Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Course offerings March - April 2011

Knitting Fundamentals - For the novice to advanced beginner
$60 for six sessions
Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm
     March 13, March 20, March 27,April 3, April 10, April17

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
Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm [closed]
     March 15, March 22, March 29,April 5, April 12, April 26
Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am
      March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 28

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
$45 for three sessions
     March 13 (5:30 to 7:30); April 3 (5:30 to 7:00); April 17 (5:30 to 7:00)

Prerequisite: Mastery of the concepts taught in Knitting Fundamentals.

At the first session, we will decide on a pattern and yarn, and get you started with a flexible cast on. At the second class, you will turn the heel and make the gusset. Finally (two weeks later), you finish a sock, using the kitchener stitch to close the toe. You will learn all the skills you need to make socks for yourself or someone special, using either two circular needles or four double pointed needles.


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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