2017 Class Information at a Glance:

On this page you will find

Last update: September 22, 2017
     • Room change: classes scheduled for Bollinger 41 will now be held in Milano 13 (this affects classes A2 and P5)
     • A3: homework clarified
     • Materials fees revised for classes A12 & P8; removed from F5

Class Schedule

Classes are shown in the form: class code • class name • instructor • skill level
Click on a class name for details about a class, or instructor name for information about the instructor.

Registration information is available on the Registration Page.

Friday evening Classes
6:00 to 9:00

F1 • Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover YarnsGwen Bortner • Intermediate
F2 • Yarn Substitution DemystifiedCathy Briscoe • All levels
F3 • Magic LoopLeslie Broznak • Confident Beginner
F4 • Giving You the SlipLily Chin • Intermediate
F5 • Mother of Dragons Baby Blanket WorkshopTanis Gray • Beginner
F6 • Scallops; They're Not Just for DinnerCandace Eisner Strick • Intermediate
F7 • Two-at-a-Time Socks from the Toe UpAnn Weaver • Intermediate

Saturday morning Classes
8:30 to 11:30

A1 • Romantic Lace Mini Gloves Denise Fannon • Intermediate
A2 • Beyond the Basics of CrochetWinnie HardyIntermediate to Advanced Crocheter
A3 • Fair Isle FundamentalsAnjeanette Milner • Confident Beginner
A4 • Portuguese KnittingRuth Santos • Confident Beginner
A5 • Hold It! Make a Felted BasketLinda Singley • Confident Beginner
A6 • Needle Felted PumpkinSheri Hunt Smith • All Levels
A7 • Basics in Tunisian CrochetMary Speedy • Confident Beginner
A16 • Knitting in ColorMell Bolen • All Levels

Saturday morning Classes
9:00 to 12:00

A8 • Helps & Tricks for the Intermediate KnitterGwen Bortner • Intermediate
A9 • Fixing MistakesCathy Briscoe • All Levels
A10 • Reversible Cabled Scarf Leslie Broznak • Intermediate
A11 • Designing and Charting Your Own CablesLily Chin • Advanced
A12 • Lace ForensicsTanis Gray • All Levels
A13 • Mobius Parlor TricksCandace Eisner Strick • Intermediate
A14 • Adding Texture to Your KnittingTraci Verdin • Beginner
A15 • Braid-o-Rama!Ann Weaver • Beginner

Saturday afternoon classes
1:30 to 4:30

P1 • Reversible EntrelacGwen Bortner • Intermediate
P2 • Knitting with Beads Cathy Briscoe • Confident Beginner
P3 • Squishy Cowl Leslie Broznak • Confident Beginner
P4 • On The Edge or Borderline PersonalitiesLily Chin • Advanced
P5 • Mitten BasicsLaun Dunn • Confident Beginner
P6 • Knitting the Pebble Beach ShawletteElizabeth Durand • Intermediate
P7 • Luckdragon Shawl Denise Fannon • Advanced and/or Adventurous
P8 • Get Your Fair Isle On!Tanis Gray • Beginner
P9 • Supported Spindle SpinningAurora Johansen-Wardigo • Beginner
P10 • Knitting Entrelac – Not As Scary As It LooksBeth Lutz • Confident Beginner
P11 • Needle Felted Snowman Sheri Hunt Smith • Confident Beginner
P12 • First Project in Tunisian Crochet Mary Speedy • Confident Beginner
P13 • Mitered Module Miracle: A BagCandace Eisner Strick • Intermediate
P14 • Beginner Shawl Katrina Updike • Beginner
P15 • Introduction to Brioche StitchAnn Weaver • Intermediate
P16 • Shortrow Fair Isle Mell Bolen • Advanced and/or Adventurous


Class Descriptions

Classes are listed alphabetically according to teacher. Skill levels are described following the class descriptions. An "at a glance" schedule of classes according to days and times is available above in the Schedule section. To find out how to register, visit the Registration Page. Any materials fees listed are paid directly to the instructor at the start of the class.

Note: we cannot guarantee the availability of internet access during the weekend; we recommend that you either print any required patterns or download to your devices prior to class.

all photos are used with the permission of the instructor.

