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

 

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Thursdays, September 10 & 17; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, October 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays, October 18 & 25; 2:00-4:00pm
Sundays, November 1 & 8; 11:00am-1:00pm
Thursdays, November 5 & 12; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, December 9 & 16; 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!

 

 

 

LTK101

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

Instructor: Robbie

 


 

Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Sundays, September 13 & 20; 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesdays, September 23 & 30; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, November 18 & 25; 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


 

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

Thursday, October 1: 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, December 2: 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*** includes DPNs

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 100g of a worsted weight yarn... Cascade 220, Diamond Chroma, Spud & Chloe Sweater, Juniper Moon Moonshine.

 


 

Project 911

Ongoing Help Classes

Friday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am
Saturday 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 3 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 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 101 class.  It is assumed you know at least the very basics. 

 

Cost - $25.00 per class

Please Pre-Register - Class size is limited to make sure people get enough attention.

NO CLASS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES -
FRIDAYS: Sept 4
SATURDAYS: Sept 5 , Nov 21, Dec 26

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

...during class

 


 

 

Expand your skills

 

Blocking and Caring for your Knitwear

Wednesday, September 9; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, November 25; 7:00-9:00pm

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

 


 

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Wednesday, September 30; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, December 16; 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

 


 

 

Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Thursday, September 24; 7:00-9:00pm
Sunday, November 8; 2:00-4:00pm

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 picking up dropped stitches, safely ripping out stitches and rows, for fixing mistakes without ripping it all out, and for deciding when you don’t need to bother fixing at all.

Students are encouraged to bring their "mistakes" with!

 

Cost:  $35.00

Instructor: Robbie

Please wear 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


 

Painless Finishing

Wednesday, October 14; 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 and easily and confidently 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.


--Please bring swatches and / or projects along with corresponding needles and wool needle

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

 


 

Reading Charts
Lace & Cable & Stitch Pattern charts demystified

Wednesday, November 18; 7:00-9:00pm

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

 


 

Brioche Knitting Intro

Wednesday, September 23; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, December 2; 7:00-9:00pm

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. We’ll show you how to work the technique flat and in the round, in a single colour or in two colours. You’ll leave the class with all the skills and instructions you need to create your own Brioche hat or cowl.  Suitable for knitters with some experience.

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:

  • 2 colours of worsted weight yarn:
    100m each for a hat
    200m each for a cowl
  • 4.5mm 16 inch circular needle

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 


 

Intro into Lace Knitting

Wednesday, November 11; 7:00-9:00pm

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 - $35.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

Please bring:

  • 4.5mm or 5mm needles.

 


 

Knitting with Beads - Featuring Laura Nelkin Designs

Wednesday, October 28; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, December 9; 7:00-9:00pm

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:  just the basics...Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

Included in the class fee is a kit from Laura Nelkin Designs to work on your beading techniques! Choose your kit at the time of registration... Colours and styles will vary and be subject to what we have in stock.

HOME WORK: Please read the instructions and string the beads on to your yarn prior to class so we can delve right into the fun stuff!

Cost - $55.00***includes a kit to create
Please bring pr buy:

  • 2.00 - 2.75mm DPNs (depending on kit)
  • Your kit with beads already strung on to the yarn

Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Making the Most of 

Thursday October 22; 7:00-9:00pm

During this two hour class, you'll learn all the basics of Ravelry. We will discover stashing yarns, tracking projects, books and ideas. You'll also learn to navigate the social aspects of Ravelry, which have many features that allow you to connect with other knitters.

There will be many demonstrations of advanced search techniques along the way, to help you search smarter, find patterns more easily, and make the most of your time online!

This class will include a demonstration using a laptop. Feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or smart phone and follow along! Please have it fully charged, as there will not be access to outlets provided during the class.

Cost - $35.00
Instructor –
Robbie

 


 

 

Cables Are Easy...

Wednesday, October 21; 7:00 - 9:00pm
Thursday, November 19; 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 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!

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.

 

Chunky Style Mitts!

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

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy: 10.00mm DPNs or 32” circular

 


 

Double Knitting 101

Wednesday, September 16; 7:00-9:00pm

Double Knitting is a fun and fascinating technique for creating colourful designs and double-thick fabrics for extra warm hats and mitts. This class will take you right from the very start, discussing two colour-cast on techniques, and how to work different types of double knitting: joined or not, with mirror-image color patterns, and with variable color patterns. We’ll also discuss tricky bits like increasing and decreasing.

After the class you’ll be well equipped to handle any double knitting pattern – including any of the amazing designs of Lucy Neatby or Alasdair Post-Quinn. 

Skills required: 102 level skills

Please bring:

  • 3.25mm (US #3) needle
  • 2 contrasting colours of DK yarn

 


Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 


 

Knit your Mittens

Sunday, September 27; 2:00-4:00pm
Sunday, November 29; 2:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, December 6; 2:00-4:00pm

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.

Please bring or buy:

  • 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 Diamond Chroma, Noro Kureyon, Cascade Eco Cloud, Spud & Chloe Sweater
  • stitch markers

 

 

Cost: $35.00

Instructor; Robbie

 


 

Thrummed Mitts

Wednesday, October 28; 7:00-9:00pm
Sunday, December 6; 11:00am-1:00pm

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. In this class you will learn the basics of knitting with loose fibre, choosing appropriate materials, and other ways to use this technique!


Skills required: 102 level skills plus working in the round 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:

  • 5.50mm Double Pointed Needles, or 32"Circs
  • and the cuff of one mitten finished.
  • You will be working with a aran weight yarn ... 100g.
    we recommend Diamond Chroma, Cascade Eco Cloud, Noro Kureyon

 


 

All About Stripes

Wednesday, November 4; 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

 


 

Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Sunday, October 11; 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday, December 12; 1:30-4:30pm

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


Knit Socks from the Toe Up

Saturday, October 31; 1:30-4:30pm

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

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs

 


 

Fair Isle Knitting
Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, October 10; 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 - $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!

 


 

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

Saturday, November 14; 1:30-4:30pm

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)

 


Specialty Technique!

 

- NEW -

 

Shuttle Tatting 101

Sundays, October 4 & 11; 11:00am-1:00pm

In these 2 sessions, you will be introduced to the delicate art of Shuttle Tatting, an old form of lace-making.

In class 1, you'll learn the structure of this lace by practicing a series of simple knots and loops, and how to follow a basic chain pattern.

In class 2, you'll learn to create rings and medallions.

The techniques involved can be used to make edgings, table decor, ornaments or jewellery. It is truly the most portable and economic way of making these embelishments, and can be carried in a pocket or a small pouch!

 

 

Cost:  $60.00*** Includes a tatting shuttle and materials

Instructor: Robbie

 

 


 

- NEW -

 

Toy Making - Amigurumi
Create Rosie the Robot

Sundays, October 18 & 25; 11:00am-1:00pm
Tuesdays, November 17 & 24; 7:00-9:00pm


Whether you knit or crochet, this class is for you! We will cover all the aspects of toy making over two sessions, while working to create Rosie the Robot, in your choice of craft.

Topics covered will include seaming, stuffing, special safety considerations, and embroidery and finishing work. Rosie has been designed so that there are many options for customizing her look!

 

Cost:  $50.00

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring:
2.75mm Crochet Hook OR
2.50mm double pointed needles

3 colours of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmernio or other Sport Weight Yarn

 


 

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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