Cafe. Yarn. Friends

1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON. M4M 1L4
416 463 1162

 

 

Students must REGISTER IN ADVANCE for classes... we keep our classes fairly small and they tend to fill quickly! We ask that class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl. Check out all our Class Policies and Student Discount details here.

 

Beginner Knitting

 

 

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Thursdays, September 8 & 15; 7:00-9:00pmFULL
Wednesdays, October 12 & 19; 7:00-9:00pm
Saturdays, October 29 & November 5; 12:30-2:30pm

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!

 

 

 

LTK101

Cost - $69.00 *** Just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie

 


 

 

Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Thursdays, September 22 & 29; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, October 26 & November 2; 7:00-9:00pm

Attention Beginners Plus! Now that you are knitting and purling are you looking for something more adventurous... but not toooo adventurous? This class a great next step to Learn to Knit 101. Join us for a confidence building, what to do next class! In this two session class (4 hours total): step your knitting up to the next level with increasing and decreasing, and putting stitches together. Get a more in depth understanding of your stitches, decoding the patterns and how to move forward with the projects you aspire to.

Skills required: 101 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch and can cast on and bind off.

Cost:  $59.00

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : worsted weight, smooth yarn in a light colour & 4.5mm needles

 


 

 

Project 911

Ongoing Help Clinics

Friday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am
Resuming September 9th!
Saturday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am
Starting September 17th!


Get help with your Knitting and Crochet Questions

Tackle a new project with guidance!


Got some questions? Don't need a private class, but need more than a 5 minute quick peek, these sessions are for you too.  We can help you with a particular tricky stitch, instructions 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.

 

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.

 

The Fine Print :

  • Pre-registration is required for each of these sessions so we can ensure everyone can get personalized attention

  • We need a minimum of 3 students to run a session so give us a call to register a couple days in advance

  • This class is suitable for all levels but please note that this is not a Learn to Knit/Crochet 101 class.  It is assumed you know at least the very basics. 

 

Cost - $25.00 per 2 hour class
$15 per one hour
- available only for those registered for the second hour only 10:30-11:30am

Reserve your space!

Class size is limited to make sure people get enough attention.

NO CLASS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES -

Fridays: Dec 23, 30
Saturdays: Dec 24, 31

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

...during class


 

Knit a Hat in the Round
-- Don't be afraid of your DPNs!

Thursday, October 6; 7:00-9:00pm
Sarurday, November 26; 12:30-2:30pm

Hats? Mitts? Socks? Anyone? This class a great next step to Learn to Knit 102. In this 2 hours class we'll take the mystery out of knitting on double pointed needles and introduce you to the various ways of knitting in the round!

Get ready for tips and tricks for gaining control over what looks like unwieldy pointy sticks and look forward to a whole new adventure in knitting!

Skills required: 102 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch, work basic increases and decreases, and can cast on and bind off.

 

Cost:  $49.00*** includes DPNs and in-class materials

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 100g of a worsted weight yarn... Cascade 220, Spud & Chloe Sweater, Sweetgeorgia Worsted, Noro Kureyon

 


 

 

 

 

 

Expand your skills

 


 

 

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Wednesday, September 14; 7:00-9:00pm

Continental knitting is arguably a faster method of knitting as it minimizes the number of motions in creating a stitch. It is also a handy skill to be comfortable with in order to make colour work stranded / Fair Isle knitting a bit speedier with a more even tension.  But maybe even more exciting is to give your hands a bit of a different motion to help ward off repetitive strain.  We will look at the differences between picking and throwing your yarn, and how to maneuver the yarn overs and increases and decreases.

Skills required: you must already know how to knit for this class ... this class will focus on teaching you a new style or two to get you stitching faster but assumes you already can successfully work the basic stitches

--Please bring or buy a worsted weight yarn and 4.50mm needles.

 

Cost - $39.00

Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

 

Cables Are Easy...

Wednesday, September 28: 7:00-9:00pm

Feel like cables might be a little danting? The dirty little secret behind cables are that they are pretty easy to master!

This 2 hour session will show you how to create those lovely twists and turns of knitting on great big, instant gratification size yarn... a quick project to be sure! Come in for a confidence building exploration into the wonders of cables!

102 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch, working basic increases & decreases, and can cast on and bind off. And you have knit on DPNs before

 

Chunky Style Mitts!

Cost - $59.00 *** includes a cable needle and 1 skein of Cascade Magnum!

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy: 10.00mm DPNs or 32” circular

 


 

 

Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Wednesdays, September 21 & 28; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, November 30 & Dec 7 ; 7:00-9:00pm

Learn the finer points of sock anatomy and create a small trainer sock in your first session 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. 

We share lots of tips and techniques, including easy ways to join the round – without twisting! -- handling the gusset pickup, and a beginner-friendly no-graft toe. If you’ve not made socks before, this is the class for you. We also demonstrate Magic Loop and patterns provided permit use of both DPNs and magic loop.

