classes

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Melissam Leapman

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Hip to be square

 Explore the possibilities of this simple designer’s building block.
Learn several versions using color, texture, and more! Best of all,since each successive square is built directly onto a previous one, no sewing is required. (Read that: You might actually finish a blanket
rather than store individual blocks in a drawer for eternity.)
Bonus:
Mitered squares are ideal for stashbusting.


Homework: None.
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in at least two sharply contrasting colors, approximately 100 yds of each; size 8 US circular knitting needle, 24″ long; scissors; spit ring stitch marker.

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Shawl Builder workshop

 Imagine hundreds, even thousands, of beautiful shawl designs within
your reach! In this class, see how interchangeable shawl wedges mix
and match to create nearly endless design possibilities. Learn three
different starting tabs, three different side borders, and how to use
your creativity to design truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece shawls.

Homework: None.
Supplies: DK or worsted weight scrap yarn for mini sampler shawl; 16″ circular knitting needle, size 7 or 8; crochet hook, size G or H; stitch markers; scissors; sticky notes.

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Dolce baby blanket

 Learn the secrets of counterpane knitting as you stitch a gorgeous,
heirloom-worthy baby blanket. Nearly every row is different, and I can
hear you saying “just one more row” all the way from here!

Homework: None.
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in at least two sharply contrasting colors, approximately 100 yds of each; size 8 US circular knitting needle, 24″ long; scissors; sticky notes. (The actual blanket will require approximately1900 yds; feel free to bring a ball or two to get started in class.)

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Crazy cool cables

 Had your fill of traditional Aran cables? In this class, explore fun and unusual cables you’ve never seen before, from a dramatic two-color panel to a beautiful Celtic swirl and more!

Homework:
#1: With a light colored worsted weight yarn, preferable wool, and size 8 needles, CO 21 sts.
Row 1 (RS): P2, slip the next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle, p9, slip the next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2.
Row 2: K2, p4, k9, p4, k2.
Row 3: P2, k4, p9, k4, p2.
Row 4: As Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 twice more.
Slip sts onto holder, keeping approximately 20 yds of yarn still attached.
#2: With a light colored worsted weight yarn, preferable wool, and size 8 needles, CO 22 sts. Work K1P1 Rib for 1″. Slip sts onto holder, keeping approximately 20 yds of yarn still attached.
#3: With a light colored worsted weight yarn, preferable wool, and size 8 needles, CO 24 sts. Work K1P1 Rib for 1″. Slip sts onto holder, keeping approximately 20 yds of yarn still attached.
Supplies: Three homework swatches with the yarn still attached; 20 yds of a worsted weight yarn that is darker in color than the one you used for homework swatch #3; size 8 needles; two size 4 or 5 dpn; sticky notes.

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Andre de Castro

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Portuguese Knitting for Beginners


In this workshop students will be able to learn through simple samples of stitches the basics of the Portuguese Knitting Style:

– Small historical framework of the Portuguese Knitting Style
– How to hold the yarn, the needles, the placement of the hands and the correct tension when knitting
– How to use the Portuguese Knitting Style in order to minimize movements and consequently reduce the risk of injuries typical of other forms of knitting.
– How to use the Portuguese Knitting Style in order to knit in a more efficient, quick and simple way.
Supplies Needed: 4 mm and 4.5 mm/ US 6/ 7 circular needles, and some basic notions like stitch markers scissors etc… (50 gr of DK yarn in a light color)

Friday: 9am – 12pm
Beginner

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Colorwork knitting in Portuguese Style


In this workshop students will be able to learn how to work with more than one color at the same time and using typical Portuguese motifs (tiles, tapestries…); all aspects of working with colors will be addressed.

– Color theory
– Color dominance and how to make a motif pop out of the work
– How to catch floats behind the work
– How to use the Portuguese Style to maintain a constant and perfect tension.

Prerequisites: Previous experience in Stranded Colorwork preferred and in Portuguese Knitting Basics also. If the students know how to work stranded knitting and they attend my other class of Portuguese Knitting for Beginners, they will be able to take this class.



