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Happy New Year!!

It is the time of year when many off us will be taking stock of the last year’s events and making plans and goals for the next.
With the thought that some of you might include some crafty endeavors in your upcoming year here is a list of our upcoming classes this winter.

In the month of January alone you can register for RUG HOOKING, FIRST SWEATER CLASS, BABY BLANKET WORKSHOP, and ZIGZAG CROCHETED RUG WORKSHOP

KNIT CAFE’S WINTER CLASSES 2012

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER KNITTING

Knit 101
A class for the knitting novice!  This is a 4-week course designed to instill basic knitting skills. Graduates will then be able to take on a variety of knitting projects with confidence.  Learn the fundamentals: how to begin and end your projects, how to make knit and purl stitches and use them together to create different textural patterns, how to read knitting patterns, and knit in the round to create tubular knitting projects. Expect to finish at least one scarf and a hat or arm warmer.

Fri Jan 27, 3, 10, 17
Fri Feb 24, 2, 9, 16
Thurs March 15, 22, 29, 5
7-9pm
4 sessions, $96, materials not included

Knit Crash Course
Another beginner’s knit class but this one built for speed.  You’ll be surprised what you can learn in just one night.  The essentials are the focus of this class.  That is: how you begin and end a project and how to do the basic knit stitch. Advice will be offered on how to design a simple scarf project without a pattern.

Mon Feb 27
6:30-9pm
1 session, $30, materials not included 

BEGINNER KNITTING

Baby Blanket Workshop
This is a good follow-up class to the Crash Course, or a perfect class for those who can’t seem to get beyond the infamous “first scarf project”.  This baby blanket class will get you started reading knitting patterns, it will teach you how to purl (if you have not yet had the pleasure), and it will acquaint you with the different textural stitches needed to make our very adorable baby blanket project!!

Fri Jan 20
6:30-9pm
1 session, $30, materials not included

Hat Workshop
After you have completed a few scarves new knitters get a hankering for a new challenge.  A hat is a very popular “step-up” project.  This class will introduce the indispensable technique of using double pointed needles.  This will open up doors to all things knit in circles.  In this class the focus will be on the basic unisex toque.

Mon Feb 13
6:30-9pm
1 session, $30, materials not included

INTERMEDIATE KNITTING

First Sweater Class
This class features our most popular sweater pattern.  “The Manos Jacket” is named for the beautiful hand dyed yarn it is stitched from – Manos del Uruguay. This is a great first sweater project.  It has a very simple construction with no complicated stitching or shaping.  Even knitting novices will not be daunted especially with the helping hands of a knit-pro by your side.  This sweater suits pretty much everybody and is exceptionally stylish and cozy.  With this as your first sweater project you will be empowered to tackle more and more jumpers and cardigans, tanks or tees!

Mon Jan 9 break 23
7-9pm
2 sessions, instruction is free, materials $100 for yarn

Mitten Class
Who does not want a fresh pair of mittens to welcome in the season?  The pattern introduced in this class is straightforward and sensible and available in different sizes.  Several important knitting standbys such as increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches, following a pattern and using double pointed needles will be employed, necessary skills for all knitting protégé.

Wed Feb 8, 15
7-9pm
2 sessions, $50, materials not included

ADVANCED KNITTING

Sock Class
Socks!  You can’t have too many of them, and they make appreciated gifts too.  As a knitter, there is much to learn from socks.  The sock pattern tends towards advanced decoding, and the sock heel a tricky bit of business to navigate.  Once learned though, a sock is a satisfying and very portable project. Sock makers will learn the skills of picking up stitches and shaping the instep and the toe. Once one sock is made a sockaholic is in the making.

Mon March 5, 12, 19
7-9pm
3 sessions,  $72, materials not included

Sweater Design Class
All you budding knit wear designers – this is your first step.  Take this class at the Knit Café.  Learn to make a sweater of your own design.  You pick the yarn and the tension and the stitch, add your own personal touches with different necklines and hem lengths and create the sweater of your dreams.  More then that you will gain the skills to create another sweater of your dreams the next time you chance to dream one up.  Sweaters are knit from the top-down with raglan sleeve decreases, cardigan or pullover, your choice!
This is a 4-session class with  break between  3rd and 4th

Sat Jan 28, 4, 11, break 25
10:30am-12:30pm
4 sessions, $96, materials

Sock Master Class
Sockaholics this is your class! We are lucky to have a knitted-sock pro agree to teach this advanced class.  In this class socks will be knit from the toe up, with demonstrations of seamless cast-ons for perfect toes.  Sock will be knit on circular needles and both socks will be knit simultaneously! No more will socks differ even slightly in shape and size, watch them grow up together row by row.  Another fine advantage of toe-up socks is that knitters will no longer have to judge the finished length of their socks.  Just knit till the yarn runs out – nothing goes to waste!

