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

    Saturdays, Mar 24 & 31; 9:30-11:30am FULL
    Wednesdays, April 4 & 11; 7:00-9:00pm FULL
    Saturdays, April 14 & 21; 9:30-11:30am FULL
    Thursdays, May 3 & 10; 7:00-9:00pm
    Sundays, May 27 & June 3; 9:30-11:30am

    This class is for the Complete and Utter Beginners! In this extensive beginner class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of knitting!

    Topics covered include starting a piece of knitting by casting on stitches, the basic knit stitch, the purl stitch, creating texture through mixing the two stitches, and how to end your knitting by binding off stitches. You’ll also learn how to follow a basic knitting pattern.

    This class includes:

    • Two 2-hour sessions (4 hours total),
    • a Pattern, Needles & Worsted weight yarn to get you started,

    Skills required: None at all!


    Cost - $75.00

    *** Just bring yourself... everything you need to get started is included!

    Instructor: Jennifer



    Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

    Wednesdays, May 2 & 9; 7:00-9:00pm
    Wednesdays, June 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.

    This class includes:

    • Two 2-hour sessions (4 hours total),
    • a Pattern

    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

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

    Instructor: Jennifer



    Learn to Knit in Round -

    Knit a Hat or Handwarmers
    Thursday, April 12; 7:00-9:00pmFULL
    Saturday May 26; 9:30-11:30am
    Thursday, June 14; 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!

    This class includes:

    • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
    • a Pattern
    • 1 set of Double Pointed Needles

    Prerequisite: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 plus yarn which we will choose the day of.

    Instructor: Jennifer



    Project 911

    Help Clinics

    Friday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am
    and NEW...
    2nd Sunday of each Month 9:30-11:30am

    starting April 8th, 2018

    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! 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.


    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


    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.

    APRIL 27th

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

    ...during class




Expand your skills




Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Saturday, April 14; 1:00-4:00pm FULL

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. Plus... We also demonstrate Magic Loop and patterns provided provide instructions for use of both DPNs and magic loop.

This class includes:

  • One 3 hour session (3 hours total),
  • Three Patterns:A wee sock and an adult sock pattern in both worsted and fingering weight yarns
  • practice yarn

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and experience with DPNs is recommended.


  Cost: $59.00

Please bring

  • 4.00mm DPNs

Instructor: Jennifer



and we will happily reserve a copy of this book for class registrants to purchase (and get signed) the day of the class with a 10% discount.


Cost - $45.00***

--Please Bring your yarn and needles as well as your swatch as per the homework instructions

Custom-Fit Socks with Kate Atherley

Saturday, June 9; 9:30-11:30am

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: Some experience with sock knitting least a pair or two

Homework: please 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!

Instructor: Kate Atherley



2 At A Time Knitting

Sunday, May 20; 9:30-11:30am

There are several projects in knitting that are worked up as pairs... Socks, Mitts, and sleeves for sweaters!

There are great options for how to work your pairs at one time and we will walk you through both how to work them on 2 circular needles at once or with the Magic loop technique!

This skill is an especially nice addition to the sock knitter's toolkit, this technique helps banish the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome, and ensures that your pair matches exactly. 


Note: Students require 103 level skills including increasing and decreasing, as well as knitting in the round, But need not have experience working with the two circulars or magic loop methods of circular knitting.


Instructor: Jennifer

Cost:  $45.00

Please bring or buy:

  • 2 contrasting colours of scrap worsted weight yarn
  • and two short 4.00mm circular needles




Fixing Knitting Mistakes

aka WTF?!
Wednesday, May 30; 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 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:  $45.00

Instructor: Jennifer

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



Intro to Knitting Lace

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

In this intermediate class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of lace knitting! You’ll learn how to recognize stitches in lace fabric, read lace charts, line up your stitch patterns, and fix those pesky mistakes! you will learn all the skills you need to tackle your first lace project!

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • a Pattern:

Prerequisites: At least 102 level skills are required

Instructor: Jennifer

Cost: $45.00

Please bring or buy:

  • 4.00mm needles for practice
  • Stitch Markers




ahh... Closure - Buttons and Zippers

Saturday, June 2; 9:30-11:30am

This class is all about two key garment finishing details: dealing with buttons and zippers.

We begin with a discussion of buttonholes: what's the best method to make them, how to keep them tidy and neat. And then once you've got the holes, we talk about how to attach the buttons to make sure they stay on and don't get loose.

And then, of course, if you don't want buttons, zippers are an option. We'll talk about how to insert a zipper into knits.

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • lots of helpful discussion

Skills required: 102 level skills

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Cost:  $45.00

Please bring :

  • 4.5mm needles for working flat,
  • scrap worsted weight yarn



Brioche Knitting 101 -

Saturday, June 23; 9:30-11:30am

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 effective in two colours, and is an excellent way to tame a busy variegated yarn.

In this 2 hour class we will cover the skills for working brioche patterns, including reading the sometimes-complicated instructions, and fixing mistakes.

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • Pattern : Brioche scarf

Skills required: 102 level skills and you are comfortable working in ribbing patterns like K1,P1

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Cost:  $45.00

Please bring :

  • 2x 100g - 200m skeins of worsted weight yarn in highly contrasting colours
  • 4.5mm 24" circular needles



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!



*** 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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