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Last update: July 11, 2018
• Room changes (7/11)

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.
To find information about the instructors, go to the Teacher Biographies page.

Registration information is available on the Registration Page.

Friday Evening Classes
6:00 to 9:00

F1 • What Comes Next? • Cathy Briscoe • All Levels
F2 • Double Knitting Mug Mat • Leslie Broznak • Confident Beginner
F3 • Tips and Tricks • Lisa Carnahan • Confident Beginner
F4 • Lace Forensics • Tanis Gray • All Levels
F5 • Bohus and Beyond • Pat Olski • Advanced and/or Adventurous
F6 • The Chavalier Shawl - A Beaded Lace Crescent Shawl • Eleanor Swogger • Intermediate
F7 • Socks from the Toe Up • Ann Weaver • Intermediate

Saturday Morning Classes
8:30 to 11:30

A1 • Double Knitting a ScarfMell Bolen • Confident Beginner
A2 • Kieran Foley's Polychromatic Shawl • Wendy Ellis • Advanced and/or Adventurous
A3 • Mediterranean Stranded Hat • Joy Jannotti • Confident Beginner
A4 • Working with Charts for Lace, Cables, and Colorwork • Aurora Johansen-Wardigo • Confident Beginner
A5 • Portuguese Knitting • Ruth Santos • Confident Beginner
A6 • Little Bit of Lopi • Linda Singley • Intermediate
A7 • Needle Felting a Trio of Pumpkins • Sheri Hunt Smith • Beginner
A8 • Brioche in the Round • Traci Verdin • Intermediate

Saturday Morning Classes
9:00 to 12:00

A9 • Dreambird • Cathy Briscoe • Intermediate
A10 • Mittens on Magic Loop • Leslie Broznak • Confident Beginner
A11 • Sock Architecture • Lisa Carnahan • Intermediate
A12 • The Humble Seam • Mary-Anne Posenau • Confident Beginner
A13 • Polarized Fair Isle Hat • Tanis Gray • Confident Beginner
A14 • Dorset Buttons • Pat Olski • All Levels
A15 • Beyond Basic Cables • Eleanor Swogger • Advanced and/or Adventurous
A16 • Entrelac for all Levels • Ann Weaver • Confident Beginner

Saturday Afternoon Classes
1:30 to 4:30

P1 • Pattern Writing Basics • Mell Bolen • All Levels
P2 • Fixing Mistakes • Cathy Briscoe • Confident Beginner
P3 • Definitely Diagonal Scarf • Leslie Broznak • Confident Beginner
P4 • Variations on a Scarf - Change It Up! • Lisa Carnahan • Confident Beginner
P5 • Use Your Stash: Stitch Patterns, Tips, and Techniques • Pam Ellenberger • Confident Beginner
P6 • Slip Stitch Colorwork Cowl with Picot Hems • Tanis Gray • Confident Beginner
P7 • Invisible Stranding • Joy Jannotti • Advanced and/or Adventurous
P8 • Repeating Tiles Mittens • Anjeanette Milner • Intermediate
P9 • Embroidery to Enhance Your Knitting • Pat Olski • All Levels
P10 • Portuguese Stranding • Ruth Santos • Intermediate
P11 • Celtic Myths Shawl • Rhonda Slinghoff • Intermediate
P12 • Needle Felted Gnome • Sheri Hunt Smith • Confident Beginner
P13 • Tunisian Ribbed Cowl Mary Speedy • Confident Beginner
P14 • Why Doesn't My Knitting Look Like That? Knitting Gauge and Blocking Lisa Stuart • All Levels
P15 • Customizing Socks to Fit Yourself Or Those You Love • Eleanor Swogger • Intermediate
P16 • Short Row Sampler • Ann Weaver • Intermediate


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 BolenCathy BriscoeLeslie BroznakLisa CarnahanPam EllenbergerWendy EllisTanis GrayJoy JannottiAurora Johansen-WardigoAnjeanette MilnerPat OlskiMary-Anne PosenauRuth SantosLinda SingleyRhonda SlinghoffSheri Hunt SmithMary SpeedyLisa StuartEleanor SwoggerTraci VerdinAnn Weaver

Mell Bolen

A1 • Double Knitting a Scarf
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Milano 13

Double Knitting a Scarf Wanted to try double knitting for a while? Don't like knitting that won't result in a project of some kind? Then this class is for you! You'll learn double knitting while starting a scarf. We'll cover casting on, basic double knitting, closing the sides, changing colors, reading a double knitting pattern and casting off.

