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2020 Classes

Berry Scarf

Looping Back

Welcome Baby Beanie

Just Yoking Around

Knitting in the Round

5?, 6?, 7? Ways

Modular Mystique

The Shape of Lace

Knitting Ribs & Welts

I Cord Bobbles, Infinity Circles & Gordian Knots

Conquering the

Papillon Shawl

Crochet for Knitters

The Surprising Yarn Over

Crossnore Shawl

1 x 1 Wonders

Inspiration from Tessellations

How Sheep Breed

Affects Your Knitting

Saturday Morning

Saturday Afternoon

Sunday Morning

Sunday Afternoon

1 x 1 Wonders – Jolie Elder

When learning to knit, the progression is often garter stitch, then stockinette, then 1×1 ribbing. We

know what garter and stockinette do, but have you really explored the potential of 1×1 ribbing?

In this class we will explore the hidden potential of this common stitch. We will discover it is the

basis for a variety of astonishing reversible fabrics. We will explore splitting and twisting

techniques that create unusual 3-D sculptural shapes. We’ll dip into combination knitting to see

how to work ribbing more easily. And we will end by looking at the special properties and

reversible nature of this ribbing, including cables, lace, intarsia; and its relationship to double-knitting.

Come unlock the potential of a stitch pattern you already know!


Skill Level:  Adventurous beginner           

Required Skills:  Know how to work 1 x 1 ribbing

Materials Fee:  None

Homework:  None

Supplies to Bring:   Class Yarn and Needles (more info here). We will be working back and forth; needles can be circular or straight. You will also need double-pointed needles in the same size

Berry Scarf – Laura Barker

Create a 'picture frame' with slipped stitches, twisted stitches, and a vikkel braid. Inside the frame, create a picture of berries based on a motif from Britt-Marie Christoffersson's Swedish Sweaters. The design is created with a two color background, slipped stitches, twisted stitches, and bobbles. The two color background allows colorwork without floats, creating an attractive fabric on the WS of your work.


Skill Level:  Intermediate            

​Required Skills:  Experience with cables is a plus, and must be comfortable with increases and decreases

Materials Fee:  None

Homework:  None

Supplies to Bring:  Two contrasting colors of sport or DK weight yarn (30 yards per color for class, 200 yds of each for a complete scarf); and US #5/3.75mm or US #6/4.0mm needle

Conquering the Papillon Shawl – Katie Clark

Master the Mariposa! Learn the easiest of all short row techniques that gives the Papillon Shawl it’s pizzazz! Though it’s intimidating, there are tips and tricks to make it easier. As we work on the first section of the shawl together, you will learn how to wrap and turn, place stitch markers strategically, and use the stitch markers to understand the pattern and predict what will happen next. You will gain the experience and confidence to finish sections 2 and 3 on your own.


Skill Level:  Advanced – or Adventurous Intermediate

​Required Skills:  Very comfortable with basic knitting skills

Materials Fee:  None

Homework:   After you buy your pattern, print the coloring sheet from the “Moth” modification to help you choose your color scheme.  Use the coloring sheet as a guide to purchase your yarn


Supplies to Bring:  Fingering weight yarn (#1), 1,000-1,200 yds (see pattern for color selection) Note: In the “Moth” modification found on Ravelry, you can find a coloring sheet to help with color selection

Circular needles, US Size 4 (3.5mm)/ 32”-40” and lots of stitch markers

Crochet for Knitters – Leslie Grabowski

Intimidated by the hook? Learn to make crochet your best friend when constructing a garment. In this class, students will examine a variety of techniques and instances when using crochet in a knitted garment can enhance the look, fit, durability of seams and ease of knitted garment construction


Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Required Skills:   draw up a loop and chain

Materials Fee:  $5

Homework:   Using worsted weight yarn and a size 7 or 8 needle, cast on 35 stitches and knit three inches. Bindoff and block.  Do this three times, as you will need three swatches to use in class.


