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Knitting 101: Fast Knit Gator
Learn to knit or just refresh your knitting skills while making this cowl. 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.

Cost: $25                                        Friday @  5:30 - 7:30 pm  [2/10, 2/17]

Instructor: Kathy Thomas          Thursday @6-8 pm [3/2, 3/9]

                                                         Wednesday @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm  [4/5, 4/12]      

                                                         Tuesday @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm [5/9, 5/16]

    




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.

Cost: $38                                      Monday @ 6 - 8 pm [2/6, 2/13, 2/20]

Instructor: Katie Groves           Wednesday @ 6 - 8 pm [3/15, 3/22, 3/29]          

                                                       Tuesday @ 6 - 8 pm [5/16, 5/23, 5/30]


             


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                                        Tuesday @ 6 - 8 pm [2/7]
Instructor: Katie Groves              Monday @ 6 - 8 pm [4/17]

                                                       Saturday @ 9 - 11 am [5/27]



Copenhagen Calling Cowl   


Copenhagen calling is a snuggly cowl that is done in two colors using three different patterns. This pattern is a great introduction to both colorwork and lace. Entirely knitted in the round, there are only 4 ends to weave in. It is worked in DK or light-worsted weight yarn, making it a great transition piece from winter into spring. Materials: Copenhagen Calling pattern (available on Ravelry), DK weight yarn in two different colors -  275 yards (250 m) of color 1 and 360 yards (330 m) of color 2, US size 7 32” circular and US size 6 32” circular needles, and a tapestry needle.

Cost: $38                                       Wednesday @ 6 - 8 pm [2/15, 2/22, 3/1]    SOLD OUT 

Instructor: Jen Lushbough




Thrummed Mittens

You’ll have the toastiest hands in town with Thrummed Mittens.  Knit dk weight yarn with short pieces of wool roving knitted in, thrumming makes mittens that are soft and fuzzy inside and that just happen to be freakishly warm.  Learn how to make thrums and knit a basic mitten pattern.  Materials:  Thrummed Mittens pattern by Gai Evans (available free on Ravelry), 215 yards of dk weight yarn, 60 g of wool roving in your choice of colors, US 5 needle in double points or 40” circular for Magic Loop, scissors, stitch holderand 1 stitch marker.  

Cost:  $38                                      Wednesdays @ 6 -8 pm [2/8, 2/15, 2/22]

Instructor: Jess Poskozim









Basic Mittens

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.

Cost: $38                                       Thursday @ 6 - 8 pm [3/16, 3/23, 3/30]

Instructor: Jen Lushbough






Steeking Workshop

The thought of taking a pair of scissors intentionally to your fabric, can fill knitters with dread, but it's far easier and less scary than you think. In this class we will knit a Fair Isle sample in the round adding steek stitches. Together we will reinforce the steek and cut the fabric opening up your swatch. We will then discuss picking up the stitches to make a button band and sewing down your facing. You will discover just how easy it is. Materials: needles to knit in the round for a mitten US 7,  worsted wt yarn in two colors 60 yards each, stitch markers,  G crochet hook, scissors, and tapestry needle.

Cost $38                                        Saturday @ 10:30 - 4:30 pm [2/11]

Instructor Kathy Thomas


Rudbeckia Hat

Learn to Brioche with the best of them!  The Rudbeckia Hat is addicting to knit as you move from one fun stitch pattern to the next. The different textures play well together to form a flattering slouchy style hat.  We will learn the twisted German cast on and the brioche stitch, as well as play with slipped stitches.  Materials:  Rudbeckia Hat pattern (available on Ravelry or at Yarn Harbor), 2  skeins of dk weight yarn in contrasting colors - main color 112 yds, contrasting color 84 yds, 16” US 5 and 6 circular needles, and 1 stitch marker. 

Cost:  $25                                      Wednesdays @ 6-8 pm [3/2, 3/8]

Instructor:  Jess Poskozim   




Kids’ Knitting Workshop

People about 8 years old to middle school age will learn to knit or advance their knitting skills in a workshop atmosphere. New knitters will start with the knit stitch, and can learn to purl, cast on, bind off, or read a pattern once they’ve mastered the knit stitch. If you can already knit, you can advance your skills or get help with a project you’ve already started. Materials: 10” US 8 or 9 straight needles (wood or bamboo suggested) or a 16” US 8 or 9 circular needles (wood or bamboo suggested), and worsted weight yarn.

Cost $25                                        Saturday @ 10 - 11:30 am  [3/4, 3/11]

Instructor: Jean Walters




Wanderers Modern Mukluks

Mukluks are traditionally made from sealskin; these are made from wool. These modern adaptations have a tall cuff that can be pulled up high for maximum warmth, or worn pushed down and slouchy for maximum style. The updated chevron pattern is a great introduction to color knitting. This project is also the perfect way to learn the Magic Loop technique. Materials: Wanderers: Modern Mukluks by Andrea Mowry (available at Yarn Harbor), approximately 3 ounces each of two colors worsted weight yarn, US 8 circulars (24” or longer), stitch markers, waste yarn, and a tapestry needle.