Supplies: Different colored DK or sport weight yarns with enough contrast for the colors to show when knit as a two colored pattern: approximately 400 yards each of 2 main colors, and 400 yards divided over an additional 1 - 3 different colors (in total, 3 - 5 different colors); US #5 (3.75 mm) 24-inch circular needle

Homework: None
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P1 • Pattern Writing Basics
All levels
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Milano 13

Want to write your own patterns? This class will help you with that goal by covering what to include in a pattern, conventions around the different pattern elements, stitch abbreviations and charts, and of course sizing and the math related to this. By the end you'll know how to write a pattern that could be submitted to a magazine for publication!

Supplies: Please bring two different knitting patterns with elements you find particularly helpful.

Homework: None

Cathy Briscoe

F1 • What Comes Next?
All levels
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 211

What Comes Next? I once had a student in a learn to knit class, who informed me that she already knew how to knit and purl and had knit lots of scarves, but she wanted to learn "what comes next." After much thought, I decided to design a class to cover what I thought should "come next" based on my former students' and customers' most frequently asked questions such as: should I slip knitwise or purlwise, what is ease, or why do I need a swatch. In class, I will cover: how to choose and read a pattern, how to substitute yarn, gauge, sizing selection, specific techniques, and terminology. I will also cover a long list of tips and tricks I wish I would have known when I was a new knitter. This class generally evolves into a really great question and answer session, so come prepared with your general knitting questions and I will come prepared with the answers.

Supplies: 30 - 40 yards worsted weight yarn; appropriate size needles for yarn (typically US #7-#8 for worsted)

Homework: None
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A9 • Dreambird
Intermediate
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 211

Dreambird Nadita, in describing her inspiration, said, "The rich coloring of birds is something wonderful, and I felt I wanted to express this in knitting. I had the Kingfisher before my eyes when I did this but there are no limits of what you can do, hence the name Dreambird!" This shawl looks more complicated than it is, leaving your friends guessing, "How did he/she do that?" The shaping is done using the German Short Row technique, which I will explain in detail so that you don't need to be an advanced knitter to knit this stunning piece. Also, with my minor revisions to the original 20-page pattern, which requires concentration and a lot of counting, I have turned this into a project that can be knit while watching TV. Note: This class is being taught with the written permission of designer Nadita Swings

Supplies: Dreambird KAL shawl pattern by Nadita Swings (approximately $4.38 on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dreambird-kal; the price may fluctuate due to the exchange rate); practice yarn: 32 yards and needles of an appropriate size for your yarn; stitch markers (17 total of varying colors or styles, 6 of one color or type, 7 of another color or type, 3 of a 3rd color or type, and 1 special marker); download KDO2018-DreambirdShawlClassInfo.pdf for detailed information concerning the class (special notes about pattern, project yarn recommendations, homework instructions)

Homework: Cast on for your shawl prior to class. With the background color chain cast on 5 stitches, place a marker, continue to chain cast on 127 more stitches (132 sts total). Please see download file for this class (in supplies) for directions for the crochet cast-on.


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P2 • Fixing Mistakes
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 211

Fixing Mistakes Mistakes - no matter how long we have been knitting, we all make them. In this very popular hands on class you will learn how to fix mistakes without tearing out your entire project. I will cover un-knitting, fixing dropped stitches, knit stitches that should have been purled and vice versa, multiple stitch mistakes a few rows back such as mis-crossed cables, dropped yarn overs, and how to add or subtract length after the fact. I will also give you tips to help avoid mistakes in the first place. If time allows, I 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.

Supplies: homework; light colored worsted weight yarn and US #8 or #9 needles (you choose, either size will work; you will also need double point needles in the same size if that helps you decide on the size you will use); 1 knitting needle 2 sizes smaller than the one listed above; size G or H crochet hook; tapestry needle; scrap yarn.

Homework: Download homework instructions in KDO2018-FixingMistakesHW.pdf

Leslie Broznak

F2 • Double Knitting Mug Mat
Confident Beginner
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 210

Double Knitting Mug Mat Double Knitting is a technique that produces a double layer of stockinette stitch with mirror image colorwork while knitting both layers at the same time. A mug mat keeps the project small to see if you like double knitting. Warning - it can be addicting!

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn, 30 yards each of two highly contrasting colors; US #8 needles, straight or circular (whichever you prefer to work with)

Note: The pattern will be supplied by the instructor.

Homework: None
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A10 • Mittens on Magic Loop
Confident Beginner
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 210

Mittens on Magic Loop Tired of double points? Magic loop is for you! We will work on a basic worsted weight pair of mittens featuring The World's Best Mitten Thumb and a ribbed cuff using an Italian invisible cast on edge.

Skills Required: Be able to knit in the round

Supplies: 140 yards worsted weight yarn; US #7 40-inch circular needle; Basic Worsted-Weight Mittens for Magic Loop pattern by Liat Gat (free: https://knitfreedom.com/free-patterns/magic-loop-mittens-worsted/); stitch markers

Homework: None
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P3 • Definitely Diagonal Scarf
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
West 24

Definitely Diagonal Scarf Don't be afraid of lace. So many people shy away from lace. If your pattern has yarn overs, you are making lace. Lets take the fear out of lace with this fun scarf that works up quickly on size 10 needles.

