Fall & Winter Classes 2014


Coming October 18th! Special Guest Teacher Kate Atherley!
Author, Designer and Knitty Technical Editor

Mittens 101
Special guest teacher Kate Atherley

Mittens are not only a key winter wardrobe item, and a great gift, but they're also a terrific way to learn some new knitting skills. This class takes knitters through a mini "training" mitten – a classic cuff-up mitt with gusset thumb – so that they can learn everything they need about making mitts in a short amount of time.

In the second half of the class, students start a pair of full-size mittens.

Skill Level: advanced beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl; experience with knitting in the round is helpful but not mandatory

Materials Required: scrap medium-weight yarn & 4.5mm/US #7 DPNs; for the full-size mitts, 220 yds medium-weight yarn & 6mm/US #10 DPNs

* We have the perfect yarn for your project at Spun, and you will receive 10% off! 


$50  + MATERIALS   

• Saturday, October 18th
10am - 1pm


Knitting with Wire: Design your own Earrings & Bracelet
Special guest teacher Kate Atherley

Suitable for all levels of knitters, this hands-on workshop gets you started knitting with wire, and by the end of the class you’ll have a new pair of earrings and a bracelet project well underway. This hands-on class, suitable for knitters of all levels, lets knitters play and create their own designs.

I provide all the materials and guidance on working with wire. I have samples and patterns, and skilled knitters are encouraged to create their own designs.

Skill Level: Beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit & purl

Materials required: I (Kate) will supply the kit for $15 cash - fornitters get enough wire for bracelet and earrings, the finding to finish them, and a broad  selection of beads to choose from. I bring tools to help with finishing.


+ $15 CASH for the kit

• Saturday, October 18th




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Private Lessons/Ask the Expert

Schedules can be difficult, so if you cannot make class dates or times, we may be able to accommodate you. Plus we are happy to teach you pretty much anything you want to learn and help you with your projects.

NOTE: Call ahead to book your spot!


By appointment
$30 per hour
(min 1/2 hr)



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Learn-to-Knit (LTK) - Beginner

Learn to knit in just 4 weeks! This 6-hour introductory course will teach you the basics of knitting with a fun, hands-on approach by an experienced instructor.

Class 1: Cast on, knit, purl, yarns
Class 2: Gauge, stockinette, patterns, tools
Class 3: Decrease, increase, ribbing
Class 4: Blocking and finishing

Develop a new passion, make some new friends, and join the knitting revolution!

Teacher: Bev
Materials Required: Provided
Prerequisites: None


• October 7, 14, 21, 28

• November 4, 11, 18, 25

• December 2, 9, 16, 30


Learn-to-Knit Continental (Beginner)

Learn the basics of knitting continental-style. Knitting continental (yarn in your left hand) requires less movement and causes less strain. As a result is easier, more efficient and faster. Is good for everyone but is the best choice for people affected by arthritis, left-handed people and for 2-colour work. Great for people with crocheting experience, since the yarn is held in the left hand and the motion of the right hand is similar to the motion seen in crochet.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: None
Prerequisites: None



• Nov 29, Dec 4, 11, 18


Learn-to-Knit - For Kids! (Age 8+)

This 6-hour introductory course will teach your child the basics of knitting.
Class 1: knit, cast on and bind off
Class 2: purl, stockinette and yarns
Class 3: fixing mistakes, ribbing and other simple stitch patterns
Class 4: slipping stitches, decreases, increases and attaching new yarn
Class 5: gauge, blocking, simple pattern reading and tools
Class 6: finishing (weaving in ends and seaming knitted pieces together)
me new friends, and join the knitting revolution!

Materials Required: Provided
Prerequisites: None


• Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22


Learn-to-Knit (LTK) - Intermediate

Learn to Knit. Intermediate (6 hours)

Expand your knowledge of knitting. Learn to identify most common mistakes and how to fix them. Learn to insert a life line in case you have to rip back or pick up stitches on a previous row (before a mistake) and then rip back. Learn about choosing yarn, pattern reading, measuring and sizing. Also learn new technics like picking up stitches, making cables, lace knitting, finishing, knitting in the round and more. We’ll deal with problems you might have in your individual projects.                                                            

For both continental and English style knitters.     

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: worsted-weight yarn (preferably a light colour), 5mm needles
Prerequisites: Learn to Knit - Beginner class, or a good working knowledge of basic knitting skills and stitches

$100 + materials

• Oct 10, 17, 24, 31


Top-down Socks

One of our most talked about classes! Come and join the "Sock Lady" for this fun, introductory course that is sure to have you addicted to making your own top-down socks.

Learn how to make top-down socks on double-pointed or circular needles - from working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. There is also talk about how to choose yarn for socks, tips for socks as the perfect travel project, and suggestions for simple but high impact design variations like stripes and interesting ribbings to make a basic sock more fun.

