At Yarnia, we love introducing people to the fiber arts and helping crafters hone their skills and develop confidence. We offer introductory classes for total newbies, as well as intermediate and advanced classes for crafters looking to learn something new or perfect a technique.  We also offer private lessons, and have classes for a wide range of ages. If you’d like to learn a skill that’s not listed here, let us know!  And please check in frequently or sign up for our newsletter! We are always developing new classes, and will be offering spinning and other handcraft classes soon!

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Making the Most of Ravelry

Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, beginning January 23
You may already know that Ravelry is a great source for knitting and crochet patterns, but did you know you can also use it to organize your stash, keep track of projects you’ve made — and plan to make — and connect with like-minded crafters around the globe? Come learn how to make Ravelry an essential tool in your crafting life with long-time Ravelry fan Kathleen Vandervoort. Participants should have some experience browsing or using Ravelry and their own Ravelry ID in advance of the workshop. You are welcome to BYOB and an iPad or laptop.

Need to make an ID and start getting familiar with Ravelry?  You can create an account here, and the Getting Started Guide can help you start to navigate this huge resource.  This is a FREE workshop, though we do ask that you register so we can plan accordingly. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of the workshop.

This session is full. We’ll add another session as soon as we can. 

Cost : $0.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting (evening edition!)

Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, beginning January 24
Never picked up yarn before? Ready to learn a relaxing, fun new craft? Come join us in this class for beginners and learn to knit, purl, make color changes, knit stripes, cast on, and cast off while making an adorable chunky hat or cowl!
Materials:

  • super-bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ circular knitting needles (for hat), or straight or long circular needle (for cowl) of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn

Class fee is $75 for three 90-minute sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Jen Bonnell

Class dates are January 24, 31, and February 7.

THIS CLASS IS FULL! PLEASE CHECK OUR OTHER KNITTING 101 SESSIONS.

Cost : $0.00 per student.

Continental Knitting: More Speed, Less Stress!

Saturday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, beginning January 26
American/English style knitters “wrap” the yarn with their right hand. Continental knitters carry yarn in their left hand and “pick” stitches. Continental involves less movement to make each stitch. More speed; less wear and tear on the wrists. Instructor Susan Leibowitz will cover tensioning the yarn, knit and purl stitches, ribbing and yarn-overs. Wait until you see how much easier alternating between knits and purls is when working rib, seed and gansey stitches. The ease of creating yarn-overs speeds lace knitting.

Participants should be at the confident beginner level or higher who can work knits and purls independently.

Materials:

  • worsted- or aran-weight yarn; select a smooth yarn of medium to light solid color, with a tight ply or chain construction. Avoid yarns that vary in thickness.
  • knitting needles of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn; either 9″ or 10″ straights, or circular.

Workshop fee is $40 for one 2-hour session. Come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class.

Cost : $40.00 per student.

Winter Project Class: Knitting a Colorwork Sweater

Sunday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, beginning January 27

Sweaters with colorwork yokes are both classic and trendy–and the perfect project for knitters looking to stretch their skills! This class will walk you through the basics of making a DK-weight sweater with a colorwork yoke using Tin Can Knits’ Dog Star sweater pattern–available in sizes from newborn to 4XL! Learn how to work a seamless, bottom-up sweater with a stranded colorwork yoke. Sleeves and body are knit separately, and then joined into one piece, at which point the colorwork yoke is worked. Participants should be at the confident beginner level or higher, who can knit and purl independently distinguish between knits and purls, and are comfortable casting on and binding off.

Students will choose their yarns from a set selection of DK-weight yarns appropriate for colorwork, including Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Rowan Alpaca Soft DK, Knitted Wit DK, and Madelinetosh DK, and will receive a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Participants must come in before the first class to select yarns. Kelbourne Woolens Scout kits will be special ordered for the class and MUST be chosen by Jan 10th (color cards and choices are in-store). Students should come to class with the pattern, the yarn selected (first skein already wound), and circular needles (and optional double pointed needles) in the size needed to get gauge.

