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Many sweater patterns are sized to a set of standard measurements. In reality, our figures are far from standard. In this workshop, you will learn how and where to shorten, lengthen, adjust ease and shape parts of a sweater for a flattering fit. Prerequisite: Completion of at least one adult sweater and optionally, completion of Figure-Flattering Sweaters workshop.
Come to class wearing fitted clothing - a tank top is perfect - so that accurate measurements can be taken. Bring a 1/2" or 1" belt that fits around your waist, a writing pencil for note taking, a calculator and a flexible tape measure.  Back to class list
Design a Knitted Bag    3 hours
Recycle your tote bags. Get step-by-step instructions for constructing your knitted bag using a cotton canvas tote as its liner. Debra will cover gauge, ease and yarn selection. You’ll learn how to make a flat bottom; get tips for creating firm fabrics without felting; and take home a starter pattern. Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and bind-off and be comfortable with knitting-in-the-round using double-pointed needles.
Bring smooth medium/worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors with corresponding double-pointed needles and circular or straight needles, removable stitch markers, yarn needle and crochet hook, pencil and calculator for some light arithmetic. Back to class list
Entrelac Basics    3 hours
Master entrelac knitting basics by creating a sampler in six easy steps. Taken from the French word "entrelacer" which means interlace or interwine, entrelac knitting creates a fabric that looks like interlaced diagonal rectangles. It's a great way to use up your leftover yarns. Prerequisite: Cast on/off, stockinette stitch, increase, decrease and pick up stitches.
Bring medium/worsted weight yarn(s), corresponding double pointed or circular needles (plus a pair 2 sizes larger). Back to class list
Fascinating Mosaics    3 hours
If you can slip a stitch, you can master mosaic knitting -- a fascinating color knitting technique that is created by knitting and slipping stitches using the same color yarn across two consecutive rows. Learn to read and knit from a chart designed for mosaic knitting, knit it in stockinette stitch and garter stitch and then, explore more involved designs. Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on/off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.
Bring smooth, solid, contrasting color yarns of the same weight (preferably worsted weight), corresponding knitting needles and removable stitch markers. Back to class list
Sweaters come in different shapes and sizes and so do we. The sweater pictured on a pattern often looks great on the model but will it look good on you? Learn which sweater shapes, lengths, necklines, sleeve styles and design elements will flatter your figure and which will not. At the completion of this workshop, you'll not look at a sweater pattern the same way again. You'll know which sweater styles are right for you and why. NOTE: This workshop does NOT require specific knitting skills nor knowledge.
Come to class wearing close-fitting clothing - a tank top is perfect - so that your silhouette is seen clearly. Bring a writing pencil for note taking and a flexible tape measure. Back to class list
A knitted cord conjures up Elizabeth Zimmermann's freestanding "idiot or I-cord." While making a freestanding cord that is later sewn onto knitted fabric is fun and easy, learn ways to make a cord as you knit your garment or accessory and get tips on making cords using yarns of the same or contrasting color by making a sample in class.
Bring your homework swatch on the needle; smooth, solid color yarn in several contrasting colors with corresponding circular needles; double pointed needles 1-2 sizes smaller than the corresponding needles; yarn needle, removable stitch markers, and scissors.
HOMEWORK: Using smooth, solid color yarn, make a stockinette stitch (RS row: knit. WS row: purl.) swatch that is approximately 5" by 5", end on a wrong-side row. Do not bind off. Back to class list

