Knitting and Crochet Workshops
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WS 242 Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet

Saturday AM (9am - noon)

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Teresa Waldo

Come learn the age-old technique of Viking knitting and walk away with your own finished charm bracelet. Viking knitting is done by looping wire around a dowel and then pulling the wire tube that is created through a draw plate to condense the tube down to the desired thinness. The finished piece resembles the look of knitting. In this class we will explore a brief history of the craft, the tools needed, and the many possibilities of creating beautiful jewelry with this fun technique. Then we will get down to business making a single knit bracelet with a charm attached.

 

Materials Provided:

Handouts with photos, dowel, silver plated wire, findings, and charm.

 

Students should bring:

  • Please bring wire cutters,

  • round nosed pliers, and needle nosed pliers if you have them – instructor will have some to share during class.​

WS 243 Beginning Crochet

Saturday AM (9am - noon)

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Rosanne Anderson

We'll learn to chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, triple crochet, and discuss plenty of other useful tricks of the trade. (Like making a great hat without worrying about gauge!)

Materials Provided:

A comprehensive book, various crochet hooks, lots of different yarns and a handout.

Students should bring: 

  • Paper

  •  pencil

  •  scissors


 

WS 252 Stranded Knitting with Portuguese Purling

Saturday PM (1:30 PM- 4:30 PM)

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Teresa Waldo

Do you get frustrated with your yarns tangling when you knit with more than one strand? Does your carpal tunnel, arthritis, or joint pain flair up when you knit for long periods of time? Do your yarn floats come out too tight or too loose? Well the solution to these problems lies in an ancient form of knitting known as Incan, Andean, Turkish, Around the Neck, or Portuguese knitting. Come learn a way to do stranded knitting with just a flick of your left thumb. You will be amazed at how ergonomically comfortable this method is, how even your stitches and floats are, and how easy it is to manage two colors of yarn with no tangling. You may never again want to do stranded colorwork any other way. We will be knitting the two-color Blossom Dreams Ear Warmer using the Portuguese purl stitch and working with the wrong side of our work facing us. Our yarns will be tensioned by two hooks attached to our shirts. The Blossom Dreams Ear Warmer has picot edging and a floral stranded knitting pattern that was designed specifically for this class.

 

Materials Provided:

Handout, two knitting hooks, pattern for Blossom Dreams Ear Warmer and pattern for accompanying Blossom Dreams Cowl.

Students should bring:

  • 100 yards of worsted weight yarn for your background color (solid or semi-solid color),

  • 75 yards of contrasting yarn for the floral pattern (handpainted, variegated, gradient, or semi-solid)

  • Size 7 circular needles -16”,

  • tapestry needle,

  • scissors,

  • stitch markers

Student Homework

Cast on 96 stitches with background color.  Join in the round. Purl 5 rounds.

 

WS 254 Pointillist Knitting

Saturday PM (1:30 PM- 4:30 PM)

Level: Beginner·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Learn how to make pops of color in your knitting! In this class, I will introduce a bevy of fun, easy techniques combining color and texture that will jazz your knitting while using up your leftover scraps of yarn. In the class, we knit a small sampler, but you will have fun making up your own combinations for cowls, scarves, even sweater yokes! We discuss color theory to discover what makes things pop. You won’t look at your yarn leftovers the same way after this class!

 

Materials Provided:

Full-color handout

 

Students should bring: 

  • Small amounts of dk weight (or doubled fingering weight) yarn in several colors. Bring your leftover balls!

  • Size 6 (4 mm) or 7 (4.5 mm) needles

  • two 24” long circulars of the same size for working a small circumference in the round.

  • Use the smaller size if you are a loose knitter, the larger size if you are a tight knitter.

