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Teaching is my favorite part of this business. I love spending time with other knitters and having the opportunity to share my passion. If you have had the chance to be in class with me, hopefully my love of teaching came shining through.

Although this is what I do for a living, all most all my teaching engagements come from some sort of referral. If you have not had the opportunity to be in one of my classes, I am always happy to provide a list of as many referrals as you would like.

My current rates can be found in my standard teaching agreement along with other information about having me teach at your locale.

If you are interested in having me teach at your local yarn shop or knitting event, please drop me an e-mail and I will get a complete packet in the mail as soon as possible.

You also can always check my current schedule to see where I will be traveling. If I am going to be in your area, we may be able to negotiate a reduced fee agreement.

If you would like to be placed on a list of folks I contact when I am scheduled to be in an area, please e-mail me with that information as well.

Class Listing

My standard list of classes focuses on my most popular 3-hour and 6 hour classes, but an online list can be found below including retreat options as well as many of my current offerings.

Find a class by category.


Multi-Session Class
Fearless Finishing Finishing
Finishing techniques, although often considered an after-thought, in fact are one of the most critical components of a project. The finishing of an item is the difference between "hand-crafted" and "homemade". This class focuses on gaining experience in a variety of techniques to understand both their pros and cons and when to apply them. Techniques covered in class include seaming, picking up stitches, weaving in ends and blocking.
Sample Stitch Purse Getting Started
Knitting is just the beginning. Learn how to purl and discover the limitless number of possible textures and patterns. Once you have mastered knit & purl, you can knit almost anything! Class will focus on learning the purl stitch and ways to combine it with the knit stitch to create interesting stitch patterns. Add a couple of seams, a button and a handle and before you know it, you will have created a cute purse.
Felted Mittens Projects
You know how to knit, you know how to purl and you are ready to move beyond the basics. Open up endless possibilities by adding a few more skills to your knitting arsenal. Learn to work on double pointed needles, add stitches with increases, remove stitches with decreases, create a basic seam - most everything you need to know after knit and purl. Best of all, the project is felted when you are done, so any imperfections while you learn are just felted away!
Felted Slipper Socks Projects
Felted slipper socks are the perfect project to learn new skills and showcase your talents, all at the same time. But be warned -- everyone is going to want a pair! Students will learn how to use double pointed needles, perform decreases and turn a heel. The perfect way to learn sock construction in a quick project.
Fun Fingered Gloves Projects
You are beyond the basics, but still want to learn more. Begin exploring techniques that will move you to new levels of knitting. Learn to a unique flexible cast on, tricks on creating stripes and the secret of creating fingers and so much more. When complete, a pair of Fun Fingered Gloves will be ready to wear or give as a special gift.
My First Vest Projects
By opening up the world of fitted garments, a knitter's possibilities are endless. My First Vest is designed to cover many of the elements necessary to successfully execute any garment pattern. Pattern secrets such as calculating gauge, increasing evenly, picking up stitches and creating button holes are just a few of the many skills gained within this project. Although this is a full size garment, utilizing bulky yarn speeds up the knitting process.
Ponchos A Plenty Projects
If you are ready to move beyond scarves, but aren't prepared to jump into a complicated project, try making a poncho. Ponchos are the latest craze, and with minimal shaping they are a great next step for newer knitters. With 3 styles to choose from and 3 yarn weights, you can make your own poncho design. Learn how to pick yarn to go with your favorite style. We will cover shaping & stitch pattern details that will customize your design based on your personal style and skill level.
Top Down Sweater Projects
This class is designed for the knitter who would like to familiarize themselves with the techniques associated in knitting a garment from the top as opposed to the "traditional" method of bottom up. Some of the key concepts include flexible cast on and bind off methods, instructions for double increases and mirrored decreases. Previous experience in knitting garments is not required, although may be helpful. To keep the quantity of knitting manageable, only baby/toddler sizing is offered. However, techniques covered will easily translate into other garments.
Online
Making Money from Your Hobby Consultation
So often we dream of getting paid for doing what we love. But can you really make enough money to make it worthwhile. If so, how do you possibly get started in the industry? Get answers to these and many questions along with an overview of the MANY ways you can make money with your knit or crochet skills. Discussion will include the pros and cons of each type of endeavor, the basic skills required to be successful and tips for getting started off on the right foot. You probably won't get rich, but you may be able to pay for your hobby and really enjoy doing it!
