Class Descriptions

Class Times

Thursday, Friday, Saturday Classes

Morning classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon classes are from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday Classes

Sunday classes are from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Thursday Morning

Helix Knitting

Teacher
Alissa Barton
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Students should be able to do basic knitting.
Craft
Knitting

Learn the basics of this method for creating jogless stripes in the round and then dive with me into the deep end as we explore new and exciting ways of using this technique, including shaping and incorporating stitch patterns into our work. In class you will be making wrist cuffs (or a water bottle cozy) and you will leave class with basic information to incorporate this exciting twist into your everyday knitting.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 4 colors of Aran weight yarn, 20 grams each
  • US #8, dpn
Materials Fee
$5
Homework
None

Brioche in the Round

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Knowledge of knitting and purling, knitting in the round
Craft
Knitting

In this class, we will be going over the basic stitches of one-color brioche, then move on to exciting two-color brioche, all knit in the round. One-color brioche is a great way to teach your hands the muscle memory of the technique without the complications of two different yarns, and is a fantastic introduction to two-color brioche. Two-color brioche is very fun, and it can be easier to see the anatomy of brioche stitches, so we will be focusing on this for the remainder of the class. Yarn choices and color will be briefly discussed. You will learn my favorite cast-on and bind-off techniques to use with brioche knitting, the basic brioche setup, and work on something you could take home to keep practicing!

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 2 balls of yarn in high contrasting colors, whatever weight you are most comfortable with. I recommend DK or Worsted weight, around 200 yards / 183 m each.
  • 16″ / 40.5 cm long US 5–7 / 3.75–4.5 mm circular needles or DPNs, whatever you prefer using for working in the round
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Seeing Double Knitting

Teacher
Jolie A. Elder
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Students should be comfortable with 1×1 ribbing.
Craft
Knitting

Double knitting (i.e. reversible stockinette) is an unfairly feared technique that produces a flat fabric with no wrong side. While it can be used for a whole garment, it also works great for button bands, collars, hoods, or other areas where both sides will show. And it makes fabulous color work blankets with no floats waiting to be snagged! If you can knit 1×1 ribbing, you are ready to learn basic two-color, negative mirror-image, stockinette-on-both-sides double knitting.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Two colors of class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color)
  • Needles a size smaller than what you typically choose for this yarn
  • Double-pointed needles
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Easy, Effective Edgings

Teacher
Lily M. Chin
Skill Level
Advanced-beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites
Be familiar with all basic crochet stitches
Craft
Crochet

Have problems trimming your projects without puckers or ripples? Want more ideas for some trims? Trims put a “frame” around any project, so this finishing touch is that final touch that can take something from home-made to hand-made. Get the skinny on some interesting, new and different ways to dress up all kinds of crochet. There is no need to go through contortions for fancy-schmancy intricacies that can overwhelm a project. There is no need for really large stitch multiples for huge pattern repeats. These are fun and simple yet accessible.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Light-colored, worsted weight yarns, 3 to 5 different colors and/or same yarn as used for homework swatches
  • Appropriate hook sizes
  • Homework swatches
Materials Fee
None
Homework
  1. With worsted wt yarn and appropriate hook, make a 4″ × 4″ in sc.
  2. With worsted wt yarn and appropriate hook, make a 4″ × 4″ in hdc.
  3. With worsted wt yarn and appropriate hook, make a 4″ × 4″ in dc.
  4. With worsted wt yarn and appropriate hook, make a 4″ × 4″ in any other fancy kind of st pattern.

Making Stitch Markers

Teacher
Misty Urech
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Jewelry/stitch markers

Learn to make your own stitch markers in a variety of styles and some basic jewelry making skills.

3 hours · 15 students max.

Student Supplies
Good sense of humor and joy
Materials Fee
$15 (Tools, beads, wire, supplies)
Homework
None

Thursday Afternoon

Do It Scared: An Introduction to Knitting Lace from Charts

Teacher
Alissa Barton
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Students should be able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Craft
Knitting

Anyone who can knit and purl can learn how to make beautiful knitted lace by following both written instructions and charted designs. In this class we will cover various decreases, yarn overs and how to follow a pattern. We will start with completely written out instructions and progress to charts. Better yet, learn to correct basic mistakes everyone makes without ripping out and starting over. Students will leave class with a swatch and pattern to work the Patina Lace Scarf.

Skills learned:

  • Single decreases (K2tog, SSK, SKP, etc.)
  • Double decreases
  • Yarn over
  • Backing up in lace
  • Ripping back in lace and picking up correctly
  • Correcting missing yarn overs
  • Switching decreases from K2tog to SSK or vice versa

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Smooth, light-colored, worsted weight yarn (small amounts for swatches)
  • US #8 needles (any type)
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Crochet hook, size G
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Brioche Increases and Decreases

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Knowledge of brioche, knitting it flat.
Craft
Knitting

In this class, you will learn the most commonly used two-color brioche increases and decreases needed to create gorgeous brioche lace fabric that will delight and inspire! We will briefly go over basic two-color brioche for a refresher, as well as how to choose the right yarn for your projects! We will be going over the increase and decrease stitches in detail together, while casting on a two-color brioche swatch. Let’s get brioche-ing!

