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Note: Onsite class ticket pricing will be $10 more per 3 hour class and $20 more per 6 hour class.

Description Member Price Non-Member Price
3 hour classes  $75.00 each $95.00 each
6 hour all day classes $150.00 each $190.00 each


Wednesday Evening Classes – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Entrelac Capelet (W401K) Top
Class Photo
Teacher: Margaret Fisher

Room: 11

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 28

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Use Entrelac to knit a cute and stylish capelet. Start with a review of Entrelac basics, then expand your Entrelac knowledge as you knit a miniature capelet in garter stitch. This design is great for variegated yarns or multiple solid-color yarns. Class discussion will cover the adult-size version of the capelet, plus the use of entrelac in other garments and accessories.

Homework: None

Supplies: Two balls of smooth, worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors, appropriate-size needles, size F or G crochet hook, basic knitting accessories.


Easily Slip into Color (W402K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Gwen Bortner

Room: 4

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Color work can be very intimidating. How do you pick colors? How do you read the charts? How do you work with more than one yarn? If you love color work but want to start "in the shallow end", this is the class for you. Learn the beauty and simplicity of slip stitch color patterns. Discover the "rules" for choosing colors. Gain insights into working with charts and what they really mean. Learn the secret for creating beautiful color patterns using only one color per row. Color work does not have to be hard . . . you can just slip right in!

Homework: None.

Supplies: 1oz each of 3 coordinating colors in smooth worsted weight yarn (1 light, 1 medium, 1 dark) and needles 1 or 2 sizes larger than would be typically used with the yarn selected.


Russian Style Continental Knitting: A Variation on a Theme (W403K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Galina Khmeleva

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 15 Fee Amount: None Fee

Desc: None

Desc: Are you stuck in the past...still throwing your yarn...maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort?? Let Galina A. Khmeleva, lace knitter extraordinaire, teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method:
- It's fast...
- It's easy...
- It's oh-so forgiving on your wrists!!

Homework: None.

Supplies: favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3 US; fingering/sport wgt., non-textured yarn (no acrylics/cotton); note-taking materials (pencils)


Creating Fair Isle Cowls (W404K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Room: 6

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: In this class we will explore the process of designing a color work cowl. From edge trims to motif layout and the importance of scale, the process will be broken down into a series of manageable steps. I will explain how I go about developing a pattern, while sharing tips and tricks I have learned along the way. At the end of the class students will have swatched, completed all the necessary calculations, and even cast on for their very own design!

Homework: None

Supplies: 2-5 skeins of different colors of yarn, all worsted weight, circular knitting needles appropriate for the yarn you have selected (I like to have a variety of needles with me when creating a new design), stitch markers, pencil, stick ruler, measuring tape, calculator, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, and the usual knitting bag filled with treasures.




Thursday Morning Classes – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Advanced Seaming: Texture, Color, Pattern (T101K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Margaret Fisher

Room: 3

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Advanced

Maximum Students: 28

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Do you know how to seam stockinette stitch, but find other stitch patterns challenging? Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles to seaming textured stitch patterns and colorwork. We will work with two simple textured stitch patterns, garter stitch and seed stitch. These two patterns are representative of many textured patterns and by seaming them, you will understand many aspects of seaming other textured patterns. You will learn how to adjust textured and colorwork stitch patterns so they match at the side-seams of a garment. Also, the knitting and seaming techniques for set-in sleeves will be covered.

Homework:

 

With smooth, light colored bulky yarn and appropriate needles, knit swatches as follows:
  • Swatches 1 & 2 (make 2 exactly the same): CO 20 sts. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 4”. BO in pattern.
  • For swatches 3 - 5, work in Seed stitch pattern (even # of sts): Row 1(RS): *K1, p1; rep from *. Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from *. Rep rows 1 and 2.
  • Swatches 3 & 4 (make 2 exactly the same): CO 20 sts. Work in seed stitch pattern for 4”. BO in pattern.
  • Swatch 5: CO 20 sts. Work in seed stitch pattern for 2 rows, end after working a WS row. Row 1(RS): Ssk, work across row in pattern. Row 2: Work across row in pattern until one stitch remains, p1. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 10 sts remain. BO in pattern.
  • Please follow directions as written. Do not slip the edge stitches (or create any other selvage stitches) on these swatches.


Supplies: Homework swatches, several yards of a dark-colored bulky yarn, tapestry needle, basic knitting accessories.