Supplies: 260 yards worsted weight yarn (If you would like a large scarf, the pattern can be repeated, you will just need more yarn); US #10 32-inch circular needle; Definitely Diagonal Scarf pattern by Kris Basta (free on https://auntekristy.blogspot.com/2013/09/free-pattern-definitely-diagonal-scarf.html)

Homework: None

Lisa Carnahan

F3 • Tips and Tricks
Confident Beginner
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 206

Tips and Tricks This class will cover tips to improve your knitting skills, including mirrored increases and decreases, i-cord cast on and bind off, a special technique to make your bobbles "perky", and many others.

Supplies: Smooth, solid color worsted weight yarn (no variegated, fuzzy, or textured yarn); US #7 or US #8 needles; your knitting gadget bag.

Homework: None
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A11 • Sock Architecture
Intermediate
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 206

Sock Architecture This class is designed for the first time sock knitter. An explanation of the construction of a basic top-down sock will be given as we knit a mini sock in class. The use of double pointed needles, two short circular needles, and Magic Loop method will be discussed. I will also be offering a few sock tips along the way.

Skills Required: Students should have some experience knitting in the round with their preferred method.

Supplies: smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn (solid color, no fuzzy or textured yarns); US #7 or US #8 double pointed needles (or two 16-inch circular needles, or one 32-inch or longer circular needle); stitch markers; tapestry needle

Homework: None
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P4 • Variations on a Scarf - Change It Up!
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 206

Variations on a Scarf - Change It Up!This class will encourage you to think outside the box and to look at your patterns in a new way! In this class we will knit the beautiful, but simple, Gallatin Scarf by designer Kris Basta. This scarf is worked in a worsted weight yarn, but we will explore how changes can be made to a simple scarf pattern to create many new looks.

Supplies: Approximately 200 yards worsted weight yarn; US #10.5 24-inch or longer circular needle; Gallatin Scarf pattern by Kris Basta ($2.15 on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gallatin-scarf); stitch markers

Homework: None

Pam Ellenberger

P5 • Use Your Stash: Stitch Patterns, Tips, and Techniques
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Milano 17

Whether you want to showcase a special yarn or reduce your overall collection (so you have room for more!) this class is for you. We will explore how to organize your yarn for a project, look at ways to use different weights of yarns together, discuss experimenting with color and texture to create beauty, look at some stitch patterns for inspiration … and more.

Skills Required: Spirit of adventure and exploration

Supplies: US #8 or #9 plus one pair US #13 or larger; if you are a crocheter, hook size H or I plus one hook size P or larger; standard supplies (scissors, yarn needle, etc.); feel free to bring a bag of some of your stash yarns to experiment with during the class.

Homework: None

Wendy Ellis

A2 • Kieran Foley's Polychromatic Shawl
Advanced and/or Adventurous
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
West 24

Kieran Foley-- 'Polychromatic Shawl'
© Kieran Foley
Used with permission
You know when you're browsing patterns on Ravelry, and you come across one that takes your breath away? Polychromatic is one of those patterns — a stunning soft, light, colorful shawl with colored diamonds set in an airy openwork mesh. The pattern is inspired by Schoppel-Wolle's Zauberball colors and the paintings of Paul Klee – the colorwork diamonds look like flickering little brushstrokes. A relatively easy knit, with the added interest of choosing, mixing and blending colors like a painter. The CC lengths can be made up of shorter lengths of leftovers spliced together, or different colors of lighter weight yarn held double for a marled effect.

Skills Required: chart reading, familiarity with basic colorwork skills such as stranding and intarsia

Supplies: The pattern is written for two balls of Zauberball (200 grams/840 meters) and the motifs require an additional total of several hundred yards of various sock yarns, bring leftover bits of fingering weight yarns in a variety of colors that complement your foundation colors; US #2-4 circular needles (as needed for gauge), 24- to 40-inch length; Polychromatic Shawl pattern by Keiran Foley ($6.00 on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polychromatic).

Homework: Download homework instructions in KDO2018-PolychromaticShawlHW.pdf

Tanis Gray

F4 • Lace Forensics
All Levels
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 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!

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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A13 • Polarized Fair Isle Hat
Confident Beginner
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 202

Polarized Fair Isle Hat 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. We will focus on putting everything we learned into practice and also learn Latvian Braids as we knit the Polarized Hat! 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!

