Knitting Classes

*Please note: you must pay the class fee in advance to register for the class, preferably in person. There is a minimum of two students required for a class to run, however for Kate Atherley’s classes, a minimum of three students are required for a class to run. Refunds will be extended in the event of cancellation.

**Kate Atherley is taking a well-deserved summer break from teaching, but we will still be offering a plethora of great courses, including the monthly project class.

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KNITTING 101 (or LTK)

2 LESSONS, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Saturdays, May 2nd and 9th
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Mondays, June 1st and 8th
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Saturdays, July 4th and 11th
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Mondays, August 3rd and 10th

COST: $60 includes straight or circular needles and yarn (Berroco Vintage, Rowan or Topsy Farms) – This course is for absolute beginners. In the first week, you’ll learn how to cast on and the basic knit stitch. In the second week, you’ll learn to purl and cast off. We’ll send you on your way with a pattern to make yourself your first ribbed scarf.
We recommend you come in before the class to choose your yarn. We can then wind your yarn into a centre pull ball unless you choose Rowan.
Skill Level: absolute beginner

KNITTING 102

2 LESSONS, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Saturdays, May 23rd and 30th
  • 6:00pm – 7:00 pm – Mondays, June 15th and 22nd
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Saturdays, July 18th and 25th
  • 6:00pm – 7:00 pm – Mondays, August 17th and 24th

COST: $45 – In the first week of Knitting 102 you will learn long tail cast on, how to increase and decrease, and how to read a simple pattern. In week two, you will learn how to knit in the round. We will send you on your way with either a simple shawl pattern or a simple cowl pattern. We recommend that you take a Fixing Mistakes class immediately after this class.
Skill Level: beginner, but Knitting 101 precedes this class.
Materials: scrap yarn for practicing techniques will be supplied. In the second week, you will choose a project and yarn that will expand your current knitting horizons.

KNITTING PROJECT CLASS

with BRENNA MACDONALD or AMELIA LYON
4 LESSONS, 8 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Fridays, June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Thursdays, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Fridays, August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

COST: $110 for four weeks – So you’ve made a couple of scarves and now you’re ready for your first big knitting project! This four week course is geared to helping you with whatever project you’d like to tackle next. Since there are many students starting new projects on the first night, we suggest you purchase your supplies and patterns in advance of the class. The class will help guide you through the mysteries of checking gauge, teach you pattern-reading skills, increasing and decreasing, and possibly demonstrate garment finishing and assembly. Suitable for any knitter looking to take on a challenge, or looking to learn some new skills with the guidance of an expert to help them along.
Skill Level: all levels welcome.

TOP-DOWN SOCKS

WITH BRENNA MACDONALD
2 LESSONS, 4 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Tuesdays, June 2nd and 9th
  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Thursdays, August 6th and 13th

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COST: $75 includes yarn for the first class – Learn how to make top-down socks. We teach you everything you need to know to knit socks – from working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. We start with a mini sock, and then in the second class you get started on your first pair of full-size socks. If you’re new to socks, start here!
Skill Level: advanced beginner. Must be comfortable with knitand purl, cast on and cast off.
Materials: 4mm double-pointed needles for the first class (these can be borrowed if you don’t already have them), sock yarn and appropriately sized DPNs for second class.

TOE-UP SOCKS

2 LESSONS, 4 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00-8:00pm – Thursdays, May 22nd and 29th
  • Further classes to be announced

COST: $75 includes yarn for the first class – Working your socks toe-up is a great way to check fit and use up all your yarn – no leftovers! We teach you everything you need to know to make socks the other way – from the toe cast-on, to working the short row heel, shaping gussets, and the specialty cast-offs. We start with a mini sock, and then in the second class get you started on your first pair of full-size socks. If you’re new to socks, we recommend you start with our Top Down Socks class first, but once you’ve mastered top down, try this one to see which you prefer! Bring: 4mm double pointed needles to the first class. If you don’t have them, they can be borrowed from the shop.
Skill Level: intermediate.  Student is expected to have knit a sock before taking this class.  Try Top Down socks first.
Materials: sock yarn and appropriately sized DPNs for second class.

TWO SOCKS, TWO CIRCULARS

with AMELIA LYON
1 LESSON, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Thursday, June 11th

COST: $50 – This class will equip you with all the skills and concepts you will need to start and then finish two socks at the same time. If you’ve ever lost interest in a pair of socks half way through, or if you’re a perfectionist knitter that needs to get the two socks exactly the same, then this is the class for you. We will address both the top-down and toe-up sock styles in the two-hour period, and if time permits, we will discuss the same technique on one long circular.
Skill Level: intermediate.  Student is expected to have knit at least a top-down sock before taking this class, and it is preferable (but not absolutely necessary) that you are familiar with toe-up as well.
Materials: two circular 4.5mm needles, minimum 16” long.