Knitting 911: How to Fix Your Knitting Mistakes (T102K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Binka Schwan

Room: 4

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 16

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Knitting emergencies do happen! This class is specifically designed for beginning knitters and will give you the confidence to recognize and fix your knitting mistakes. How many times have you gone to your local knit shop for a simple repair? After this class you won’t have to! You will be able to knit on and fix that mistake yourself! Learn how to “unknit”, how to fix dropped, twisted, and errant stitches, and learn what do to about unwanted holes in your knitting. How to fix mistakes in garter, stockinette, reverse stockinette and seed stitch will be covered.

Homework: Knit a total of 3 swatches, one in garter, one in stockinette and one in seed stitch. Cast on 20 stitches and work 20 rows for each swatch. Do not bind off. You can cut the working yarn for each swatch, but leave at least a 20” piece of yarn attached. Place swatches on holders so they can be transferred to knitting needles in class or keep them on knitting needles. The swatches should be made of solid light-colored worsted weight yarn and knit with a US 7 or 8 needle.

Supplies: 3 homework swatches; small amount of smooth solid light-colored worsted weight yarn for in-class swatching; 1-2 yards of waste yarn that is a different color than the swatch yarn; US 7 or 8 needles; Size F or G crochet hook; tapestry needle. You must do the homework swatches as there will be no time in class to knit them.


A Sampling of Short Rows (T103K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Heather Storta

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee:: $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: There are many ways to work short rows. In this class we will sample a few of the different ways to perform them - including the ‘Wrap and Turn’ method, Yarnover method, German short rows, Japanese short rows, and as many others as we have time to get to!

Homework: None Supplies to bring: Smooth, worsted weight yarn in light color. Working needles appropriate to yarn (size 7 or 8 will work for most knitters). Clasp style stitch markers or safety pins.


Reversible Entrelac (T108K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Gwen Bortner

Room: 11

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Advanced

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: The drapey nature of entrelac makes it perfect for scarves and blankets, but no one really wants the wrong side to show. Enter reversible entrelac! Learn two different techniques for creating reversible entrelac even if you are using multiple colors. Discuss the characteristics of stitch patterns that are reversible all the while creating the beginnings of a reversible scarf. NOTE: Must already be comfortable working standard entrelac patterns.

Homework: With color A work 3 garter stitch left-leaning base triangles of 7 sts each. Leave on needles or place on holder.

Supplies: 50g each of 2 contrasting colors in smooth DK weight yarn and needles that would be typically used with the yarn selected and homework.


No Longer a Novice Knitting Knowledge (T109K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Edie Eckman

Room: 12

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: You know how to knit and purl, cast on and bind off, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Do I slip knitwise or purlwise? Why are my stitches twisted? How do I increase without making a hole? How do I weave in ends without having them come undone? If these and similar questions plague your knitting, now's the time to clear up the confusion. Whether you are an inexperienced knitter, a longtime knitter, or just have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had. Knitters of all experience levels are welcome. (Students enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program will find this class helpful.)

Homework: None

Supplies: Smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn, needles in an appropriate size for the yarn, cable needle


Stranded Knitting (T110K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Room: 13

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Ever looked at the "wrong side" of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as "Armenian Knitting", or what I call "Locked Floats." The technique is simple, and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then learn this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven "wrong side". We will address increasing and decreasing "in pattern", and cover tricks that help to make projects look more polished. You'll leave with a good understanding of how to work this technique, along with a series of swatches you'll be able to use for future reference.

Homework: None

Supplies: One skein each of two colors of worsted weight yarn (Solid-color, wool yarns, with medium to high contrast work best), appropriately-sized circular knitting needles (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set), ruler, stitch markers, note taking materials, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, knitting bag filled with its usual treasures.



Thursday Afternoon Classes – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Demystifying Set-In Sleeves (T201K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Margaret Fisher

Room: 3

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Advanced

Maximum Students: 28

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Sweaters with set-in sleeves have an attractive silhouette and fit the body well. But the caps can be tricky to shape and seam. Learn the shape and construction of a sleeve cap which is knit from bottom to top (underarm to shoulder), and how it fits the body of a sweater. Knit a sample cap, using the shaping calculations and techniques, decrease placement, and refinements that ensure a perfect fit. Learn and practice the seaming techniques which make your set-in sleeves look beautiful.