Thurs Feb 16, 23, 1
7-9pm
3 sessions, $72, materials not included

Lace Shrug Class
Lace stitching is incredibly enticing and sadly often equally intimidating.  With a little guidance though the process of deciphering lace can be pretty darn painless. In this class students can tackle their first lace project with a chunkier yarn, making stitches easier to discern and projects faster to finish.  Lace techniques and tips are explained as students stitch on one of our most popular projects – The Sexy Shrug.

Mon March 26, 2 break 16
7-9pm
3 sessions, $72, materials not included

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CROCHET

Crochet 101
Our extended crochet program is for those who want to get a rock solid foundation in this lovely craft. In these 4 classes the basic stitch patterns will be practiced and perfected. Students can try out their skills on either a crocheted washcloth (very functional favorites) or a scarf project. Circular or 3D crochet forms will also be covered and applied to a basic hat pattern and a crocheted toy.  Learn to follow a simple crochet pattern while you’re at it.
Wed Jan  18, 25, Feb 1, 8
Wed Feb 22, 29, 7, 14
7-9pm
4 sessions, $96, materials not included

Crochet Crash Course
Crochet is making a comeback!. From retro granny squares to delicate lacy finishes, crochet has a look all its own and is easy to learn. If you’ve never crocheted before, or if you learned years ago and want a quick refresher, this one-night course will get you started. Students will learn the basic stitches (chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet), how to read a pattern and will make a crochet coin purse or pouch.
Thurs Feb 9
Thurs March 8
6:30-9pm
1 session, $30, materials not included

Crochet Blanket Class
This blanket may be made of colourful little crocheted pieces but it is not your Granny’s blanket.  Each piece is actually a hexagon with a pretty flower motif in the middle.  Each hexagon is joined to the next with crochet only (no seaming). This is a great way to work through all the bits and pieces of yarn that you may have lying about. This class is a perfect way for newbies to learn crochet or for those with some experience an avenue for building skill.
Sun Jan 29, 5 /12:30-3:30pm
Wed March 21, 28, 4/ 7-9pm
2 or 3 sessions (6 hours), $70, materials not included

INTERMEDIATE CROCHET

Reading Charted Patterns for Crocheters
If you have ever looked at a crochet pattern then you have noticed the attractive snowflake motifs that accompany many instructions.  These are not just pretty pictures. They are the hieroglyphics that tell all about the pattern. Many folks find a chart easier to decipher then a long winded written pattern, but first you have to know how to decode the lines and squiggles.  We will show you how and you will make the prettiest wee coasters while you’re at it.
Sun Feb 12/ 12:30-3pm
1 session, $30, materials not included

Crochet Zigzag Rug Class
This class combines alternative materials with classic methods to make a chunky and durable rug.  Learn to use fabric (not yarn) to make crochet creations.  Recycle your old sheets or tablecloths and give them new life beneath your feet.  In addition, learn how to crochet colour into a zigzag pattern.  This popular motif can easily be repurposed for afghans or other crochet creations.

Mon Jan 30, 6
7-9pm
2 sessions, $50, materials not included

OTHER CRAFTY CLASSES

Needle Felting Workshop
Create 3 dimensional felt forms in this workshop. Like sculpting with wool fleece forms are created organically and with immediacy.  This workshop will demonstrate needle felting tools and techniques. Students will work on their own felted miniatures, ready to be ornaments, sculptures, toys, or jewelry. They make fantastic Christmas decorations too!

Sun Feb 26 / 1-3:30
1 session, $30, materials not included

Introduction to Rug Hooking
You can make more then rugs when you learn to rug hook. Wall art, cushion covers, trivets and coasters are only some of the things you can create with rug hooking techniques.  Rug hooking is also a great way to use up scraps. In this class you can choose any picture or pattern you desire and make it your very own rug hooked design.

1 session, $30

Mon Jan 16
6:30-9pm
1 session, $30, materials not included

Felt-Making for Beginners
What do you get when you mix a bit of water with a wad of fluff and a little elbow grease?  Felt- that’s what!  Neither knitting nor crocheting is required for this class.  In this 2-day workshop students will be introduced to the ancient techniques of felt making.  They will design and make their own piece of felted cloth, a decorative bowl, a pouch (ideal for cell phones, ipods, eyeglasses etc.) and a 3D felted object.

Sat/Sun Feb 18/19 10:30-1:30 /
Mar 24/25 10:30-1:30
2 sessions, $60

To register for classes at the Knit Cafe call us at 416 533 5648, or drop by
1050 Queen St. West.

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