Skills Required: knit in the round, decrease

Supplies: 1 hank each color heavy worsted (250 yards each) in 2 highly contrasting shades; US #8 16-inch circular knitting needles; US #8 double point needles; tapestry needle; stitch markers; post-it notes; copy of Polarized Hat pattern by Tanis Gray ($5.99 on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polarized-hat)

Homework: CO 88 sts with MC, join into round being careful not to twist, place marker for beginning of round.
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P6 • Slip Stitch Colorwork Cowl with Picot Hems
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 202

Slip Stitch Colorwork Cowl with Picot Hems Love color work? Learn all about slip-stitch color work, or mosaic knitting, as we knit the Harry Potter-themed Felix Felicis Cowl! We'll cover proper technique, how to read a slip-stitch chart, how to work picot hems, blocking and finishing techniques, and touch on color theory.

Skills Required: knitting in the round, increases

Supplies: 200 yards each color worsted weight yarn in highly contrasting shades; US #8 24-inch circular knitting needle; tapestry needle; stitch markers; post-it notes; copy of Felix Felicis Cowl pattern by Tanis Gray ($6.99 on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/felix-felicis)

Homework: With A, CO 132 sts, join into round being careful not to twist, place marker for beginning of round. Knit 5 rounds. Next Round: [yo, k2tog] to end of round. Knit 5 rounds.

Joy Jannotti

A3 • Mediterranean Stranded Hat
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger 50

Mediterranean Stranded Hat Why knit a hat? Hats are quick to knit, great for using up odd balls of yarn, keep your ears cozy and make great winter time gifts! Stranded hats are great for swatching that dream sweater you always wanted to knit. In class we will cover how to strand two colors and how to read a chart.

Skills Required: Must know how to knit in the round.

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors, 100g each; US #6 16-inch circular needle; US #8 needles, 16 inch circular needle; US #8 double pointed needles (Note: OR bring the sizes needed to get gauge of 5 sts/in plain stockinette stitch on the smaller needles)

Homework: With Main Color and smaller needle, cast on 90 stitches. Place marker.  Join without twisting and complete one inch of (k1, p1) rib. Change to larger needle and knit one round.
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P7 • Invisible Stranding
Advanced and/or Adventurous
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger 50

Invisible Stranding Invisible stranding, also called Ladderback Jaquard, is a common machine knitting technique used to keep floats in stranded (jaquard) knitting secured on the wrong side of the fabric. Sometimes when long floats are caught on the back, the caught color may show through to the right side. Hand knitters can use invisible stranding to prevent caught stitches from showing. Learn how using a simple hat pattern in two colors.

Skills Required: must know how to work stranded knitting in the round, be able to read charts, and know how to work a lifted increase.

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors, 100g each; US #7 16-inch circular; US #7 double pointed needles; US #8 16-inch circular needles (Note: OR bring the needle sizes needed to get gauge of 5 sts/in plain stockinette stitch on the smaller needles); one red pencil; ruler

Homework: With Main Color and smaller 16-inch circular needle, cast on 100 sts. Place marker and join without twisting. Work in the round in (k1, p1) rib for 1½ inches. Change to larger needle and knit one round. Review how to work a lifted increase (I recommend Very Pink Knits on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ01r1hWGks)

Aurora Johansen-Wardigo

A4 • Working with Charts for Lace, Cables, and Colorwork
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger 48

For those of us who have teflon brain when looking at instructions like this:

Row 1: k1, *yo, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k1*
Row 2 and all even rows: p
Row 3: k1, * k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo. k2*
Row 5: k1, *k2, yo, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k3*
Row 7: k1, *k3, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k4*

This class on charts for lace, cables, and colorwork is for us! All three types of charts are different but they have so much information to share. We will unveil the mysteries of knitting charts. We'll explore what all those symbols mean and what is supposed to happen with that pesky "no stitch". Trust me … it's so simple, it's hard. For the first half, we'll learn how to read charts, legends, and symbols. Then we'll play with traditional lace or cable patterns to assemble our own sampler. The last third, for the intrepid among us, we'll explore making our own lace pattern using knitting graph paper! Topics covered: how charts are laid out, which side to start with, how to recognize repeats vs written repeats, stitch count changes, and software for knitting charts

Supplies: Download and print 5 sheets of knitting graph paper: KDO2018-GraphPaper4x5.pdf; pencil; eraser; download and print a copy of the Craft Yarn Council's knitting symbols (available here: https://craftyarncouncil-lexiconn.netdna-ssl.com/files/CYCAKnitChartSymbols.pdf)

Note: You can generate and download your own knitting graph paper for any gauge here: https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/asymmetric/. The graph paper for class was created by setting the Smaller Horizontal Grid Spacing to 4 and the Smaller Vertical Grid Spacing to 5.

Homework: None

Anjeanette Milner

P8 • Repeating Tiles Mittens
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger 51

Repeating Tiles Mittens Colorwork mittens can be fun! Learn how to turn a hem and make a thumb gusset while knitting a simple repeating pattern. Explore the basics of mitten styles and their history.

Skills Required: Able to read charts, able to knit in the round on double pointed needles, comfortable with colorwork.

