Knitting

In the history of traditional crafts knitting has been around for a relatively short time (since the 17th century). However, it has continued to be a skill used to fashion functional and attractive items of clothing such as coats, socks, gloves, hats, and sweaters. In our mobile world, an added advantage of knitting is that you can take it wherever you go!

Our knitting classes are unique in that we take you, the beginning knitter, from the point where you may not know how to knit a stitch, through the process of mastering basic stitches, progressing step-by-step through the task of learning how to complete various garments using a standard knitting pattern or a simple formula to figure sweater proportions, as well as how to knit items such as scarves, blankets, socks, mittens, and hats, and to master the skill of incorporating color into your projects. As you become more proficient, you will be able to design a garment without a pattern, using any weight of yarn that you desire, and to fit the garment to any size (child, or adult), as well as to incorporate color patterns (such as Scandinavian and Fair Isle), texture (such as cable, Aran, slipstitch), and lace designs. This will free you to fashion garments and other items for yourself, your family, or friends without being constrained by the yarn requirements and sizes of a printed pattern. Our goal is to equip knitters to use their craft in as creative and useful ways as possible.

For spinners who are able to spin their own yarn, the ability to design garments using any weight yarn means they can use the yarns they have spun without necessarily having to spin the yarn to a particular weight. This gives them a lot of flexibility in using their homespun yarn. Also, if they run out of yarn, they just spin some more! Homespun and hand-knitted items are unique. So, once you know how to knit, come and learn to spin!

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    Knitting 101 – The Knit Stitch (1/2-day)
    This hands-on knitting workshop is an excellent introduction to knitting. You will receive an overview of knitting practices and terms, you will learn to cast on, master the basic knit stitch, join yarn, bind off stitches use finishing techniques to complete your project and learn how to correct simple knitting mistakes. You’ll also learn about needle size, yarn weights and more.
     
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    Knitting 102 – The Purl Stitch and Circular Needles (1/2-day)

    In this workshop, after receiving a brief review of knitting practices, you’ll learn to master the purl stitch using circular needles. This is the second basic knitting stitch. You will also learn how to work a stockinette pattern, how to read and follow a knitting pattern, how to understand gauge, and you will learn a new method for casting on. The project that you will work on in the class is a patterned scarf.

     
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    Knitting 201 – First Knitted Garment (3-day)
    Further develop your knitting skills, as you learn to knit a simple bulky weight child’s vest in this three-day workshop. Once you’ve mastered the child’s size vest, you will be able to use the skills you’ve learned to knit the same style vest in adult sizes as well.
     
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    Knitting 202 – Double Pointed Needles (1/2-day)
    In this class, you will learn how to use double pointed needles to knit in the round. Knitting in the round is used in knitting seamless garments along with other items, such as socks, mittens, gloves, hats and seamless sleeves for sweaters.
     
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    Knitting 203 – First Cardigan/Jacket (3-day)
    Learn additional knitting skills in this three-day workshop as you knit a simple bulky weight child’s cardigan sweater. Once you have mastered knitting the child’s size jacket, you will be able to use the skills learned in the workshop to knit adult sized cardigans as well.
     
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    Knitting 204 – Mittens
    In this workshop, you will learn how to knit mittens using double pointed needles.
     
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    Knitting 205 – Stranded Color Knitting
    Stranded color knitting is the form of color work used for Fair Isle and Scandinavian color patterns. In this class, you will learn how to do stranded color knitting using both double pointed needles and circular knitting needles.
     
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    Knitting 206 – Socks – Top Down

    Learn how to knit socks using double pointed needles. In class you will complete one child’s sock and you will have mastered the skills to go home and complete the pair and knit adult sized socks.

     
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    Knitting 207 – Basic Cables

    In this workshop, you will learn how to work a basic cable stitch. Once you’ve mastered this technique, you will be able to knit many different pattern variations, such as those used in Aran sweaters. You will learn several basic cable variations, and you will learn how to read and work from charts.

     
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    Knitting 210 – Magic Loop (1/2-day)

    In this class we will teach the method known as “Magic Loop.” The “Magic Loop” method is a technique used to knit in the round using circular needles rather than double pointed needles. It can be substituted for any type of application which would normally use double points such as socks, sleeves, hats, mittens, and so on.

     
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    Knitting 211 – Two Socks Toe-up on One Circular Needle

    No more mismatched socks! By learning to knit both socks at once on the same circular needle, knitters can be assured of absolute matched pairs every time.