BEGINNING KNITTING with Myra Rubin Using Barbara Walker's Learn to Knit Afghan Book, we will learn the knitting basics and go on to learn all the different techniques for knitting the afghan. Please bring size 6, 7 or 8 needles & the "Learn to Knit Afghan" book by Barbara Walker. Yarn purchased here for class is 10% off. Click here to sign up online AND PROJECT NIGHT/DAY Pick a new project to do -- we have lots of ideas --- Baby Surprise, Ribwarmer, Felted Totes, Einstein Jacket or any project you may need help with. We'll work on Crocheted Granny Squares too. Anyone who wants to learn Socks on DPN's is welcome. Click here to sign up online
Lunchtime on Tuesday Feb 21 - April 11; 1-2 pm; cost: $50 April 18 - June 6; 1-2 pm; cost: $50 June 13 - Aug 1; 1-2 pm; cost: $50
Tues eves: Jan 24 - March 14; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50 March 21 - May 16; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50 May 23 - July 18; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50 July 25 - Sept 12; 7 - 8 pm Cost: $50
Fri Morn: Feb 10 - March 31; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50 April 7 - May 26; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50 June 2 - July 21; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50 July 28 - Sept 15; 10 - 11 am Cost:$50
Sat morn: Jan 28 - March 18; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50 March 25 - May 13; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50 May 20 - July 8; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50 July 15 - Sept 2; 10 - 11 am; Cost: $50
DESIGN YOUR OWN ICELANDIC SWEATER with LARS RAINS, Author of Modern Lopi We will examine the various components of a bottom-up, seamless yoke sweater. After we have recorded the body measurements required for this type of garment, we will work through all of the steps (and the math!) needed for you to leave with a personalized pattern that you can take home to create your own Icelandic lopapeysa. An assortment of yoke patterns and motif bands will be provided for you to incorporate into your design. Questions pertaining to designing yoke patterns and top-down construction methods will be considered as time permits. Homework required: Homework will consist of preparing a 5" by 5" gauge swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi. Body measurements may also be taken ahead of time. Skill level required: Basic understanding of sweater construction. Supplies required: Homework swatch and measurements (to be recorded on Handout 1). Measuring tape and calculator (usually found on most smartphones and tablets). ICELANDIC YOKE DESIGN with LARS RAINS, Author of Modern Lopi We will look at what to consider when choosing colors for a stranded project and discuss the importance of yarn dominance. We will define various terms from color theory and understand how they can affect colorwork projects. We will examine existing motifs available in source materials and draft our own examples on chart paper. We will discuss swatching in the round and leave with a swatch of our very own yoke design. Homework required: Homework will consist of preparing a 5" by 5" gauge swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi. Skill level required: Basic understanding of stranded colorwork. Supplies required: Homework swatch. Measuring tape and calculator (usually found on most smartphones and tablets). Needles used for the swatches and needles two sizes smaller for ribbing (optional). 2 or 3 contrasting colors of the same yarn used for the swatches. Dates: Saturday, March 18, 10 am - 12:30pm & 1 pm - 5 pm Cost: $75 for both sessions or $45 for 1 morning or 1 afternoon session Biography Even though Lars Rains has been knitting for over twenty years, he still learns something new with each project he completes. He firmly believes that every knitter has the potential to become a fabulous designer with the proper tools and techniques. His design work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit Edge, Chicago Knits, and Knitty. His patterns have also been included in collections for Malabrigo Yarns, Noro Yarns, and Cascade Yarns. Lars published his first book of Icelandic patterns, Modern Lopi: One, last year and one of his designs from that book won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Independent Designers contest at the leading yarn industry association's fashion show this year. He can be found on Ravelry as Modern Lopi or online at www.modernlopi.com.
