Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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


 


All classes must be registered for in advance... Check out all of our class policy details here.

Beginner Knitting

 


 

LTK101

Cost - $60.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Sundays, January 4 & 11; 11:00am-1:00pm
Wednesdays, January 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, February 4 & 11; 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!

 

 


 

Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Wednesdays, January 21 & 28; 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:  $50.00

Instructor: Robbie

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


Learn To Knit Again -  A Refresher

Thursday, January 8; 7:00-9:00pm

For those who just need a refresher! Did you learn to knit once upon a time and maybe even remember knit and/or purl but are fuzzy on how to start and end, and some of the middle stuff, too? In this 2 hour class you will get a refresher and rediscover the joy that is knitting!

This class is for people who learned a while ago but think they have forgotten... we will bring you back up to speed and get you dreaming of your next project!

LTK101

Cost - $45.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie

 

 


 

Cost:  $45.00*** includes DPNs

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 100g of a worsted weight yarn... Tanis Green Label, Cascade 220, Diamond Chroma, Spud & Chloe Sweater

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

Sunday, January 18; 11:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, February 18; 7:00-9:00pm

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 - $55.00 *** includes a cable needle and 1 skein of Cascade Magnum!

Instructor: Robbie

Cables Are Easy... Chunky Style Mitts!

Sunday, January 25; 11:00pm-1:00pm

Feel like cables might be a little daunting? 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!

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.

Please bring or buy: 10.00mm DPNs

 

 


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. 

We are closed December 26

January sessions start on the 9th!

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.


 

 

 

 

Expand your skills

 


 

Reading Knitting Patterns

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

This 2 hour session will help illuminate the mysteries of the knitting pattern.  We'll focus on helping you translate written instructions and charts into something you can actually do with yarn and needles.  Topics covered will include common abbreviations, reading charts, frequently-used conventions and shortcuts.  We'll also discuss how to analyze a pattern to learn more about the garment before you start knitting it.  And last but not least, we'll discuss common pitfalls when working a pattern and how to avoid them.

--Please Bring: paper and pencil, and any patterns that are causing you trouble

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

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

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

Oh no! Something’s wrong with your knitting? What’s the fault?! This 2 hour session will teach you how to spot and fix 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 - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 


 

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Saturday, January 24; 11:00am-1:00pm

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 - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Crochet For Knitters

Wednesday, January 28; 7:00-9:00pm

Crochet is an incredibly useful skill for the knitter.  This 2 hour session teaches you how to bring the power of the crochet hook to your knitting -- to pick up dropped stitches and fix mistakes, for painless seaming, for creating decorative edgings and joins, and for the mysterious and wonderful provisional cast-on.

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

Cost - $35.00***
--HOMEWORK: Please bring: two 6" squares of stocking stitch worked with 4 or 5mm needles and worsted weight yarn, some scrap yarn of the same weight in a contrasting colour and a 4.5mm crochet hook.
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

 

 

Projects

 


 

Lizard Ridge Bootcamp

Saturday, Januray 10; 11:00am-1:00pm

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 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

 

lizard ridge

--Please bring 5mm needles!

Cost - $45.00*** Class materials include 1 ball of Noro Kureyon
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Intro into Lace Knitting

Saturday, January 10; 2:00-4:00pm

Are you a newer knitter ready for a challenge? Are you looking to learn a new skill? Yarn overs, symmetrical decreases, and lifelines..oh my... This introduction to lace will get you started on a straightforward lace pattern to build up confidence. We'll teach you the basics of lace knitting - including working from charts and written instructions, and build your skills with swatches. We'll also provide tips for making lace easier and more fun.

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

Cost - $45.00 *** yarn included
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

Please bring:

  • 4.5mm or 5mm needles.

 


 

Lace Herringbone Shawl or Scarf

Saturday, January 24; 2:00-5:00pm

This pattern has two variations... a rectangular scarf and a great semi circular shawl.