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 2 balls of yarn in high contrasting colors, whatever weight you are most comfortable with. I recommend DK or Worsted weight, around 200 yards / 183 m each.
  • 24″ / 61 cm or longer US 5–7 / 3.75–4.5 mm circular needles. Interchangeables are fine.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Small Rounds + Two at a Time

Teacher
Jolie A. Elder
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Students should be able to cast on and knit. Most students come to class already knowing how to knit in the round with double-pointed needles.
Craft
Knitting

What’s your favorite way to knit small circumferences in the round? In this class, we will explore knitting in the round with double-pointed needles, a small circular needle, two circular needles, a magic loop, and Addi Flexiflips. We’ll even look at some very clever ways to make big i-cords (such as glove fingers) and how to work two tubes (socks, anyone?) at the same time. By the end of class, you’ll know what you do and don’t like! If you are a new knitter, this class can save you money. Hint: You do not need a circular needle in every length increment.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color)
  • Double-pointed needles to work that yarn
  • An 8″ or 9″ micro-circular needle (Addi, Clover, & Hiya Hiya make these)
  • Two circular needles of the same size needle tip (length may be different)
  • One circular needle at least 32″ long
  • Stitch markers
  • Crochet hook
  • Note: This class is a great excuse to invest in an interchangeable needle set. If you are taking the class to audition options before making a purchase, you can share with the instructor rather than making all these purchases ahead of class.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Knocking Off a Garment

Teacher
Lily M. Chin
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Must have made garments before.
Craft
Crochet

Have a ready-to-wear garment that you love? Does this garment fit you like a glove? Would you like to interpret it as a hand-knit or hand-crochet? See how to copy this garment and create a pattern from the original. Learn how easy it is to translate it as a knit (or crochet) without even doing much math!

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A garment that you would like copied
  • Colored pencils and eraser
  • Bottles or water or heavier items like cell phones or cameras to act as weights
  • Several sheets of gauged graph paper in the exact size as your knitting or crochet gauge (e.g. if you knit or sc at 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch, the boxes must be exactly 1/4″ wide × 1/6″ long) taped together, about 3 sheets across and 4 sheets high. There are several sites if you google for “knitters gauged graph paper.”
  • Several xeroxes of sample swatches you have knitted or crocheted of each stitch that you would like to use in this garment
Materials Fee
$5 (Fee covers marker paper for paper patterns.)
Homework
None

Would You Like to Felt a Snowman?

Teacher
Joyce Hazlerig
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Needle Felting

Would you like to build a snowman? We will be needle felting the cutest little snowman or snowwoman ever! Hands-on needle felting project and skill building; we will use wire armatures and finish our snowpeople with charming scarves, hats and rosy cheeks. Students will leave with a finished snowman or snowwoman and means to make others. Enjoyable for all skill levels.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
You might like pliers or scissors any felting tools or multi-tools (I will have class ones for sharing)
Materials Fee
$25 (Fiber and accent fiber for several snowman projects. Felting needles and a 5″ × 5″ felting pad to keep)
Homework
None

Thursday All Day

Addictive Argyle! Classic Socks and Other Retro Designs

Teacher
Harry Wells
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Participants should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, basic sts (K, P, SSK, K2 tog). Having knit a basic top down, heel flap sock will be an advantage, but not necessary. Having worked with a chart will be helpful, but a quick overview of that skill will be covered in class as well.
Craft
Knitting

Love those diamond shapes called argyle, but are mystified about how to accomplish them? In this workshop, you will learn the classic technique, with tips and tricks, of knitting argyle flat, along with a seaming method that makes the seam nearly invisible and not bulky. Each stage of the construction of an argyle sock will be covered, which is both similar and different to the traditional top-down heel flap sock. Also covered will be how to calculate the size of argyle diamonds for different gauges when designing garments and accessories. There will be two slide shows to inspire you: one on contemporary argyle variations and one on intarsia retro sock designs.

6 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Straight needles, size 5
  • DK wt wool yarn (50 g / 135 yds), 4 colors. 100 grams of main color (MC), 25 grams of CC #1 (for diamond), 25 grams of CC #2 (for diamond), 7 grams of CC #3 (for criss-cross). The criss-cross color should contrast with all the other colors.
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle that will work with DK weight yarn
  • Size 5 DPNs
  • Small knitting bobbins (EZ Bobs recommended)
  • Students will be sent a handout electronically and will need to bring it to class
Materials Fee
None
Homework
This is ribbing for your sock. With straight needles, size 5, CO 51 sts with MC (see supply list), leaving a 10″ tail to be used later for seaming. Rib k1, p1 for 1 ½″, ending with p1 at end of last row (WS).
Also, make two stockinette swatches with any worsted weight yarn, light to medium color, using size 6 needles: CO 16 sts and work 20 rows. Bind off and block. These swatches will be to practice the seaming technique.

Knit a Sock on a Circular Sock Machine

Teacher
Susan Relland
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Circular sock machine knitting
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In this class, participants will learn how to knit a sock on a rotating-cylinder circular sock machine (CSM). Designed for beginners (even those who have never used a CSM before), we will go through every step of how to crank out a cuff-down sock including casting on and the basics of knitting a tube, changing yarns and using a ravel cord, hanging the hem, turning a short row heel and toe, and kitchenering the toe closed from the purl side. We’ll also provide troubleshooting and repair tips, and cover how to crank out socks that will fit. The class will be taught on Dean and Bean’s Sock Machines, and loaner machines and tools will be provided for all participants. Each participant will leave with one knitted sock in a woman’s shoe size of their choice and the other half of the skein of yarn.

6 hours · 12 students max.

Student Supplies
None—we will provide loaner Dean and Bean’s Sock Machines and all the tools needed for each class participant.
Materials Fee
$18 (For the yarn)
Homework
None

Mochila-Style Basket for Beginners

Teacher
Molly Andries
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Single crochet, back loop single crochet, reverse single crochet, color change for single crochet
Craft
Crochet

To make this cute little basket you will explore the technique of tapestry crochet in the round, similar to mochila-style bags. During this class you will learn how to work with two colors of yarn, read three different graphs, and create an unusual border using reverse single crochet. Come join the fun in learning new techniques using single crochet stitches.

