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Take a Class with Laura Nelkin

We’re excited to welcome Laura Nelkin to Loop on April 9 and 10 for her first visit! Laura is the owner of Nelkin Designs. For the last 5 years, she’s been the Creative Director for Schaefer Yarn. She recently resigned from that position so she can focus on her design company and her teaching full-time.

Laura’s designs have appeared in Shaefer’s pattern collection, as well as Knitty, knitting magazines like Knit ‘N Style and Creative Knitting, and several books like Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn (by Philadelphia’s own Carol Sulcoski!) and Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders.

One of Laura’s specialties is lace knitting with beads. And that’s what she’ll be teaching during her visit.

Beaded Cuffs
$45 – Saturday, April 9 from 10am to 1pm

These Beaded Cuffs are a beautiful introduction to lace knitting and beads. You’ll learn chart reading, basic lace knitting skills, working with beads, provisional cast-on techniques, and working beaded attached i-cord. This is a class for knitters with strong basic knitting skills. Beaded Cuff pattern included (click here to read more about the Beaded Cuff pattern).

Beaded Cuffs

Materials List:
Approx. 40 yards lace weight yarn
US Size 0 (2 mm) double pointed needles
US Size 1 (2.5 mm) double pointed needles,
Approx 8 grams size 8/0 beads
Dental Floss Threader

Eventide
$45 – Saturday, April 9 from 2 to 5pm

Eventide is a beautiful scarf that appears to be woven instead of knitted. Beads are used on each end of the scarf creating an arrow of bling! You will learn about working with beads, elongated stitches and crossing stitches. This is a class for knitters with strong basic knitting skills. Eventide pattern included (click here to read more about Eventide).

Eventide Scarf

Materials List:
Approx. 450 yards fingering weight yarn, hand-dyed yarn works wonderfully with this pattern.
US Size 6 (4 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Approx 30 grams size 8/0 beads
5 stitch holder or scrap yarn
Tapestry Needle

Undulating Waves Scarf
$60 – Sunday, April 10 from 10am to 3pm (with 1-hour break from 12-1)

The Undulating Waves Scarf is based on a lace pattern that is worked on both the knit and purl sides of the fabric, which allows the beads to float on the yarn-overs. This pattern can be a bit “tricksy” to figure out so working together in a class is a great way to learn it! You will learn about knitting with beads, reading charts, and lace knitting techniques. This is a class for intermediate level knitters. Undulating Waves pattern included (click here to read more about Undulating Waves).

Undulating Waves

Materials List:
Approx. 300 yards sport weight yarn, hand-dyed yarn works wonderfully with this pattern.
US Size 6 (4 mm) ndls or size needed to obtain gauge
Approx 125 grams size 6/0 beads
5 stitch markers

Spring is a wonderful season for lace. It’s cool to knit on when the weather is warm – and you don’t have to wait for winter to wear your new shawl or scarf.

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to register for Laura’s classes and get a good start on your summer lace knitting!

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