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, October 19 & 26; 11:00am-1:00pm -FULL-
Sundays, October 19 & 26; 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sundays, November 2 & 9; 11:00am-1:00pm -FULL-
Sundays, November 23 & 30; 2:00pm-4:00pm
Sundays, December 7 & 14; 11:00am-1:00pm

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

Sundays, October 19 & 26; 2:00-4:00pm -FULL-
Sundays, November 23 & 30; 11:00am-1:00pm


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


Cost:  $45.00*** includes DPNs

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 100g of worsted weight yarn

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

Thursday, November 13; 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 - $45.00*** Double Pointed Needles included
Instructor: Robbie

 

A quick and festive little gift idea!

 

 



Learn To Knit Again -  A Refresher

Thursday, October 23; 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 - $40.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie


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.


 

 

 

 

Expand your skills


 

 

--Please bring: paper and pen, and any garment patterns you want help with.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

The Perfect Fit:
Make your garment most flattering!

Saturday, December 6; 10:00am-12:00pm

Every knitter has done it: knitted the wrong size garment. It’s a costly and time-consuming mistake – not to mention very frustrating! This class dives deep into the topic of garment sizing and fit, educating you on how to read and understand the sizing information presented in knitting patterns, and how to choose the right garment and the right size for you. We’ll discuss key concepts of ease, fit and styling and explore how to determine how a particular type of garment should fit, and what fits and sizes work best for you. We’ll talk about how to measure yourself properly, and I’ll share tips for some easy garment alterations to make a garment its most flattering. Along the way, we’ll address some of the biggest misconceptions and misunderstandings that lead to ill-fitting garments.

 



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

Wednesday, November 12; 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


Handpainted Yarn

Saturday, November 8; 10:00am - 12:00pm

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 - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley




Painless Finishing

Wednesday, October 8; 7:00 - 9:00pm

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 - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley



All About Stripes

Wednesday, October 29; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Sometimes the knitting of stripes can be a little intimidating.... in this class we delve in to the finer points of colour changes, keeping edges elastic and the tricks to executing the jogless jogs when knitting stripes in the round. 


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

Please bring or buy:

  • Bring 4.00mm 16" circular needles and 3 colours of scrap dk - worsted weight yarn

 

Cost: $35.00

Instructor; Kate Atherley


Fixing Lace

Saturday, November 22; 10:00am-12:00pm

The scariest thing about knitting lace is what to do when you make a mistake! This class will provide you with key skills for identifying, fixing and preventing mistakes in your lace. We'll cover the use of the lifeline, how to add missing and remove unwanted yarnovers, how to fix an incorrect decrease and how to ensure you stay on track. We'll also give you tips to help you know when you can safely ignore mistakes!  We'll also spend time on diagnosing and handling larger mistakes, including undoing sections of your lace without unravelling!

Skill level: This class is a great follow-up to Lace 101, and terrific for a making you a more confident lace knitter!

Please bring:
4.5mm needles - straight or short circular
worsted weight scrap yarn in a light colour

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley


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, November 22; 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 - $45.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley


 

 

Projects


 

Quick Mitts

Wednesday, October 22; 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. We will be working on big bulky yarn so they will knit up nice and quick and be 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:

  • 5.00mm and 6.00mm 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


 


Knit Socks 101
-Top Down

Saturday, November 8; 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: $60.00*** includes yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs


Knit Socks from the
Toe Up

Saturday, December 6; 1:00-4:00pm

We expect you to have made at least one pair of top down socks before delving into this class... but it is great to give this a try to determine your favourite method! You will learn a really useful new cast on, and stretchy bind off too.

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



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: $60.00*** includes yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs


 

 

Cost:  $35.00

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, November 26; 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 knitted at least one pair of socks, but need not have experience working with two circulars.




Slip Stitch Knitting - Easy Colour Play

Saturday, October 25; 10:00am-12:00pm

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

A quick and festive little gift idea!

 

The Mod Squad Hat

Cost - $35.00***includes pattern

Instructor: Kate Atherley

Please bring pr buy:

  • 2 contrasting colours of worsted weight yarn
    Suggestions: Cascade 220, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label
  • 5.0mm 16"circular needle, or 8"DPNs

Introduction to Colourwork Design:
Design Your Own Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts

Saturday, October 25; 1:00-4:00pm

This workshop allows you to dip your toe into colourwork design, and create a pair of unique, custom three-color fingerless mitts.

We’ll start with a fascinating overview of Fair Isle knitting and patterns, showing you how patterns developed and evolved from the simplest of ideas: lines and circles. From there, we’ll provide templates and motifs to take your own inspirations and turn them into an easy-to-knit pattern that’s uniquely yours. Along the way, we’ll provide tips and tricks for colourwork projects.

Even if you’re not an artist or designer, you can create amazing pieces.

Skills required:
intermediate; students MUST be confident knitting in the round and have a least a little experience with stranded colourwork.

Cost - $75.00*** class fee includes 3 colours of Spud & Chloe Fine or Shelridge Ultra, please arrive a bit early to choose your colours and wind your yarn.

Instructor – Kate Atherley

Designing with colourwork is much easier – and much more fun – than you might suspect!

 

Please bring:

  • graph paper and pencil crayons
  • 3mm and 3.25mm needles for working in the round (DPNs or long circular for magic loop)


Knitting With Beads and Wire:
Design your Own Earrings and Bracelet

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

Expand your knitting skills and tackle a fun new project!  By the end of this 2 hour class, you'll be well on your way to completing a pair of unique earrings or a bracelet.  Class includes all equipment and materials.  Suitable for all levels of knitters

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off, Increase/Decrease

Cost - $50.00*** all materials included
Instructor Kate Atherley

A quick and festive little gift idea!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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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