6 hours · 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 1 skein each of 2 contrasting colors of sport, dk or worsted weight, smooth yarn—can use any fiber for your yarn but cotton yarn is preferred. Example yarns include Lion Brand 24/7, Omega Sinfonia, or Scheepjes Catona. Color A = background color; Color B = design color
  • Hook—size to match yarn
  • Stitch marker
  • Highlighter pen
  • Choose 1: magnetic board, sticky notes, or 12-inch ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • Basic crochet supplies
  • Optional: colored pencil to match your yarn colors
Materials Fee
$3 (copies of graphs and pattern)
Homework
None

Orenburg Lace Shawl for Beginners

Teacher
Alla Postelnik
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Student need to know how to cast on, knit stitch, knit 2 together, k 3 together, wrap and turn stitch
Craft
Knitting

Students will learn techniques for making Orenburg shawls.

6 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Wool base yarn in solid light color (not thicker than DK weight)
  • Needles to match the yarn size
  • Stitch markers in 2 different colors
  • Additional set of circular needles in smaller size
  • Pen and paper for notes
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Friday Morning

Intro to Shuttle Tatting

Teacher
Alissa Barton & Rita Tobianski
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Tatting
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Join Alissa and Rita to learn the basics of shuttle tatting. Tatting is a series of knots, worked with a shuttle, tied in patterns to create lace. In this class you will learn the only two kinds of knots you need to know. Students should leave able to create the scissor dangle shown. No prior tatting experience is required.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
None
Materials Fee
$40 (Includes 2 shuttles, threads, book, and more.)
Homework
None

Finishing and Fixing Brioche

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Knowledge of brioche knitting in any form
Craft
Knitting
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Gain confidence with your brioche knitting by learning how to fix mistakes, pick up dropped stitches, place lifelines, and add those finishing touches to your brioche projects! Feel free to bring any of your brioche projects you might want to fix or finish, or you can sit back and treat this as a lecture!

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Bring in a brioche project or swatch, preferably with mistakes or unfinished
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Beginner Lace

Teacher
Alla Postelnik
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Student needs to be familiar with knit and purl stitch, different decrease techniques
Craft
Knitting

Teaching the students basic lace knitting skills: pattern reading, reading charts.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Wool base yarn in solid light color (not heavier than DK weight)
  • Needles per yarn requirement
  • Highlighters (multicolor)
  • Paper and pen for notes
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Making Stitch Markers

Teacher
Misty Urech
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Jewelry/stitch markers

See class details Thursday Morning.

Colorwork the Easy Way! Mosaic Knitting and Garter Slip-Stitch Colorwork

Teacher
Harry Wells
Skill Level
Advanced-beginner
Prerequisites
Participants must be proficient at casting on (long tail cast-on preferred), knitting, purling, and basic increases and decreases (k2tog, ssk, etc.) Familiarity with reading basic knitting charts is helpful.
Craft
Knitting

Slip-stitch patterns can boast amazing colorwork without the hassle of stranding or working with multiple colors in a row! Stunning results such as intricate mosaic designs, textural colorwork like houndstooth, and more are in your future. Along with the basic slip-stitch mosaic knitting technique for garter and stockinette, learn to predict when combinations of variegated and solid-color yarn will work together and when they will not, and how charts are written and read differently for mosaic knitting. Practical tips about navigating the technique and advice regarding the best uses for mosaic knitting are included. Also covered are examples of adding slip stitch to basic garter and progressively adding one, two, and three colors to achieve stunning colorwork results with so little effort!

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Straight needles, size 6 or 7
  • Two to four small balls (25 grams each) of worsted weight wool yarn in contrasting colors for swatch practice in class
  • Stitch markers
  • Students will be sent a handout electronically and will need to bring it to class
  • In the last part of class, you will have the option of working on a second mosaic swatch, starting a scarf (pattern provided in class), or working on a hat (pattern provided in class). Below are optional supplies needed for scarf or hat:
    • If you are choosing to work on a scarf in the second part of class, size 6 or 7 straight needles, worsted wt wool or wool blend yarn, 2 colors, highly contrasting (MC and CC), 100 grams each.
    • If you are choosing to work on a hat in the second part of class, 16″ circular needle, size 6, worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn, 2 colors, highly contrasting, 50 grams each. MC will be darker than CC. Homework is ribbing for hat: With main color (MC = darker of the two colors), using a 16″ circular needle, size 6, cast on 96 sts, join in the round, and place marker at beginning of rd. Work in 1×1 rib for 2″. Leave on needles with MC yarn attached.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
See homework for hat option under Supplies.

I Hate Color Theory

Teacher
Peggy Doney
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Dyeing

When you read the words “analogous” or “split complementary,” do you hear Charlie Brown’s teacher saying “Wah, wah, wah, wah, waaaah”? Why not really learn how colors work together to create beautiful combinations by using dyes, in person! This workshop is open to all levels of color intimidation and you’ll go home with a dyed practice skein, notes, and a color wheel of your very own. Please wear dye-worthy old clothes, closed-toe shoes, and, if you are a messy dyer, an apron. Also, bring something to write with.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Apron
  • Pen or pencil
  • Should wear dye-worthy old clothes and comfortable closed-toe shoes (not sandals)
Materials Fee
$35 (Color palette sets, paint brushes, watercolor paper, color wheels, yarn sample, skeins, dyes, recipes, dyeing equipment, gloves, notebooks, class notes, and butane stoves or microwave.)
Homework
Students will be required to complete a safety review as homework.

Continuous Strand Weaving on Small Frame Looms (Pin Looms)

Teacher
Kelly Jones
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

Explore weaving on the Kiss Looms square, rectangle, triangle and hexagon weaving looms. Many sizes are available to try out during the class. You will learn how to weave on each type of loom as well as seaming techniques to make them into larger projects, such as pillows, scarves, blankets, bowls and shawls. Yarn and looms will be available during the class. Looms will be available for purchase after the class.

3 hours · 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Pencil w/good eraser
  • Notebook for taking notes
  • Yarn needle for sewing
Materials Fee
$5 (Looms and tools available for classroom use. Yarn and instructions provided.)
Homework
None

Fiber Across the Wheel

Teacher
Amy Ross Manko
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
Craft
Spinning

Based on my article for PLY Magazine, this class explores how different fibers behave when treated similarly. We will spend 3 hours sampling and playing with different fiber types using the same techniques to discover how they are similar and different in the way they “like” to be handled. If you are an “All Merino All The Time” spinner and want to stretch your wings, a new spinner wanting to Try All The Things, or a spinner who just wants to Expand Your Horizons, this class is for you. We will explore 5–7 different fibers in this class and maybe even discover a new favorite!

