Knitting 101: Treat Yourself
Is it time to learn to knit or just refresh your knitting skills? We are going to get into the knit and purl of things with this beautiful, cozy, accessory. In this basic knitting class you will learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off using a circular needle. Grab a friend and treat yourself! Materials:Worsted or Bulky yarn at least 109 yards , 24” US 11 circular needle, stitch marker, tapestry needle.
Instructor: Kathy Thomas Friday, October 6 & 13 @ 5:30 -7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11 & 18 @ 9:00 - 11:00 am
Wednesday, December 6 & 13 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, January 5 & 12 @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Knitting 102: Knitting In the Round
Have you taken Knitting 101, and are you ready to take the next step? Knitting in the round is the gateway skill to hats, mittens, socks, cowls, and sweaters. In this class, you will learn how to knit with circular needles and double pointed needles, use stitch markers, and read a pattern. Students should know how to cast on, knit, and purl. Please note that there will be homework between classes. Materials: Barley hat pattern by tincanknits (free on Ravelry), 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 16” US 6 circular needle, 16” US 8 circular needle, US 8 DPNs, three stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.
Instructor: Katie Groves Wednesday, November 1, 8, & 15 @ 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, January 9, 16, & 23 @ 6 - 8 pm
Two Socks on Two Circulars
Do you suffer from SSS - Second Sock Syndrome? Do you cast on the first sock with enthusiasm, and then slog through the second sock with dread? Or do you just love learning new and exciting knitting techniques? If so, then this is the class for you. Learn how to knit both socks at the same time on two circular needles. When you’re done, you’re done! You should know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease. This is an adventurous beginner or intermediate class. Please note there will be homework prior to class as well as between classes. Please contact the store for pre-class homework instructions. Materials: 250 yards worsted weight yarn (wound into two balls), two US 6 circulars (24” is best), and a tapestry needle. Instructor will provide the pattern. *The class will run for three sessions; a fourth session is optional and will be an additional $10.
Cost: $38 Thursday, September 7, 14, 21, & 28* @ 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Jen Lushbough Monday, January 8, 15, 22, & 29 @ 6-8 pm
This cardigan is a classic for big or little sweethearts, with crisp geometric motifs that sparkle in high contrast colors. Learn to knit colorwork and steek with this beautiful sweater and a baby or child’s size will be a quick project. Materials: Clayoquot pattern by tincanknits (available on Ravelry or through Yarn Harbor), dk weight yarn (check pattern for appropriate yardage), needles as required for your size, stitch markers, tapestry needle, and tape measure. Please note the class will run for three sessions; a fourth session is optional and will be an additional $10.*
Cost: $38 Wednesday, Sept 13, 20, 27, & Oct 4* @ 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Jess Poskozim
Blocking Your Knits for a Professional Finish
You’ve heard the term “blocking” and know that you do it once the actual knitting is complete, but what in the world is it? Blocking is an important finishing step that takes your project from good to great. In this class, we’ll discuss and practice the how, when, and why of wet blocking vs. steam blocking techniques and tools. We will practice on provided knits, but you should feel free to bring your own project and/or questions.
Instructor: Katie Groves Friday, October 13 @ 6 - 8 pm
The engaging wave edging is reminiscent our crashing Lake SUperior and makes Ho’okipa a great accent piece or, when knit larger, a light-weight shawl for cool summer nights. Using a fun construction, this shawl calls for one skein of fingering weight yarn, but we will discuss how to make a custom size based on yardage and type of yarn. We will also cover charts, twisted stitches, and blocking. Please note we will work on the unbeaded version of this shawl. Materials: Ho’okipa Shawl by Paulina Popiolek (available at Yarn Harbor or on Ravelry), 24” or 32” US 5 circular needle (go up one or two needle sizes than listed on the ball band), at least 420 yards of fingering, sport, or worsted weight yarn (depending on desired size), one stitch marker, and tapestry needle.
Instructor: Katie Groves Monday, October 2,9, & 16 @ 6 - 8 pm
Pub Knits - Slipped Stitch Hat
We’re taking the classroom to the pub for a night of knitting and perhaps a cocktail...or two! In this class we will learn the technique of slipped stitch knitting. Slip stitch knitting patterns don't require working with strands and floats on the back of the work like stranded colorwork. You'll only work with one color at a time, so there's no need to juggle multiple colors at once. If you know how to slip a stitch, then you'll find slip stitch colorwork to be one of the easiest techniques you've ever tried .Class will be held at The Spirit Room, located at 1323 Broadway Street, Suite 100, Superior, WI. Materials: Collusion pattern by Hunter Hammersen (available on Ravelry), at least 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 16” US 7 needles, US 7 DPNs, and 1 stitch marker. (Materials will be available for purchase the night of the first class.)