Homework: Knit the following three swatches using worsted weight yarn and needles that give you a gauge of 5 sts/inch, 7 rows/inch. Make a gauge swatch first, and change needle size if necessary to get this gauge. Swatch 1: CO 20 sts. Work 2” in st st, ending after working a RS row. BO 5 sts at beginning of next row. Continue working in st st and dec 1 stitch at the end of every RS row, 3 times, as follows: work across row until three stitches remain, k2tog, k1. (12 sts) Work even until piece measures 6.5”. BO in pattern. Swatch 2: CO 20 sts. Work 2” in st st, ending after working a WS row. BO 5 sts at beginning of next row. Continue working in st st and dec 1 stitch at the beginning of every RS row, 3 times, as follows: k1, ssk, work across row. (12 sts) Work even until piece measures 6.5”. BO in pattern. Swatch 3: CO 40 sts. Work 2” in st st, ending after working a WS row. BO 5 sts at the beginning of the next two rows. (30 sts) Keep stitches on needle or place stitches on a stitch holder, leaving yarn attached.

Supplies: Homework swatches, approximately 50g/100yards of the same yarn used to make the swatches (smooth light-colored worsted weight yarn), needles used to make swatches, several yards of a dark-colored worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle, calculator, tape measure, basic knitting accessories.


Reading & Working from Charts (T202K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Leslie Gonzalez

Room: 4

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: $6.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Color Workbook

Desc: Many knitters are bewildered when confronted with a pattern that includes charts. This class will demystify the language of charts. We start by understanding the basic chart structure. Then, the class moves through different types of charts, including both texture and color. Learn how a chart allows you see what the fabric should look like as you become comfortable and confident reading and working from knitting charts.

Homework: None.

Supplies: Pencil with eraser, 25 yards of light colored, smooth, worsted weight yarn, Size 7 or 8 needles, Cable needle or dpn, scissors, and your other basic knitting accessories.


Decorative Cast Ons & Bind Offs (T203K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Heather Storta

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: : $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handouts

Desc: A well-planned and executed cast on and bind off can take a piece of hand knitting from ‘nice’ to ‘professional’. Join us as we learn a few of the more decorative ways to begin and end our knitting. We will cover Channel Island cast on, Icelandic bind off, Picot cast on and bind off, among others.

Homework: None Supplies to Bring: Smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn. Working needles appropriate to yarn (size 7 or 8 will work for most knitters). Needles one or two sizes smaller than working needles. Needles one or two sizes larger than working needles.


Round & Round “Wee” Go (T208K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Gwen Bortner

Room: 11

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Knitting in the round on small circumferences can be challenging but it is a skill most knitters need in their bag of tricks. Double points can be intimidating. Using two circulars can be confusing. And magic loop is often a mystery. Learn pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for each of these methods designed specifically for seamlessly knitting small circumference pieces. Cast-on challenges and what to watch for will be discussed and tried for each method. Techniques for switching from one needle to the next will be covered as well. Come to class, try and all three and decide which is your favorite.

Homework: None

Supplies: 1 oz smooth worsted weight yarn in a light color, 1 set of DPN in a size appropriate to the yarn selected, 2 circular needles of the same size as the DPNs 18" - 24" in length, 1 circular needle the same size at the DPNs 30" or more in length.


The Well-Rounded Designer (T209K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Edie Eckman

Room: 12

Class Type: Combo • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: How many times have you had a great idea but couldn't actually stitch it? How often have you created something but then not been able to re-create it for yourself or others? Concept, Execution and Communication are all vital parts of design, and each aspect requires a certain skill set. Successful designers understand how these parts are interconnected and the subtly different ways of thinking that are required for each. This overview will help you identify the skills you need to take your idea from thoughts to action, and then on to sharing it with others. Please note that this is not a design-your-own-sweater class, but rather a way of thinking about the design process which should make you a more efficient and well-rounded designer.

Homework: Find 2-3 patterns you like, and take time to study them. What attracts you to a particular design? What makes you decide to actually stitch something? What particular hurdles do you face when attempting to follow someone else's instructions? Is there a particular designer, pattern line, or pattern publisher you particularly like? Why?

Supplies: Bring the instructions for the patterns you used for your homework, as well as pattern instructions for 2-3 items you have made but didn't like as well.


Intro to the Basic Elements of Orenburg Lace Knitting (T211K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Galina Khmeleva

Room: 14

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 15

Materials Fee: $3.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Class yarns & color charts

Desc: Mouseprint, cat's paw, honeycomb, fish eye...these are but four of the 10 basic elements that form the core foundation of Orenburg knitted lace, combinations of which result in the near-mystical pattern designs that evolve into Orenburg lace shawls. In this class Galina will introduce students to these basic elements and discuss how the knitters of Orenburg combine specific basic elements to form the elegant motifs that adorn their exquisite lace shawls and scarves.