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Please bring (or arrange to borrow) basic fiber prep equipment including wheel or spindle, 5 bobbins (preferred) or equipment to skein off samples to reuse bobbins (small niddy noddy, ballwinder or the like)
Materials Fee
$25 (Portions of 5–7 different fibers for sampling)
Homework
None

Friday Afternoon

Knit and Purl Continental

Teacher
Alissa Barton
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Basic knitting
Craft
Knitting

Have you ever wished you could knit faster? Learn to knit continentally! “Picking” your stitches with the yarn held in your left hand is widely regarded as the fastest way to knit—and who doesn’t wish they could knit faster? We will make a fingerless mitt (knit flat and sewn together) in class while we learn.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Worsted weight yarn with a smooth finish in a color you can see, 200 yds
  • US #8 needles (preferred type is fine)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Two-Color Brioche

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Knowledge of basic brioche stitches (can be only in the round)
Craft
Knitting

Learn to knit two-color brioche flat and apply it to a project! In this class, I will be teaching my favorite way to design with and knit two-color brioche flat, like I do in all of my shawls and sweater patterns. You will cast on a mini-shawl using basic two-color brioche stitches, as well as brioche increases. No decreasing in this class! I will be going over basic brioche stitches, but please note this is not a beginner brioche class. Color theory and picking out yarn colors will also be covered.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 2 balls of yarn in high contrasting colors, whatever weight you are most comfortable with. I recommend DK or Worsted weight, around 200 yards / 183 m each.
  • 20″ / 51 cm or longer US 5–7 / 3.75–4.5 mm circular needles. Interchangeables are fine.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Liberating the Labyrinth

Teacher
Jolie A. Elder
Skill Level
Advanced
Prerequisites
Must have experience with mitered squares. Must know how to work a double decrease (three stitches become one) and a double increase (one stitch becomes three). If you have never made mitered squares, please make the two optional homework swatches (directions on my website), which are a decreasing mitered square and an increasing mitered square. Know how you like to use markers so you can reliably work a double decrease or a double increase without the line “drifting.”
Craft
Knitting

Are you ready for some stunning stunt knitting? Would you like to knit an entire sweater in only 10 or 20 rows? This class will walk you through how to knit labyrinth fabric based on the work of Debbie New. This fabric can show off multicolored yarns to wonderful effect and create kaleidoscopic effects from Fair Isle patterns. Impress your knitting friends and yourself! Pattern for Twist & Turn Cube and Zig-Zag Cube included with class.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color); multiple colors of yarn or long-print yarns are especially fun in this technique.
  • A long (40- or 60-inch) circular or interchangeable needle you like with this yarn
  • Stitch markers in at least two colors
  • Crochet hook
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Join-As-You-Go Crochet

Teacher
Lily M. Chin
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Have knowledge of all basic crochet stitches.
Craft
Crochet

Most crocheters avoid seaming like the plague. When working pieces such as strip afghans, the sewing seams daunting. Learn how to join as you go for many situations. Join a new piece to the left of an existing piece, to the right of an existing piece, or to the top or bottom of an existing piece. It’s even possible to work colorblocking without intarsia!

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
Bring yarns used in homework, appropriate hook(s), and all homework swatches.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
  1. With worsted or chunky wt yarn and appropriate hook, make swatch of 10 sc in stripes of 2 rows color A and 2 rows color B for about 10 or 12 rows, fasten and end off.
  2. With worsted or chunky wt yarn and appropriate hook, make swatch of 10 dc in stripes of 2 rows color A and 2 rows color B for about 6 or 8 rows, fasten and end off.
  3. With worsted or chunky wt yarn and appropriate hook, make swatches of 10 sc in one color for about 6 rows, fasten and end off.
  4. With worsted or chunky wt yarn and appropriate hook, make swatches of 10 dc in one color for about 4 rows, fasten and end off.

I’ll Put a Hex on You! Hexagon Stitch and Other Knit One Below Textures

Teacher
Harry Wells
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Participants should be able to accomplish the following without assistance: long tail cast-on, basic sts (K, P, SSK, K2 tog)
Craft
Knitting
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Knitting in the stitch below is a stitch that creates a wide variety of textural interest. We will learn and practice the K1 Below technique on a one-color twisted moss pattern practice, on a two-color check pattern and other one-, two-, and three-color textures, and then move on to the more complex hexagon stitch. Also, a complex two-needle cast-on will be taught, appropriate for the hexagon stitch and any other expansive knitted fabric, and appropriate bind-offs will be demonstrated.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Several small balls (20 grams each) of worsted weight yarn in different colors to work practice swatches in class
  • Size 6 needles. Also, one needle, size 4 (straight or dpn).
  • Stitch markers
  • Students will be sent a handout electronically and will need to bring it to class
  • Optional: If time is remaining at end of class, you will have the opportunity to choose to work on swatches or a cowl. If you want to work on a hexagon st cowl (worksheet provided in class) rather than various swatches of textural patterns, you will also need 2 colors (Color A and Color B) worsted weight yarn (60 grams each) and 24″ circular needle, size 6 and complete the homework, which is ribbing for the cowl.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Using US size 6 needle, 24″ circular, and worsted weight yarn, CO 196 sts in Color A (see supply list for cowl). Join in the rd, being sure not to twist sts around cord, and place beg of rd marker. Work 4 rounds in (K2, P2) to end. Next Rd (Decrease) K2tog 4x, [(k2tog) 3x, k1, (k2tog) 5x, k1] 10x, k2tog 4x (108 sts) Leave Color A attached to needles and bring Color B to class.

