Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Special Guest Instructor - Fiona Ellis

CSI : Cable Stitch Investigation

Sunday, April 13:  2:00 – 5:00

Ever put down your work and lost your place in a cable pattern?  Fiona will show you how to analyze your evidence to enable you to make a prognosis.

Then for those times when we unearth a great cable pattern for which there are no instructions (a ready-to-wear or vintage piece) your investigation will continue by forensically evaluating samples and photos, leading you to uncover the mysterious these stitches hold.

Skills required:  This class is suitable for intermediate students who have worked at least simple cable patterns.


Cost - $50.00***
Instructor: Fiona Ellis

 

CSIPlease bring: a ball of light coloured medium weight yarn, yarn appropriate needles, cable
needle, squared/graph paper.

Homework: none. But if you have a cable you would like to create but don’t know how
bring along a photo!

 

 

Beginner Knitting


LTK101

Cost - $49.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Rosa

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Wednesdays, April 2 & 9; 7:00-9:00pm - FULL -
Wednesdays, May 14 & 21; 7:00-9:00pm - FULL -

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

Wednesdays, April 23 & 30; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-


Attention Beginners Plus! Now that you are knitting and purling are you looking for something more adventurous...but not toooo adventurous? 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:  $39.00

Instructor: Rosa

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


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.


 

 

Techniques


Entrelac

Saturday, April 12; 1:00-4:00pm

Another great new technique to add to your repertoire! In this 3 hour class we will get you up to speed with this a fun and impressive looking technique for those looking to take up another knitterly skill.

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

--Please bring 5mm needles ( straight or short circular)

Cost - $60.00*** Includes 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden or Kureyon
Instructor: Kate Atherley

entrelac

Linen Stitch

Wednesday, April 23; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Linen stitch is a very unusual and beautiful knitted fabric, creating a clever woven effect. It’s a different way to use variegated yarns, and makes tremendous scarves, cowls and even placemats!

We’ll share the secrets for working it flat and in the round, and show you how to design your own one-of-a-kind scarf, cowl or hat!

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 - $39.00*** yarn included
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

 

 

Please bring: 4.00mm needles


 

 

Expand your skills


Fixing Lace

Saturday, April 12; 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 - $29.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley


Mending - Darn It!

Wednesday, April 30; 7:00 - 9:00pm

Found a hole? Moth attack? We'll show how to darn, mend and disguise holes in knitwear - both big and small, both in your work and someone else's - even commercially made knits.

Bring your holes, or some swatches we can make a snag and hole or two in!

--Please bring or buy :wool needles, your holey items, corresponding coloured scraps of yarn?

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley


 

 

Projects


Lace Herringbone Shawl or Scarf

Saturday, May 3; 1:00-4:00pm

This pattern has two variations... a rectangular scarf and a great semi circular shawl.

You will learn about reading your stitches, double decreases, stretchy bind-offs and more! This pattern really shines great in striping yarns of any gauge.

 

Skills required:  This class is suitable for intermediate students that are comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increases & decreases

Cost - $39.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley


Noro Ayatori (colour 11)

 


Noro Sekku

Please bring:

  • your chosen stripey yarn. Suggestions... Noro: Ayatori, Taiyo Sock, Silk garden, Taiyo Lace, Kureyon ;
    Turtle Purl: Striped Turtle Toes
  • needles to match your yarn choice ... we can help guide you.

Skills required:Suitable for knitters who have knitted a sock or two, and want to expand their skills

--Please bring or buy: sock yarn of choice and corresponding needles

Cost - $29.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

Sock Options

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

There are 3 different ways to knit socks: on double-pointed needles, with magic loop or with two circulars; you can also go toe-up or top-down.

This class shows you how to use all three needle types - and lets you practice to figure out which you prefer. And we show you how to work a pattern written for one needle type on another. We'll also explain the top-down vs. toe-up constructions, discuss pros and cons of each, and provide expert socky tips & techniques, no matter which way you like to go!


 

 

 

 

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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