Supplies: double-pointed needles size US #5 or needles to get gauge of 6 sts per inch; 1 skein each of sport weight wool in 2 contrasting colors (yarn used in sample is Quince Chickadee in Egret and Frank's Plum); short piece of embroidery floss or other smooth, thin yarn

Homework: Cast on 52 sts in Color A (background color). Thread 12 inches of DMC floss through the cast-on stitches. Join in the round and knit 5 rounds with Color A.
Next Row: *YO, K2tog* across.
Knit 5 more rounds of Color A.
We will start the class by knitting down the hem and starting the colorwork. Please have these 11 rows ready to finish turning them hem in class.

Pat Olski

F5 • Bohus and Beyond
Advanced and/or Adventurous
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 204

BohusFrom the 1930’s through the 1960’s, Bohus Stickning was a cottage industry in Bohuslan, Sweden, devised to provide aid to workers living in an economically depressed region. This gorgeous knitwear style is immediately recognizable. This class will explore the great color and texture techniques that define Bohus knitting. Students will learn how the judicious use of purl stitches can add shadow and light, and help blend colors seamlessly.

Skills Required: able to read charts, able to work with more than one color yarn, able to knit in the round, comfortable working with double point needles

Supplies: Small amounts of fIngering or sport weight yarn in at least 4 or 5 different colors (make sure the yarn colors have contrast- i.e, some light, medium and dark shades); appropriately sized set of 5 DPNS; scissors; tapestry needle to weave in ends

Homework: None
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A14 • Dorset Buttons
All Levels
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 204

Dorset Buttons Create beautiful thread covered works of art that you can use to embellish your knitted pieces. Dorset buttons are a traditional closure created in the 1600's in England. The thread wrapped rings were manufactured by hand in the Dorset area and provided income for many families for centuries. You will leave with both a beautiful button that you have made, as well as the knowledge to create a number of fanciful and fabulous variations later.

Supplies: Size 16 tapestry needle and size 16 chenille needle; pearl cotton number 5 and/or six strand embroidery floss in a couple of different colors; three 1⅛-inch plastic rings (e.g., one package Dritz 1⅛-inch plastic rings, product number 713-118, has 14 rings per package); scissors

Homework: None

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P9 • Embroidery to Enhance Your Knitting

Embroidery on Knitting
© Soho Publishing
Used with permission
All Levels
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 204

Bring your projects to the next level! Embroidery is a great tool to have in your knitting repertoire. From duplicate stitch to surface embroidery you will learn about the different techniques that have been used traditionally all over the world to enhance knitted fabric. Then you will learn about fresh and fun ways to add color and life to your projects. Whether you like to knit haute couture styles, or peasant mittens, you will enjoy learning a variety of stitches that you will find applicable, and approachable.

Supplies: Small amount of DK yarn and appropriate sized needles for homework; size 13 tapestry needle; size 16 tapestry needle; size 16 chenille needle; various colors of 6 strand embroidery floss and small amounts of yarn.

Homework:

Swatch 1:
Cast on 50 stitches;
Knit 10 rows.
Row 1: Knit 5, purl 40, knit 5.
Row 2: Knit across.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 8 inches.
Knit 10 rows. Bind off.

Swatch 2: TBD (instructions will be sent to students later in the summer)


Mary-Anne Posenau

A12 • The Humble Seam
Confident Beginner
Saturday 9am - Noon
Bollinger 51

Humble Seam You've spent hours upon hours knitting, and you want your seams to look just as good as your meticulously knit project. The most unassuming seam, the seam that virtually disappears, the seam that the casual observer might not even realize is there, the humble seam — that's our goal. We'll practice several methods for joining two items together: 3 needle bind-off; grafting; and end-to-end, side-to-side, and side-to-end seams. We'll also discuss planning for seaming. You'll be ready to seam on, undaunted, when you leave class.

Supplies: Smooth, solid color worsted weight yarn in a light color for swatches; 20-30 yards smooth, solid color worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color for seaming; one set US #7-9 needles (straight or circular), plus one additional needle (note: it’s fine if this third needle is a different size); blunt tip darning needle (bent tip recommended); stitch holders (optional – for homework); completed homework

Homework: Lots and lots of swatches to practice on!

Swatches 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Cast on 30 sts. Work stockinette for a total of 20 rows. Bind off swatch 1; leave swatches 2 thru 5 on separate needles or on stitch holders (or a scrap of yarn) — when cutting the yarn for swatches 2 thru 5, leave a length of yarn approximately 3 or 4 times the width of the piece (be generous).

Swatches 6 & 7
Cast on 15 sts. Work stockinette until each swatch is as long as swatch 1 is wide (about 35 - 40 rows). Bind off both.

Swatches 8 & 9
Cast on 15 sts. Knit every row for 40 rows. Bind off both.