Supplies Needed: A range of needles between 3.5 to 4 mm / US, 4 to 6 circular needles to do magic loop knitting or dpn’s if preferred (sport/ light dk yarn in at least 4 to 6 different and contrast colors, if possible the same brand).

Friday: 4pm – 7pm
Intermediate – Advanved

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The lace by music

It is a type of lace knitting. Borders or edgings that were made by women in the most remote villages of Portugal.

I am developing a research and a collection
of samples across the
country on the subject.
These laces have the particularity of being
all made mostly in purl stitches and for that
purpose a special «code» as been created to
pass along those patterns from generation
to generation. This “code” is the so-called
«music» of the lace and is composed of a
series of symbols created by people who, at that time, didn’t know how to read or write.
Class contents:
– Historical approach to Lace by music
– Explanation of symbols and how to interpret them.
– Working lace by music samples.


Prerequesites: Previous experience in Lace knitting, reading charts etc..



Supplies: Students Need to Bring to Class:

3.75 and 4 mm / US 6 and 6 knitting needles, basic notions, as stitch markers, scissors etc… (50 gr of fingering weight yarn in a light color)

Saturday: 9am – 12pm
Intermediate – Advanced

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Brioche…the beginning

In this workshop students will be able to learn through simple samples the basics of Brioche Knitting:

– What is Brioche knitting.
– Brioche basic stiches and movements.
– How to read a basic brioche chart.
– Make samples of 2 color plain brioche in the round.
Prerequesites: no

Supplies Students Need to Bring to Class:

4 and 4.5mm circular needles long enough to work in magic loop, stitchmarkers, scissors, 50 gr DK yarn skeins in two contrasting colors. 

Saturday: 4pm – 7pm
Intermediate

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Brioche… take it forward

In this workshop students will take their Brioche to the next level:

– How to increase and decrease in Brioche.
– Brioche considerations for better results.
– How to read a brioche stitch charts.
– Make samples of 2 color brioche stitches.
Prerequesites: students need to know how to work 2 color, Brioche flat and in the round.


Supplies: Students Need to Bring to Class:

4 and 4.5mm circular needles long enough to work in magic loop, stitch markers, scissors, 50 gr DK yarn skeins in two contrasting colors.

Sunday: 9am – 12pm
Advanced

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Knitwear Drawing and Illustration

In this class the aspiring knitwear designers will learn drawing techniques achieve better results in their own schematic drawings and illustrations by hand.
Prerequesites: No previous drawing experience required.
Supplies Students Need to Bring to Class:
Graphite pencils HB, 2B and 4B, sketch pens, color pencils, A3 sketch pad , A4 tracing paper, ruller, eraser other material you would like to work with.

Sunday: 4pm – 7pm
Suitable for aspiring knitwear designers or people who want to learn to draw knitwear

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Lima backpack
(English)


To knit this backpack we created a nice design playing with the Apache tears crochet stitch. We loved the result as it imitates the tapestry technique. It is made in two colors and the good thing is that you will use each color separately and you will not need to cut the strands to change color after every row (except in the lid). We will make the Lima Backpack in four parts: -round base (2 pieces) that will be your previously homework, – the Apache stitch part worked in the round, -lid or cap, -cord.



Materiales and tools needed:

-cotton yarn medium 420 g or 15.9 oz in two colors: color 1 (violet) 220 g or 7.8 oz and color 2 (pistacho): 200n g or 7.1 oz
-crochet hook US7 size 4.5 mm
-stitch marker
-scissors and yarn needle
Gauge: for a square 4 by 4 in (10.6 cm by 10.16 cm) you have to chain 15 and work 14 rows of single crochet in back loop only.


Stitches: chain, slip stitch in back loop only, deep treble crochet stitch in front loop only.



Techniques: join 2 pieces (base), single crochet increases, working with two colors simultaneously, invisible join in color changing, button holes, finger knitted cord, tassel.