Plan a Shop Retreat for Fun and Profit Consultation
Retreat, camps or weekend get-a-ways, call them what you will, but they are becoming more popular. Busy people appreciate the opportunity to "get away from it all" and focus on themselves and activities they enjoy. Offering a quality experience takes some preparation, but the results are well worth the effort. Learn the secrets to the most successful events, tricks for managing the registration process and resources for developing an event the participants won't forget.
Create Your Own Aran Classic Design
Aran sweaters, also known as Fisherman Knits, have been a favorite for many generations and never go out of style. Design and knit this classic from the top down to your own specifications in your own style. Class topics will cover selecting stitch patterns, saddle shoulders, short row cap sleeves and numerous other valuable skills and techniques.
Design Basics Design
Designing a basic sweater is really just about completing some easy arithmetic. Even the greatest of math-phobics and do it! Learn the simple steps used in creating a basic shaped tank top and begin your journey to creating your own designs. It really is about starting off with good measurements!
Necklines and Finish Lines Design
For most sweaters, the neckline is one of the last elements knitted in the body. A good fitting neckline can make all the different how well a sweater hangs on the body. Gain insights on two of the most common neckline styles as well as tips and tricks for finishing a garment in style.
Simple Yarn Substitution Design
So often we find a pattern we love and a yarn that we love, but they don't quite go together. An investment in this class and one skein of yarn is all you need to get started. Learn the secrets to substituting yarn for a basic published pattern even when your gauge doesn't quite match. Learn how to calculate yardage, stitch counts and more for your pattern in the new yarn.
Sweater Design - Start to Finish Design
Designed as a series of 5 classes, start at the beginning and work through the various elements of creating a sweater to reflect your unique sense of style and to fit the way a custom made garment should. Students that take advantage of the complete series of classes will receive a class binder with all the materials used in all 5 classes. In addition, students investing in the complete series also receive a discount compared to those signing up individually.
The Fitted Sleeve Design
Sleeves, and more specifically, sleeve caps are often the last great challenge for a new designer. However, a sleeve cap that fits into an armhole isn't magic or luck, it is just simple math. Learn the calculations that lead to a sleeve cap that fits every time. In addition, gain insight into recognizing when a published pattern's sleeve may cause a problem and steps for fixing it.
The Perfect Gauge Design
Do you ever wonder why gauge is talked about by so many knitters? Does it REALLY matter anyway? Can you never seem to get the same gauge measurement twice? These and many questions will be answered in the online class focusing on understanding and calculating gauge. Learn tricks for counting row and stitches particularly in "difficult" fabrics. Gauge only matters if you want something to fit -- so learn the first step to a garment that fits.
The Perfect Sweater - By You, For You Design
We all have a favorite sweater. But isn't time that you knit one for yourself? In class we will each design and knit our own perfect sweater working together through the whole process beginning with yarn selection, measurements and fit through the final details of edgings and finishing techniques.
Yarn Substitution Made Simple Design
If you are a shop owner, you want to make it easy to sell what is on your shelves. If you are a consumer, you want to be able to successfully work out of your personal stash. Learn the simple formula for converting any pattern to a new yarns and/or different gauge. Practice what you learn on a simple pattern
Retreat
Kimono of Color Color
Do you love color but are hesitant to add it to your knitting, afraid that the techniques will be too complex? Gain experience without having to make the commitment of a large project. Techniques include working with stripes, utilizing slipped stitches, mosaic knitting, intarsia, duplicate stitch and fair isle. Sample pieces combine to create a teddy bear sized Kimono of Color.
Concept to Completed Sweater Design
You have a vision and maybe you have the yarn, but how do you take from concept to a completed sweater? This class walks the students through the steps from the beginning with drawing a basic schematic, developing an appropriate swatch and taking measurements (or using industry "standards") to the finale with drafting a pattern, checking the numbers and knitting up your dream sweater. If the numbers make you nervous, fear not, all instruction is provided with the math-phobic in mind. The process is just a matter of working through the steps all designers use to take their vision and make it a reality.
Custom Knit Jackets: Everything But the Knitting Design
Want to knit something for yourself that will stand the test of time? Then a custom fit, knit jacket is the answer. This class uses the methods and techinques found in Jean Frost's Custom Fit Knit Jackets. Together students work through the steps for taking measurments, creating a template and designing a custom jacket. Specialized skills such as sewing in a lining and finishing options are also covered in class. When you are done with class, you will be ready to start knitting a classic piece that will last a lifetime!!