Teacher: Bev
Materials Required: Sock yarn (please not black or dark colours), 2.5-3mm needles
Prerequisites: Advanced beginner/intermediate - knitters must be comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing, bind off
*Homework Required: Test swatch to confirm needle size

$65 + materials

• Nov 6: 10-11:30am
Nov 13: 10-12:30pm
Nov 20: 10-11:30am

• Dec 4: 10-11:30am
Dec 11: 10-12:30pm
Dec 18: 10-11:30am

• Oct 5: 12:30-2pm
Oct 19: 12-2:30pm
Oct 26: 12:30-2pm

• Nov 9: 12:30-2pm
Nov 16: 12-2:30pm
Nov 23: 12:30-2pm

• Dec 7: 12:30-2pm
Dec 14: 12-2:30pm
Dec 21: 12:30-2pm


Little Needle That Could - Finishing Techniques

Learn the many finishing techniques: grafting in stockinette and garter stitch, cast on look-a-like bind off (very stretchy), tubular bind off, perfect match for tubular cast on in 1 x 1 rib (also very stretchy) and more. We’ll also review the mattress stitch for stockinette and garter stitch and weaving in the ends (tails) in knitting including reversible stitch patterns.

For both continental and English style knitters.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: blunt needle, 8 Swatches left on needles or holder: 3 in stockinette stitch, 3 in garter stitch, 2 in 1x1 rib (odd number of stitches)
Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

$40 + materials

• Saturday, November 29
10:30am - 12:30pm



Learn the basics of sock knitting. You will learn to make socks the easy way (short row heel), top-down and toe-up working in the round on circular needle or double pointed needles. You will learn to turn the heel, shape the toe, do the tubular cast on, graft the toe when starting from top and work a stretchy bind off when starting from the toe (tubular bind off). If time permits we’ll work a variation of the heel on a swatch, the afterthought heel. Socks are great to give as a gift or to make for yourself.

For both Continental and English style knitters.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials req'd: fingering or DK-weight yarn, needles based on yarn
Prerequisites: advanced beginner/intermediate - knitters must be comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing, bind off


$55 + materials

• Saturday, November 15, 22


How to Fix Mistakes

Learn to identify and fix most common knitting mistakes (on same row or few rows down) as well as how to avoid them in the first place. Learn to safely rip back, pick up dropped stitches and untwist them as well as how to deal with wrongly crossed cables, missed: yarn overs, increases and decreases. Learn to insert a life line in case you have to rip back or pick up stitches on a previous row (before a mistake) and then rip back and more.     

For both continental and English style knitters

Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials Req'd: 1-2 small swatches of light colour stockinette stitch, still on needles, crochet hook, yarn/darning needle, waste yarn, small size DPN or circular needle

$30 + materials

• Friday, November 28th


Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Learn to graft two pieces of: stockinette, garter stitch and ribbing. Learn when grafting works and when not, as well as applications of it. Also learn to use Kitchener stitch as a bind off for 1x1 ribbing (very stretchy, ideal for top of socks, collars and neck bands). Get ideas and recommendations on when to use it and when not.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: Blunt needle, 8 swatches of about 20 sts/20 rows left on needles or holder: 2 in stockinette stitch, 2 in garter stitch and 2 in 1x1 rib (one of them longer than the other and started on provisional cast on)
Prerequisites: Advanced-Beginner/Intermediate knitter




• Saturday, October 25th

Bloom Striped Cowl

Learn to make our October Staff Pick "Bloom Striped Cowl!" This class is taught by the pattern designer, and she will work with you on the steps and stitches needed to make a beautiful thick and thin cowl with two of Spun's new arrival yarns.

Teacher: Bev

Materials Required: 1 skein Bamboo Bloom yarn, 1 or 2 skeins contrast color, 6mm (US 10) 32" circular needle, stitch marker.

Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off, comfort working with circular needles.

$30 + materials

• Sat, Nov. 1st

• Sat, Nov. 22


Knitting in the Round

Learn to knit in the round with double pointed needles, one short or long circular needle, two circular needle and even two straight needles. Learn to cast on and join in the round for each of these methods. Learn the circular cast on (in the center of a piece) and what you use it for.                                                                    

For both continental and English style knitters
Prerequisites: knit, purl , cast on, bind off

Materials Required: worsted-weight light colour yarn, 5mm circular needle 32" (or longer), 5mm 16-24" circular needle, 5mm DPNs, blunt tip needle

$30 + materials

• Friday, November 7th



Entrelac is an easy knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern that looks like woven strips of knitted fabric. The results are interesting and it looks a lot more complicated than it is.

Overview: Participants will learn how to knit and start a multi-coloured Entrelac scarf. They will review cast on; learn to create basic triangles, knit squares and rectanges; picking up stitches; how to end with triangles.

Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, an ability to "k2tog" and "p2tog" (knit or purl two stitches together) and to pick up stitches.

Materials Req'd: TBA

$45 + materials

• November 13, 14  



If you can knit and purl, you CAN cable! Cables are easy to make, and can be used to produce textured fabric and interesting design. Learn how to work cables and traveling stitches both with and without a cable needle, as well as how to read cable stitch patterns, written instructions or chart.

