Come to our store and learn a variety of new fiber skills! Select from our list of classes. For classes without a time listed, please call for an appointment; 925-284-1172
Guest Instructor Amy Snell
The Magic of Mosaic
Time: Sunday, April 21st, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Learn to make striking color patterns in your knitting while working only one color per row. Mosaic knitting is incredibly popular right now, and with good reason. It is simple to learn, but once you’ve mastered the concept, the possibilities for play are limitless. We’ll cover mosaic knitting both flat and in the round, and discuss yarn management and color planning. You'll learn what makes mosaic charts different from standard knitting charts, and how to read them. You'll learn the rules of mosaic knitting, and which ones you can break when. You’ll leave this class with the skills and inspiration to tackle any mosaic pattern.
Advanced Beginner: Students should be able to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and work a small-circumference project in the round on your choice of dpn, magic loop, or two circular needles.
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors; wound off into two balls of each color that are at least 20 yards long; needles in a compatible size (US #7-9) for working both flat and a small circumference in the round (double-pointed, one long or two short circular needles), scissors, stitch markers.
Homework: With darker color, cast 30 stitches on to your straight needles. Knit two rows in garter stitch (knit every row).
Secrets of Splicing: Up Your Ends Game
Time: Sunday, April 21st, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
When joining new yarn, the ideal splice is smooth, strong, and nearly invisible. We’ll practice spit splicing, the Russian join, and many other ways to start a new ball of yarn, including special options for color work. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of each, plus better ways to weave in ends when you can’t or shouldn’t splice.
This class is appropriate for knitters at many levels. Knitters should know how to cast on, bind off, knit and purl.
Supplies: 20 yards of worsted weight yarn (preferably non-superwash wool) in each of two light colors, needles suitable for working with worsted yarn (typically US #7-9), scissors, a locking stitch marker or safety pin, a crewel or tapestry needle, and a small glass of water.
Homework: With worsted yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 20 stitches and work four rows in stockinette (knit a row, purl a row, repeat). Leave the yarn attached and do not cut.
Smooth Sailing: Jogless Stripes in the Round
Time: Sunday, June, 1st 9:00am - 12:00pm
Do you get annoyed by the “jog” at the start of each new color when you knit stripes in the round? In this class, we’ll practice several different ways to avoid this jog and discuss the pros and cons of each technique. You’ll also learn techniques that are applicable to any project worked in the round, including how to join without twisting and how to make a smooth, invisible join in your cast-ons and bind-offs.
Show cast-on smoothing trick and bind-off-in-round trick. Talk about carrying up the sides; twisting (many rows) vs. just starting with the new yarn (few rows between). Show multi-row stripes, show carrying diagonally. Show weaving in ends in duplicate stitch on the back, in the same direction the yarn would have been going.
Intermediate: Students should be able to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, work a small-circumference project in the round on either dpns, magic loop, or two circular needles.
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors and your choice of dpn, magic loop, or two circular needles in a compatible size (US #7-9) suitable for working very small-circumference projects in the round OR your preferred weight yarn and matching needles, scissors, stitch markers, a tapestry needle.
Ciao! Italian Tubular Cast-On and Bind Off
Time: Sunday, June, 1st 1:30pm - 4:30pm
In this class you'll learn to work both one and two-color Italian and tubular cast-on and bind off. This edging creates a beautiful one-by-one ribbing and is the perfect accompaniment to brioche knitting. But it can also be used any time you want your cast-on or bind-off edges to be virtually invisible, like mitten cuffs, hat edges, and more.
Level: Intermediate — Students must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Supplies: Approximately 20 yards each of a dark and light-colored worsted-weight yarn; needles in the size you usually use for worsted weight yarn (for example, #7-9 US), needles two sizes smaller, tapestry needle, scissors.
Learn to Knit
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Learn to Crochet
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Anything from basic to lace socks, we'll teach you the skills you need.