Class Descriptions

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Overview Of Sweater Design

  • Day, Time, and Location:  Sunday  9:00-12:00   Condo 114
  • Maximum number of students: 6

Class Description: We will cover the steps in designing a V-neck pullover with set-in sleeves, using only body measurements and stitch/row gauge. You will leave this class with a simple pattern. This method will allow you to design a sweater that fits, and also increase your understanding of published patterns. Handouts will include info on cardigans and different necklines. We will be doing some (simple) arithmetic in the class. This class will allow you to design a sweater that fits and also increase your understanding of published patterns.

  • Teacher Bio: Paula Ward is a native of Seattle who began knitting in grade school. She thinks her mother taught her to knit and her mother thinks Paula taught herself. She has a YouTube channel (Paula Ward) with over 20 videos demonstrating sweater-knitting techniques. She is the current president of the Seattle Knitters Guild and is grateful for all the wonderful dyers, yarn stores, and events in our fiber-rich Pacific Northwest. She knits continental style.
  • Skill Level of Students: This is a lecture-format class. All are welcome, but with an understanding of knitting gauge swatches and short rows will help in following the process. 
  • Supplies Needed for Class: Just a pen or pencil for taking notes. Handouts will be provided. If you have a favorite sweater you want to copy, bring it along.
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $5.00 for class handouts.

Gestalt Knitting Theory

  • Day, Time, and Location: Session 1 ~ Saturday 1:30-4:30 OR Session 2 ~ Sunday 9-12 Condo 217
  • Maximum number of students: 12

Class Description: Have you ever purchased a beautiful skein of hand dyed yarn that “looks like mud” when knit? Have you wondered why the pattern picture looks wonderful and your work does not? These essential steps are necessary for maintaining the beauty of a hand painted yarn:

  1. Understanding the skein’s color patterns
  2. Choosing stitches that highlight the color pattern and
  3. Selecting a pattern that creates an effect that is more than the sum of the stitches, fiber, and color.

Visually appealing fabrics are often “Gestalt” fabrics. This workshop introduces         Gestalt theory for application in yarn purchase, knitting design, and pattern selection. Taught in a workbook format, students will analyze a broad range of hand dyed skeins, successful projects, and failed projects in order to identify stitches and patterns most suited to the unique characteristics of the yarn.

  • Teacher Bio: Kitty Bryan is a knitting designer whose work focuses on showcasing hand-dyed yarn and exotic fibers. A retired engineer, retired yarn shop employee, and perpetual swatcher, Kitty travels the United States and Canada to teach knitting design where students learn to create their own fabrics making the most of a yarn’s unique fiber, color, and stitch behavior. She is captivated by Gestalt design principles and incorporates visual perception effects into her designs. Her designs, available on Ravelry at Kitty Bryan Designs, have featured The Yarns of Richard Devrieze, Jacques Cartier, Alexandre-The Art of Yarn, and Malabrigo.
  • Skill Level of Students: Beginner
  • Supplies Needed for Class: One or two skeins of hand dyed yarn—(no cakes). Pen or pencil with eraser
  • Pre-homework for student: None
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $5.00 Students will receive a class workbook

Charts and Cables

  • Day, Time, and Location:  Sunday, 1:30-4:30    Condo 110
  • Maximum number of students: 6

Class Description: Overcome your fear of charts and learn to knit cables. We’ll discuss types of cables, abbreviations, how to read a chart, cabling without a needle, and correcting mistakes. We will use charts to create a series of swatches of different cable patterns.

  • Teacher Bio: Paula Ward is a native of Seattle who began knitting in grade school. She thinks her mother taught her to knit and her mother thinks Paula taught herself. She has a YouTube channel (Paula Ward) with over 20 videos demonstrating sweater-knitting techniques. She is the current president of the Seattle Knitters Guild and is grateful for all the wonderful dyers, yarn stores, and events in our fiber-rich Pacific Northwest. She knits continental style.
  • Skill Level of Students:  Advanced Beginner
  • Supplies Needed for Class:
    • 100 yards of smooth light-colored yarn- choose a weight that is easy for you to work with—nothing very thin or too bulky. I find worsted or DK weight yarns easiest, but you may prefer something lighter.
    • Needles appropriate for the weight of yarn. Any type of needle will do (circular, straight), but we will be working several swatches so you may want to bring along a couple of double-points as well.
    • A few yarn scrapes in different colors ( a finer weight then your main yarn).
    • Stitch markers in different colors
    • If you have a magnetic (or other type of) chart holder bring it, but don’t if you don’t have one. You will be able to see one at class and decide if you like them.
  • Pre-homework for student: none
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $2.00 for class handout

Knitting 2~At~A~Time

  • Day, Time, and Location:  Sunday  1:30—4:30  Condo 114
  • Maximum number of students: 7

Class Description: In this class you will learn to use 2 circular needles to knit 2 tubes (for socks, mittens, gloves, fingerless mitts) at the same time.

