Saturday, December 4, 2010

Course Offerings - January and February 2011

Knitting Fundamentals - For the novice to advanced beginner
$60 for six sessions
        Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
        January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15

Classes at this level will contain a mix of new knitters, early learners, and more accomplished students who will benefit from review.  It’s a good idea to begin with this course, even if you have knit or crocheted before, to be sure you have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals before continuing to another level.  Those who are more experienced will be given additional homework and/or a project.
If you are a beginner, you will learn to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, plus a myriad of other things as they come up, such as yarn characteristics, importance of gauge swatches, etc.The more advanced students will learn several methods of increasing and decreasing, will become comfortable with knitting and purling in the same row and knowing when to do which, and will learn how to "read" the fabric so increases and decreases don't disturb the stitch pattern. Through a project that uses the skills you have mastered, you will learn some methods for repairing mistakes and begin to read patterns, even making simple adjustments.
Since we can never have enough of the fundamentals, many students take this course several times,* advancing as they go, with beginners learning from the more advanced knitters and the more advanced knitters benefitting from reviewing the instruction given to the beginners.  No two classes are exactly the same because they are driven by the needs and progress of the group and the particular questions that are raised.  *There is a 20% reduction for students who repeat a fundamentals course ($42).

Your project (knit or crochet) – For intermediate to advanced students
$60 for six sessions
Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm
        January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20

Prerequisite: For knitters, mastery of the concepts taught in Knitting Fundamentals. For crocheters, mastery of the concepts taught in Crochet Fundamentals.
Each student will begin (or continue) a personal project, so start (or finish) that scarf, hat, sweater, bag or socks.  We will address yarn and needle choices, gauge swatching, pattern modification, trouble shooting, finishing, blocking, you name it.  This is a support class, with no specific teaching curriculum.  Students receive individual help and benefit from the issues raised by others.  The course may be repeated as often as desired, to get continuing ideas and help with projects.


Socks – For intermediate to advanced students
Sunday, January 16, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (including a light lunch)

Prerequisite: Mastery of the concepts taught in Knitting Fundamentals.
We will work on a “class sock,” which will give you all the skills you need to make socks for yourself or someone special.  You’ll pick out a pattern and yarn, learn to  work with double-pointed or circular needles, make the leg, turn the heel, pick up gusset stitches, and finish the toe.

Cables and Lace – For intermediate to advanced students
Sunday, February 6, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (including a light lunch)

Prerequisite: Mastery of the concepts taught in Knitting Fundamentals.
We will explore several methods of creating lace and several styles of cables, while learning the lace and cable lingo and how to read charts. You will see the special challenges for gauge and learn how to finish and block your work.

Private Sessions – All levels

For the absolute beginner who wants individual knitting or crochet instruction.  For the student at any level who needs some additional help with a technique.  For anyone who is stumped by a pattern or wants to get some new ideas.

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