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, May 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Thursdays, June 4 & 11; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Thursdays, July 2 & 9; 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

Thursdays, May 21 & 28; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Thursdays, June 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


Learn To Knit Again -  A Refresher

Sunday, May 17; 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!

 

Materials Included!

 

 

 

LTK101

Cost - $45.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie

 


 

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

Wednesday, May 27: 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 Help Classes
- Ongoing -

Friday Mornings: 9:30-11:30am
Get help with your Knitting!
(and Crochet & Spinning on request)

 

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. 

 

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 Yarn Purchases

...on class days

 


 

 

Expand your skills

 

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Saturday, May 9; 11:00am-1:00pm

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

 


 

Cables 101 - Easy Peasy

Sunday, May 10; 11:00am-1:00pm


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!

 

Skills required: 102 Level skills

 

 

 

 

Cost:  $40.00*** includes a cable needle

Instructor: Robbie

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

 


 

All About Stripes

Wednesday, May 13; 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

 


 

Reading Charts
Lace & Cable & Stitch Pattern charts demystified

Wednesday, May 20; 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

 


 

Painless Finishing

Saturday, May 23; 11:00am-1:00pm

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

 


 

Intro into Lace Knitting

Saturday, May 30; 11:00am-1:00pm

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.

 


 

 

Colour Theory for Crafters

Wednesday, June 17; 7:00-9:00pm

During this two hour lecture style class, you will build your understanding of Colour Theory. You'll discover the colour wheel, understanding hue, saturation and value. We will look to understand how colours relate, and how to best combine them for various techniques including stripes, stranded knitting, and gradients.

Whether you Knit, Crochet, Spin or Weave, this class will help you make the most of your colour choices!

Skills required: none

Cost:  $35.00

Instructor: Robbie

 


 

 

Projects

 


 

Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Saturday, May 9; 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, May 23; 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

 


 

2 Socks on 2 Circs

Wednesday, May 27; 7:00-9:00pm

Learn how to knit two socks – at the same time, on two circular needles.  A nice addition to the sock knitter’s toolkit, this technique helps banish Second Sock Syndrome, and ensures that your pair matches exactly.  We’ll work a sample pair of mini socks to allow you to quickly learn and fully understand the method.  We’ll discuss both top-down and toe-up methods.

Note: Students must have knitted at least one pair of socks, but need not have experience working with two circulars.

Cost:  $35.00

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy:

  • 2 contrasting colours of scrap worsted weight yarn
  • and two 16 inch 4.00mm circular needles

 


 

Brioche Knitting Intro

Saturday, May 30; 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.

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. 

Circular knitting skills needed: Suitable for knitters with some experience. 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 - $49.00***
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 class fees are subject to HST.

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