Grand and Glorious Gradients

Teacher
Peggy Doney
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Dyeing
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We’ve all drooled over gradient yarns, fiber, and items made from their gorgeous colors. Join us as we explore, hands-on, a method for building a 36-color gradient from two base colors. After covering some basic equipment and dye stock mixing, you will measure out sample colors from stock solutions using the formulas provided. Experience the wonder of the hues and values as they shift across the gradient study. Students will paint a skein of yarn. Everyone will leave with their own recipe book and 36 sample swatches, painted skein, notes, and a link to helpful spreadsheets that can do the math for them.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Apron
  • Pen or pencil
  • Should wear dye-worthy old clothes and comfortable closed-toe shoes (not sandals)
Materials Fee
$25 (Pre-cut yarn samples plus some pre-dyed samples, practice skeins, dyes, recipes, dyeing equipment, gloves, notebooks, sample pages, class notes, gradient formula spreadsheet, and butane stoves.)
Homework
Students will be required to complete a safety review as homework.

Knitting Needle Jewelry: Earrings

Teacher
Jennifer Davies
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Making jewelry with parts of aluminum needles and hooks

Using parts of old aluminum knitting needles we will be making three pairs of earrings—keep them all or gift some! Jennifer will provide all findings, tools and materials to explore basic jewelry making using “beads” cut from the old needles. Join in and make some light, colorful fiber-centric bling!

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
If you have pliers and or any seed beads you’d like to use, but I will provide all necessary tools, findings and materials.
Materials Fee
$30 (Tools and materials for making three pairs of earrings to take home will be provided.)
Homework
None

Fractally Speaking

Teacher
Amy Ross Manko
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
Craft
Spinning

Tired of your usual and predictable barber pole skeins? In this class, we will look at hand-dyed fiber braids differently. Create spectacular skeins by learning to control the color repeats in your fiber through fractal spinning. We will prepare and spin samples to find our new favorites.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Please bring (or arrange to borrow) basic spinning equipment including wheel or spindle and a niddy noddy for skeining the samples
Materials Fee
$20 (Several samples of hand-dyed fiber to practice spinning fractally)
Homework
None

Friday All Day

Braiding with Backbone: Kumihimo with Wire

Teacher
Marilyn Romatka
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Kumihimo with wire

What a twist! The ancient exquisite Japanese braiding technique, kumihimo, has gotten a lot of modifications lately. First the addition of beads to the silk strands, and now comes a new idea: kumihimo with wire! This class teaches the delightfully easy tricks to coax this open-work helix out of the braiding stand, the marudai. No previous braiding experience necessary. Students will watch this incredible structure appear, as if by magic, with easy moves. A fun and low-stress class.

6 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
Wire snips, jewelry pliers and scissors if possible, otherwise some will be available to share.
Materials Fee
$38 (For DIY marudai & weights, materials to complete a necklace, and use of tools in class)
Homework
None

Saturday Morning

Love Notes to My Future Crafter: The Art of Keeping a Crafting Journal

Teacher
Alissa Barton
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Making a crafting journal

How many of us have projects languishing in the back of the closet because we have lost our way, forgotten or lost the pattern, the needles are gone or stitches dropped. Consider a crafter’s journal to be the Captain’s Log—it can be as detailed or decorative as you wish, but the main purpose is to keep track of what you have done. A love note to your future self, if you will. Having detailed notes has saved many a crafter’s bacon, but how do you know what to record? Alissa will provide a template sheet as well as show examples and hints on how to tailor your journal to your own needs.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • I suggest a hardbound journal. (I like a Leuchtturm1917 dot journal, but any kind of blank or lined journal will do.)
  • Colorful pens.
Materials Fee
$5—handout and supplies used in class
Homework
None

Textural Brioche

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Knowledge of brioche stitches knit flat
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

Look at knitting a bit differently by exploring different textures created by brioche techniques! In this class, we will dive into several distinct stitch patterns using one-, two-, and even three-color brioche knitting. Together we will look at color choices, and cast on a swatch to practice these new stitches. Consider this a special workshop to broaden your brioche horizons!

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 3 skeins/balls of fingering/sock weight yarn in different tones, scrap yarn is fine (light, medium and dark; I highly suggest solid or semi-solid yarn)
  • 24″ / 61 cm or longer US 4 or 5 / 3.5 or 3.75 mm circular needles (interchangeables are fine)
  • An open mind
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Now How Do I Finish?

Teacher
Jolie A. Elder
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Students should be able to knit, purl, and work in the round.
Craft
Knitting

Seams can bedevil even the best knitter and make a great project merely good. Tame the beast now! In this class students will seam stockinette stitch, garter stitch, and ribbing in pattern. We’ll practice grafting for sock toes, and end with two different versions of three-needle bind off.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Swatch still on the needles
  • Blunt tapestry needle for sewing seams
  • Contrasting waste yarn (optional, I’ll bring some to share)
  • Crochet hook (optional, borrow from me if you don’t have one)
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Download PDF

Crochet Tips and Tricks

Teacher
Lily M. Chin
Skill Level
Advanced-beginner
Prerequisites
Be familiar with all basic stitches, have worked in the round
Craft
Crochet

Learn all the little secrets to make crocheting life easier and better. Find out how to work a foundation chain that is not too tight. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular joins where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Smooth worsted weight yarn in a few light colors and appropriate hook plus a few sizes smaller and a few sizes larger
  • 4″ of waxed dental floss and a shank button.
  • At least 12″ of a smooth worsted yarn (cotton is preferable) in a light color
  • 12″ of white sewing elastic about 0.5″ wide or thereabouts, magic marker, ruler or tape measure
  • Tapestry needles
Materials Fee
None
Homework
  • With light-colored, worsted wt yarn and appropriate hook, make a swatch of 8 single crochets for 6 rows, do not end off yarn.
  • With same type of yarn and hook, make a swatch of 6 double crochets plus a ch-3 at the beginning for 6 rows, do not end off yarn.
  • Optional: make two 4″ × 4″ swatches of the worst, scratchiest and/or itchiest yarn you have OR bring in a too-tight swatch or project that feels like cardboard or stiffer.

