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Beginning Knitting Part 1
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
August 17, 24, & 31 (Wed.); 7-9pm

In this beginning class, you'll learn an ancient skill while making a beautiful hat! You'll also learn the techniques of decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles and double-pointed needles.


Materials list:

  • 100 yards of bulky yarn
    • Good choices are Malabrigo Chunky (used in blue hat) and Noro Iro (used in striped hat)
  • Size US 10.5 (6.5mm), 16-inch circular needles (bamboo is recommended)
  • Size US 10.5 (6.5mm), double-pointed needles (8" long)
  • Stitch markers
  • Paper, pencil or pen for taking notes
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends of yarn
  • Crochet hook (medium size, this is needed for fixing dropped stitches.
 
       
   
       
 

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"Mommy" & Me Beginning Knitting
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Four sessions, 1.5 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
June 29, July 6, 13, & 20 (Wed.); 7-8:30pm

For ages 8-99

Continue the tradition of the ancient skill of knitting while making a beautiful garment — a hat for Mom (or Dad) and a headband for daughter (or son). You'll learn how to cast on, bind off, and knit in the round with both circular and double-pointed needles. Use the same techniques to knit a neck warmer or infinity scarf!


Materials list (per person):

  • 100 yards of bulky yarn
    • Good choices are Malabrigo Chunky (used in blue hat) and Noro Iro (used in striped hat and headband), Malabrigo Mecha (used in white headband))
  • Size US 10-10.5, 16-inch circular needles (bamboo is recommended)
  • Size US 10-10.5, double-pointed needles (8" long) (for adult students)
  • Stitch markers
  • Paper, pencil or pen for taking notes
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends of yarn
  • Crochet hook (medium size, this is needed for fixing dropped stitches.

     

 
       
   
       
 

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Beginning Knitting Part 2
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Wed.); 7-9pm

Pre-requisites: Must know how to cast on, and do the knit stitch.

Designed for:

  • Those who took Part 1 and want to build on those skills
  • Any newish or rusty knitter


The project for this class will be fingerless gloves. You will also be given patterns for 3 easy scarves to practice your new skills!

You'll learn the purl stitch and different fabrics you can create combining knits and purls. You'll learn to knit back and forth rather than just in the round, which you did in Class 1. Or, if you've never knit in the round and want to learn that, the mitts can be made that way as well (you'll be taught the magic-loop method). You'll also learn to bind off in pattern.

Materials:

  • 150-200 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • size 7, circular (24" long), or straight needles (if you have to buy new needles, get circulars).
 
       
   
       
 

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Easy Big Lace Baby Blanket
Instructor: Kathy Watts
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
June 20, 27, July 11 (Mon.); 6:30-8:30pm

HOMEWORK: Please come to class with the beginning border already knitted. Cast on 133 sts, and work in either seed stitch, or garter stitch for 2-4". Keep in mind the side borders are 4" if it's important to you for them to match (example shown uses seed stitch). Do not bind off.

Knit a car-seat sized baby blanket in the classic Shetland lace pattern Print of the Wave. Do the borders in seed stitch, or garter stitch. The lace is a 16-row repeat. If you're comfortable doing (or learning) the techniques "knit 2 together" and "slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over", then you're ready for this. Do it in dk weight yarn, or use worsted weight on slightly bigger needles. Pattern provided.

Solid color yarn, or white, will show off the lace to best effect, but variegated yarn can be nice, too. The finished blankie is about 18" by 28". If you want a bigger blankie, get 6 skeins for a 36" by 28" blankie.

Materials:

  • 3 skeins dk weight yarn (approximately 150 yds each) and #7 US needles
    OR
  • 3 skeins worsted weight yarn (approximately 150 yds each) and #9 US needles.
  • crochet hook (size F, G, or H is fine)
  • 5 stitch markers
 
       
   
       
 

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Two-color Fair Isle Christmas Stocking
Instructor: Kathy Watts
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
July 18, 25, & Aug 1 (Mon.); 6:30-8:30pm

Snowflakes, reindeer, hearts, and Christmas trees. Why wait? Learn, or sharpen, your two-color knitting. We'll do simple stranding (the basic fair-isle technique) to knit a tubular stocking. Provisional stitches are added at the proper time to save a place to add the "afterthought heel" which is done exactly like the toe. Straight-forward and simple. Rather than ribbing at the top, we'll use the linen stitch. The final stocking is about 7½ wide and 23 stitches long - room for lots of goodies!

This is a great project for intermediate and intrepid beginning knitters. Explore fair-isle technique, using provisional stitches in the middle of a project, and the linen stitch. Patterns provided.