Skill level: Knitters must be comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, bind off

Materials req'd: worsted weight, 5 mm needles, cable needle

$20 + materials

• Saturday, November 29th



Mobius designs are circular knits which emerge symmetrically from the center up and down with one twist, used for knitting the very popular infinity scarves and shoulder shawls. Learn 2 ways of casting on (the only difficult part of Mobius when knitting vertically), as well as provisional cast on without waste yarn and grafting (for knitting it sideway). The rest is regular knitting. Learn which stitch patterns work best and why.                               

For both continental and English style knitters
Prerequisites: knit, purl

Materials Req'd: worsted-weight light colour yarn, 2 x 5mm circular needles - 32" AND 40" or longer,  blunt tip needle

$30 + materials

• Friday, December 5th



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Learn-to-Crochet (Beginner)

Learn the beautiful art of crochet in just 6 hours! This introductory course will teach you the basics of crochet with a fun, modern approach by an experienced instructor.

You will learn the basics of crocheting : Foundation chain, Slip stitch, Single crochet, Double crochet, Half-double crochet, Treble crochet

Teacher: Bonnie
Materials Required: None
Prerequisites: None

6-HR/3 & 4-WK COURSE

• October 25, Nov 1, Nov 8
10am - 12pm


Basics of Tunisian Crochet (for Crocheters)

Tunisian Crochet is also referred to as Afghan Crochet or Afghan Stitch, and uses a long crochet hook with a stopper on one end. It is considered by many to be a cross between knitting and crochet.
Discover the art of Tunisian crochet, and learn the basic skills needed in this fun 2.5-hour crash course. Participants will learn casting on, basic stitches, working with color, and casting off.

Teacher: Beth
Materials Required: Worsted or chunky yarn in a light/bright color.
Prerequisites: Learn to Crochet (LTC) - Beginner, or a working knowledge of beginner crochet techniques - chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and basic crochet terminology.

$40 + materials

• Tues, Oct 21st


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Spinning with a Drop Spindle

If you would like to learn how to spin, but buying a wheel just isn't in your budget, a hand spindle or drop spindle is the answer. As far back as the Iron Age, the spindle has played a role in producing thread and yarn and it is still used in parts of the world today. The form and function of the spindle is basically the same everywhere - to spin yarn from fleece for knitting or crocheting.

Students will be permitted a break during this afternoon workshop, so feel free to bring snacks.

Teacher: Jane
Materials Required: A drop spindle will be provided for the class, and available for purchase after class.
Prerequisites: None


• Saturday, Nov. 8th


Advanced Spinning Techniques

This course will expand on your knowledge and passion for turning fleece to yarn. The course is run over 3 sessions and covers chain plying, woollen spinning, art yarn- core spinning and lock spinning. You will also learn how to use combs and carders. Space is limited to 3 students.

Teacher: Jane
Materials Required: Must have a working spinning wheel, and 3 bobbins.
(A few wheels are available in-store for rent. Ask us for more info!)

Prerequisites: Learn to Spin Beginner, or a good working knowledge and ability to work with wool.

$135 + materials

• Nov 2, 9, 23


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Needle-Felted Landscape

Back by popular demand! In this class we will learn how to paint with wool using a special barbed needle. The student will be creating a landscape on a pre-felted fibre background. This is the class to join if you want to use up your wool and fibre stash, and turn it into a creative work of art!

Teacher: Saira
Prerequisites: No previous needle felting experience required.
Materials Required: All materials will be supplied.


• Thursday, Nov. 6

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Bobbin Lace - All Levels

Learn to develop or continue your skills and techniques in this centuries-old craft to handmake your own lovely lace - from bookmarks to jewelry to lace collars and trim to doilies to tablecloths. Truly beautiful and awe inspiring.

Teacher: Isabelle
Prerequisites: None (for Beginner), Bobbin Lace - Beginner, or previous experience (for Intermediate)
Materials Required: 1 block pillow, 24 bobbins (double-headed if possible), white tatting thread (#80 DMC or smaller than #20 crochet thread), long non-rusting pins (5cm), pattern paper (cardstock, light but not white), HB pencil, .5mm black marker, scissors, eraser

*Ask at Spun about our Bobbin Lace kit. As a class participant, you will receive 10% off!

NOTE: this class is limited to 3 students

$125 + materials

• Sat, Nov. 1, 15, 22, 29

• Sat, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27


[ C L A S S  P O L I C I E S  -  P L E A S E  R E A D ]

• Pre-registration with full payment is required, either in person or with credit card over the phon, and is not refundable unless the class/workshop is cancelled by Spun Fibre Arts. Make-up classes are not available.
• Some classes have prerequisites. Students are responsible for making sure they meet them since they will not be covered in the class.
• Unless otherwise noted, materials are not included in the class fee. We insist on the use of Spun materials for our classes and offer a 10% discount for class supplies.
• Spun reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet the minimum required. Unless otherwise noted, classes are limited to 6 people.