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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Continental Knitting: More Speed, Less Stress!

Friday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, beginning March 29
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.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting

Monday 10:30 am - 11:30 am, beginning April 01
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, cast on, cast off!
Materials:
  • super bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ US size 15 circular knitting needles and double-pointed needles (for hat), or US size 15 straight needles (for cowl).
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: 4/1, 4/8, and 4/15
Cost : $50.00 per student.

Crochet 101 – Intro to Crochet

Monday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, beginning April 01
Learn to chain, single crochet, double crochet and make color changes! Crochet a cowl or a skinny scarf.
Materials:
-Bulky-weight yarn (Cascade 128 in a light or medium color)
-crochet hook 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:  4/1, 4/8, and 4/15
Cost : $50.00 per student.

Crochet Project Class: Make a Baby Sweater

Monday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, beginning April 01
Looking for the next step in your crocheting? A great way to get started making sweaters is by learning the basics on a baby sweater.  This one-piece (no sewing pieces together!), top-down, yoked baby sweater covers construction basics.  With easy to read and follow instructions, this sweater can be made by new crocheters. 
 
Participants should be advanced beginners comfortable confidently working chain and half double crochet independently.
 
Materials: 
  • One skein of Juniper Moon Cumulus, Cumulus Dappled or 200 yards (or more) of other worsted-weight, machine-washable yarn. 
  • H hook
  • 2 locking or split ring stitch markers
Class fee is $50 for two 90-minute sessions. 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. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of each class with materials in hand.
 
Class instructor: Susan Leibowitz
Class Dates: Apr 1 and Apr 15
Cost : $50.00 per student.

Intarsia workshop: Paint with Yarn!

Monday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, beginning April 08
Knit in color with Intarsia! While stranded knitting focuses on repeating patterns, intarsia is a way to create discrete areas of color in your knitting. This workshop covers reading intarsia charts, creating bobbins or butterflies for color sections, strategies for estimating yarn requirements, linking sections of color as you work, closing gaps from joining new colors as you weave in ends, and more.
Participants should be advanced beginners to intermediate knitters, and must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and work stockinette stitch independently.
Materials:
  • 3-4 contrasting colors of smooth and springy worsted-weight yarn
  • knitting needles in US size 8 or 9 (or the size you use for worsted-weight yarn)
  • blunt tapestry needle
  • scissors
Workshop fee is $50 for one 3-hour session. Yarn for the class 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 10-15 minutes before the start of each class with your materials. 
Instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Class Date: April 8
Cost : $50.00 per student.

TINK! Unknitting, Untwisting, and Fixing Mistakes

Monday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, beginning April 08
Learn to recognize common knitting mistakes and fix them. You’ll learn to safely unknit your stitches back to a mistake without removing the needle, understand what causes twisted stitches and how to untwist them, pick up dropped stitches, and more! This class is meant for new knitters who have made a few projects and are ready to tackle fixing their own mistakes. Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and knit stockinette stitch without support.
Please note: THERE IS HOMEWORK REQUIRED:  If you do not do your homework, you will not be able to fully participate in the workshop. Swatch #1: Using smooth, worsted-weight yarn in a light color, and an appropriately sized needle, cast on 20 stitches and knit 4” of garter stitch. Place on stitch holder or scrap yarn. Swatch #2: Using smooth, worsted weight yarn in a light color, and an appropriately sized needle, cast on 20 stitches and knit 4” of stockinette stitch, ending on a knit row. Leave on needle.
Materials:
  • homework swatches along with the yarn and needles you used to knit them.
  • needles one or two sizes smaller than the ones you used for your swatches
  • crochet hook or “Stitch Fixer”
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • locking stitch markers
Workshop fee is $40 for one 2-hour session. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class with your homework and supplies.
Class Instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Cost : $40.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting (Weekend Edition!)

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am, beginning April 13
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, cast on, cast off!
Materials:
  • super bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ US size 15 circular knitting needles and double-pointed needles (for hat), or US size 15 straight needles (for cowl).
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: 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27
Cost : $50.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting (Weekend Edition!)

Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, beginning April 13
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, cast on, cast off!
Materials:
  • super bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ US size 15 circular knitting needles and double-pointed needles (for hat), or US size 15 straight needles (for cowl).
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: 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27
Cost : $50.00 per student.

Knitting 101 for Teens & Tweens

Saturday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, beginning April 13

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, cast on, cast off.

Materials:

  • 2 balls Sugarbush Chill, super-bulky-weight yarn
  • 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: 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27

Cost : $50.00 per student.