  • Teacher Bio: I am Audrey Knippa. I started knitting when I was an exchange student in Denmark and I haven’t stopped since. I like to knit with all types of natural fibers such as wool, mohair, silk, alpaca, and cotton, in bright or muted colors. I design easy to read and follow patterns that still offer a bit of a challenge. When I’m not hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, gardening, or walking somewhere in the PNW, you will find me knitting, designing, or teaching.
  • Skill Level of Students: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Should be familiar with:   

  • long-tail cast-on
  • knitting on circular needles
  •  knit and purl
  • knitting from 2 different balls of yarn
  • Supplies Needed for Class:
    • Two sets of 16 inch circular needles (of the same size) from two different materials—for example: one set of bamboo needles, one set of plastic needles, or one set of nickel needles.
    • Approximately 100 yards of DK or worsted yarn
    • Stitch markers
    • Stitch counter
  • Pre-homework for student: none
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $5.00 class handouts

Knitting In The Round

  • Day, Time, and Location:  Saturday 1:30—4:30  Condo 114
  • Maximum number of students: 7

Class Description: In this class you will learn how to master techniques to knit “in the round” using circular needles. Techniques include: creating invisible joins, using more than one color, and knitting jog-less stripes.

  • Teacher Bio: I am Audrey Knippa. I started knitting when I was an exchange student in Denmark and I haven’t stopped since. I like to knit with all types of natural fibers such as wool, mohair, silk, alpaca, and cotton, in bright or muted colors. I design easy to read and follow patterns that still offer a bit of a challenge. When I’m not hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, gardening, or walking somewhere in the PNW, you will find me knitting, designing, or teaching.
  • Skill Level of Students: Advanced Beginner

Should be familiar with:

  • Long-tail cast on
  • Knitting on circular needles
  • Knit and purl
  • K2tog.
  • Supplies Needed for Class:
    • 1 straight needle, 1 or 2 sizes larger than circular needles,
    • 16 inch circular needles—size to work with chosen yarn,
    • Two different colored yarns—DK or worsted weight yarns,
    • Stitch markers
  • Pre-homework for student:
    • Students should use the straight needles and the long-tail cast on to cast on:
    • 72 stitches for DK weight yarn or
    • 80 stitches for worsted weight yarn.
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $8.00   Hat pattern and class handouts

Knitting Plaid

  • Day, Time, and Location: Session 1 ~ Saturday  9:00-12:00 OR Session 2 ~ Sunday 1:30-4:30  Condo 217
  • Maximum number of students:  10

Class Description: Do you love plaid but believe it is a woven fabric? Are you intrigued by a tartan due to its family connection or its beauty? This class will give you the tools to both knit and design your own tartans—Scottish or not. Taught in a workbook format, instruction is based upon antique technique discovered by Franklin Habit. There are three components to Knitting Tartans and Plaids. There is a brief discussion of Scot Tartan history followed by an introduction to Clan Setts. Students will learn to read sett, a tartan weaving pattern, as a knitting pattern. Reference material of more than 132 traditional plaid setts will be available for students to explore a tartan of interest. Once students understand the construction of a knitted tartan, the class will learn to knit a Clan MacLeod Inspired Cowl. Cowl pattern will be provided with the workshop. 

  • Teacher Bio: Kitty Bryan is a knitting designer whose work focuses on showcasing hand-dyed yarn and exotic fibers. . A retired engineer, retired yarn shop employee, and perpetual swatcher, Kitty travels the United States and Canada to teach knitting design where students learn to create their own fabrics making the most of a yarn’s unique fiber, color, and stitch behavior. She is captivated by Gestalt design principles and incorporates visual perception effects into her designs. Her designs, available on Ravelry at Kitty Bryan Designs, have featured The Yarns of Richard Devrieze, Jacques Cartier, Alexandre-The Art of Yarn, and Malabrigo.
  • Skill Level of Students: Intermediate
  • Supplies Needed for Class:
    • Sharp scissors
    • Pen or pencil with eraser
    • US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles
    • Tapestry needle
    • Wound DK yarn in three different colors (No black—difficult to see typically): Yarn: 15.0 yards, (13.8 meters), 0.18 ounces (5 grams)                                                       
  • Pre-homework for student: Optional – a plaid or tartan of interest.
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $5.00 Students will receive a class workbook and Clan MacLeod Cowl Pattern.

Mosaic Crochet

  • Day, Time, and Location:  Sunday  9:00-12:00     Condo 110
  • Maximum number of students:   9

Class Description: Mosaic crochet looks very complicated but in fact it is quite uncomplicated. A few beautiful colors of yarn, 3 simple stitches, a bit of counting, and viola an amazing tapestry of texture and color emerges. Learn how to read a chart, the “rules” of mosaic crochet, and learn about other methods for this beautiful technique.

