Classes

Come meet other crafters and learn from our talented teachers in a bright and comfortable setting. We offer classes in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning!

Classes are limited in size and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register online here – just click on the date and time of the session you’d like to take – or by calling us at 215-893-9939 or by coming in to the shop.

Full payment is needed to reserve your space. Cancellations must be made at least 3 days before the first class for a store credit or to move to a different class or session. We cannot offer a store credit if we receive less than 3 days notice. If a class is canceled, you’ll receive a full refund. Supplies are not included in class fee unless stated.

Classes with special guest teachers are non-refundable, but may be transferred to a friend if you’re unable to attend.

All classes are for students 18 years of age and older.

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Carson Demers

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7

By day, Carson Demers is a physical therapist who operates an award winning ergonomics program for a San Francisco medical center. Every other moment he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, or otherwise up to some fiber fun – always with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community to keep us all creating healthfully – and comfortably – ever after.

Carson teaches at knitting, spinning, and other fiber events throughout the US. He loves to teach at local yarn shops and guilds. He has written articles for various publications, and is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. He recently released his first book, Knitting Comfortably.

Carson will be teaching 3 classes. Please join us in welcoming Carson to Loop!


KNITTING HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Friday, October 6 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

SWATCHBUCKLING
Friday, October 6 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

MY ACHING HANDS
Saturday, October 7 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM


Knit 1: A Neck Warmer

Enter the world of hand knitting! You’ll learn to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off with straight needles. After working with practice yarn, you’ll start your neck warmer, picking up tips and tricks along the way as your skills improve.

Knitting with straight needles – or knitting flat – will enable you to knit scarves, wraps, blankets – even sweater pieces.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: No experience required!

Sunday, August 6, 13, and 20 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Sunday, September 10, 17, and 24 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Wednesday, October 4, 11, and 18 from 6-7:30 PM

Sunday, October 8, 15, and 22 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Sunday, Oct 29, Nov 5, and 12 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Thursday, November 2, 9, and 16 from 6-7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 8, 15, and 29 from 6-7:30 PM

Sunday, December 3, 10, and 17 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Wednesday, December 6, 13, and 20 6-7:30 PM

Knit 2: A Hat

Watch Cap
In Knit 2, you’ll learn to cast on to circular needles, to join in the round, to switch to double pointed needles, and to make decreases while you knit your hat. Once you’re comfortable with knitting in the round, you can make a variety of hats, cowls, and infinity scarves.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 1 or knitters who can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Tuesday, September 12 & 19 from 6-7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 25 & Nov 1 from 6-7:30 PM

Sunday, October 29 and Nov 5 from 11:30AM-1PM

Sunday, November 19 and 26 from 1:30-3PM

Knit 3: Socks

Cuff Down Sock

Knit your first sock! You’ll learn to cast on to double pointed needles, to work short rows, to to pick up stitches, and kitchener stitch.

After Knit 3 you’re ready to explore a world of scarves, wraps, hats, socks, mitts, and mittens.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 2 or knitters who’ve made a hat in the round.

Sunday, October 8, 15 and 22 from 1:30-3PM

Sunday, November 12, 19, and 26 from 11:30-1PM

Sunday, December 3, 10, and 17 from 1:30-3PM




Knit 4: Knitter’s Choice

You’ve taken Knit 1, Knit 2, and maybe even Knit 3 – now it’s time for you to choose your first project! We’ve got a few suggestions (click here to see them), but really it’s up to you.

In this class, we’ll help you with everything from selecting a project and choosing a yarn to getting through the tricky parts and weaving in the ends.

Materials: Pattern, yarn, and needles for your selected project.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 2 or those who can knit and purl in the round.

Sunday, June 4, 18, and 25 from 1:30 to 3 PM (skips 6/11)

Wednesday, July 12, 19, and 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Elizabeth Smith’s Little Coffee Bean Cardigan is a top down sweater sized for babies 3-12 months. It’s a great first sweater project. You’ll learn how to make raglan increases, to separate the sleeves from the body, to pick up stitches and to make buttonholes. You’ll also learn how to knit two-row stripes (but you can also make it in just one color, if you prefer!).

Materials: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan pattern, worsted weight yarn for the size you’re making, 24-inch US 8 circular knitting needles and DPNs, 24-inch US 7 circular knitting needles and DPNs, 4 stitch markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn, around 20 inches in length, tapestry needle, 5 three-quarter inch buttons.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or those you know how to use circular and double pointed needles.

Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6 to 7:30pm

Cameron Cardi

The Cameron Cardi is a unisex cardigan for kids age 6 to 24 months. Knit seamlessly from the top down, you’ll learn how to use increases to shape the yoke, to make buttonholes, and to separate the sleeves from the body.

