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September Classes

August 26, 2012

It is almost September. The kids, or you, are just about back to school. The leaves are turning and the nip is in the air. It is the time of year when a knitters and crocheters mind turns to yarn. What better way to celebrate than with a class or a new project? Below is a list of our September classes for your knitting and crocheting pleasure. We start with our beginner class, and take it from there.

Knitting 101

Wednesdays, September 5, 12, and 19
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn to knit while making this classic hat. You will learn to read a pattern, cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew a seam. Come join the fun!

Materials: Pattern provided by instructor, 14” size US 8 needles, 3 1/2oz. of worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: 
Kathy Thomas

Strawberry Victorian Fingerless Mittens

Tuesdays, September 11, 18, and 25
5:00 — 7:00 pm

Learn how to make these gorgeous fingerless mitts! You will learn how to knit in the round on dpns, follow a color chart to do a colorwork design, and make a mitten gusset. We will also cover how to chart your own design if you’d like to make your own colorwork pattern.

Materials: Pattern, available for free on Ravelry (will have copies available at class). Two colors of fingering weight yarn, a little less than 200 yards each. An additional color can be used for cuffs, if desired. Needles: Size 1, 2 or 3 dpns to get gauge based on size desired (more info on pattern). Small: fits a hand circumference, measured at widest point, of 8—9 inches, gauge: 29 sts = 4 inches. Medium: fits 9—11 inches, gauge: 26 sts = 4 inches.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Molly Wick

Crochet 101: Dishcloths

Mondays, September 10, 17, and 24
11:00 am — 1:30 pm

Learn five of the basic stitches used in almost all crochet. Chain, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, and Shell stitches will be taught and practiced. This is a great class for anyone who is looking to get back to crochet but wants a refresher, or for someone who has never picked up a hook and wants to start at the beginning. We will make a few dish cloths as finished projects. This class is divided into three sessions so you have a chance to really learn and practice the stitches.
 
Materials: Size J crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, approx. 500 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight cotton. You can use one or two different colors. Light colors are easiest to learn on. Intro to Crochet pattern, available for purchase at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Gallo

Basic Socks

Tuesdays, September 11, 18, and 25
5:30 — 7:30 pm

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. Perfect for advanced beginners who are ready for their first shot at pattern reading! You should know how to knit and purl.

Materials: Knitting Pure & Simple Beginner Socks pattern, size US 6 double points or size needed to obtain gauge, 230 yards worsted weight yarn (I recommend a superwash yarn), locking stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Hat and “Fauxbius” Cowl Set

Mondays, September 10, 17, and 24
2:00 — 4:30 pm

This crochet hat and cowl set are a quick and easy way to stay warm and fashionable this winter. They are done in an extended crochet stitch which is easy to learn and works up really fast. You will want to make one for everyone you know. A mobius design means there is no beginning or ending, this cowl is called a “fauxbius” because it is not a true (faux) mobius design. It is crocheted back and forth as a flat piece and seamed with a twist to it.

Materials: 300 yards DK weight yarn, size H 8/5.00 mm crochet hook, safety pin style markers, tapestry needle. The patterns for this class can be purchased at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Gallo

“V” Shawl

Mondays, September 10, 17, and 24
5:30 — 8:00 pm

This shawl is a classic pattern design. Once you learn how the construction works you can make many different types of this shawl. It will work in many different weights of yarn. For the class we will work with medium worsted weight, and we will discuss the changes you need to make to use substitutes.

Materials: 500 yards worsted weight yarn. V Shawl pattern. Size US M 13/9.00 mm hook.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Gallo

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What’s on your needles, JoElle?

August 5, 2012

Did you say needles? YES!

Jo’Elle is actually in the middle of a large knitting project. She is working on Plymouth Yarn’s Striped Jacket # 2351, the one on display near the Encore in Grey and Black. This is Jo’Elle, though, so she is using Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool in plum as the main color, and Rowan Summer Spun as the stripe. She has been working on it all summer and hopes to have it done when the weather turns cold. If she were crocheting this, though, it would already be done.

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