Supplies to Bring:  Please bring a crochet hook size 4.5 or 5 mm, a crochet hook size 1.5 or 1.75 mm and 100 yards of worsted weight yarn

Supplies to Bring:  Supplies required are 50 yds of worsted yarn, not too dark or tending to split; size 8 circular needles, 24-36", with relatively pointed tips; several removable stitch markers

Crossnore Mini – Laura Barker

The shape of the Crossnore Shawl is inspired by woven wraps created at the Crossnore School in Western North Carolina. Worked in lace, the wrap is a rectangle with a twist before the sideways join, resulting in an elegant twist in the front with more coverage in the back. The twist requires that the fabric be reversible so I modified a lace pattern from Lisl Fanderl's Bauerliches Stricken 1. While it may look complicated, there are only 3 lines of pattern, one of which is ribbing. The cast on is provisional so the garment may be joined while completing the rectangle. The last few border stitches are grafted together for a seamless appearance. The natural waves of all of the edges evoke the mountains, frame the face elegantly in the front, and nest together at the join. In class, we will work a mini swatch showing all aspects of construction; the provisional cast on, the reversible lace pattern, the twisted join, the sideways ribbed bind-off, and grafting of the few final stitches for a seamless construction.


Class will include a free download of the full size Crossnore Wrap.  Look for the full pattern with additional information and photos on Ravelry in October.

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner          

Required Skills:  Lace experience is a plus, and must be comfortable with yarn-overs and decreases      

Materials Fee:  None                   Homework:  None

How Sheep Breed Affects Your Knitting – Amy Tyler

Merino, Cormo, Finn, Costwold, Wensleydale, Romney, Corriedale, and more! The wool from different breeds of sheep can vary substantially in softness, strength, elasticity, luster, and feltability. Through hands-on examination, we will explore these widely varying characteristics of wool. In addition to sheep breed, other factors will be addressed that influence the characteristics of the final wool project. We will examine samples of unspun fiber, yarns, and knitted swatches of over a dozen sheep breeds. There will be fiber and yarns to test-knit or -crochet.


Skill Level:  Beginner

Required Skills:  None

Homework:  None

Materials Fee:  $15     Instructor will provide: samples for examination, notebook with handouts, yarns for knitting/crocheting, sundry supplies


Supplies to Bring:   Participants may bring knitting needles if they want to knit, or crochet hooks if they want to crochet

I Cord Bobbles, Infinity Circles and Gordian Knots–
Karen Krewer

Have you longed to make the Lucy Hague shawls and scarfs, comprised of clever and seemingly difficult Gordian Knots (cable starts and crossings)? I love them too, and through classes and experimentation have a simple way to start the infinity circles and to close the gap making a seemingly perfect circle.

Learn a technique and practice it in a unique hat pattern. Together we will swatch to learn how to read the charts and start on a hat project developed just for this class. You’ll learn; 1 to 5 increases, 5 to1 decreases, I cord Bobbles, Complex cables and a trick for garter stitch Kitchner.

Supplies to Bring:  Light colored worsted weight yarn, (natural, pink, lite yellow etc.), 16” circular knitting needles or double point needles for the suggested gauge for the chosen yarn, cable needle or short double point needles, stitch markers

Skill Level:  Intermediate 

Required Skills:  Knit, Purl, and Slip Stitches

Materials Fee:  $3

Homework:  None 

Inspiration from Tessellations – Katie Clark

Are you fascinated by quilt designs, Moroccan mosaics, or even the tilework on your floor? These are all examples of tessellations and you can use these as inspiration for your next afghan! In this class, you will learn what a tessellation is, identify shapes that tessellate, and design using a tessellation. After experimenting with some design options, we will practice making various motifs to include in our designs.  Finally, we will look at options for joining our motifs for different effects.  For more ideas on knit motifs that will inspire innovative designs, Jolie Elder's "Modular Mystique" is a great companion class!