Learn how to transform a knit-in-the-round tube into a flat scarf. Knit a tube for  5" to 7" following the homework instructions.  Bring your tube to class and together with Debra, you will work a special bind-off,  cut the tube and drop sets of stitches to make a light and airy fringed scarf.
HOMEWORK: Use 50 grams of sock/fingering weight yarn of wool and nylon, preferably not self-striping; size 7 - 29" circular needles and; removable/open stitch markers. Gauge is not very important for this scarf; about  5 stitches/inch.
Using size 7 circular needles, cast on 125 stitches using the long tail cast-on method. NOTE: Please use the long-tail cast-on method because other methods will NOT unravel in the same manner as dropped stitches -- also leave a long yarn end. If your cast-on row tends to be tight, cast on using a larger circular needle, e.g., size 8 or 9 and change to size 7 needles to start Round 1.
Join into the round, being careful not to twist the stitches around the needle. Place a marker on the needle between the first and last stitches to mark the beginning of the round.
Rounds 1 - 3: purl. Rounds 4 - 7: knit. Repeat Rounds 1 - 7 for pattern.
Continue in pattern until the piece measures slightly stretched at 5-7", end on round 6 of the pattern. Keep the tube on the circular needle attached to the skein, do NOT bind off.
Bring your knitted tube on the circular needle, removable/open stitch markers, sharp scissors and if your bind-off tends to be tight, size 8 or 9 - 29" circular needles.  Back to class list

Knit Along    2-hour session for drop-in help
Enjoy knitting with others? Need help solving a knitting problem? Want to get that UnFinished Object back on track but not sure how? Or need a reality check on how your knitting project is coming along? Whatever your reason, register for one session or for as many as you feel you need. Bring your knitting pattern and project. Let's talk, knit, and make sure your knitting brings positive results.
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Knitting for Beginners   2-hour sessions for 4 weeks
Never held knitting needles before but want to learn how to knit? No problem… In this class, we'll work on a project designed to step you through the basics. We’ll cover knitting tools and why you need them and knitting techniques that you’ll use over and over again. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll be knitting. Bring to the first class about 300 yards of smooth, solid medium to light color worsted weight yarn and corresponding needles. Back to class list

Knitting from Patterns    2-hour sessions for 4 weeks at a time
Know how to knit and purl and want to get comfortable sweaters? In this class, you’ll learn how to read patterns, prepare a proper stitch gauge, and work different pattern stitches and techniques from a series of child-sized sweater patterns designed by the instructor.
The first project is a Sampler Pullover in small (24” finished chest measurement), medium (28”) or large (32”). Select the size you’d like to make and bring 700, 1,000 or 1,300 yards respectively, of smooth, light to medium solid color medium weight (5 stitches/inch) yarn, several sizes of needles. For all sizes, bring to the first class, a 5” x 5” stockinette stitch gauge swatch using your project yarn and needles and Knitting Illustrated for Beginners and Others by Virginia McGlynn. It takes an average of 8 weeks to complete the size small Sampler Pullover sweater. Back to class list
Learn to Knit    3-1/2 hours
Never held knitting needles before but want to learn to knit? Learned to knit a long time ago but haven't picked up your needles lately? Knitting is a wonderful year-round activity and a great way to relax and be productive while waiting for appointments or watching sports or television. Get started by learning the basics through hands-on practice in this workshop. Learn to get stitches on and off knitting needles, make knit and purl stitches, join new yarn, weave in ends and more. Take home a beginner scarf pattern that you'll be ready to make.
Bring 75-100 yards of smooth, medium weight yarn in a light to medium solid color; 9"-10" knitting needles in the size indicated on the yarn band; Susan Bates Knit Chek; scissors; removable stitch markers; yarn needle; and Knitting Illustrated for Beginners and Others by Virginia McGlynn. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the workshop when purchasing supplies from the shop. Back to class list
Lovely Knitted Lace    3 hours
Learn and practice lace knitting techniques by creating a lace sampler in class. Learn how to read lace patterns, including charts, tips on keeping track of where you are in your pattern, and how to block your finished lace garment. Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on/off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.
Bring removable stitch markers, yarn needle, smooth, solid color medium/worsted weight yarn and corresponding needles. Back to class list

