under her belt, JC easily adapts her classes to suit the needs, interests, and knitting styles of her students. Popular favorites include Chart Reading and Writing, Cast-on Cornucopia, Get Twisted!, Design Your Own Socks, Disaster Recovery, and All Thumbs. For more information, see

Gwen Bortner
Knitability, LLC
Phone: (209) 389-4055
11013 Le Grand Rd
Le Grand, CA 95333-9777

Beth Brown-Reinsel
PO Box 722
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Phone: 410-399-9618
My web address is: To access my offered workshops, see:
Details: Please contact me for fees and availability. You can see what dates are open on my website under Workshops/ Schedule. Thanks

Therese Chynoweth
Waukesha, WI
Colleen Davis
Encinitas, CA
Phone: 760-633-3792
Details: The subjects I would like to teach are:
1) Wedge Watusi (a shrug composed of wedge-shaped pieces)
2) Poncho With a Touch of Class (a poncho knit on the bias in a trapazoid shape with
a silk dupioni fabric collar)
3) Design a Capelet
4) Freeform - potpourri
5) Freeform - half circles
6) Freeform sleeves

Ava T. Coleman
Firestone, CO
Phone: 303-833-4831
Subject: History of Knitting

Valentina Devine
1222 Big Rock Loop
Los Alamos, NM 87544-2852
Phone: (505) 662-1440
Subjects: Creative Freeform Knitting, Beyond Creative Knitting

Lorraine Ehrlinger
3046 E. Derbyshire Rd.
Cleveland Hts., Ohio 44118-2727
Home (216)932-7396, Work (216)932-9223
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild

Three-hour classes:
Beginnings and Endings (Intermediate)
Learn a variety of ways to cast on and bind off. Make your bind off mirror your cast on.
Learn "tubular” cast on and bind off. Ideas will be discussed about when and where to use each technique.

Blue Ribbon Knitwear Finishing (Advanced Beginner)
This class covers seaming of stockinette, reverse stockinette, and perpendicular seams, three needle bindoff, picking up stitches for necks and bands, weaving in ends, blocking and grafting. Fine tune your techniques for a more professional finish

Capture the Rainbow - Working With Color (Advanced Beginner)
The student will learn about color theory and how to know what colors work well together. We will explore the different techniques of color work including fair isle and intarsia.

Chart reading – A Road Map for Knitting (Advanced Beginner)
Learn to read color, lace and cable charts. You will knit simple patterns as well as learn to chart your own

Experience Entrelac (Intermediate)
Students will learn to work entrelac by working a small swatch in 2 or more colors. They will go from cast-on to bind off, learning how to make the triangles and rectangles, using short rows, decreases, and picked up stitches, which give the woven look.

Knit to Fit – A Dressmaker’s Perspective (Advanced Beginner)
The student will learn to adjust the pattern to fit the gauge of the swatch. We will also discuss and demonstrate measuring the body and adjusting for what we find. No longer will you be bound by a pattern written for someone else

Let’s Do the twist; Cable Basics (Advanced Beginner)
Students will learn the basic twists and turns of making cables, which enhance so many sweaters. They will learn how to read cable charts and practice cables that line up in a column as well more complex combinations.

Two Hands - Two Colors (Intermediate)
Students will learn the basics of color knitting by holding one color in each hand. Learn to knit with the other hand. We will discuss charts and history of colorwork. Students will practice knitting simple 2 color patterns.

Sweater Design is NOT Rocket Science (Advanced Beginner)
This is not a hands on class, but more of a lecture. We cover the importance of swatching and how to use this to create a garment. Basic patternmaking is also covered. I also deal with specific fitting problems of the participants. Class size is limited by room size

Solving the Mysteries of Lace (Advanced Beginner)
The student will learn about lace techniques by learning to follow charts and knitting samples of various techniques. This will show various characteristics not shown on charts. When lace directions are charted, you can see the pattern. It’s easier to spot and correct errors.

Socks 101 (Intermediate)
Students must know how to knit in the round on DP needles. We learn how to turn a sock heel, using both k2 tog and SSK decreases. We also learn toe shaping. A pattern is given for a full sized sock. Socks are easy! Socks are fun! Make them to match all your sweaters. Maximum class size 15 people.

Six Hour Classes:
On Your Toes – Techniques for working socks from the toe up (Intermediate)
The student will learn to knit a number of toes and heels including a short row version. Why start at the toe? Can I find a different heel that fits my foot?

The Shape of Shawls (Intermediate)
We will cover the basics of lace and how they contribute to shaping. Small shawls samples will be knit in various shapes from simple triangles to Faroese and circular shaping.

Candace Eisner Strick
255 Wormwood Hill Rd
PO Box 671
Mansfield Center, CT 06250-1033
Phone: (860) 429-6243

Edie Eckman
Waynesboro, Virginia
Ph: (540) 949-0828 (I prefer to be contacted by email)
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild
My complete class listing, including descriptions, can be found on my website:

Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
Workshop information: offers a range of workshops and program seminars featuring knitted lace and beaded knitting.

Margaret Fisher
PO Box 113
Cabin John, MD 20818
Phone: (301) 229-7876
Web site:

Tamara Goff, Certified by Craft Yarn Council
Charleston, SC
Phone: (843) 991-2557
Also on Facebook, Ravelry and Twitter: KnitOasis

Some of the classes I offer:
Knitting in the Round, Fixing Mistakes, Intarsia,Fair Isle, Mosaic, Sock Workshop, Quilt Block Series (cariety of stitch patterns for blocks for Warm Up America), Vintage Lace Bag, Easy Knitted Christmas Ornaments, and more. New classes being developed soon!