Cost: $38                                       Monday @ 6-8 pm [3/6, 3/13, 3/20]

Instructor: Jen Lushbough







Spicule: A Set of Three Hats

You’ve mastered the basic cable and are ready for a new challenge. In this class, we’ll learn how to read a more complex cable chart while practicing new cable technique. You’ll be ready for intermediate/advanced cabling projects and have a fashionable (and functional) hat at the end of this class. Materials: Spicule by Hunter Hammersen (Frazil, Nilas, and Shuga hat patterns are in this pattern available on Ravelry or through Yarn Harbor),  200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 16” circular needle (size depends on gauge), DPNs,  cable needle, and several stitch markers.

Cost: $38                                       Monday @ 6 - 8 pm [3/6, 3/13, 3/20]
Instructor: Katie Groves



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.


Cost: $15                                       Saturday @ 9 - 11 am [3/18]
Instructor: Katie Groves



Raglan Baby Sacque

This top down cardigan is a good introduction to top down sweaters. It is knit seamlessly and 200 yards of worsted weight is all you need to make a sweater newborn to about 3 month size. Materials needed: Jean Christensen’s pattern #4, size 8 or 9 US 24” circular, size 5 US & 8 or 9 US double points for sleeves, and 3 small buttons.

Cost: $38                                      Thursday @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm [3/23, 3/30, 4/6]

Instructor: Jean Walters



Introduction to Magic Loop

In this one session techniques class, we will cast on a practice piece using the magic loop and learn how it works. Materials: worsted weight yarn and a 32” US 7, 8, or 9 circular needle. A needle with a flexible cable is the easiest to work with.

Cost: $15                                       Saturday @ 10 - 12 pm [4/1]              
Instructor: Jean Walters





Basic Socks

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.

Cost: $38                                       Monday @ 6 - 8 pm [4/3, 4/10, 4/17]

Instructor: Jen Lushbough






String-Along Toys

Susan B. Anderson, a knitting name synonymous with sweet, adorable stitched creations, brings us a trio of storybook friends in String Along Toys. Worked in Lark by Quince, frogs, mice, and monkeys can be worked with loops for hands or feet so they can be linked together with their buddies. We can get creative and make other creatures as well -- pigs, cats, bears. Our only limit is our imagination! Materials: String-Along pattern (available at Yarn Harbor and on Ravelry), yarn kit (available from Yarn Harbor), US size 5 DPNs, and a tapestry needle.

Cost: $25                                       Thursday @ 6-8 pm [4/13, 4/20]

Instructor: Jen Lushbough






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 between classes. Materials: 250 yards worsted weight yarn (wound into two balls), two US size 6 circulars (24” is best) or size needed to get gauge of 5 stitches per inch, 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                                       Monday @ 6 - 8 pm [5/1, 5/8, 5/15, *5/22]​

Instructor: Jen Lushbough




Ciao!

Are you ready to take the next step in knitting cables?  Ciao! is a cozy cowl, seamlessly worked in the round with columns of cables and eyelets.  Learn to knit a little on the wild side as you cable without a cable needle.  We will learn how to read a chart and use skills that are applicable to any type of cable. Materials: Ciao Cowl pattern (available on Ravelry), 500 yards dk weight yarn, 24” US 7 circular needle, and 1 stitch markers.

Cost: $38                                       Wednesdays @ 6 - 8 pm [5/3, 5/10, 5/17]

Instructor: Jess Poskozim      






Flax

Knit seamlessly from the collar to cuffs, Flax is a perfect first sweater project: adorable on babies, great for guys and cute on the ladies too! With sizing from 0-6 months all the way up to an adult 4XL, this is truly a go-to sweater pattern for the entire family. Materials: Flax pattern by Tincan Knits (free on Ravelry), worsted weight wool (check pattern for yardage for your size), US size 6 and US size 8 needles (check pattern for length and type for your size), stitch markers, and a tapestry needle. *Please note: Class is three sessions, with an optional fourth class available for an additional $10.

Cost: $38                                       Thursday @ 6 - 8 pm [5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25*]

Instructor: Jen Lushbough






Waiting for Rain

This beautiful shawl combines garter stitch and lace patterning to fit perfectly over your shoulders for anything from running errands to accessorizing a sundress. The architectural lace of this crescent-shaped shawl makes it fun to knit, as well as versatile to wear. In this class, we will develop chart-reading skills, learn about short rows and lace, and discuss how to make modifications to create your ideal shawl. This is a great class for knitters who want to take their skills to the next level! Students should know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease. Materials: Waiting for Rain pattern by Silvia Bo Bilvia (available on Ravelry or through Yarn Harbor), 32” or 40” US 6 circular needle, 800 yards fingering weight yarn, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.


Cost: $38                                       Monday @ 6 - 8 pm [5/15, 5/22, 6/5]
Instructor: Katie Groves