Class Descriptions

Online registration is now closed.  Walkup registration is available for some classes, beginning at 8AM on Saturday, November 8. 

All events take place at the Ballard Community Center - 6020 28th Ave NW in Seattle

For an overview of the weekend and registration details see the schedule page.
Download a printable PDF of schedule and class descriptions.
See registration guide for instructions and further info.

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The World's Oldest Textiles

Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Friday, November 7
Doors open 6pm, Talk begins at 7pm
Advance Tickets $25 / $30 at door

Weaving was invented in the Stone Age, millennia before pottery and even longer before metallurgy.  Yet, because textiles are so perishable, archaeologists have largely ignored this important industry—so important that women spent most of their time on it until the Industrial Revolution.  New techniques of recovering information have now made it possible to bring to light the fascinating story of ancient cloth and clothing and its important part in the development of ancient civilizations.  Since woven cloth tends to be flat with not much “give,” techniques for clothing odd-shaped body parts like heads, hands, feet, and elbows required millennia of interesting experiments before some unknown genius came up with knitting.  Bring your knitting and your best pal to help us kick off Knit Fit! 2014 on Friday Night!  

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Game Knitting - 10 Things I Hate About You

Saturday, November 8
Doors at 6pm, Intro to Game Knitting begins at 6:30pm
Advance tickets $15 / $20 at door

Join Lee Meredith aka Leethal on Saturday night to make a completely one-of-a-kind item by turning the act of knitting into a game played along with a movie! This is an informal event where you'll learn how game knitting works to create a random stitch pattern in any project, and we'll all game knit
together. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Skill level: All levels
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials: 
• Bring yarn and needles of your choice to knit a small simple project, like a dishcloth, wrist cuff, headband, or anything super basic, in any gauge you want

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DAYTIME CLASS SESSIONS (listed alphabetically):

Advance tickets $75 per class / $80 walk-up registration per class.

Bead Whimsy

Sivia Harding (Sunday AM)

Does bling make your heart sing?  Learn how to put beautiful beads in an assortment of stitch patterns, and in the process learn an amazing amount about knitting with beads in this hands-on tutorial.  While working a small bracelet sampler, we will explore four different beading situations while learning firsthand about color effects with beads.  You will emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: String 70 beads onto the outside end (not the center pull end) of your yarn
Materials Fee: $3 for color handout
Student-supplied materials:
• 20 yards fingering weight or sock yarn
• US 1 / 2.25 mm, circular needle or pair of straights
• Size 6/0 or larger seed beads (Japanese preferred)
• 70 pre-strung beads, 18 hooked beads for sample bracelet.  Three other bead options available
• 14 US/0.6 mm steel crochet hook
• one button
• dental floss threaders (found in drug and grocery stores)

Elegant Entrelac (SOLD OUT)

Mary Scott Huff (Saturday AM)

Understand the basics of entrelac, both flat and in the round. Students receive a free pattern for Mary's Entrelac Trinket Bag, and work the project together.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: Work to point specified in pattern (download link provided upon registration), before class.
Materials Fee: None. Pattern provided with class registration.
Student-supplied materials:
• 2 100g skeins of worsted weight long-repeat color change yarn (such as Noro Kureyon) in different colorways
• 1 size US 6 16" circular needle
• 1 set size US 6 DPN
• Notions to finish project are listed in pattern.

Fair Isle Four Ways
Lisa Ellis (Saturday PM)

This class is an introduction and peek into the many styles of knitting in color. This class is all about finding which form works best for you. We will be exploring 4 ways to knit in color, stranded knitting, 2-handed knitting, thimble guide knitting and Portuguese purling. We'll begin with a 2-color cast on, dive into trapping floats and weaving floats and ways to prevent puckers. Basic understanding and some practice of Fair Isle is required. Must be able to knit in the round.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $2 for pattern and Norwegian thimble. Portuguese pin (not necessary for class) available to purchase from instructor for $6.
Student-supplied materials: 2-­‐3 colors worsted weight yarn and 16” circular needles in size appropriate for chosen yarn.

Fashion, Fit, Form & Function: Designing Garments for Everyone
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby  (Sunday PM)

There are a million patterns in the naked city… and wouldn’t it be nice if just ONE of them fit?!? We will teach you the basics of fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a garment and make it for yourself or someone else. You will create a template that you will be able to use for every garment you ever want to make… EVER. No matter whom you are making for, no matter what the body type, you will be able to create a garment that anyone would be thrilled to wear.
We will start with measurements and form – what measurements do I take from where and how do I apply them to my template? Then we’ll talk about fit – how do I make a garment that fits a certain style or body type? Then we’ll move to function – whom am I making this for and where will they wear it? Finally… fabrics – how to take your swatch and convert that into a pattern.