In this section, click on the name of an instructor to see all classes they are teaching: Mell BolenGwen BortnerCathy BriscoeLeslie BroznakLily ChinLaun DunnElizabeth DurandDenise FannonTanis GrayWinnie HardyAurora Johansen-WardigoBeth LutzAnjeanette MilnerRuth SantosLinda SingleySheri Hunt SmithMary SpeedyCandace Eisner StrickKatrina UpdikeTraci VerdinAnn Weaver

Mell Bolen

A16 • Knitting in Color
All levels
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger Rm 50

Knitting in Color We'll explore different methods of incorporating color into knitting - and how they can be combined to create very elaborate color work. Be as wild & creative as you want with color! This includes fair isle, intarsia, duplicate stitching, short-rows and using multi-colored yarns. We'll practice some of the techniques that allow these color methods to be combined - including knitting backwards, intarsia wrapping, short row techniques and duplicate stitching. We'll also examine how to read different kinds of color charts. You don't have to have done much with color before as this class can also be used as an introduction to different methods of color work and you can try out some techniques.

Supplies: size US #6 (4 mm) needle (preferably circular but not absolutely needed); three colors of smooth sport weight yarn, about 25 g of each

Please bring a picture that inspires you to knit in color.  This should not be an existing knitting pattern but a picture of a building, a piece of tile, a textile, flowers, or really anything that you might like to turn into a color knitting idea.  It might be the color combinations that inspire you or the details of the picture - we’ll talk about the best methods for translating this into knitting.

Homework: None
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P16 • Shortrow Fair Isle
Advanced and/or Adventurous
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger Rm 50

desc Combine color techniques to make some truly unique items with 4 colors or more in the same rows! A very hands-on session where we'll practice both short row and fair isle techniques - including knitting with both hands, knitting backwards, steeks, wrapping and carrying yarns and reading different kinds of color charts.

Skills Required: Helpful if you've tried fair isle knitting before but not required

Supplies: size US #6 (4 mm) needle (preferably circular but not absolutely needed); four colors of smooth sport weight yarn, approx. 25g of each (these should two pairs of contrasting colors so that when you knit fair isle you can see the patterns clearly).

Homework: Using one of the sport weight yarns you will bring to class, cast on 30 stitches and complete 6 rows of knit, purl ribbing.  We’ll build the practice piece off of this foundation.


Gwen Bortner

F1 • Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns
Intermediate
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 200

Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns 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.

Supplies: A wide variety of left over yarns (approx. 1/2 ounce of each), balled up and ready to be used -- a minimum of 10 yarns (more is fine). Please bring yarn you are willing to share with your fellow classmates as it will enhance the learning experience. In addition, please bring 2 ounces of a smooth black worsted weight yarn and 6.0mm (US #10) needles

Homework: None
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A8 • Helps & Tricks for the Intermediate Knitter
Intermediate
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 200

Helps & Tricks for the Intermediate Knitter 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 help to take your knitting to the next level and along the way provide some tricks that you may not have.

Supplies: 1 oz of light colored worsted weight yarn and size #8 or #9 knitting needles

Homework: None
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P1 • Reversible Entrelac
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 200

Reversible EntrelacThe drapey nature of entrelac makes it perfect for scarves and blankets, but no one really wants the wrong side to show. Enter reversible entrelac! Learn two different techniques for creating reversible entrelac even if you are using multiple colors. Discuss the characteristics of stitch patterns that are reversible all the while creating the beginnings of a reversible scarf.

Skills Required: Must already be comfortable working standard entrelac patterns

Supplies: 50g each of 2 contrasting colors in smooth DK weight yarn and needles that would be typically used with the yarn selected and homework

Homework: With color A work 3 garter stitch left-leaning base triangles of 7 sts. Leave on needles or place on holder.


Cathy Briscoe

F2 • Yarn Substitution Demystified
All levels
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 211

Yarn Substitution Demystified Many times we fall in love with a pattern, but for one reason or another - allergies to certain fibers, need for an easier care fiber, can't find that particular brand of yarn, yarn is discontinued or you have fallen in love with a specific brand - it is helpful to know what to consider when substituting yarn. We will discuss the effects of fiber content, needle size, gauge, drape, texture, and stitch definition on the finished project. This class will be interactive, with the majority of the time being spent on questions and answers, so bring along your patterns, with some possible yarn choices, and of course your questions.

Supplies: a skein of yarn with its ball band (any weight); pattern/s in need of yarn substitution; calculator; paper; pen/pencil for taking notes; an Internet searchable electronic device (useful but not necessary)

Homework: None
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A9 • Fixing Mistakes
All levels
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 211

Fixing Mistakes In this very popular class you will learn how to fix mistakes without tearing out your entire project, some tips to help you avoid or minimize making mistakes, and how to make alterations after the fact such as lengthening or shortening sleeves. Topics will include fixing dropped stitches, knit stitches that should have been purled and visa versa, miss-crossed cables, and dropped yarn overs in lace. The instructor will also help with any problems you have that are not listed here so bring your mistakes along to class. There will be some homework knitting small swatches with deliberate errors. If you are a beginning knitter, don't allow the cable and lace to scare you off, you will only be required to fix the things you can.

