We're delighted to offer a full schedule of project and technique classes as well as 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.

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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.

                                Magic loop Technique                 Cost: $20.00
                         Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

                                                          Teacher: tempe Croke

 

Have you wanted to learn to knit in the round, but feel intimidated by double pointed needles? Or maybe you know how to use the double points, but don't like them? The Magic Loop technique is a way to knit in the round without using double pointed needles. You'll use one long needle instead of four! Magic Loop can be used any time you need to knit a small amount of stitches in the round - socks, mittens, sleeves, hats, etc. You're going to love it!

 What to bring to class: worsted weight yarn, preferably in a light color, 32"-40" long size 7 or 8 US circular needle.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here to register for this class on-line. 

                                        finishing techniques              Cost: $20.00  

                                    saturday october 21, 10:30AM - 12:30 PM

                                                           Teacher: Anne Mcdermott                     

Finished knitting your project and uncertain about the next steps? This class will teach you how to sew the pieces together, whether worked in garter stitch or stockinette, row to row, stitch to stitch, and row to stitch. You will also learn how to pick up stitches for a rib or garter stitch border, recognize stitches, and count rows. 

 Homework: Knit two 6x6 inch garter stitch swatches and three 4x4 inch stockinette stitch swatches. These should be knitted in worsted to bulky weight yarn, preferably one that is smooth and light colored (i.e., not black mohair!).

 What to bring to class: yarn and corresponding needles, tapestry/darning needle, paper, pen/pencil for note taking if desired. 

 Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here to register for this class on-line. 

Cast-Ons - Beyond the Basics                Cost: $20

Saturday october 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:30 pm

TEACHER: Tempe Croke 

There are so many different ways to get your stitches on your needles, and many of them are good for different purposes. This class will take you beyond the most often used long-tail, knitted and cable cast ons. Learn a provisional cast on, Norwegian cast on (great for sock cuffs) and tubular or invisible cast on (for a great finished look on cuffs and ribbing).

What to bring to class: Worsted or dk weight yarn in a solid light color and needles in an appropriate size for your yarn, several yards of a smooth waste yarn in a contrasting color, and size F or G crochet hook for provisional cast on.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here to register for this class online.

 

 

fixing Mistakes clinic - No more fear!         Cost:$35

2 Saturdays nov. 4 and nov. 11, 2017 10:30am - 12:00noon

Teacher: Tempe Croke

One of the best skills any knitter can have is to know how to read their knitting and to recognize and fix mistakes. It can be frustrating having to wait until you can get to the yarn shop before you can continue your project! It can make you afraid to make a mistake. Learn the basic skills that can build your confidence and enjoyment of your knitting. Learn to correct dropped or twisted stitches, take your work back several stitches or several rows, drop down several rows to fix a stitch, fix a snag, and more!

 

 Come Nov. 4th and learn techniques, then return on Nov. 11th with questions and projects to diagnose and fix.

 Homework: Knit a swatch as follows:

 Using worsted weight wool in a light, solid color and size 8 or 9 needles, cast on 36 stitches. Knit 6 rows. Then work in stockinette stitch (knit a row, purl a row) for 4-5". Leave the stitches on the needles.

 What to bring to class: worsted weight yarn and needles as described above, your swatch, a rise C or D crochet hook or Susan Bates Handi-Tool, tapestry/darning needle, recloseable stitch markers.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here to register for this class on-line.

 

THREE USEFUL BIND OFFS                                                 COST: $20.00

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 10:30AM - 12:30PM

TEACHER: ANNE MCDERMOTT

While the basic bind off is useful for most projects, there are times when a different method will give you a better result.  This class will explore three bind-off methods.  The sewn bind off is stretchy and useful to avoid that tight, “I can’t get this sweater over my head” neck band bind off.  The three needle bind off produces a smooth, flat seamed edge, useful for shoulders.  The tubular bind-off yields a nearly invisible rounded edge for cuffs and ribbing.  Learn all three to add to your finishing skills!

Homework: Knit 3 4x4 inch stockinette swatches and one 4x4 inch swatch in K2, P2 rib.  Leave all stitches on a needle or stitch holder.  Worsted yarn in a light color is best for the swatches.

What to Bring: Swatches and associated yarn; tapestry needle; scissors; paper and pencil for note taking if you wish.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here to register for this class on-line.

 

toe up socks with special toe cap                cost: $20.00

saturday, december 2, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm

teacher: sue spring

A gentle warning... Sock knitting can become habit forming... sort of “try it, and you’ll like it!” Learn to knit socks from the toe up, starting with a “toe cap” that also serves as the same pattern for knitting the heel. While the “caps” for each sock are constructed one at a time, the feet and leg sections of the socks can be knitted two at a time on “the magic loop”  to assure the socks are the same length.  In this class you will learn to knit the toe cap for a toe-up sock, starting with a provisional cast on. We will also cover how to knit two socks at a time on the Magic Loop,  and tips for foot length and when to start the heel cap. 

Skill Level: Knitters will need to be familiar with a method of provisional cast on and the Magic Loop Technique. Neither of these techniques will be taught as part of the class. If you need brushing up on either of these techniques, feel free to schedule a quick lesson ahead of time at the shop.

What to Bring to Class: US #1 circular knitting needle, length 32 or 40 inches; a spare circular needle of similar diameter... need not be a long one, just for temporary stitch storage; 2- 50 gram balls of sock yarn, (If you have 100 gm ball, come ahead of time or early on class day and we can help wind yarn into 50 gm balls.) If the yarn has a jacquard/striped print, you may want to make sure to start both balls at the same color sequence point in the yarn.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here, to register for this class on-line.

 

exploring i-cord                                            cost: $20.00

saturday, december 9, 2017 10:30am - 12:30 pm

teacher: anne mcdermott

 

Oh, the mystery of I-Cord!  It is really very simple and this class will explore the many uses of this smallest of circular knitting.  Learn how to knit free-standing, built-in, and applied I-cord, I-cord cast-on and bind-off, and buttonholes. Once you have this technique in your knitting toolkit, you will be able to incorporate I-cord into many of your knitted projects.

What to Bring to Class:  A skein of chunky or bulky yarn in a light color, appropriate needles for the yarn, knitting notions. To learn all the techniques, we will be using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s I-Cord Potholder pattern ($5.00 included in the class fee), so choose a cotton or cotton mix yarn if you want a potholder.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here, to register for this class on-line.

 

 

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 $45 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 or by phone.  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.