Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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

Beginner Knitting


LTK101

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

Instructor: Robbie

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Thursdays, September 4 & 11; 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays, September 14 & 21; 11:00am-1:00pm
Thursdays, October 2 & 9; 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays, October 19 & 26; 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

Thursdays, September 18 & 25; 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays, Sept 28 & Oct 5; 11:00am-1:00pm
Sundays, October 19 & 26; 2:00-4:00pm


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:  $49.00

Instructor: Robbie

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


Cost:  $49.00*** 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!

Sunday, September 7; 11:00am-1:00pm
Sunday, October 5; 2:00-4:00pm

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.

 



Learn To Knit Again -  A Refresher

Sunday, September 7; 2:00-4:00pm

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 - $49.00
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 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


Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Wednesday, September 3; 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 - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley



Blocking and Caring for your Knitwear

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

Blocking: it’s a critical step in the finishing process for handknits, and is all too often ignored or skipped. It’s incredibly easy, and the value it provides is immense, taking an item from complete to truly, beautifully finished. In this session, I’ll demystify the process, and break it down by both fiber and project type. I’ll cover blocking for both one-piece items, and items that need to be seamed. We’ll talk about mats and wires and pins, and when & why they are needed – and when they’re not. We’ll also discuss proper care of knit items, addressing storage and moth prevention.

Please Bring: any items that need blocking.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley


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

Wednesday, September 17; 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


 

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

Please bring or buy: 4.5mm needles

Cables Are Easy... Really!

Wednesday, September 10; 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!

Cost - $49.00*** includes a cable needle and yarn
Instructor: Kate Atherley


Reading Knitting Patterns

Wednesday, October 1; 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



Reading Charts
Lace & Cable & Stitch Pattern charts demystified

Saturday, September 27; 10:00am-12:00pm

Charts are a very useful way to communicate complex pattern stitches, but they can be intimidating to many. This class provides knitters of all levels the tools to read, understand and comfortably work from charts for any type of knitting pattern: textured stitches, colourwork, cables and lace. We’ll talk about how to read them, but also share tips for working with them, keeping track of your progress, and making them as easy to read as possible.

Please Bring: paper and pen, and any patterns you want help with.

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


Intro into Lace Knitting

Saturday, September 27; 1:00-3:00pm

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 - $49.00*** includes yarn
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

Please bring:

  • 4.5mm or 5mm needles.

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


Pi Shawl - Featuring Rosetta Tharpe - NEW

Sunday, September 14; 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

 

 

 

 

Projects


 

Quick Mitts

Sunday, September 28; 2:00-4:00pm
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

Cost: $49.00*** includes yarn and pattern
please come a little early to choose colours and wind your yarn.

Instructor; Kate Atherley


 


Knit Socks 101
-Top Down

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

TBD

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


Lizard Ridge Bootcamp

Wednesday, October 15; 7:00-9:00pm

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

 

lizard ridge

Cost: 49.00*** includes 1 ball Self Striping yarn ( noro )

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 5.00mm needles

 



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

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

Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, September 13; 1:00-4:00pm

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.

 

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

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 - $45.00*** plus class materials

Instructor – Kate Atherley

 

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

Please bring:

  • 3 colours of fingering weight yarn.
    SPECIAL: Save 25% off 3 colours of Spud & Chloe Fine or Shelridge Ultra, for t he class material on day of class ... please arrive a bit early to choose your colours and wind your yarn.
  • graph paper and pencil crayons
  • 3mm and 3.25mm needles for working in the round (DPNs or long circular for magic loop)


Lanesplitter Skirt

Wednesday, September 24; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Come on in and learn the ins and outs of this very popular pattern from Knitty.com. We will discuss yarn choices, variation, finishing and get you going on your very own Lanesplitter!

We suggest having a look at this projects' Ravelry page to get a feel for what colours and variations you may want to whip this up in! Then pop in to the shop a little early to pick your yarn... Students will receive a 10% discount off the yarn for this project with class registration.

 

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

 

This skirt is such an entertaining and easy knit! And it looks so great too... on so many people!

Cost - $35.00

Instructor: Kate Atherley

Please bring:

  • your chosen worsted weight yarn. The pattern calls for Noro Kureyon, Picture is Noro Silk Garden.
  • 5.0 - 6.0mm needles. (straight or 24" Circular)
  • a printout of the pattern found HERE

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 - $49.00*** all materials included
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 fees include applicable tax.

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