Supplies: homework; approx. 1/2 skein of light colored worsted weight yarn; size US #7 or #8 double point needles; double point needle the same size as used to knit homework; stitch holders; tapestry needle; size G or H crochet hook; waste yarn; scissors; tapestry needle; scrap yarn; point protectors or small rubber bands;

Homework: Download homework instructions in KDO2017-FixingMistakesHW.pdf
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P2 • Knitting with Beads
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 211

Knitting with Beads I fell in love with, and started collecting, vintage beaded bags at a very early age. I also love adding a little bit of sparkle to my knitted shawls. I've decided to combine my love of both styles of beading into this class. In this class we will be using two of my own knitted bracelet patterns to learn two different styles for knitting with beads, pre strung beads and beading as you go methods. These skills can then be used to add a little bit of sparkle to all of your future projects.

Skills Required: comfortable knitting simple lace

Supplies: approx. 20 yards fingering weight yarn (yarn with a blend of silk, bamboo, rayon or tencel content will add a little extra shine to your bracelet); US #2.5 (3mm) needles (Note: I prefer to use straight needles with sharp tips. I use 2 dpn needles. Gauge is not critical so you can use slightly smaller needles if that is what you have on hand); 25-gram package of 6/0 beads (you will need approximately 225 beads, ½ of package); cardboard (paste board from back of tablet or matt board) rectangle measuring 6 in. x 10 in. with a hole punched in one corner OR a cardboard tube from paper towels or toilet paper; scissors; 200 pre-strung beads wrapped around a piece of cardboard or a cardboard tube (Note: beads can be purchase already strung in some box stores and bead shops, which eliminates the need to do homework); sturdy sewing thread (not the old spool you found in Grandma’s attic) for stringing beads; small sewing needle that allows the bead to pass easily over the eye of the needle or beading needle for stringing beads.

Homework: String beads onto sewing thread: Cut a piece of cardboard or matt board measuring 6 in. x 10 in., punch a hole in one corner and a slit on the opposite end of the rectangle (a cardboard tube from toilet paper/paper towels will work for this project).  String your beads by threading a small sewing or beading needle with sturdy sewing thread, do not cut your thread stringing the beads directly onto the spool.  With the needle tip pick up one or several beads onto the needle then slide them down onto the thread.  Once you have 200 beads strung onto the sewing thread remove the needle and tie this end through the punched hole, wrap the beads and thread around the cardboard, cut your thread leaving at least a 10 in. tail, secure this end of the thread through the cut slit on the other end of the cardboard. 

Briscoe Knitting with Beads HW


Leslie Broznak

F3 • Magic Loop
Confident Beginner
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 210

Any pattern that calls for double pointed needles can be done using the magic loop. You can make socks, hats, and sleeves with ease, no more stitches sliding off the other end of a double pointed needle. Bring in the pattern you would like to use magic loop on or use the teacher-supplied hat pattern.

Supplies: 200 yards worsted weight yarn; size US #8 (5.00mm) 40-inch circular needles; markers; If you are bringing your own pattern to work on, bring the yarn and needle size your pattern calls for in a 40 inch circular.

Homework: None
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A10 • Reversible Cabled Scarf
Intermediate
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 210

Reversible Cabled Scarf If you love cables, but don't like the fact that your project has a right side and a wrong side this class is for you. We will create a cabled scarf where both sides are the same.

Supplies: 500 yards smooth, light to medium color worsted weight yarn, solid or semi- solid (tonal) works best; size US #10 (6.00 mm) needles (whichever you prefer, straight or circular); cable needle or one double pointed needed size 7 or 8; markers

Homework: None
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P3 • Squishy Cowl
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 210

Squishy Cowl This cowl is named Squishy since that is how it feels, oh so squishy. Using a captured drop stitch, one side of the cowl looks like little pillows and the other side an attractive dropped stitch. This cowl is so squishy and warm you won't want to take it off.

Skills Required: knit in the round

Supplies: 500 yards (for small cowl) or 650 yards (for large cowl) fingering weight yarn, size US #6 (4.00 mm)  24 or 32-inch circular needle; stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Note on cowl size: The small cowl is 36 in. by 8 in.; the large cowl is 52 in. by 8 in. and can be wrapped twice.

Homework: Gauge: 5 stitches/ inch in pattern

Cast on 174 (249) for the small (large) cowl and join to knit in the round. Make sure your work is not twisted.
Rounds 1-6: Purl
Rounds 7-11: *K1, P2* repeat from * to * to the end of the round.


