We're delighted to offer a full schedule of project and technique classes and ongoing group classes. See below for more information on our current schedule of classes and call the shop to sign up or to find out about availability.

 

 

fall 2018 cLASSES

Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm unless otherwise noted.  Shop opens at 10am on Saturdays in case you want to arrive early and pick out materials for class.

Class size is limited to 6 but if more are interested, we will consider scheduling an additional session. We reserve the right to cancel a class if less than 3 people register.

                               Knitting backwards                  COST:$20.00

saturday, october 27th, 2018   10:30am-11:30am 

                                                           Teacher: tempe croke

 

What?! What is knitting backwards and why would you want to do it?
Knitting backwards is a fun technique to use if you have a project where you are knitting back and forth (and back and forth) on a small number of stitches. Instead of knitting a few stitches, turning your work around, knitting a few stitches, turning, etc., you can eliminate all that turning by actually working back in the other direction with the front side of your work still facing you! This technique can come in handy especially when knitting entrelac projects and short "short rows". (No worries, it is not a prerequisite for the entrelac class!)

What to bring: Worsted or DK weight yarn in a solid color, with a yarn that is not too splitty or fuzzy (You want to be able to see your stitches easily). Needles in a size appropriate for your yarn (DK size 5-6US or Worsted size 7-8US).

Click here to sign up for this class.

 

                     3-needle bind off   Cost: $20.00  

                                    saturday, October 27TH, 2018 12:00pM - 1:00PM

                                                           Teacher: anne mcdermott  

      

While the basic bind off is useful for most projects, there may be a time when you want a smooth, flat seamed edge without any sewing. The 3-needle bind off produces just such a seam. This one-hour class will show you how to do this technique to add to your finishing skills.

Homework: Knit two 4x4 inch stockinette swatches. Leave all stitches on the needles. Bring to class along with a third needle of the same size used to knit the swatches. Worsted yarn in a light color is best for the swatches.

What to bring: Swatches and associated yarn; a needle of the same size used for the swatches, scissors, pencil and paper, if you wish to take notes.

Click here to sign up for this class. 


Entrelac Knitting                         Cost: $20.00

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018    10:30am-12:30pm

Teacher: Tempe Croke

For those of you that aren't familiar with it, entrelac knitting produces a fabric that looks like interwoven strips, but in fact is knit as a series of interconnected rectangles knit back and forth - no sewing involved. A beautiful effect can be created by using a different solid color for each row of rectangles, or even easier, using a self-striping yarn! In this class, we'll learn how to create base triangles and rectangles to get you started on an entrelac scarf. There are lots of fun entrelac designs out there, so if a scarf is not your thing, come to class, learn the technique and use it in the project of your choice!

Homework: Print the pattern. Cast on 24 stitches in your chosen yarn and bring to class.

What to bring: Your homework (see above), a copy of the Entrelac Scarf pattern by Allison LoCicero available as a free download on Ravelry, worsted or aran weight yarn and size 8 needles. (Pattern calls for approx. 440 yards for the scarf. If you'd just like to try the technique, you can bring less.)

Click here to sign up for this class.

Fixing Mistakes                             Cost: $20.00

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Teacher: Tempe Croke


One of the best skills any knitter can have is to know how to read their knitting and how to recognize and fixing mistakes. It can be frustrating having to wait until you can get to the yarn shop for help before you can finish your project! It can make you afraid to make a mistake! This class will give you the basic skills that can help build your confidence and enjoyment of your knitting. Learn to correct dropped or twisted stitches, take your work back several stitches or several rows, fix a dropped stitch, put in a "lifeline" and more.

Homework: Please bring to class with you a swatch knit as follows:

Using a worsted weight yarn in a light, solid color and size 7 or 8 needles, cast on 20 stitches. Work 6 rows in garter stitch (knit every row), then work for about 2 more inches in stockinette stitch ( knit a row, purl a row). Leave on the needles with yarn still attached and bring to class with you.

What to bring: Your swatch as described above, a crochet hook size C or D or a Susan Bates Handi Tool, tapestry or darning needle, recloseable stitch markers.

Click here to sign up for this class.

Log Cabin Knitting                        Cost: $20.00

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Teacher: Tempe Croke

Log cabin knitting is much like log cabin quilting if you are familiar with that, (except there is no sewing involved) and has been wildly popularized by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting in the past several years. We will learn the basics of log cabin knitting, starting with a simple center square, knitted in garter stitch, and learning to pick up stitches along one edge of that square to make the next, then picking up along the edges of both squares to make a rectangle. Each new piece builds upon the ones before it.

Log cabin knitting is simple and fun, and once you learn the basics, there are countless variations you can try! We'll talk about some of these variations in class, including the projects in the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin, and Tempe's Cabin In the Woods wrap pattern.

Homework: Using worsted weight yarn and size 7-8 US needle, cast on 12 stitches. Working in Garter Stitch (knit every row), knit 24 rows (this equals 12 ridges). Bring this to class still on the needles.