DOUBLE KNITTING with Cynthia Spencer In this class, you’ll learn to do double knitting. Knitting across one row, you’ll at once create what are actually two pieces of stockinette fabric, with their purl sides against each other. You’re using one color on one side, and the other on the other side. Although it can become more complex, with most designs in double knitting, the “negative” on one side is the “positive” on the other. Practicing on this easy scarf will give you the ability to double knit more difficult patterns later. Materials: We'll provide the pattern. Choose either two solid contrasting yarns, or one self-striping yarn and one contrasting solid yarn for your first try. This way you can easily distinguish between your two sides as you go. A yarn such as Noro’s striped Silk Garden works well with Silk Garden Solo as the reverse side. Dates:April 29, 1 pm - 4 pm Cost: $45 Click HERE to sign up
FLAWLESS FINISHING with Keith Leonard Learn to professionally assemble your knitwear from the finishing master Keith Leonard, owner of Knits All Done. In this class you will learn the tips, tricks, and secrets behind picking up stitches, weaving in your ends and the proper use of mattress stitch to seam your prepared knitted swatches together. Be amazed as the magic unfolds and walk away with the proficient skills to finish your knitwear professionally for years to come. Skills Covered- • Joining bound off edges (Shoulder Seams) • Joining stockinette Stitch • Joining reverse stockinette stitch • Joining and lining up garter stitch/ridges • Seaming vertical to horizontal seams • Assembling a drop shoulder • Picking up stitches- every which way! • Weaving in tails (inside seams) Materials- Worsted Weight Yarn, Size US # 7 or 8 straight or circular needles, Darning Needle, Scissors Date: Friday, April 14, 11 am - 1 pm Cost: $65 Click HERE to sign up
SHORT ROW FUN with Keith Leonard Short row fun anyone? In this class Keith will teach you how to properly work short rows using two different colors or yarn to create 1 of 24 squares that combined turn into a beautiful afghan called "the Lizard Ridge". You not only learn short rows, you will learn how to properly read and count your stitches while working two different strands of yarn from the same ball of yarn. Disclaimer: Once you start this project, it will be very, very hard to put it down. Be prepared for addiction, laughter, and bursts of color! Date: Friday, April 14, 2 pm - 4 pm Cost: $65 Click HERE to sign up
BREATHING SPACE KAL Come join us our Knit-A-Long for the sweater, Breathing Space "The art of breathing, something we rarely really pay attention to, is so much like letting go. It’s something truly free. Let these lines guide you into that lovely and relaxed breathing space, keeping you grounded while your piece keeps growing, row after row and stripe after stripe. Find the quiet piece of movement with this little garment. The sweater is worked from top down with raglan yoke and the asymmetric shaping makes it a very stylish and at the same time very easy to wear." Materials: please go to the Ravelry link . Starting Sunday afternoon at 1 pm on April 23. Cost: $30 -- includes pattern and 10% off for any yarn purchased for the sweater.
SEAMLESS SWEATER CONSTRUCTION Welcom to Knitstars. The first teacher we will be viewing is Julie Weisenberg, also known as CocoKnits, giving lessons on making a seamless top-down baby sweater with set-in sleeves using the English tailoring method. Materials: 300-400 yards of worsted weight yarn, a US 8-9, 32" circular needle, 4 stitch markers and a size 0-2 circular or dpn for picking up stitches. Dates: March 11, March 25, April 1; 1-3 pm Cost: $60 Click HERE to sign up
MY FIRST CUSTOMFIT SWEATER WORKSHOP CustomFit makes custom patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, and your hand- knit fabric and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you. Design and fit expertise are built-in, so you get to make all the fun choices ("I want a long-sleeved scoop-neck!"), without worrying about the hard ones ("How much ease do I need in my waist?"). CustomFit builds a pattern that fits beautifully from hem to neck, and everywhere in between. It works like this: we take your measurements (just once), you knit a swatch and choose your sweater elements (style, neckline, sleeve style, edgings, etc.). We put that information into our special LYS CustomFit account and create a pattern that is perfect for you. Your measurements are saved forever, so your second sweater is even easier! Includes a Knit to Flatter overview, measurements, swatching and good fabric. Bring back swatches on the second day and then we will design your sweater and create your pattern. Click HERE to sign up Dates: Saturday, June 3 & 10; 2-3:30 pm Cost:$30 Thursday, June 15 & 22 ; 7-8:30 pm Cost: $30
RIKAART COWL KAL Join us for another KAL -- this is an interesting pattern --lots of twists and turns. We have it "kitted up" in the 6 colors you see at the right or you can buy your own gradient kits. Sundays, Jan 29 - Feb 26 @1 pm Click HERE to sign up Cost: $40 -- includes kit and pattern
GREATAMERICAN, GREAT NORTH AMERICAN AFGHAN & AMERICAN ARAN AFGHAN with Myra Rubin We'll do one square a month -- lots of cable techniques. Come in and see the first few squares done! 10% off of all yarn used for project. Materials needed: GAAA book, yarn, needles and cable needle. We will continue this class for the Fall and winter -- you can still join in. Click HERE to sign up Dates: Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18, March 18, April 15. May 20, June 17, July 15,Aug 19. Sept 16 Time: 2 pm - 4 pm Cost: $50
FIX-IT CLINIC with Fran Gooch Everybody makes mistakes when they knit—from small ones to big ones. In this class we'll practice fixing some basic mistakes & tackle your specific questions too. Techniques covered: - how to rip out many rows without losing any sts - how to back out knits, purls, k2tog, yo, ssk, slipped sts, p2tog - how to pick up dropped sts: knits, purls, yo, k2tog, & even cast on sts - what to do when you run out of tail part way through casting on and how to avoid running out of tail in the first place - what to do when you're out of yarn in the middle of a bind off. Be sure to bring any projects you have with mistakes in them! Class homework: Using size 8 needles and light-colored worsted weight yarn, knit a square as follows: Cast on 40 stitches. Knit 8 rows. *Row 1: Knit, Row 2: K10, P20, K10* Repeat these 2 rows for 2-3". Leave knitting on needle. Please bring Size 8 needles, worsted weight yarn, a spare size 4 or 5 needle, 1 crochet hook (any size between E and H) and tapestry needle. Date: Saturdays, April 22 11:30-1:30 cost: $45 Click HERE to sign up
DO THE CONTINENTAL with Myra Rubin Learn to knit & purl the "Continental" way. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP Date: Saturday, April 15; 12noon - 2 pm Cost: $30