Lily Chin

F4 • Giving You the Slip
Intermediate
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 206

Giving You the Slip Most of the time, we think of slipped stitches in color, forming patterns known as Mosaic Knitting. Yet slipped stitches can also yield effects in texture as well. Explore single color slip stitching for raised surface interest. Slipped stitches can also neaten the side edges of the knitting. See how versatile this little action is. Sample several swatches and see the slipped stitch in action.

Skills Required: Know the difference in your stitch mounts or stitch orientation or which way the stitch is turned when it sits on the needle

Supplies: All homeworks; worsted or chunky light-colored, non-splitty yarn and appropriate needles; 3 colors of same weight yarn (either worsted or chunky) in non-splitty, contrasting colors and appropriate needles – about 15 yards of each color; cable needle

Homework:

  • With light-colored yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 5 sts and work in Garter st for about 1-2 inches. Leave about 2 yards to work with.
  • With light-colored yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 25 sts and work in Garter st for 2 rows. Leave about 15 yards to work with.
  • With light-colored yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 17 sts and work one purl row. Leave about 10 yards to work with.

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A11 • Designing and Charting Your Own Cables
Advanced
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 206

Designing and Charting Your Own Cables You've done many cables before and want to get into more complex cable patterns. Maybe you want to design your own cables. Learn how cable patterns are actually formed, what are the basic traits and characteristics and manipulations? When you get a better understanding of how cable patterns work, not only can you follow the directions a whole lot better, fewer mistakes are made. You may even look at a cable pattern and figure out how to work it even without verbal directions!

Skills Required: Must be comfortable reading knitting symbols or reading stitch charts. Must have worked several cables before.

Supplies: Square graph paper with 4 boxes per inch, different colored pencils and eraser, smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn (about 25 yards) that is not splitty and appropriate needles, cable needle.

Homework: None
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P4 • On The Edge or Borderline Personalities
Advanced
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 206

On The Edge or Borderline Personalities Tired of the same old ribbing at your garment bottoms? Want a sweater that hangs straight instead of puckering at the lower edges? Borders and edgings differ from trims in that they are very often worked separately, usually in a different direction. The main knitting is then picked up from this border or edging and worked upwards. This separation means more possibilities for variations of materials, gauge, stitch, etc. Then there's the problem of how to join the same border or edging along vertical sides, curved edges, and garment tops. Get to know more possibilities for adding interest to knit garments or even "dressing up" store bought items with bits of knitting. Learn some different trims (some applied afterwards). Use these not just at the garment bottoms but around necklines, sleeves, open cardigan fronts, even skirt waistbands.

Skills Required: Must be comfortable picking up stitches along side edge of piece.

Supplies:

  1. Swatches as prescribed by homework.
  2. Set of double pointed needles same size as needles used in # 1 or 4 of homework, circular needles 1 or 2 sizes smaller.
  3. Several other colors of worsted weight yarn, about 20 yards each.
  4. Tapestry needle.
  5. Crochet hooks of several sizes.
  6. Scissors.

Homework: Download homework instructions in KDO2017-OnTheEdgeHW.pdf

Laun Dunn

P5 • Mitten Basics
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Milano Rm 13

Learn an easy method of knitting two mittens that match perfectly without confusion or second guessing (or seams!). We will cover the basics of using a cable cast-on to maintain a stretchy cuff, invisible increases, thumb gussets, shaping thumb and top, along with mapping out custom stitch designs for the back.

Supplies: size US #3 double-pointed needles, set of 5; 200 yards sport weight yarn wound in a center pull ball (If students need to have their yarn wound, I will have a winder and swift available before class.)

Homework: None

Elizabeth Durand

P6 • Knitting the Pebble Beach Shawlette
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Milano Rm 14

Knitting the Pebble Beach Shawlette This pattern, beautifully written by Helen Stewart, is an ideal first lace adventure. If you just do what the pattern says, you end up with a lovely scarf/shawlette. I like it in a gradient-dyed fingering-weight yarn, but I have seen beautiful examples in solid colors or tonal colorways. You will not finish the shawl in class, of course, but you will have a firm grasp of all the steps you need. We'll do a quick sample of the picot bindoff so you know how to do that when the time comes.

Supplies: 32-inch circular needle in the size needed to obtain gauge of 18 sts/4 inches in the eyelet lace stitch; 400 yards sock or fingering weight yarn for smallest size (for larger size, check the pattern for yarn amounts); Pebble Beach Shawl pattern by Helen Stewart (approx. $6 on Ravelry).

Note about yarn choice: Gradients work well with this pattern, and so do solids and semi-solids. A variegated yarn with high contrast and short color runs may not be your best choice, because it will tend to obscure the stitchwork.

Homework:

  1. Work a gauge swatch to determine what needle size you will be using.
  2. Cast on 34 stitches. Work 4 rows in garter stitch. Do not bind off (you can move the stitches to a holder, of course). We will use this piece to practice the picot bindoff.