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and experience with DPNs is recommended but not critical.

Materials needed for your first pair of socks:

  • Worsted weight option: 100-200g of worsted weight yarn, 4.00mm DPNs
  • Sock yarn option: (for speedy knitters) : 100g of Sock Yarn, 2.5mm DPNs.

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.

 

socks101

  Cost: $69.00***
Class fee includes pattern & class materials for a pair of little training socks.

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring to the First session : 4.00mm DPNs

 


Knit Socks from the
Toe Up

Wednesdays, November 9 & 16; 7:00-9:00pm

Once you’ve tackled top down socks, take the next step: working the other way. Learn how to make toe-up socks on double-pointed needles.

We teach you everything you need to know to work toe-up - You will learn a really useful new cast on, how and when to turn the heel, and an awesome stretchy bind off too. Once you’ve mastered the mini, you will get started on your first full-size sock with guidance and confidence!

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and can successfully knit in the round with DPNs and you have knit at least one pair of top down socks.

 

Materials needed for your first pair of Toe-up socks:

  • Worsted weight option: 100-200g of worsted weight yarn, 4.00mm DPNs
  • Sock yarn option: (for speedy knitters) : 100g of Sock Yarn, 2.5mm DPNs.

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.



Determine your favourite method!

 

Working your socks toe-up has several advantages

  • You can try them on as you knit for fit
  • You can use up all your precious yarn
  • You can stop at any height ... willy nilly
  • you can even store your working yarn inside the toe making for a really convenient project bag...cool

  Cost: $69.00***
Class fee includes pattern & class materials for a pair of training socks.

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring to the First session : 4.00mm DPNs

 


 

 

and we will happily reserve a copy of this book for class registrants to purchase (and get signed) the day of the class with a 10% discount.

 

 

Custom-Fit Socks

Wednesday, November 2; 7:00-9:00pm

This is a great compendium class to Kate's book
:Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet

Liberate yourself from pattern books and ensure your socks really fit properly! Learn how to create a completely custom top-down or toe-up sock pattern – for any yarn, and any foot.  We’ll cover knee socks, and discuss special fit requirements like high arches, flat feet, skinny and not-so-skinny ankles. We’ll show you how to deal with pattern stitches like lace, cables and colourwork, and how to manage differences in gauge and fabric stretch.  You’ll leave the class with guidelines for all your sock-fitting needs.

Skills required: Some experience with sock knitting required...at least a pair or two

Homework: please work a swatch in the round with the yarn and needles you wish to use ...so we have your gauge information to start calculating your numbers right away!

--Please Bring or Buy: your yarn and needles as well as your swatch as per the homework instructions

Cost - $39.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

 


 

Socks - Heels & Toes

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

For experienced sock knitters, this class dives deep into different types of heel and toe constructions, with a focus on how they affect fit. We discuss some common and not-so-common methods for both top down and toe-up socks, and show you how to easily substitute into an existing pattern, or use them as the basis for your own designs.

Skills Required: Students must have knitted a few pair of socks!

Cost:  $39.00
Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring :

  • 4.50mm DPNs or needles for working in the round

 


 

Double Knitting 101

Wednesday, October 5; 7:00-9:00pm

Double Knitting is a fun and fascinating technique for creating colourful designs and double-thick fabrics for extra warm hats and mitts. This class will take you right from the very start, discussing two colour-cast on techniques, and how to work different types of double knitting: joined or not, with mirror-image color patterns, and with variable color patterns. We’ll also discuss tricky bits like increasing and decreasing.

After the class you’ll be well equipped to handle any double knitting pattern – including any of the amazing designs of Lucy Neatby or Alasdair Post-Quinn. 

Skills required: 102 level skills

 

Please bring:

  • 3.25mm (US #3) needle
  • 2 contrasting colours of DK yarn

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.


Cost - $39.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 


 

Quick Mittens

Thursday, October 13; 7:00-9:00pm

Learn how to make mittens on double-pointed needles in this 2 hour class. From cuffs, to creating the thumb, to finishing the top. Mittens are a great project that knit up nice and quick and are perfect for the coming frosty weather!

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

Please bring :

  • 4.00mm and 5.00mm Double Pointed Needles
    or long circular if you prefer magic loop
  • 100g of a heavy worsted weight yarn .. we recommend Noro Kureyon, Cascade Eco Cloud, Spud & Chloe Sweater
  • stitch markers

 

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.

Cost: $39.00

Instructor- Robbie

 


 

Campbell Glen Mitts

Sunday, September 25; 1:30-4:30pm

The Campbell Glen fingerless mitts take a very traditional pattern and make them modern and fun. An ideal first colourwork project, this class equips you with all the skills you need to make them, reading charts, working with multiple colours, keeping your tension even. 

Skills required: Must be comfortable knitting in the round on DPNs

 

Cost - $75.00*** Includes yarn and pattern!
Instructor – Kate Atherley

Great 1st colourwork project

Please bring:

  • Bring 3mm and 3.25mm needles for working in the round (DPNs or long circular for magic loop)
  • Class Fee includes 2 colours of Spud & Chloe Fine ... please come 30 minutes early to wind your colour choices!