Note: Do not slip the edge stitches on any of the swatches!

Ruth Santos

A5 • Portuguese Knitting
Confident Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Milano 14

Portuguese Knitting Whether you're a Continental or English/American style knitter, Portuguese knitting is a fantastic method to add to your repertoire that can make you an even better knitter. This vintage style of knitting can help you improve your tension issues, makes purling a breeze, and it can speed you up as well! This is a great style to learn that will help you ease into stranding with two colors in no time at all! It's no wonder so many people want to learn it and love it the minute they do! Students will learn how to tension yarn using a knitting pin as a guide, and will learn how to construct knit and purl stitches, and increases and decreases, in order to make Ruth's Bam Bam Cowl using this new style of knitting.

Materials fee: $5 for the knitting pin

Supplies: Approximately 30-50 yards of smooth, DK or worsted weight yarn (for practice and learning in class); 400 yards of DK weight yarn, color and texture of your choice (for the class project, a cowl worked in the round); US #7 or #8 32-inch circular needles or straight needles (knitter's choice, but should be long enough to accommodate up to 80 stitches comfortably; the same needles can be used for both practice and class project); stitch markers; note taking supplies

Homework: None
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P10 • Portuguese Stranding
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Milano 14

Take your Portuguese Knitting skills to the next level. Learn how to strand using two colors and TWO knitting pins. In this class we will make flat and in-the-round swatches using this technique. Those who struggle stranding with two hands or using two strands in one hand using traditional methods will find the technique learned in this class a great addition to their tool kit. This is also a great class to introduce stranding to those who have never tried it before.

Skills Required: Students should either have Portuguese Knitting experience or have taken the Portuguese Knitting class. This class will not teach the beginner skill of Portuguese Knitting. Students will also need to provide their own pins (2)

Supplies: Three sets of two high-contrasting (one dark, one light) DK or Worsted weight yarns; three sets of US #7 and/or US #8 needles (at least one set must be either DPNs or circular 32-inch length for the swatch knitted in the round; 2 Portuguese knitting pins; stitch markers; needle gauge

Homework: Prepare the following base swatches. Keep all of them on the needles, and do not cut the yarn.

Flat Swatch 1:
With a dark color yarn, cast on 26 stitches, and knit six rows of garter stitch (knit every row)
Flat Swatch 2:  
With a light color yarn, cast on 26 stitches, and knit six rows of garter stitch (knit every row)
In the Round Swatch 1:
With a dark color, cast on 52 stitches, place a marker, and join in the round, and knit 6 rows in garter (knit one row, purl one row) - use either DPNs or magic loop with circular needles.

Linda Singley

A6 • Little Bit of Lopi
Intermediate
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bollinger 47

Little Bit of Lopi The student will learn how to plan a small demo sweater in Lopi including colorwork, steeking, finishing a yoke into a collar. Sleeves will be done either before class as homework or after the class in finishing.

Skills Required: Knitting in the round, both stockinette stitch and ribbing, able to read and write charts, has ability to take scissors to knitting.

Supplies: Bulky weight Lopi, 110 yards: 2 main color, 1 each of two contrasting colors; lighter weight worsted wool in very contrasting color - 5 yards minimum up to one ball; US #6 and US #10 8-inch double pointed needles (and if you like, a circular needle for each size of a length that will allow you to knit a 16-inch round comfortably without stretching the work so tightly that it is making you miserable! You can also knit magic loop with longer circular needles of these sizes); crochet hook size G/6; stitch holders; markers; sharp, pointed, small scissors; 4 small ½-inch buttons, or zipper if desired; large-eyed tapestry needle

Homework: Work a tube of 50 stitches with 5 steek stitches of alternating colors in the center front, as described in the Body section of the homework: KDO2018-LittleBitofLopiHW.pdf (please make sure you have the July 12 revision). If you have experience with colorwork and want to leave class with a nearly completed sweater, then also work the sleeves as described in the homework.

Rhonda Slinghoff

P11 • Celtic Myths Shawl
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger 47

The Celtic Myths shawl is a half circle shawl with a cable border. The shawl is worked top down with the border worked from one side to another while fixing it to the body. In the class the one repetition of the chart will be worked for the cable border and the body of the shawl will be started.

Skills Required: Chart reading, cabling, yarn over, knit stitches together

Supplies: 634-678 yards (580-620m) DK weight yarn; US #6 or #7 needles; Celtic Myths pattern by Asita Krebs (free on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-myths); cable needle; stitch markers

Homework: Practice swatch (you can use the same weight yarn as the project uses): Cast on 22 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for 24 rows. Do not bind off. We will start the shawl in class so yarn to be used for project should be brought to class.