  • Stitch markers and the usual set of basic tools: scissors, tapestry needles, etc

 

WS 255 Petite Brioche, 2 Color Brioche in the Round

Saturday PM (1:30 PM- 4:30 PM)

Level: knit/purl; cast on/bind off; working in the round ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein

Brioche knitting is the current “it knit” and you can do it, too! Brioche knitting is easier in the round than flat, and even easier with two colors rather than one. We’ll learn basic brioche rib while knitting a simple headband or cowl. We’ll also learn how to fix common mistakes in brioche knitting. ​

Students should bring

  • One light colored and one dark colored worsted weight yarn,

  • 100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Worsted)

  • 16 inch US 6 circular needle (no magic loop or dpns for first time brioche, please)

  •  one stitch marker for beginning of round

  •  Please also bring Petite Brioche pattern to class; free download here: https://pdxknitterati.com/patterns/patterns-hats/petite-brioche/

 Homework: With Dark Color, loosely cast on 72 sts (90 sts for cowl) using long tail cast on. Join to work in the round, then knit 1 round. Bring yarn to front and leave it hanging there.

 

WS 271 Knitting with Variegated Yarn

Sunday AM (9:00 AM-Noon)

Level: Intermediate·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

Do you avoid variegated yarn because you do not know what to do with it? Learn to amplify the beauty of hand-dyed yarn by choosing projects that flatter your skein.  Variegated yarns are dyed in one of six distinct patterns. The Gestalt effect provides rules for knitting these yarns into appealing fabrics.  Using a workbook, the Gestalt effect is explored for yarn purchase; dye pattern analysis; and project selection. Students analyze a broad range of variegated skeins, successful designs, and failed experiments to identify stitches and projects most suited to the unique characteristics of the yarn.

 

Materials Provided:

Knitting with Variegated Yarn workbook

 

Students should bring

  • 2 skeins of variegated yarn; no cakes

WS 272 Tvåändstickning (Twined knitting)

Sunday AM (9:00 AM-Noon)

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Lisa Ellis

Twined knitting or 2-end knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique dating back to the 17th century in Sweden. Twined knitting uses both ends of the same ball of yarn, alternating between the two strands. This twist creates an additional layer of thickness, making it wind resistant, very durable and firm yet surprisingly elastic with an equally beautiful wrong side. A traditional 3-strand cast on is taught along with the numerous versions of crook, chain, braids, ropes and deep knitting/purling in 1 or 2 colors and using up to 3 strands. Twined knitting gives great texture with a classic style.

Materials Provided:

Imported Swedish Z-plied yarn, in 2 colors (enough to make 1 adult hat), Class handout and 3 additional Twined patterns.

Students should bring

  • A supply sheet and introduction will be sent by email a month prior to class.

  • US size 3 straight needles and 16-inch circular needles plus basic knitting supplies.

WS 273 Great Sweaters are Made, Not Born!

Sunday AM (9:00 AM-Noon)

Level: Knit, purl, make simple decreases and increases, cast on, bind off. Student needs to have some knitting experience, be able to achieve a consistent gauge throughout a project, and to have successfully completed a few projects (not necessarily sweaters). ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Sweaters are the magnum opus of the knitting world, and yet something that intimidates many knitters. Knitting a fitted sweater, more than a shawl that does not need to fit a particular size, can be quite a daunting proposition. It’s a lot of knitting, a sizable investment, and how can you be sure it will fit? After all, swatching is a pain, and swatches lie anyway, don’t they? When pondering such a large scale project that needs to fit, a host of questions and doubts can arrive. The key to knitting a great sweater is simple, yet often overlooked. Yes, one must have the requisite knitting skills, but more important than that is creating a good sweater fabric in the yarn you plan to use (regardless of the needle size and gauge stated in the pattern), and then adjusting the pattern to suit your own fabric and gauge. In this class, we look at common sweater structures and examine how, when, and where to make adjustments to gauge in a pattern, once you have found your ideal fabric. We thoroughly discuss swatching as a means to an end - a necessary evil, if you will. Come with an open mind, prepared to learn tools to liberate yourself from the need to blindly follow a sweater pattern, hoping for the best.

Materials Provided:

 Handouts 

 

Students should bring:

  • Bring one or more swatches in yarn(s) that you are considering using for your sweater

  •  along with the pattern you want to use (see Homework)

  •  Bring a calculator, paper and pencil, measuring tape, and any helpful pattern notes culled from the Ravelry projects for this pattern.