Skill level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $5 for Master Pattern template, sizing chart, and calculation formulas.
Student-supplied materials:
• Soft (non-metal) measuring tape
• Notebook
• Pencil
• Calculator

The Fine Art of Yarn Substitution
Andrea Rangel (Saturday AM)

Have you ever found a pattern you love, but aren’t sure how to choose an appropriate yarn?  In this class, you’ll be guided through the intricacies of fiber, yarn weight, and plies.  You’ll learn how to decode yarn labels to match the perfect yarn to your project.  I’ll bring tons of swatches so you can get hands-on experience with the difference the yarn makes.

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $5 for student handbook including photo tutorials
Student-supplied materials:
• A pattern you’d like to choose yarn for, several yarn labels.

Finishing Your Knits (SOLD OUT)
Andrea Rangel (Saturday PM)

Learn to give your projects a professional finish. This class will cover all the topics needed to make a beautiful finished project. Learn to create clean, straight seams using mattress stitch. Invisibly weave in your ends using duplicate stitch. Learn bind-off methods including 3-needle bind-off and Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Practice grafting using Kitchener stitch, and get information all about blocking. We’ll also cover ways to reduce finishing by using seamless construction. You worked hard on that project; finish it flawlessly.

Homework: Bring three swatches - worsted weight Stockinette sts - 4 in/10 cm x 4 in/10 cm, one not bound off.
Skill level: All levels
Materials Fee: $2 for handout with instructions on techniques taught in class
Student-supplied materials:
• Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
• appropriate knitting needles
• tapestry needle
• scissors

Harmonia’s Rings: Moebius and More!
Sivia Harding  (Sunday PM)

The Harmonia’s Rings family of patterns uses Cat Bordhi’s Moebius cast on to achieve the mysterious spiral neck shape, and features a stitch pattern that creates concentric rings reminiscent of ancient architecture. This cowl sits cape-like over the shoulders, and suits a wide range of body types. This class introduces many techniques: the Moebius cast on, shaping and texture within the Moebius structure, and the charming beaded picot bind off, among others. We discuss customizing the shape to fit any body type. A tunic and a sweater based on the cowl are shown.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: Watch YouTube video of the cast on
Materials Fee: $10 for Harmonia’s Rings Collection ebook
Student-supplied materials:
• Yarn: Worsted weight yarn that is next-to-skin soft, at least 500 yards. If casting on for the tunic or sweater, bring additional yarn. Tunic: 600 (690, 720, 860, 900, 920, 1050) yards for Women’s XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X), to fit approximately 32 (34, 36, 41, 44, 46.5, 49)" bust. Tunic has little or no ease in the bust, so keep that in mind when choosing your size. Sweater: 690 (825, 875, 1040, 1090, 1130, 1290) yards for Women’s XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X), to fit approximately 32 (34, 36, 41, 44, 46.5, 49)" bust. Sweater also has little or no ease in the bust.
• Knitting needles: Circular 47” long US 8 (5mm) 
• Stitch markers in 2 colors
• (Optional) Size 3/0 or 2/0 seed beads, or 9mm craft pony beads, 23 for cowl. You may want to bring more beads for experimentation.
• (Optional) Small crochet hook for beads: 0.6 - 1 mm or size to easily fit through the inside hole of your beads.

It's Magic! Double Knitting: The Basics and Beyond
Aleen Caplan Yamasaki (Saturday AM)

Double knitting truly seems like magic, both in progress and in a finished object. The most common use of double knitting is to create a two (or more but that is more advanced) color pattern stitch that is reversible. On both sides it will appear similar to color stranded work but with the knit side of stockinette on each side with no "wrong" side. It can also be used to create small tubes in one color without actually knitting circular. And it can be used to create one circular piece within another, such as two socks at once. The hands on portion of this class will focus on the color knitting aspect but the others will be introduced as well. Students will learn several different cast ons and bind offs specific to double knitting and practice following a chart in double knitting both flat and in the round.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: None
Materials fee: $4 for color handouts, charts, and knitting graph paper.
Student-supplied materials:
• At least three colors of yarn in same weight and texture, at least 20-40 yards each.
• Needles in appropriate size for the yarn, for flat and circular knitting (dpns or magic loop or whatever student’s preferred method is).
• Colored pencils or fine point markers will be useful for charting, too.

Motif Madness! (Crochet)
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (Saturday AM)

From hexes to circles to granny squares… motifs make us happy with all of their colors and textures and versatility. They can be anything from couture garments to a cozy afghan to a funky vest or skirt or a car cover for your sedan, or rugs or hats or jackets or sweaters or… There’s hardly anything the enduring and endearing motif can’t do.
We will start with a basic chain circle and work our way outward to granny glory, beginning with basic color changes then get a little funky with in-line color changes and maybe even delve into the mysterious spiral!  We will also learn three ways of starting your motifs for ultimate versatility, and three ways to join your motifs together.

