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.

winter/Spring 2017 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.

                                Crochet Basics                 Cost: $20.00
                         Saturday, FEBRUary 18, 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

                                                          Teacher: Susan Haviland

This class will cover the main crochet stitches - foundation chain stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. You will learn stitch identification, counting stitches, and working back and forth in single crochet. With these basics, you can add crochet detail to your knitted projects or embark on a masterpiece in crochet!

What to bring to class: worsted to bulky weight smooth yarn in a light color and appropriate crochet hook, pencil and paper.

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

                                        Crochet Motifs              Cost: $20.00  

                                    Sunday February 19, 11:30AM - 1:30 PM

                                                           Teacher: Susan Haviland                      

Turn basic crochet stitches that you know into motifs or medallions for beautiful projects such as shawls, ponchos, afghans or table accessories. These small designs are generally worked from the center and then joined together. Learn to make different shapes (granny squares, circles, diamonds, hexagons and octagons) as well as various methods of joining motifs together. Take your crochet skills to a new level with this class.

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

*NEW - Spring Crochet-Along

Saturdays March 1 and March 18, 2017 10:30am - 12:00 pm

TEACHER: Tempe Croke 

Calling all crocheters both expert and newly minted! Come join us for a spring crochet-along. Choose between the Shawl for Rachel or Shawl for Marlene, both available on Ravelry from designer Hilda Steyn. You'll need to be comfortable with the basics of crochet - chain, single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet. This will be a fun chance to work together on a crocheted shawl project with guidance and support. The patterns come with both written directions and charted directions, which is how Tempe has taught herself to read crochet charts - maybe you can do the same!

There is no charge to join the crochet-along, but if you want to use yarn from your stash, we will ask a small fee of only $5.00 per session.

MaterialsPatterns call for anywhere from 200-500 grams of fingering weight yarn, depending on which pattern and size you choose to do. Patterns are available in the store through Ravelry's In-Store Purchase program.

Stop by or call the store to register or, if you prefer, click here to let us know you're interested in joining the crochet-along.

Project Class:  Trickery Scarf

Saturdays Feb. 25 and March 11, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm

Teacher: Tempe Croke

 Trickery by Jen Zeyen is a wide and dramatic scarf worked up in two colors of yarn and slipped stitches to create a fun pattern that looks harder to do than it really is! In class we'll learn how to work the slipped stitch patterns, how to read the charts (there are also written directions), techniques for reading your knitting and freeing yourself from the pattern! 

We'll meet for two sessions - one to get started on each section of the scarf.
 

Materials: Two skeins of fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors. Size 5 circular needle, 24" long. (Although you'll be working back and forth, you need to use a circular needle to work the second section of the scarf.)

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

 

Block Party                           COST: $20.00

Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:30am-12:30pm           

TEACHER: ANNE MCDERMOTT

Now that you've bound off your project, the instructions simply say "block"  and you ask, How? In this class, we'll explore blocking techniques for different fabrics and when to use them as well as the equipment to help you with this task. Give your project a professional finish!

What to bring to class: Bring materials to take notes if you wish.

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

Socks 101                               COST:$20.00

Saturday April 1, 2017 10:30-12:30

Teacher: Tempe Croke

Ready to learn to knit socks, but feel intimidated? Heard rumors that socks are hard to do? Come learn how fun ( and addictive!) knitting socks can be! There's always something different to do...when you get tired of working one section it's time to do the next! These are the classic top-down socks on double pointed needles. For class we'll talk about fit, learn how to do a heel flap, turn the heel, and learn how to graft the toe with Kitchener stitch.

Prerequisite: Experience knitting in the round with double pointed needles (see homework below).  If you have not used double pointed needles or need a refresher, just make an appointment ahead of time for a 1/2 hour, $5 class on how to use them. 

Homework: Knit the cuff of one sock before class. For your first pair, we suggest worsted weight yarn.

Materials: Yankee Knitter Classic Socks Pattern, yarn for your choice of sock, and appropriate size double pointed needles.

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

 

Intro to Reading Charts                      Cost: $20.00
 Saturday, APRIL 8, 2017 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

                                                    Teacher: Anne McDermott

Have you fallen in love with a project, just to reject it because the instructions are in charted form rather than written out? This class is for you. We will explore the basics of chart reading as well as try our hands at translating written instructions to chart form and a chart into plain knitting English.

What to bring to class: Materials to take notes if you wish. There will be a handout with helpful information.

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

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.

 

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.