Class Descriptions

Online registration is now closed.  
Walk-up registration available in the lobby 6pm-7pm Friday night, 8am-6pm Saturday, and 8:30am-2pm Sunday.


For an overview of the weekend and registration details see the schedule page


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OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION:

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Knitting - SPACE AVAILABLE

Friday, November 1
Doors open 6pm, Talk begins at 7pm

Join us for an evening with Mary Scott Huff, in which she presents valuable life lessons learned from knitting.  Bring your knitting, your sense of humor, and your best pal to help us kick of Knit Fit! 2013 on Friday Night!  

Mary Scott Huff is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork, and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, She fled the realm of Information Technology to pursue a more yarn-centered way of life. The many friends she found along the way have helped her become a nationally-recognized designer, teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary.



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SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT:

Game Knitting - Singles - SPACE AVAILABLE

Saturday, November 2
Doors at 6pm, Intro to Game Knitting begins at 6:30pm

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 to Singles. 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):


A Roving We Will Go: Knitting and Crocheting with Roving - SPACE AVAILABLE
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5 pm)

We will learn to work with roving to create “yarns” (sans wheels and spindles!) of varying weights so you can customize your finished project to reflect your own personal style and flare. Don’t have your own style and flair? That’s okay… we’ll show you some tricks along the way to really make this FAB fun and unique way of working with roving something you can be proud of… and make your friends jealous of your new rove-hooking prowess.

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $8 - includes roving
Student-supplied Materials:
• Crochet hooks and/or knitting needles



Eeek! Steeks! - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Mary Scott Huff (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm)

Stranded colorwork knitting is lots of fun: Working in the round, easy shaping, minimal seaming; but how do you get from knitted tubes to people-shaped garments? Easy: Make Steeks!  Steeks are areas of knitting designed to be cut (gasp!) with shears and then finished with knitting. Steeks allow knitters to work in three dimensions, creating garments that fit! Scared to slice into your work? Not after this class with Mary. Students will make a class sample, knitting in the round, and creating a steek. Mary will guide you through three techniques for marking, securing, and cutting open your steek. You will also learn various ways to finish the cut steek edges.

Skill level: Intermediate.  Basic knitting skills, plus 2-color stranded knitting in the round.  No knitting is required during class, so it's possible to learn steeks without knowing any other advanced knitting techniques.  Students create practice swatches as homework before class.  We'll learn handsewn, crocheted, and machine-sewn steeks together; no sewing or crochet experience is needed.

Homework: Complete your class swatch pieces according to directions (included with registration).
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials: 
• Class swatch pieces
• Crochet hook
• 3 yards fingering weight wool yarn
• Hand-sewing needle & thread
• Dressmaker’s shears




Finagle Your Cables - SOLD OUT
Jen Hagan (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5 pm)

If you’ve ever been frustrated with a cable pattern that tells you to “continue in pattern,” despite all sorts of shaping involved, then this is the class for you! We will discuss cabling without a cable needle, how to maintain cable patterns when increasing or decreasing, how to maximize the beauty of those cables, how to change and adapt cables for different purposes, and how to have some fun with cables in ways you may not have imagined. This class is designed for knitters who have accomplished a few cable projects and want to expand their cabling skills significantly.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Homework: With solid color worsted weight yarn and size 8 (5 mm) needle, CO 40 sts.  Do not join, but work 4 rows garter stitch and leave yarn on needle.
Materials Fee: $5 - includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• Worsted weight yarn
• US size 8 and 9 needles, straight or 16” circular
• Cable needle




Finishing Your Knits - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Andrea Rangel (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, also offered Sunday 2-5pm)

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 Jeny’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.

Skill Level: All
Homework: Bring three swatches – worsted weight Stockinette stitch – 4 in/10 cm x 4 in/10 cm, one not bound off.
Materials Fee: $2 - includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
• Appropriate knitting needles
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors




Heels and Toes - SPACE AVAILABLE
Ariel Altaras (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5 pm)

Learn about different types of heel and toe construction and how they affect the fit of your finished socks. Think about socks you’ve knit in the past – do you have pairs that fit you better than others? What types of heels and toes do those socks have? What about socks that don’t fit well? In this class we’ll discuss several heel and toe constructions, the shapes they form, and whether they work for toe-up or top-down socks, or both. Find your new favorite today!

Skill Level: Intermediate
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Measuring tape
• Paper for notes
• Socks that fit well & don’t fit well (optional)




It's Magic! Double Knitting: The Basics and Beyond - SPACE AVAILABLE
Aleen Caplan Yamasaki (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm)

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. 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 - includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• 3-4 colors of the same yarn, preferably between sport and worsted weight.  
One of the colors can be variegated.
• Appropriate needles for both straight and circular knitting.  The needles for circular knitting should be according to your favorite technique (dpns or magic loop or two circulars).