Skill level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Light-colored, non-variegated, smooth, worsted weight yarn (no kitchen cottons or similar types of cotton yarns)
• Crochet kit with various hook sizes

No Pattern Hat Knitting
Lee Meredith (Saturday AM)

Learn the basic construction concepts and techniques needed to make three different types of hats, all custom-fit to your head, and made according to your style preferences, in any gauge.  You’ll learn how to make hats: from the top down, measuring for fit as you go; from the bottom up, starting with sideways-knit brims fit to your head; and completely sideways, using short rows to shape the crowns.  All of these basic hat-knitting styles can be used as blank canvases onto which you can try out your own stitch pattern ideas, colorwork, etc. – or use special yarns to make the most simple variations, letting the yarns be the focus of your custom-knit hats.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials: 
• A basic yarn in your choice of weight (you may want to have a few different yarn weights)
• Needles sized to match your yarn(s) – if you know the magic loop method, bring a long circular needle, if you do not use that method, then bring a set of DPNs and either a pair of straight needles or a circular of any length (which will be used to knit flat)
• Crochet hook approximately sized for your yarn weight (exact size doesn’t matter)
• A blunt yarn needle
• Measuring tape

Pembroke: Bulky Lace for Beginners
Andrea Rangel  (Sunday PM)

Learn to knit lace fast using super bulky yarn and size 13 needles!  This class will teach you how tot create a beautiful triangle shawl using the traditional method of center-out construction, as well as how to work lace and read charts.  You’ll learn the difference between left-leaning, right-leaning, and centered decreases while knitting your own stunning and quick Pembroke Wrap.  Class materials also feature bonus charts for making a larger version of the shawl.

Skill level: Intermediate (Lace Beginners)
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $10 for pattern and handout with photo tutorials and additional charts for creating a larger shawl.
Student-supplied materials:
• 260 yd/240 m super bulky weight yarn
• US #13/9.00 mm circular needle (at least 32 in/80 cm in length)
• N/9 mm crochet hook
• waste yarn (bulky or super bulky)
• stitch markers

POP! Blanket
Alexa Ludeman (Saturday PM)

If you are looking for a pop of color to brighten your days, this blanket pattern is perfect! In one class you will learn the techniques you need to create these lovely little squares.  Students will complete one square and there will be a demo on how to put the blanket together.

Skill level: Confident Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None. Pattern and handouts provided.
Student-supplied materials:
• Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
• US 9/5.5 mm double pointed needles
• 5.5 mm crochet hook
• stitch marker

Professional Techniques for Hand Knitters
Lisa Ellis  (Sunday AM)

Are you a self-taught knitter? Did your grandmother teach you how to knit? Have you noticed that your knitting doesn't look as good as "hers"? Knitting techniques have come a long way and they can make a huge difference in the outcome of your project. This class will finesse your knitting skills to look professional and less "home made". We will cover three different cast on methods, a crisper ribbing, an easier selvage to seam, better looking decreases, and the most elastic bind off out there. Tricks of the trade will be taught along the way - like how to transparently change colors in pattern and work a buttonhole that won't grow in size!

Skill level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee:
Student-supplied materials:
• Light colored yarn in either DK, light worsted or worsted weight
• Needle size according to yarn label

Sideways Edge Cast-On and Bind-Off
Lee Meredith (Sunday PM)

Learn how to knit a sideways edging while casting on stitches along the edge at the same time, avoiding the need to pick up stitches or sew seams later. This technique is done with increases and short rows and, once understood, can be integrated into patterns which call for picking up many stitches along an edge - perfect for hats with sideways brims or socks, mitts, and sweaters with sideways cuffs. Then learn the reverse, adding a knitted on sideways edge to a piece while binding off the stitches at the same time.

Skill level: Intermediate – basic knitting skills plus a variety of increases and decreases.
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials: 
• Any yarn of your choice (a weight that you like working with best, something smooth and easy to work with)
• Needles sized to match, a circular needle is recommended (everything will be worked flat, but the flexible cord will make it easier to see what’s happening)
• A stitch marker

Traditional Coast Salish Colorwork Techniques (SOLD OUT BOTH SESSIONS)
Sylvia Olsen  (Offered twice: Saturday PM and Sunday AM)

Coast Salish colorwork is a unique combination of animal motifs and geometric designs. However, the truly unusual part of it is when you turn it inside out. It can be called neither stranded nor jacquard. Learn how to weave two colors into every stitch and achieve the elasticity and interior beauty found in traditional Cowichan knitting. This class will be taught using the traditional techniques, which include throwing the yarn (also known as English or right-hand knitting).

Skill level: Intermediate 
Homework: None
Materials fee: $10 for yarn to use in class
Student-supplied materials:
• A set of US #10 /6mm double pointed needles

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All classes and events subject to change.