Posted on

Knit 4: Pick Your Project

knitting classes

Once you’ve taken Knit 1, 2, and 3 you’ve learned quite a bit about knitting. You know how to: cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit 2 together, slip slip knit, weave in yarn ends. You’ve used straight needles, circular needles, and double pointed needles. And your list of FO’s (that’s Finished Objects) is growing.

Where you go from here is up to you. In Knit 4, you can pick a project and work on it at your own pace. You’ll have the guidance of one of our instructors, and the company of other beginner knitters like you.

While there are many projects you could make – and we’re happy to help you find the right one – here are a few suggestions. Please choose your project and materials prior to the first class.

Favorite Scarves

Favorite Scarves
Each of these 5 scarves uses a classic stitch pattern: garter, seed stitch, 2×2 rib, mistake rib, basket weave. They are a perennial winter favorite because they are fun to knit and make a cozy, textured scarf.

Arranmore Cowl

Arranmore Cowl
The Arranmore Cowl uses seed stitch for a textured infinity scarf. It’s knit entirely in the round on a circular needle.

Amaro Mitts

Amaro Mitts
Amaro Mitts are cozy hand warmers sized for adult men and women. They’re knit entirely on double pointed needles and use increases to form the thumb gusset.

Boneyard Shawl

Boneyard Shawl
Boneyard is a triangular shawl with garter ridges on a stockinette field. It’s knit flat using a circular needle with a long cord. It’s a great project for learning the very popular top down shawl structure.

South Street Pullover

South Street Pullover
The South Street Pullover is sized for babies and kids up to 12 years of age. It’s knit entirely in the round using circular and double pointed needles. This is our most challenging suggestion. You’ll use the skills you have and learn a few new ones too. It’s a great project for learning the top down structure, especially if you plan to knit one for yourself!

Again, these are just a few of the many things you can knit with your newly-acquired skills. Feel free to discuss other options with us. See you in class!

Posted on

Knitting Cables with Norah Gaughan

Norah Gaughan returns to Loop on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2017. She’s teaching 4 classes on knitting and designing cables. Read on for the descriptions and sign up today!

Norah is one of knitting’s top designers, teachers, and authors. She served as design director at JCA Yarns and at Berroco Yarns for many years and she is the author of several pattern books.

Norah’s most recent book, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, is a must-have for every knitter’s library. It contains more than 150 new cable stitch patterns, how to design your own, and how to mix and match cables in a knitting pattern, 15 new patterns for wraps, sweaters, and accessories, and photography by Jared Flood.

We’re thrilled that Norah is able to visit us again. Don’t miss this chance to experience a class with her!

Cabled Hat

$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 10am-1pm
Register online.

Design a cabled hat without the hard work part. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class, and learn how to complete your hat by following pre-written design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat or beret. All three styles can be knit seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed. Experience reading charts is helpful, but if you’ve never done it before, you can learn it here.

The variety of charts will include a range of difficulty so intermediate or advanced knitters can forge ahead and take on a more challenging chart while beginners can keep it simple.

Homework: Test your yarn to make sure it makes an attractive, firm fabric at 5 sts / inch. Bring your blocked swatch to class.

Materials: Approximately 200 yds of worsted weight yarn – gauge 20 sts / inch. Needles to get gauge + 2 sizes smaller, your choice of straight, 2 circulars or double points. Two circulars are recommended so you can learn the method of seamless knitting using 2 circular needles at once. Cable needle or dp needle to use as a cable needle

Knitting 2 Sided Cables

$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 2-5pm
Register online.

Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Materials: Worsted weight wool in a light or medium color. Needles to match the yarns + cable needle or dpn.

Cabled Cloche

$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 10am-1pm
Register online.

Learn some of Norah’s favorite techniques while knitting her cabled cloche and customizing it for yourself. You can knit it as shown in the photo or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

Materials: 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, US 7 & US 8 needles, cable needle or dpn, and stitch markers.

Make It Your Own – Patterned Yoke

$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 2-5pm
Register online.

Do you love knitting from the top down? Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho or even sweater without having to do the hard part? Join designer Norah Gaughan for this fun hands-on workshop. Begin by choosing from the variety of textures or cables Norah has designed and practice on a cowl. Learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s ‘fill in the blanks’ template.

Materials: Bring a variety of knitting needles for knitting swatches with worsted or bulky weight yarn. Grab Sizes 7-10 so you’ll have the right needle for both ribbing and the pattern stitch. You’ll need both 16 and 24″ lengths. Bring a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.


PLEASE NOTE: Non-refundable pre-payment is required to reserve your space. Please make sure you can make the class when you register.

Posted on

Stranded Knitting with Mary Jane Mucklestone

Knitwear designer and teacher Mary Jane Mucklestone will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2, 2016 to teach 3 stranded knitting classes. Read the descriptions below and sign up today to reserve your space!

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand knitting designer who loves to knit, especially with color. She’s the author of 2 new books featuring stranded colorwork; the stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs: The Knitter’s Directory, and Fair Isle Style a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 popular designers. Her first book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages.

Muckle Mitts

Mary Jane travels the world studying traditional knitting techniques and learning about the history of the craft. She’s a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She’s taught all over the world – we’re thrilled to finally have her here at Loop!

$150 – Tuesday, November 1 from 10am to 5pm (includes 1-hour lunch break)

Let Mary Jane introduce you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting. In this technique class, you’ll learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends and finishing techniques.

This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique. We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.

Skills covered: left handed, right-handed and combination style stranding.

Prerequisites/Experience: Knowledge of knitting and purling and how stitches are mounted on the needle; knitting in the round.

Supplies to bring: 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn – make sure the colors have high contrast, 50-100 yards each. 16-inch circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US7 (4.5mm), one set of dpn in US 7 if making a hat. Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle. Paper and pencil for notes.

