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Spring 2017 Classes!

A new spring season is on it’s way and we have new classes springing up to prove it!

Check out all the dates for our popular beginner classes including Knit 101 and Crochet 101 and the Knitter’s Crash Course and the Crochet Crash Course, of course. ALSO……

Weaving Classes

We are so excited to be able to offer some new weaving classes at The Knit Café. Our tapestry weaving classes have been so popular and we are really getting into learning all about weaving. We have recently acquired some Rigid Heddle Looms to use for classes. These are compact looms that are easier to learn on then floor looms and are more accessible for new weavers as they are a lot less expensive and can be packed into the closet when not in use. Come see what it’s all about. We have two Rigid Heddle Loom classes on the schedule – The Stripes Class, and The Plaid Class!

Introduction to Weaving – Stripes!  Brand New Class!
Thursday April 20, 27, May 4, 6:30-9:30pm/ Sunday August 20, 27 12:30-5pm

Introduction to Weaving – Plaid! Brand New Class!
Wednesday June 14, 21, 28, 6:30-9:30pm

Tapestry Weaving Class
Sunday May 21 12:30-3:30, May 28,12:20-2:30/
Sunday July 9, 12:30-3:30, July 16, 12:30-2:30pm/ Sunday September 10, 12:30-3:30, September 17, 12:30-2:30pm

Knit Classes

Find Your Fade – Knitted Spring Shawl Workshop  Brand New Class!
A new knitted shawl for spring- what could be better? What if you could use all the colours in your crayon box? Then you would have a “Find Your Fade” shawl. Learn how to stitch this popular shawl project and get a discount on materials too. Read all about it HERE
Wednesday May 3, 6:30-9pm

Sweater Class
Wednesday May 10, 17, 24, break 7, 7-9pm

Knit in Colour Class
Thursday June 8, 15, 7-9pm

Introduction to Knitted Lace
Thurs May 31, 7-9pm

Fix it! Finish it! Class Brand New Class!
In the Fix It Class we practice fixing common knitting mistakes and also learn creative mending techniques. In the Finish It Class we learn proper finishing techniques including seaming and blocking. Take them both, or take one or the other. Read all about it HERE

Thursday June 29, July 6, 7-9pm

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday July 5, 7-9pm

Baby Blanket Workshop
Tuesday May 2, 6:30-9pm/
Tuesday July 4, 6:30-9pm

First Pair of Socks
Thursday July 20, 27, 7-9pm

Yoga Sock or Fingerless Mitten Class
Thursday April 6, 13, 7-9pm / 
Wednesday July 12, 19, 7-9pm

Brioche Knitting Class Brand New Class!
Learn brioche knitting techniques including one and two colour designs for beautiful reversible knits! Read all about it HERE
Wednesday May 24, 31, 6:30-8:30pm

Knit 101 Baby
Thursday June 1, 8, 15, 22, 1-3pm

Spinning Classes

Drop Spindle Class – Introduction to Spinning
Sunday April 2, 9, break 23, 12:30-2:30

Spin Master Class Brand New Class!
Advance your hand-spinning
techniques in this second level drop spindle class. Sample a variety of fibres; both plant and animal fibres, and refine your spinning skills. Read all about it HERE
Sunday June 11, 12:30-3:30

Crochet Classes

Crochet Blanket for Absolute Beginners
Sunday June 18, 25, 12:30-2:30pm

Crochet Blanket Class
Wednesday May 10, 17, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Shawl Class Brand New Class!
Learn you lacy stitches and finishes in this Intermediate level crochet class and end up with a pretty shawl besides. Read all about it HERE

Thursday June 1, 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Tunisian Crochet Workshop Brand New Class!
A whole new textile technique with a new tool and everything! Tunisian Crochet is like a hybrid of knitting and crocheting and has a distinct look. Learn the basics in this one evening workshop. Read all about it HERE

Thursday July 6, 6:30-9pm

Other Crafty Classes

Yarn Dyeing Workshop Brand New Class!
Colour your own yarn in this intro to hand dyeing class. Use non toxic dyes to add variegated colour patterns to your yarn. It’s fun! Read all about it HERE
Sunday May 7, 12:30-4:30pm

Needlepoint Workshop
Tuesday May 9, 7-9pm

Introduction to Rug Hooking  
Tuesday June 20, 7-9pm

Needle Felting Workshop
Sunday March 26 12:30-2:30 / Sunday June 4, 12:30-2:30pm /
Sunday August 13, 12:30-2:30pm

You can check out the whole class schedule and register for classes in the webshop right HERE.
Or call us 416 533 5648, or come by 55 Roncesvalles Ave.