TINK! Unknitting, Untwisting, and Fixing Mistakes

Monday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, beginning April 22
Learn to recognize common knitting mistakes and fix them. You’ll learn to safely unknit your stitches back to a mistake without removing the needle, understand what causes twisted stitches and how to untwist them, pick up dropped stitches, and more! This class is meant for new knitters who have made a few projects and are ready to tackle fixing their own mistakes. Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and knit stockinette stitch without support.
Please note: THERE IS HOMEWORK REQUIRED:  If you do not do your homework, you will not be able to fully participate in the workshop. Swatch #1: Using smooth, worsted-weight yarn in a light color, and an appropriately sized needle, cast on 20 stitches and knit 4” of garter stitch. Place on stitch holder or scrap yarn. Swatch #2: Using smooth, worsted weight yarn in a light color, and an appropriately sized needle, cast on 20 stitches and knit 4” of stockinette stitch, ending on a knit row. Leave on needle.
Materials:
  • homework swatches along with the yarn and needles you used to knit them.
  • needles one or two sizes smaller than the ones you used for your swatches
  • crochet hook or “Stitch Fixer”
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • locking stitch markers
Workshop fee is $40 for one 2-hour session. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class with your homework and supplies.
Class Instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Cost : $40.00 per student.

Intermediate Project Class (evening edition)

Monday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, beginning April 22
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 intermediate group project class. Class meets weekly. Please note: this is not an introduction to knitting class, but a next-steps class.
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 $60 for four 90-minute sessions. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of each class.
Class Instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Class Dates: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, and 5/13
Cost : $60.00 per student.

Squishalishious! Two-Color Brioche Workshop!

Monday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, beginning April 29
Learn the Brioche Knit and Brioche Purl, then combine them to make a two-color cowl. Students will work on 16″ circular needles in class, which will make a headband or a narrow cowl. Once a few inches of brioche have been worked, students can bind off and use the headband as a gauge swatch for a longer cowl. We will also cover common mistakes and how to recognize them so you can keep going.
Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, easily recognize knit from purl, have a solid understanding of stockinette and ribbing and be able to create both without supervision.
Materials:
  • smooth, stretchy, worsted-weight yarn in two contrasting colors, one light and one dark, approximately 50 yards (or more) of each.
  • 16″ circular knitting needle, two sizes smaller than you would typically use for worsted-weight yarn.
  • scissors
  • locking stitch marker
Workshop fee is $50 for one 3-hour session. Yarn for the class 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 10-15 minutes before the start of each class with your materials.
Class instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Cost : $50.00 per student.

Double the Fun! Knit Socks Two-at-a Time

Monday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, beginning May 06
Immunize yourself against Second Sock Syndrome by making your socks two at a time! In this class students will learn to cast on two toe-up socks at the same time, and how to work items two-at-a-time in the round.
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 wound into two equal cakes. Suggested yarns include Knitted Wit Victory DK (solid-to-semi-solids), ToshDK (2 skeins), Raggi (solids, 2 skeins), Diamond Superwash (2 skeins, preferably a light-to-medium color)
  • 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 $100 for two 3-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 10-15 minutes before the start of class with your materials.

Class instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Class dates:  May 6 and May 13
Cost : $100.00 per student.

Learn to Knit: Magic Loop Socks

Monday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, beginning June 03
Ready to learn to make socks, but are freaked out by double-pointed needles? Learn to make cuff-down socks and use the Magic Loop technique at the same time. In the first part of the three-session class, students will learn to cast on and knit a small circumference in the round with a long circular needle using Magic Loop. In the second session, students will turn the heel of a basic flap and gusset sock. In the third session, students will finish the foot and graft toe stitches–and of course cast on for the second sock!
Participants should be advanced beginners, must know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and work ribbing independently, familiarity with knitting in the round is recommended.
Materials:
  • 1 skein of fingering-weight or heavier yarn. Suggested yarns include Ancient Arts Socknado (solids), Knitted Wit Victory DK (solid-to-semi-solids), Tosh DK (2 skeins), Raggi (solids, 2 skeins), Diamond Superwash (2 skeins, preferably a light-to-medium color)
  • 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 $115 for three classes: two 2-hour sessions, and one 3-hour session. Yarn for the class 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 10-15 minutes before the start of each class with your materials.
Class Instructor: Gretchen Fancher
Class Dates: June 3 (4-6pm), June 10 (3-6pm), and June 17 (4-6pm)
Cost : $115.00 per student.

Knitting 101 – Intro to Knitting (evening edition)

Monday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, beginning June 03
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, cast on, cast off!
Materials:
  • super bulky-weight yarn (Yarnia has a list of suggested yarns in-store)
  • 16″ US size 15 circular knitting needles and double-pointed needles (for hat), or US size 15 straight needles (for cowl).
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: Gretchen Fancher
Class dates: 6/3, 6/10, and 6/17
Cost : $75.00 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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