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Please review our Class Policies below.
 

Upcoming Classes:

Beginning Knitting - Part 1
Feb 26, March 5 & 12

Thrummed Chunky Beanie
Feb 10 & 17

Big Easy Cable Cowl
Mar 31 & Apr 7

Fingerless Mittens
Mar 10, 17, & 24

Beginning Knitting - Part 2
Mar 19, 26, & Apr 2

Crochet 101
Apr 21, 28, & May 5

Crochet 201
May 12, 19, & 26

 

 

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If you'd like us to contact you when a particular class is scheduled, please send us an e-mail
telling us which one(s) you're interested in:
yarns@fengari.net
 
       
   
       
 

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Beginning Knitting Part 1
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
Feb 26, March 5 & 12 (Wed.); 6:00-8:00

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.

    (You will use the same needles if you take Beginning Knitting Part 2).

 
       
   
       
 

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Beginning Knitting Part 2
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
Mar 19, 26, & Apr 2 (Wed.); 6:00-8:00

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

In the first class, you learned the knit stitch, decreases, and knitting in the round. In this class, you'll learn pretty much everything else you need to know for most knitting projects. And, you'll end up with a cozy scarf you designed yourself. It's the most fun scarf you could knit!

You will learn:

  • the purl stitch
  • a new and faster way of casting on
  • several different ways to combine knit and purl stitches
  • how to increase stitches
  • how to pick up stitches
  • how to splice yarn (for joining a new skein)
  • how to knit back and forth
  • how to bind off

Materials:

  • 1 skein Malabrigo Worsted
  • size 10 1/2 circular bamboo needles (as in Class 1). Straight needles also OK.
  • size 10 1/2 double-pointed needles (as in Class 1).
  • point protectors
 
       
   
       
 

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Super Easy Socks using the Magic Loop
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons

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

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 Lana Grossa's "Cento", Crystal Palace's "Chunky Mochi", and Cascade Yarns "Covington". 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)
Apr 21, 28, & May 5 (Mondays); 6:00 - 8:00
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
  • Increasing & decreasing
  • Simple color changes
  • Joining granny squares

These are enough techniques to do great granny squares, baby blankets, afghans, placemats, wristwarmers, etc.

Depending on class interest, we could also explore more advanced stitches such as the V stitch and the shell stitch.

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

Materials:
Required for class:

    • Bulky-weight yarn (recommended: Lamb's Pride Bulky)
      • 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
      • Wool or synthetic or blend (cotton okay, but can sometimes be a little difficult for beginners).
    • Two crochet hooks: sizes J/10 (6mm) and K/10.5 (6.5mm).
 
       
   
       
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crochet 201 - beyond the basics
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
May 12, 19, & 26 (Mondays); 6:00 - 8:00

For any crocheter who wants to perfect those basic skills or brush up and move into a new or more ambitious project. We'll look at more granny squares, rectangular granny squares, and flower motifs. We'll also look at variations on the shell, the chevron, and the ripple patterns (all commonly used in afghans, baby blankets and other crocheted fabrics). Both written patterns and charts will be used.

If you have a work in progress and want to do it in the class, please contact the instructor before the first session.

Materials:
Required for class:
  • Worsted or Bulky weight yarn
    • Yarn should be smooth. Keep in mind that lighter colors are easier to see the stitches.
    • Crochet hook G or H for worsted yarns or I, J, or K for bulky yarn.
    • Two or more colors, if desired
 
       
   
       
 

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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)
Oct 7, 14, & 21 (Mondays); 6:00-8:00pm

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)
Mar 31 & Apr 7 (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)
March 10, 17, & 24 (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

Two sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
Feb 10, & 17 (Mondays); 6:00-8:00pm

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.

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)
February 20, 27 & March 6 (Wed.); 6:00 - 8:00


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 finishe
 
       
   
       
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French Press Slippers
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $72 including pattern, or
$65 if you download your own copy.
March 13, 20 and 27 (Wed.); 6:00-8:00

They're easy, they're cute, and they make great gifts. After this class, even slow knitters will be able to create a pair of French Press Slippers with just five hours of knitting - which means you'll have time to make them for most of the women on your Christmas list!

You'll learn how to felt and do short rows, and you'll learn a magical way to knit with three strands of the same ball of yarn. You can either purchase and download your own copy of Melynda Bernardi's brilliant French Press Felted Slippers pattern (almost 6,000 projects on Ravelry!) here for $7.00: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/french-press-felted-slippers (Instant download, registration is free), or we will purchase one and print it out for you. It is recommended that you download your own, so you have an electronic copy to refer to later, along with any pattern updates that become available. Also, we'll be changing it a bit so it's done in one piece, so there's virtually no sewing!