Take It From the Top Design
Knitting a sweater from the top not only is fun, it is practical. When knit from the top, it can be tried on along the way to ensure a correct fit and easily lengthen for growing children. In this class students will begin with the yarn of their choice and learn how to design a sweater from the top down. In addition to gaining an understanding of the calculations, students will also gain insight into flexible cast on & bind off methods, options for increasing and decreasing and basic design considerations. All students will be well underway in knitting their own creation upon completion class.
Entrelac Hat Trick: 3 Entrelac Essentials Entrelac
Basic entrelac construction, knitting in both directions, and shaping the fabric; when you know these, the world of entrelac has nearly endless possibilities. Begin with the basics: fabric construction, flat versus seamless techniques, and alternatives for pick-ups and joins. Gwen shows you how to knit in both directions—it's the secret to making entrelac fast and fun. Wind up your project with shaping options. Three entrelac essentials, two days of knitting fun all wrapped up in one Peruvian-style hat.
Entrelac:The Beginning to Endless Possibilities Entrelac
Entrelac is fascinating and relatively easy to learn, but its construction limits the possible applications -- or does it?!? Even if you are new to entrelac, class begins with learning the basic construction of the components utilized in entrelac. Once students are comfortable with the basics we move on to solving common problems. After getting several small projects under your belt, you are ready to begin the process of designing a project in entrelac. Calculating gauge, utilizing schematics, shaping, seams and invisible joins will all be covered with skills building on one another.
Tons of Techniques Tote Projects
Ready to expand your knitting horizons? Create a stylish purse and get a taste of a wide range of knitting techniques and skills. With nearly twenty different topics, there is something for knitters of all levels. Students knit nearly the entire time so as you learn a technique, you immediately try it on a real project. Multiple options are provided for several components of the bag, resulting in a customize project for each student.
Workshop - 1 Hour
Knitting (and Crocheting) with Alternative Fibers Creativity
Have you tried knitting or crocheting with all the typical yarns but long for something fun and new? This is your chance to play with a variety of alternatives not found in your local yarn shop. Discover the pros and cons of knitting with non-traditional fibers! This class is about exploring and having fun while adding a new dimension to your favorite hobby.
Introduction to Kumihimo Braiding Extras
The ancient Japanese craft of Kumihimo creates a beautiful unique cord, perfect for using up left over bits from various fiber art projects. Class is focused on learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. A variety of samples showing the possibilities of combining of colors, fibers will also be provided. Once inspired, let the creative juices flow to the boundless possibilities all with small amounts of leftover fiber!
Knitting in Both Directions Techniques
Most of us knit in one direction, but what would happen if you could knit in EITHER direction? Bobbles would pop out faster, entrelac would be even more fun and your yarn would be less tangled, and that is just the beginning. Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it is a great skill to have in your knitting arsenal. You can learn the basics to knitting in "the other direction" regardless of the way you knit now! All it takes, as with most things, is a little bit of practice.
They Want Me to do What? Techniques
Knitting patterns use a language all their own and there is more to it than just understanding the abbreviations. Learn tricks for translating the language of knitting, clues for decoding the "secret messages" and hints for making educated guesses when nothing else seems to work. Students will gain experience locating key information and understanding the intention of real patterns as the class works through examples written in a variety of styles.
Workshop - 3 Hours
Diamonds of a Different Color Color
Diamonds, or more specifically argyles, are a classic pattern. But argyles are no longer just limited to socks. We are using the argyle pattern to provide a great introduction to intarsia and duplicate stitch. In this class, make a simple card holder while discovering the basics of intarsia, gaining insights on color selection and learning tips and tricks.
Fair Isle for Your Phone Color
If you have ever wanted to give Fair Isle a try, but were afraid to commit to a large project, this is the class for you. Students will gain sight into stranded knitting techniques including the various options for carrying two yarns at once. All the while, creating a useful and handy cell phone case. This class is designed as a basic introduction to the technique and assumes students will have no experience with stranded knitting although experience with knitting in the round and using double pointed needles is required.
