Crocheted Necklace

Instructor: Rebecca Lagana

Skill Level: All


I love this necklace design in particular because it is simple and requires little effort to make changes to it to accommodate different people’s tastes.  In this class we will be using the simple crochet chain stitch and working with fingering weight yarn and beads to create a lovely and versatile necklace that can also be used as a layered bracelet.  This class is for all skill levels.  


Materials:

  • Fingering weight yarn in a color and content of your choice, approx. 5 yards
  • 6mm beads - your color choice, can be monochromatic or every color of the rainbow
  • Bead count:  50
  • Clasp bead or button - 10 mm or a bit larger is nice
  • Big Eye Beading Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Crochet hook - size B1 (it is the smallest size)


You can find a wonderful selection of fingering weight yarns and buttons at Center of the Yarniverse.  


Beads and big Eye Beading Needle can be purchased at Bangles and Beads in Carytown.  Their address is 3322 W. Cary St., Richmond 23221.


Date and Time:


Saturday, August 10, 2019

9:00AM - 12:00PM



Cost:  $35, plus supplies

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Knitting Academy

This is the original Knitting Academy created by Jenna Hycner. A number of sessions will be a repeat of what was offered previously but I’ve added content to each topic. 


What is the Knitting Academy? It is a program developed to help you take your knitting to the next level. You will learn new skills, ways to perfect your technique and to perfect your finished project. Here is your chance to raise your craft to the next level. In the Knitting Academy, we will cover topics that will improve and enrich your knitting. 


Your Academy professor is Jenna. With more than 30 years knitting experience she loves to encourage others to be creative with fiber. Her goal is to release more fearless knitters into the world. 


Cost: $20/session

Monday evening 6-7 p.m. (with time after to join the group of crafters at the Ashland library)

Upcoming Sessions:

ADDITIONAL SUMMER SESSIONS ADDED!


August 5 - Decreasing/Increasing. Learn or improve your skills. Decreasing and increasing may seem scary, but it is the gateway to making more exciting projects. How you execute your stitches will also enhance the overall look of your knitted item. 


September 16 OR 23 - Fix those flukes and flubs. Even the most diligent knitter runs into a willful stitch every now and again. In this session we will cover things like: how to Frog, Tink, save that dropped stitch, etc.


Ravelry. Hopefully you have already heard of and have used Ravelry. In this class we will cover why it is so wonderful and how you can make the most of this amazing tool.


October 7 - Short Rows. Short rows can create really dynamic results, not just in design but also in fit. There are a number of different versions. In this class we will cover the different types and when best to apply them. 


November 4 - Knitting in the Round/Magic Loop. Whether you knit socks or hats or anything in between, you could probably benefit from knitting in the round and/or using magic loop. Wouldn’t you like to knit both socks at the same time, or both sleeves? 


January 13, 2020 - Chart Reading/Cables. In this class you will learn some new techniques, we will also cover topics like reading stitches and quick fixes. 


February 3, 2020 - Blocking and Students choice. In this class we will cover the best blocking techniques. This, being the last in the Knitting Academy series, will be your opportunity to bring any and all questions to be answered in class. 

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Knit Tasting


Instructor: Jenna Hycner, The Knitting Academy™

Skill level: Beginner


Knit Tasting – try it, you’ll like it.  

Do you have a hankering to get crafty?  How about knitting?  If you have never knit, or it has been an eon, Knit Tasting could be for you.  

No previous knitting skills required.  In this two-session course you will learn a basic cast on, the knit stitch and how to bind off.  


How the Knit Tasting works:  Sign up for a Session 1 class, where you will start your project, then book your Session 2 class when you are ready.  In Session 2 we will review what you have already done and then finish up the project.  You will have an opportunity to work at your own pace and as your schedule allows. 

 

Project:  Spa cloth


Supply kit:  Cotton Supreme Batik yarn, Lykke® knitting needle and a bar of Love Ewe Farms soap.  


Session fee and supplies:  $35 for the class and $24.40 (plus tax) for the supplies.  


Sessions meet from 10 – 11 a.m. on the dates listed below.  You sign up for whichever date works best for you, one Session 1 and one Session 2.  You can sign up for Session 2 at any time.  