 

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CABLES 101

with AMELIA LYON
1 LESSON, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Friday, July 3rd

COST: $50 – Learn the knitter’s dirtiest secret – cables are easy! We’ll address not only how to work cables, but also how to read charts and patterns, and we’ll share expert tips on how to manage the knitting of a complex cable design. We’ll also get you going on your first project: a cabled coffee cup cozy.
Skill Level: advanced beginner. Must be comfortable with knit and purl, cast on and cast off.
Materials: 4.5mm double-pointed needles and worsted weight yarn

LACE 101

with AMELIA LYON

1 LESSON, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Friday, May 8th
  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Friday, July 17th

COST: $50 includes yarn – Are you ready for a challenge? Are you looking to learn a new skill? Lace can be one of the most beautiful work a knitter can produce. This bootcamp will teach you the basics of lace knitting, and get you ready for your first project. We’ll work some swatches and practice with an easy and fun lace bookmark.
Skills required: Knit, purl, increasing and decreasing.
Materials: 4mm or 4.5mm double-pointed needles.

CONTINENTAL KNITTING

1 LESSON, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 10:00am-12:00 pm – Sunday, May 24th
  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Friday, July 10th

COST: $50 – Are you ready to tackle colour work and potentially learn how to knit faster? Knitting continental style – with the yarn in your left hand rather than right – is the key to speed for many, and also helps you enormously with colourwork. We’ll also demonstrate a magical technique for working ribbing and seed stitch without moving the yarn. Suitable for knitters who are confident with knit and purl.

Skill Level: advanced beginner. Must be comfortable with knit and purl, cast on and cast off.
Materials: 4.5mm or 5mm double-pointed needles.

FIXING MISTAKES

1 LESSON, 2 HOURS TOTAL

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Tuesday, May 5th
  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Tuesday, June 23rd

COST: $50 includes materials – It happens to every knitter – a mistake! This 2 hour session teaches you how to identify and fix all sorts of mistakes. We’ll share tips and tricks for dealing with dropped stitches, messed up patterns, and how to safely undo your knitting. You’ll even learn when a mistake doesn’t need to be fixed! If you’ve got a mistake, bring it. Suitable for new and experienced knitters.
Skill Level: advanced beginner. Must be comfortable with knit and purl, cast on and cast off.

DOUBLE KNITTING

double knitting 1 LESSON, 2 HOURS

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Tuesday, August 4th

COST: $50 – Double knitting is another way of adding colour to your knitting, creating double-sided, fuly reversible fabrics with fun and interesting designs. It’s challenging but rewarding, and this class teaches you all you need to know to get started: two-colour casst ons and cast offs, working from charts, and handling simple and comlex patterns.
Materials:  Bring 4.5mm needles and two colours of worsted weight yarn.

BABYCAKES BLANKET

with AMELIA LYON
1 LESSON, 2 HOURS

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Thursday, June 4th

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COST: $50 – Making your own baby blanket is an easy and rewarding way to create something unique for the babies in your life. This class, with pattern designer Amelia Lyon, will teach you how to accomplish the cabled slip-stitch texture on this simple knit.
Skill Level: advanced beginner. Must be comfortable with knit and purl, cast on and cast off.
Materials (pattern included): 32″ 5mm circular needle and 650 yards of your chosen yarn, in a DK or worsted weight yarn.

FEARLESS FINISHING

1 LESSON, 2 HOURS

  • 6:00-8:00 pm – Tuesday, August 11th

COST: $50 – This two-hour workshop teaches all the key skills for assembling and finishing your knitting projects: seaming (including grafting), picking up stitches for necklines, weaving in ends, and the advantages and disadvantages of various cast-off techniques. The focus will be very much on making finishing as quick and painless as possible – we’ll share all the cheats and shortcuts we know. We’ll also demystify blocking, and talk about the proper care of your handknits.
Homework required: Two 4 inch squares of stocking stitch worked with 4 or 5mm needles and worsted weight yarn; scrap worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color. Skill level: all levels welcome

MITTENS 101

1 LESSON, 3 HOURS

  • Dates to be announced

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COST: $60 – Mittens are not only a key winter wardrobe item, and a great gift, but they’re also a terrific way to learn some new knitting skills. This class takes you through a mini “training” mitten – a classic cuff-up mitt with gusset thumb –  so that knitters can learn everything they need about making mitts in a short amount of time. In the second half of the class, students start a pair of full-size mittens.
Materials needed: Scrap yarn for the training mitten and worsted weight for full-size mittens are provided as part of the class fee. Knitters must bring double-pointed needles in 4.5mm and 6mm.
Skill Level: advanced beginner – knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl; experience with knitting in the round is preferred but not critical.