Sheri Hunt Smith

A7 • Needle Felting a Trio of Pumpkins
Beginner
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
West 25

Needle Felting a Trio of Pumpkins This is a beginner needle felting class, but still suitable and fun for all. Students will learn basic needle felting. We will make a trio of pumpkins that could be put in a basket for a perfect center piece for the fall holidays.

Materials fee: $20 for all supplies needed to make three pumpkins including felting pad, needles, core wool and hand dyed rovings. Student gets to keep felting pad and needle to take home.

Homework: None
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P12 • Needle Felted Gnome
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
West 25

Needle Felted Gnome We will be creating a needle felted adorable whimsical gnome complete with curly beard that is perfect to decorate your tree or hang in a window. You won't want to gift him, you will want to keep him for yourself!

Materials fee: $20 for needle felting pad, needles, core wool, hand dyed roving and curly locks

Skills Required: Some needle felting skills would be helpful, but not required.

Homework: None

Mary Speedy

P13 • Tunisian Ribbed Cowl
Confident Beginner
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
Bollinger 48

Tunisian Ribbed Cowl Have one of those crazy crochet hooks with a hook at each end? Join this class and learn how to use it as we make a lovely ribbed Cowl working in the round using the double hooked Tunisian crochet hook. Working with Aran weight yarn this Cowl works up quickly and will make a great addition to your fall wardrobe or a great Christmas gift for a lucky friend.

Skills Required: Need to know the basic Tunisian stitches, especially the knit and purl stitches.

Supplies: 2 skeins of worsted/Aran weight yarn, 50 grams each, or one skein divided into two
balls for a total of 250-300 yards; 7.00mm or 8.00mm Tunisian double-ended hook

Homework: None

Lisa Stuart

P14 • Why Doesn't My Knitting Look Like That? Knitting Gauge and Blocking
All levels
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 210

Why Doesn't My Knitting Look Like That? Knitting Gauge and Blocking Knitters often followed the pattern and are disappointed when the knitted goods don't look like the pattern photo! This class will cover how to measure gauge and how to properly block and finish garments so that the crafter's knitting looks its best. We will discuss how gauge measurement applies to knitting and how good gauge and blocking creates a handmade garment rather than a homemade garment. Topics of discussion will include how to measure gauge, sizing, and many useful techniques for blocking various types of yarns. Bring finished and unblocked work for class discussion. This is a hands on class and students will come away with a good understanding of gauge and it's relationship to true sizing and how to properly block a variety of fibers to get a professional, finished look.

Supplies: Pen and paper for notes; calculator; cellophane tape or masking tape; metal or plastic ruler; homework swatches 1-4; patterns (optional – for discussion); finished garments (optional – for discussion)

Homework:

  1. Bring in a garment or knitted swatch for which you found it difficult to determine the gauge.
    We'll use these samples to facilitate our discussion. Novelty yarns will be discussed so
    bring in your eyelash scarves and other examples. If you bring a swatch make sure it
    measures at least 5 inches by 5 inches.
  2. Knit 2 swatches (swatches 1 and 2) using worsted weight or heavier yarn in a natural
    fiber (wool, silk, wool blend, etc)
    and appropriate needles of your choice. Swatches 1 and
    2 should be identical in yarn choice and needle size. Make the first swatch three inches
    by three inches in size (3"x3"). Make the second swatch with the same yarn and needles,
    but make the swatch at least five inches by five inches in size (5"x5").
  3. Knit 2 more swatches (swatches 3 and 4) using the same yarn and needle size as
    swatches 1 and 2.
    This time, however, make the third (5"x5") swatch in a patterned 2x2
    rib. Make the fourth (5"x5") swatch with the same yarn and needles, but make the
    swatch in a pattern of your choice (cabled, lace, slip stitch, etc).

Eleanor Swogger

F6 • The Chavalier Shawl - A Beaded Lace Crescent Shawl
Intermediate
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 309

The Chavalier Shawl - A Beaded Lace Crescent ShawlLearn how to begin a crescent shawl with a garter stitch tab, then with additional provided yarn practice lace edging and adding beads with  a crochet hook.  Students will finish the shawl at home with provided yarn and purchased beads. The shawl features beaded leaves and ends with a feather and fan edge. Options for customizing size of shawl will be discussed.

Note: Students choose own beads later to finish  shawl.  Yarn to practice lace will be provided.  Enough beads for practice of lace pattern will also be provided.

Supplies: US #6 32-inch circular needle and US #6 24-inch circular needle; size 10, 12, or 14 steel crochet hook; may also bring yarn to be used in shawl if desired, 100 to 200 grams of fingering weight yarn needed for shawl depending on size desired (choose one color or two complementary colors).

Homework: None
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A15 • Beyond Basic Cables
Advanced and/or Adventurous
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 309

So you know how to make a basic cable but would like to go beyond the basics to combination cables, cables with lace, or Celtic knots.  Learn how to read charts for more complicated cable and ways to keep track of the multiple elements in these cable designs.  Several advanced cables will be made in class.  If desired bring a cable pattern to class that challenges you.