Beginner Punch Needle

Teacher
Una Walker
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Punch needle rug hooking
Sold Out

This class will give you the opportunity to learn the traditional craft of punch needle rug hooking. Una will teach you from stitch gauge to finishing and you will go home with two completed projects. First you will make a mug rug to get used to the stitch lengths (don’t worry, there are only two!) before continuing on to our main project. Our main project will be project on a pre-stretched frame, ready to hang and admire!

3 hours · 15 students max.

Student Supplies
Scissors for cutting fabric and yarn
Materials Fee
$40 (The teacher will provide punch and hoops to be used in class and all of the materials for the two projects.)
Homework
None

24-Color Wheel

Teacher
Peggy Doney
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Dyeing
Sold Out

This workshop is a gentle introduction to on-purpose color dyeing. After covering some basic equipment and dye stock mixing, you will use the recipes and dyes provided to mix some of the 24 sample colors from three basic Tropical hues. Students will paint a skein of yarn using some of the 24 new recipes. Everyone will leave with their own recipe notebook and 48 sample swatches (I will provide as a bonus 24 pre-dyed Earth-tone color wheel swatches), sample skein, notes, and a link to a helpful spreadsheet that can do the math for you.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Apron
  • Pen or pencil
  • Should wear dye-worthy old clothes and comfortable closed-toe shoes (not sandals)
Materials Fee
$25 (Pre-cut yarn samples plus some pre-dyed samples, dyes, recipes, dyeing equipment, gloves, notebooks, sample pages, practice skeins, class notes, and butane stoves.)
Homework
Students will be required to complete a safety review as homework.

Continuous Strand Weaving on Small Frame Looms (Pin Looms)

Teacher
Kelly Jones
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

See class details Friday Morning.

Rare Breed Trek Spinning: A Hands-On Exploration of Historic Sheep Breeds

Teacher
Amy Ross Manko
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
Craft
Spinning

In this class we will compare, contrast, prep, and spin the fleece of 3–5 heritage or rare breeds of sheep, learning both history and applications for today.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Please bring (or arrange to borrow) basic fiber prep equipment including wheel or spindle, hand cards, combs, flicker, etc.
Materials Fee
$20 (Portions of fleece or roving from 3–5 rare breed sheep)
Homework
None

Saturday Afternoon

Blocking Your Project

Teacher
Alissa Barton
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting

Knitted or crocheted, until you do it properly, your work doesn’t live up to its potential. Learn different ways of blocking specific to projects and how to treat various fibers. This is a hands-on class; you will need to bring at least three swatches—no smaller than 6″ square. At least one of your swatches should have a fiber content of 70% or more wool. Any size yarn works for these swatches, just use the appropriate sized hook or needle. Use this opportunity to try out a stitch; your imagination is the limit! This class is appropriate for any level needle-person.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Blocking mats (12″ × 12″ is fine—at least 1 per swatch)
  • Rustproof T-pins
  • Blocking wires (regular, not super fine)
  • Optional, but recommended: tape measure, tapestry needle
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Work at least 3 swatches, using any yarn (at least one should be 70% or more wool). Use any pattern you choose and needles appropriate to the yarn you have chosen. Each swatch should be at least 6″ square.

Adjustable-Gauge Loom Knitting Basics

Teacher
Kelly Jones
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Loom Knitting

Always wanted to learn how to knit? Experiencing pain in your wrists from needle knitting? Loom knitting is great for those just starting out or those who have been knitting for years! This Beginner Basics of Loom Knitting class is for first-time loom knitters. We will start with casting-on techniques and how to do knit and purl stitches for flat-panel and in-the-round knitting as well as binding-off techniques. You will also learn how to adjust gauge for different projects and how to set up for double knitting. This is a great class to get your feet wet. We will use the adjustable Kiss Looms for the class and you will get a small-gauge 30-peg loom with 7 peg ends, a great starter loom with room to add on later. Whether you’ve been knitting with needles for years or have always wanted to knit, you’ll love working with an adjustable loom. It’s easy on your hands and gives you lots of versatility!

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Worsted weight acrylic yarn or wool
Materials Fee
$48 (Small gauge short loom with 7 peg ends)
Homework
None

Brioche Rosetta Stone

Teacher
Jolie A. Elder
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Students should already know knit, purl, slip, and yarn over.
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

It seems brioche is having a moment, especially in the work of Stephen West or Nancy Marchant. Do the directions look like Greek to you? How do I “bark” or “burp” in knitting? What does it mean to work the right side twice without turning? What’s knitting in the stitch below? Students will leave ready to work brioche patterns regardless of how they are described.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) in at least 2 contrasting colors
  • Long dpns or circular needles to work that yarn (you need tips at both ends—regular straight knitting needles will not work) one size smaller than what you would usually use to work this yarn
  • Another needle a size larger than what you would usually use (just for casting on)
  • Note: As this is an awkward technique at first, I’ll be asking everyone to knit simultaneously and please wait for everyone to catch up before going on to the next row. If waiting makes you twitchy, please bring some “TV knitting” you can pick up and put down.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Knitting with a Crochet Hook

Teacher
Lily M. Chin
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Basic crochet stitches
Craft
Crochet
Sold Out

Have you always wanted to learn to knit but just can’t handle two needles? Use a crochet hook instead! Knitting offers more flexibility and stretch as well as more drape and uses less yarn. Don’t be left out just because you’ve never mastered knitting before. Use a tool you’re more comfortable with, however. We will cover knitting and purling both back and forth as well as circularly in the round. This means stockinette stitch, ribbing and garter will be mastered. Really, any knit-purl combination will be attainable such as seed stitch, moss stitch, etc. Cables will be discussed as well as Fair Isle or two-color knitting.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Worsted or chunky weight yarn, about 100 yards.
  • Appropriate hook sizes for yarn and maybe one smaller and one larger.
  • Contrasting, smooth scrap yarn for marking rounds, about 12–16 inches long.
Materials Fee
$10 (Fee is for specialty tool with hook on one end and needle on the other.)
Homework
None