Craftily yours



Classes in the Month of March

We are busy developing our Spring Summer Classes and boy do we have some doozies to share! It will be ready for public viewing in a few weeks but until then there are still a lot of wonderful classes you could take part in. March is crammed full of classes in fact!


Sweater Class
An introduction to sweater making for the uninitiated.
Make any size, a pullover or a cardigan.
Wednesday March 8, 15, 22, break April 5. 7-9pm
register HERE

baby blanket class

Baby Blanket Class
Baby Shower season is starting soon! Learn how to follow knitting patterns and how to recognize your knit from your purl.
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
register HERE

crochet blanket with lloyd

Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners Only 2 spots left!
Make this adorable blanket and learn to Crochet at the same time. Kitty not included.
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm

register HERE

crochet crash class

Crochet Crash Course
Learn crochet basics in one night!
Thursday March 30, 6:30-9pm
register HERE

zigzag blanket

ZigZag Blanket Class
A whole lot of shaping techniques go into this playful blanket.
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
register HERE

needle felt birds

Needle Felting Workshop
Make 3D fuzzy sculptures ready to be toys and jewelry and ornaments and mobiles, oh my!
Sunday March 26, 12:30-2:30pm
register HERE

drop spindle

Drop Spindle Class – Introduction to Spinning
Make your own yarn! Need I say more?
Sunday April 2, 9, break, 23, 12:30-2:30pm
register HERE

rug hooking

Introduction to Rug Hooking Only 3 spots left
This is a wonderful craft with a long and wonderful history.
You can make rugs and so much more.
Tuesday March 14, 7-9pm
register HERE

knitting in colour class

Knit in Colour Only one spot left!
Add colour to your projects with Fairisle
(also called Stranded) Knitting.
This class was sold out but one spot just opened up!
Thursday March 23, 30. 7-9pm
register HERE

You can see all The Knit Cafe’s classes in the webshop HERE
Craftily yours

Check out The Knit Cafe’s Fall Classes 2015

We are so happy to announce that our class schedule for Fall 2015, Winter 2016 is ready to go! We have many new offerings for you. I have highlighted a few with pictures in this blog post but you may see and read all about every single class at www. theknitcafetoronto.com.
You can register for classes there too. 


Knitting 101
4 sessions, $110
Fri Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 7-9pm/ Thurs Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 7-9/ Sun Sept 27, Oct 4, break, 18, 25, 3-5pm/ Thurs Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 1-3pm/ Fri Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 7-9pm/ Mon Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 7-9pm/ Thurs Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 1-3pm/ Thurs Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, 7-9pm/ Sun Nov 8, 15, 22, 29, 3-5pm/ Wed Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 7-9pm/ Sun Dec 6, 13, 20, break, Jan 3, 3-5pm/ Thurs Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9pm/

Knitter’s Crash Course (Scarf Workshop)
1 session, $35
Mon Sept 28, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Nov 23, 6:30-9pm

Beginners Knit Headbands!
2 sessions, $56
Thurs Dec 10, 17, 7-9pm

Knit 101 Baby!
4 sessions, $110
Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 1-3 /Fri Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9

knit criitters

Knit Critter Class for Absolute Beginners
Learn to knit and make a cute toy in this 3-week class. This class is designed to instill basic knit knowledge. Students will learn how to knit and purl, how to follow a knit pattern, how to create basic shapes, and change colours. Stuffing and seaming up your toy, as well as adding on facial features and paws will be covered in class too. You can customize your knit critter to be any sort of creature
3 sessions, $84
Fri Dec 4, 11, 18, 7-9pm

arm knit

Arm Knitting
When you arm knit you replace traditional knitting needles with your own two arms and use very, very chunky yarn to create huge loopy stitches that have a great modern look. It’s very entertaining to do and a scarf or cowl can be created in a matter of minutes to a few hours. Those who have never knit before will see the charm in something that can be produced so fast and experienced knitters may be curious how it’s all done. Arm knitting is definitely more fun in a group so come and join in on the fun!
1 session, $35
Wed Sept 9, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Dec 7, 6:30-9pm

twinkle toque

New Knitter’s Slouchy Toque
A toque is less of a commitment in yarn and time so it is a great project for a new knitter to start with. We designed this sweet and slouchy knit hat so that it would be an accessible pattern for a new knitter. In this class you will learn basic techniques including casting on and off stitches, the knitting stitch, pattern reading, a shaping technique called “short row shaping”, and seaming. Pompom making will be covered too!
2 sessions, $56
Thurs Jan 14, 21, 1-3pm


Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session, $35
Wed Oct 28, 1-3:30pm/ Mon Nov 16, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Jan 18, 6:30-9pm

noro scarf

The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop (learn to purl)
In this class you will get to try out magical Noro yarn. You will also learn how to purl. When you add purl to your knit repertoire you can suddenly infuse your knitting pieces with a whole world of texture.  Changing colours in a striping pattern, finishing and weaving in stray ends, and reading knitting patterns will also be covered in this workshop.
1 session: $32
Thurs Sept 17, 7-9pm

Hat Class
1 session, $35
Mon Sept 21, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Dec 3,7-9:30pm

Holiday Bear
1 session, $35
Mon Dec 14, 6:30-9pm

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
This wonderful project is the chance to create a one of a kind piece with a multitude of colours and all the charms of a blanket made by hand. The chevron pattern design in this blanket is a classic one. This workshop will focus on pattern reading skills, knit and purl textures, and the shaping techniques that create the zigzag pattern. We will also practice colour changing and weaving in ends.
1 session, $32
Materials: at least 2 colours worsted weight, 5mm circulars, 60-80cm, available at The Knit Café.
Wed Oct 28, 7-9pm

Knit Slipper Class
2 sessions, $56
Wed Oct 14, 21, 1-3pm/ Wed Jan 6, 13, 1-3pm

Cable Cowl Workshop
1 session, $35
Mon Nov 30, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
3 sessions, $84
Wed Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 1-3pm


Mitten Class
2 sessions, $56
Thurs Nov 26, Dec 3, 1-3pm

thrum mittens

Thrum Mitten Class
This pattern comes from icy Newfoundland where they know a thing or two about keeping the cold out. These mittens are extra warm due to a layer of wool roving knitted right into them creating a fluffy fleece lining. In this class we will get you acquainted with all the tricks of the trade for regular mitten making. You will learn 3D shaping, thumb tricks and how to add the warm thrum into your extra cushy mits.
2 sessions:$56
Thurs Oct 22, 29, 7-9pm

Sweater Class
4 sessions, $110
Wed Oct 14, 21, break, Nov 4, 11, 7-9pm/ Wed Jan 6, 13, break, 27, Feb 3, 7-9pm

tee front crop

Baby Tee Class
The knit pattern by The Knit Café called Tee is a real cutie! It’s a small sized knitted t-shirt with a delightful polka dot embellishment. It is sized to fit 12 months, 18-24 months, or 2-3 years old. In this class you will learn all the skills necessary to make a basic knit garment. This sweater pattern is made in pieces and then seamed, so this is the class for knitters who long to know more about seaming and finishing techniques. This class also covers shaping techniques, picking up stitches, and duplicate stitch for the polka dots.
3 sessions, $84
Wed Nov 4, 11, 18, 1-3pm


Sock Class
3 sessions, $84
Fri Nov 13, 20, 27, 7-9pm

Custom Fit Socks (Knit Toe Up)
3 sessions, $84
Sun Feb 21, 28, Mar 6, 12:30-2:30

polish flowers

Knit Amigurumi Class (Polish Festival Flowers)
It is not just crocheters who get to do Amigurumi. Knitters can do it too! “Amigurumi” is the Japanese term for hand crafted toys. Employ the 3D shaping principles of Amigurumi and you can make any cute stuffy you like. In September for the Polish Festival on Roncesvalles Avenue the Knit Café presents a special exhibition of hand knit flowers inspired by Polish Folk Art. We would like to share our flower pattern with you and the know-how to make knitted toys in general. In this 2-week class we will concentrate on developing skills in shaping with increases and decreases, picking up stitches to add on knit appendages like flower petals, changing colours, and knitted toy finishing techniques. We will also discus how to make slight alterations to a toy pattern to make it unique.  All these techniques should give you the confidence to tackle any toy project in the future. Knit Flowers make wonderful wall decorations especially in a nursery, or hung in a window or on a door like a welcoming wreath.
2 sessions, $56
Wed Sept 30, Oct 7, 7-9pm