Materials: Cameron Cardi pattern, DK-weight yarn for the size you’re making, 24-inch US5 circular needle or size to get gauge, 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, and 4 buttons.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or those you know how to use circular and double pointed needles.

Tuesday, July 11 and 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM


Building Blocks Blanket

Building Blocks blanket

This year we’re once again embarking on Michelle Hunter’s fantastic Building Blocks blanket!

Each month you’ll knit a new square designed to introduce you to a new skill. Each square, or block, builds upon the skills learned in the previous ones, giving you more confidence, knowledge and skill. At the end of the year, your knitting know-how will be vastly increased and you’ll have a blocks to make a beautiful sampler blanket!

We’ll be offering this class quarterly throughout the year, working our way through the consecutive blocks. This session will focus on Blocks 7, 8, and 9.

Materials: Building Blocks pattern book (available in-store), 300 yards of worsted weight yarn, 24-inch US 8-9 circular needles.

Saturday, July 8, August 12, and September 9 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Provisional Cast On

Provisional cast ons allow you to knit in one direction, then go back, undo the cast on, and knit in the other direction. It’s used for everything from making sure cast on and bind off edges look the same to being able to try on sweaters before deciding final body and sleeve lengths to making symmetrical patterns.

Learn to do the provisional cast in this one-session technique class and you’ll wonder how you lived without it!

Materials: 2 colors of smooth worsted weight yarn (partial balls are fine), size US8 needles, and a size G crochet hook.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or advanced beginner knitters.

Thursday, May 18 from 6-7:30pm

Sunday, August 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Introduction to Lace

Stone Point Poncho

Learn to knit lace from a chart using the pattern from Courtney Kelley’s Stone Point. This beautiful poncho uses a lovely lace pattern that’s great for knitters who are new to charted designs. Once you’re comfortable with lace and charts, you’ll be ready to knit any number of designs – or you can knit your own Stone Point!

Materials: Stone Point pattern, 50 grams of DK weight yarn like Luma, which is used for Stone Point.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or advanced beginning knitters.

Tuesday, May 23 from 6-7:30pm

Sunday, July 23 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Sunday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM



Toe Up Socks

Toe Up Socks

Learn to knit socks from the toe up to the cuff! Toe up socks are easy to try on as you go, and if you run out of yarn the cuff is shorter, but the foot is complete.

You learn Judy’s Magic Cast On, the Magic Loop Technique, and a Gusset Heel.

Materials: 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 40-inch US6 circular needle, stitch marker, and tapestry needle.

Skill level: This class is for knitters who have already made a pair of socks.

Sunday, August 6 and 13 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Sunday, September 17 and 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Prism Hat

Tin Can Knits’ Prism is a fun, graphic hat that’s a great introduction to stranded knitting! You’ll learn to knit with two colors at the same time and to maintain your tension.

Materials: Prism pattern, two colors of DK-weight yarn in the amounts needed for the size of your choosing, 16-inch US4 and US6 circular needles, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.

Homework: Come to class with the ribbing completed and ready to knit the first round of colorwork.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 or those you know how to use circular and double pointed needles.

Tuesday, September 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 26 from 6 to 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 30 from 6 to 7:30 PM

 



Introduction to Weaving

Woven Neck Warmer

With a rigid heddle loom like Schacht’s Cricket, you can weave scarves, placemats, table runners, and much more – and in less time than it takes to knit or crochet! With the Cricket, you can use the same yarn you’d use for knitting, in fact, it’s a great stash buster.

In this introduction to rigid heddle weaving, you’ll learn to warp a loom, prepare your weft, weave with even tension, and finish your project while making your first neck warmer!

Materials: All materials and the use of a loom are included in the cost of the class.

Skill level: No experience required!

Thursday, August 10, 17, and 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, September 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 11, 18 & 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 8, 15 & 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Woven Gradient Scarf

Woven Gradient Scarf

The Woven Gradient Scarf has a grid of various shades that’s made with 3 colors of yarn. Review your warping skills and learn to warp and weave with multiple colors, while making one of your very own!

Materials: The yarn and the use of a Schacht Cricket loom are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving or for those who have used a similar loom in the past.

Thursday, July 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 9, 16, and 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Monday, September 11, 18, and 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Tapestry Weaving

tapestry weaving

Learn the basics of tapestry weaving while making a beautiful wall hanging!

You will learn to warp a loom, weave with 2 colors, weave the soumak (braided) stitch and make fringe. The loom, weaving tools, and yarn are included and are all yours to keep!

Materials: All materials are included in the class fee.

Skill level: No experience necessary!

Saturday, July 15 from 1:30-4:30pm

Saturday, August 19 from 1:30-4:30pm

Saturday, September 23 from 1:30-4:30pm