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

    Wednesdays, Dec 6 & 13; 7:00-9:00pm FULL
    Wednesdays, Jan 3 & 10; 7:00-9:00pm FULL
    Thursdays, Jan 11 & 18; 7:00-9:00pmFULL
    Saturdays, Feb 3 & 10; 9:30-11:30amFULL
    Thursdays, Feb 1 & 8; 7:00-9:00pm

    This class is for the Complete and Utter Beginners! In this extensive beginner class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of knitting!

    Topics covered include starting a piece of knitting by casting on stitches, the basic knit stitch, the purl stitch, creating texture through mixing the two stitches, and how to end your knitting by binding off stitches. You’ll also learn how to follow a basic knitting pattern.

    This class includes:

    • Two 2-hour sessions (4 hours total),
    • a Pattern, Needles & Worsted weight yarn to get you started,

    Skills required: None at all!


    Cost - $75.00

    *** Just bring yourself... everything you need to get started is included!

    Instructor: Jennifer




    Learn to Knit in Round -

    Knit a Hat or Handwarmers

    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!

    This class includes:

    • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
    • a Pattern
    • 1 set of Double Pointed Needles

    Prerequisite: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:  $55.00 plus yarn which we will choose the day of.

    Instructor: Jennifer



    Project 911

    Help Clinics

    Friday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am

    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! 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. 


    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


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

    Reserve your space!

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

    January 12, 2018
    February 16, 2018

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

    ...during class




Expand your skills



WTF!?! What's The Fault-- Fixing Mistakes

become more confident with your knitting

Saturday, January 13; 10:00am-12:00pm

Oh no! Something’s wrong with your knitting? What’s the fault?! This 2 hour session will teach you the basics of how to spot and fix the most common mistakes in your knitting, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned knitter. We will share tips for safely ripping out stitches and rows, for fixing mistakes without ripping out, and for deciding when you don’t need to bother fixing at all.

Participants are encouraged to bring their "mistakes" with!

--Please bring your needles, a crochet hook (3mm is a good size to have on hand) and any questions and mishaps you might like advice on

Cost - $45.00***

Instructor: Kate Atherley



Knittin' Mittens


Learn how to make mittens on double-pointed needles in this 3 hour class. You will learn everything you need to know to knit mittens - from working in the round to creating the thumb to finishing the top. We will be working on big bulky yarn so they will knit up nice and quick and be perfect for the coming frosty weather!

This class includes:

  • One 3-hour sessions (3 hours total),
  • a Mitten Pattern,
  • and practice yarn

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

Instructor: Kate Atherley


Warm hands are easy!

Cost: $59.00

Please bring :

  • 3.75mm and 4.50mm Double Pointed Needles or long circular if you prefer magic loop
  • 100g of a worsted weight yarn .. we recommend Louisa Harding Amitola Grande, CascadeSpuntaneous Worsted, Sweetgerogia Superwash Worsted
  • 3 stitch markers



Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Sunday, January 14; 10:00am-12:00pm FULL

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

Instructor: Kate Atherley


Cost - $45.00

--Please bring or buy:

  • a worsted weight yarn
  • 4.50mm needles.




Knit Socks 101-Top Down


If you’ve not made socks before, this is the class for you.

In this 3 hour class learn how to make top-down socks on double-pointed needles. Learn the finer points of sock anatomy by creating a mini “training sock!” We teach you everything you need to know to knit socks - from appropriate cast-ons to turning the heel to shaping the toe.

Once you’ve mastered the mini, we get you started on your first full-size sock. 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. Plus... We also demonstrate Magic Loop and patterns provided permit use of both DPNs and magic loop.

This class includes:

  • One 3 hour session (3 hours total),
  • Three Patterns:A wee sock and an adult sock pattern in both worsted and fingering weight yarns
  • practice yarn

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and experience with DPNs is recommended.

Instructor: Kate Atherley


  Cost: $59.00

Please bring

  • 4.00mm DPNs



Lizard Ridge Bootcamp

Sunday, January 21; 10:00am-12:00pm

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, Short rows, 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

lizard ridge

Cost: $55.00***
Class fee includes 1 ball of Noro Kureyon

Instructor: Kate Atherley



Colourwork 101

Sunday, January 21; 1:00-4:00pm

In this 3 hour class we will get you going on this argyle stitch patterns as we equip you with all the skills you need to work a first stranded knitting ( aka Fairisle ) project. We will delve into reading charts, working with multiple colours, and keeping your tension even. 

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

Instructor – Kate Atherley

Great 1st colourwork project

Cost - $59.00*** Includes pattern for a hat as well

Pease bring:

  • Bring 4.50mm needles for working in the round (DPNs or long circular for magic loop)
  • 2 contrasting colours of Worsted weight yarn



Intro to Knitting Lace

Thursday, January 25; 7:00-9:00pm

In this intermediate class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of lace knitting! You’ll learn how to recognize stitches in lace fabric, read lace charts, line up your stitch patterns, and fix those pesky mistakes! you will learn all the skills you need to tackle your first lace project!

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • a Pattern: Gothic Lace by Tin Can Knits
  • practice yarn

Prerequisites: At least 102 level skills are required

Instructor: Coryna

Cost: $45.00

Please bring or buy:

  • 5.00mm needles
  • Stitch Markers
  • The Cowl project requires 100-200g of a worsted weight yarn.. we knit our sample up in Sweetgoergia Superwash Worsted. Choose a light, solid or tonal colour to best show off your new lace skills!


Knitting Fairwinds Beanie and Scarf

Wednesday, January 31; 7:00-9:00pm

In this intermediate class, learn the magic of Cables. In class, we’ll start Churchmouse Yarns Fairwinds Scarf, and discover how to cross a cable, read charts, and fix mistakes. The pattern also includes a matching hat to make later.

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • a Pattern:
  • and a cable needle

Prerequisites: At least 102 level skills are required and Students must know how knit in the round on DPNs or long circular needles for Magic Loop.

Instructor: Jennifer

Cost: $45.00

Please bring or buy:

  • 200g of Worsted Weight yarn for the scarf...
    or 100 g for the hat...
    we recommend Shelridge Worsted,
  • 4.00mm needles for scarf
  • 3.5mm and 4.0mm 16” Circular Needle, and 4.0mm Double Pointed Needles,
  • Stitch Markers



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.


Cost - $59.00***

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

Custom-Fit Socks with Kate Atherley

Sunday, February 4; 10:00am-12:00pm

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 least a pair or two

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

Instructor: Kate Atherley



Knit Socks from the
Toe Up

Sunday, February 4; 1:00-4:00pm

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.

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

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!

This class includes:

  • One 3 hour session (3 hours total),
  • Three Patterns:A wee sock and an adult sock pattern in both worsted and fingering weight yarns
  • practice yarn

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.

Instructor: Kate Atherley

Determine your favourite method!

  Cost: $59.00

Please bring

  • 4.00mm DPNs



If you have a class request please continue to send us an email at 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!



*** 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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