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October Classes: Knit and Crochet

September 29, 2014

Pumpkin beverages and treats are in the restaurants and the leaves are changing to their beautiful colors. Autumn is officially here! What will you knit or crochet this fall? Check out the October classes and see what catches your interest!

Knitting
Knitting 102: Chevron Hat

Chevron Have you taken Knitting 101 and are you ready to take the next step? Knitting in the round is the gateway skill to hats, mittens, socks, cowls, and sweaters. In this class, you will learn how to knit with circular needles and DPNs, use stitch markers, read a pattern, do several types of increases and decreases, and use two colors of yarn. This is a great skill-building class using a trendy chevron pattern! Students should know how to cast on, knit, and purl. Please note that there will be homework between classes.Thursday, October 9, 16, and 23. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Basic Socks

Basic Socks Socks are the perfect “go anywhere” project—quick, easy and portable. In this class, you will learn how to knit a basic worsted weight sock on double point needles. Students should be familiar with knitting and purling.Tuesday, October 7, 14, and 21. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Traditional Christmas Stocking

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This traditional Fair Isle style Christmas stocking is knit from the top down in the round. You can easily personalize your stocking: this pattern has 17 motifs to choose from. Featured techniques: knitting in the round, two-color Fair Isle (stranded) knitting, afterthought heel, reading simple charts, and Kitchener Stitch or Three-needle Bind-off.Thursday, October 9, 16, and 23. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting Arm knitting is a quick and gratifying way to make a unique knitted garment. During the class period you will learn the technique of arm knitting, and finish a big cozy cowl that makes a perfect, low-pressure gift. You might even have time to make another one for yourself… They’re just that quick and fun!Wednesday, October 22. 6 – 8 pm. $20.

Norwegian Mittens

Norwegian Knitting
Photo Credit: stitchita from Ravelry
This Beth Brown-Reinsel pattern is inspired by a pair seen in a museum and they involve many different motifs. It is written for three sizes (child, women, and men). The gusseted thumb and pointed tip add to the authentic style. This pattern is for knitters who are comfortable knitting in the round on double points, magic loop, or the two circular method. Featured techniques: double cast-on (long tail), yarn dominance, knitting with two yarns in the left hand, and raised increases.Wednesdays, October 29, November 5 and 19. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Crochet
Crochet 102

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Learn the basics of crochet in the round with this hat class. It’s a great way to learn to make single crochet in the round stitches. Once you learn this simple hat you can make many variations to suit your needs. This hat would make a great gift!Monday, October 13 and 20. 1 – 3 pm. $20.

Simple Shell Scarf

Learn how to crochet a quick scarf with a beautiful lace-looking design. This scarf looks very intricate and will make others think you spent lots of time crocheting, but in reality it is a simple pattern to learn and repeat. It would make a great gift for someone.

Friday, October 3. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. $15.

Winter Ensemble: Hooded Scarf and Mitten Set
This class covers all the basics you need for a Northern Minnesota winter: hat, scarf and mittens all in one class. We will start with the hooded scarf and then move on to the matching mittens. This class is an intermediate level, if you have basic crochet skills you will do fine.

Monday, October 6, 13, 27, and November 3. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. $40.

Four-Way Moebius Cowl

Moebius The Four Way Moebius Cowl is a true Moebius cowl; it is done in the round with no beginning or ending. It can be worn in four different ways: as a straight cowl, over the shoulders, as a balaclava, or doubled around your neck. It is a fun project that crochets up quickly.Monday, October 6 and 13. 6 – 8 pm. $20.

Eloise Baby Sweater
This little sweater is a quick little project that can be made in a variety of sizes from 6 months to 3 toddler. It is an intermediate project, if you have basic crochet skills you can do this class. It is mostly done in double crochet stitches.

Friday, October 10, 17, and 24. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. $30.
Easy Crochet Shawl
This pattern is an beginning lace pattern. It can be done in a fingering, sport, or worsted weight. The outcome will be different depending on which weight you choose. It is a great class for anyone with a basic knowledge of crochet stitches.

Monday, October 20 and 27. 6 – 8 pm. $20.
Legwarmers
This is Northern Minnesota — who doesn’t need multiple pairs of leg warmers? You can make these up in a weekend to go with any outfit, or make several for all your friends. They are making a comeback, you know. This pattern is pretty simple to master. This is a single session class.