Student Homework:

Work a stockinette stitch swatch that is at least 5” wide and 4” long. Measure the stitches and rows over 4” both before and after blocking. Work swatches until you have made a good sweater fabric, regardless of the needle and gauge stated in the pattern. 

WS 276 Brioche Increases and Decreases

Sunday AM (9:00 AM-Noon)

Level: Knit/purl, cast on/bind off, working in the round, know how to work 2 color brioche rib. This is not a beginning brioche class.·  Cost: $50

Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein

So you’ve mastered two-color brioche rib. What next? Increases and decreases with the Deep End Hat or Cowl! You’ll learn most of the increases and decreases on the first patterning round, and then have lots of relaxing brioche rib before the next increases and decreases. We will learn and practice double and quadruple increases, left- and right-leaning double decreases, and get an introduction to quadruple decreases. We’ll also learn more about reading your brioche knitting and fixing more mistakes.

 

Materials Provided:

Deep End Brioche Hat or Cowl Pattern!

 

Students should bring:

 One light colored and one dark colored worsted weight yarn

100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Rios)

 16" US 6 circular needle

 stitch markers

A row counter is helpful, too. (You can use a 24” needle for cowl, but it may be tight, depending on your gauge.) 

 

Homework: Cast on and work through the four set-up rounds for the Deep End Hat as indicated in pattern (brioche rib), or the setup rounds for Deep End Cowl

WS 281 Knitting Linen

Sunday PM 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

Level: Intermediate·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

Learn to Knit Linen Successfully!  Why is this ancient bast fiber so special? Is it environmentally friendly?  Designed to expand your fiber experience, students will use a workbook to explore linen; its history, behavior, characteristics, blends and production.  Class activities include knitting "successful" and "set-to-fail" samples, critiquing patterns, and discussing considerations in purchasing linen fiber and yarn. A flax wheel with distaff will be demonstrated.

Materials Provided:

Knitting Linen workbook

Students should bring:

  • Pencil, scissors, US 2 (2.75 mm)US 4 (3.5 mm), and US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle with 24" cords;

  • one skein of fingering or sport weight linen,

  • 3x5 cards.

WS 282 Intarsia Knitting in the Round

Sunday PM 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

Level: Must have knit one hat project.  ·  Cost: $50

Instructor: Lisa Ellis

Intarsia by definition is “Picture knitting” in the flat. Intarsia was associated with Argyle socks which were knit in the flat and then seamed. Today, Intarsia can be worked in the round using some ingenious tricks. Class covers the pro’s and con’s to Intarsia and the various options utilized in Intarsia in the round.

Materials Provided:

Hat pattern with several intarsia chart options

Students Should Bring:

  • US size 6, 16” circular needles

  • 3 partial skeins of solid color contrasting worsted weight yarn (approx. 40 yds each)

  • basic knitting supplies.

  • ​​

Student Homework:
With a US 4, 16-inch circular needle, using main color yarn (trim), co 90 sts.  Join in the round and work a 1x1 rib for 1”.

WS 283 Darn Pretty

Sunday PM 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

Level: Beginner·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Have you ever thought of darning as art? Beautify your mending while extending the usefulness of socks and other garments. Prepare to be inspired as we learn to incorporate colors, patterns, and more to create an intimate objet d’art. We start with simple darning to learn the steps, then venture into stripes, plaids, and twills. Then we learn other techniques such as scotch darning, swiss darning, and various blanket stitch mends, and discuss when (and why) you might use each one.

Materials Provided:

 Handout 

Students Should Bring:

  • Bring odds and ends of leftover yarns of various weights along with embroidery or sashiko threads, including some lace weight mohair/silk if you have any available. If you don't have threads, don't worry. There will be some available to use in class.

  • Brings socks, T-shirts, or other garments that have holes or frayed areas, OR a stockinette stitch swatch that you don't mind snipping into :)  If you will be mending socks, bring a darning egg or mushroom, or a small apple or orange will do in a pinch. If you will be mending fabric, bring scraps of fabric
    (Neither of the above are necessary to bring if you will be practicing on a knitted swatch

  • Tapestry needles, small and large, for knitted mends.

  • Sashiko or #20 Chenille needles for fabric mends, Scissors

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