Materials:

  • DK-weight yarn, enough to work the selected size
  • Dog Star knitting pattern by Tin Can Knits
  • circular (and optional double-pointed needles) in size needed to get gauge with chosen yarn
  • stitch markers
  • waste yarn and/or stitch holders
  • tapestry needle

Class fee is $115 for five 90-minute sessions. Yarn for the class must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before January 10 for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of each class.

Class dates: January 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 3

Featured image by Tin Can Knits.

Cost : $115.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting

Monday 10:30 am - 11:30 am, beginning February 04
Never picked up yarn before? Ready to learn a relaxing, fun new craft? Come join us in this class for beginners and learn to knit, purl, make color changes, knit stripes, cast on, and cast off while making an adorable chunky hat or cowl!
Materials:

  • super-bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ circular knitting needles (for hat), or straight or long circular needle (for cowl) of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn

Class fee is $50 for three 1-hour sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz

Class dates are February 4, 11, and 18.

Cost : $50.00 per student.

Squishalicious! Learn to Knit Brioche

Monday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, beginning February 04

Brioche is the hot new trend, and this squishy, lush fabric is a delight to knit and wear! We will walk you through the basics of two-color brioche while you’re making a brioche cowl. You’ll learn how to work basic brioche ribbing, how to fix mistakes in brioche, and binding off.

Participants should be advanced beginners or higher, able to confidently cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, slip stitches and correct basic knitting errors.

Materials:

  • two solid colors of worsted- or bulky-weight yarn, 100 g. each
  • knitting needles of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn

Class fee is $65 for two 2-hour sessions with Susan Leibowitz. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.

Class dates: February 4, 11
 
Cost : $65.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting (weekend edition!)

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am, beginning February 09
Never picked up yarn before? Ready to learn a relaxing, fun new craft? Come join us in this class for beginners and learn to knit, purl, make color changes, knit stripes, cast on, and cast off while making an adorable chunky hat or cowl!

Materials:

  • super-bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ circular knitting needles (for hat), or straight or long circular needle (for cowl) of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn

Class fee is $50 for three 1-hour sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz

Class dates are February 9, 16, and 23.

Cost : $50.00 per student.

Kids Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting for Teens & Tweens

Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, beginning February 09
Is your teen or tween itching to learn to knit? Come join us in this class for beginners ages 8 and up, and learn to knit, purl, make color changes, knit stripes, cast on, and cast off. Knit a hat in the round and top it off with an optional big pom pom.
Materials:

  • 2 balls Sugarbush Chill, super-bulky-weight yarn
  • 16″ circular knitting needles in US size 15 or 17

PLEASE NOTE: This is a drop-off class. If your child is not ready for a drop-off class, ask us about private lessons instead. Class fee is $50 for three 1-hour sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz

Class dates are February 9, 16, and 23.

 

Cost : $50.00 per student.

Continental Knitting: More Speed, Less Stress!

Saturday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, beginning February 09
American/English style knitters “wrap” the yarn with their right hand. Continental knitters carry yarn in their left hand and “pick” stitches. Continental involves less movement to make each stitch. More speed; less wear and tear on the wrists. Instructor Susan Leibowitz will cover tensioning the yarn, knit and purl stitches, ribbing and yarn-overs. Wait until you see how much easier alternating between knits and purls is when working rib, seed and gansey stitches. The ease of creating yarn-overs speeds lace knitting.

Participants should be at the confident beginner level or higher who can work knits and purls independently.

Materials:

  • worsted- or aran-weight yarn; select a smooth yarn of medium to light solid color, with a tight ply or chain construction. Avoid yarns that vary in thickness.
  • knitting needles of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn; either 9″ or 10″ straights, or circular.

Workshop fee is $40 for one 2-hour session. Come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class.

Cost : $40.00 per student.