Knitting Behind the Wheel - SPACE AVAILABLE
Mary Scott Huff (6 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, continues Saturday 2-5 pm)

Learn the simple rules of Color Theory...then break them! In this 6-hour class, we’ll explore the basic concepts of color theory through use of the color wheel, applying them to our class project. Each student will receive a yarn kit and pattern to knit a modular felted bag. Work each module to learn first hand what different color combinations can do!

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $20 - includes Color Wheel bag kit, including 13 colors of yarn, color wheel, pattern, and Dorset button form.
Student-supplied materials:
• 1 pair size 4 (3.5 mm) dpn or other needles
• 1 pair size 6 (4 mm) dpn or other needles
• Tapestry needle
• Note taking supplies




Knitting with Vintage Patterns - SPACE AVAILABLE
Jen Hagan (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm)

Vintage knitting patterns can be a treasure trove of wonderful new projects—if only you could understand them! This class will show you how to navigate all the out-of-date language, materials, sizes, etc., that can make it so daunting to use these patterns and produce something wearable. We’ll talk about topics such as finding missing information and substituting yarn—basically we’ll unlock all the barriers keeping you from knitting that 50’s sweater-girl teaser or that 20’s tennis sweater if you want. Bring your own collected gems and let’s learn how to get these beauties onto your FO list!

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Vintage knitting patterns (optional)




The "OH!" of Math - SPACE AVAILABLE
Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5pm)

Love it or hate it, math is an essential part of every stitcher's life and in this class we’ll have you geeking out on crochet and knit math with our super easy methods for everything from averaging the number of decreases to calculating your gauge, figuring yarn amounts for your next project to, well, even altering existing or writing your own patterns! That's right, we're going to unveil the secrets that we use every day in our design studio to create everything from afghans and hats to runway couture. You’ll have more OH! moments than an herbal shampoo commercial!

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Note cards or notebook
• Measuring tape
• Calculator




Professional Techniques for Hand Knitters - SOLD OUT
Lisa Ellis (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm)

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 start with a prettier cast on, a cleaner ribbing, an easier selvage to seam, better looking decreases and finishing with 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: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Light colored yarn in either DK, light worsted or worsted weight
• Needle size according to yarn label




Recycled Yarn Making - SPACE AVAILABLE
Lee Meredith (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5 pm)

Learn how to turn an old, unwanted sweater into a sweater quantity worth of new ready-to-knit yarn! We'll go over all the details of what to look for when thrift store shopping for sweaters to recycle, what to avoid, and how to handle different types of sweaters and yarns. Then we'll get hands-on and take apart sweaters - everyone will get their own reclaimed sweater to work with. You'll learn tips and tricks gathered from years of experience, and you'll leave with your new recycled yarn!

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $10 - includes reclaimed sweater
Student-supplied materials:
• If you already have a sweater you’d like to recycle into yarn, feel free to bring it along, but you are not required to supply anything. Scissors and other tools will be provided for use in class.




Stitch and Click - SPACE AVAILABLE
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm)

Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it.  In Stitch & Click we will show you how to show off your stitch work with great photos. Don’t have an expensive camera or equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your stitching project. Bring your camera (ANY camera) and we will play with lighting techniques and tools to help you learn to take the best photos without breaking the bank. We’ll teach you to make smart choices for picking good basic lighting and DIY photography equipment.

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Your camera





Two-Handed Fair Isle - SOLD OUT
Lisa Ellis (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5pm)


Andean hatTwo-handed Fair Isle is a must for anyone wishing to knit in color. Strands are woven in as you knit - thus eliminating the ugly strands in the back of the work that tend to get snagged, pulled, and puckered. We'll learn how to pick and throw as we practice reading and knitting from a chart.  We'll also learn a fun cast on technique as well as twining the earflaps. We will also cover dominant color, trapping yarn, and 2-color cast on method as well as knitting with both hands. Andean hat pattern (right) included.

Skill level: Intermediate - must be able to knit in the round and work with double pointed needles, increase, and decrease.  Experience knitting hats and some Fair Isle helpful but not necessary.
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials: 
• US #9, 16-inch circular needle and dpns
• 100 yds of Aran weight wool yarn in main color
• 30 yds of Aran weight wool in highlighting color




World of Color - SPACE AVAILABLE
Lisa Ellis (6 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, continues Sunday 2-5pm)

This class will introduce you to the world of color beginning with the simplest form of colorworks and ending with the ability and knowledge to conquer color at all levels! Our journey starts with the simplest of mosaic knitting and slowly gains speed as we work magic with Fair Isle and go into the much feared Intarsia zone. Our pit stops include understanding which method should be used when and where and the pros and cons to each technique. 2 colored cast ons and braids will be practiced as well as how to read charts. Each knitter will depart with project patterns for each technique and the confidence to knit the world in color.

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $10 - includes 3 patterns.
Student-supplied materials:
• 3 contrasting yarns in DK weight – solid colors only
• 3 contrasting colors in worsted weight – solid colors only
• Appropriate needle sizes for both weights.




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All classes and events subject to change.