Cafe. Yarn. Friends

1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON. M4M 1L4
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Beginner Knitting


LTK101

Cost - $49.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Rosa or Robbie

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Thursdays, July 24 & 31; 7:00-9:00pm

This class is for the Complete and Utter Beginners! In this two session class (4 hours total) learn the knitting basics of how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off and, of course, how to decode those patterns. Never be afraid of your needles again...you will learn to make them do what you want them to!

Skills required: None at all!

 


Project Help Classes - Ongoing

Tackle a new project with guidance!

Whether you are tackling your first sweater, or are an experienced stitcher tackling a challenge, this class is a fun way to grow your skills! You will get to see what others are asking and probably learn a thing or two from their questions as well. We'll help you with yarn choices, and teach you all the skills you need to create it, from understanding the instructions and checking your gauge, to starting, finishing and putting it together.

Got some questions? Don't need a private class, but need more than a 3 minute quick peek, these sessions are for you too.  We can help you with a particular stitch manouever, instruction or need a quick demo of sewing up or such ...   These help sessions are meant to help you along with your project as issues arise. 

The Fine Print :

  • Pre-registration is required for each of these sessions so we can ensure everyone can get personalized attention with an appropriate teacher.

  • We need a minimum of 3 students to run a session and 48 hours notice is required for cancellation.

  • This class is suitable for all levels but please note that this is not a Learn to Knit/Crochet class.  It is assumed you know at least the very basics. This would be perfect for knitter's who have completed Learn To Knit 102 or the equivalent. 

Friday Mornings: 9:30-11:30am
Get help with your Knitting!
(and Crochet & Spinning on request)

 

Cost - $29.00 per class
...or SAVE when you sign up for 4 or more of these classes in the same calendar month at $25.00 per class.

Project Class students may receive a
10% discount for Class Project Purchases

...on class days.


 

 

 

Techniques


Please bring:

  • 4.5mm needles - straight or short circular
  • worsted weight scrap yarn in a light colour
  • and any lace pattern that has struck your fancy

Advance Lace Techniques

Saturday, July 26; 1:00-4:00pm

For knitters who have successfully worked at least one or two lace patterns, this class focuses on building lace knitting confidence and skills. We'll talk about more advanced stitchwork like double yarnovers, faggoting stitches, and knitted-on borders. We'll work a small sampler in the class,  and we'll share tips on preventing mistakes, and demonstrate how to fix them without unravelling! We will also provide an overview of different shawl shapings and constructions.

Skill level: intermediate; knitters should have some lace experience

Cost - $39.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley


 

 

Expand your skills


Painless Finishing

Saturday, July 26, 10:00am-12:00pm

You've completed the knitting for your project, but too intimidated to finish it up?  This 2 hour session will teach you everything you need to know to quickly and easily finish up and assemble your knitting projects.  We'll cover seaming of all kinds, picking up stitches, weaving in ends and buttonholes -- and provide clever tips and techniques for reducing the finishing work, or at least to make it more fun.

Bring in your projects in need of finishing and learn the techniques to make your seams look seamless! Or if you just want to learn the techniques ...Bring in a few swatches to learn basics instead!

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off


--Please bring swatches and / or projects along with corresponding needles and wool needle

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley


Pattern Writing - NEW

Saturday, July 5; 1:00-4:00pm

For experienced knitters who are interested in designing their own patterns and having them published... pick the brains of tech editor, author and designer Kate Atherley!
 

You’ve designed a great piece, and now it’s time to write up the pattern to share. Whether you want to self-publish or submit to a publication, this class will show you how to write up a clear and easy-to-follow pattern that works for any knitter. I’ll list the key items you need to include in every pattern, and the extras that make your pattern the best it can be. I will discuss sizing and fit, addressing grading and size ranges. I’ll share secrets for handling pattern stitches, written and charted.  I’ll talk about charting software & solutions, and provide tips for creating easy-to-use charts.  And I’ll share with you the three key tricks to make sure both knitters and editors love you!

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley


Blocking and Caring for your Knitwear - NEW

Saturday, July 5; 10:00am-12:00pm

Blocking: it’s a critical step in the finishing process for handknits, and is all too often ignored or skipped. It’s incredibly easy, and the value it provides is immense, taking an item from complete to truly, beautifully finished. In this session, I’ll demystify the process, and break it down by both fiber and project type. I’ll cover blocking for both one-piece items, and items that need to be seamed. We’ll talk about mats and wires and pins, and when & why they are needed – and when they’re not. We’ll also discuss proper care of knit items, addressing storage and moth prevention.

Please Bring: any items that need blocking.

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley


Reading Charts - NEW
Lace & Cable & Stitch Pattern charts demystified

Wednesday, July 9; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Charts are a very useful way to communicate complex pattern stitches, but they can be intimidating to many. This class provides knitters of all levels the tools to read, understand and comfortably work from charts for any type of knitting pattern: textured stitches, colourwork, cables and lace. We’ll talk about how to read them, but also share tips for working with them, keeping track of your progress, and making them as easy to read as possible.

Please Bring: paper and pen, and any patterns you want help with.

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley


Handpainted Yarn - NEW

Wednesday, July 16; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Handpainted yarns can be wonderfully beautiful and fun to buy, but can be challenging to knit with. It can be difficult to find an appropriate pattern that works well with the colouring of the yarn. We’ll dive deep into how to “diagnose” a hand-dyed yarn – how to examine color changes and lengths of color and the types of the blending and contrasts versus tonal progressions. I’ll spend time on how to figure out how the yarn will look knitted up, provide guidance on how to best apply different types of colourways for the most attractive results, and talk about finding suitable patterns. I’ll bring lots of samples of both yarn and projects – some good, some bad.

Please Bring: any skeins you’re struggling with, and suitable needles. We’ll have some time to play with stitch patterns.

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley


 

 

 

 

 

SOCKS


 


Knit Socks 101
-Top Down

Sunday, July 13; 1:00-4:00pm

 

Learn the finer points of sock anatomy and create a small trainer sock to ensure you have the techniques down pat, and then you will cast on for a pair of cozy worsted weight socks for yourself to keep your toes warm on those chilly days... plus they knit up pretty quickly... a great way to learn.  

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and can successfully knit in the round with DPNs and circular needles.

socks101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost:  $49.00***
Class materials included: yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs


 

Cost:  $29.00

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy:

  • 2 contrasting colours of scrap worsted weight yarn
  • and two 16 inch 4.00mm circular needles

 

2 Socks on 2 Circs

Wednesday, July 23; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Learn how to knit two socks – at the same time, on two circular needles.  A nice addition to the sock knitter’s toolkit, this technique helps banish Second Sock Syndrome, and ensures that your pair matches exactly.  We’ll work a sample pair of mini socks to allow you to quickly learn and fully understand the method.  We’ll discuss both top-down and toe-up methods.

Note: Students must have knit at least one pair of top down socks but need not have experience working with two circulars.


 

 

 

 

If you have a class request please continue to send us an email at thepurplepurl@gmail.com with "Class Request" in the subject line and we will try to accommodate your ideas and schedules. Let us know if evenings or weekends are best for you.

Thank you so much for your interest and support! We look forward to stitching with you!

 

Happy Stitching!
Jennifer & Miko

 

*** Class fees are to be paid in full at time of registration, either in person or with a credit card over the phone. Please check your schedule carefully, classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Make-up classes are not available. All fees include applicable tax.

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