Denise Fannon

A1 • Romantic Lace Mini Gloves
Intermediate
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger Rm 44

Romantic Lace Mini Gloves If you ever wanted to knit Estonian lace, these gloves are for you.  You will knit a little lace and a few bobbles, all while learning to do a thumb gusset.  The result is a pair of elegant fingerless gloves.  Pearls/beads are sewn on upon completion.

Skills Required: Able to work on double pointed needles

Supplies: US #2.5 (3mm) double point needles, or size for correct gauge; 174 yards superwash fingering weight yarn; approx. 30 yds identical weight scrap yarn for homework; Romantic Lace Mini Gloves by Anniki Leppik (approx. $4.50 Ravelry).

Homework: With your scrap yarn, make one 4 in. x 4 in. swatch in stockinette, do not bind off
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P7 • Luckdragon Shawl
Advanced and/or Adventurous
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger Rm 44

Luckdragon Shawl A gorgeous shawl designed by the very creative Very Busy Monkey.  This shawl comes in two sizes, of which we will be doing the smaller version.  This will look beautiful in a solid color, a gradient set, or a gradient yarn.  You will be learning how to wrap stitches, slip stitches, and knit and purl stitches together.  Topics will include how to cable without a cable needle; how to read a chart, using written instructions as a backup; and how to block this shawl when finished.

Skills Required: Read basic charts

Supplies: US #5 32-inch circular needle, or needle for correct gauge; cable needle (optional); 463 yards gradient or semi-solid fingering weight; approx. 30 yds identical weight scrap yarn for homework; stitch markers; Luckdragon Shawl pattern by verybusymonkey ($5.50 on Ravelry)

Homework: With your scrap yarn, make

  • One 4 in. x 4 in. swatch done in stockinette, do not bind off
  • One 4 in. x 4 in. swatch done in garter, do not bind off

Tanis Gray

F5 • Mother of Dragons Baby Blanket Workshop
Beginner
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 202

Mother of Dragons Baby Blanket Workshop Winter is coming! Inspired by Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, this blanket is knit piecemeal square by square and to invoke an old-world design with a modern twist. We'll work from a written pattern to create textured squares on the bias with only knits and purls, cover slip-stitch crochet seaming, how to create a picked-up and knit border, and proper blocking techniques.

Skills Required: Ability to knit and purl, cast on, bind off, be comfortable working on a circular needle back and forth

Supplies: 1680 yards DK yarn (original sample uses Dragonfly Fibers Traveller, 6 hanks); size US #7 (4.5mm) 16-inch circular knitting needles; Size US #6 (4mm) 60-inch circular knitting needles; size G crochet hook; tapestry needle; sticky Post-it notes; Mother of Dragons Baby Blanket pattern by Tanis Gray ($5.99 on Ravelry)

Homework: Come with 1 hank of yarn wound and pattern printed out.
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A12 • Lace Forensics
All Levels
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 202

Lace Forensics Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and join me on a lace forensics adventure! If knitting lace is something you've shied away from, this class will have you tackling it head on! We'll discuss the history and mechanics of this technique, discuss the differences between lace knitting and knitted lace, learn to translate a written lace pattern into charted form, learn to knit lace from a chart, and decode a lace swatch and turn it into a chart. We will also discuss making nupps and adding beads to lace. Get over your fear of lace and leave feeling confident and ready to knit that lace pattern you've had your eyes on. Embrace the lace!

Materials fee: $10 for detailed, full-color class handout

Skills Required: Ability to knit and purl, cast on, bind off, be comfortable working on a circular needle back and forth

Supplies: 200 yards worsted weight single ply light-colored yarn (no mohair or fuzzy fibers, please); size US #8 (5mm) 16-inch circular knitting needle; stitch markers; sticky Post-it Notes; highlighter; optional 3mm beads if you wish to add beads to your lace; optional .75mm crochet hook if you wish to add beads to your lace

Homework: Have yarn wound
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P8 • Get Your Fair Isle On!
Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 202

Get Your Fair Isle On! Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We'll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, color theory and psychology, multiple ways to trap floats, Fair Isle history, and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. The second half of the class will focus on putting everything we learned into practice as we knit the Idea of North Cowl. Open to beginners and people with previous Fair Isle knowledge, this class will tackle any fears and get you excited to cast on for your next stranded colorwork project!