Materials:

  • #8 US double-pointed needles (a set of four or five)
    or
  • two #8 US circular needles (16 inches long)
    or
  • one #8 circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles
  • Two skeins of worsted weight yarn, about 150 yards each. (Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride is good). Being a Christmas stocking, softness is less critical. (I suggest two contrasting colors, plus a skein of white)
 
       
   
       
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Lacy Washcloths and Dishcloths
instructor: Kathy Watts

Two sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
TBA 6:30-8:30 pm

We'll do a leaf lace pattern in one session, and then a small arrow lace pattern in the second session. There are lace stitches on one side, and all purling on the other side. If you're a beginning knitter, you'll learn some new techniques to increase and decrease. You'll also get more experience reading patterns.

Smooth yarns in solid colors are preferred to show off the lace. After 2 weeks, you'll have two lovely wash clothes for gifts, for your guest bathroom, or all for yourself.

Materials:

  • 250-300 yds of worsted weight cotton (each cloth takes about 120-150 yards)
    suggested: Universal Cotton Supreme, Misti Alpaca Organic Cotton,
    OnLine Clip
  • needles US 7 or US 8
  • two stitch markers (if you like)
  • crochet hook or darning needle
 
       
   
       
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Cabled Washcloths and Dishcloths
instructor: Kathy Watts

Two sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
TBA; 6:30-8:30 pm
for intermediate and expert knitters (and for intrepid beginners)

If cables have been intimidating, these projects will demystify cables for you. Expose yourself to a variety of patterns, to charts, and to styles of cable needles.

Make a cute little owl cloth the first week. The second week, use cable techniques to make a big heart wash cloth. For intermediate and more expert knitters, there's the choice of a more ambitious and traditional celtic cable washcloth.

Yards with a smooth surface and of solid and natural colors are suggested.


Materials:

  • 250-300 yds of worsted weight cotton (each cloth takes about 120-150 yards)
    suggested: Universal Cotton Supreme, Misti Alpaca Organic Cotton,
    OnLine Clip
  • needles US 7 or US 8
  • cable needle (a short one)
  • crochet hook, size F, G, or H (can also be used as a cable needle)
  • stitch markers (if you like)
  • crochet hook or darning needle
 
       
   
       
 

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Super Easy Socks using the Magic Loop
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
July 27, August 3 & 10 (Wed.);7:00-9:00pm

You'll leave class with a pair of completed socks for yourself, plus the knowledge to make more socks for any size foot using any size yarn -- without a pattern.

You'll learn the wonderfully simple magic loop method of knitting small objects in the round, a versatile and extra-stretchy cast-on, short rows, picking up stitches, matched decreases, and the incredible kitchener stitch.

Materials:

  • 140 yards of bulky yarn, machine washable if that's important to you. Possibilities include Cascade 128, Crystal Cascade Yarns "Covington", Madelintosh Chunky Merino, and Araucania Huasco (check the label, as not all of the colors are machine-washable). If you don't mind washing by hand, one skein of Lamb's Pride Bulky would be good.
  • 32-inch circular, size 8 needles.
  • stitch markers
  • darning needle
 
       
   
       
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crochet 101
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:30-8:30
Learn the skills needed for most "beginner" crochet patterns. This class will cover:

  • Basic stitches : ch, sc, hdc, dc, tr, slip st
  • Flat crochet: granny squares, working in rows
  • Curlycues, spirals, and tentacles
  • Increasing & decreasing
  • Simple color changes
  • Joining granny squares

With these few techniques, you can do great baby blankets, afghans, placemats, wristwarmers, (jellyfish!), etc.

Optional: Possible projects will be suggested during the first class. (Additional yarn will be needed).

Materials:
Required for class:

    • Worsted weight yarn
      • Yarn should be "plain" - no chenille or novelty yarns.
      • Smooth and medium to light solid color (to see stitches more easily).
      • Two colors: 1-2 ounces (20-50 yards) of each color
    • Crochet hook - size H, I, or J


    You may also use a sport or dk weight yarn, with appropriately smaller hook.

 
       
   
       
 

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crochet workshop
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Twp sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
Aug 8 &15 (Mondays); 6:30-8:30

Want to learn to crochet? Or, do you want to explore some new designs and patterns? These classes will focus on crocheting round and square shapes, in multiple colors and textures. Think small (coasters, placemats, potholders, Christmas tree ornaments, or buttons), or think big (rugs, afghans, wraps, and wall hangings). Envision a project as artistic and/or as functional as you please.