Hand Dyed Solutions Color
Are those beautiful hand-dyed yarns just waiting for the perfect project? Do the striping properties or the pools of color create a disappointing finished product. A variety of simple techniques and utilizing multiple yarns can provide outstanding results. Discussion of dye repeats and basic color analysis will also enhance the students of understanding of methods to take that beautiful hand-dyed skein and create and equally beautiful knitted fabric.
Simply Color Color
Do you love color but are hesitant to add it to your knitting, afraid that the techniques will be too complex? Are those beautiful hand-dyed yarns just waiting for the perfect project? Learn the basics of using more than one color utilizing simple techniques. An overview of selecting colors and managing ends will also be covered.
Unraveling the Mystery of Mosaic Knitting Color
Mosaic knitting, the result looks complex, but the knitting is simple once you understand the basics. The unique nature of this technique results in a specialized chart and options for stitches and colors. Students will be given the skills required and the opportunity to produce beautiful two color geometric patterns utilizing the mosaic technique. Possibilities for adding the unique two-color technique to knitting projects will also be discussed.
Increase Profits - Create Classes Consultation
Does you shop offer a variety of classes throughout the year? If your shop sells needle arts, you need to be offering classes. If not, you are missing a valuable revenue stream for your business. Shops that offer a mix of classes are able to create new customers, develop shop loyalty and increase sales, all with minimal additional effort. Learn how to build successful relationships with independent instructors, develop classes that sell product and organize class registration to make it a painless process for everyone involved.
Infinite Cord Possibilities Creativity
I-cord, corking, spool cord, the name changes, but the result is the same -- a simple knit tube with limitless possibilities. Begin with the basics by learning methods for creating I-cord. Next uncover a variety of ways I-cord can be use in conjunction with your knitting from beginnings to endings, embellishments to complete projects. Finally, let your imagination go wild and stretch the limits by altering any number of variables and discover the results.
Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarn Creativity
If you knit enough projects you have left over yarn -- a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from your travels. But the question remains, what to do with all those bits, pieces and odd skeins. Class begins by learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Custom Fit: Measurements to Schematics Design
Standard sizing is a bit of a misnomer. Very few of us are exactly the measurements use as industry standards - we are all unique. The key to knitting a garment really fits is understanding how to customize based on your measurements. Class begins with a measurement clinic, learning what measurements to take, how to take them and practicing on one another. Next see how your measurements compare with the "standards". Finally, transfer your new information to paper creating a schematic that is custom fit, just for you.
Designing Sleeves that Fit Design
Set-in sleeves have long been considered one of the more difficult tasks in designing a sweater. Although proper fitting sleeves are challenging, there are guidelines that make this is a skill that can be learned. If you can design a basic tank top, you can design a sweater with a fitted set-in sleeve. Start with a fabric swatch, take your measurements and learn the calculations required to design a set-in capped sleeve that will fit -- every time. Class will move quickly so it is assumed that students are already familiar with basic design concepts such as gauge, ease and garment construction.
Entrelac Design Design
If you love the entrelac stitch but find the technique limiting your design creativity, this is the class you have been waiting for. The construction of entrelac has limitations, but by applying unique shaping, seaming and joining methods, many of those constraints fade away. Class will focus on developing non-rectilinear shapes, invisible seams and specialized joining techniques.
Introduction to Sweater Design Design
What to do when a yarn speaks to you, but you cannot find the perfect pattern? With some basic design skills and a calculator you can write your own pattern, creating the perfect merging of your vision into reality. Class will introduce students to the basics of knitted pattern drafting. Topics covered include taking measurements, garment ease, why a swatch is so important, basic rules of shaping and when it is okay to "fudge" the numbers. At the completion of class, students will have a basic pattern for one of two different basic styles of garment.
Numbers of Knitting Design
What do gauge, yardage and sizing have in common with fear, dread and frustration (at least for some knitters)? Mathematics. This class will address the mathematics of swatching, gauge and yardage requirements with the math-phobic knitter in mind. Students will learn how to adjust a pattern for a new gauge, calculate evenly spaced increases and decreases and make pattern adjustments based on pattern stitch requirements.
Pattern Customization -- Your Yarn, Your Gauge Design
You have a handle on the knitting math basics, so now how do you apply this knowledge to your world of knitting? Students will each work through converting a basic sweater pattern into their own yarn/gauge. This class will address dealing with pattern multiples, stitch versus row gauge and when to make an educated guess.