Session 1 (select one of the following):

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.:  September 10, October 15, November 5 or December 3, 2019

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.:  September 7, October 12, November 2 or November 30, 2019


Session 2 (select one of the following):

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.:  September 23, October 29, November 19 or December 17, 2019

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.:  September 21, October 26, November 16 or December 14, 2019


Please be advised:  Knitting may be addictive and could cause giddy bouts of overwhelming joy.  


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Knitting Lace with Beads (Fan Flair Shawl)

  

How many beginners see a lovely lace shawl and think, "I could NEVER knit a lace shawl." This class will teach you that knitting lace is much easier than it looks - it's just one stitch at a


Instructor/Designer: Debbi Bowanko


Skill Level: Intermediate– all techniques and stitches needed will be reviewed in class. 


What we will cover:

  • Pattern reading
  • Garter Tab - no provisional cast on needed - the easiest way ever!
  • How to read a chart
  • Knitting a lace shawl
  • Adding beads to your knitted shawl for an extra pop of color or sparkle


Supplies Needed:

  • Pattern (Fan Flair by Deborah Bowanko Designs) available on Ravelry -also available for in-store purchase 
  • 2 skeins fingering weight yarn (100g each)- one skein can be any colorway - variegated, speckled, or self-striping (used for shawl border), one skein light-colored solid or tonal colorway to match the border yarn.
  • Needles to get gauge: US4/3.5mm circular needles, cable length 32-34 inches
  • 3 interlocking stitch markers for garter tab cast on
  • Additional stitch markers to separate pattern repeats, if desired
  • 6mm or 8mm beads to accent your yarn color-the beads will be used with the solid/tonal yarn (300 - 750 beads) depending on beading design selected (beads can be purchased online or at Bangles and Beads in Carytown)



Dates & Times: Saturdays, 11:00am - 1:00pm. September 14 and 21, and October 5


Cost: $90 + supplies

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Fair Isle – the Ninilchik Swancho

Instructor:  Jenna Hycner, The Knitting Academy™

Skill level:  Very advanced beginner/Intermediate


Fair Isle is an amazing colorwork technique that can create some spectacular designs.  This is a wonderful project if you are new to or want more experience with fair isle knitting.  Your instructor, Jenna, teaches the traditional, two handed Fair Isle Technique.  Colorwork, in your instructor’s humble opinion, is a lot of what makes knitting fun.  The fun doesn’t end there – what could be more fun than a poncho with sleeves?  Your instructor loves sweaters like this, so much more comfortable than a coat – it is a poncho with sleeves!   


In this class, we will cover: 

  • Color selection
  • Top down, in the round construction of a yoke style sweater
  • Short Rows
  • Chart reading
  • Fair Isle techniques
  • Increases/Decreases
  • So much more!  

Supplies:  

Pattern:  Ninilchik Swancho by Caitlin Hunter (available for in-store purchase via Ravelry)

Yarn:  DK weight yarn.  Note:  Fair Isle works best with non-superwash wool yarn.  Instructor’s swancho knit using Prairie Spun DK.  Pattern calls for a total of 4 colors, one for the body of the swancho and the other 3 are for the colorwork section.  

Needles:  3 sizes based on yarn selection.  

General knitting supplies:  Stitch markers, stitch holder, scissors, measuring tape, gauge ruler, tapestry needle.


Pre-class homework:  Have your yarn and colorway selected, but don’t wind the yarn yet.  Approx. 1 week prior to the first class, if not sooner, your instructor will email you instructions on what to bring to class.  


Dates and times:  Mondays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

September 23, October 7, October 14, October 21, November 11, November 25, December 9 and December 23, 2019


Cost:  This class is eight, two-hour sessions for $182.  This is your instructors first time offering such a long class, but the intent is to really drill down on color and fair isle techniques.  


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Cozy Carbeth Pullover

Instructor:  Jenna Hycner, The Knitting Academy™

Skill Level:   Advanced beginner/Intermediate  

  

Winter is Coming!  Make a Cozy Carbeth Pullover

Pretty sure this sweater will become one of your favorites, both to knit and to wear.  