Instructor: Katie Rider Tuesday, October 3 & 10 @ 6 - 8 pm
Worked entirely in the round from the bottom up, the Funicular hat has inclined lines of colorwork that are formed by short rows. The optional pom pom and a bit of slouch make this hat both fashionable and fun! If you’ve taken Knitting 102 and know how to knit in the round, this class is for you! You will need approximately 130 yards of the main color, and 65 yards of a contrasting color in DK or worsted weight yarn, Funicular Hat pattern (Available on Ravelry), US 6 16” needle, US 6 DPNs, stitch marker, and a tapestry needle. The optional pom pom will take 12-15 yds of yarn.
Instructor: Jess Poskozim Monday, October 9 & 16 @ 6-8 pm
You can never have too many mittens in our turbulent Duluth winter! Using Minnesota-designer Theresa Gaffey’s popular pattern, you’ll learn how to use double point needles (DPNs). In sizes from a child’s 2 to an adult XL, you can knit a pair (or two) for everyone in your family. You should be familiar with knitting, purling, and decreasing (Knitting 101). Materials: Theresa Gaffey Designs Warm Woolly Mittens pattern #51 (available at Yarn Harbor), worsted weight yarn for your desired size, US 5 and 7 DPNs, small stitch holder or waste yarn, and a tapestry needle.
Instructor: Jen Lushbough Tuesday, October 10, 17, & 24 @ 6-8 pm
Colorwork Yoke Sweater: North Shore or Spotlight
Have you wanted to knit yourself a sweater, but you’ve been too intimidated? Or you’ve tried knitting a sweater and just didn’t love the outcome? In this class, we will learn basic sweater construction techniques as well as how to do stranded colorwork. You choose which sweater you’d like to make. North Shore features mountains, trees, and waves in a tribute to the Pacific Northwest (or the shores of Lake Superior, if you’d rather); while Spotlight takes a decidedly more geometric take on classic stranded colorwork. Both sweaters are offered up in sizes from 6 months to adult 4XL. Please bring the following items to the first night of class: a favorite well-fitting sweater (handknit or store bought), a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch with a garter stitch edge (4”x4”)* and a tape measure. Materials: North Shore or Spotlight pattern by tincanknits (available at Yarn Harbor or on Ravelry), DK or worsted weight yarn for your desired sweater and size, appropriately sized needles for your gauge, stitch markers, and a darning needle. *see website for swatch info: http://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Knit-Gauge
Instructor: Jen Lushbough Thursday, October 5, 12, 19, & 26 @ 6-8 pm
Troubleshooting Your Knitting
Learning to read and fix your knitting are two important skills to help you “level up” your skills. In this class, we will discuss and troubleshoot several of the main issues that arise in knitting, including dropped stitches, accidental increases and decreases, and splitting stitches. Materials: US 8 needles, tapestry needle, and a small crochet hook.
Cost: $15 Saturday, October 21 @ 10 am - 12 pm
Instructor: Katie Groves Monday, November 6 @ 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, January 13 @ 9 - 11 am
This quick and easy knit is all about the color! You can be subtle or bold. It looks good on all body types with the length being adjustable. *(remember you need more yarn if you want to lengthen) It is knit on the bias and seamed then we pick up for the waistband and add elastic and shazam….done. Materials: Noro Kureyon yarn check sizing for amount*, US 10 and US 8 24” or longer circular needles, Stitch marker, tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread, large safety pin, and waistband elastic 2” wide enough for your waist.
Instructor: Kathy Thomas Saturday October 21 @9-11 am and November 10 @5:30-7:30
Pub Knits - The World’s Simplest Mittens
We’re taking the classroom to the pub! Why not enjoy a cocktail, or two, while expanding your knitting skills? Mittens make the perfect gift for the holidays and with the World’s Simplest Mitten pattern by Tin Can Knits you can make a pair for everyone on your list. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome! Materials: This pattern can be knit in any weight of yarn. Suggested materials will work best for beginners. At least 200 yds worsted weight yarn, US 5 and US 7 dpns, stitch markers and a tapestry needle. All Pub Knits classes are located at Spirit Room, 1323 Broadway Street, Superior, WI.