Skill Level:  Intermediate            

​Required Skills:  Reading patterns and Knit & Purl, increasing and/or Single crochet & Double crochet

Materials Fee:  None   (Instructor will provide:  Tessellation designs, graph paper, colored pencils, patterns and diagrams for crochet or knit triangle, square, hexagon, octagon, circle)

Homework:   None

Supplies to Bring:  Worsted weight yarn in 2 or 3 coordinating colors (#4).  Pictures of tile patterns or patterns you find intriguing.  Appropriate size hooks or needles and appropriate size DPNs.  Basic crochet or knitting supplies: Scissors, Tapestry needle, Measuring Tape

Just Yoking Around – Leslie Grabowski

Learn the history and the many varieties of knitting the ever so popular circular yoke sweater. Examine the structure and explore a variety of options which will allow you to design your own sweater or simply develop the skills to be more confident when knitting from a pattern. We will discuss fit, design and body type. This class will include a mini sweater pattern so that you can practice the technique. We will discuss round yokes that use lace, colorwork, textured patterns and in some instances, a combination of all these techniques.


Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Required Skills:  cast on, kfb or yo, knit, purl

Materials Fee:  $5

Homework:  None                                    


Supplies to Bring:  Please bring 110-150 yards worsted weight yarn (bring several contrasting colors if you are interesting in doing colorwork) and size 7, 8 or 9 needles

Knitting in the Round; 5?, 6?, 7? Ways – Laura Barker

Knitting in the round has many advantages, especially eliminating seams, and often avoiding purling. Most knitters are aware of traditional dpns, magic loop, and possibly 2 circulars, but what about slipped stitches and special dpns; curved or FlexiFlips (CraSy Trio)? Learn or polish your skills with magic loop, 2 circulars, dpns, and slipped stitches (especially good for small circumferences). Experiment with FlexiFlips, curved dpns, and 9" circulars and see if you like them before making the investment. Compare the pros and cons of different methods, and when you might want to use which. We will also cover joining to work in the round, avoiding the dreaded twist, and a quick fix to camouflage a twist if you catch it early.


Skill Level:  Beginner

Required Skills:  None

Materials Fee:  None

Homework:  None                


Supplies to Bring:  60  yards of worsted/aran yarn, size 8 or appropriately sized needles: 1 circular, at least 32"; a second circular, any length; AND a set of 5 dpns. You do not need to buy FlexiFlips, curved dpns, or 9" circulars, but please bring them if you have them

Knitting Ribs and Welts – Amy Tyler

Ribs make vertical lines; welts make horizontal lines but there is much more to these knitted features than the direction of lines. We will cover these many features in basic ribs and welts, as well as the effects created by combining ribs and welts, and we will cover variations such as cables, waves, and pleats. We’ll also discuss some ways to use these lovelies in your knitting to get specific effects.


Skill Level:  Advanced beginner to Intermediate     

​Required Skills:  Comfortable with casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, standard increases and decreases, and standard bind off

Materials Fee:  $10      Instructor will provide: notebook with handouts, stitch patterns, extra yarns, sundry supplies

Homework:  None 

​​Supplies to Bring:   100-200 yards of yarn, knitting needles appropriate for the yarn, darning needle. I suggest sport to worsted weight wool yarn in a solid, light color

Looping Back – Jolie Elder

Making a loop, knitting with part of it, and then tightening it is a peculiar technique that lends

itself to some unusual applications. You can bind off on both ends of the same row to preserve

symmetry. You can also add modules — intarsia, entrelac, or even side-to-side edgings — in a

way that is seamless and elegant. You can adds beads in a unique way that is both more secure

and prevents them from sliding around. These are all various applications of Rick Mondragon’s

sliding loop/modular intarsia technique;


Skill Level:  Advanced

​​Required Skills:  Should already have experience with intarsia and entrelac (a swatch from a class is fine). Knowing how to carry/trap a yarn in Fair Isle knitting is encouraged.  Knowing how to knit back backwards is helpful but not essential.  Knowledge of how to bead is helpful but not required

