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Fall Classes

Finally I am getting off my couch and starting the Fall teaching season.

First off is . . .

Necklace Class (as promised)

September 18, Sunday, 1—3 pm, $25.

Learn to string beads, do a simple short row, and add a clasp.  You can make a necklace like the one pictured or a bracelet.  I’ll add links to some free patterns to this site so you can choose your project.  The cost of the class includes some practice seed beads to learn the techniques and the pattern for my necklace.  For your project I suggest size 6 seed beads or E beads available at all bead shops and at Michaels.  Yarn should be thin enough to fit the beads.  Fingering weight will work.  I used the Baby Bamboo at Charlotte Yarn.  I like the intense colors of this yarn.

Free patterns

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/jewelry.php

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lexington-waves—a-knitted-beaded-necklace

Supplies needed for first class:  Needles, size 2, 3, or 4.  Scrap yarns you think might make a piece of jewelry.  Project materials if you have decided on them.

In October. . .

Socks on Magic Loop for Beginning Sock Knitters

Four Weds. Nights, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 6—7pm   $40

We take the socks in four parts.  The first class teaches the Magic Loop technique and you start your cuff.  Class 2 is turning the heel.  Class 3 is the gusset and the foot.  Class 4 closes the toe.  Socks are addictive.  You love them or you don’t.  They are portable and non-knitters think you are amazing.  If you turn out to be a person who doesn’t enjoy making socks, you will at least know the Magic Loop technique and can make some holiday stockings. Just to make it extra easy, we will start with a worsted weight pattern.

Supplies needed for first class:  100 grams Superwash worsted weight wool (Lots of colors in the Cascade 220 and some pretty space dyes at the shop), a size 3, 32 or 40 inch circular needle.

Beginning Crochet for Knitters and others

Sundays, Oct. 23, 30, 1—2pm — $25

Every knitter needs to crochet.  You can alter the fit of garments.  You can stabilize shoulders or edges.  You can make cool buttons.  You can make great jewelry; and crocheting with wire is much easier than knitting with wire.  So—Take this class.  We will learn to chain and single crochet in these two classes and how to use them in your knitting.  Also the practice crochet you do will be used to make some jewelry.

Supplies needed for first class:  Any fun yarn scraps you have hanging around, any crochet hooks you happen to own. I’ll get you started from my supplies and you can buy the correct size hook at the shop after we talk about projects.

Basic Brioche Berets

Sundays, Oct. 23, 30, 2:30—4pm  $35

Brioche stitch is a very old Eastern European stitch that has such a fun rhythm to the knit that you may get addicted.  It is also an easy way to mix two or more yarns to create graphic patterns without the fuss of Fair Isle stranding.  You use one yarn at a time each round.  The resulting fabric is a bit thicker—warmer—than regular knitting and the pattern is certainly eye catching.  In class we will make a beret or a regular hat (your choice) that begins at the brim and closes at the top.  Go to Nancy Marchant’s website to see a large selection of free beret patterns that you might consider for your second project. Looking at these patterns may help you in your yarn selection for our class.

Supplies needed for first class:    Scraps of worsted weight wool in two contrasting colors;  a circular needle, size 4 or 5.

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