You will learn about reading your stitches, double decreases, stretchy bind-offs and more! This pattern really shines great in striping yarns of any gauge.

 

Skills required:  This class is suitable for intermediate students that are comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increases & decreases

Cost - $45.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley


Noro Ayatori (colour 11)

 


Noro Sekku

Please bring:

  • your chosen stripey yarn. Suggestions... Noro: Taiyo Sock, Silk garden, Taiyo Lace, Kureyon ;
    Turtle Purl: Striped Turtle Toes
  • needles to match your yarn choice ... we can help guide you.


 

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, February 7; 2:00-5:00pm

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 - $45.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Pi Shawl - Featuring Rosetta Tharpe

Saturday, February 28; 2:00-5:00pm

The circular Pi shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it's a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It's also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Use one of our standard patterns – the simple eyelet version or Kate’s fabulous Rosetta Tharpe -- or create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece.

If you've got a favourite lace stitch pattern, bring it - and I'll provide lots for you to choose from. I'll show you the magical circular beginning, and demonstrates several clever and easy finishes, including the no-cast-off, blocking-friendly crochet edging.


Skills required: intermediate level knitters; lace experience not necessary, but you must have experience using DPNs

Cost - $50.00*** includes Rosetta Tharpe pattern
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

 

 

Please bring:

  • 800-1000m of yarn and
  • DPNs AND a 16 inch circular needle to match yarn gauge
    • for sock/fingering weight, bring 3.75mm/US #5
    • for DK weight, bring 5mm/US #8

 


 

 

Quick Mitts

Saturday, February 14; 11:00am-1:00pm

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 and circular needles.

Please bring or buy:

  • 4.00mm and 5.00mm Double Pointed Needles or long circular if you prefer magic loop
  • stitch markers

A quick and festive little gift idea!

 

Cost: $50.00*** includes yarn and pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

 


 

Thrummed Mitts

Sunday, January 11 : 2:00-4:00pm

Kick up the warmth about 12 notches with these BIG, SQUISHY, and super warm mittens... come learn to make these pillow like mitts. A fun and interesting little technique.


Skills required: 102 level skills plus working on DPNs

Cost - $50.00*** thrumming fiber included
Instructor: RobbieL

Homework: You will need to have knit up the cuff of one mitten in advance of the class so you can delve right in to the fun stuff! A Pattern will be emailed to you upon registration so you can get started on your homework!

Please bring:

  • 4.50mm Double Pointed Needles,
  • and the cuff of one mitten finished.
  • You will be working with a worsted weight yarn .. 100g.
    we recommend Diamond Chroma, Tanis Green Label, Shelrigde Worsted

 


 

 


Knit Socks 101
-Top Down

Saturday, February 14; 2:00-4:00pm

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: $70.00*** includes scrap yarn plus sock yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs

 


 

Knitting with Beads - Featuring
Laura Nelkin Designs

Saturday, January ; 11:00am-1:00pm

In this 2 hour class, you'll master the two main methods of knitting with beads: stranding and adding as you go.  Embellishing with beads is used extensively in lace knitting and as edges on garments and accessories.  Beads are perfect to add weight, bling, or subtle elegance to your handknitting. Such fun.

Skills required:  102 Level Skill

Included in the class fee is a kit from Laura Nelkin Designs to practice your beading techniques! You can choose yours at the time of registration or when you come in for class! Colours and styles will vary and be subject to what we have in stock.

 

 

Cost - $55.00***includes a kit to create a Mudra or Stereo bracelet

Instructor: Kate Atherley

Please bring pr buy:

  • 2.00 - 2.75mm DPNs (depending on kit)
HOMEWORK: Beads will need to be pre-strung before start of class, so if youcan pick up a kit in advance that its ideal... if not you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before class to prepare this step.

 


 

Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, January 31; 2:00-5:00pm

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 - $60.00*** Includes yarn!
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
    or Shelridge Ultra ... please come early enough to wind your yarn choice!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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