Knit in Colour (Fair Isle Class)
2 sessions, $56
Wed Feb 10, 17, 7-9pm



Crochet 101
4 sessions, $110
Wed Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 6:30-8:30
Sun Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 12:30-2:30pm

Crochet for Kids!
4 sessions, $84
Sun Sept 27, Oct 4, break, 18, 25, 12:30-2pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $35
Thurs Sept 17, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Dec 3, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners
2 sessions, $56
Sun Nov 8, 15, 12:30-2:30pm/ Sun Jan 17, 24, 3-5pm

beginner crochet slipper

Crochet Slipper Class for Absolute Beginners
Your Granny may have made these slippers, and her Granny before her too. Now you can! Even if you have never-ever crocheted before you may join this slipper class and before you know it your tootsies will be a lot cozier. The slippers can be adapted with ease for any size feet. This is a great way to learn basic crochet stitches and constructions and a terrific confidence builder for the next project.
2 session,$56, materials not included
Mar 13, 20, 12:30-2:30pm


Crochet Blanket Class
2 sessions(5 hrs)$70, materials not included
Wed Jan 20, 27, 6:30-9pm

crochet snowflake

Crochet Snowflakes
Learn to crochet and make easy crochet snowflakes just in time for the holidays. In this 2.5 hour workshop designed for beginners you will learn basic crochet stitches and make one or two snowflake ornaments. Class includes a pattern to take home. Come join us and start work on your own winter wonderland. 1 session, $35
Thurs Dec 10, 6:30-9pm

Simply Beautiful Beginner Crochet Shawl Workshop
Lacy stitching is often a goal for new crocheters. If you have tried your hand stitching a washcloth, a scarf or a phone case in our Crochet Crash Course then expand your crafty skills with a pretty shawl with a lacy texture. Start now, it will be ready for Spring!
1 session, $35
Wed Feb 17, 1-3:30pm


Amigurumi (crocheted toy robot)
2 sessions, $66, includes robot pattern safety eyes, polyfil.
Thurs Oct 22, 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Crochet Slipper Class
2 sessions, $60, includes leather soles
Wed April 6, 13, 6:30-8:30


crochet shawl

Crochet Lace – The Spring Shawl Class
In summertime thoughts turn to pretty lacy things. Crochet is a wonderful medium for creating lace stitches, and lace stitching is a wonderful way to improve your crochet skills; taking them from competent to expert. This class will explore the different techniques that go into creating elaborate open stitch patterns and motifs. Students will practice their skills while making this gorgeous shawl.
2 sessions, $50
Wed Jan 20, Feb 3, 7:00-8:30pm


Introduction to Rug Hooking
1 session, $32
Mon Jan 11, 7-9pm

Needlepoint Workshop
1 session, $35, includes needlepoint canvas.
Mon Mar 7, 7-9pm


Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)
3 sessions, $84
Sun Jan 10, 17, 24, 12:30-2:30pm

Needle Felting Workshop
1 session, $32
Wed Nov 18, 7-9pm/ Wed Dec 16, 1-3pm

Register for classes online HERE, or by phone 416 533 5648, or come by The Knit Café in person – 55 Roncesvalles Ave.  Contact us with any qustions you have about classes, we are happy to chat about them

Craftily yours


Class Schedule Preview Fall/Winter 2014/2015

It’s Back-To-School-Time already! Although no one sane wishes for the summer to end, I sure am looking forward to Fall.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER KNITTING (no experience necessary)

Knit 101
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Thurs Sep t4, 11, 18, 25 7-9pm/ Mon Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, break, 20, 7-9pm/ Wed Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 7-9pm /Fri Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 7-9pm/ Thurs Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 7-9pm/ Fri Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 7-9pm/ Mon Jan 26, Feb 2, 9 break 23, 7-9pm/ Fri Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 7-9pm/ Wed Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-3pm/ Thurs April 2, 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Aug 28, 1-3:30pm/ Fri Sept 5, 6:30-9pm/ Wed Sept 24, 1-3:30/ Mon Dec 1, 6:30-9pm/ Wed Jan 28, 1-3:30/ Mon Mar 9, 6:30-9pm