Materials fee: $5 for detailed, full-color class handout

Skills Required: Ability to knit and purl in the round on circular needles

Supplies: 2 Highly-contrasting shades (colors A and B) of worsted weight yarn, 200 yards each (original sample uses Shalimar Yarns Paulie Worsted); size US #5 (3.75mm) 24-inch circular knitting needles; size US #7 (4.5mm) 24-inch circular knitting needles; stitch markers; sticky Post-it notes; 2 highly-contrasting shades of worsted weight yarn, 100 yards each for practice and techniques; Idea of North Cowl by Tanis Gray ($5.99 on Ravelry)

Homework: Have all yarns wound and pattern printed out.

  • With smaller circular knitting needles and color A, CO 136 sts, join into round being careful not to twist sts, place marker for beginning of round.
  • [Knit 1 round, purl 1 round] twice.
  • Switch to larger circular needles and knit 2 rounds in A.

Winnie Hardy

A2 • Beyond the Basics of Crochet
Confident Beginner to Advanced Crocheter
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Milano Rm 13

This class is for those who have taken a beginning class to learn to crochet or who only know very basic level crochet techniques. You will be learning new techniques to make crochet even more enjoyable and much easier. Learn the Foundation Single, Half-Double and Double-Crochet rows, Chain-less Starting Crochet Stitch (gets rid of those ugly holes on the edge of your work and helps you find your last stitch so your work stays straight). We will also cover Magic Circle for crocheting in the round and the Chain-less Starting Double Crochet In the Round to hide the noticeable seam and more!

Skills Required: Basic 4 stitches of crochet (single, half-double, double, treble) and chain stitch

Supplies: one skein each of two different colors (light colors preferred) worsted or Aran weight yarn; hook needed for that yarn; paper to take notes.

Homework: None

Aurora Johansen-Wardigo

P9 • Supported Spindle Spinning
Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger Rm 51

Have you always admired Orenburg lace shawls? Or have you fondled lace or gossamer weight yarn and wished you could spin your own? Wonder no more! Learn to twist a bit of fiber to string magic of your own and pretend to out-do your SCA friends' "living history" skills.

Skills Required: A desire to learn how to make yarn

Supplies:

  • 20-35g supported spindle (tahkli, Russian, French, German)
  • spinning bowl
  • fiber preparations in rolags, punis, or batts or
  • clouds of down fibers like cashmere, yak, qiviut, guanaco, bison or
  • cotton bolls not prepared cotton
  • 2 - 4 oz superfine merino roving

Homework: none

Beth Lutz

P10 • Knitting Entrelac Not As Scary As It Looks
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger Rm 48

Knitting Entrelac - Not As Scary As It Looks Have you admired projects knitted in Entrelac such as our local favorite, Ruth Thome's Butterfly Shawl, but shied away from it because it just seems too hard? Broken down into easy steps that even beginner knitters can handle, Entrelac isn't nearly as complicated as it looks. If you want to take it a step further, we will also try our hand at knitting backwards which is a trick to make entrelac knitting even faster. When we are done, you should be ready to tackle that beautiful shawl.

Supplies: DK or worsted weight yarn of 2 or more colors (contrasts work great to see the effect best); needles appropriate to size of yarn you bring (DPN's work great for this, but straights or circulars will be fine).

Homework: None

Anjeanette Milner

A3 • Fair Isle Fundamentals
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger Rm 48

A basic fair isle class to teach how to create two color stranded knitting and basic color theory. Tangle free knitting, even tension, and how to trap floats will all be part of this class. The finished project will become a cowl.

Skills Required: Be able to read a chart, or be willing to learn to read charts

Supplies: smooth worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors, 250 yards color A and 150 yards color B; size US #8 16- or 24-inch circular needle

Homework: Cast on 140 sts in color A using size 8 circular needle. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work 1x1 ribbing for 10 rows.

Ruth Santos

A4 • Portuguese Knitting
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger Rm 51

Learn one of the oldest methods of knitting, a popular method that is taking the knitting world by storm. A super fast method of knitting, Portuguese Knitting benefits both continental and English knitters. It can help you reduce strain to your wrists and fingers, and it will help you speed up your knitting! And for those who do not like purling, look no further! This style of knitting is for you! We'll practice the technique by beginning a cowl project in class.

Skills required: ability to work in the round (for the cowl project)

Materials fee: $3 per person (for the knitting pin)

Supplies: Size US #5 (4.00mm) 32-inch circular needles (the same needles can be used for both practice and class project); approx. 30-50 yards of smooth, DK weight yarn of your choice (for practice and learning in class); 400 yards of DK weight yarn, color and texture of your choice (for the class project); stitch markers; note taking supplies.

Homework: None

Linda Singley

A5 • Hold It! Make a Felted Basket
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Milano Rm 14

Hold It! Make a Felted Basket Do your little treasures get scattered? Make them a treasure basket. Students will combine knitting and crochet to make a small basket of wool. Felting instructions will be included to be done afterward at home. Techniques include knitting flat, accessing appropriate gauge to get rigid fabrics and meshing knitting with crochet to get the desired shape.

