We open our doors and seating area to all knitters and crocheters throughout the week. Our friends are open to helping each other with minor fixes and encouraging each other to develop their skills. In addition to open knitting, we also have informal classes during which some of our knitters may be working on specific skill sets. Our class schedule is listed below.
Project classes are designed to follow the student through a project. For example, if you are learning to knit socks, you will pay one class fee for the entire project. You will meet on the class date to begin your project and you may return each week for as long as it takes to work on it. That way, you will get the encouragement and guidance you need to successfully complete your socks.
We will be scheduling classes that will focus on a general goal, ie. learning to crochet. Whether you are a beginner, trying to remember what you learned as a child, learning to read a pattern or working on a particular project, an open class may be the best way to improve your skills. During the open class, we will be working with students at all levels but focusing on each individual’s particular needs. Open classes will be charged at $10 for the first session and $5 for each following session. Sessions will last for the afternoon until closing.
Spring Class Schedule
Beginning Sock Project Class
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to knit socks, this is the place to start. We begin your sock journey with a simple sock: Knitted from the top down with a heel flap, we will break down sock knitting into 3 basic components: Casting on, turning the heel and closing the toe. In fact, if using small needles intimidates you, you can start with a Christmas stocking using worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles.
This class will meet on Monday afternoon at 4:00. Class Fee: $20 plus materials; attend as often as you wish on one class fee until your sock project is completed.
Beginning Crochet Open Class
I consider crochet to be an essential skill. For many of us, it is the first yarn craft our mothers or grandmothers taught us. Although it has not been fashionable over the past couple of decades, it has resurfaced as a fashion medium and a trim for knitted fashion.
In this open class, I will teach you how to crochet with the classical method of holding the yarn. You will learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and complete a simple project such as a washcloth or scarf. You will learn how hook size and yarn size interact to produce a stiff or pliable fabric and how to apply that knowledge to your project.
As a knitter, crochet skill can offer several improvements to your knitted projects including finishing techniques and continental knitting.
This class will meet on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00. Class Fee: $10 plus materials for the first session and $5 for follow up sessions.
Beyond Basic Socks Open Class
Now that you have been introduced to sock knitting, I am sure that the many intriguing variations have caught your attention. On Friday afternoons, we will hold an open class that will explore the many variations in needle techniques (double pointed, magic loop, two-at-a-time, etc), construction techniques (top-down, toe-up, diagonal heel, fleegle heel, etc.) and the endless variety of designs (patterns, lace, cable, colorwork).
For the novice sock knitter, we will follow a path from basic techniques through more challenging patterns. Or, bring a pattern that you want to master, and work independently with the instructor’s guidance.
This class will meet on Friday afternoon at 2:00. Class Fee: $15 plus materials for the duration of your project.