Instructor: Katie Rider Tuesday, November 7 & 14 @ 6 - 8 pm
Pub Knits - Walk in the Woods Shawl
We are taking the classroom to the pub! In this class, we will expand on the technique of slipped stitch, or mosaic, knitting. This large and cozy shawl is a fun knit that combines the interplay of two colors with a bold and graphic mosaic stitch pattern. Colors are worked one at a time, making this a fun and easy colorwork technique. This class is designed for the advanced beginner. Some experience with the slipped stitch technique is recommended, but not required. Materials: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (approx. 440 yds of one color and 220 yds of the other). US 7 and US 9 32” circular needles. All Pub Knits classes are located at Spirit Room, 1323 Broadway Street, Superior, WI.
Instructor: Katie Rider Tuesday, November 21, 28 & December 5 @ 6 - 8 pm
Basic Little Triangle Scarf/Shawl
Do you have that perfect skein of sock yarn that you just don’t know what to do with? The BLT (Basic Lace Triangle) scarf/shawl is designed for a beginner with the option of beading. It uses a simple repeating pattern and is great for learning how to use a chart and learning to bead your knitting. Choose a self-striping yarn, solid, or variegated yarn. You will need BLT Scarf/Shawl pattern (Free on Ravelry), 200-600 yds of fingering weight yarn, beads, stitch markers, 1 mm crochet hook for beading.
Instructor: Jess Poskozim Tuesday, November 7 & 14 @ 6-8 pm
Socks are the perfect “go anywhere” project—quick, easy and portable. In this class, you will learn how to knit a basic worsted weight sock on double point needles (DPNs). Students should be familiar with knitting and purling. Materials: Knitting Pure & Simple Beginner Socks pattern #9728 (available at Yarn Harbor), 230 yards worsted weight yarn (superwash is recommended), US 6 DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge, locking stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.
Instructor: Jen Lushbough Monday, November 6, 13, & 20 @ 6-8 pm
This is a beginner norwegian mitten pattern with a written and chart pattern.We will dive into two color with the possibilities of knitting with two strands in one hand or one color in each hand as well as the importance of yarn dominance.A new technique for you may also be the Old Norwegian Cast On. The pattern is written for ladies size medium, go below or above recommend gauge for a different size.
Materials: Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits pattern available on Ravelry or through Ravelry in store at Yarn Harbor, 50 grams of two colors Rama Strikkegarn or Jamieson double knit yarn, either long circulars for magic loop (this is not a class on magic loop please use what you're comfortable with) or DPNs US 4 and 6, stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Instructor Kathy Thomas Wednesday November 1, 8, & 15 @ 6 - 8 pm
Cadeautje Thrummed Slippers
Everyone who has tried these on, or even just stuck a hand inside, has let out an involuntary sigh. With a thick, soft cushion of insulating fibre on the sole and around the cuffs they’re the key to instantly warm toes. The secret is thrumming - every few stitches a wee bit of unspun fibre is worked into a stitch creating a fun pattern on the outside. With ten sizes covering little kids to big guys, you’ll be able to keep everyone’s toes cozy. Materials: Cadeautje pattern (available on Ravelry), 115-275 yards bulky weight yarn, US size 7 needles (long circulars for magic loop, or DPNs), between 1-4 oz NON-superwash wool roving.
Instructor: Jen Lushbough Thursday, November 2, 9, & 16 @ 6-8 pm
Wine Bottle Accessories
This is a perfect solution to gifting a bottle of wine or champagne for the holidays. We will knit in the round, change colors to make stripes, and do duplicate stitch while making the perfect holiday gift. After all, everyone needs an ugly Christmas sweater, hat and scarf for their wine bottle! You will need the Wine Bottle Accessories pattern by Star Athena (available on Ravelry), small amounts of fingering weight yarn (150 yds for a hat, scarf and sweater), US 2 DPNs, stitch marker, tapestry needle
Instructor: Jess Poskozim Monday, December 4 @ 6-8 pm
Hats are a great way to tackle colorwork for the first time, and this hat is so fun! Knit from the bottom up, Winter’s Fern features a sporty striped brim and an interesting colorwork pattern.The pattern includes three sizes and two silhouettes (slouchy and beanie). Materials: worsted weight yarn (approximately 115 yds MC, and 40 yds each CC1 and CC2), 16” US 6 circular needle or dpns for brim, 16” US 7 circular needle or dpns for body (dpns or longer circular for crown decreases), stitch markers,and a tapestry needle.
