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, April 5 & 12; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, May 11 & 18; 7:00-9:00pm
Saturdays, June 3 & 10: 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 will learn to make them do what you want them to!

Skills required: None at all!





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

Instructor: Robbie



Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Wednesdays, May 3 & 10; 7:00-9:00pm FULL
Saturday, June 3 & 10; 3:00-5:00pm

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 with Jenn
Saturday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am with Robbie

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 for the second hour only 10:30-11:30am

Reserve your space!

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


Fridays : April 28th,
Saturday : April 29th, July 1st, July 15th

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

...during class


Knit a Hat in the Round
-- Wield your DPNs!

Wednesday, May 31; 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:  $49.00*** includes DPNs and in-class materials for mini hat

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

Sunday, June 4; 10:30am-12:30pm

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



Knittin' Mittens

Saturday, April 22; 12:30-2:30pm

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 Lousia Harding Amitola Grande, Noro Kureyon, Cascade Eco Cloud, Spud & Chloe Sweater
  • stitch markers

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

Last one until Fall

Warm hands are easy!

Cost: $39.00

Instructor- Robbie



Cables 101 - Easy Peasy

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

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!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.





Cost:  $39.00*** includes a cable needle

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 4.5mm needles and smooth worsted weight yarn in a light colour( 25-50g is fine)



Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, June 17; 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 - $80.00*** Class Fee 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)



Brioche Knitting 101

Sunday, June 4; 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. It’s particularly effectively in two colours, and is an excellent way to tame a busy variegated yarn.

In this 3 hour class we will cover the skills for working brioche patterns, including reading the sometimes-complicated instructions, and fixing mistakes. You will leave with a one-of-a-kind shawl project well underway.

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

Please bring:

  • 2 colours of fingering weight yarn: one varigated, one solid
  • 4.0mm 24 inch circular needle

Lemon (not-so) Difficult

Cost - $49.00*** Pattern included in class fee
Instructor – Kate Atherley



Next steps
in Brioche Knitting

Sunday, May 28; 10:30am-12:30pm

For knitters with a little bit of experience with Brioche knitting, this class will build confidence with the technique, and expand your skills.

Working through Kate Atherley's Omnishambles scarf pattern, we’ll focus on increasing and decreasing, and a key problem area for brioche: tidy edges. Along the way, we’ll provide tips and tricks for easier brioche, including fixing mistakes.

Intermediate Skill Level : This is NOT a beginner Brioche class ... knitters must be comfortable with the basics of Brioche.

Please bring :

  • 4.5mm 16 inch circular needle,
  • a 4-5mm crochet hook,
  • a 50gm ball of Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden,
    and 100m/110yds of worsted or aran weight solid-coloured contrasting yarn.

Cost:  $39.00*** Pattern included in the class fee.

Instructor; Kate Atherley





Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Sunday, May 28; 1:30-4:30pm

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.


Circular knitting skills needed: You have at least 102 level skills and are comfortable working with DPNs.

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.




  Cost: $60.00***
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




Ask to reserve a copy of this book for the day of the class with a 10% discount... you will be able to get it signed too!

Homeworkplease 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!


Custom-Fit Socks

Saturday, June 17; 10:30-12:30pm

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: Knitters must have some experience with sock knitting least a pair or two


Cost - $39.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

Pease Bring or Buy:

  • your yarn and needles
  • as well as your swatch as per the homework instructions




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!

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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