Homework: None

Supplies:
-favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3 US
-note-taking materials


Thursday All-Day Classes – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Cowichan Sweater (T300K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Beth Brown Reinsel

Room: 6

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 26

Materials Fee: $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Extensive handout

Desc: On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collared garment after learning of knitting through Europeans who visited their area. The Salish preferred motifs that reflected the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs. The cardigans, still handspun by some people, are knitted flat on double-pointed needles, with thick singles yarns in 2 or 3 colors. This class will cover working with colors (on the right side and wrong side), reading a chart, putting stripes in ribbing (without color distortion) a traditional shoulder join, creating a shawl collar shaped with short rows, knitting sleeves from the top down while shaping the cap, and working a buttonband while joining it to the garment. This sampler can be made in Worsted weight or bulky yarn.

Homework: None

Supplies:
  • Main Color (A): 2 oz. smooth-textured, WORSTED weight yarn (preferably wool), and two Contrast Colors (B and C): 2 oz. each smooth-textured WORSTED weight yarn (preferably wool) ; Size 6 OR 7 (4.0 or 4.5 mm) double-pointed needles and 16” (40 cm) circular needle (If you prefer you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circulars when working the sleeves in the round.
    OR
  • Main Color (A): 3 oz. smooth-textured,BULKY weight yarn (preferably wool), and two Contrast Colors (B and C): 2 oz. each smooth-textured BULKY weight yarn (preferably wool)
  • Size 10 or 10 1/2 (6.0 or 6.5 mm) double-pointed needles and 16” (40 cm) circular needle (If you prefer you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circulars when working the sleeves in the round.)
  • Note about yarns: This garment was traditionally made in natural colors (cream, light and/or dark grey, light and/or dark brown), with bulky single ply yarns. While you are welcome to use other yarns, I suggest Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride worsted or bulky weight yarns for the closest approximation to the original. If you are unable to find these yarns, you may use any solid colored worsted weight yarn. Don't stress about it! ☺
  • Notions: St markers, st holders, scissors, tapestry needle, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart
  • Optional: Three 3/8” buttons, sewing needle and thread (close to color A) for sewing on buttons



Friday Morning Classes – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Stripes & Steeks (F101K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Margaret Fisher

Room: 3

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 28

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Do you love variegated yarn with long color repeats? Are you unhappy with the uneven and mismatched striping that can occur in garments knit with these yarns? Learn several knitting techniques that produce beautiful results. See how to tame the stripes by planning your garment layout. Understand how to create steeks, a band of vertical stitches which are cut to create armholes, necklines, or the front opening on a sweater. We will talk strategy and practice cutting steeks. This class will help you create garments with beautifully balanced and matching stripes when using yarns with long repeat variegation.

Homework: With a smooth, light color, worsted weight, wool yarn, knit two swatches as follows: Cast on 30 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 4 inches. Bind off.

Supplies: Homework swatches, one ball of smooth, light-color, wool, worsted weight yarn (either variegated or solid color is ok since we are focusing on knitting technique), appropriate size needles, size G and H crochet hooks, several yards of yarn in two different colors which contrast with the swatch-yarn, basic knitting accessories.


Stranded Intarsia (F102K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: This class combines intarsia and Fair Isle to produce patterns that change color both vertically and horizontally. We will learn what makes a motif successful using this hybrid technique, and then knit a small sampler using either a motif that’s provided or one of your very own. At the end of the adventure, you’ll leave the class with a souvenir swatch that will serve as inspiration for future projects.

Homework: None.

Supplies: 4-8 skeins (partial skeins are fine) of different colors of yarn – (at least one neutral), all worsted weight, circular knitting needles appropriate for the yarn you have selected (I like to have a variety of needles with me when creating a new design), stitch markers, pencil, stick ruler, measuring tape, calculator, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, and the usual knitting bag filled with treasures.


Intro to Twined Knitting (F103K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Beth Brown Reinsel

Room: 6

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): 9-page handout

Desc: Curious about the 400 year-old Swedish technique of Tvåändsstickning (Twined Knitting)? In this three hour class, knit one of a pair of wristers while learning a traditional cast-on, a two-color half braid, twined knitting, twined purling, and patterning (the "O" stitch, the Crook stitch). Learn how to manage your yarns so that untwisting becomes a cinch! Reading Twined Knitting charts is also included.

Homework: Wind your yarn into a center pull ball if it is not already a pull-skein. Find both ends of the ball before class.