The Perfect Skirt for Any Body Design
Knitted skirts are not just for those with slender hips and model size dimensions. In fact, the nature of knitted fabric makes them perfect for all sorts of shapes and sizes. Learn the secrets to creating a skirt that look good on your body. Start with an exploration of fabrics to understand what works best and why. Next gather measurements needed to create a design, custom fit to your lower half. Finally, study skirt structures to see how to apply them to your own design. Leave class ready to design and knit the perfect skirt for your body.
Entrelac Basics Entrelac
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard. Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction techniques. A discussion of other project possibilities will also be included.
Entrelac: Beyond the Basics Entrelac
If you understand the basics of entrelac, have completed a project or two and are ready to see what more the technique can offer, then this is the class for you. Learn alternative methods for starting entrelac including one that is completely invisible. Gain insights on creating a variety of shapes and forms with entrelac fabric. Explore the differences between entrelac worked flat and seamless entrelac. All the while, gaining hands on experience and creating a small envelope style bag.
The Entrelac Shift: Combining Fabrics for Maximum Effect Entrelac
Incorporating entrelac with other knitted fabrics can create an outstanding accent in a garment, but the smooth transition between fabrics can be challenging. With a few guidelines, the fabric changeover can be accomplished nearly anywhere. Start by exploring the various options for incorporating chevron stitch fabrics along the pointed edges. Next discover tricks for moving between entrelac triangles and standard knitted fabrics. Students will create a customized neck warmer while they practice moving from entrelac to other knitted fabrics, both along the flat edge and along the pointed edge.
Create Custom Closures Extras
Finding the perfect button for you handcrafted creation often is a frustrating endeavor. Instead, learn to create intricate frogs, creative buttons and classics toggles all out of a unique cord from the project's left over yarn. Students will begin by learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. Next we will explore a variety of ways to utilize the braid in creating Chinese style frog closures, simple toggles and three-dimensional buttons. Then let the creative juices flow to the boundless possibilities all with small amounts of leftover yarn!
Simple Sewing; Luxurious Linings Extras
ew items in your wardrobe are more luxurious to wear than a beautifully lined jacket. But the sewing has to be difficult, right? THINK AGAIN! You can line your own hand knitted jacket with the most basic of sewing skills. If you can sew on a button, you can line a jacket. Learn all of the basic skills required for lining a jacket without the worry of messing up the "real thing". Practice attaching the lining to the fabric, encasing the seams and finishing the lining along the edges. Learn tips and tricks along with the biggest secret of them all -- you do not need to be a seamstress to create a lined jacket. When complete, you will have a small silk lined purse. But most importantly, you will be ready to tackle lining a jacket of your own.
Make it Match: Matching Cast-ons and Bind-offs Finishing
If you think your cast-on and your bind-off can not match, think again! Although there may not be a match for every technique, there are several different pairs of cast-ons and bind-offs that are very similar in appearance. Students will gain hands on experience while they learn 2 - 4 pairs of matching cast-ons and bind-offs. In addition, gain insights on which options are best and other tips and tricks associated with the start and finish of a project.
Start with the Finish in Mind Finishing
Many times what happens at the end is greatly influenced by what happened at the start. In the case knitting, this is particularly true. Decisions we make starting with the cast on selection and on through the knitting of the project greatly influence the look of the final project. Start by leaning the pros and cons of decisions we make in the knitting of a garment. Next, gain hands on experience developing skills we typically associate with "finishing". Finally, get answers on fixing problems "after it is too late".
Hints, Tips & Secrets for the Newer Knitter Getting Started
As a newer knitter, do you feel like other experienced knitters must have taken a class that you have missed? Do you have lots of questions but are not even sure what they are or how to ask them? Are you convinced that there must be some hints, tricks and secrets out there in the knitting world you have yet to discover? If so, this is the class for you. We will provide practical hints to help increase your satisfaction with knitting, tips on ways to maximize your knitting dollar through educated buying and a guidebook to the secret short-hand of knitting patterns.
Sensational Scarves, Simply Knit Getting Started
Sensational scarves are everywhere you look. Surprisingly, they are quick and easy to knit and make a great beginner project. Learn the basics or refresh your skills of casting on, knitting and binding off. This is a great project to get started knitting. But be forewarned, once friends and family see yours, everyone is going to want one!