The unusual construction will hold your interest, and if cropped isn’t your thing, we will cover in class how, when and wear to adjust the length.  We will also discuss how to make changes in the length of sleeves.  


This class will cover:

  • Size selection based on gauge for bottom up sweaters
  • As mentioned above, discussions on when, where and how to modify length
  • Knitting in the round
  • Knitting sleeves 2 at a time via magic loop*
  • Increasing and decreasing stitches
  • Kitchener’s stitch
  • So much more!

 

Supplies:  

Pattern:  Carbeth Pullover by Kate Davies (available for in-store purchase via Ravelry)

Yarn: Pattern calls for a DK yarn held double.  Recommend Winterburn DK or Prairie Spun DK.  Another option is a bulky weight, held single, recommend Cascade Eco or Re:Treat.  Instructor’s sweater knit in Re:Treat.  Amount based on size selected.  

Needles:  3 sizes based on yarn selected.  Please note, to work magic loop you will need a cord length no less than 40” and to work both sleeves at one time, a longer length cord would be more comfortable.  

Notions:  Stitch markers (at least one different than the others to use a Beginning of Round marker).  Needed, but not for the first class:  stitch holder, cord(s) or waste yarn and tapestry needle.  

 

Pre-class homework:  Approximately 1 week before the 1st class, instructor will send out directions on how to work swatch “in the round.”  The swatch should be completed, blocked and dry before the 1st class.  

*With regard to knitting the sleeves, the class will cover how to knit both at one time using magic loop.  You may elect to work them one at a time, that is your preference, but your instructor will encourage you to at least give it a try.  The success of working these two at a time greatly increases with the length of your cord, the longer the cord, the more success you will experience.  


Dates  & Time:    

Dates and times:  Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – noon

October 16, 30, November 20 and December 4, 2019 


Cost: $96.00 plus supplies

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Socks 101

Instructor:  Sandy Aldridge

PREREQUISITE SKILLS: Students should know to to cast-on, knit and purl, basic decreases, knit in the round, and be familiar with reading a pattern.

 

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit socks but were intimidated by the tiny, sharp needles and thin yarns? Then Socks 101 is the class for you! Using a thicker, worsted weight yarn, students will knit a cuff-down sock - learning sock "architecture" and sock knitting techniques for the cuff, heel flap, heel turn, gusset & foot, and toe. These thicker-weight socks are the perfect boot-sock or lounging-around-the-house sock!


KNITTING SKILLS TO BE TAUGHT

  • Knitting a narrow tube (the leg and foot!) in the round
  • Knitting a heel flap
  • Knitting a heel turn
  • Picking up stitches for the sock gusset
  • Gusset decreasing
  • Using lifelines
  • Kitchener stitch

MATERIALS

  • "Rye" Sock pattern - available for free on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rye-4
  • 250 - 350 yards worsted weight yarn in a light, solid color. (See pattern for specific amounts for different sizes. An adult sock will need 300-350 yards.  Recommended Shop Yarn: Cascade 220)
  • ** Needles: US #3 AND US #5  40" Circular OR Double-Pointed Needles
  • Stitch Markers
  • Blunt-Tip Tapestry Needle
  • Small amount of smooth cotton yarn for lifelines
  • Ruler, measuring tape
  • pen/pencil and paper for notes and row/round tallying

** Or Size required to meet gauge. Students can knit the socks using their favorite in-the-round narrow tube knitting option - - magic loop (will need one 40" circular needle), two circular needles, or double-pointed needles -  - or use this class as an opportunity to try out and learn/practice a new-to-you option! Your instructor will be primarily demonstrating the magic loop method and encourages students to try this method.


HOMEWORK

  • Print the "Rye" pattern
  • Check gauge. With the LARGER needle, gauge should be 22 stitches over 4 inches.
  • Students will have knitting class homework in Class 1 and Class 3 to be ready for the next sock section lesson.