Skills Required: Able to work single crochet and handle two colors for stranded work

Supplies: multiple colors of worsted 100% wool (not superwash) that will felt, 100 yards each (total 300-400 yards); choose needles of U.S. size 8 to 10.5 (5.0–6.5 mm) - you will need a pair of straights, a set of double points, and a 16- or 24-inch circular needle, all in the size you've chosen; crochet hook to match, size H, I, J, or K.

Note on yarns:

  • The combination of yarn and needles you select should make a loose fabric when swatched.
  • The project will be knit in rounds and stripes with overall color theme to be determined by student. Variegated or ombre will also work.

Homework: Cast on 25 stitches (this is the short edge of the rectangle) and knit a stockinette swatch that makes a flat fabric with dimensions of approximately 14 in. x 7 in. Mix colors in this swatch as you like and reserve some for the bottom and straps, which we will do in class. Join the cast-on row to the last row, either with mattress stitch or by grafting the cast-on edge to the last row, to form a smooth, untwisted loop of fabric. Record your row count.

Sheri Hunt Smith

A6 • Needle Felted Pumpkin
All levels
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Milano Rm 17

Needle Felted Pumpkin We will be needle felting a set of 2-3 pumpkins. If there is not enough time to complete the third pumpkin, supplies will be given to complete at home. The three pumpkins in a basket are a great table decoration for the fall holidays.

Materials fee: $10 for felting pad, felting needle, wool and alpaca roving

Supplies: None

Homework: None
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P11 • Needle Felted Snowman
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Milano Rm 17

Needle Felted Snowman In this class you will learn to needle felt a whimsical snowman complete with top hat and scarf just in time to decorate for the holidays. You should have a basic knowledge of needle felting to make this class enjoyable.

Materials fee: $10 for felting pad, felting needle, wool and alpaca roving

Skills Required: Previous needle felting experience is helpful, but not mandatory

Supplies: None

Homework: None

Mary Speedy

A7 • Basics in Tunisian Crochet
Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
West Rm 24

Basics in Tunisian Crochet Learn the basic stitch in Tunisian crochet and then branch out in some common variations i.e., knit stitch, reverse stitch. Learn how to increase and decrease as well as how to read a chart.

Skills Required: Know how to make a chain in crochet

Supplies: 1 skein of smooth plied DK #3 weight yarn; size K crochet hook (for this class a regular crochet hook may be substituted for a Tunisian crochet hook as long as it does not have a flared thumb grip which will distort your stitches)

Homework: None
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P12 • First Project in Tunisian Crochet
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
West Rm 24

First Project in Tunisian Crochet So you know the basic stitches but haven't tackled any projects yet. This scarf will be just the pattern to get your feet wet. The Tunisian Ripple Scarf is a free pattern on Ravelry. It can be made in any weight yarn by adjusting hook size. 400 yards of a DK weight yarn and size K hook will make this a fast and happy project.

Skills Required: Know how to do the basic Tunisian simple stitch

Supplies: Tunisian Ripple Scarf by Elisa Purnell (free on Ravelry); 300-400 yards of DK #3 weight yarn (see suggestions on Ravelry for yarn ideas; smooth plied yarns show stitches better); Tunisian crochet hook size K either straight hook or interchangeable (interchangeable hooks with shortest cable recommended for ease on hands )

Homework: None

Candace Eisner Strick

F6 • Scallops; They're Not Just for Dinner
Intermediate
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 204

Scallops; They're Not Just for Dinner You've done mitered squares, you've done diamonds, and now you're looking for some curves, right? Scallops have arrived, and they have nestled into a beautifully shaped shawl. Any yarn, any size needle, and you can customize the colors too. Along the way add some nice techniques to your knitting repertoire.

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn (about 2 ounces); appropriately sized needles

Homework: None
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A13 • Mobius Parlor Tricks
Intermediate
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 204

Mobius Parlor Tricks The mathematical equation for a mobius is a mile long, but the fun lasts even longer! Candace's incredibly simple cast-on is so easy even her parrot can do it! Make anything from a hat to a scarf to a neck warmer. True reversible fabrics will be offered as
well.

Skills Required: comfortable working in the round

Supplies: About 2 ounces of any weight yarn (no lighter than dk weight); appropriately sized circular needle 47-inches in length measured from tip to tip, no longer, no shorter (Note: Please bring a circular needle that has a thin cable. It must be 47-inches in length. Nothing shorter or longer will work)

Homework: None
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P13 • Mitered Module Miracle: A Bag
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 204

Mitered Module Miracle: A Bag Remember high school geometry? You never thought you would ever use it, right? Finally, you've got a chance!! Learn how to knit interlocking diamonds and how to make them into an incredible bag. Handles options are limitless, and you can even make your own. If you wish, you can felt your woolen bag.

