This group is an ongoing group and class that you can fit your specific needs! This is a class designed with a knitter or crocheter in mind who has completed several projects. (If you are new to these crafts, please consider one of our beginner or technique classes for smaller class sizes and more personalized attention.
- Do you need help picking out a project and getting started?
- Are you stuck or unsure of how to proceed with a project?
- Maybe you have some UFOs that need attention?
- Do you need help reading a pattern or with charts?
- Looking to have comradery as you develop your knitting or crochet skills?
Bring yourself and your project, in whatever stage you are at, and we can go from there! Class participants enjoy a 15% store discount during class time.
The Morning Makers -
Thursdays - 10am - 12pm
Runs Sept 24 - Oct 15
The next session starts: Oct 22
Moonlight Makers -
Thursdays - 6pm - 8pm
Runs Sept 24 - Oct 15
The next session starts: Oct 22
One 2-hour session.
If you’ve seen knitting and thought, “I’d love to be able to do that!” but have never picked up knitting needles or it’s been a loooong time, this is your class!
- Get an introduction to the basics of knitting.
- Learn to cast on and cast off.
- Learn the knit stitch.
- Make your first project.
- Needles, yarn and booklets are all provided.
Class fee: $39
Class will focus on the skill sets required for two-color stranded colorwork in the round. The project focus for the class is 603 Knit’s Two Path Cowl pattern. The pattern is available in print through Smitten Yarn Co or digitally through Etsy. LINK. The pattern includes two size options, due to the time constraints presented in live classes, the instruction in class will be done on the smaller sized cowl: 24” around X 10.5” high with 70 st Cast On.
The class project will involve working 2-Color Stranded Color Work in-the-round on circular needles from a pattern chart.
Two Handed and English color work methods will all be approached during the class, with the emphasis on the two handed method.
- 2-Color Stranded Color Work In-The-Round
- Working from a Color Work Chart
- Wool and the Gang – Alpachino Merino (1 skein in each of three contrasting/complimentary colors)
- Lion Brand Two Wands Hue + Me (1 skein in each of three contrasting/complimentary colors)
- Regardless of yarn choice, it is highly recommended that both yarns are the same type of fiber, preferably the same fiber and weight. For example, if using chunky/bulky weight superwash merino, both yarns should be chunky/bulky weight superwash merino. For appropriate yarn substitutions/combinations, feel free to advise the fiber experts at Smitten Yarn Co.
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4”/10 cm
in stockinette stitch
Needles and Notions
- US 10 24” circular needles are recommended or size appropriate for obtaining pattern gauge.
- 1 Unique Stitch Marker (Placed to mark beginning of round)
- 4 Additional stitch markers to mark pattern repeats, if desired.
Please print out the pattern and chart AHEAD of the class and complete the ribbing portion of the hat PRIOR to class. If assistance with this is needed, feel free to drop by Smitten Yarn Co ahead of the class for a bit of guidance. Class participants should have a working knowledge of knitting in-the-round, whether on circular or double-pointed needles in a single color. Additionally, though gauge isn’t critical in this project, it always factors into a finished project, it is recommended that students obtain gauge with their desired yarn PRIOR to class in order to mitigate time spent determining correct needle size for personal gauge and to ensure sufficient fiber yardage to complete the project. Adherence to these recommendations will allow the class to solely focus on the stranded color work portion of the project.
Two sessions, each 2-hours
*requires either “Learn to knit class” or experienced in casting on, binding off, knit and purl stitch.
Get started on your knitting career. Together we make a hat and learn new techniques to go beyond the cast on, knit stitch, and casting off. Here you’ll learn the different weights of yarn and how to choose yarn for a project. How to do ribbing, and blocking.
Still a class for the beginner but we pack a lot into the class time to get you well on your way to becoming a confident knitter. Buy or bring supplies - kits available in store for 20% off for class participants.
Class fee: $39.
3-part class for socks.
- Class 1: Choosing methods, needles and casting on the cuff.
- Class 2 would be turning the heel, gusset and gusset decreases.
- Class 3 would be closing the toe with Kitchener stitch and any help to start the second sock.
We’ll be using the free pattern Spree Socks on Ravelry: PATTERN LINK
1 (roughly 100g) skein of either DK or worsted weight yarn
Circular or DPNs in sizes 3 and 4 (for DK version) or 4 and 5 (for worsted)
1 stitch marker
Portuguese knitting is not an advanced technique; it is but another knitting technique. This form of knitting is known for its ease of purls (reverse stockinette stitch is a breeze!) and its efficiency of motion – which reduces stress on the hands, wrists, and arms. Further, Portuguese knitting, offers a seemingly more natural approach to stranded color work.
The Essentials of Portuguese Knitting 2-hour class will focus on achieving the essential skill set necessary to conquer Portuguese knitting in the round in a single color. Class will start out with the basic stitches necessary, while working flat on a practice swatch, moving on to casting on and beginning the class project, Frosted Julep by 603 Knits / Georg-Anne. This pattern is available in a printed format through Smitten Yarn Co and in its digital format on Etsy: LINK The class project will involve the basic stitches taught through the practice swatch and produce a lusciously warm cowl with a fabulous halo – just in time for the season of the Christmas Angel. The pattern offers two cast on stitch counts, the course material recommendations are for the 100 stitch cast on option versus the 218 stitch. If the larger cowl is desired, 440 yds of worsted weight superwash wool is recommended, and 440 yds of thread weight silk/mohair.
If halos are not your thing, choose a lovely kettle or hand dyed merino that can speak for itself! Please print out the pattern AHEAD of the class or have it downloaded and ready for use during the class. There are many PDF apps available for free, a particularly good one is Xodu. Additionally, as gauge matters, it is recommended that students obtain gauge with their desired yarn PRIOR to class in order to mitigate time spent determining correct needle size for personal gauge. Adherence to these recommendations will allow the class to solely focus on the stranded color work portion of the project. Adherence to these recommendations will allow the class to solely focus on developing the class agenda
Skills/Techniques – Basics of Portuguese Knitting – Flat and In-The-Round
- Cast On
- Knit Stitch
- Purl Stitch
- Bind Off
- Practice Swatch: Small amount (~20g) of worsted weight superwash wool for the purpose of the practice swatch.
- Class Project: 1 Skein of each of Worsted Weight Superwash Wool and Silk Mohair
- Smitten Superwash Merino – Worsted
- Berroco Ultra Wool – Superwash Wool
Regardless of yarn choice, it is highly recommended that both yarns are the same type of fiber, preferably the same fiber and weight. For example, if using worsted weight superwash merino, both yarns should be worsted weight superwash merino. For appropriate yarn substitutions/combinations, feel free to advise the fiber experts at Smitten Yarn Co.
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
Gadgets and Gizmos
- If working flat on circulars is not the best option for you, a pair of US 8 Straight Needles or two US 8 DPNs may be used for the practice swatch.
- Project: US 7 and 8 24” circular needles are recommended as appropriate for obtaining pattern gauge.
- 1 Stitch Marker (Placed to mark beginning of round)
- Optional: Portuguese Knitting Pin of your choice