 


 

Math For Knitters

Sunday, September 25; 10:30-12:30pm

In this 2 hour workshop class you will learn everything you need to know to figure out all those tricky math problems you encounter in your knitting. We'll cover such problem areas as calculating and adjusting for gauge, challenging instructions like "Increase 12 sts evenly distributed across the row", and how to make adjustments in patterns like adding waist shaping, or lengthening sleeves. Suitable for newer and experienced knitters - it's all about conquering your fear of the numbers and making you a more powerful knitter!

Cost - $39.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Lizard Ridge Bootcamp

Sunday, October 30; 10:30am-12:30pm

Looking for a great easy to travel with, block by block project? Enchanted by Noro? Intrigued or intimidated by the pattern for this stunningly beautiful, innovative afghan project?

Learn all the techniques you need to tackle it in one 2-hour session. Master the ever popular Lizard Ridge blanket adding a great new technique to your repertoire! This is a fun and impressive looking project for those looking to take a step up in their skills or just looking for a new pattern to play with!

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

Please bring : 5mm needles and a printed copy of the pattern available on Knitty.com

lizard ridge

Cost: $49.00***
Class fee includes 1 ball of Noro Kureyon

Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Brioche Knitting Intro

Sunday, October 30; 1:30-4:30pm

Brioche knitting uses a simple and clever technique to create beautiful fabrics – deep ribs and fascinating colourwork. It’s not hard to work Brioche, but the instructions can seem enormously challenging.

In this 3 hour class we will show you how to work the technique flat and in the round, in a single colour or in two colours. You’ll leave the class with all the skills and instructions you need to create your own Brioche hat or cowl. 

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

Please bring:

  • 2 colours of worsted weight yarn:
    100m each for a hat
    200m each for a cowl
  • 4.5mm 16 inch circular needle

Cost - $39.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.

 


 

Better Edges - Improve your Skills

Wednesday, October 26; 7:00-9:00pm

Struggling with too-tight edges? Can't get your mittens on? Garment necklines too tight? This session will show you key techniques for ensuring stretchy edges: a variety of flexible cast ons, some very helpful bind offs, and tips for making them easier and better. (You'll never run out of tail on your long tail cast on again!)

We'll also talk about how to make the side edges of your pieces better, whether for one-piece items like scarves, or for pieces that are to be sewn up.

102 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch, working basic increases & decreases, and can cast on and bind off.

Cost:  $39.00

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring :

  • 4.50mm needles

 


 

Slip Stitch Knitting - Easy Colour Play

Sunday, October 9; 10:30am-12:30pm

Slip Stitch colourwork is a fun, fascinating, and amazingly easy way of knitting with multiple colours. Whether you have experience with colourwork or not, this class will show you the secret behind completely painless and guaranteed 100% tangle-free colourwork! Really! We’ll get you started with a hat project, and show you how to apply these ideas to all sorts of other projects.

 

Skills required:  This class is suitable for intermediate students...you must be comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increase & decrease and working in the round on DPNs

Cost - $39.00***includes pattern
Instructor: Kate Atherley

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.

 

The Mod Squad Hat

Please bring:

  • 2 contrasting colours of worsted weight yarn
    Suggestions: Cascade 220, Sweetgeorgia Worsted,
  • 5.0mm 16"circular needle, or 8"DPNs

 


 

Baby Surprise Jacket

Sunday, October 23; 1:30-4:30pm

Knit Elizabeth Zimmerman’s iconic classic, the Baby Surprise Jacket. It is truly a bit of knitting origami! We will walk through all the steps from cast on to bind off, including increases, decreases, and seaming. as we make a tiny minature of this fun to knit sweater!

 

Skills required:  This class is suitable for students with Learn to Knit 102 level skills...you must be comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increase & decrease.

Instructor – Kate Atherley

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.

 

Cost - $59.00*** class fee includes the ABC Baby Surprise Pattern Booklet...with oodles of info on modifications and sizing form Baby to Adult! As well locking stitch markers, and yarn to make a mini BSJ!

Please bring:

  • 4mm needles (straight or 24" circular)
  • 100g of Sock - DK yarn
    we recommend Noro Silk Garden Sock to get a stripey effect without all the ends!

 


 

Entrelac

Sunday, December 4; 1:30-4:30pm

Another great new technique to add to your repertoire! In this 3 hour class we will get you up to speed with this a fun and impressive looking technique for those looking to take up another knitterly skill.

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

Please bring : 5mm needles ( straight or short circular)
and 2 or more colours of a worsted weight yarn... OR some self striping yarn...a lovely scarf if made out of 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden or Kureyon (plus you won't have as many ends)

We request class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl.

 

entrelac

Cost - 49.00***

Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

 

 

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 class fees are subject to HST.

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