Supplies: US #8 needles, straight or 24-inch circular; highlighter tape, row keeper, or anything used to mark place to share with others.

Note: Yarn for class will be provided by Kraemer Yarns.  

Homework: None
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P15 • Customizing Socks to Fit Yourself Or Those You Love
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 309

Customized Socks Learn to make your socks truly custom fit. Learn modifications for large calf size, narrow or wide heel, bunions, short or long toes, missing toes, etc. Bring any sock pattern you are considering knitting that may present a customizing problem.  Each student will go home with a template for fitting a sock for themself.

Supplies: two sets of double pointed needles or two sizes of two circulars (ex: US #1 & #2); approximately 10 grams of any sock yarn; pencil or pen; tape measure

Homework: None

Traci Verdin

A8 • Brioche In the Round
Intermediate
Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Milano 17

Brioche In the Round Experience the magic of brioche using two colors to create a beautiful cowl. We will start with an Italian cast-on to create a foundation that flows with your brioche. Then we will work with both colors in brioche burping and barking our way around our cowl. Finally, we will learn the corresponding cast-off that will complement our cast-on on a piece of ribbing that will be homework for this class.

Materials fee: None

Skills Required: Be able to knit in the round comfortably

Supplies: two different skeins of either a worsted or DK yarn (100% wool is best for brioche because the fibers stick together and help to create the design); a 16-inch or 24-inch circular needle that is one or two sizes under the recommendation on the ball band for your chosen yarn (Note: If you are a tight knitter go with the 16-inch and don't go down a needle size); stitch marker; pinch of patience

Homework: None

Ann Weaver

F7 • Socks from the Toe Up
Intermediate
Friday 6 - 9pm
ATEC 200

Socks from the Toe Up Learn to knit socks 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. Once you master magic loop toe-up socks, you can try two-at-a-time toe-up socks, eliminating second-sock syndrome from your knitting experiences. In this workshop, we’ll knit a mini-sock using worsted weight yarn. We’ll cast on, shape the toe, shape the heel, and bind off. When you leave, you’ll be ready to cast on for a real sock using small needles if you choose.

Skills Required: Knitting in the round on a small circumference using double-pointed needles, two long circular needles, or magic loop. We'll learn magic loop in class.

Supplies: US #7 32-inch (or longer) circular needle; stitch marker; row counter (optional but helpful); small amount (20 grams is plenty) of worsted weight yarn in a light, solid color for knitting the mini-sock

Homework: Come with your yarn wound, ready to knit!
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A16 • Entrelac for All Levels
Confident Beginner
Saturday 9am - Noon
ATEC 200

Entrelac for All Levels Learn to knit entrelac, a technique that creates a textured diamond pattern. The workshop will start with basic instructions on how to set up for and knit entrelac. Then, I’ll demonstrate how to purl backward to work entrelac without turning. Students can work at their own pace and comfort level — there’s no pressure to purl backward! Knitters from adventurous beginner to advanced are welcome, and everyone will learn something new. Students will leave with a good start on an entrelac scarf.

Skills Required: Basic increases and decreases; picking up stitches

Supplies: Approximately 400 yards of worsted weight yarn (I recommend ombre or handprinted yarn for maximum fun); US #8 needles (straight or circular, any length); stitch markers; a copy of the pattern Entrelac Scarf by Allison LoCicero (free on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/entrelac-scarf).

Homework: Come with your yarn wound, ready to knit!
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P16 • Short Row Sampler
Intermediate
Saturday 1:30 - 4:30pm
ATEC 200

Short Row Sampler In this workshop, you’ll learn three methods for working short rows: German, wrap and turn, and Japanese. You’ll have a chance to practice these methods while knitting the Short Row Sampler cowl. The cowl will be your reference for how short rows look when worked using each of the methods!

Skills Required: No short row experience necessary!

Supplies: US #6 16-inch and 24-inch circular needles (NOTE: You will only use the 16-inch needle for casting on and working the first few rounds because the stitches will initially be too tight to work comfortably on a 24-inch needle); about 70 yards each of three colors of DK weight yarn; Short Row Sampler pattern by Ann Weaver ($5.00 on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/short-row-sampler); 1 fixed stitch marker; 1 removable stitch marker; a copy of the pattern

Homework: With a US #6 16-inch circular needle, cast on for your cowl and work the welt edging as follows before coming to class. If you have questions about working welts, I’ve written a photo tutorial here:
https://fibrespace.com/2014/07/eastside-knitalong-2-welts/
CO 120 sts. You can use any of your three colors. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Work welt: (K1, slip 1 with yarn in front) around. Do this for 4 rounds.
Knit 3 rounds.
You’re ready to start short rowing!

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