Supplies: Small amounts of several colors of smooth worsted weight yarn (no dark colors please), scissors, locking stitch markers, tapestry needle; optional – magnetic board or static cling guide typically used to keep track of place on chart • One skein of worsted weight wool yarn, preferably light colored. The skein must be wound as a center-pull ball because you will be working with both ends. Also, at least 4 yards of a contrast color of worsted weight yarn. No single ply yarns! Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns. Four ply yarns show the textures best. • One set of size 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) double pointed needles or two circulars of any length. • Stitch markers, sticky notes or a magnetic board to keep one's place on the chart.


Color Technique Test Drive (F108K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Leslie Gonzalez

Room: 11

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 16

Materials Fee: $5.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Yarn Kit and Color Handout

Desc: Have you ever wondered what’s involved in color knitting? This class introduces knitters to several basic techniques for adding color to knitted work. It’s a great class for knitters who want to explore color techniques, but who may be hesitant. Students will work a sample swatch that introduces five color techniques including: a simple bicolored cast on, color slip stitch patterning, basic intarsia, simple stranded work and a simple mosaic. We will learn about reading color charts, avoiding color pitfalls, attaching yarns, and how to hold and tension yarns. Students will leave the class with the confidence to move forward with all of the color techniques.

Homework: None

Supplies: Size 7 or 8 needles, scissors, and your other basic knitting supplies.


5 Buttonholes You Need to Know Now (F109K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Edie Eckman

Room: 12

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 27

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: Buttonholes can be tricky things. Getting them just right--tidy and tight--can be a challenge. One type of buttonhole doesn't work for all situations. What do you do with giant buttons? Tiny buttons? Yarn that won't hold its shape? These five buttonholes will see you through almost every situation and give you what you need to achieve symbiosis among the button, the band, and the design of the thing you want to button up.

Homework: Using the yarn you'll use in class, knit one or two stockinette stitch swatches about 6" square, blocked.

Supplies: light-colored sport, dk- or worsted-weight yarn, appropriate needles; optional: buttons


Design Beginnings (F110K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Susanne Allen

Room: 13

Class Type: Comb • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handouts & pattern

Desc: Do you want to become a designer? Learn the process. From swatching to sketching to submitting to publication. I will walk you through step by step to start you on your journey.

Homework: Sketch a few designs you would like to submit Swatch a couple of stitch patterns you would like to submit

Supplies: Sketch book, note book, computer/lap top (not required), colored pencils


Dimensional Stitches: Russian & Estonian Style (F111K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Galina Khmeleva

Room: 14

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 15

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Would you like to give your knitting projects new life...that crisp, bold, easily defined look...adding style, substance and texture?? The addition of 'spiders', clover leafs', 'mooshky' and 'nupps', (lily-of-the-valley motif) will add a new 'dimension' to your knitting. traditional they're not...a real hoot to knit...absolutely!!

Homework: None

Supplies: -fingering/sport wgt., non-textured/light colored yarn (no acrylics or cotton) - needles appropriate for yarn size -note-taking materials (pencil)


Friday Afternoon Classes – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Illusion Knitting (F201K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Heather Storta

Room: 3

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handouts

Desc: Illusion knitting is a method of knitting that produces ‘hidden’ pictures in the finished item! It’s not complicated, but can be tricky to get the hang of at first. Join us as we learn the ins and outs of knitting with this ‘magic’ technique. In addition to learning the technique, we will also cover reading illusion knitting charts, and converting your own motifs to illusion knitting.

Homework: None.

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors – one as white or cream is ideal. Working needles in size appropriate to yarn (size 7 or 8 will work for most knitters).


Banded Hats with Navajo Churro Wool (F202K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: $30.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Four Directions hat kit, including pattern and Black Mesa Weavers mini-mill spun Navajo Churro yarn in two natural colors

Desc: Knit a hat inspired by the work of the Navajo (Diné) people using wool from the Black Mesa Weavers Navajo Churro; one of the oldest domesticated sheep breeds in North America, now considered threatened by the Livestock Conservancy. In this class, you will have the opportunity to learn the Fair Isle technique, as well as how to create "jogless" stripes in the round on double-point needles. Learn about this rare breed sheep, and what is being done to help preserve its legacy. Navajo Churro yarn and reference materials will be provided. At the end of the journey, you will leave well on your way to completing a hand knit hat that connects your passion for knitting with the spirit of the Navajo shepherds. A portion of proceeds from this workshop benefit Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land.

Homework: None

Supplies: Yarn for this project is included in materials fee. Size US 6 (4.0mm) double point needles, stitch marker, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, bag of knitting accessories.