Materials:

  • One crochet hook, minimum size G or H. (I, J, or K is good, too.)
  • At least 100 yds worsted weight yarn (for I or J size hooks, approximately). Smooth surface and solid colors are good for beginners. Cotton yarns are also good. Experienced crocheters - use what makes you happy.


 
       
   
       
 

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Summer Lace - Anjou ShawletteMadeira CascadeCrest of the Wave
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:30-8:30

This lace project is for Intermediate knitters (and intrepid beginners who are comfortable holding the needles). Some previous experience with basic lace is helpful but not essential.

Anjou is a large scarf or small shawl, tapered at each end, with a garter stitch body and a narrow lace edging and small lace panel (the Anjou "pears") on both sides.

The lace techniques themselves are simple and straightforward. The pattern is both written out, and charted. Whichever you use, you'll be a proud expert by the end, and have a beautiful piece of summer lace to wear or give as a gift. The final garment improves with blocking but it's not necessary.

Materials:

  • Anjou pattern (by FiberDreams, available at Fengari)
  • about 400 yds fingering weight or sport weight yarn, #5 needles (12-14" single point, or 24-26" circular)
    OR
  • about 400 yds dk weight yarn and #6 needles (12-14" single point, or 24-26" circular)

Suggested fingering weight yarns include: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (shown in yellow sample above), Malabrigo Sock, Baah yarns La Jolla

Suggested DK weight yarns include: Madelinetosh Pashmina (sport), Malabrigo Finito, Mirasol Nuna

 
       
   
       
 

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super big (and easy) lace cowlCrest of the WaveMadeira Cascade
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:30-8:30

We're doing the traditional Shetland pattern "Madeira Cascade," (shown in dark color) and we're doing it on #15 needles with chunky yarn. This is not your delicate fussy lace. Cast on 29, do the lace pattern four times, and have a cowl that's about 12 inches wide. No blocking required. If you choose to not sew the ends together, you have a nice wide scarf about 28 inches long, perfect for folding over and tucking in at the neck.

This lace has a "slip one stitch, knit the next two together, then pass the slipped stitch over" decrease and it makes a striking design that comes to a point. The madeira makes a large smooth area, good to showing off the colors in variegated yarn. Easy, especially on big needles. Pattern and chart will be provided.

If you want a more ruffly looking lace, you can do a "Crest of the Wave" cowl (shown in pink) on #11 needles and a worsted weight yarn.

Materials for Madeira Cascade cowl:

  • US #15 straight needles (or one circular, at least 21 inches long)
  • about 200 yards chunky yarn
  • darning needle or crochet hook for finishing, if desired
 
       
   
       
 

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big easy cable cowl
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Two sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays) 6:00-8:00pm

We'll make the Fiber Dreams pattern "Boreas", a soft, lightweight cowl that's ribbed (knit 1, purl 1 ribbing), with a simple cable. Not only is it fancy and complicated looking, but it's also reversible, and needs no blocking. It's also simple.

We'll knit this in the round on big needles, with worsted weight yarn. The first class, we'll focus on casting on in the round, casting on loosely enough, the virtues of various cable needles, and how to read the cable chart in the pattern. The last class, the focus will be on casting off loosely enough to show off the ribbing and cables to their best effect.

If you're new to knitting in the round, to knitting ribbing, or have never done a cable, this is the ideal introduction.

Materials:

  • "Boreas" pattern by Fiber Dreams
  • A pair of #11 circular needles (24-29" long)
  • About 200-300 yards of worsted weight yarn. A solid color or shades of one color might look best. Some suggestions: Swan's Island worsted, Madelinetosh worsted, or Malabrigo "Worsted" or "Twist" are all excellent.
  • Cable needle or crochet hook
  • At least one stitch marker
  • Row counter, or paper and pen to keep track of rows.
 
       
   
       
 

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fingerless mittens
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:00 - 8:00

Simple, but complicated-looking, these mitts are done in the round, have 2-stitch cables on the front, and plain palms, and thumbs. The mitts work up fast, have a firm cuff, and a nicely finished top edge. Szed for average, you can make them larger by using larger needles.

In the first class, we'll do the first mitt from beginning to the completion of the thumb gusset. Homework will be to finish to the cast off edge (but don't cast off.)

The second class will be to cast off the first mitt and knit the thumb. We can also start the cuff of mitt #2 , time permitting. Otherwise, that's homework.

The third class is to complete the cuff of mitt #2 and start the gusset, making sure that the thumb is on the correct side of the mitt.

