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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Alasdair Post-Quinn

Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19

Alasdair Post-Quinn

Alasdair Post-Quinn is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, a technique that creates a fabric with no wrong side. Until recently, a typical double-knit fabric was either tubular or reversible with the opposite side showing a mirror-image design in opposite colors. Over the past few years, people here and there have been pushing the boundaries of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations.

While he cannot claim to be the only one pushing these boundaries, Alasdair is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His books, entitled Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques (as well as being guides for beginning double-knitters). He is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs.

Alasdair has been teaching double-knitting around North America since 2005, and he adds new techniques to his workshops regularly so that even experienced double-knitters or veterans of his previous workshops will have something new to learn.

This is Alasdair’s first visit to Loop and our first double-knitting classes! Please join us in welcoming him!

Click the class dates and times for descriptions and to register.

INTRODUCTION TO DOUBLE-KNITTING
Saturday, November 18 from 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, November 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM

TEXTURE IN DOUBLE-KNITTING
Saturday, November 18 from 2 to 5 PM

MULTI-COLOR DOUBLE KNITTING
Sunday, November 19 from 2 to 5 PM




Knit 1: A Neck Warmer

Knit 1 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

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

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

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

Knit 3 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 cast on and get started with everything from pattern reading to getting through the tricky parts and weaving in the ends. Please stop in prior to class and our staff is happy to help you select your pattern and materials.

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.

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

Monday, October 23, 30, and November 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Maize Mitts

Maize mitts by Tin Can Knits

Learn to knit fingerless mitts entirely on double pointed needles! Maize Mitts are a fun design that’s sized for the whole family, and include an option for full mittens. These will make great holiday gifts for you, your family, and your friends!

Materials: Download and print free copy of Maize Mitts, 50-200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 8-inch US 6 double pointed needles, stitch marker and darning needle.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 or those who have knit a project in the round.

Tuesday, September 12, 19, and 26 from 6-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 12, 19, and 26 from 6-7:30PM

Tuesday, November 7, 14, and 21 from 6-7:30PM

Thursday, December 7, 14, and 21 from 6-7:30PM

Northward Hat

Tin Can Knits' Northward Hat

Add cables to your knitting repertoire this fall! The Northward Hat’s chunky cables are fun to knit and look great too.

Homework: Please come to class with the ribbing completed.

Materials: Download and print a copy of Northward Hat, 70-120 yards of chunky weight yarn (depending on the size you’re making), 16-inch US 9 and US 10.5 circular and 8-inch US 10.5 double pointed needles, stitch marker and darning needle.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 2 or those who have knit a project in the round.

Thursday, October 5 from 6-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 19 from 6-7:30PM

Tuesday, November 28 from 6-7:30PM

Thursday, December 21 from 6-7:30 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, 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 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.

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


Age of Brass and Steam Shawl

Age of Brass & Steam Shawl

The Age of Brass and Steam Shawl is one you’ll make again and again, as it works with so many different yarns. In this class, you’ll learn the garter tab cast on, how to work increases, how to keep track of your rows, and how to work a simple eyelet detail.

Materials: Age of Brass and Steam pattern, 250 or more yards of DK-weight yarn (our sample was knit with 2 balls of Noro Mirai, over 600 yards for a much larger version), 24- or 32-inch US 6 circular needle, stitch markers, and darning needle.

Tuesday, October 3 and 10 from 6-7:30 PM

Tuesday, December 5 and 12 from 6-7:30 PM

 


Introduction to Weaving

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

Wednesday, December 6, 13, and 20 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.

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

Monday, November 6, 13 & 20 from 6-8 PM

Woven Kitchen Towels

Woven Kitchen Towels

These beautiful woven kitchen towels are fun to weave and make great gifts!

In this skill-building class, you’ll experience weaving with cotton, learn a new warping technique, and learn woven stitch.

Materials: The yarn for two towels is included in the cost of the class. You’ll need a Schacht Cricket loom, we can’t provide them for this class.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Woven Gradient Scarf or for those who have used a similar loom in the past.

Monday, October 16, 23, and 30 from 6-8 PM

Monday, December 4, 11, and 18 from 6-8 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, September 23 from 1:30-4:30pm

Saturday, October 21 from 1:30-4:30 PM

Saturday, November 11 from 1:30-4:30 PM

Saturday, December 9 from 1:30-4:30 PM