The Norwegian Purl (F203K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Beth Brown Reinsel

Room: 6

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): 18-page handout

Desc: The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting and purling). Weaving the floats on the right side and the wrong side of the work, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work will be covered if time allows.

Homework: None

Supplies: Two contrasting colors of the same weight yarn, either sport or worsted weight, an appropriately sized circular or 2 short straight needles. (Example: Size 4.5 mm or 5 mm for worsted yarn, size 3.75 mm or 4 mm for sport yarn.)


Knitting Hacks with Gwen (F208K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Gwen Bortner

Room: 11

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that it is actually laziness! As a "lazy knitter" I have developed a number of tricks and techniques that I use regularly to either speed up my progress, simplify my knitting or ultimately make it neater with no additional effort. My best hacks do all three! Join me to learn the various hacks I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes and keep track of my projects. Some may be old, some may be new, but all them will improve your efficiency in some manner.

Homework: None

Supplies: 1 oz of smooth worsted weight yarn and appropriate size needles.


Mix It Up Miters (F209K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Edie Eckman

Room: 12

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: This class comes with a warning: knitting mitered squares is addictive. While it can be calming and repetitive, it can also be endless fascinating for knitters of all skill levels, and it's a perfect way to use up odd balls. Learn techniques for basic types of mitered squares and rectangles, then move on to incorporating stitch patterns and colorwork into your shapes. We'll explore ways to seamlessly arrange your modules into finished garments, accessories, and home décor. You'll be captivated. But don't say you haven't been warned!

Homework: Long-tail cast-on 25 sts. Place marker in center st. Row 1 and all WS rows: Knit. Row 2: Knit to 1 st before marked st, k3tog, knit to end. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 3 sts remain, ending with a WS row. Last row: K3tog. Fasten off.

Supplies: 4 colors smooth worsted weight yarn (no black, please), needles in appropriate sizes for yarn


Anatomy of a Raglan Sweater (F210K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Susanne Allen

Room: 13

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $5.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handouts and pattern

Desc: Learn how to work a raglan sweater from the top down. This sweater is a perfect canvas for an infinite possibilities of modifications sure to fit your body. You will learn about all the components of this sweater, raglan terminology and how to modify your raglan to best fit you.

Homework:
  • Gauge swatch with worsted weight yarn
  • Co 30 sts
  • Row 1-3: k each st
  • Row 4:k3, p to last 3, k3
  • Row 5: k across
  • Repeat rows 4 and 5 for approximately 4 inches
  • Repeat rows 1-3
  • Bind off
  • Block in chosen manner
Supplies: Stitch markers Yarn to practice with approximately 200 yards (actual sweater will take more yarn than this but this is a good starting point to learn)


Friday All-Day Classes – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Finishing with Confidence - Day I (F300K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Arenda Holladay

Room: 4

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $3.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Class handout, yarn for finishing, needle, swatch tags

Desc: Do you have a basket of unfinished projects or does the thought of Level 2 of the Masters Program fill you with dread? This two-day class (you can take only one day but it is STRONGLY recommended you take both days) will give you the confidence to finish any project. The morning session covers vertical (selvedge) seams (stockinette, garter, reverse stockinette, seed, K1P1 and K2P2 ribbing). The afternoon covers horizontal seams (bound off edges, stair steps, three-needle and kitchener). As part of the course you will assemble a complete reference guide for future use.

Homework: There is a lot of homework for this class but the swatches will be part of the reference guide. Homework will be sent upon registration. Homework swatches can be purchased for $50 but at least one month's notice is required.

Supplies: 3-ring binder, Page protectors, scissors


Saturday Morning Classes – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Superb Seams (S101K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Margaret Fisher

Room: 3

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 28

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: This class will focus on one of the most important finishing steps— seams. Master the basic joining techniques which make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette and ribbing. Find out how selvage stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.

Homework:
Required Swatches (6)
You will practice several seams on each swatch. Some of the seams will be pulled out in order to work other seams. With light colored bulky yarn and appropriate size needles, knit swatches as follows: Swatches 1 & 2 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Work in st st for 4". Bind off. Swatches 3 & 4 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Row 1: k1, (k1, p1) 4 times, k1. Row 2: p1, (k1, p1) 4 times, p1. Repeat these two rows until swatch measures 4”. Bind off in pattern. Swatches 5 & 6 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Work in st st for 3". Place sts on a stitch holder.