Pattern (Knitting Pure& Simple Knit Red Cable Mitts) will be provided. Since the cable is only 2 stitches wide, no cable needle is needed. For knitters comfortable knitting in the round (or willing to learn). Although the body of the mitts could be done on short circular needles, you'll still need double-pointed needles for the thumb.


Materials:
Required for class:
  • Worsted or Bulky weight yarn
    • 160 yards medium worsted weight yarn
    • US #5 & #7 double-pointed needles
    • Stitch marker
    • Scrap yarn
    • Darning needle
 
       
   
       
 

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Thrummed Chunky Beanie

Instructor: Kathy Watts

One session, 2 hours - $35 (materials not included)
TBA; 6:30-8:30

Knit a hat, and add bits of roving as you go for a do-it-yourself felt lining inside, and speckles of color outside. The hat is super warm and soft, making it the perfect hat for the snow, or for walking on the beach! Thrumming is a classic technique to make the warmest hats, mittens, and slippers. The Chunky Beanie pattern, which will be provided, is knit in the round. Optional is the long-tailed cast-on with one side using doubled yarn (to make a very strong, stretchy edge, good for hats).

You should know how to do the knit and purl stitches, and have knitted something in the round.

HOMEWORK: Since this is a one-session class, please cast on 64 sts and knit the first 5 rounds in k1, p1 ribbing before class, to save time.

Materials:

  • 150 yards chunky yarn, dark or solid color for background
  • 1 to 1 1/2 oz of roving thrums (sold in our needle felting section)
  • #8 and 10 circular needles (16- inch)
  • #10 double-pointed needles
  • one stitch marker (optional)
 
       
   
       
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baby surprise sweater
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2, 2.5 & 2.5 hours each - $70 (pattern included, yarn not included)
TBA (Mon.); 6:30-8:30

This class will show you how to turn the funny looking object on the left into the cool-looking baby sweater you see on the right.

Join us to learn how to knit the amazing Baby Surprise Jacket designed by the brilliant Elizabeth Zimmerman (EZ). Knit in one, mysterious piece, it folds into a beautiful jacket with only a single seam at each shoulder - no side or underarm seams. All you need to know for this class is how to cast on, bind off, and how to do the knit stitch.

Starting with the original "pattern" written by EZ (included in the class fee), we'll help you "decode" it into straightforward instructions with lots of tips and techniques gathered from numerous sources and our own expertise.

In the last class, we'll discuss considerations for the "adult" version of this brilliant sweater.
(If you're thinking of making an Adult Surprise Jacket, take this class first!)

Required skills:

Homework: Stitches should be cast on before first class. Please contact store for instructions.

Yarn:

Choose yarn based on desired size:

Note: Consider using variegated or self-striping yarn (long color runs are best for self-striping). Also, consider a machine-washable yarn.

    • for about a 6-month size: 400 yards of either DK or sport-weight yarn. Needle size 5-6 (to give a gauge of 6-7 sts per inch), able to hold 200 sts.

    • for about a 1-year size, 400 yards of worsted-weight yarn. Needle size 7-9 (to give a gauge of 4-5 sts per inch), able to hold 200 sts.

    • bring additional yarn and appropriate needles for practice swatching.
    • Scrap yarn and needles for swatching and practicing techniques
    • Stitch markers (4 or more) - locking stitch markers (or coiless safety pins).
    • Yarn needle to weave in any yarns ends
    • Stitch holders or scrap yarn (enough to hold 34 sts).
    • Optional:
      • a row counter, otherwise, be sure to bring a pencil and paper!
      • a crochet hook to finish the neckline and shoulders, if you wish. Use same, or smaller, metric size as needles used to knit sweater.
      • Five buttons - it is recommended that you buy the buttons after the sweater is finished.
 
       
   
 

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Class Policies:
  • Space is limited, so please register in advance.
  • Payment is due at time of registration.
  • Class supplies should be purchased before the first class.
  • Classes for 15 and older, please.
  • Please review pre-requisites before registering for a class.
  • Please avoid wearing perfumes or scented hand lotion - many people are sensitive and/or allergic.
  • We offer a 10% discount on materials purchased for classes.
  • There is a minimum of 4 students for a class - if the minimum isn't met, we reserve the right to cancel the class.
  • Cancellations made up to 4 days before the first class will be eligible for a refund. Cancellations made 48-72 hours before the first class will be given store credit. Less than 24 hours notice may result in the forfeiture of the class fee.
  • If the shop needs to cancel the class for any reason, a full refund will be given.
  • To register, or for more information:  call, e-mail us - yarns@fengari.net, or come on in!

 

 

 

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