Susanna Hansson
Phone: (206) 954-2318
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS: Beaded cuffs/sachets, Bohus Stickning, Domino knitting, Finishing for the Finicky, Knitting with Color, Stripes. Please see website for details

Sara Harper
174 Steeplechase Drive
Penn Laird, VA 22846
Phone: 540-432-1393
Classes/workshops: Textured knitting, working with cables. Some material drawn from her book Cable Confidence.

Barbara Hillery
386 Bergen St., Apt. 3
Brooklyn NY 1127
Phone: (718) 638-5034
Web Gallery (not list of classes):

Arnhild Hillesland
Ames Iowa
Classes and Workshops: a) Norwegian knits (sweaters, mittens and such), b) Reversible knits, c) Pulsewarmers, d) Twined knitting, e) Continental knit ("picking”), f) Designing Norwegian sweaters, g) Resizing a pattern ("be size wise”) h) Finishing techniques. I will develop more classes if needed – I am flexible.

Doreen Hopkins
10461 North Lynn Circle #H
Mira Loma, CA 91752
I enjoy designing workshops around a specific problem, concern, or interest. These workshops have been developed in response from individuals, yarn shops, and knitting guilds:
~ A Series of Openwork Knitting
~ Ribbon -- A Fascinating Challenge
~ The Seven Circle Sisters (four needles, circular needle)
~ An Introduction to Color: The Argyle
~ deco 21: Color Me Colorful(ly)
~ Short Rows and the Tube

Galina Khmeleva
Skaska Designs, Ltd.
924 W Oak St
Ft Collins, CO 80521-2516
Phone: (970) 224-5117

Carole Kuhn
Hamilton, Ohio
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild
Teaches classes on modulars. Has published 7 garments, most of them Modular Knits. Available to teach 3 hours, 6 hours, or 6 days.

Lucy Neatby
Tradewind Knitwear Designs Inc.
45 Dorothea Dr., Dartmouth, NS, B2W 5X4 Canada
Phone: (902) 434-5179
(E-mail is unreliable so it is best to call.) -- Knitting kits, patterns and tools for the discerning knitter! Call and I can send a course listing and other information to your guild.

Alexis Norton
P.O. Box 3635
Truckee, CA 96160
Phone: 530-386-3849

Judy Pascale
11 E Lake Pl
Middletown, CT 06457-6306
Phone: (860) 632-2319

Amy Polcyn
A member of PKDG and a CYCA certified knitting teacher. I teach beginner through intermediate level classes. Subjects I particularly enjoy teaching are related to colorwork (intarsia, Fair Isle, mosaic) and cables.

Margaret Radcliffe
507 Rose Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
Phone: 540-961-1755
Subjects: Currently offer approximately 35 different classes, ranging from improving skills to designing. Please visit for current class listing. This listing can also be mailed to guilds upon request.
Please make a selection of classes you may be interested in and then contact me. I will provide detailed information for each of the classes on your short list and will discuss terms and scheduling.

Susan Shildmyer
ESYS Knits
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild
Inquire about our new one day project based classes. We can design one to fit your needs. The following workshops are designed for two days for a relaxed pace and lots of individual attention.
~ Hand made not home made - Full fashioning, fit and finishing techniques result in flawless garments. You will be proud to say "I made it myself”.
~ Free Form Knitting - Learn four easy techniques. Great way to use your stash and "pricey” novelties. Imaginative ways to mix and match yarns includes methods for complimenting and combining colors. Easy construction techniques for free from pieces.
~ Easy Sweater System - Pick a yarn you love and style a garment to fit using simple "fill in the blank” forms. All you need is your yarn, needles and a tape measure.
~ Color your world – Stranded fair-isle and Intarsia. Easy tips for handling multiple strands, reading color charts.
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild

Jaya Srikrishnan
Phone: (845) 297-4635
33 Sherwood Heights
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Subjects (contact for a complete course catalog):
Knitting socks (top down, toe up, various types of heels and intarsia in the round) Techniques (cast ons, bind offs, double knitting, fair isle knitting, knitting with beads, other topics - contact for full list) Projects (mitred square evening bag, reversible hat, Lopi sweater with short rows and other techniques) Lace (beginning lace scarf, reading charts, designing your own shawl) Making the most of your handpainted yarn
Other details: Available mainly on weekends.

Myrna A. I. Stahman
dba Rocking chair Press
Contact Information:
Preferred method – E-mail:
Telephone: 208-342-6690 or 208-342-8476
Fax: 208-342-6690
Mailing address: Rocking Chair Press, 2814 Tartan Place, Boise, ID 83702-1429
Member Professional Knitwear Designers Guild
Designer, author, teacher and publisher of "Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls from the Neck Down and Seamen’s Scarves.”
Says: My definition of lace knitting is using two sticks and some string to arrange a series of holes in a pleasing fashion. I enjoy teaching lace knitting techniques by using sport weight or heavier yarn with appropriate sized needles. Faroese-shaped shawls and Seamen’s scarves are two items I often focus on in the classes I teach.

Sandy Terp
304 Swartley Rd
Hatfield, PA 19440-1237
Phone: (215) 822-7292

Celeste Young
1146 Fernwood Drive
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: 518-817-2935
My website is:
Specialties: Stranded colorwork, finishing techniques

Nancie Wiseman
565 Seaside Dr
Coupeville, WA 98239-9757
(360) 678-6378

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