Optional Swatches (6)
Work these swatches in addition to Swatches 1 - 6, if you want to work each seam on different swatches. With these swatches, you will be able to save a sample of each seam. With light colored bulky yarn and appropriate size needles, knit swatches as follows: Swatches 7 - 10 (make 4 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Work in st st for 4". Bind off. Swatch 11: Cast on 9 sts. Work in st st for 5". Bind off. Swatch 12: Cast on 12 sts. Work in st st for 2". Bind off.

Supplies: Homework swatches, needles and yarn used to make swatches (light colored bulky yarn and appropriate size needles), several yards of a dark colored bulky yarn, tapestry needle, basic knitting accessories.


Knitting with Beads (S102K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: $7.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Covers cost of beads and crochet hook

Desc: Adding beads to your knitting is fun, and the results are magical! In this class we will talk about different ways that beads can be added, and discuss the pros and cons of each. Putting our new knowledge to use, we will make a cute beaded coaster. You’ll leave with the confidence, skills, and resources needed to incorporate beads into your projects.

Homework: None

Supplies: Fingering weight yarn, light in color and smoothe (preferably a wool or protein-based fiber), circular and/or straight knitting needles that yield a nice stockinette fabric with this yarn (bring a few different sizes), notebook, pencil, and the usual knitting bag filled with treasures.


Purls of Wisdom (S103K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Galina Khmeleva

Room: 8

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 15

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: This class will introduce you to three different approaches to the use of the purl stitch, all using the continental-style of knitting.
  • classical purl stitch
  • Norwegian purl stitch
  • granny's old fashioned purl stitch
Homework: None

Supplies: Favorite knitting needles, any style, 0-3 US


Make It Match: Matching Cast On & Bind Offs (S106K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Gwen Bortner

Room: 11

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: If you think your cast-on and your bind-off can not match, think again! Although there may not be a match for every technique, there are several different pairs of cast-ons and bind-offs that are very similar in appearance. Students will gain hands on experience while they learn 2 - 4 pairs of matching cast-ons and bind-offs. In addition, gain insights on which options are best and other tips and tricks associated with the start and finish of a project.

Homework: None

Supplies: 1 - 2 oz of worsted weight yarn, needles appropriate to the yarn, crochet hook the same size as the needles, blunt end tapestry needle.


Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries (S107K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Edie Eckman

Room: 12

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: Stitch dictionaries. You've seen them: books filled with intriguing stitch patterns, rows of baffling text and perhaps charts that look unfamiliar. Maybe you even own one or three. But what to do with such a book? Learn how to go about turning a stitch pattern on a page into a finished object, and how to choose a pattern. Find out what multiples are all about, why charts are your friends, and how to adapt back-and-forth directions into knitting-in-the-round directions. We'll look at examples of many different stitch dictionaries. You'll leave ready to delve into that untapped treasure on your bookshelf.

Homework: Bring an example of a stitch pattern from a stitch dictionary. It can be from a print book or online, but it should be a "stand alone" pattern, not part of project instructions. Extra credit: bring a stitch pattern that frightens you!

Supplies: 1-2 colors smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and needles in appropriate size


Anatomy of a Sock (S108K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Susanne Allen

Room: 13

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: $2.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handouts

Desc: This class is perfect for the sock academic, we will go over each individual part of the sock and how they effect fit. We will start with the cuff and try various sock specific cast on methods, then move to the heel and discuss the benefits and risks of each type and then the instep and toes. We will measure our feet and come up with our own sock recipe that will help the knitter to identify the perfect sock for them.

Homework: On size US 2 needles at a gauge of 8 sts to the inch in stockinette Co 64 and work a k2, p2 rib for one inch

Supplies: dpns or circular knitting needles either 9 inch or 40 inch to be able to try out various techniques sizes US 1,2,3, or needles necessary to obtain a gauge of 7-8 sts to inch; and favorite pair of socks they have knitted and its respective pattern


Saturday Afternoon Classes – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Mosaic Cowl (S201K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Margaret Fisher

Room: 3

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 28

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: Learn how to create beautiful two-color designs by knitting Mosaic patterns. Mosaics, a type of slip-stitch pattern, are fun and easy to knit because you only work one color per row. Learn how to read the special mosaic charts. Knit the patterns in stockinette stitch and in garter stitch. Then start knitting a Mosaic cowl or headband in class. Discussion covers using Mosaic designs in garments and other accessories.

Homework: None

Supplies: Two smooth, worsted weight yarns with a strong contrast in value (such as black and white) and appropriate needles, basic knitting accessories. For the headband/cowl: two smooth, worsted weight yarns with strong contrast in value and appropriate size 16-inch circular needles.