Monday, October 27. 1 – 3 pm. $15.

 

What do you want to make this fall? Call, stop in, or even register online!

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September Classes: Knitting and Crochet

August 30, 2014

Fall is definitely in the air! Are you ready to switch from the breezy, cotton/linen/hemp projects to something more substantial? What techniques or skills do you want to learn for this colder weather?

Knitting
Knitting 101
Learn the basics of knitting while making yourself a hat! If you’ve never picked up a pair of needles before, or if you just need a refresher, this is your class. We will cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew up a seam. From here the possibilities are endless.


Monday, September 15, 22, and 29. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Knitting 102: Knitting in the Round

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA You are all excited about learning to knit, and you want to expand beyond flat scarves and washcloths. This is the best next step. We will be exploring knitting in the round both with circular needles and double points. We will also be exploring a couple of hat edges: ribbing and the rolled brim. You should be comfortable with the knit and the purl stitch.

Tuesday, September 9 and 16. 5:30 – 7:30 pm. $30.

Piper’s Journey

document_upload31037-5_medium2 Piper’s Journey is a lovely crescent-shaped shawl that drapes nicely around the shoulders. Knit out of sport-weight yarn, this shawl is a fast knit and perfect for warding off a fall evening’s chill. As we fly through the garter stitch body, we will learn how to apply a lace border and practice our chart-reading abilities.

Tuesday, September 16, 23, and 30. 6 -8 pm. $30.

Two Mittens on One Circular

TwoMittens You’ve heard about knitting two socks at one time on a long circular needle, I’m sure. You can use this variation of the magic loop technique to knit anything that’s basically a tube, and if you knit two at the same time they will not only match, but be done at the same time. (This class is not recommended for your first mitten.)

Tuesday, September 23. 6 – 8 pm. $15.

Crochet
Simple Shell Scarf

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Learn how to crochet a quick scarf with a beautiful lace-looking design. This scarf looks very intricate and will make others think you spent lots of time crocheting, but in reality it is a simple pattern to learn and repeat. It would make a great gift for someone.

Monday, September 29. 1 – 3 pm. $15.

Four-Way Moebius Cowl

Moebius The Four Way Moebius Cowl is a true Moebius cowl; it is done in the round with no beginning or ending. It can be worn in four different ways: as a straight cowl, over the shoulders, as a balaclava, or doubled around your neck. It is a fun project that crochets up quickly.

Monday, September 8 and 15. 1 – 3 pm. $20.

Pink Ribbon Cowl
This cowl is made with a chunky weight and it goes really quickly. It is made in one piece and woven through itself before it is stitched up. It fits very nicely around you neck and under your coat. It was named the Pink Ribbon Cowl because it looks just like the ribbon and when it was being designed it just seemed it needed to be made in pink. It could of course be done in any number of colors in spite of the name.


Monday, September 15, 22, and 29. 10 am – 12 pm. $30.

Fingerless Gloves

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA These simple gloves are one of the most popular accessories for people of all ages. They are fun to make and easy to learn. You will learn how to single crochet in the round and add a thumb gusset. They make a great gift!

Monday, September 22. 1 -3 pm. $15.

What do you want to make this fall? Call, stop in, or even register online! Don’t worry–the newsletter is coming soon!

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August Classes: Knitting and Crochet

July 28, 2014

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and we’re finally knitting on the beach. Knitting for the winter is always an option, but a nice, lightweight project is even better. With four weeks left of the summer, check out the classes below to see what you might.

Knitting
Knitting 101
Learn the basics of knitting while making yourself a hat! If you’ve never picked up a pair of needles before, or if you just need a refresher, this is your class. We will cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew up a seam. From here the possibilities are endless.

Thursday, August 14, 21, and 28. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Foxy & Wolfie

Foxy A wild little friend to adorn your little one’s head and add some whimsy to his or her winter wardrobe! The beanie is knitted in two colors in one piece, using the intarsia in the round wrap and turn method. You will also learn Alice Yu’s shadow wraps short rows technique. This is such a cool way to produce a totally adorable hat.Wednesday, July 30, and August 6 and 13. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Behmathon: Three Shawls from Martina Behm

Hitchhiker Have a favorite skein of fingering weight yarn, and waiting for the perfect project? Pick the Hitchhiker, Trillian, or Lintilla to show it off! Using garter stitch and an interesting, yet simple construction, Martina Behm’s patterns are a great introduction to knitting shawls. In this class, we will learn the different techniques that go into Behm’s patterns, including short rows and working with a recipe. 