Modular Knitting    3 hours
Knitting module units are easy, fun and portable. Learn how to knit -- not sew -- modular squares and triangles together by making a sample in class. Take home a scarf pattern to get you started. It's a great way to use up leftover yarns. Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on/off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.
Bring coordinated colors of smooth, medium/worsted weight yarn, corresponding double-pointed needles, a ruler or stitch gauge, and removable stitch markers. Back to class list

NO SEW Sweaters    6 hours
We love to knit, but, many of us, hate to sew – that last finishing step. Learn a seam-by-seam approach to converting a sweater pattern knitted in four separate pieces, i.e., front, back, and two sleeves (which are then sewn together) to a pattern that you knit from the bottom-up in one piece without sewn seams or steeks. Converting stitch patterns for circular knitting, short rows and three-needle bind-off will be covered. Prerequisite: Completion of at least one adult sweater following a pattern.
Bring paper, pencil, calculator, removable stitch markers, yarn needle and your homework. In the same weight yarn used for your homework, bring smooth, solid color waste yarn in a contrasting color and corresponding 16" circular and double-pointed needles.
HOMEWORK: Using smooth, solid color yarn and corresponding size needles, cast on 48 stitches. Rows 1-6: knit. Row 7 (RS): knit. Row 8: purl. Repeat rows 7 and 8 until piece measures 4 inches from the beginning, end on a WS row. Leave stitches on the needles and bring to class. Back to class list

No-Holes Neckline    3 hours
Tired of being SO careful when picking up stitches only to see holes after you’ve finished a neckband? Debra Lee will show you how to pick up stitches for a clean neckline and what you can do if a hole does appear.
Join her by coming with a front and back crew neck sample sewn at the shoulder seam (see homework instructions) to work on, contrasting smooth yarn, a crochet hook (optional), knitting needles that are 1-2 sizes smaller than used for your sample, removable stitch markers, yarn needle and a little patience. Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on/off, knit, purl, increase, decrease and pick up stitches.
HOMEWORK: Please prepare the following sample and bring it with you to the class. This sample will simulate half of the neckline of a crew neck pullover sweater, starting from the center and ending at the center back. Please use smooth, solid color yarn (a light color is easiest to see) that knits at a gauge of 5 stitches per inch.

-    Cast on 27 stitches.
-    Work stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until work measures 3” from beginning.
-    All stitches will be bound off at the beginning of the row. Bind off neck edge stitches at the beginning of knit rows and armhole edges at the beginning of purl rows.
-    At neck edge, bind off 3 stitches, 1 time; 2 stitches, 2 times; 1 stitch, 2 times. (Total 9 stitches bound off over 9 rows) 18 stitches remain.
-    Work even for 1”.
-    Starting at armhole edge, bind off 6 stitches every other row, 3 times.

-    Cast on 27 stitches.
-    Work stockinette stitch until work measures 5”.
-    With right side facing, bind off 6 stitches every other row, 3 times.
-    Bind off remaining 9 stitches.

3.  Sew FRONT to BACK at shoulder. 
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Shadow (Illusion) Knitting   3 hours
Look at shadow knitting one way, it's all stripes. Look at it another way, you see images in the "shadows." If you can knit and purl, you can master shadow knitting. Unlock the mystery of shadow knitting by making a shadow triangles sample in class.
Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on, bind-off and knit and purl in the same row.
Bring smooth, solid, color yarns of the same weight in at least 2 contrasting colors, corresponding knitting needles and removable stitch markers. Recommend bringing light/sport or medium/worsted weight yarn if possible. Back to class list

Sock Anatomy    4 hours
Want to knit socks but can’t figure out the instructions or their construction? 
In this workshop, you'll learn all the skills for making socks while creating your very first and your very own mini-sock using double-pointed needles. Prerequisite: Must be able to cast on/off, knit, purl, increase, decrease and pick up stitches.
Bring a yarn needle, 75-100 yards of worsted weight yarn and corresponding set of double-pointed needles and a circular needle. The circular needle can be in any length. Back to class list