Intro to Colorwork in the Round (S202K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Room: 5

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum Students: 20

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: This class will lead you through the creation of a stranded, hand knit hat using double point needles. We will explore the techniques of working in the round, two-color ribbing, reading charts, and simple stranded color work. I'll share some of my favorite tricks, including tips for swatching color work in the round, and joining in the round without twisting the work. At the end of the class you should have made good progress on your hat, and as you complete the project you will reinforce the skills you've just mastered.

Homework: None

Supplies: 2 skeins yarn (Sample is worked using Noro Silk Garden Lite). If you prefer a more graphic version of this hat, choose two solid color yarns (but color changing yarn is FUN to use in projects like this!) double pointed needles appropriate for size of yarn (sample was worked using US6 [4.0mm], but feel free to bring a variety of sizes), stitch marker(s), pencil, note paper, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, usual knitting bag of tricks


Making Money From Your Hobby (S206K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Gwen Bortner

Room: 11

Class Type: Combo • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: None

Materials Fee Item(s): None

Desc: So often we dream of getting paid for doing what we love. But can you really make enough money to make it worthwhile. If so, how do you possibly get started in the industry? Get answers to these and many questions along with an overview of the MANY ways you can make money with your knit or crochet skills. Discussion will include the pros and cons of each type of endeavor, the basic skills required to be successful and tips for getting started off on the right foot. You probably won't get rich, but you may be able to pay for your hobby and really enjoy doing it!

Homework: None

Supplies: Pen or pencil for taking notes


Intarsia Without Fear (S207K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Edie Eckman

Room: 12

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 30

Materials Fee: $1.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Handout

Desc: Many knitters avoid patterns requiring blocks of color work, fearing that the many different looks that can be achieved with this technique are too difficult. Not so! Intarsia and its baby cousin, duplicate stitch, will be conquered in this hands-on class. We will learn when to choose the intarsia method vs. fair-isle, how to avoid holes, how to handle multiple colors in a row, and what to do with all those ends.

Homework: None

Supplies: Several colors of smooth light-colored worsted weight yarn, appropriate needles, tapestry needle, scissors


Healthy Hands 101 (S208K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Susanne Allen

Room: 13

Class Type: Combo • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $5.00

Materials Fee Item(s): For hand slave, strengthening equipment

Desc: Suzy Allen is a licensed physical therapist as well as a knit and crochet designer. She will teach us a variety of stretching and strengthening techniques designed to help prevent overuse injuries associated with repetitive motion. Learn the latest method of stretching to help all stitchers to achieve pain free, relaxing stitching time! Bring your questions for a great question and answer session. Analysis of your knitting or crochet posture also a part of this comprehensive class.

Homework: Think through your knitting and/or crochet style and bring specific questions so I can help you problem solve your injuries and help move your towards many hours of pain free stitching.

Supplies: A sample of your knitting/crocheting, a project to work on, questions


Saturday All-Day Classes – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Finishing with Confidence – Day 2 (S300K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Arenda Holladay

Room: 4

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: All

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $8.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Center-pull yarn balls with enough yarn for all classwork. Swatch tags

Desc: This class is Day 2 of a two-day class. It focuses on how to pick up stitches for bands (selvedges, bound off and combined edges). Double pickup bands are also discussed. Buttonholes, other types of closures and zippers are also discussed. Time permitting, how to weave in yarn tails can be included. As part of the course, you will assemble a complete finishing reference guide for future use.

Homework: This class requires a lot of homework but the swatches will be part of the reference guide. Homework will be sent upon registration. Homework can be purchased for $30 with at least one month's notice.

Supplies: Bring needles appropriate for worsted weight yarn. One should be a circular needle of any length. Bring a smaller size (US 3-5) circular needle is required for the double pick up.


Gansey Techniques (S301K) Top

Class Photo Teacher: Beth Brown Reinsel

Room: 6

Class Type: Knit • Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum Students: 25

Materials Fee: $3.00

Materials Fee Item(s): Extensive handout and charts

Desc: Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, shoulder gussets, picked-up sleeves, and rolled collar. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored.

Homework: None

Supplies:
  • One set of four 7" long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 5 (3.75mm).
  • One set of four or five 7" long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 7 (4.5mm)
  • 3 oz. plain-textured, solid, light-colored worsted weight yarn. Space dyed yarns, heathered yarns and fuzzy yarns will obscure the patterns and are not recommended.
  • Optional: 11 1/2" or 12" circular needle US size 4.5 mm, st markers, waste yarn, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart.


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