Wed. Sept. 16 – Master Class #1: Yarn Shop 101
An introduction to the materials and supplies found in your local yarn store. We’ll discuss selecting yarns; yarn properties; corporate vs. indie; sources; yarn substituting; yarn weights and fibers; needles (what type and when to use them); how to read a label; dye lots; types of patterning (variable repeats, tonal) and effects of each; and yarn quality. Much of this information is appropriate for anyone who works with yarn (knitters, crocheters, weavers, etc).
Wed. Sept. 23 – Master Class #2: Knitting Patterns 101
How to successfully choose a pattern. We’ll discuss selecting and evaluating a pattern; pattern schematics; finished size; ease; reading patterns; understanding construction; pattern elements; skill required; resources and sources (local yarn shop, pattern books, Ravelry, Instagram, Pinterest, etc). Class content is appropriate for anyone who works with yarn.
Wed. Sept. 30 – Master Class #3: Simple Design
The foundations of any successful project. We’ll discuss cast ons and bind offs; construction direction; making pieces vs working in the round; adding patterning stitches such as cables, lace or colorwork; modifying sleeves and necklines; and converting pullovers to cardigans.
Wed. Oct. 7 – Master Class #4: Fixing Basic Mistakes
Essential know-how for avoiding abandoning a project in frustration! We’ll discuss preventing, recognizing, diagnosing and correcting mistakes such as twisted stitches, incomplete stitches, dropped stitches, extra stitches, when to rip (frog) and when and how to unknit (tink).
Wed. Oct. 14- Master Class #5: Knitting for Fit
Learn how to ensure your finished object fits the way you want it to. We’ll discuss taking accurate and appropriate body measurements; understanding how to use gauge to predict fabric and fit; ease and adjustment for fabric weight and ease; shaping; matching yarn to pattern; swatching; and adjusting pattern for fit. Class content is appropriate for anyone who works with yarn.
Wed. Oct. 21 – Master Class #6: Cables
We’ll discuss learning to read cable charts; making cables with a simple project; correcting minor cable mistakes; and adding cables to a pattern. We’ll also make a small sample cable project.
Wed. Oct. 28 – Master Class #7: Lace
We’ll discuss learning to read lace charts; adding lace embellishment to a pattern; and preventing lace mistakes. We’ll also make a small lace sample project.
Wed. Nov. 4 – Master Class #8: Stranded Colorwork
We’ll discuss color selection; yarn dominance; two-handed knitting; the importance of consistent stranding; and dealing with yarn ends and joining a new yarn. We’ll also make a small stranded colorwork sample project.
Wed. Nov. 18 – Master Class #9: Finishing Finesse
You’ve put in all the work to make something; now finish strong! We’ll discuss planning ahead for a professional finish; types of blocking; blocking tools; seaming; weaving ends; laundering and caring; and storing. Class content is appropriate for anyone who works with yarn.
Wed. Dec. 2 – Master Class #10: Building a Knitting Knowledgebase and Library
Wondering where to go for more? We’ll discuss reference books; sourcing patterns; Ravelry.com; knitting inspiration (podcasts, events, & Pinterest); how to organize your library for ease of use; and use of digital and hardcopy. Class content is appropriate for anyone who works with yarn.
Pricing is variable depending upon the number of classes you desire.
The complete Master Class Series is available as 10 two-hour class sessions. Purchase the complete series and you’ll also receive 3 one-hour long private consultations with Shirley and the reference book, The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe. This $485 value is available for just $300!
Need a lighter-weight option? Choose any 5 of the 10 two-hour classes. Your registration will also include 2 one-hour long private consultations with Shirley and the reference book, The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe. This is a $265 value, available for just $200.
Classes from the Master Class Series are also available individually at $50 each. The classes on cables, lace and colorwork also have a $15 materials fee.
This class will be held at Town Square Fabric and Yarn, a sewing studio and knitting lounge located in the heart of Burien's Town Square, 445 SW 152nd St. Ste. 100, Burien, WA 98166.
Call the shop at (206) 246-9276 to register.