Homework: On smaller needle cast on 84 stitches. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. K1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 10am to 1pm

Explore what makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions by examining color choices and classic motifs used in stranded knitting. You’ll learn techniques for tacking down extra long floats found in many motifs, the Norwegian purl, and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects.

Technique Requirements: Two Color Knitting class or some experience with color work

Prerequisites/Experience: Knitters should be comfortable with knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles, some colorwork experience essential.

Supplies to Bring: Two or more colors of DK weight yarn, 100% wool preferred. Needles, 16-inch circular, the smallest size recommended on the ball band, and another one or two sizes larger. You won’t finish your hat in class, but to do so you’ll need a set of dpns in your larger sized needle.

Homework: With smallest needle, Cast on 84 stitches and knit one row.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

[add_to_cart id=”9872″ style=”border:0px; padding-bottom: 25px;”]

$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 5pm

Begin designing with Fair Isle motifs by starting with a hat. In this design class a you’ll be given a basic hat pattern with multiple options for you to pick and choose to make it your very own.

Experiment with color! Go wild and even invent your own pattern motifs – MJ will show you how! Lots of individual attention with group participation encouraged.

Prerequisites/Experience: This design class is for intermediate knitters. You’ll need to know how to knit/purl; cast on/bind off; several methods of increasing/decreasing; working stranded colorwork in the round; chart reading; and have knit several stranded color work accessories.

Supplies to bring: 3-8 colors of worsted weight yarn, 100 – 150 yards each of two high contrast colors and 20-50 yards of additional colors, 16-inch circular needles in US6 and US7, one set US7 dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle, stitch markers, calculator, graph paper and a pencil for taking notes. Colored pencils if desired.

Homework: Choose which size you’d like to work on. Our target gauge is 20 stitches per 4 inches, but we’re really making a sample shaped like a hat, and the size your resulting hat is bound to fit someone you know, or you can donate it to a worthy charity. For our class, fit is less important than what we are learning. Sizes: S (M, L) = 16 (19, 22) inches.

On smaller circular needle, with color of your choice, cast on 72 (88, 104) stitches, join for working in the round taking care not to twist. Work K1,P1 rib for one round. If you know you would like a ribbed brim continue for as long as you would like your ribbing to be, at least an inch. Other options would be different rib patterns, corrugated ribbing, moss stitch etc.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

[add_to_cart id=”9874″ style=”border:0px; padding-bottom: 25px;”]


Posted on

Meet Arne & Carlos!

Norwegian knitting sensations Arne & Carlos will be here on Wednesday, September 21, 2016!

From 2-5pm, learn stranded knitting in the round in their Norwegian Wrist Warmer class (follow the link to sign up!).

Then join us from 5:30-7pm to meet and chat with Arne & Carlos! There’s no need to RSVP – just come on in!

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are designers and textile artists, best known for their craft books and their colorful designs. They are inspired by Scandinavia’s long design history and their life in rural Norway.

Arne & Carlos have published several best-selling books including 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos, Norwegian Knits with a Twist with Arne & Carlos, and Knitted Dolls by Arne & Carlos. We’ll have a selection of books available for purchase; Arne & Carlos are happy to sign them for you!

Please join us in welcoming Arne & Carlos to Loop!

Posted on

Take a Class with Kate Atherley!

We’re very excited to welcome Kate Atherley to Loop for the first time! Kate’s an author, designer, technical editor, and teacher who lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s the author of several books including Beyond Knit and Purl and Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet.

Kate is Knitty‘s Lead Technical Editor and does freelance technical editing. She’s an experienced teacher, offering classes in her local shops and across the US and Canada.

Kate’s teaching 5 classes that’ll get your fall knitting off on the right foot; just click on the name below to register!

Stranded Colorwork for Beginners
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 9:30-11:30am

Short Row Skills
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 12:30-2:30pm

Expert Tips & Best Methods
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 3-5pm

Brioche Knitting
$90 – Sunday, September 11 from 9am-12pm

Designing Your Own Custom Fit Socks
$90 – Sunday, September 11 from 1-4pm

PLEASE NOTE: The fees for Kate’s classes are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

Posted on

Baby Knits Classes

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer

Baby knits are some of our favorites because they help us celebrate a very special time in our lives. We want to welcome these newest additions to our friends and families with gifts that keep them safe and warm.

Our new Baby Knits Classes will take you through the process of making three fantastic baby gifts: a bonnet, a cardigan, and booties. With each you’ll learn new knitting techniques and have beautiful clothes to give.

Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer

Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer
Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer
Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer

Carina Spencer’s Small Things Bonnet is a great pattern that comes with 2 hat styles – a rounded bonnet and a pixie hood – and 2 closure options – a button or i-cord ties. I knit the pixie hood for a friend’s baby and loved making it; I loved seeing on their little boy even more.

I used Blue Sky Worsted Cotton, which is the yarn we’re recommending you use. It’s super soft organically-grown cotton, so it’s perfect for tiny, fragile heads. And it comes in an amazing range of colors. You can use any comparable worsted weight yarn, however, for yours.

The pattern is sized for infants, toddlers, children, and adults – you could make them for the whole family!

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer
Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer

The Small Things Sweater has the same beautiful details as the Bonnet on a double-breasted cardigan. Again, Worsted Cotton is the perfect yarn in either or matching or complementary color. Knit from the top down with a built-in edging, it’s available in 7 sizes from newborn to 2T.

Baby Booties by Loop Staff


I wanted a pair of booties to go with this set, so Kathy and I worked out this pattern together. They’re made seamlessly in the round on double pointed needles. Once you’re familiar with the pattern, you can knit a pair quickly, making them perfect for a last minute gift.

Click here to see the current schedule for these classes and join us in knitting for little ones!