Materials Fee:  None

Homework:  Just a small swatch.  Picture and directions posted here

Supplies to Bring:  Homework swatch. Class Yarn and Needles (more info here). Double-pointed needles in the same size (optional, but possibly helpful). Small crochet hook that will fit through the beads you bring and enable you to pull a loop of yarn up through the beads, or if you want to use the pony beads provided please bring a size E or F crochet hook. Beads that will fit on the yarn that you have chosen (I will bring pony beads for students who don’t have spare scrap beads)

Modular Mystique – Jolie Elder

Also called domino or patchwork knitting, modular knitting is a way to create fabric one piece at a time, joining as you go. This is a great technique for stash-busting or for showing off multicolored yarns. Students will evaluate subtle differences between various methods. They’ll

also explore easy ways to create different geometric shapes. Many pieced quilt patterns can be reproduced in knitting using this method.  For further exploration of non-mitered modular shapes and fitting them together in intriguing ways, attend Katie Clark's "Inspiration from Tessellations" Sunday afternoon. These two classes together will set you on course to make fabulous geometric blankets and garments!


Skill Level:  Intermediate          ​Materials Fee:  None

​Required Skills:  Knit, purl, and double-decrease

Homework:  If you haven’t worked 3-into-1 decreases for a while, please refresh your memory on your preferred method of using stitch markers to keep double decreases aligned over multiple rows.

Supplies to Bring:  Class Yarn and Needles (more info here) - 7-inch long double-pointed needles work well but any needles will do.   Stitch markers for making double-decreases


The Shape of Lace, a Lace Knitting Refresher – Leslie Grabowski

Students will gain confidence in knitting lace by reviewing the basics and venturing out from there. Topics to be covered include: following a lace chart, working increases and decreases (and how these play together to create shape), how to use markers and a lifeline, how to read the knitting and fix mistakes, stretchy cast on and bind off techniques, and how to block the finished piece. This class builds on the basics to incorporate the when, what, how and why: when to add lace to a pattern, what to do to accommodate the shape of the lace, how will it change the garment and why some lace patterns work better for some yarns and patterns than others.


Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Required Skills:  Cast on, knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, yarn over

Materials Fee:  $5

Homework:   Cast on 35 stitches on a light colored worsted weight yarn and work in stockinette stitch for a total of six inches. Do not bindoff, as you will work on this in class. Please knit three such samples to use in class.


​Supplies to Bring:  homework and regular knitting supplies, including markers

The Surprising Yarn Over – Amy Tyler

A “yarn-over” is a fundamental element in knitted lace, but there is more to the yarn-over than lace. The yarn-over is a surprising and versatile element in many forms of knitting. We will explore the use of yarn-overs to make beautiful edges, interesting cords, straight and wavy fabrics. In addition, we’ll cover variations on the yarn-over and how yarn-overs are created in a variety of knit stitch patterns.


Skill Level:  Advanced beginner to Intermediate     

​Required Skills:  Comfortable with casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, standard increases and decreases, and standard bind off

​​Materials Fee:  $10      Instructor will provide: samples for examination, notebook with handouts, additional yarn, sundry supplies

Homework:  None


Supplies to Bring:   100-200 yards of yarn (sport or worsted weight yarn in a light solid color suggested) and knitting needles appropriate for the yarn

Welcome Baby Beanie – Katie Clark

Learning to read crochet patterns opens up so many opportunities for a new crocheter, and reading diagrams can make an intricate lace pattern faster and easier to crochet. This pattern is provided in both written instructions and a diagram, giving you the opportunity to practice reading both at the same time. By following the diagram that illustrates the structure of the project, you will be able to easily create a seemingly complicated lacy openwork crochet pattern. A fast project, Welcome Baby Beanie features a traditional pineapple motif that is sure to become an heirloom!


Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Required Skills:  Single crochet, Double crochet

Materials Fee:  None  

​Homework:   None                                  

Supplies to Bring:   50g sock weight yarn (#1).  US F hook (3.75mm). Basic crochet supplies: Scissors, Tapestry needle, Measuring Tape