Cost: $25 Thursday, December 7 & 14 @ 6-8 pm
Instructor: Jen Lushbough
Pub Knits- Brioche Hat
We’ve swapped the classroom for the pub! Why not enjoy a cocktail, or two, while expanding your knitting skills? In this workshop-style class we will expand on the basic brioche-in-the-round technique by knitting a brioche hat, using the pattern of your choice. Because students will be choosing their own pattern, the class is suitable for knitters of any experience level, however, experience knitting the brioche stitch is highly recommended. Materials: Will vary depending on the pattern. All Pub Knits classes are located at Spirit Room, 1323 Broadway Street, Superior, WI.
Instructor: Katie Rider Tuesday, December 12 & 19 @ 6 - 8 pm
Ellana Cabled Hat
Are you comfortable knitting in the round and ready to take the plunge into the exciting world of cables? Learn the basics or brush up your skills on this cabled beanie! Cabling is wonderful because it looks impressive, but is simpler than it looks. Plus it’s fun! We will learn how to do a few different kinds of cables, read a chart, and use skills that are applicable to any type of cable. Please note that there will be homework between classes. Materials: Ellana pattern by JuliaH (available on Ravelry), 200 yards worsted weight yarn, 16” US 7 and US 8 circular needle, US 8 DPNs, cable needle, and 4 stitch markers. Please come to class with the hat ribbing completed.
Instructor: Katie Groves Thursday, January 11 & 18 @ 6 - 8 pm
Know Your Animal Fiber
Ever wondered why your alpaca sweater became a dress by lunch? Or why your shawl doesn’t drape elegantly over your shoulders as you imagined? Your choice of yarn plays an important role in your finished project! We’ll discuss wool, alpaca, and llama, with a bit of the luxury fibers thrown in, as well as how twist, plies, drape, halo, and fiber composition affect your final product. This interactive class is a great way to explore your options and expand your knowledge. Materials: Bring two or three patterns that you’re eager to cast on and plenty of questions!
Instructor: Katie Groves Monday, January 8 @ 6 - 8 pm
Everyone needs a great pair of cozy mittens this winter! You’ll learn the Tubular Cast On, fluffy, squishy double moss stitch, and mitten construction with the Cindersmoke Mittens. The thumb gusset features increases that grow between a set of slipped stitches, adding a unique and pretty design element. Knit in bulky weight wool, these will be a great addition to your winter wardrobe. You will need the Cindersmoke Mittens pattern (available on Ravelry), 110 yds bulky weight yarn, US 7 & 10 DPNs, stitch marker, tapestry needle, and stitch holder.
Instructor: Jess Poskozim Wednesday, January 10 & 17
Brioche is so hot right now, and this shawl is a great introduction to two-color brioche. The peaked asymmetrical crescent shape of this gorgeous shawl creates a long, shallow wingspan. It's very wearable and the squishy brioche fabric is as cozy as it is beautiful. The shawl is worked in two gradient kits to create a soft melting effect from light to dark. Materials: Rose Gold pattern by Andrea Mowry (available at Yarn Harbor or through Ravelry), two gradient kits (675 yards each), 32” US 4 circular needle, removable stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.
Instructor: Jen Lushbough Thursday, January 11, 18, & 25 @ 6-8 pm
Gola Lopi Poncho
This classic Icelandic yoke design is the perfect addition to
your cool season wardrobe. It is a top down so length can be adjusted to your preference. Work up this lopi colorwork yoke poncho in your favorite colors! The colorwork pattern is charted with increases, so a great learn to or freshen your chart and stranded knitting skills. Bottom border is in moss stitch. One size fits sizes 36-44. Homework: cast on and work 1 by 1 rib for turtleneck.
Materials: Lopi book 24, Lopi Alafoss yarn (or bulky wt) 5 skeins main color 550 yards, 1 skein or 110 yards of three contrasting colors, US 7 16”, US 10.5 32” circular needles, stitch markers, and tapestry needle.
Instructor: Kathy Thomas Wednesday January 3, 10, & 17 @ 6 - 8 pm