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Amigurumi Owl

 

Amigurumi, a popular type of crochet, is a portmanteau of two Japanese terms: ami, meaning crocheted, and nuigurumi, a stuffed doll. Let me show you the simple basics of amigurumi with this fun project. Students will learn the basics of amigurumi, how to shape little creatures, create different facial expressions, and dress them up.

Crochet experience is a plus but not necessary. 

Materials:

  • hook: size D (3.25mm) hook (the hook should be about 2 sizes smaller than the one recommended on the label of your yarn)
  • light worsted weight, acrylic yarn, Uptown Worsted works beautifully but any yarn you would like to use is fine. The thicker your yarn, the bigger your amigurumi will be.
  • Blunt tip sewing needle
  • A locking stitch marker (a paper clip will also do)
  • Scissors
  • A few beads to add as embellishment if desired
  • Pencil or pen to scribble notes on your pattern

 

DATE and TIME: Saturday. March 7, 2020  11am - 1pm

COST: $25 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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Advanced Brioche

Brioche is a wonderful stitch, creating beautiful works in color play. In this class, you will take your basic brioche knowledge and expand upon it to create a dynamic asymmetric shawl. 

The focus of this class will be to enhance your basic brioche skills. You will create a beautiful stitch pattern in this class project. 

Skill level: Must have worked brioche previously as we will do a refresher on how to work brioche stitches.

Instructor: Jenna Hycner

Dates and times – 2 sessions available, please pick whichever works best for your schedule (sorry no cross-overs).

Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 31 and April 7 and 14, 2020

Either 10 a.m. – noon OR 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $105 plus supplies

Pattern: Leonor Shawl (instructor will email to paid students a coupon code for a pattern discount provided courtesy of the designer)

Yarn: worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors. For the small size, approx. 210 yards per skein, for the large size, approx. 420 yards per skein. Recommend Manos Alegria Grande or Cascade 220 and Cascade 220 Wave. 

Needles: One circular needle size smaller than recommended by selected yarn, 32” or 40” will likely be the most comfortable.

Notions/basic knitting supplies: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, means of tracking rows (e.g. highlighter tape, magnetic pattern keeper).

Paper/post-it and writing implement always helpful

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Beginning Crochet

Instructor: Dianne Portwood


Skill Level: Beginner


Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? Make the same beautiful items you see that have been knitted. This class will give you the basic knowledge of crocheting. How to read patterns, basic stitches, yarn to use and much more.


Supplies needed:

I will be using Universal Yarn, Uptown DK Number 3 light worsted weight. This yarn is found at Center of the Yarniverse.


US F/5 (3.75mm) aluminum or stainless-steel crochet hook. Over time you may find another hook is better for you.


Please bring a pen or pencil, scissors and a glue stick.


Dates and Times:  

Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and April 10 

OR

Saturdays, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2 and May 6, 2020  

11:00am - 1:00pm


Cost: $100.00

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Intermediate Crochet

Instructor: Dianne Portwood

Level: Intermediate


This class is for crocheters who have knowledge of basic crochet skills. In each class we will make a project using a new stitch and cominiations of stitiches. Some projects can be turned into larger ones!


Supplies:

Yarn: Cotton or acrylic worsted weight (number 4 medium) yarn. Yarn type may change depending on project. You will be shown the following class' project, so you can decide the yarn you want to use.

Hook: US I/9 or 5.5mm. Check the size hook on the yarn label

Yarn needle

Yarn markers or different color yarn to use as markers


Prerequisite skills: slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, treble crochet, half treble crochet


Dates and Times:

Saturdays, March 21, April 4, April  18 and May 2

1:30pm - 3:30pm


Cost - $80


A refresher course is available  to review the prerequisite stitches on Saturday, March 7, 1:30 - 3:30  - additional $20

Previously Offered Classes

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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.  


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:

  • Lace weight yarn in a color and content of your choice, approx. 5 yards
  • Up to 6mm beads - your color choice, can be monochromatic or every color of the rainbow
  • Bead count:  50
  • Clasp bead or button - slightly larger than bead selection (8mm-16mm is nice)
  • Big Eye Beading Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Crochet hook - 2.00 mm - 2.50mm


You can find a wonderful selection of lace 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, February 15, 2020

11:00AM - 1:00PM


OR


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

10:00AM - 12:00PM


Cost:  $35, plus supplies

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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: Sundays, January 12, 19, 26 and February 9, 2020    

2pm - 4pm


Fee:  $80, plus supplies


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Braided Cowl

Instructor: Dianne Portwood


Materials:

Universal Yarns Classic Shades 

Crochet hook size USA J/5.5mm


Level: Intermediate


Prerequisite skills: single and double crochet


Dates and Times: February 13 and 27, 2020    11:00am - 1:00pm


Cost: $40

Amigurumi Giraffe

Instructor: Ivonne Schuh

Skill Level: Advanced Begginer

WHAT IS AMIGURUMI?

Amigurumi, a popular type of crochet, is a portmanteau of two Japanese terms: ami, meaning crocheted or knitted; and nuigurumi, a stuffed doll. It often takes the form of an animal or fantastical creature with an aesthetic that’s best described as kawaii or cute. This makes amigurumi ideal for kids or anyone that likes button noses and rosy cheeks.

Are you hooked but don’t know where to start? Then this class is for you! Students will learn the basics of amigurumi, learn to shape little creatures, create different facial expressions, and dress up their creations. By the end of the classes you will be able to go home with this cute giraffe.


PREREQUISITE SKILLS: 

Students should know how to crochet even, single stitches

AMIGURUMI SKILLS TO BE TAUGHT: 

  • pattern reading
  • magic loop
  • crocheting in a spiral 
  • working with multiples of six
  • using stitch markers to keep track of your rounds (which are actually spirals)
  • increasing stitches 
  • invisibly decreasing stitches
  • shaping feet and learn to switch between working in rounds and flat work
  • working with safety eyes
  • adding facial expressions (smirks, eyebrows, eyelids, frowns)
  • stuffing your amigurumi without lumps 
  • stitching together two- and three-dimensional pieces

MATERIALS:

  • Yarn: 1 skein of light worsted weight (DK/8 ply) yarn, (for example, Uptown Worsted).  You can use whatever color your heart desires, solid colors, stripes, self-patterned. You will also need a contrasting color like white or black for the nose, the horns and for the feet/hands if you choose to do so. Food for thought: The thicker your yarn the bigger your amigurumi will be, also, the thicker the yarn, the more will be needed to complete the project.
  • Hook:  size D (3.25mm) hook (The hook should be about 2 sizes smaller than the one recommended on the label of your yarn)
  • Suggested safety eye size - 12mm
  • Blunt tip sewing needle
  • A locking stitch marker (a paper clip will also do)
  • A few pins to secure your pieces while sewing them together
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen to scribble notes on your pattern

Dates and Times: Saturdays, February 8, 15, 22 and 29   11am - 1pm

Cost: $85, plus supplies

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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 14, 21 and 28, 2020 from 6pm – 8pm.

Cost:  $80, plus supplies

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Boot Toppers - Crochet

Instructor: Dianne Portwood


Materials:

Universal Uptown Worsted - 1 skein

2 buttons

Crochet hook size USA 8 (5.5mm)

Level: Advanced beginner


Prerequisite skills: knowledge of basic crochet stitches


Date and Time: January 23, 2020    11:00am - 1:00pm


Cost: $20

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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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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:  SUNDAYS,  November 10 and  17, and December 8 and 15

2:00pm - 4:00pm


Cost:  $80 plus supplies

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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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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