Dates and Times:  Mondays,  September 16, 23, 30 and October 7  

2:00pm - 4:00pm


Cost:  $80 plus supplies

Previously Offered Classes

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Turkish Bed Socks

Your instructor, Jenna, thought it would be fun to have some projects that could be taught in a short period of time and over what might be someone’s coffee break.  Join Jenna for the first of these courses.  

Instructor:  Jenna Hycner

Skill level:  intermediate

Not your typical sock – to make or to wear, but perfect as either socks or slippers.  Love how they work with clogs, such as Danskos.  These will make great gifts – even if you are the one to receive them.  Instructor has made a couple of modifications to the pattern to make them both more comfortable to wear and easier to knit.  

What we will cover:

  • Pattern reading
  • Increase stitches
  • Picking up stitches
  • Decrease stitches
  • Magic loop
  • Kitchener stitch 

Fee:  $55 (plus supplies)


Dates & time: Saturdays, February 2, 9, and 16, 2019

10:00am - 11:00 am


Supplies needed:

Pattern:  Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas (hardcopy and electronic version sold in shop)

Yarn:  A fingering weight yarn.  Instructors sample knit up in Lamb’s Pride Wildfoote (sold in shop) 170 – 175 yards.

Needles:  Size to get gauge and 40” + cord length.  No DPNs 

Tapestry needle, stitch markers and measuring tape plus other knitting notions.


Bring a small swatch in stockinette stitch worked in a waste yarn and on needles (so not bound off).  This is to practice stitches.  Using a yarn not intended for this project is perfect.  Whatever you have just laying around that you find easy to work on.  


Pre-class work:  Must work up swatch.  Instructor will send to students prior to class instructions on swatching.  

Beginning Knitting

Instructor: Sandy Aldridge

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: Have you always wanted to learn how to knit or perhaps you learned to knit many years ago and need a refresher class in the basic knitting stitches and techniques - then our Beginning Knitting Class has you covered! Students will learn about the different yarn types, knitting needle options, and beginning knitting techniques while knitting the "Beginner's Stitch Sampler Scarf" pattern by Kristina Tucker. (Free pattern available on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beginners-stitch-sampler-scarf)

Knitting Skills to Be Taught:

  • Casting On
  • The Knit Stitch
  • The Purl Stitch
  • Six Different Knit and Purl Stitch Patterns - Garter Stitch, Stockinette, Basketweave, Seed Stitch, Smooth Sand Stitch, and Ribbing
  • Fixing and preventing knitting mistakes
  • Binding Off

Supplies:

  • 350 yards worsted weight yarn in a light, solid color (Instructor recommends 2 skeins of Cascade 220)
  • Size US 8 knitting needles (Either straight or circular needles will work fine)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors (optional but helpful: row counter) 
  • Copy of the knitting pattern "Beginner's Stitch Sampler Scarf" by Kristina Tucker
  • Notepad, pen or pencil (Post-It Notes are also a great knitter's "tool"!)

Dates & Times:  TBD


Fee:  


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Henley Tee With a Twist

Instructor: Jenna Hycner

Skill Level: Intermediate


What a great Summer sweater.  I love a great Henley style, it seems to say confidence, even though it has a casual look and feel to it. 

In this class we will cover:


- Size selection

- The reason for a proper gauge swatch, how to read it and what to do with the information

- Top down, in the round construction

- Interpreting written patterns (this one is a vaguely written pattern – good practice for future projects)

- Magic loop

- Knitting in the Round


Materials:

Pattern:  Miley Tee (sold via Ravelry and available for in-shop purchase)

Yarn:  DK weight, in yardage according to your desired size selection.  Many options available in shop, to include:  Remix Light, Unity, Unity Beyond, Papyrus, Manta, Cottonwood, Bamboo Pop and Roslyn.

Needles:  Based on gauge (approx. 1 - 2 weeks prior to class, student will receive an email from instructor with details on how to work swatch, bring all needles used in swatch to 1st class)

Notions:  Stitch markers, some means of stitch holding, measuring tape/gauge checker, scissors, tapestry needle, etc.

Buttons (you can pick these out later, just know you will need them)


Dates & times:  

Tuesdays, July 30, August 6, 20 and September 3, 2019 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Cost:  $96, plus supplies


Location:  Center of the Yarniverse


Pre-class homework:

Work swatch (wait for details from instructor to be received approx. 1 – 2 weeks prior to class), block and bring to 1st class with the needles used in swatch. 