Kid’s Knitting Class
4 sessions, $76, materials not included
Wed Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 4:15-5:45pm/ Sun Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 12:30-2pm

Beginners Knit Headbands!headband
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Wed Dec 10, 17, 7-9pm/ Wed March 18, 25, 7-9pm


ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CROCHET (no experience necessary)

Crochet 101
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Wed Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8/ Wed Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3/
Thurs Feb 19, 26, Mar 5, 12/ Wed April 1, 8, 15, 22, 7-9pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Oct 30/ Thurs Jan 29/ Thurs Mar 19, 6:30-9pm

BEGINNER KNITTING (students should know the knit stitch and how to cast on)

Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Aug 28, 6:30-9pm/ Wed Oct 8,1-3:30pm/ Mon Oct 27, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Dec 8, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Mar 2, 6:30-9pm/ Mon April 13, 6:30-9pm

Knit Slipper Class
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Thurs Nov 13, 20, 1-3pm/ Wed Mar 4, 11, 7-9pm

Cable Cowl Workshopsimply twisted
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon Nov 10/ Mon Jan 12, 6:30-9pm

Hat Class
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Oct 2, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Oct 23, 1-3:30pm/ Mon Nov 17 / Fri Feb 6 / Mon Mar 23, 6:30-9pm

Holiday Bear
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon Nov 24, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Dec 15, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Fri Dec 5, 12, 19, 7-9pm/ Thurs Feb 5, 12, 19, 1-3pm

BEGINNER CROCHET (students should know chaining, and single crochet)

Crochet Blanket
2 or 3 sessions(6 hrs)$74, materials not included
Sun Sept 7, 21, 12:30-3pm / Sun Nov 9, 16, 12:30-3pm / Wed Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 7-9pm/ Sun April 12, 19,12:30-3pm

INTERMEDIATE KNITTING (students should know the knit and purl stitches and how to knit in rounds on double pointed needles.)

Mitten Classsweater
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Thurs Oct 9, 16, 7-9pm/ Wed Jan 7, 14, 7-9pm/ Thurs Feb 5, 12, 7-9pm

Sweater Class
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Fri Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 7-9pm/ Thurs Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9pm

INTERMEDIATE CROCHET (students should know chaining, single and double crochet)

Amigurumi Crochetcrochet slipper
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Oct 23, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Slipper Class
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Sun Mar 22, 29, 12:30-2:30pm

ADVANCED KNITTING (students should be proficient with knit and purl, and knitting in rounds on double pointed needles)

First Sock Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not includedsocks
Thurs Nov 6, 13, 20/ Wed Feb 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm

Custom Fit Socks (Knit Toe Up)
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Sun Oct 19, 26, Nov 2/ Sun Mar 1, 8, 15, 12:30-2:30pm

Lace 101
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Wed Nov 26, Dec3, 1-3pm/ Mon April 20-27, 7-9pm

Knit in Colour
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Fri Oct 17, 24/ Fri Feb 13, 20, 7-9pm

OTHER CRAFTY CLASSES (no experience necessary)

Introduction to Rug Hookingrug hooking
1 session, $32, materials not included
Materials fee: $15, yarn not included.
Mon Nov 3, 6:30-9pm

Needlepoint Workshop
1 session, $32,
Materials fee: $3, plus yarn, we suggest Koigu Skeinettes
Mon Jan 19, 6:30-9pm

Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Wed Aug 27, Sept 3,17 / Sun Jan 11, 18, 25, 12:30-2:30

Embroidery Workshop
1 session class, $32, materials not included
Mon Mar 16, 6:30-9pm

Introduction to Wet Felting
1 session, $38, Sun Nov 23, 12:30-3:30pm
Materials fee: $15 for felting kit, does not include felt fibres

Needle Felting Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Sun Aug 24/ Sun Dec 7/ Sun April 5, 12:30-3pm

Full class descriptions will show up soon on our website and we will have take-away paper pamphlets in store in the next few days.

To register for a class please call us at 533 5648, or come by the café to
register in person. Remember we have moved to 55 Roncesvalles Ave.

Craftily yours