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spring classes

The April and May class schedule and descriptions is posted here.

Grace is teaching 3 new classes this session. In the Jacket worked in Rounds class, you’ll learn the tricky parts of the season’s most popular jacket. Or prepare to knit one of the Vivian Hoxbro kits we’ve received in the Domino and Shadow Knitting class. For shawl knitting fans, join Grace for an exploration of circular and square shawls in Shawls in the Round.

Laura’s also added some new classes to the roster. She’s developed a series of classes around projects in Leigh Radford’s book One Skein. In each class you’ll expand your knitting skills and make great knitted gifts for friends and family.

And I’ll be teaching 2 sweater classes using Knitting Pure & Simple’s neck down techniques. In one class we’ll knit a shaped cardigan and in the other we’ll knit a pullover.

Aside from improving your knitting skills, classes are a fun way to spend time with other knitters. Sign-up with a friend or come by yourself and make some new ones! We hope you’ll join us this Spring!

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Sweater Class

On the first night of Sweater Class, each student selects a project and yarn. Because there are so many tempting options, Grace tries to have a few good suggestions ready ahead of time. As she was showing us some of them this afternoon, we got excited and thought we should share them with you here.

The first is the Becky Pullover from Penny Straker. With raglan sleeves and a turtleneck, this great unisex sweater is sure to become a staple of anyone’s wardrobe.

The Becky Pullover is knit at a light bulky gauge of 4 stitches to the inch. You could use yarns like Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Bel Air, or Terra.

Another sweater option Grace selected is Tempation, a cardigan from the new line Sublime.

Knit in Sublime’s Cashmere Merino Silk DK yarn, it has flattering waist shaping and an attractive seed stitch edging on the cuffs and collar.

And last, from Rebecca No. 29, the Sweater with Wide Collar in GGH’s Soft Kid.

While this sweater is the most challenging of the three, primarily because the Soft Kid can be difficult to take out if you make a mistake, it is still an approachable first sweater for a knitter who likes a challenge.

While we often think of Sweater Class for newer knitters, there’s no reason it has to be. If you’re ready to take on cables, a gansey, or colorwork, Grace is a patient and knowledgeable teacher who can assist with any sweater project.

The next Sweater Class begins Wednesday, February 7. Call a few friends and sign-up today!

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take a class with Beth Brown-Reinsel

Author, instructor, and knitwear designer Beth Brown-Reinsel will teach 3 classes at Loop on Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2007. Beth has been involved in many facets of the fiber arts as a spinner, basket weaver, dyer, knitter and yarn shop owner, but teaching is her passion. She is the author of Knitting Ganseys and has written articles for Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, and Knitters magazines.

Beth will teach 3 classes during her visit:

Traditional Gansey Techniques
$150 – 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2007 (lunch break from 1 to 2 pm)

Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among fisherman in the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, shoulder straps with perpendicular joining and picked up sleeves.

This class is for intermediate to advanced knitters. You must be proficient with double-pointed needles. This is a 6 hour class with a one-hour lunch break.

Swedish Cast-ons and Scandinavian Knitting Technique
$75 – 10 am to 1 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2007

Five cast-ons from Sweden will be taught in this hands-on class. They are all one-needle cast-on methods, and can be adapted for one or two color edges for sweaters, mittens, socks, and hats. In addition, the Continental and English methods of knitting, purling, and weaving will be taught as a basis for the Scandinavian technique of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving) and Twined knitting (two yarns in the right hand). Small sample swatches will be made using all of the techniques learned in class.

This class is for advanced beginner to advanced knitters.

Latvian Wristers
$75 – 2 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2007

Using wristers as a template, some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit on of a pair of wristers to learn the following techniques, which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops, or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.

This class is for intermediate to advanced knitters. You must be proficient with double-pointed needles.

Reserve your space with Beth today!

These classes will fill up quickly so register today! Full payment is required when you register. There will be no refunds unless the classes are cancelled, in which case a full refund will be made. Seating is limited, so call or stop in today!

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fall class schedule

While it’s possible to learn to knit from books, some skills are easier to learn from another knitter, and learning with others is certainly more fun! So take a look at our just-released fall class schedule, grab a friend, and get knitting!

Get started with our Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet classes. These 2 hour classes give you the core skills you need to knit and crochet. You’ll leave with yarn, needles or a hook, and a booklet for reference when you get home. These classes are great for getting a taste of a new hobby or as a refresher if you haven’t knit or crocheted for a while.

Our Beginning Knitting and Beginning Crochet classes offer a thorough introduction. Over several weeks you’ll learn the basics and make a few small projects. These courses allow much more time for discussing and exploring.

For those of you who already knit, we have plenty of classes to increase and improve your knitting skills. Knit your first – or maybe your most challenging – sweater with Grace in our Sweater Class. You pick the pattern, you pick the yarn, and you knit your way through with Grace’s guidance.

Or get started on some of those holiday gifts with Laura in our Reversible Cable Scarf, Magic Loop Gauntlets with Mock Cable, or Magic Loop Gauntlets with Picot Edge classes. Each of these classes will add some new tricks to your knitting bag that you’re sure to use time and again!

Classes are limited to 8 students, check the schedule and register early!

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take a class with Annie Modesitt

When Annie Modesitt came to Loop last fall, the first class she taught was her famous Combination Knitting. I couldn’t believe how much I learned in just the first ten minutes. Annie’s not only knit so much for so long, but she thinks about the process and has therefore developed a collection of useful tips and tricks.

Annie’s now-famous Coccoon Jacket had just come out on the cover of Vogue Knitting. And she had published her third book, Cheaper Than Therapy, a collection of essays about life and knitting.

Since then, Annie’s been busy. Her patterns seem to appear in every edition of Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting, she teaches all over the country, and she has two new books being released this fall, Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them, which she wrote with Drew Emborsky, and Twist and Loop about knitting and crocheting jewelry with wire.

Annie is in the headlines again as she returns to us this fall. This time, Interweave Knits has a feature article about Annie and her knitting.

Needless to say, we’re extremely excited about Annie’s visit. She’ll teach two classes; you can find the details in the Classes & Events section of our site. We highly recommend these classes for knitters of all experience levels.