Crisscrossing the Rainbow: Color Cables

Teacher
Harry Wells
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Participants should be able to accomplish basic long tail cast-on, and basic stitches such as knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, yo, and know how to do a basic rope cable. Knowledge of how to read knitting chart with cable symbols.
Craft
Knitting

One can spend a knitting lifetime exploring the various lovely twists and turns that make up regular cable combinations. Now add color to that mix! One-color cable patterns against a different background color, different-color cable strands meandering all over and among each other, striped cables, and bi-color rope cables are some of the combinations covered. You will be amazed at how the same cable pattern can produce very different visual experiences by changing which stitch columns receive color. Discover the fun of experimenting with color placement as you learn how to convert a cable chart into a color cable chart using graph paper and/or a charting program.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 4 balls of worsted weight yarn in four different colors, with at least two colors being light or medium color. Wool or predominantly wool blend yarn recommended.
  • Needles in size you normally use for worsted weight. (For most people, that means US size 6, 7, or 8.)
  • Graph paper and colored pencils (at least 10 colors).
  • Students will be sent a handout electronically and will need to bring it to class.
  • Stitch markers, locking stitch markers, cable needle, scissors…basically, bring your regular knitting accessory bag.
  • Optional: Reference books/stitch dictionaries with cable stitch patterns.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Grand and Glorious Gradients

Teacher
Peggy Doney
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Dyeing

See class details Friday Afternoon.

Knitting Needle Jewelry: Earrings

Teacher
Jennifer Davies
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Making jewelry with parts of aluminum needles and hooks

See class details Friday Afternoon.

Saturday Evening

Needle-Felted Gnomes

Teacher
Joyce Hazlerig
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Needle Felting

We all love beardy, little red-hatted fellows! Learn to needle felt your very own gnome. Never needle felted before? No problem, this class is fun for all skill levels. We will use long natural wool locks for beards and make cute noses and pointy hats from sheep fiber. You can go in so many directions with these, you’ll want to make a bunch. Supplies will include fiber, specialty locks for beards and simple felting needles and a 5″ × 5″ felting. You are encouraged to bring your favorite felting multi-tools if you have them, but there will be some for sharing as well.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
If you have them, felting pad and felting needles (materials come with basic pad and two needles)
Materials Fee
$25
Homework
None

Beginner Punch Needle

Teacher
Una Walker
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Punch needle rug hooking

See class details Saturday Morning.

Saturday Morning–Afternoon

Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel

Teacher
Marilyn Romatka
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Looping

Also called “Viking chain knitting” and “Viking weaving,” this jewelry technique is done with neither knitting needles nor a loom, but instead with thin wire on a stick! Examples of these chains have been found in various archeological sites in Scandinavia dating back to the 8th century AD. This technique can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The chain looks exquisite and complicated, but the process is simple and straightforward. This is a great portable handicraft you can work on on the bus or airplane.

6 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
Students should bring wire snips, jewelry pliers, jewelry needle-nose pliers
Materials Fee
$20 (Kit includes: all wire [many colors available], bending mandrel, 8 pg. full color handout, end caps, closure findings, use of draw-plate.)
Homework
None

Saturday Afternoon–Evening

Knit a Sock on a Circular Sock Machine

Teacher
Susan Relland
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Circular sock machine knitting
Sold Out

See class details Thursday All Day.

Sunday Morning

Intro to Shuttle Tatting

Teacher
Alissa Barton & Rita Tobianski
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Tatting
Sold Out

See class details Friday Morning.

Deco Mug Mat Workshop

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Knowledge of knitting and purling, basic brioche stitches (can be only in the round)
Craft
Knitting

In this class, we will be knitting the Deco Mug Mat pattern together, which is a fabulous way to introduce yourself to more intricate brioche increases and decreases. We will go over choosing the right yarns, the specific cast on used in the pattern, and how to incorporate different stitch patterns with brioche knitting.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Main color (MC): 37 yds / 29.2 m light worsted or DK weight
  • Contrast color (CC): 35 yds / 27.4 m light worsted or DK weight
  • 20″-long US 7 / 4.5 mm circular needle (interchangeables are fine)
  • Notions: tapestry needle for weaving ends, row counter
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Pattern to be purchased in advance at Ravelry or Knit Graffiti

Easy Reversible Cables

Teacher
Jolie A. Elder
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Should be able to work 1×1 and 2×2 ribbing. Should already have experience with basic cables.
Craft
Knitting

If you’ve ever made a cabled scarf or blanket, you know how it is only partly satisfying. One side is an array of beautiful cables, and the other side is obviously the wrong side. What if there were a way to make both sides good without resorting to double knitting? But there is! This class will cover simple reversible cables as well as ribbles. Alas! These tricks don’t work for all types of cables, but we will look at when they can and can’t be applied. Handout includes pattern for Legerdemain scarf.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Swatch in class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color)
  • Needles to work that yarn in ribbing
  • Cable needle
  • A pin for marking the right side of your work
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Using your favorite cast-on for 1×1 ribbing, cast on 56 stitches and work a few rows in 1×1 ribbing to establish pattern. Leave yarn attached and stitches live on the needles. Note: If you are a tight knitter, please go up a couple needle sizes, as this fabric will pull in and you’ll need some slack to be able to cable comfortably. (Photo at https://jolieaelder.blogspot.com/p/easy-reversible-cables-homework.html)

Crocheted Raglans from the Top Down

Teacher
Lily M. Chin
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Have made garments before. Have good, basic working knowledge of drafting standard patterns or converting measurements into stitches and rows using gauge. Be comfortable with stitch charts.
Craft
Crochet

