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

Wednesdays, April 1 & 8; 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays, April 12 & 19; 2:00am-4:00pm
Thursdays, May 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, June 4 & 11; 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

Wednesdays, April 15 & 22; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, May 21 & 28; 7:00-9:00pm
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

Thursday, April 16: 7:00-9:00pm

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 - $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, April 29: 7:00-9:00pm
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 -

NO CLASS APRIL 24th.

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

 


 

Blocking and Caring for your Knitwear

Wednesday, April 8; 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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

 

 

Projects

 

Knitting with Beads - Featuring Laura Nelkin Designs

 

Wednesday, April 22; 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 practice 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 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

 


 

Lanesplitter Skirt

Wednesday, May 6; 7:00-9:00pm

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

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

Double Knitting 101

Wednesday, April 29; 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 doubleknitting 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

 


 

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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