Friday: 9am – 12pm
All Levels

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Raspberry neckwarmer (English)

We used the beautiful raspberry stitch and short rows to knit the Raspberry neckwarmer. It is made in one piece and it has three parts: -the bottom part opens and molds on chest and back. This part is knitted in the garter stitch with short rows.-The center fits around the neck and is knitted in the garter stitch.-The top part is folded and falls on the central part. It is knitted in the rasberry stitch that is openwork but has a lot of texture thanks to the «raspberries» that are formed when knitting. To hold the neck, we use a cord with tassels that we put in the central part of the piece as a lace or corset. (if you don’t want to use the cord, you can sew the central part of the piece to hold it).
Materials and tools: 250 g or 8.8 oz super bulky yarn (we used a mix of 70% baby alpaca and 30% merino wool).
-15 US knitting needles
-2 stitch markers (rings)
-Scissors and yarn needle.
Gauge: For a square of 4 by 4 in (10.16 cm by 10.16 cm) you will cast on 9 stitches and work 13 rows of garter stitch. Stitches: raspberry stitch and garter stitch. Techniques: chain cast on, cast off, short rows, finger knitted cord, tassels.

Saturday: 9am – 12pm
All Levels

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Cuddle ruana (English)

We used 100% baby alpaca)

-crochet hook H size (5mm)
– 2 stitc(h markers
-scissors and yarn needcuddle ruana 


A ruana is an open poncho and it is usually rectangular. We made a variation to the back and we made it triangular so that it molds to the body. We used different stitches combining five colors of yarn. You can use more or less colors or use dyed wool to achieve the same effect of colors.
Materials and tools:
-900 g or 31.5 oz approx medium yarn in 5 colors:
-color 1 (turquoise): 150 gr or 5.2 oz approx
-color 2 (purple): 200 g or 7.1 oz approx
-color 3 (green): 200 g or 7.1 oz approx
-color 4 (red): 100 g or 3.5 oz approx
-color 5 (blue): 250 g or 8.8 oz

Approx gauge: For a square of 4 by 4 in (10.16 cm by 10.16 cm) you have to chain 15 and work 7 rows of double crochet stitches.

Stitches: chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, front post double crochet stitch, puff stitch.

Techniques: chainless starting double crochet, increases, color changing, fringes.




Sunday: 1pm – 4pm
All Levels

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Julia Mackeprang

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Granny cardigan(English)

Is it possible to achieve a garment with style and with the most primary resources of crochet?. Easy to perform for any type of body?. With a comfortable fit?. Yes! In this workshop you will learn a simple way to make a basic cardigan without any seams.
We will develop a straight line structure without increases or decreases, speeding up the previous stage of samples, measurements and calculations. Taking to its minimum expression that moment of the making of garments that generates so much disgust. We will achieve a perfect fit model, adaptable to all bodies and easily adapted for various wefs and yarns.
It is a proposal designed both for those who want to start in the art of crochet garments, as well as for those who wish to investigate new resources when building simple garments.
Materials: They are not included in the price. Each student must attend classes with the type and amount of yarn needed to do the job. Only one printed work guide for each attendee is inlcuded in the price:
-Fiber of choice thickness DK? min 500 g for a small adult size (S).
-crochet needle N 5
-scissors
-markers

Friday: 1pm – 7pm
Intermediate

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Kronos crop sweater side to side – 2 sessions

(English)

This design proposes a less traditional job: knitting a sweater from its sleeves to the torso.

With a particular use of the «side to side» structure, the proposal is to achieve a sweater with bat-type sleeves and short torso. An accessible model to investigate and deepen the technique of Circular and Flat Fabric crochet. Ideal to understand the progression of increases and the construction of stitches with 3D volume. This project is simple, rich in secrets of 2 basic crochet techniques.

Materials: are not included in the price. Each student must attend classes with the type and amount of yarn needed to do the job. Only one printed Work guide for each attendee is included in the price.

