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Take a Class with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina wearing her Starry Snood design.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13 for four fabulous classes with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina Bilow has over 14 years of knitting experience, including 12 years of experience as a teacher, yarn shop owner, and designer. Her designs have been featured in Tahki/Stacy Charles Publications, Noro Magazine, Interweave Magazine, and Knitscene Magazine. Click here to see them all!

Shaina is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting and Crochet Teacher and a professional knitwear finisher. Patient, encouraging, sweet, and fun, we’re very excited to welcome Shaina to Loop for the first time!

FAIR ISLE KNITTED HAT

$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 10am-1pm

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Learn how fun it is to work stranded colorwork in this workshop! Fair Isle is a color knitting technique in which you work two different colors on the same row or round to create repeated patterns in projects. Think Scandinavian sweaters! In this class, we will make a Fair Isle hat using either a snowflake, skull, heart, or checkered motif (shown above on left). While working Fair Isle in the round, you will learn to knit with your “other” hand and to read simple colorwork charts.

Materials: 2 or 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (about 120 yards of a main color and 50 yards of a contrast color that agree with your motif selection of either snowflake, skull, heart, or checkerboard), size US 7 16” circular knitting needles, size US 7 DPN, stitch markers, and a pen or pencil.

Prerequisites:: Ability to cast on, knit, purl, and work in the round on circular needles.

Homework: Using worsted weight yarn and size 7 16″ circular needles, cast on 90 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in either (K1, P1) ribbing or (K3, P3) ribbing for about 1-1.5” (your desired band width) and bring this to class with the other materials.

Note: if you prefer to work the Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith (shown above on right), please print the pattern, cast on as per pattern and work the ribbing and the increase round. We will start with chart row 1 at class together.

BASICS OF BRIOCHE

$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 2-5pm

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Brioche knitting is incredibly popular in the knitting world right now. Learn how to work this intriguing “ribbed” stitch during this workshop. Brioche stitch brings a unique cellular texture to knitted items and is perfect for cozy accessories and simple sweaters. We will practice two different techniques of working single-color brioche before beginning another sample in two colors. Pattern ideas to practice your new skills are provided at the end of the class.

Prerequisites: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and size US 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm) knitting needles – one 24″ circular needle. Note: circular needles are necessary for the two-color swatch.

CHART-OGRAPHY: A knitter’s guide to reading charts

$60 – Sunday, November 13 from 10am-1pm

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Learn the language of knitting charts and never shy away from charted knitting patterns again! Not your average chart reading class, we will be coloring, knitting up cables, and starting a lace shawl together.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, familiarity with different knit and purl stitch patterns (seed, stockinette, ribbing, etc.), and some basic knowledge of cables and lace stitches is helpful.

Materials:
1 ball of medium to light-colored, smooth worsted weight yarn, One pair of size US 7 or 8 needles, One pair of size US 9 knitting needles, Pen or pencil, Lock-ring stitch markers, Cable needle (or a size US 6 or 7 Double-pointed needle), Row counter (if desired), Ruler or post-it notes, Highlighter pens in a few colors.

During this class we will also be starting a shawl. You can practice starting the shawl with the worsted weight yarn you’ll bring to class and size US 9 needles.

If you prefer to start your “actual” shawl rather than practicing, you’ll need at least 250g of a smooth texture, solid or subtly multi-colored or striped yarn (no marled yarns or high-contrast multi-colors). Fingering weight is on a size 4 needle, sport weight is on a size 6 needle, DK weight is on a 7 needle, and worsted weight is on a size 9 needle. You can use whichever weight yarn you prefer or have in your stash.

GATSBY BEAD KNITTED NECKLACE

$60, plus $25 yarn & bead kit – Sunday, November 13 from 2-5pm

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Make this stunning 1920’s-inspired necklace during this class. Learn how to knit with beads, work a special bead cast-on, make short-rows, and how to professionally finish your necklace. These make great gifts!

Prerequisites: Ability to knit and purl.

Materials: Size US 3 knitting needles (either 14″ straights or 24″ circulars), 4 small stitch markers, and a US C/3 crochet hook. Gatsby Beaded Necklace kit (available in-store) for $25 OR 16 yards of sport or DK weight yarn, 130 size #6/0 seed beads, one .75” – 1” button.

Homework: string all of the beads onto the yarn before class.