Cutting Your Knitting! Learn to Steek Workshop

Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, beginning February 13

Steeking is a technique where you knit a garment or item in the round, without interruption, and then cut your knitting to make a flat piece. Sounds terrifying? We’ll hold your hand through it (and all else fails, you can take the legendary Elizabeth Zimmermann’s advice and go lie down in a darkened room with a glass of wine after cutting your knitting on purpose.) Steeking is a great technique for knitting cables, stranded colorwork, or just plain avoiding purling back a large stockinette piece.

We will be making a mug rug in this workshop. This is a hands-on instructional workshop on the steeking technique. While the technique is simple, this workshop is for intermediate knitters who are familiar with and comfortable working small circumferences in the round using double-pointed needles or magic loop technique. We will not be teaching how to knit in the round or how to knit colorwork. If you do not know how to knit in the round on small circumferences, we suggest beginning with a different class.

Materials:

  • non-superwash wool yarn, preferably worsted-weight or DK-weight; you may choose one color or work with two colors.
  • Double-pointed needles or long circular for magic loop in size appropriate for yarn
  • Crochet hook in size appropriate for yarn (optional, but helpful)

Please note: THERE IS HOMEWORK REQUIRED: Cast-on 30 stitches, join in the round and begin working a stockinette tube. You do not need to finish the tube, but please work at least 15 rounds before the workshop. If you do not do your homework, you will not be able to fully participate in the workshop. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the workshop with your homework.

Cost : $30.00 per student.

It’s Magic! Learn Magic Loop Workshop

Saturday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, beginning February 16

Do double pointed needles scare you? Ready to learn how to knit absolutely anything with one, long circular needle–even small circumferences like mittens and socks? Join us to learn how to knit using the Magic Loop technique! In this workshop we’ll make a cup cozy — or three! while learning the wonders of Magic Loop.

Participants should be advanced beginners or higher, able to cast on, knit, and purl independently.

Materials:

  • Worsted or bulky weight yarn, must be purchased at Yarnia (please see our list of suggested yarns in-store).
  • One long circular needle (32″ or 40″) of the appropriate size for the yarn

Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.

Cost : $30.00 per student.

Knit Your First Shawl

Thursday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, beginning February 21

Make your first shawl! Starting with a garter tab (we’ll decode that for you!) and worsted yarn of your choice, make a cozy shawl to wrap up with and stay warm this winter. Before the first day of class, students should plan stop by the store for help choosing a pattern and appropriate materials. We will making The Age of Brass and Steam shawl.

Materials:

  • worsted-weight yarn
  • circular knitting needles of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn
  • Age of Brass and Steam pattern

Class fee is $65 for two 2-hour sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.

Class dates: February 21 and 28.
Cost : $65.00 per student.

Intro to Cables: Cabled Headband Workshop

Saturday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, beginning February 23

Want to give cables a try? Come to this two-hour workshop and come away with a cute, chunky headband and a new skill under your belt. This workshop will walk you through the basics of cables with instructor Susan Leibowitz. Participants should be confident with knit and purl stitches, and able to distinguish between them.

Materials:

  • 1 ball of Sugarbush Chill or 1 skein of Manos del Urugay Franca
  • US 13 or 15 circular or straight needles
  • cable needle or double pointed needle

Workshop fee is $40 for one 2-hour session. Yarn for the class must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before the class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the start of each class.

Cost : $40.00 per student.

Intermediate Project Class

Friday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, beginning March 08

Already know the basics of knitting but want to push a little further? Working on a stretch project and need a helping hand? Sign up for our new intermediate group project class with Jen and Kathleen. Classes meet weekly, choose a 4-, 5-, or 6-lesson package, and come to the class sessions that work best for your schedule.

Yarn for your project is required to be purchased at Yarnia, and students receive a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. If you have already purchased yarn from us, you may use that yarn in this class.

Class fee is $40 for four 1-hour sessions, $50 for five 1-hour sessions, or $60 for six 1-hour sessions. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of each class.