Acts of Love; Gifts of Prayer Prayer Shawl
Prayer shawl ministries are a unique way we can share the talents, gifts, love and grace given to us by God. In so doing, we often receive more than we could have ever hoped! Come together to worship, work and gain new insights and understanding of the Prayer Shawl ministry. Learn what it takes to get started and what has worked for others and how to customize the program for your particular environment.
The Power of Three Prayer Shawl
Three is a powerful number in Christianity and in the world of design. Learn three simple techniques that can be used to develop beautiful, reversible patterns for prayer shawls or any project. Start with three stitch multiples in rememberance of the trinity. Next develop three row patterns and learn the secret to reversibility. Finally work with three colors in simple but beautiful combinations. With the basics of knitting and the power of three, beautiful projects infused with your prayers and God's grace are just stitches away!
Build a Better Bag Projects
Knitted bags are a hot accessory and this class covers the many options available to build (or knit) a better bag. Gain insights on how better define three dimensional shapes with just a few well place stitches. Discover the key stitch to creating firm fabrics. Learn how to add "hardware" to complete your bag in style. Students will create their own "mini" bag utilizing the various techniques discussed.
Recover, Renew, Recycle: New Life for Old Bags Projects
Beside yarn, knitters collect bags -- lots of them! Some we buy and some are given to us as swag. Some look great, but some of them could use a facelift. With a few simple calculations and some basic skills, learn to convert those perfect sized (but a little bit ugly) bags into a show stopper using your favorite knitting techniques and stitch patterns. Any yarn can be used and no felting is required. All you need is a little yarn, a dash of creativity and the willingness to never see that "ugly" bag ever again.
Captivating Cables Techniques
Say the words "beautiful sweater" and for many people, knitters and non-knitters alike, the mental image that comes to mind is an intricately cabled, deeply textured sweater. The hope of learning to create one of those masterpieces has brought many a knitter into the fold. And the fact is, although they look difficult, they are relatively easy to knit, once you understand the basics. Class will cover many aspects of cables including learning the secret to creating cables, how to cable without a cable needle and the language of charts and how to use them.
Casting Call Techniques
Calling all knitters who want to add to their current repertoire of cast on methods. Most knitters only utilize 1 or 2 cast on techniques but there are many more to choose from, each with pros and cons. In this hands on class, students will have an opportunity to try at least six different cast on methods (more if time allows). Each student will be provided detailed diagrams as a take home reference which includes information regarding each cast on method's advantages and drawbacks.
Charting the World of Knitting Techniques
Charts are called the "universal language" of knitting, but there is no universal standard. While learning the basics of reading charts, students will review a variety of charting styles and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. Multiple symbol sets will also be presented including options utilized in various software programs designed specifically for this purpose.
Fabulous Fabrics Just for Jackets Techniques
A knitted jacket is the perfect item to add to your wardrobe. Wear it to the office over a skirt and shell or toss it on with a t-shirt and jeans for a day of shopping. However, knitting a jacket can be different than knitting a sweater. Learn what makes a good jacket fabric along with methods to achieve the desired result. Try a number different stitch pattern possibilities and learn how to identify good possibilities early. Finally, begin developing a gauge swatch for your own jacket.
Flat to Circular and Back Again Techniques
If you hate seams, but love stitch dictionaries, then learn how to take patterns written row by row and convert them to round by round. If the pattern is already charted, it can be even easier. Learn what to do with those extra edge stitches, the importance of stitch repeats and the secrets to selecting patterns that are easy to convert. Students will practice converting several stitch patterns to work circularly and convert a circular pattern to be worked flat.
Good Reading Techniques
What is the best way to save time and improve your knitting? Learn to read what is on your needles. Begin by reviewing basic stitch construction, then learn how to determine where you are in your pattern and how to identify (and fix) mistakes before having to rip. Finally, with your new-found knowledge, convert finished stitch patterns into words. These are valuable skills for knitters of all experience levels
Help & Tricks for the Intermediate Knitter Techniques
So you have some knitting under your belt and you have arrived at that nebulous level of intermediate. How do you move on from intermediate to advanced? Do you have questions but have never quite found the right class to ask them? Are you sure the advanced knitters know something you don't? If so, this is the class for you. We will provide a variety of helps to helps to take you knitting to the next level and along the way provide some tricks that you may not have thought of yet.