Supplies: As many colors of worsted weight 100% wool yarn you can find, anything from 2 yards to 2 ounces will work; appropriately sized needles.

Homework: None


Katrina Updike

P14 • Beginner Shawl
Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
West Rm 25

Beginner Shawl A shawl class for the knitter who is just starting their knitting journey. After taking the Beginner Shawl class you should be able to read and follow written pattern directions, yarn over, knit a lacy shawl and block your shawl

Skills Required: Be able to follow written instructions

Supplies: U.S. 10.5 (6.5mm) 30 inch circular needles; 4 stitch markers; 250 yards smooth DK weight yarn; 125 yards contrasting color in smooth worsted weight or light bulky weight; Easy Cassius Shawl pattern by Katrina Updike ($2)

Homework: None

Traci Verdin

A14 • Adding Texture to Your Knitting
Beginner
Saturday 9am - Noon
West Rm 25

In this class we will be making two squares that you can seam together and fill like a sachet or leave them to serve as swatches for the techniques you will learn. We will start out by expanding upon the knit and purl stitch by exploring seed stitch and ridge rib stitch. Then, we will move on to using the position of the yarn to create a fabric that plays on texture to delight the senses by working with linen and 1/2 linen stitch. Finally, we will add some flair by throwing in a bit of spice to our fabric with twisted stitches and duplicate stitch.

Supplies: 2 colors of a bulky yarn (about 100 yards of each) and the size needles that are called for on the ball band (can be straights or circulars); stitch markers; yarn needle

Homework: None

Ann Weaver

F7 • Two-at-a-Time Socks from the Toe Up
Intermediate
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC Rm 309

Two-at-a-Time Socks from the Toe Up Learn to knit TWO SOCKS AT A TIME from the toe up using the magic loop method! Knitting from the toe up enables you to try on your socks as you knit, ensuring the best possible fit, and knitting two socks at a time eliminates second-sock syndrome.

In this workshop, we'll knit two mini-socks at the same time using worsted weight yarn. We'll cast on, shape the toes, shape the heels, and bind off. When you leave, you'll be ready to cast on for real socks using small needles if you choose. We can start your full-sized sock at the end of the workshop if you like, so bring fingering weight yarn and a 32-inch US Size 1 or 2 circular needle if you have one. If you don't, you can pick them up on the day of the workshop.

Skills Required: Sock knitting experience of any kind (toe-up or top-down)

Supplies: US #7 circular needle, 32-inches long or longer for magic loop; 2 stitch markers; row counter (optional but helpful); small amount (20 grams is plenty) each of two different colors of worsted weight yarn for knitting mini-socks

Homework: None! Come with your yarn wound.
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A15 • Braid-o-Rama!
Beginner
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC Rm 309

Braid-o-Rama! In this workshop, participants will learn how to work Latvian braids and multiple variations using the technique: braids with long floats, clumps of braids, multiple-color braids, dense layers of braids, and a twisted two-color cast-on. Students will leave the workshop with a host of techniques and inspiration for braiding!

Materials fee: $5 for printed Braid-o-Rama pattern (not yet available on Ravelry, but students will receive a code to download it into their Ravelry library at KDO)

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in five colors, approximately 100 yards of each (you can mix different yarns as long as they have similar fiber content); size US #6 24-inch circular needle; stitch marker

Homework: None! Come with your yarn wound.
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P15 • Introduction to Brioche Stitch
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC Rm 309

Introduction to Brioche Stitch Intrigued by brioche stitch projects but intimidated or confused by instructions? In this workshop, you'll learn one-color and two-color brioche stitch. After two hours of doing brioche, you will feel like a master and will be ready to take on more complex brioche projects if you like. The workshop includes a detailed photo tutorial on working brioche stitch and suggestions for avoiding and fixing mistakes in brioche stitch. We also will discuss how colors interact in brioche stitch.

The workshop is based on the Rothko Cowl pattern, which showcases the interactions among three colors in brioche stitch.

Materials fee: $3 for handouts

Supplies: Three colors of worsted-weight yarn, any type: 100 yards, 150 yards, and 200 yards; 24-inch circular needles in size US #6, #7, and #8 (we will use only the Size 8 in class); stitch marker; a copy of the pattern Rothko Cowl pattern by Ann Weaver ($5 on Ravelry); tapestry needle (for lifelines and troubleshooting);

Homework: CO 111 stitches and join to work in the round.

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