ENTRELAC

1 LESSON, 3 HOURS

  • 6:00-9:00pm – Tuesday, June 16th

COST: $60 – Entrelac is one of the most beautiful and mystifying of knitterly arts! We’ll teach you everything you need to know to create your own one-of-a-kind scarf , and along the way improve your skills with some new techniques for increasing, decreasing and picking up stitches.
Materials needed: 5mm needles, gradient or self-striping worsted weight yarn
Skill Level: advanced beginner – knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl, cast on, and cast-off.

CUSTOM HATS

with AMELIA LYON
2 LESSONS, 4 HOURS

  • Dates to be announced

COST: $45 – Is your head on the small or large size and it’s tough to find hats? Have you ever found the perfect yarn for a hat, but couldn’t find the pattern to match? This class will teach you the basics of designing your own custom toque, tam, or beanie-style hat, from start to finish including sizing, brim, shaping, stylistic elements, and more.
Materials needed: 200-250 yards of yarn and the appropriately-sized needes: either double-pointed and/or 16″ circulars. (Smaller heads will need less yarn).
Skill Level: intermediate. Knitters should be fairly comfortable with at least one circular knitting technique. Previous hat-knitting experience is an asset.

TOP-DOWN BABY SWEATER

1 LESSON, 3 HOURS

  • Dates to be announced

COST: $60 – Looking to finally tackle a full sweater? This class is a perfect introduction to the ever-popular top-down style of garment construction. We will work a complete mini-sweater project, building all the skills and techniques you need to successfully work any such project, whether for kids or adults. Techniques like increasing, dividing the sleeves, use of markers, working in the round, shaping, sizing/fit, picking up stitches, and finishing will be addressed, and a copy of a baby sweater pattern is included.

Materials needed: 4.5mm 24″ circular needle, 4.5mm DPNs, and approximately 50 grams of worsted weight yarn in a light colour
Skill Level: advanced beginner – knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl, cast on, and cast-off.  No sweater-knitting experience necessary.

HATS AND LEGWARMERS IN THE ROUND

2 LESSON, 2 HOURS

  • 6:00-7:00 pm – Thursdays, August 20th and 27th

COST: $45 – Learn the basics of knitting in the round – this class will enable you to make a basic hat and legwarmers to keep the cold at bay this winter! Skills taught in this class: working with double-pointed needles (DPNs), joining to work in the round, gauge, increases, decreases, and casting off in pattern.

Materials needed: we recommend a skein Cascade ECO+ and one set of double-pointed needles.  If you would prefer a circular needle, please either bring one with you, or discuss your best choice with our teacher before the class starts.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner.  Must be comfortable with knit and purl, cast on, cast off.

WILLOW COWL

Willow Cowl, fingering

with AMELIA LYON

1 LESSONS, 2 HOURS

  • 6:00 – 8:00pm – Monday, May 11th
  • Further dates to be announced

COST: $45 – Currently the 8th most popular cowl pattern online (and climbing!), the Willow Cowl is a must-knit for anyone looking to expand their skills past Knitting 102.  Since it’s original fingering weight version was so popular, Amelia has re-written this cowl for a variety of weights to make it more versatile.  Choose a skein or two of your favourite yarn, and this class will get you going on your own cowl.

Materials needed: 1 skein of: Fingering, sport, DK, worsted, aran or two skeins of bulky or super bulky.
Skill Level: Advanced-basic.  Previous knitting in the round experience is an asset, but not a necessity.

SHORT ROWS: AN EXPLORATION

2 LESSON, 2 HOURS

  • Dates to be announced

COST: $45 – Have you ever wondered what Short Rows are? What they are for? Well, the mystery is all cleared up in this 2-week class. We start the class with a small project to learn the technique. After that, hone your skills on a larger project with one of these 2 popular projects: Heartbreak or Colour Affection!

Materials needed: You will need yarn for the initial project and 4mm needles. At the end of the first class, we will discuss yarn and needles for the second class and project.
Skill Level: Advanced-basic. You should be comfortable casting on, binding off, and with the knit and purl stitches.