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Cast Ons

Instructor: Jennifer Raymond

Skills Needed: ability to knit and purl, increase and decrease

Description:  

Ever wonder what was the best cast-on for cuffs? Getting tired of the one cast on you do over and over? Not quite sure how to change things up? Let's learn about cast-ons with Jennifer! 


Skills Learned:

  •  How to make a variety of cast ons including: stretchy cast-ons, sturdy cast-ons, and decorative cast-ons!
  •  How to choose the best cast-on for different situations 


Materials: 

  • Worsted Weight yarn in at least 3 colors: must be light colored (to see stitches), not fuzzy, and hold up well to unraveling
  • Needles to match worsted weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  •  locking stitch markers or safety pins (at least 10) 
  • pen or pencil 

Homework: None


Date  & Time:   Sunday, March 3rd   4:30 – 6:30pm 

Fee: $50.00

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Entrelac

Instructor:  Jenna Hycner

Skill level:  Intermediate

Entrelac is one of your instructor’s favorite knitting techniques.  It looks so dynamic and always makes the yarn look fabulous and when the yarn looks good – you look good!  Once you get it, you will be stunned at how easy Entrelac can be.  Plus, Jenna knows a trick or two and she can’t wait to share them with you.  

What we will cover:

  • Pattern Reading
  • Entrelac stitches, of course!  
  • Increases
  • Decreases
  • Provisional cast on – the easiest way ever
  • 3 needle bind off

Fee:  $90 (plus supplies)


Dates & times:  Tuesdays, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

November 27, December 4, 18, 2018 and January 8, 2019


Supplies (pattern, yarn and all supplies are available for purchase at the shop):

  • Pattern:  Arizona Sunset by Yumiko Alexander (available via in shop purchase on Ravelry)
  • Yarn: 3 skeins Universal Yarns Classic Shades (in shop)
  • Needles to get gauge:  16 st = 4 in (please note, this pattern uses 2 needles and US 10 and 15 are the ones recommended by the pattern)
  • 5 or 6 stitch markers
  • Approx. 1 yard scrap yarn 
  • Crochet hook approximately same size as your needles (but don’t buy unless you want it for other reasons/projects, just bring if you have in stash).  If you don’t have, someone else in class will likely have for you to borrow.  

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Darn Those Knits!

Instructor: Jennifer Raymond

Skill Level: Intermediate

Description:  Have knitted items that are showing their wear? Learn how to repair your well-loved knits using a variety of approaches and techniques. 


Skills learned: - Reinforcing using the duplicate stitch - Taking care of your knits to prevent problems - Repairing holes using the duplicate stitch, kitchener stitch, and knitted patches - How to find materials to make repairs 


Materials:

  • approx 10 yrds of different yarns: 2 sockweight in different colors, 2 - 3 worsted yarns. Make sure all yarn is smooth, not fuzzy, and has multiple plies 
  • needles that correspond to the yarn you have brought: straight or circular. DPN's also helpful but not necessary. 
  • darning needle (blunt tip)
  • sharp tip needle (optional) 
  • darning egg or large plastic easter egg (optional) 
  • pencil or pen
  • swatches (at least 3) 


Homework: Make and bring 3 swatches in stockinette (at least 5” x 5”, but larger is easier to practice with) that will be cut into or sewn into. The pieces should be made of worsted weight yarn. Block or steam to prevent curling and make practice easier. If you have knitting with rips, tears, holes or worn out places, bring it in, and we will use the last part of class to brainstorm solutions.


Date  & Time:   Sunday, March 3rd  1:00 – 4:00pm 

Fee: $75.00

Oops!

Sometimes it happens – you make a mistake and you don’t know how to fix it so you bring it into your local LYS to get some help.  Instead of being stuck until the next time you make it to your LYS, learn how to fix those mistakes so you can keep knitting along.  This class specializes in teaching you how to read your knitting and fix those mistakes.