Knitting Infirmary Techniques
Do you have a project that just isn't going as planned? Is your UFO pile growing due to project difficulties? Are the knitting directions confusing (or possibly just wrong) and you don't know what to do next? If so, the doctor is in! Bring in your problem project and leave with a possible solution.
Managing Mistakes Techniques
Managing Mistakes is for knitters of all levels who feel like they spend more time ripping than knitting. Learn how to recognize, analyze, and most importantly FIX common knitting mistakes, most without having to rip out. This is a very hands-on class, so class size will be limited.
Mobius Mysteries Untangled Techniques
The mobuis has long been held as one of the unique forms in geometry, as a three-dimensional object with only one side. But create it in a simple knitted fabrics and it can becomes a beautiful project. The secret to creating a mobius is found at the beginning of the project. Students will gain an understanding of each of the three different methods for creating this mysterious shape while at the same time gaining insights of how knitted fabric is created. A simple cowl will be started during class.
No Wrong Side - Reversible Fabrics Techniques
Reversible fabrics are great for blankets, shawls, scarves, even sweaters, but what makes a fabric reversible? And more importantly, how can you hide the ends so both sides can truly be the right side? Learn the of secrets to creating truly reversible fabrics as well as their "reasonably" reversible counterparts along with tips and tricks of finishing reversible projects. Finally, be inspired to create a reversible project of your own design.
Sneaky Shaping with Short Rows Techniques
Knitted fabric has some wonderfully unique properties when it comes to garment creation. One of the best is the ability to create a three-dimensional fabric through the use of short rows. Short rows can be used in a variety of ways including sock heels, shoulder shaping, bust darts and even interesting stripes. Learn the basics of short rowing, practice techniques for minimizing any holes and explore the many options that short rows offer.
The Hole Truth - The Basics of Lace Techniques
If you are intrigued by lace, but fear the complexity, this is the class for you. Lace looks complex (and can be) but some of the most beautiful patterns are actually quite simple. We will start at the beginning covering the terms yarn over and yarn around needle, explaining the different types of decreases and working through the basics. We will also provide an overview of lace charts and tips for dealing with more complex patterns. Open up a "hole" new world of knitting for yourself to enjoy and enter the world of lace.
Two Right Sides - Double Knitting Basics Techniques
Double knit fabrics are often thought as one of the great mysteries of knitting. But reality is that there are only a few basics to get under your belt before you are ready to begin creating a double layer of fabric with two right sides. Learn the basics of two color double knitting including a simple cast on method, options for creating the fabric and a quick overview of working with color charts. This is just the tip of the iceberg of this fun and mysterious technique.
Workshop - 6 Hours
Pocket Full of Color Color
Intarsia, Fair Isle, stranded slipped stitches, what is the difference between these various color techniques? Gain a basic understanding and some hands-on experience with three types of color work while creating a small, pocket style bag. Students will learn tricks for working with multiple colors, creating consistent fabric and the basics to charting your own design.
Cable Creation Creativity
Cables can be simple or complex but how are those fabulous textures created? Learn the path for creating cable patterns that reflect your own design sensibility or provide the perfect detail. Students will gain an understanding if the basic elements of a cable, create a cable of their own design and begin working up a swatch of their design. Familiarity with charts and cable knitting is a must.
Five Fabulous Fabrics from Left Over Yarn Creativity
If you knit enough projects you have left over yarn -- a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from your travels. But the question remains, what to do with all those bits, pieces and odd skiens. Class begins by learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next working with the yarn brought to class, create examples of five different styles of fabrics each with unique characteristics but only requiring a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics in a variety of projects.
Adaptations - Customizing a Published Pattern Design
The pattern is just what you were looking for...except for a few changes. Get an introduction to design while gaining an understanding of how to adapt a published pattern to meet your stylistic needs. Whether selecting a different yarn, altering the stitch pattern, changing the sleeve length or choosing a different neck line the choice can be yours. Students will gain hands-on experience on converting a published pattern to meet their own design ideas.