Materials needed:

  • 300 yards of worsted weight yarn that will felt (make sure the yarn is not "superwash" (machine-washable).
  • size 15 circular needles (16-inch, same as for a hat)
  • stitch markers
  • Two beautiful 1" buttons
  • Recommended yarn: Lamb's Pride worsted (2 skeins). a pair actually takes 1.5 skeins of Lamb's Pride, and you can get 2 pairs from 3 skeins. Malabrigo "Twist" is also very beautiful for these slippers.

 

 
       
   
       
 

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socks on 2 circular needles
Instructor: Margie Dougherty

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

Even if you hate double-pointed needles, you can learn how to knit socks on two circular needles. If you currently knit socks on double-pointed needles, you'll find this technique an interesting and flexible new technique to explore.

This class teaches knitting in the round using two circular needles (instead of 4 or 5 dpns). This technique is not only great for knitting socks but many other items such as hats, hand warmers, tubular scarves, sweater sleeves, and more that are too small to be knit on a single circular needle.

You’ll create at least one single-color adult-sized (size medium) sock in this class, learning all aspects of topdown
sock construction.


MINIMUM REQUIRED SKILLS
Every student should have the following minimal knitting knowledge:

  • Long-tail cast on (you should know this method specifically)
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Slipping stitches
  • Decreasing: k2tog, SSK
  • How to read a simple pattern

HOMEWORK REQUIREMENTS
Before the first class session:

  • Buy your yarn and needles before the class.
  • Optional, but recommended: If purchasing new circular needles, remove needles from packaging and allow cables to relax from curled position.
  • If you aren't accustomed to working with circular needles, then work a sample flat swatch in stockinette (knitting back and forth - knit one row, purl one row) with one set of circular needles.

Additional (knitting) homework is assigned for the 2nd & 3rd sessions

Materials (must be purchased before the first class):

  • YARN - 100 grams of worsted-weight yarn.
    • Yarn must be purchased and wound into a ball or pull-skein before class.
    • Solid and Light color
    • Recommended: Machine washable yarn such as Plymouth Encore Worsted or equivalent washable wool or wool blend [if you can't work with wool, consult shop for alternatives].

  • OTHER MATERIALS:
      • stitch markers - "circle" and "split-ring"
      • yarn needle
      • (optional) crochet hook, or one double-pointed needle or circular needle of any type or length, to aid in picking up stitches. Should be same size as, or smaller than, your circular needles.
      • (optional) reading glasses, if needed, for close-up work.

  • NEEDLES - Two 24" and/or 29" circular needles - size US 4 (3.5mm).
    [if you are an especially loose or tight knitter, adjust the needles up or down a size accordingly].


    • Both needles should be the same material and the same metric size (note: metric sizes vs. US sizes differ between needle manufacturers.)
    • Recommended: stainless steel or anodized aluminum needles, such as Addi Turbo from Skacel.
    • The needles must have smooth joins between the cable and the needle components.
    • Do not try to economize with 16" needles - you will become frustrated within minutes! The 24" length is optimal for this technique.
    • Circular needles with more flexible cables will be more comfortable to use
 
       
   
       
 

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Even More Socks (knit toe up)
Instructor: Margie Dougherty
3 sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Wed.)6:00-8:00pm


Prerequisite: should have knitted at least one pair of socks

Don't be a slave to existing patterns. If you have at least one pair of
socks under your belt and are ready for more, why not try toe up? Pick a
stitch pattern or two, a heel type, ribbing or another ending and a pretty
sock yarn and create your own design with guidance from the instructor.
Knit a 4" gauge swatch in stockinette stitch before the first class, using
your chosen yarn and needles.

Note: If you just want to learn to knit toe up socks but don't want to
design your own, the instructor will provide a pattern for that, too.

Materials:

Yarn:

  • Fingering weight is recommended because it fits in your shoes, but
    you may choose sport or DK (light worsted).

  • Solid colors or a semi solid is best to show off the stitch pattern.

  • 100 grams of fingering wt. (approx. 400 yds.), or 150 grams of sport or DK
    weight is needed.

Needles:

  • Two 16 or 24" long circular needles. ADDI turbos or Chia Goo
    brands are recommended, since they have smooth joins between the needle
    tip and the cord (extremely important!!).

  • Sizes: Choose the needle size to give you a tight gauge (tighter than you
    would use for a sweater with the same yarn) with the weight of yarn you
    are using. If you tend to knit tightly, choose the larger size option. If
    you knit loosely, choose the smaller option.

  • Fingering wt yarn: US Size 1 (2.25 or 2.5mm)
    Sport Wt. yarn: US size 2 (2.75 or 3mm)
    DK/Lt. Worsted Wt. yarn: US size 4 or 5 (3.5-3.75 mm)

Other Supplies:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Small calculator
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Small scissors
  • Measuring tape or 6" ruler
  • Stitch pattern dictionary or a stitch pattern you want to use. One that is
    already written out in the round is preferable.

Recommended References (available at Fengari):

  • More Sensational Socks by Charlene Schurch (ISBN-10: 9781564777171)
  • Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Sock Book (ISBN-10: 1933027193)
 
       
   
 

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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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