Time: 2 hours

Skill Level: must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease

Skills Covered: laddering, dropped stitches, adding yarn overs, fixing a purl or a knit that should be the other.

Homework: 2-3 swatches in stockinet worked in worsted weight yarn, do not bind off – put stitches on stitch holder. One swatch should be in garter.

Students Should Bring:

Worsted weight yarn in a light color

Corresponding knitting needles to get recommended yarn gauge for each of the swatches

Crochet hook or fixit tool

Scrap yarn

Blunt tip needle

Pen or pencil

Cost: $40

Sunday, November 18th 

3:30 – 5:30

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Finish It!

Instructor: Jennifer Raymond  

2 hr. class

Your knitting or crochet looks great, but your seaming leaves something to be desired?  Wishing your finished projects looked a little more tidy?  Let us help you!

One two hour class

Skills needed:

This class is rated "funky" - basic knitting or crochet skills required.

Skills learned:

different ways to attach two pieces together, and when to use each one

tips on blocking weaving in ends

preventing or solving problems like curled hems, wrinkly seams, and much more

weaving in ends

Materials:

blunt tip tapestry needle

sharp tip needle, with eye that your yarn can fit through

locking stitch markers or safety pins

straight pins or t-pins

contrasting thread the same weight or lighter of the yarn you knit your swatches in

Homework:

Bring in at least 4 swatches – 2 knit in stockinette in the same yarn, and the other 2 knit in garter in the same yarn.  If possible, block them before-hand.  We will practice finishing techniques on them. If you have a project you are interested in advice in finishing, bring the project and the pattern and we will talk strategies to finish at the end of the class.

Fee $40

Sunday, November 18th 

1:00 – 3:00

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Beginning Crochet - Saturday mornings

Instructor: Dianne Portwood

Skill Level: Beginner

Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? Start the New Year with marking crochet off your bucket list.


This class will give you the basic knowledge of crocheting. How to read patterns, basic stitches, yarn to use and much more.


Supplies needed:

3 different colors of yarn, I will be using Universal Yarn, Uptown worsted number 4 medium weight. This yarn is found at Center of the Yarniverse.

US I or 9 aluminum or stainless-steel crochet hook. Over time you may fine another hook is better for you,

Please bring pen or pencil.


This class will be the 4th Saturday of each month beginning 

January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27 and May 25

10:00am - 12:00 pm

Fee: $120.00

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Building Blocks (part 1)

Instructor: Sandy Aldridge

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - Knitter should know how to cast-on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch.


  

Description: Build your knitting skills one square at a time! “Building Blocks” is a series of twelve fun patterns - each square focuses on new stitches and knitting techniques in a carefully designed sequential approach that “builds” upon the previously learned knitting skill. Starting with simple knit and purl stitches, your confidence will grow as you knit each new square or “block”. Learning to read, decipher, and understand knitting patterns and charts, cable stitch patterns, decreases, increases, twisted stitches, yarn-overs, bobbles, lace knitting - we’ve got a “block” that will teach you that knitting skill! At the end of the series, the knitter is rewarded with an abundance of knitting know-how and twelve beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan, baby blanket, or pillows. 


The Building Blocks Part One Class will cover Blocks One through Six.


Knitting Skills to Be Taught:

● Reading a knitting pattern and chart

● Cable Patterns

● Yarn-overs and bobbles

● Decreases

● Increases

● Left and Right Twists

● Slip Stitches

● Mock Cables

● Fixing Mistakes, Lifelines


Supplies:

“Building Blocks” Book by Michelle Hunter (available for purchase in the shop)

● 1400 yards of either an aran weight or worsted weight yarn

● Recommended Shop Yarns:

○ ARAN Weight: Diamond Luxury Merino Supreme Aran (wool)

○ WORSTED Weight: Cascade 220 (wool) or Uptown Worsted (acrylic)

● Knitting Needles: 

○ Size 10 if using an aran weight yarn OR 

○ Size 8 if using a worsted weight yarn 

A 24” or 32” circular needle is recommended; the blocks can be knitted on straight needles, but the stitches can get crowded on the needle. Using a circular needle allows each block to spread over the cable, making it easier to view. 