  • Teacher Bio: Diane Seifert is a retired teacher. She has been crocheting most of her adult life. She has a yarn stash to rival many a yarn store and she is always trying new techniques and patterns. Diane has taught several crochet classes and truly enjoys seeing her students become more confident in an age-old craft.
  • Skill Level of Students:  Advanced Beginner
  • Supplies Needed for Class:
    • 2 or 4 solid colors of aran, DK, or #3 or #4 weight yarn. The colors should have a good contrast.
    • Crochet hook to correspond to the weight of the yarn.
    • Scissors
    • Stitch Markers
    • Pen and paper
  • Pre-homework for student:  none
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $5.00 Pattern, charts and resources

Getting Gauge

  • Day, Time, and Location:  Saturday  9:00-12:00   Condo 114
  • Maximum number of students: 6

Class Description: When you have a new project you’re dying to jump into, it’s hard to take the time to check your gauge, yet it’s critical to the success of your project. If you are a beginner, this is the perfect time to get into the swatching habit. If you are a more experienced knitter who doesn’t swatch (gasp!)  come learn why you should start.

You will learn how to:

  • Knit a gauge swatch, both flat and circular
  • Measure stitch and row gauge
  • Adjust the pattern when you can’t get the required gauge
  • Use your gauge to knit a pattern in a different weight yarn
  • Teacher Bio: Paula Ward is a native of Seattle who began knitting in grade school. She thinks her mother taught her to knit and her mother thinks Paula taught herself. She has a YouTube channel (Paula Ward) with over 20 videos demonstrating sweater-knitting techniques. She is the current president of the Seattle Knitters Guild and is grateful for all the wonderful dyers, yarn stores, and events in our fiber-rich Pacific Northwest. She knits continental style
  • Skill Level of Students:  All skill levels
  • Supplies Needed for Class:
    • 100 yards of smooth, light-colored yarn. Choose a weight that is easy for you to work with—nothing very thin or too bulky. I find worsted and DK weight yarns easiest, but you may prefer something lighter.
  • Pre-homework for student:
    • 1) Knit TWO swatches as follows:
      • Cast on 40 stitches
      • Rows 1-4:  Knit
      • Row 5:  K 4, P32, K 4
      • Row 6:  Knit
      • Repeat rows 5 & 6 until stockinette section measures at least 5 inches.
      • Bind off.
  • 2) Block ONE swatch:
    • Soak swatch in tepid water with a few drops of rinse-free soap (Eucalan, etc. – but dishwashing soap will do) for 30 minutes. Remove swatch from water, gently squeeze out water and roll in a towel for a few minutes. Lay the swatch out on a dry towel and gently pat into place—do not pin.
  • Material or Supply Fee to Teacher: $2.00 for class handout.

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Class Teachers

Diane Seifert: Diane is a retired teacher. She has been crocheting most of her adult life. She has a yarn stash to rival many a yarn store and she is always trying new techniques and patterns. Diane has taught several crochet classes and truly enjoys seeing her students become more confident in an age-old craft.

Kitty Bryan is a knitting designer whose work focuses on showcasing hand-dyed yarn and exotic fibers. . A retired engineer, retired yarn shop employee, and perpetual swatcher, Kitty travels the United States and Canada to teach knitting design where students learn to create their own fabrics making the most of a yarn’s unique fiber, color, and stitch behavior.

She is captivated by Gestalt design principles and incorporates visual perception effects into her designs. Her designs, available on Ravelry at Kitty Bryan Designs, have featured The Yarns of Richard Devrieze, Jacques Cartier, Alexandre-The Art of Yarn, and Malabrigo.

Paula Ward is a native of Seattle who began knitting in grade school. She thinks her mother taught her to knit and her mother thinks Paula taught herself. She has a YouTube channel (Paula Ward) with over 20 videos demonstrating sweater-knitting techniques. She is the current president of the Seattle Knitters Guild and is grateful for all the wonderful dyers, yarn stores, and events in our fiber-rich Pacific Northwest. She knits continental style.

Audrey Knippa: Audrey started knitting when I was an exchange student in Denmark and I haven’t stopped since. I like to knit with all types of natural fibers such as wool, mohair, silk, alpaca, and cotton, in bright or muted colors. I design easy to read and follow patterns that still offer a bit of a challenge. When I’m not hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, gardening, or walking somewhere in the PNW, you will find me knitting, designing, or teaching.

Mini-Workshop Information

Saturday and Sunday we will have a variety of “mini-workshops”, most of which will be a make-and-take class. No pre-registration, but you must sign up for one of them when you arrive for the festival. Most class sizes are 8-10 people so don’t be late!