Most of our garments have traditionally been worked from the bottom up in pieces—back, front(s), and sleeves—then sewn together afterwards. Working from the top down, however, means being able to try on as you go. It also means no seaming! See how to plan and execute such top-down raglans. Learn how to incorporate this using different stitches. Chart out the shaping to keep track of where you are at all times. Ensure a perfect fit every time. Come away with a miniature sample or two to whet your appetite.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Graph paper, 8 or 10 squares to the inch.
  • Gauged graph paper, can be found at http://tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html—print one out for 16 stitches and 20 rows for sc and print one out for 16 stitches and 8 rows for dc.
  • Calculator
  • Scissors & scotch tape.
  • Several colored pencils & eraser.
  • Stitch markers, smooth & contrasting scrap yarn & tapestry needle.
  • Worsted weight or chunky yarn and appropriate hooks.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Mini raglan sample:
  • Beg at center of the back. Use worsted or chunky weight yarn & appropriately sized hook.
  • Rnd 1: ch 18, join in circle being careful not to twist, ch 1, sc in each of first 3 ch, place contrasting yarn marker, sc in each of next 3 ch, place marker, sc in each of next 6 ch, place marker, sc in each of next 3 ch, place marker, sc in each of last 3 ch, join with sl st to first sc – 18 sc. (3 back – 3 sleeve – 6 front – 3 sleeve – 3 back sts)
  • Rnd 2: ch 1 and turn, sc in each sc around working 2 sc before and after each marker – 26 sc. (4 back – 5 sleeve – 8 front – 5 sleeve – 4 back sts)
  • Rnds 3 and 5: ch 1 and turn, work even.
  • Rnds 4 and 6: rep Rnd 2 – 34 sc and 42 sc respectively. (5 back – 7 sleeve – 10 front – 7 back – 5 back sts) (6 back – 9 sleeve – 12 front – 9 back – 6 front sts)
  • Rnd 7: ch 1 and turn, sc in each of first 6 sc or up to marker, * ch 4 for armpit, skip next 9 sc or up to next marker *, sc in each of next 12 sc or up to next marker, rep from * to * again, sc in each of last 6 sc.
  • Rnd 8: ch 1 and turn, sc in each sc and in each ch around – 32 sc. (24 body + 8 armpits = 32 sts)
  • Work even for several rnds, fasten and end off.

Vertical Stripes With Knit One Below

Teacher
Harry Wells
Skill Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Participants must be able to accomplish basic long tail cast on and work knit, purl, K2 tog, and SSK without assistance.
Craft
Knitting

Knitting in the stitch below can produce a variety of effects, including creating stunning vertical stripes with a thick, soft, supple fabric while knitting with only one color per row or round. In this class, we will cover and practice the K1B technique to create the column stitch with both flat knitting and knitting in the round. The column stitch becomes vertical stripes when using two colors. Experimentation with variegated colors and textured yarns can add further interest and pizzazz. Suitable cast-ons and bind-offs for this soft, expanded fabric with be taught, as well as tips for attractive edges. Students will practice both versions of the technique, on a swatch for flat knitting and on a hat project for knitting in the round.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Two balls (25 grams each) of worsted weight wool yarn in contrasting colors. One may be variegated if desired, with the contrasting color being totally different from any colors in the variegated yarn.
  • DPNs 4 mm / US size 6 (7″ or 8″ best) or 16″ circular to practice technique in class
  • Bring another ball of worsted weight yarn (10 grams) and US size 6 / 4 mm needles to practice cast-ons. Also, one needle, US size 4 needed.
  • For hat, two balls (50 grams each) of worsted weight wool yarn in contrasting colors. 16″ circular, size 6 and 16″ circular, size 5.
  • Students will be sent a handout electronically and will need to bring it to class.
  • Optional: A fingering weight yarn, a textured yarn/novelty yarn, a flat yarn, a yarn with metallic element.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
This is ribbing for the hat. The hat requires two colors of worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn. With main color (MC), CO 114 sts with US size 6, 16″ circular. Join in round and work 1×1 ribbing for 1 ½ inches. Next row (decrease row): K1, K2tog 9 times, (k2tog, K1) 25 times, K2tog 10 times.(70 sts) Knit 1 round. Leave live stitches on needle with working yarn (MC) attached, and bring 16ʺ circular, size 5 needles to class.

Bow Loom Weaving

Teacher
Marilyn Romatka
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

The bow loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow, beaded bands. The technique is used in ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for their exquisite headdresses. The weaving is quick and fun and so portable, you can weave in the park. No previous weaving experience is necessary and the loom goes home with you for many more hours of weaving. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving.

3 hours · 24 students max.

Student Supplies
Sharp sewing snips
Materials Fee
$20 (Loom, all warps and wefts, beads, beading aid, needles, 8 page full color handout)
Homework
None

Felting Fairies

Teacher
Joyce Hazlerig
Skill Level
All levels of skill
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Needle Felting

Students will learn to needle felt beautiful fairies made in the Waldorf school style (blank faces). These tiny friends can be hung in holiday decor or hold on to a finger; there are many ways to decorate them and make them your own. They are needle-felted wool over a simple wire armature. We will aim to make two to three fairy people in the class. Students will have extra fiber and basic felting pads and needles to take with them. Enjoyable for all skill levels.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Scissors, pliers, or your own felting tools or pads (there will be class ones for sharing)
Materials Fee
$25
Homework
None

Rare Breed Trek Knitting: A Hands-On Exploration of Historic Sheep Breeds

Teacher
Amy Ross Manko
Skill Level
Beginner
Prerequisites
Students must be able to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.
Craft
Knitting

In this class we will compare, contrast, and swatch the yarn of 3–5 heritage or rare breeds of sheep, learning both history and applications for today.

3 hours · 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Please bring a selection of needles and note-taking equipment
Materials Fee
$20 (Portions of 3–5 different rare breed yarns for sampling)
Homework
None