Saturday, February 11, 2012

April and May Course Offerings


Note:  Many students take fundamentals courses more than once, advancing as they go and working on projects that make use of the skills gained.  No classes are exactly the same because they are driven by the needs and progress of the particular group and the questions that are raised.  A discount of approximately 20% is offered for repeats of the same fundamentals course.

Beginning Knitting Fundamentals - $75 
        Six Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
        April 9, 16, 23 and 30, May 7 and 14
It’s a good idea to begin with this course, even if you have knit before.  You will learn how to hold the yarn “continental style,” as well as how to make knit and purl stitches, cast on and bind off, increase and decrease, begin to read patterns, and how to decide what yarns to use for a project. 

Intermediate Knitting Fundamentals - $60 
        Four Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 
        April 3, 10, 17, and May 1 (no class April 24)

Classes at this level will contain a mix of early learners and more accomplished students who will benefit from review.  In addition  to advancing the skills  presented in beginning knitting fundamentals, you will become familiar with using knit and purl stitches to create different patterns, improve your yarn hold for efficiency and comfort, and learn about yarn substitutions, the  importance (and use) of gauge swatches, pattern reading and selection, and additional repair techniques. 

Advanced Knitting Fundamentals – $60
        Four Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
         May 1, 8, 15 and 22
Persons taking this class will already have a complete grasp of the skills taught in intermediate knitting fundamentals.  In this class, you will create cables and lace and do some color work (including intarsia and fair isle).  You will learn to read stitch charts and how to modify a pattern, as well as finishing techniques (sewing together, washing and blocking).

Crochet Fundamentals – $75
       Six Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
        April 5, 12, 19 and 26, May 3 and 10

For the novice to advanced beginner.  You will learn how to hold the yarn and make standard crochet stitches and shapes. You will begin to read patterns and understand when crochet might be preferred over knitting, and see some of the unique things that can be made with crochet. Depending on the progress of the group, you may tackle a simple project. The more advanced student will work with colors and texture and learn how to make squares, work in the round, and make flowers and more exotic shapes.

Your Project - $65
       Section A: Six Sundays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
             April 15, 22 and 29, May 6, 13 and 20
        Section B: Six Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
             April 12, 19 and 26; May 3, 10 and 17      

This is a support class, with no specific teaching curriculum, so students are expected to have a facility with the concepts taught in the fundamentals courses.
This very popular course is limited to 4 students. Each student will begin (or continue) a personal project, such as a scarf, hat, sweater, bag or socks. We will address yarn and needle choices, gauge swatching, pattern modification, trouble shooting, finishing, blocking, you name it.  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. No discount for repeats.

Top-down Baby Cardigan – For intermediate students - $45
        Sunday, April 29, from 2:00-5:00 pm
Prerequisite: Mastery of the concepts taught in Beginning Knitting Fundamentals.  Make a basic (and adorable) top-down, cardigan for a baby.  A pattern will be provided, with help adapting it for a boy or girl.  While making this sweater, you will become familiar with the concept of knitting sweaters from the top down, whether for children or adults, and learn why some people prefer this method. 

Argyle Socks – For intermeiate to advanced students - $75
Three Sundays (April 15: 2:00-5:00; April 29: 2:30-5:00; May 6: 3:00-5:00)

Prerequisite: Mastery of the concepts taught in Intermediate Knitting Fundamentals.  It is helpful if you have made socks before, but not essential.  While making these socks, you will learn many skills you can use in  other projects, such as  creating a stretchy cast-on, working in the round with double-pointed or circular needles, and intarsia color work with bobbins.  You’ll also learn how to turn a heel with short rows, pick up gusset stitches and finish the toe with kitchener stitch.  We will spread this three-session class out over six weeks to give you an opportunity to make progress on each stage of your socks.


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. 

A great way to start or to get additional help during classes or with a specific project.

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