Thursday, August 7, 14, and 21. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Kids’ Knitting Workshop
We’ll meet every day for a week to help people from 8 years to about middle school age learn to knit. If you have mastered the knit stitch we can move on to purl, cast on, bind off, and read a pattern. Let Jean know what you’d like to learn and we’ll go as far as you can in five lessons.

Monday through Friday, August 18 – 22. 10 – 11 am. $25.

Crochet
Tussa Tank TOp
This tank can be worn all year round. It works well in a light cotton or silk blend. We will learn some basic shaping and use a series of simple stitches. Materials: 1400-1700 yards Dk or fingering or sock weight yarn, size F crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, and Tussa tank top pattern (available at Yarn Harbor).

Cost: $40
Monday, August 4, 11, 25, and September 8. 10 am – 12 pm. $40.

Did you find something you like? Call or stop in or register online!

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July Colorwork Project: Mystery No More

July 26, 2014

The final clue of the Knit Purl Hunter’s Progressive Needles Mystery KAL came out yesterday and it turned out to be a quick clue to finish!

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This pattern was a lot of fun to work on; between the colorwork and cables, we couldn’t be bored. The corkscrew cables aren’t nearly as hard as they look, but at the same time, it is still a challenging project. (This probably isn’t the best pattern to learn colorwork on, though it’s a great project to work up to.)

We are still smitten with HiKoo Simplicity and it was a wonderful yarn to use for this hat. With all of the colors available, there are hundreds of possibilities of color combinations. Have you checked out what other people have done?

Michelle Hunter’s instructions for this pattern were very clear. If something didn’t quite make sense, there were video and image tutorials and links to show step-by-step what to do.

Remember, you have a chance to win a set of Addi Clicks from Skacel, so make sure to get your entry in! If you haven’t started your hat, there’s still time–the contest is open through August 15.

What did think about this hat?

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Pssst!

July 19, 2014

Kathy is camping, so we’re having a sale! Stop by and get 15% off the Stephen & Steven Tour yarn from Three Irish Girls and MadelineTosh.

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Come in and get your unique colorways before they’re gone!

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Skacel Trunk Show

July 11, 2014

Not only does Skacel make the wonderful Addi needles, they also do yarn and patterns.  On Tuesday, the Skacel Trunk Show arrived and there are so many beautiful garments. We have a mix of tops, shawls, baby and child items, and socks in a CoBaSi, Gradient, and Simplicity. Here’s a sneak peak, but make sure to stop by to see (and feel) them all!

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If you haven’t started the Knit Purl Hunter Knit Along and want more information or help picking out colors, we’re happy to help you out. And if you are knitting along, stop by or upload a picture of your project to Ravelry or Facebook to show it off.

Have a good weekend!

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Are you ready for a Mystery KAL?

July 6, 2014

Knit Purl Hunter is doing a mystery hat KAL in the month of July with HiKoo Simplicity yarn. We are completing this hat for our Monthly Colorwork Project and would love some company! The first clue came out on July 3, but it isn’t too late to join.

Each Thursday, a new clue for the Progressive Needles Knitalong will be released and at the end, you’ll have a cool hat and a chance to win a set of Addi Clicks. Wait! What? A set of Addi Click needles? YES! Skacel is sponsoring this KAL and if you submit your project, you are entered for a chance to win.

Want to join?

Here’s what you do:

  1. You’ll want two contrasting colors of HiKoo Simplicity (two skeins of the main color and one of the contrasting). We have so many colors to choose from at the shop!
  2. Bookmark Knit Purl Hunter so that you can get the newest clue every Thursday. There are also helpful tutorials and tips!
  3. Join the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry to chat with others about the KAL and check out other color combinations. Share your project with the Knit Purl Hunter group and the YH Ladies group so we can see what everyone is doing (because we’re curious, not nosy! Well, maybe a little bit.).
  4. If you want to enter to win the Addi Click set, the rules are at Skacel.

photo (11)If you just want to knit along, great! We’ll post pictures of our progress here and you can  check on the hat in-person at the shop.

Our main color will be the 038 Seattle Sky (guess who picked this one) and the contrasting color will be a lovely mint green (colorway 009 Aqua Mint).

We already cast on Clue #1. Beautiful so far!

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