I'd like to learn how to knit or crochet. Can you tell me a little more about your Beginner classes?
Our Beginner classes are specifically for the wanna-be knitter or crocheter who has never held a pair of needles or a hook before. You must be 16 or older to participate in these classes. Class size is limited to 8 students, so it's important that you attend both days of the class you are enrolled in.
Knitting: You will learn the basics from loading up the needles with stitches (casting on), to the knit stitch, and the purl stitch, and a few of the most popular stitch patterns. Don't worry, you aren't making anything "real;" you are simply learning how to make the stitches and feel comfortable doing them. When you are ready to finish and begin a real project, drop in and we'll show you how to get the stitches off the needles (binding off), and remind you how to cast on!
Crocheting: You will learn how to Chain, which is the fundamental stitch--once you have mastered the chain, everything else is a piece of cake. You then move on to single, double, and treble crochet stitches, and learn some of the popular "showy" stitches that make crochet so much fun to do. Not to worry if you're not perfect yet, you're just learning the stitches, not making anything "real." You'll also learn the basics of reading crochet patterns
I'm left handed. Can I learn too?
Yes! Both knitting and crocheting are two-handed activities. One thing that sets us apart from other LYS is that our instructors are comfortable with many styles of knitting (English, Continental, Portuguese, Norwegian, planting, tucking, and more!), and in suggesting strategies for dealing with some physical limitations. If you struggle with one method, we can usually figure out which alternative method will turn your struggle into a success.
Do you teach children?
We teach children in private, one-hour lessons. We are happy to teach a parent (or grandparent or nanny) along with the child also--don't be surprised when the child catches on quicker than you do! If you have 2 children who are fairly close in age it may be possible to teach them in the same lesson; just call us and we'll be happy to explain further.
I've taken the Beginner class. Now what?
There is another class divided into 2 parts (back-to-back so you can take one hour or both). The first is Fixing Mistakes, and the second is Reading Patterns. Both classes will boost your confidence to tackle any project you want to make.
If you already feel confident, strong and empowered, you can jump into one of our project classes which are intended to add other skills to your stitching abilities, of just begin making that scarf or blankie or sweater or hat or fingerless mitts or.... We're here to advise you on yarn choices, and to help you through the rough spots. Many times this just means a quick drop in, others may require a short private lesson.
Where can I find a pattern for...?
We feature pattern booklets from the yarn companies we carry here. We also have a computer in the shop to help you search the Ravelry.com pattern database (we are happy to offer on-demand purchases here of many of those patterns) for single patterns. In addition we carry VogueKnitting, Creative Knitting, KnitSimple, and Knitter's magazines.