-Fiber of choice thickness DK/min 500 g for a small adult size(S)
-crochet needle n 5
-scissors
-markers

Saturday: 9am -4pm
Intermediate

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Set plop (English)


With this set I want to show a different way of working volumes and figures in 3D. Using the basic points of the technique and adding to the fabric a variation in the weave that gives the effect of «elastic», providing rebound and relief to it.
Materials: they are not included in the price. Each student must attend classes with the type and amount of yarn needed to do the job. Only one printed Work guide for each attendee is included in the price:
-Fiber of choice thickness DK?300 g base color, 100 g secondary color for an adult size
-Crochet needle N 5
-Scissors
-Markers

Saturday: 4pm – 7pm
Beginner – Intermediate

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Poncho candies 

(English)

A basic woven poncho with a different structure, that makes it very intuitive and easy to create. We will use the basic points of the technique with a small variation, to give rise to that plot with rebound and relief. 

Materials:
They are not included in the price. Each student must attend classes with the type and amount of yarn needed to do the job. Only one printed Work Guide for each attendee is included in the price:
-Fiber of choice thickness DK/min 300 g for an adult size (s)
-Crochet needle N5
-Scissors

Sunday: 9am-12pm
Beginner – Intermediate

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Beanie & Braids(Englis)

This hat is your best opportunity to learn all the secret on how to crochet braids. The same point for all the work, different ways of using it, and a great effect that emulates the classic knit braids.

Materials:
They are not included in the price. Each student must attend classes with the type and amount of yarn needed to do the job. Only one printed work guide for each attendee is included in the price:
-Fiber of choice thickness DK/200 g for an adult size
-Crochet needle N 5
-Scissors
-Markers

Sunday: 4pm – 7pm
Beginner – Intermediate

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Rebecca

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Punch Needle Rug Hooking

Punch needle rug hooking is about more than making rugs. It is an easy to learn, forgiving art form that can translate into fiber art, pillows, footstools, trivets, coasters and of course – rugs.

In this class you will learn all the fundamentals of punch needle rug hooking, while creating a charming mug rug for your favorite coffee cup.
Your class kit will include an Oxford Punch Needle, monk’s cloth with pattern, and rug
wool.
Do you already have a punch needle? Bring it along and pick out a new size to add to
your collection.


Saturday: 4pm – 7pm
All Levels 

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Bex Oliger

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Continuos strand weaving on small frames

 
 Learn this magical technique for creating triangles, squares or rectangles of woven fabric that can be joined together to make shawls, scarves, pouches, rugs, pillows, etc. Bex’s mother wrote The book on this method! No measuring, warping, or math needed for this class. Finish a complete project in 3 hours!.


Try our popular washcloth loom. This is a great way to learn more about continuous strand weaving with no initial investment in the loom and equipment. Class fee includes use of looms and tools, materials
including yarn, written handout and instruction. Students who purchase their loom will receive a $10 discount at time of purchase.ave you always wanted to knit heirloom lace doilies, tableclothes, Christening gowns or shawls like you see in Victorian movies. This class will use the stunning lace pattern collections of Gloria Penning to teach you the basics of circular knit lace. We will learn how to chart 19 th century patterns and how to adjust patterns for modern yarns and styles of knitting. Students will have sample patterns to use in class and access to all six books to get inspiration (Used with permission of the author).

           Friday 1pm-4pm

25 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT KNITTING

 A must have class about YOUR knitting! Topics covered include but are never limited to: holding the yarn, stitch structure, gauge, hand, fiber/needle choices, reading patterns and charts, adjusting/changing patterns, substituting yarns, cast-on/bind-off/side edges, correcting mistakes, random historic and cultural facts….. Learn how to knit forward and backwards and with both hands at the same time.
Create the best style for you to knit- quickly, comfortably and with confidence. Whether you want to learn the easiest way for YOU, are left handed trying to knit in a right handed world, knit English style and want to learn Continental or just want to make your knitting faster and more ergonomic, this is a great class for you. Knitters of all levels welcome.

Saturday 1 pm-4pm

HEIRLOOM LACE KNITTING

 Have you always wanted to knit heirloom lace doilies, tableclothes, Christening gowns or shawls like you see in Victorian movies. This class will use the stunning lace pattern collections of Gloria Penning to teach you the basics of circular knit lace. We will learn how to chart 19 th century patterns and how to
adjust patterns for modern yarns and styles of knitting. Students will have sample patterns to use in class and access to all six books to get inspiration (Used with permission of the author).


            Sunday  9 am-12 pm