Class dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Cost : $60.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting (weekend edition!)

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am, beginning March 09
Never picked up yarn before? Ready to learn a relaxing, fun new craft? Come join us in this class for beginners and learn to knit, purl, make color changes, knit stripes, cast on, and cast off while making an adorable chunky hat or cowl!

Materials:

  • super-bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ circular knitting needles (for hat), or straight or long circular needle (for cowl) of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn

Class fee is $50 for three 1-hour sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz

Class dates are March 9, 16, and 23.

Cost : $50.00 per student.

Knitting Socks: My First Socks

Saturday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, beginning March 09

Want to try your hand (or foot!) at making socks? This class will guide you through a simple sock, from the cuff, to the heel, to the toe. Our instructor will guide you through turning the heel, and discuss other methods of sock heels so you’re ready for future projects. Socks will be worked with either a DK- or worsted-weight yarn, making perfect boot socks, sleep socks, or just the coziest pair you’ve ever worn!

Participants should know how to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials:

  • DK or Worsted-weight yarn. A wool/nylon blend is ideal.
  • US 3 and US 5 double-pointed knitting needles or long circular needles

Class fee is $75 for three 90-minute sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz

Class Dates: March 9, 16, and 23.
Cost : $75.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting

Monday 10:30 am - 11:30 am, beginning March 11
Never picked up yarn before? Ready to learn a relaxing, fun new craft? Come join us in this class for beginners and learn to knit, purl, make color changes, knit stripes, cast on, and cast off while making an adorable chunky hat or cowl!
Materials:

  • super-bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ circular knitting needles (for hat), or straight or long circular needle (for cowl) of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn

Class fee is $50 for three 1-hour sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of each class.  Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz

Class dates are March 11, 18, and 25.

Cost : $50.00 per student.

Knitting Two-at-a-time Socks

Monday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, beginning March 11
Immunize yourself against Second Sock Syndrome by making your socks two at a time! In this class our instructor will teach you Judy’s Magic Cast-on, and how two work items two-at-a-time in the round — also helpful for mittens, sleeves, etc.

Participants should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and be comfortable with Magic Loop technique. Familiarity with sock construction is a plus.

Materials:

  • 1 skein of fingering-weight or heavier yarn
  • long circular knitting needles of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn (Note: socks are knit much denser than other garments. Please choose a needle 2-3 sizes smaller than what you would normally use for your chosen yarn.)
Class fee is $65 for two 90-minute sessions. Yarn for the project must be purchased at Yarnia; come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials and get a 10% discount on yarn purchased for use in the class. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.
Class dates: March 11 and 18
Cost : $65.00 per student.

Continental Knitting: More Speed, Less Stress!

Monday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, beginning March 25
American/English style knitters “wrap” the yarn with their right hand. Continental knitters carry yarn in their left hand and “pick” stitches. Continental involves less movement to make each stitch. More speed; less wear and tear on the wrists. Instructor Susan Leibowitz will cover tensioning the yarn, knit and purl stitches, ribbing and yarn-overs. Wait until you see how much easier alternating between knits and purls is when working rib, seed and gansey stitches. The ease of creating yarn-overs speeds lace knitting.

Participants should be at the confident beginner level or higher who can work knits and purls independently.

Materials:

  • worsted- or aran-weight yarn; select a smooth yarn of medium to light solid color, with a tight ply or chain construction. Avoid yarns that vary in thickness.
  • knitting needles of an appropriate size for your chosen yarn; either 9″ or 10″ straights, or circular.

Workshop fee is $40 for one 2-hour session. Come in before your first class for help in selecting appropriate materials. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class.

Cost : $40.00 per student.

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Class policies:
  • Minimum of 2-3 students per class or class may be cancelled at instructor’s discretion.
  • Classes must be paid in advance and are not refundable. Credit toward a future class will be given if notified at least 48 hours before the first class.
  • A 10% discount will be given on yarn and fiber purchased for classes.
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