Class Descriptions

(I am working on compiling a class catalog. Stay tuned.)

In the meantime, here are some of my Classes. Not all are listed, and I am always open to developing new classes – so if you are a shop owner with something specific in mind, or a potential student who has an idea for a class I could teach, drop me a line!

Socks Series:

Socks 101/ Intro to Socks:
Beginner knitter? Want to give socks a try? They’re fun and very portable!
Required Knowledge: cast on, knit, purl, bind-off, increases, decreases, and knitting in the round.
You will learn: basic cuff-down sock construction (including traditional heel-flap heel) and kitchener stitch.
One 3 hour session.

Socks 102/ Not So Beginner Socks:

Ready to knit a pair of ‘real’ socks using fingering weight yarn?  This class is a step up from Socks 101 – we’ll learn many of the same things, but we’ll learn them while working with finer weight yarn.
Two 3 hour sessions.

Socks 201/ Toe-Up Socks:

Ready to try toe-up socks? They’re not as hard as they look!
Required Knowledge: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, plus basic sock experience preferred.
You will learn: magic loop and/or two circulars method, basic toe-up sock construction techniques.
Two 3 hour sessions.

Socks 202/ Two at a Time Toe-Up Socks:

Want to eliminate second sock syndrome? Learn to knit your socks two-at-a-time! You can make the most of your sock yarn and eliminate the fear that you’ll run out of yarn.
Required Knowledge: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, plus toe-up sock construction experience preferred.
You will learn: magic loop, two-at-a-time sock construction techniques.
Two 3 hour sessions.

Techniques Series:

Illusion Knitting:

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 while knitting a square washcloth – or a longer scarf if students wish.
Required Knowledge: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off.
One 3-hour session.

Entrelac Knitting:

Entrelac is a very fun knitting technique! It gives the appearance of basketweave – and can make long color change yarns look fabulous!
Required Knowledge: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, increases and decreases.
You will learn: entrelac knitting.
One 3-hour session.

Estonian Stitches:

The Estonian stitches of nupps, star stitches and clusters add texture and interest to your knitting.  Often found in lace patterns, these stitches can be tricky.  Join us as we learn a few different ways to work these interesting stitches while knitting a lace scarf.
Required Knowledge: cast-on, knit, purl, bind off, increases, decreases.
One 3-hour session.

Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs:

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.
Required Knowledge:  Long tail cast on, knitted cast on, knit, purl, basic bind off.
One 3-hour session.

A Sampling of Short Rows:

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!
Required Knowledge: Knit, purl, decreases, some knowledge of short rows.
One 3-hour session.

Beginner Fair Isle:

Fair Isle knitting uses two or more colors per row to create gorgeous colorwork items.  We’ll cover the basics of Fair Isle and get the hang of working it while knitting a hat with a simple motif.
Required Knowledge: Cast on, knit, purl, knitting in the round, bind off, basic decreases.
One 3-hour session.

Thrummed Mittens:

Thrummed items are soft and cozy.  If you spin – they are also a good way to use some of the luxurious fiber you have in your spinning stash!  We’ll learn the basics of knitting mittens and working with thrums in this class.
Required Knowledge:  Cast on, knit, purl, knitting in round, basic increases and decreases.
One 3-hour session.

Steeking:

Steeking a garment is a way to allow a knitter to knit it entirely in the round.  It is especially useful in Fair Isle garments.  Steeks can be used at cardigan fronts, armholes and necklines as well as many other places.  Taking scissors to our hard work can be daunting, but don’t worry – you will have help and guidance while you cut for the first time!
Required Knowledge:  Knitting in the round, picking up stitches.  Some Fair Isle knitting experience is helpful.  Very basic crochet skills: slip stitch and single crochet stitch.
One 3-hour session.

Mosaic Knitting:

Mosaic knitting is a form of slipped stitch knitting – which creates complicated two color designs while only using one color per row.  Not all slipped stitch knitting is Mosaic knitting, however – it follows certain rules.  We’ll learn the tricks and rules to Mosaic knitting and how to read Mosaic knitting charts while knitting a washcloth/trivet sampler.
Required Knowledge: Knit, purl, cast on, bind off, basic chart reading.
One 3-hour session.

Finishing School:

Intimidated by sweaters because you aren’t sure how to seam them?  Have you ever knit a lovely sweater that was marred by a not-so-perfect seaming job?  Don’t let your fear of finishing hold you back!  We’ll cover basic finishing skills that can make your hand-knit sweaters shine.  (A good bit of advance homework accompanies this class.)
Required Knowledge: : Knit, purl, cast on, bind off.
One 3-hour session.

Advanced Seaming:

Got the hang of seaming stockinette stitch, but not sure how to seam seed stitch?  Want to seamlessly graft rib patterns or garter?  We’ll cover some of the more complicated seaming challenges in this class.  (A good bit of advance homework accompanies this class.)
Required Knowledge: Knit, purl, cast on, bind off, basic stockinette seaming/mattress stitch.
On 3-hour session.

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