Aran Sweater Design -- The Crib Notes Design
Aran sweater design is a topic that takes months, if not years to fully explore. But if you are ready to get your feet wet and begin process, this class is a great first step. Begin with a brief history of Aran sweaters, followed by an overview of historical Aran construction. Next discuss the practical issues and decisions that are associated with Aran design. Before leaving class, work through the initial steps of designing an Aran style sweater to reflect your own personal style. Students must be familiar with charts, cables and basic sweater construction
Entrelac Mix and Match Entrelac
Who says that entrelac fabric always needs to be stockinette, garter stitch or some other "simple" fabric. What if we wanted to incorporate some of our other favorite knitting techniques -- could it be done? Explore taking entrelac to a whole new level as we begin creating and entrelac hat sampler. Discussion will include which techniques are a good match with entrelac fabric, ways to over come challenges and applications for the wonderful results. MUST already be comfortable with entrelac.
Entrelac Purse Entrelac
If you are familiar with entrelac and want to try something a little different, this class is for you. Felted entrelac creates a unique look and this Entrelac Purse is just "too cute". This bag is created in a unique way so class time will be spent sharing the secrets to its construction which include a provisional cast on, an entrelac gusset and decreasing in entrelac. The class will make the smallest size bag allowing for some knitters to leave with a bag ready for felting.
Entrelac: Beyond the Basics (6 hour) Entrelac
If you understand the basics of entrelac, have completed a project or two and are ready to see what more the technique can offer, then this is the class for you. Learn an alternative method for starting entrelac that is completely invisible. Gain insights on creating a variety of shapes and forms with entrelac fabric. Explore techniques for creating integrated joins. All the while, gaining hands on experience and creating an oven mitt ready to be felted.
Exploring Entrelac - Fabrics, Structure & Design Entrelac
Exploring entrelac is a class for those already enamored with the technique and ready to take it to a whole new level. Begin by creating an entrelac sampler style hat to explore the various fabrics that can be used with entrelac. Continue by resolving the structural and design issues that are often seen as entrelac's limitations. Bring your entrelac questions, project problems and inquisitive mind and explore the nearly limitless possibilities that entrelac can offer. Class assumes a strong understanding of entrelac, basic entrelac techniques WILL NOT be covered., but by applying unique shaping, seaming and joining methods, many of those constraints fade away. Class will focus on developing non-rectilinear shapes, invisible seams and specialized joining techniques.
Introduction to Entrelac Entrelac
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard. Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a bag that is felted upon completion. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique, shaping entrelac and basic entrelac construction techniques.
Finish What You Start Finishing
The details of finishing are what makes a garment fabulous instead of just adequate. However, good finishing does not just happen at the end of the project, it happens the whole way through. Class will cover all aspects of finishing from cast on choices, to decrease decisions clear through to seams, edgings and bands. The pros and cons of each choice we make in the knitting of a garment will be discussed. Next, gain hands on experience developing skills we typically associate with "finishing". Finally, get answers on fixing problems "after it is too late".
Bunches of Bags Projects
Bags, purses and totes are currently the rage so learn the basics to design your own. Start with a simple folded rectangle, add a couple of seams and a flap (both with several options) and you have a card case. Next start with a flat bottom and work in the round to the top. Finish off with a custom eding and strap and you have a cell phone keeper. Finally, start at the top with spaced holes and shaping at the bottom, finish off with a strap and you have a handy pouch. Each bag provides opportunities to experiment with different closures, straps and finishes resulting in each bag being a custom creation. Discussion of hardware choices and resources will also be covered.
Top Down for Teddy Projects
This class is designed for the knitter who would like to familiarize themselves with the techniques associated in knitting a garment from the top as opposed to the “traditional” method of bottom up. Some of the key concepts include flexible cast on and bind off methods, instructions for double increases and mirrored decreases. Previous experience in knitting garments is not required, although may be helpful. To keep the quantity of knitting manageable, only teddy bear sizing is offered. However, techniques covered will easily translate into other garments.
Everything After Knit & Purl Techniques
You know how to knit, you know how to purl and you are ready to move beyond scarves. Open up endless possibilities by adding a few more skills to your knitting arsenal. Learn to work on double pointed needles, add stitches with increases, remove stitches with decreases, create a basic seam - most everything you need to know after knit and purl. Best of all, the project is felted when you are done, so any imperfections while you learn are just felted away!
Ten Textures Techniques
If you are tired of stockinette or love the look of textured fabrics, this is the class for you. Come learn a new techinque every 30 minutes and walk out of class with a variety of textures that can be added to your knitting projects. Textures can be created with a variety of techinques including slipping, twisting, adding, subtracting plus many more. Class will focus on building a sample of texture starting with the basics and building progressively throughout the class.
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