● Cable Needle (There are several styles of cable needles available - new cable knitters usually find the “J” hook shaped cable needles easiest to use.)

● Blunt Tip Tapestry Needle

● Stitch Markers

● Notebook and Pen/Pencil

● Optional but Very Helpful - Row counter, Sticky Notes, a second knitting needle in the same size you are using for your squares 


Dates & Times: Every Other Friday 10:00 - 11:30 AM

● January 25, 2019

● February 8 and 22 2019

● March 8 and 22 2019

● April 5, 2019


Fee: $90.00

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Building Blocks (part 2)

Instructor: Sandy Aldridge

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - Knitter should know how to cast-on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch.


Description: Build your knitting skills one square at a time! “Building Blocks” is a series of twelve fun patterns - each square focuses on new stitches and knitting techniques in a carefully designed sequential approach that “builds” upon the previously learned knitting skill. Starting with simple knit and purl stitches, your confidence will grow as you knit each new square or “block”. Learning to read, decipher, and understand knitting patterns and charts, cable stitch patterns, decreases, increases, twisted stitches, yarn-overs, bobbles, lace knitting - we’ve got a “block” that will teach you that knitting skill! At the end of the series, the knitter is rewarded with an abundance of knitting know-how and twelve beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan, baby blanket, or pillows. 


The Building Blocks Part Two Class will cover Blocks Seven through Twelve with a CLASS BONUS - we will also cover finishing techniques for putting your squares together - blocking, horizontal seams, vertical seams, weaving in ends.


Knitting Skills to Be Taught:

● Reading a knitting pattern and chart

● Cable Patterns

● Yarn-overs and bobbles

● Decreases

● Increases

● Left and Right Twists

● Slip Stitches

● Mock Cables

● Fixing Mistakes, Lifelines

● Finishing Techniques - blocking, horizontal and vertical seams


Supplies:

“Building Blocks” Book by Michelle Hunter (available for purchase in the shop)

● 1400 yards of either an aran weight or worsted weight yarn

● Recommended Shop Yarns:

○ ARAN Weight: Diamond Luxury Merino Supreme Aran (wool)

○ WORSTED Weight: Cascade 220 (wool) or Uptown Worsted (acrylic)

● Knitting Needles: 

○ Size 10 if using an aran weight yarn OR 

○ Size 8 if using a worsted weight yarn 

A 24” or 32” circular needle is recommended; the blocks can be knitted on straight needles, but the stitches can get crowded on the needle. Using a circular needle allows each block to spread over the cable, making it easier to view. 

● Cable Needle (There are several styles of cable needles available - new cable knitters usually find the “J” hook shaped cable needles easiest to use.)

● Blunt Tip Tapestry Needle

● Stitch Markers

● Notebook and Pen/Pencil

● Optional but Very Helpful - Row counter, Sticky Notes, a second knitting needle in the same size you are using for your squares 


Dates & Times: Every Other Friday 10:00 - 11:30 AM

● June 14 and 28, 2019

● July 12 and 26, 2019

● August 9 and 23, 2019


Fee: $90.00

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Beginning Brioche

Instructor:  Jenna Hycner

Skill level:  Very advanced beginner/Intermediate.  You need to be very comfortable with knit and purl stitches.  Having already worked in the round before is a bonus but not required. 

The class will cover:

-          Brioche basics

-          Brioche Knitting & Brioche Purling

-          Proper Yarn Overs

-          Working in the round

-          How to get back on track if a stitch gets messed up


Materials:

-          Pattern:  Pretty Brioche Thing (Ravelry)

-          2 skeins of approx. 100 yds each Bulky yarns, of contrasting colors.  Sample done in Mano’s Franca

-          24” US 13 or 15 needle

-          Stitch marker

-          Basic knitting supplies (e.g., scissors, measuring tape)

-          Paper/post-it and writing implement always helpful


Pre-class work:  Prep for the 1st class is all you need do.  Please have pattern printed, yarn wound and other supplies ready for 1st class. 


Dates & Times: Tuesdays, January 15, 22 and 29, 2019 from 10 – noon.

Cost:  $80, plus supplies