Click here to sign up for this class.

Fair Isle Bookmark                    Cost: $25.00

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018   10:30am-12:30pm

Teacher: Anne McDermott

Learn the basic techniques of Fair Isle knitting while making a bookmark! We will discuss color in Fair Isle (although the bookmark will only be in 2 colors), read from a chart and cut a steek. This is a quick and easy project and would make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

Materials to knit the bookmark are included in the cost of the class.

What to bring: Set of US#3 double pointed needles. Note this works better than using the Magic Loop method.

This class is now FULL.You can click here to be added to the waiting list for this class. We will notify you if a spot opens up.

         Ravelry: Explored and Explained  Cost: $20.00

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018   10:30am-12:30pm

Teacher: Tempe Croke

Come learn some of the ins and outs of one of our favorite knitting and crochet resources.

Ravelry can be such a helpful resource, but there is so much information there, it can also be a bit overwhelming. We'll show you some effective ways to find what you're looking for, be it patterns or yarn, show you tools for keeping track of your projects and your yarn stash, and how to connect with other knitters and crocheters around the world.

What to bring: If possible, bring your (charged) laptop or iPad. If you don't have one, we will also have our shop laptop for demonstrating what we're learning.

Click here to sign up for this class.

Celtic Knots Cost: $20.00

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Teacher: Anne McDermott

This class will explore Lucy Hague’s technique for creating the beautiful Celtic Knts that adorn her knitting, as seen in her patterns (check out her patterns and books on Ravelry). Once you learn the technique, you will be ready to embark on one of her gorgeous shawls.

Please Note: This class is for intermediate or advanced knitters who are comfortable with cable knitting.

Homework: Using fingering weight yarn and US#5 needles, cast on 17 sts. Purl 2 rows, leaving your work on the needles.

What to bring: Your started swatch and needles used, a cable needle, and stitch markers. It is best to pick a yarn with good stitch definition and not a lot of color variations if using a variegated yarn. Choose a natural fiber yarn like wool or alpaca and avoid fuzzy yarns with angora or mohair or single-ply yarns which take away from the stitch definition.

This class is FULL. Please click here to sign up for the waiting list for this class. We will notify you if a spot opens up or if we decide to add a second session.

 Ongoing Group Classes

We also offer ongoing group help classes. In these classes, participants bring whatever project they are working on and get help in whatever areas they need. This is a great way to learn from an instructor, get individual attention, as well as learn from what other participants are asking about. You never know what tips and tricks you'll learn! These classes run in six-week sessions. These are not drop-in classes, so please call the shop for availability.  Each class is offered in a six-week session at $50 per session.  Instructor: Tempe Croke

Wednesdays 10am-12noon

Thursdays 10am-12noon

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm

Fridays 10am-12noon

Our Teachers

Tempe Croke needs no introduction. She is a fearless knitter, extremely creative and knowledgeable, and a talented designer. She is able to explain complicated stitches and concepts in clear and concise terms. She finds knitting and crochet endlessly fascinating because there is always something new to learn and share.

Susan Haviland has worked in the knitting and crochet field professionally for about 20 years, including over 10 years of yarn store experience at The Yarn Connection and Knitty City in New York City.  Her teaching experience is extensive, including classes at those stores, The Big Apple Knitters Guild, The Westchester Knitters Guild, and the Museum of American Folk Art as well as private instruction. She has worked with the design departments at Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, DKNY, TommyHilfiger and others. She created first samples for runway shows and product development swatches and samples. She has designed for Vogue Knitting, Tahki Stacey Charles, and Lion Brand Yarn and is currently Design Editor at Lion Brand.  

Anne McDermott has been knitting for some time. She loves to tweak patterns as she goes along and is intrigued by garments knitted in different directions. She is an avid fan of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen as well as different knitting styles and working with color.

Sue Spring comes by her knitting ability in a natural way...  She’s Tempe Croke’s mom! Truth be told they’re more like “knitting twins” in their ability to knit skillfully and communicate effectively in teaching the fine art of knitting to others. Over the years, Sue has become a devoted fan of circular needles, using them handily to knit socks in the round...  At age 65, Sue knitted several pairs of socks as she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 6 months.

 

General Class Information

All classes must be paid in advance to save a place. Please register in person, by phone or via the website.  Class size is limited to a maximum of 6 students. If more than 6 are interested, we will make every effort to schedule an additional session. There will be no refund unless the class is cancelled by the store or the instructor. We reserve the right to cancel a class if less than 3 students register.

Class fees do not include materials. Please be sure to have all required class materials ahead of time, including yarn that needs to be wound. We open at 10am, so if you need to purchase materials for the class, you can do that before class begins. Basic supplies that you might need, in addition to required materials include scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle, crochet hook, stitch markers, gauge check, pencil, paper and calculator.

If there is homework, please complete prior to the class. Time to complete homework is not included in the allotted time for the class.